How Aspirin Caused 1918 Flu Deaths...
and why keeping aspirin in the medicine chest
and live poultry near the house or eating an
infected bird is NOT a good idea -- even today.
Let's dive bomb that bunch of wussy chickens
and those fat swans who can't even fly!
Haha! Swoop an' poop, way to go!
Boys goin' WILD! (diving sound)
The 1918 Flu ¦ How It Happened
Humans have genetically developed a natural method to defeat viral
infections called a fever. With a mild fever of 101 degrees the telomers
on the ends of the RNA molecule cannot attach and the virus cannot
reproduce itself, and the body's white blood cells quickly destroy the
invading virus. But the modern regular treatment for a fever from a cold
or flu is to reduce the fever to ease the discomfort. This is wrong.
The traditional knowledge of how to quickly and effectively cure a
common cold or flu infection due to viruses has been known worldwide
since ancient times. But you are not supposed to know that. You are not
supposed to know that you can quickly cure a viral infection overnight
by yourself and at no cost to you. You are supposed to believe that you
need costly medications and medical treatments to cure new
Best advice: do not try to lower a fever, it is your genetically derived
natural human defense against any viral infection. Stay wrapped up and
warm to cause a sweat. Drink fluids to replace the water lost by
sweating. And within 6 to 8 hours overnight the cold or flu is gone.
Many older doctors knew this, which is the reason for the old docs
advice, go to bed, stay warm, drink fluids. But younger docs just
out of med school have been taught there is a drug or pill to treat
everything. The result of using expensive pills or over-the-counter
medications to reduce the fever from colds and flu is prolonged illness,
the epidemic spread of viral diseases and the unneeded deaths of
hundreds of thousands each year. Don't buy them, don't let them in the house.
MURDER IN THE MEDICINE CABINET
PART ONE The Deadliest Killer of the 20th Century, With More Deaths Than All the World Wars, Lurks Right Inside Your House, and Threatens to Take You and Your Family. The Story No One Told You.
In 1918, a virulent, never seen before, form of influenza seemed to
suddenly appear. It seemed to kill within hours, and spread around the
world within days. It seemed to appear simultaneously all around the
world. Its spread was faster than any then known means of human travel.
In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health
Organization warned of repeats of such a rapid and deadly pandemic,
through such variants of influenza as SARS and Bird Flu. But without
knowing what caused the 1918 pandemic or how it spread, how can the CDC or WHO make such a claim? Unless they already know something they are not telling.
As yet no one has been able to identify the actual medical cause of the
1918 Flu, with only a few samples of a "bird-like" virus taken from only
several cadaver tissue samples. But no sample is complete. And those are
only one or two samples from among the estimated 20 to 40 million people
who seemed to die mysteriously almost overnight. The 1918 Flu spread
faster and was more deadly, killing more people than even the Plague and
Black Death of the middle ages. Why does no one talk about it?
And even if the viral cause were identified, no one can explain the
lightning fast spread of the disease. Maybe it wasn't a disease after
all. Many researchers have even looked at some world-wide phenomena,
such as extra-terrestrial biology filtering into the atmosphere from
outer space. Or maybe, the jet stream spreading disease-laden dust from
Asia all around the world in a matter of days. In an area of
investigation where there seems to be no real facts and less logic, any
"fringe theory" or "outre logic" is just as valid as any other. Maybe
something about the 1918 Flu is being covered up. Something that we are
not supposed to know.
Actually, there is another rather simple mundane solution to the medical
mystery. There did exist in 1918 a then new technical invention by which
the "disease" was spread almost at the speed of light. The "1918 Flu"
was spread around the world almost instantaneously by telephone. Of
course, that claim needs an explanation, and proof.
In the 1890's an American chemist made an improvement on an old home
folk remedy called Willow or Aspen Tea. It seemed to relieve the pains
of old-age gout, arthritis and other assorted pains. But the evil
tasting tea containing acetylsalicylic acid was so strong that it caused
many people to have nausea and vomiting, along with the pain relief if
they could tolerate drinking the tea. This potion was later neutralized,
synthesized and buffered, and then sold to the German Bayer company as a
I have researched the source and history of the name Aspirin and found
no reasonable explanation has ever been found. I have found, instead,
that the German Bayer company, in order to sell to both the American and
European markets, used a name familiar in both markets. In America the
common folk remedy form was called "Aspen Tea" made from boiling willow
bark from the Aspen tree family. In Europe, the same home remedy was
called "Spirain Tea" made from boiling the leaves of the common European
Both preparations were found to contain large amounts of natural
acetylsalicylic acid, but unbuffered. Combining the common home-remedy
folklore names Aspen and Spirain comes up with the Euro-American brand
name Aspirin. My research is the sole source for the information about
that unique derivation of the brand name.
The reason for the deep confusion and lack of any clear history about the
trade name is that for almost a decade from 1905 to about 1915, the use of
the trade name, and the source of the name Aspirin, was tied up in
international courts. In the late 1890's when Aspirin became available as
an easy to use "pop a pill" replacement to the sour tasting Aspen or
Spirain Teas, many people used it to relieve the pain of joint arthritis.
Many users also discovered, quite by accident, a unique side effect. If
you had a fever when you took the Aspirin, it also made the fever suddenly
go away. What a discovery! It appeared to be a cure for the the common
cold and flu.
By 1905 many other drug companies were making acetylsalicylic acid
preparations and calling it Aspirin, but they were selling it as a common
cold remedy. Bayer took these other companies to court and sued over
illegal use of their trademark. Many people believe that Bayer lost the
decision and lost control of the name Aspirin. Most believe that Aspirin
is now a generic name such as Kleenex, Scotch Tape or Xerox. Not so. It
was an odd court decision and a confusing compromise. By 1915 it was
decided in court that Bayer had the exclusive use of the tradename
Aspirin, if it were sold as a pain-relieving analgesic.
The court also found that the other companies could also use the name
Aspirin, if in their ads and packaging, they claimed that their product
was an anti-febril agent or a fever reducer. This odd court decision is
still in use today. You can still buy Bayer aspirin to relieve pain, and
on the store shelf right next to it is Nyquil, Aleve, Tylenol, Motrin,
Bufferin, Anacin and a whole long list of others, all containing aspirin
or aspirin-like compounds and claiming to be treatments for Colds, Flu and
Fever. Reducing fever was not in Bayer's original patent claim. Bayer
didn't know in 1895 of the use of aspirin as a fever reducer and had not
put that in their original trademark application.
And how does that strange court decision fit into the rapid spread of
the 1918 Flu? The primary defense which the human body has, to stop the
spread of viral infections is to produce a fever. The fever is not a
symptom of disease, but is actually the body's primary anti-viral immune
system. The fever stops the telomeres on the ends of viral RNA from making
copies of itself.
The telomeres are like a zipper which unzips and separates the new RNA
copy within miliseconds, but the telomeres are temperature sensitive and
won't unzip at temperatures above 101F. Thus the high temperature of the
fever, stops the flu virus from dividing and spreading. It is an immune
system response which only mammals have developed to prevent the spread of viral flu infections, which mostly 99% come from the more ancient
dinosaur-like earth life forms called birds. Almost all influenza is a
form of "Avian Flu." A few influenza forms come from other dinosaur-like
life forms, the modern reptiles, but these are usually classified as very
rare tropical diseases, since that is where most reptiles live.
The doctors in the early 1900's didn't know about that, and even today
few if any doctors are aware that fever is not a symptom of disease, but
is the primary and only way for the human body to stop viral infections.
If you stop or reduce the fever, viruses are allowed to divide and spread
uncontrolled throughout the body. I have already described this process in
detail in my articles posted in the Brother Jonathan Gazette in 2003, so I
won't go into detail here. Do a search on "SARS" on the Gazette and you'll
find the articles. Normally the progress of a flu is that a virus
enters the mucous membrane lining of the lungs, enters cells, then makes
many copies of itself, which causes the cell to expand to such an degree
that it bursts open. The new viruses then cloak themselves with a coating
taken from the old damaged cell wall, thus hiding themselves from the
human body's own T-cell antibody immune defense system. To the body's
immune system the new viruses simply appear to be pieces of the body's own
By creating a fever, the viral infection is slowed down sufficiently so
that the body's T cells can find the swollen infected lung cells, surround
them and metabolize (literally eat) the damaged cell with strong acids
which also breaks down the RNA viruses into basic amino acids. This
effectively "kills" the viruses so that they can't reproduce. But viruses
are not living things, and you can't kill something that's not alive. All
the body can do is destroy or dissolve the RNA amino acid chain which
makes up the virus.
Not knowing this, most doctors treat the flu with aspirin or fever
reducers, as a palliative treatment to ease the aches, pains, and delerium
fever effects. The result is that within hours, the fever goes down and
the patient feels much better. What neither the patient nor the doctor
knows is that with only a normal 98.6F body temperature, the viruses are
allowed to reproduce unchecked. Within 72 hours, the viruses have grown
from one or two virus bodies to millions or billions. The body is now
completely overwhelmed. But while taking aspirin or cold medications,
there are no symptoms or warnings of what is yet to come.
As a last resort the body tries to quickly flush the infection of
billions of viruses from the lungs with massive amounts of T-cells, and
fluid in the lungs to "cough out" the virus. This is called viral
pneumonia. Soon within hours the patient is in the hospital. The doctors
try to treat the now 105 degree fever with more anti-febril aspirins, or
related medications to "treat the fever." Then within another 24 hours the
patient, suffocating and gasping for breath, is dead.
You should note that the original infection did cause a mild fever, aches
and pains, which the patient "self-medicated" with over-the-counter
products. For the next several days, the patient seemed to have no
symptoms, but was actually growing billions of copies of influenza virus
in his lungs. Then days later, the patient and doctor seem to see a sudden
rapid case of viral flu infection that is now overwhelming the body. Is
that what really happened? What caused the patient's death? Was it
the original flu virus, or was it the use of Aspirin to lower the flu
fever which then shutdown the patient's own immune system response?
Obviously, the latter. So how did this cause the massive rapid spread of
the 1918 Flu?
The Bayer court case had just been settled, and many companies other
than Bayer, could now legally market aspirin to treat colds and fever. But
then "The Great War to End all War" was on, and most aspirin products were going directly to the front lines in France to treat the soldiers in the
diseased hell hole trenches of WWI.
The World War I medics knew that aspirin could quickly reduce a fever.
If a soldier had a fever, the docs gave aspirin. Magically the fever went
down, the soldier felt better and quickly went back to the fighting. Then
three days later, the same soldier was back, now with severe pneumonia and
died almost overnight.
No doctors then made the connection between aspirin and pneumonia death,
since the trenches were filled with many other seemingly related diseases
such as diphtheria or tuberculosis. Death and dying on the front line was
common, so no investigation was done. Aspirin seemed to be a god-send
since it allowed sick soldiers to swiftly get right back into the fighting.
After the Armistice of November 11, 1918 the fighting stopped and the
soldiers went home. The soldiers around the world announced the good news to their families back home. Most of the low-ranked doughboys had to wait till they got back to their homebase in Kansas, or wherever, to call home They couldn't afford the costly trans-Atlantic deep sea cable phone rates.
But when the troop arrived in Kansas, the call from sergeant Tom was
something like: "Hey mom, I'm coming home. I'll see yu and dad next
Tuesday in Chattanooga. How's everybody? Oh, Aunt Esther has a fever? Hey tell her to take some aspirin. Yeah, that stuff in the medicine cabinet
for treatin' the aches and pains. Tell Esther, we used it in France. Works
right away and the fever is gone. OK see yu Tuesday...."
So what does Esther do? She tries the aspirin, but the old Bayer label
only says its for "aches and pains" and says nothing about fevers. She
takes it and magically the fever is gone, and she feels much better,
almost cured. She's so much better, she gets out the horse and buggy to go
see her sister, Lucy in Mt Carmel, where Lucy and the kids are down with
the fever. Mt. Carmel has no telephones and even no roads, only the buggy
path to reach the outside world. But within hours of sergeant Tom's phone
call home, by word of mouth, everybody in rural Mt. Carmel is now taking
aspirin to treat fevers. Since the new information came from a soldier,
from the US Army and the government, it must be true!
Within a week of the 1918 Armistice, by newfangled telephone,
trans-oceanic telephone cables, and even the experimental ship-to-shore
shortwave radios using Morse code, the message was flashed around the
world -- "Have a fever? Take Aspirin. It worked in France, it'll work for
you." That message spread at nearly the speed of light over millions of
telephone lines all around the world. The news of the "miracle cure" even
spread by word of mouth within a day or so, even to places with no phones
nor roads. Mysteriously, a week later, doctors round the world now
had hundreds of sick and dying patients. Nobody could figure out why. The
patients themselves never reported that just the week before they did have
a mild fever. But it was so mild that when they took some aspirin, it
simply went away. Nobody made the connection. The doctors only saw, by
November 24, 1918 thousands of very sick patients with high fevers, lungs
filled with fluid, and swift overnight death.
The medical profession had never seen anything like it before, nor
since. It seemed to occur simultaneously all around the world and even
reaching into such out of the way places like Mt. Carmel with no
telephones nor roads. How could such a massive fast-spreading killer
disease exist? It didn't. It wasn't a disease. It was a new use for an old
home folk remedy which everybody already had in their medicine cabinet,
Bayer Aspirin to reduce fever.
The medical profession, at a complete loss to explain it, simply called
it the "Spanish Flu" or the "1918 Flu" or many similar names. It was a
mystery with no known source, so it was assigned many place names. So far,
nobody has been able to prove any single pathogen was responsible. And
even if they did, they still can't explain how it seemed to spread
world-wide at almost the speed of light, clear around the world within a
To this day there is no explanation. But, now you know. The "disease"
was not a single pathogen, but many of the hundreds of similar types of
flu which are always existing at any time around the world. What was
different in November 1918 was the many hundreds of thousands of almost
simultaneous phone calls from the millions of returning sergeant Toms
saying, "...tell Aunt Esther to take the aspirin. It worked in France.
It'll work for her..." Nobody traced the spread of the 1918 Flu to
sergeant Tom. Nobody made the connection.
That very same source of disease still exists today. What is different
today is that cold and flu products are sold and used all year long. This
results in an estimated one million deaths from mysterious viral pneumonia
reported every year, but also all around the year. In 1918, the new use of
aspirin for treating colds and flu all started at the same time in
November, thus creating the false impression of a sudden massive onset of
a new disease. Even today SARS is not a disease. It is the improper use of
a brand new high-tech flu fighter called Tamiflu. The FDA approved the use
of Tamiflu several years ago. In 2003 it began to be used world-wide. But
how is it used?
Many millions of people around the world still self-treat their own
colds and flu with over-the-counter meds containing aspirin. Those are the
most commonly sold medications in the world. The patient's mild fever
quickly goes away. They forget about ever having felt sick. Then several
days later the patient sees the doctor and now has a high fever, bad cough
and fluid-filled lungs. The doctor, using the new CDC and WHO guidelines,
treats the hospitalized "flu" patient with the new high-tech Tamiflu. But
how often and at what dosage?
The doctors do what they've always done for the past 100 years. Tell the
nurse to stick a thermometer in the patient's mouth, increase the Tamiflu
dosage by 10cc's every hour until the fever starts to drop.
Then maintain that dosage level until the patient dies. Then blame the death
on some new highly contagious lethal virus. Nothing new here. It's the same old story, since 1918. The only thing different is that they give it a new name
like SARS, or Bird Flu or whatever sounds nifty and high-tech. Even today,
each year about one million people world-wide die from the very same
"disease" which first appeared in the fall of 1918. Has medicine, in the
last 100 years, turned this "contagion" from Pandemic by Phone, into
Illness by Internet? Is it the rapid and continuous spread of
misinformation that is still killing millions?