The outbreak of Swine Fever will test the metal of the medical profession. Fortunately, they seem to be up to speed on collaboration. Let’s hope so! In the UK there is a stockpile of anti-viral medicine for half the polulation – that’s one way to see how the other half lives – or dies. My daughter suggested that Buddhists, Jains, Hindus, Jews and Muslims would all be OK as they don’t eat pork – I scoffed and then read that “Influenza (flu) is one of the illnesses that pigs share with humans. This illness is harbored in the lungs of pigs. Sausage contains bits of pigs’ lungs, so those who eat pork sausage tend to suffer more during epidemics of influenza (it’s a good thing the English Banger is mainly bread).
The Chinese should beware and look to the past, while avid eaters of pork today, physicians of ancient China recognized pork-eating as the root of many human ailments. Confucus say “A gentleman does not eat the flesh of pigs and dogs.”
Time to go Veggie.