millie says internet alert H1N1 read me read me

wow, lots of drama over H1N1 in Canada….not sure if you appreciated what I offered to Damian Rogers’ WELLNESS column this week or not http://www.eyeweekly.com/style/wellness/article/71764, some of you may think it is over-simplified, especially with recent rising death toll..so I thought i’d just add an appendix to my statements since they were made before the Native Reserve issue was released….As we know already, after years of warnings on the danger of the flu, and campaigns promoting free flushot, etc, etc… any influenza virus can be deadly.  The H1N1 is not an exception.  This particular strain of flu might also have more affinity for younger adults, which differs to the usual “older adults, immuno-compromised, children, pregnant women and those living in confined spaces (hospitals, nursing homes, etc)”, the rest of which is case with the regular flu viruses and mostly ALL contagious disease.

But instead of using these new media releases as fear-mongering fuel for the danger of the H1N1, I suggest a few thoughts; these deaths from H1N1 on the Native Reserves really provide evidence for the poor, poor conditions on Native Reserves… the fact that more members of this population are dying from a virus that most people in the same country are recovering from spontaneously is very strong evidence that people 1) are living in very close quarters (enhancing number of infections) 2) are not in good enough general health to spontaneously recover from a new virus (enhancing severity) 3) dont have access or are not following public health recommendations (frequent hand washing, avoidance of people who are ill, staying home when ill) and health care (medical professionals, antiviral treatment, traditional therapies, sound lifestyle recommendations).

The sometimes tragic conditions on Native Reserves is not a surprise, nor is it new information to the Canadian Government, Health Canada nor the educated reader, but once again these preventable deaths highlight, and REmind us of the intensity of social, ethical, political and health issues on Canada’s Native Reserves.  I offer these as reasons to continue NOT to panic over H1N1.

Roger. Over and out.

xox dr millie lytle nd

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About Dr. Millie Lytle

Dr. Millie Lytle holds an undergraduate in Sociology from the University of Toronto (1998), her N.D. from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2002) and her Master’s of Public Health from the University of Hamburg of Applied Sciences, Germany (2010), for which she wrote her thesis on the integration of NDs into Community Health Centres. She has practiced and lectured in various integrated clinical settings, including the START Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, The 519 Church Street Community Centre and Lakeshore Area Multi-Service Project (L.A.M.P.) She has been interviewed for Viva magazine, Now magazine’s Alt Health, Adria Vasil’s Ecoholic and Damian Roger’s Wellness in Eye Weekly. She has also appeared on television programs including Breakfast Television, Food Jammers and Global News. She has been published in Naturopathic Doctor News and Review.

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