Thursday, August 27, 2009

Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic – Back To Basic; Explained in Layman Term

I have been receiving many email and advice about H1N1 that was somewhat misleading. There are many people out there that are trying to cash in on the fear that this fast spreading flu virus is creating. Therefore I would like to share this basic knowledge about virus; how it spread, prevention and cure. How virus attack our body. 1) Virus enters human body 2) Virus injects RNA into our cells and take over our cells' function. 3) Virus uses our cells to multiply 4) Virus offsprings breaks open our cells wall and infect our body other cells How our body stops virus attack Antibiotics are commonly prescribed whenever we visit the doctor. ANTIBIOTICS CANNOT KILL VIRUS. Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. It helps you weaken body to fight secondary bacteria infection. You have to depend on your body natural defense, ie antibodies to counter the virus attack. Every type and strain of virus have different active site configuration, so every time a new type of virus enters our body, our body reacts by producing a new antibodies which are mainly consist of protein to inhibit the active spot of the virus, thus render the virus inactive! 1) Human defense cell gather information about virus active spots 2) Human defense cell produces antibodies to close the active spots of the virus How Virus Inhibitor Medicine/Drugs, like Tamiflu Works Flu virus use a protein called neuraminidase to break the human cells wall. Tamiflu inhibits this neuraminidase protein so the virus cannot break open human cell wall anymore. Some of the offspring’s would be trapped in the human cells because the neuraminidase has been inhibited, therefore they cannot come out to replicate it self. Tamilflu are made from skimic acid that is extracted from our common kitchen spice, the star anise. Skimic acid are also found in pine, gingko and spruce. Tamiflu cannot stop the flu from spreading. It only helps the body by inhibit the virus that is already inside your body from replicating further. It will shorten the duration of the flu. Tamiflu helps our body to inhibit the virus active protein, so if it is taken early when the flu symptoms appear, it will help our body to recover faster and prevent the illness from getting worst. Your body is the best natural defense. In order to recover from virus attack naturally, we have to build up our body natural defense. Eat well balanced meal and lots of greens. Protein and carbohydrates are important part of our diet. Minerals in green vegetables would help your body to absorb vitamins efficiently. Minerals and vitamins work hand in hand, so make sure your daily intake consists of these two important supplement. Take plenty of fluids and exercise regularly but don’t overly exert yourself.

27 comments:

CheaHS@n said...

Great sharing Pete, a lot of effort and spending your time in the drawings - "a picture paints a 1000 words". Love your last pix of 'the Saint' coming to the rescue. Btw any way to download NAV or Kaspersky direct to the blood system to wipe out the virus ah?:P

Pete said...

Thks Bro Cheah, ha ha Saint coming to rescue, one of these days, technology might enable us to do this. Choose the correct antivirus online and then download into our blood stream via usb connection, ha ha ha!

Mei Teng said...

Did you hear about people turning to Chinese herbal remedies to ward off the H1N1?

Chinese medicine halls must be enjoying brisk business these days.

reanaclaire said...

Hi Pete.. u must be pretty good in science, all the biology and stuff, thanks for sharing your knowledge here with us.. so antibiotics doesnt help, instead it weakens our body even further.. my goodness.. thinking of that, i better "pump" my daughter tonite, must force her to take multi vits, she looks like she hasnt enough minerals.. cos just recovered from fever, cold, cough, a couple of weeks back...

Pete said...

Mei Teng : Maybe they just need to boil star anise water and drink, because Tamiflu active ingredients are extracted from star anise....he he he!

Claire : I love to study biology. Antibiotics just help us from secondary infection by bacteria, it has its own function but then, our body own mechanism is the best defense!

ladyviral said...

Wow good information, Pete!

Thanks for sharing...

I am falling sick already.. been having this sore throat that keeps coming back and away randomly... making me tired of it... Need more herbal drinks I think... can feel my body being heaty.

Pete said...

ladyviral : Gargling with salt water alleviate your sore throat. Try also drinking distilled water, drink lots of it but make sure you have enough salts in your body to keep you from dehyration. This can help you remove toxins from your body and can also help you to recover real fast. Take care

smallkucing said...

Thanks a lot Pete. Very good information. :)

Pete said...

Smallkucing : You are welcome....meow meow! LOL!

CheaHS@n said...

Pete saw the pixs of the "branded" shops in Wenan Jie, China which are under construction? Phew the Chinaman can really "Think Global Act Local". Imagine names like Bucksstar Coffee, Pizza Huh, Haagon-Bozs, and most interesting and catchy "oMc Mc Dnoald's" with the one and half M's logo. BTW how to pronounce this word "McDnoald's" ah?

Pete said...

Bro Cheah, Yeah I saw it. This is China Boleh....he he he!

wenn said...

yr illustration s very interesting..

SJ said...

nice diagrams! i'm a bio student! =)

Kathleen said...

the virus is just so powerful they could attack our cells and produce tonnes of offspring. thanks for the info.

Pete said...

Wenn : Thanks, tried my best.

SJ : Biology is interesting! My favourite subject.

Kathleen : Virus is mutating so fast, too fast for our human body to build proper defense.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

thanks for the info. with the H1N1 still hovering round us, people don't know when the virus will disappear and it can cause a panic with bad news.

Tching said...

A very, very informative piece here. ;)

Pete said...

Keats : I am afraid H1N1 is here to stay for a long time. Will be quite hard to get rid of it!

Tching : Thks Tching!

nikki said...

This is an awesome post because it explains more than "wash your hands" and "wear flu mask". It educates us to a point where we can choose and decide what is best for ourselves. Kudos! And I do agree that our natural resistance is the only way to go about beating the crap out of this flu!

kenwooi said...

haha like the illustration =)

kenwooi.com

Pete said...

Nikki : When we understand how virus attack our body, it helps to control our fear about the flu! Thks Nikki!

Kenwooi : That is how the flu virus looks like, he he he!

Ayie said...

so having some star anise can actually be a natural defense system? now i can't take any medications or shots...it will be bad

Pete said...

Ayie : Probably you will have to eat a lot of star anise to increase the skemic acid content.

Ayie said...

i think that will be bad too... perhaps take a sneak peek in my jif PJ blog, monday's post to know why =)

Pete said...

Ayie : Ya, agree too much star anise is not good for the body. Congrats Ayie, I have checked out your post!

Ayie said...

hehe, thanks pete! now you also know why i can't take any regular medications =P

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