SARS, swine flu, and kimchi?
A couple of thousand years, officials of kimchi (a Korean pickled side dish of cabbage), well before the onset SARS and the swine flu, never imagined their staple diet may prevent and possibly treat these viral infections.
In April '09, The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the status of an influenza pandemic to phase four warning.
What is the difference between the influenza season each year and to be infected with influenza A (H1N1) influenza? According to the World Health Organization:
"Influenza A (H1N1) is a new virus to which most people have little or no immunity and, therefore, this virus could cause more of infections that are seen with seasonal flu. The new influenza A (H1N1) seems to be as contagious as seasonal flu, and is spreading rapidly especially among young people (aged 10 to 45). The severity of the disease varies from mild symptoms to serious diseases that can cause death. The majorities of People who contract the virus experience mild illness and recover without antiviral treatment or medical care. Among the most serious cases, more half of those hospitalized have health problems or underlying weakened immune systems. "
"If there around the world took a beating from SARS, it was Hong Kong, "said Peter Cordingley, spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Manila. "The lesson was learned. "Building on the past, Hong Kong has already issued travel advice and intensified checks at airports, including the use of infrared temperature sweeps and detention of arriving with symptoms influenza. 
Countries and overseas territories and communities that have reported their first pandemic (H1N1) 2009 case confirmed (S) since the last web update (July 6, 2009) from July 22, 2009:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Reunion (Community French overseas territories), Haiti, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Namibia, Sint Eustatius (Netherlands Antilles), Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Tonga, Turkey and Caicos Islands (UK Overseas Territory), the United Republic Tanzania, American Samoa (U.S.), Guam (U.S.)
As of July 22, 2009, The grand total of deaths attributed to swine influenza is 1154. For more updated information of the reported cases visit the WHO pandemic (H1N1) 2009 site.
A Google map target = "_self"> Showing the regions of the swine flu epidemic provides a geographical picture of outbreaks of infection.
How is it treated?
For suspected cases of the virus, a five-day treatment zanamivir alone or a combination of oseltamivir and amantadine or rimantadine or is initiated. For confirmed cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or Zanamivir (Relenza) can be administered. 
Is this a mask to protect myself from infection?
We have very little information the effectiveness of masks and respirators in the fight and control of influenza. If used correctly, masks and respirators may help reduce the risk of contracting the flu, but they must be used with other preventive measures include avoiding close contact and maintaining hygiene hands.
"Unless otherwise specified," respirator "refers to an N95 or higher filtering facepiece certified by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Three feet has often been used by infection control professionals to define close contact and are based on studies of respiratory infections, but for practical reasons, this distance can be up to 6 feet. The World Health Organization is using "about 1 meter", the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration uses "within 6 feet." 
Any predictions for the future?
Approximately 90-95% of people recover despite symptoms severe include 100 + degree temp. headache, extreme fatigue, chills, diarrhea, sore throat, muscle aches, basically all Common symptoms of influenza.
To date, we must be careful that the swine influenza (H1N1) continues to spread and may become a pandemic affecting regions or entire countries. Annual outbreaks of influenza are expected and predictable. However, this outbreak has not followed a normal flu. Prognosis Future speculation is divided between those who believe swine influenza (H1N1) will disappear this summer and fall '09 and those who think it will be Return to demand more cases similar to the influenza pandemic of 1918.
So what is this miracle drug potential Korean table?
Since 2003, when SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) has rolled across Asia, Koreans remained unchanged for the most part. Being the national dish and it is daily, Kimchi has been promoted to the natural and preventive treatment against SARS with virtually no scientific evidence to support the request. Believe me, as someone who eats kimchi every day and he loves so much that I run a site called www.LoveThatKimchi.com, I welcome and listen to suggestions, and hope for further scientific research to validate these claims. Imagine being obsessed a food that is suddenly found to save lives in the face of a threat to the health and mortality.
Scientists at the University Seoul National fed an extract of kimchi to thirteen chickens infected with avian flu. A week later, eleven of the thirteen chickens apparently recovered. To date, such studies are not published and certainly not recognized by any scientific or medical community. Professor Kang University Seoul National who observed the thirteen chickens said Leuconostoc (lactic acid bacteria) in Kimchi has had a positive effect on bird flu
Hong Jong Hoon, a technical consultant with the Korean Institute of Agricultural Development, suggested another possible factor and the connection is how Koreans eat most of their garlic!
Hong began his research studies at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, where he found a link between SARS and the corona virus. He then made his way to Stanford University website, which lists – with reduced stress, more sleep and wash hands frequently – putting drops of garlic juice on the nose as a way to fight infection. Put all this together, "he said, and you'll understand why South Korea has had a handful of suspected SARS cases and no deaths, despite its proximity to China, where the virus originated, and affected Hong Kong and Taiwan. Hong admits that many other countries use plenty of garlic in their diets, including Italy and China. But they cook their garlic; Koreans eat kimchi in their first. His theory may be difficult to prove, but that does not mean it is not true, he said. 
Park Yong Woo, a doctor of family medicine at Seoul Samsung Hospital, host clinical trials necessary, says it is convinced of its healing properties.
"I want to compare it with an orchestra," says Park. "It is made of cabbage. But inside which are a large number of constituents in good health, including garlic, ginger and chilies. It's food very harmonious. "
Kim Man Jo, a food industry consultant and author of several books, including kimchi, kimchi, kimchi estimated treatment or management of properties cons certain infectious diseases and is created in the fermentation process – "They have not done experiments yet, but the disease can be harmful dominated by lactobacilli. she said.
Depending on the variety, I know that the most common variety of nappa cabbage kimchi has a strong combination of cabbage, red chilli powder, fish sauce, lots of garlic, salt, green onions, daikon radish, sugar, and yes, even garlic – all fermented perfection to provide heavenly taste and strongest punch anti-microbial. Withstanding the lack of research in swine influenza and kimchi as a preventive or cure, research has found that these friendly bacteria to stimulate the immune system. Other research has shown live indigenous bacteria and chemicals they produce can penetrate the intestinal wall and stimulate the growth and maintenance of immune system cells. Lactobacillus strains can also stimulate immune cells and chemicals increase as anti-viral interferon.
So far, we have a specific medical treatment and course of action despite the lack of vaccine. Although this excites me to find kimchi may have properties of struggle against certain viral strains, as claims are subject to the "method scientific, "it must remain a home remedy beside Folk chicken soup. Despite the lack of evidence, if a condition Pandemic swept through the area where I live, I would certainly consider Westerm medical approaches and especially on double my consumption of kimchi. Shall we say to each his?
Unhappy with the number of those who died of swine flu or SARS (swine flu kills more than 1,100 people worldwide from July '09 and more than 700 claimed by SARS) maybe he should a pandemic and the plight of even consider looking for these beliefs unsubstantiated claims and present. Today, at least 168 countries and territories have reported confirmed cases of swine flu.
Although these flu strains come and go or stay, those who like to eat kimchi (considered one of the five healthiest foods in the world by Health Magazine) continue to get more than their share of the nature of probiotics that may one day add new strains of flu to her long list of enemies is fought.
Meanwhile, for the different strains of influenza, we have existing vaccines and those that we have no other bugs or standing, such as colds, we have Gatorade, chicken soup, and remains in the old but very effective.
Randy Stewart is the owner / webmaster of two sites Culinary:
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 TIME – Learning from SARS – By Kayla Webley / Hong Kong – Monday, April 27, 2009
 What the new influenza A (H1N1)? The World Health Organization
 of the swine flu – Medicine.net
 The Daily Press.com – The hope of a cure in kimchi – By Mark Magnier
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