Iron Lung

You think the flu is scary? Back in the 50’s parents were lining up their children for mass vaccinations, and grateful to get it. There are many polio survivors in our community, but few who had the strength of body and mind to take the worst the virus had to give and still make a life.

Martha Mason of North Carolina has died at age 71 after living in an iron lung since the age of 10. She attended college, graduated, wrote an autobiography and helped her own mother through dementia and final illness.

An interview with Martha Mason is here. It’s not easy reading. While there are important questions to be asked about safety when new vaccines are considered, we must not forget that Mother Nature can be a real b–ch if we think we are special. She smiles on micro life just as much as macro life.

Every crisis needs a new perspective, you can’t fight today’s war with yesterday’s strategy. We might be lucky this time and have a mild encounter with the new flu, but it’s a warning.

A dysfunctional health system is not going to be ready for a national crisis, no matter how many new vaccines we can make.

8 thoughts on “Iron Lung

  1. Interesting post. The way I see it and from my research, Mercury and Aluminium which have both been in vacines for at the very least, 20+ years and both are a neurotoxin. And the specific type in this mercury (ethyl) is more potent and harmful to us shedding it. I won’t bore you with the science. You must agree that it is not coincidence that over the last 20 years the incidence of neurological disorders (i.e., ADD, autisim, Altzheimers) have grown at alarming rates and I know that this combined with the vaccines, plastics, chemicals and water we drink (which contains over 300+ contaminents – see our Poisoned Waters airing on PBS Frontline (can be seen here http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/ ). So when the CDC falsifies statistics and inflates stats that later reveal the numbers…it’s already stated and most believe it. Julie Gerberding of the CDC stated there weren’t enough people to study (related to autisim) when in fact Lancanster, PA has a community of over 30,000 that has been without vaccines forever and they do NOT show incidence of Autisim, neruo underdevelopment, and dementia as seen amongst other communities. Why??? They don’t use chemicals, vaccines and maybe they have their own water reserves.

    I do agree with you that we will not be ready. I also know that there are so many strains and we only give last year’s virus and that it only covers 2 of let’s say the 40 that were affecting people. It’s insane. I wonder how China is doing with those people that wear masks everywhere – do they have the swine flu there as bad?

  2. I had polio in 1953,the last year of the epidemics before the vaccine was available.
    By good fortune I was not paralyzed,but had enough damage that I needed physical therapy at St.Giles Clinic in Brooklyn.The therapists made me 100%,more or less and I was able to lead an active life including military service.
    Whenever I was at the clinic,I would see other kids in iron lungs and it would scare the hell out of me,thinking of being stuck in one of those things.
    It taught me that whatever you think there is to complain about,there is always someone a whole lot worse off than you.

      1. What a community we have here! May I be the first to suggest we join for a multicultural hymn of praise for our own ability to cyber-hang-out together and get along.

        In the car back and forth from Michigan, our girls would start to flare up at each other about every two hours. It was the signal to pull over and take a break from each other.

        Glad to see you back, Joe! Thanks for your apology, sekanblogger.

        (start the clock ticking toward next scheduled blow-up! (o:)

      2. No hard feelings.It’s just easier to not waste time and space throwing bombs when we really don’t even know each other.

      3. Kiersten, nice sentiment, but Joe and I ain’t exactly group-hugging through another verse of kum-by-yah.
        Most conservatives are fine people, Joe problee is too.
        Aw, hell, I got an admission to make, I even voted for a republican or two in my time.
        Please don’t tell.

  3. Thanks for that perspective, Joe. Joni Mitchell, and I think Neil Young are also polio survivors. I worked in photofinishing with a man my age whose legs were paralyzed from polio, he just missed getting the vaccine. A younger man at the job was deaf from Rubella.
    This is why I am pro-vaccine, but Suzanne’s cautions are well-founded. It takes vigilance to make sure that the cure is not worse than the disease.

  4. BESIDES THE US ARMY IS PLAYING WITH THESE DISEASES IN THEIR CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL LAD AT FORT DERICK MARYLAND AND WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS ON THEIR MINDS AND HOW TOXIC SOME OF THESE DISEASES CAN BE. AFTER WWII THE ARMY HAULED TRUCKS LOADED OF DOCUMENTS FROM CAMP 731 IN MANCHURIA WHERE THE JAPANESE HAD EXPERIMENTS BEING DONE WITH CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL AGENTS THAT THEY EXPERIMENTED ON THE ALLIES AND ESPECIALLY AMERICAN POW’S AND NOT ONE GUARD OR DOCTOR OR OFFICER WAS EVER TRIED FOR WAR CRIMES TO THIS DAY.

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