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Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

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An expose on the role intensive poultry farming has played in incubating and spreading the bird flu virus which is expected to become a worldwide pandemic.
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Lantern Books
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Keith Akers
Great book -- typical of Dr. Greger's entertaining and thoroughly scientific style. Check out "" if you haven't already. There is a video, "Pandemic prevention" which he did which conveys some of the same information.
Playing chicken with our food supply…

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review at the publisher's invitation.)

BIRD FLU: A VIRUS OF OUR OWN HATCHING opens not with H5N1, the modern day "bird flu virus" which has the potential to mutate into the deadliest pandemic that the world has ever seen, but with H1N1, the influenza virus responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic. In just two short years, an estimated 50 to 100 million people perished as World War I raged on.

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Steven Peterson
H5N1. Pandemic or fizzle? Will this version of Avian Flu be a killer as bad as the great Pandemic Flu of 1918 (also an avian flu)? Or worse? Or a fizzle like Swine Flu in President Gerald Ford's administration? If it is akin to the first two choices, Americans will be faced with one of the worst health threats in its history. To this point in time, this particular flu has not "taken off." And let us hope that continues to be the case.

Michael Greger's book, "Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching,
May 05, 2007 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This was a very well written and meticulously researched book about how the avian influenza came about thanks to our intensification of the domestication of poultry, the possible catastrophe that is coming, and some simple ideas of how to protect ourselves. After reading this book, I'm a believer to how bad the bird flu will be and am appalled at how the poultry industry around the world is ignoring the signs and what experts are saying in order to continue making their profit.
Well written. Easy to read. Very interesting. I hope the day soon comes when human and environmental health concerns take precedence over intensive factory farming and big-profit agribusiness. Sadly, I agree with the closing statement of this book... a global pandemic is most likely going to be what forces change, and at an unspeakable human cost.
frighteningly interesting. He is extremely well researched and not at all dry.
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Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions, testified before Congress, has appeared on shows such as The Colbert Rep ...more
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