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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 1st 2006 by Lantern Books
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Richard Reese
Mar 22, 2015 Richard Reese rated it it was amazing
Dr. Michael Greger’s book, Bird Flu, is both fascinating and spooky. Many people are aware of the Black Death, which hit in 1347. Far fewer know anything about the Spanish Flu of 1918, which killed more people in one year than the bubonic plague killed in 100 years. For some reason, our culture has suppressed the memory of this recent horror.

Back in 1918, millions of humans, mostly between the ages of 20 and 40, experienced muscle aches and pains for a few days. Then their lungs filled with bloo
Jul 24, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
Published in 2006,this scholarly treatise on the origins, history, and epidemiological patterns of bird flu seems prophetic given the severe outbreak in the U.S. last spring. The author supports his premise that the increase in concentrated animals feeling operations of chickens is making it more likely that the virus will mutate and make the leap to human to humans transmission. He argues for great potential for a worldwide pandemic. And bird flu in humans (there are examples of chicken to huma ...more
Keith Akers
Sep 22, 2014 Keith Akers rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 14, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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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.

As described b
Steven Peterson
Jan 19, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
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,
Dec 24, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 16, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 14, 2009 Shanna rated it it was amazing
frighteningly interesting. He is extremely well researched and not at all dry.
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A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey ...more
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