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How to Prepare and Stay Calm in the Threat of Swine Flu or Just the Plain Old Flu!
A few of the antiviral herbal products I have used for many years.
As alarm grows, educate yourself and use hygenic practices.
With the sudden and rapid emergence of the new swine flu virus it will benefit each person to prepare themself and family members to escape/ battle the virus. There are simple ways to combat this and other viral illnesses with remedies that are presently available to assist our immune system; they are not expensive and in much use in complementary medicine.
Current news headlines are frightening with the updated information that 'the virus cannot be contained'. Dr. Anne Schuchat, deputy director for the CDC Public Health Program stated today that "We expect there to be a broader spectrum of disease here in the U.S....probably with some deaths." The U.S. has declared a public health state of emergency and our border officials are screening returning arrivals for symptoms of the virus. To date there have been only twenty confirmed U.S. cases and symptoms seem to have remained mild in these cases with no fatalities reported.
The World Health Organization is now convening an emergency committee meeting to advise on the swine flu. The virus has been confirmed in five U.S. states, California, Texas, Kansas, New York and Ohio. Canada and New Zealand have confirmed cases. Mexico is the center of this current outbreak and those who have recently traveled there should watch for beginning of flu type symptoms. The current seasonal flu vaccine is reported to be of "no help" against this mutated virus. Some international reports have stated that the original bird flu seems to have mutated to infect swine, and that virus now has mutated to be spread by human contact.
The global concern regarding this outbreak is shown in the cautious planning of China and Russia deciding to quarantine travelers arriving from any flu infected areas. Italy, Poland and Venezuela are advising their citizens to postphone travel to Mexico or the United States.
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There many natural herbal and home remedies that are able to kill viruses or prevent them from replication in the body, which is how viruses must grow and increase. There are quite a few homeopathic remedies usable both for preventive measures and to help assist the body in depleting the viral expansion within the cellular structures.
In my opinion, and use of many of these products for over 20 years, the herbal remedies are to be begun when you first start feeling symptoms of viral illness. Many herbs are scientifically shown to have anti-viral properties, and the sooner they are taken, the more time your body can 'hold down' the replication of whatever is present. Also in my opinion, the homeopathic remedies are best to be taken concurrently with the herbal remedies. In addition, I and my extended family have used homeopathic antiviral combinations, i.e. 'flu' remedies to help stimulate the immune system before feeling any symptoms of illness. Presumably this has helped to stop the infection or reduce the magnitude of the illness.
Following is a list of herbal preparations that may assist in viral reduction. They are available in liquid form, in standardized liquid extracts and 'pills', in whole herb forms of liquid and pill or capsule. There are many others and the pictures shown are only the brands I had on hand and not for advertising or recommendation purposes, other than that I have used them myself.
Liquid extracts: Elderberry, Lomatium, Barberry, Bayberry, Olive extract, Echinacea in several combinations, Pau de Arco, Baptista, Spilanthes, Cats Claw. All of the above are also available in some pill or capsule form, both standardized and whole herb form.
Homeopathic preparations: Natkurcoccinum, Ocillococcinum, Hylands Flu Care(for kids), Nelsons cold and flu, BHI Flu relief or Inflammation(which contains homeopathic flu virus as well as other beneficial remedies. Other brands are Doliosis Flu, and Boiron. The beta glucans can greatly enhance the ability of our immune cells to defeat viral replication and that is in Swanson's Immune Essentials and Himalayan Septcillin. Most homeopathics are tiny pellets or pills that melt under the tongue, and thus easy to assimilate even if one is nauseated.
Al of the above herbal and homepathics are available at a good health food store. Some are available at Wal-greens and Wal-mart and other drug stores, particularly Hylands brand and the common Occillococcinum remedy. This particular one is a number one product for flu treatment in over-the-sea countries, and is used by the English Royal family and their physicians.
A different type product is NZD, a liquid fulvic-humic product that also reduces replication of viral acitivty. It must be taken when plenty of water can be taken as it will require increased water intake to prevent constipation. This may be available locally, but may better be found online at eBay, where I purchase it. Most of the above mentioned herbals and homeopathics may also be purchased on eBay.
These are some of the homeopathic remedies I use.
World Health Organization update on 6-14-09 regarding Swine Flu
.Because of the increasing world-wide geographic spreadof swine flu the phase 6 alert has been made, but the WHO is considering adding a second measurement to validate listing the intensity (i.e. fatality rate) of a virus, rather than just the global exposure growth which is the current measurement statistic.
Keiji Fukuda, WHO chief, said the swine flu is now in 73 countires.These figures include only 117 deaths from the swine flu. The intensity of Swine Flu is not drastic; it simply means a global outbreak. and the deat rate seems minimal in comparison to the alert status.
Use reasonable and healthy measures physically, socially, and medically, to keep yourself 'well' and refer to the varied treatments offered to start therapy if symptoms indicate!
And don't worry about it! (That does not mean ignore it...) Practice your personal, social, health manners, eat right and rest well, build your immune system, and READ!
Headlines on June 26, 2009. Almost ridiculous!
Local newspaper today: "Swine flu infections may have hit million"
MILLION. THREAT. VACCINE. PANDEMIC. #$*$($)$*! Well-ll, this is not to say that we should not take protective measures, like building up your immune system, being sanitary and careful in personal and social ways, having personal-choice remedies available. But listen...
This is a quote from todays Daily Oklahoman news article: "REGULAR seasonal flu sickens anywhere from 15 million to 60 million Americans each year." "And we MAY (now) have a million" cases, say U.S. health officials, meaning sick people with swine flu.
Lyn Finelli, a flu surveillance official with the CDC made the one million ESTIMATE in a presentation to a swine flu vaccine advisory panel meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. That ESTIMATE was from mathematical guestimating based on public surveys.
And listen again...quoting the Daily Oklahoman report: "More than 25 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine should be available by early September, CDC officials and vaccine manufacturers said." (Update, 8-16-09. Vaccination trials have just started in several cities of the USA. Schools locally are asking for parents to sign permission slips to be vaccinated with H1N1 in schools. If you choose to do this, fine, but do some viral preventatives before and after the administration. And hope for no other reactions, too.)
Cross my fingers too! And start now with some prevention!
Go ahead and be responsible, please. There are a lot of articles here on hubpages with lots of pertinent information on swine flu and viral illnesses. Look around. I do have one with herbal and homeopathic information, and several other hubpagers have additional excellent information on prevention and treatment of viral illnesses.
News headlines spreading fear beyond the necessary cautions needed. Take precautions YOURSELF now!
Re: Headlines on TV, newspapers, radio: July 29 and 30th, 2009
So now children and pregnant women and a few healthy seniors will be receiving the swine flu vaccination to see how well it covers, i.e. builds up the antibodies to H1N1 swine flu. I hope the makers of the vaccine did not hurry so, that there is some yet hidden negative causative result. And I hope it does work for those who wish to take it.
The 'seasonal flu vaccine' does not cover the swine flu.
Have you already started building your immune system with good nutrition, vitamins and minerals, no junk? Exercise? Rest? And have you already bought your homeopathic flu remedies - several kinds - in pellet, pill or liquid form? Do you already have your herbal preparations that have previously been shown to contain anti-viral properties? I have.
Best wishes as we fight this swine thing together! And good luck to us all in addition! Cheers, if you have already prepared yourself and your family for good health and good healing!
Update 8-13-09: Go to www.NaturalNews.com and do search on swine flu for current informative articles and viable information on swine flu predictions, preventions, treatments! Greatly worthwhile articles!
Comments from Dr. Ronald Greenfield, M.D., Infectious disease specialist in the Oklahoma Physician Group from Oklahoma Health Sciences Medical Center
Radio show, Sunday Morning Magazine on WKY radio 930 AM, on August 16, 2009. This interview was informatively conducted by Chad Smith as host of that weekly program, and broadcast as a repeat show from the previous week.
Dr. Ronald Greenfield, M.D., was interviewed regarding H1N1, the "swine associated flu virus" disease, declared as 'pandemic' by the World Health Organization this past June. He was asked pertinent questions regarding seriousness of the disease, and prevention factors presently considered possible for the individual/public.
Dr. Greenfield stated the H1N1 viral disease is determined as 'new' because of the antigenic change - i.e. mutation - in the Hg type and the N type antigens on the surface of the flu virus which is the determinent factor in establishing a newly identified "viral type". This occurs expectedly as all flu virus types repeatedly shift - mutate - on a constant life basis. However, Dr. Greenfield stated the identification of this H1N1 by the media as 'swine flu' was somewhat of a misnomer, because it was not an original pig based virus, but a rapidly mutating virus that did merge with some swine viral components.
(It has been reported elsewhere that this H1N1 virus is a combination of flu avian, swine and human components, wherein lies the risk to humans since it now transfers from human to human, occurring thus only after making the jump from animal to human transmission during its normal constant mutation factors. Further information is noted in my other 'swine flu hub' which also gives variable preventative treatments anti-virally. There are several excellent writings on www.hubpages.com regarding preventative and treatment measures.)
Dr. Greenfield reported that this H1N1 virus has been being investigated by WHO scientists for about five years now, perhaps almost a decade, as it began approaching the current human to human transmission ability. He reiterates the WHO declaration of global pandemic as at least fifty countries worldwide have reported cases of confirmed 'swine associated flu'. But he cautions us individually to "Use common sense, and not panic...to seek medical care if ill, and to follow known hygenic measures now." He states specifically that "hand washing after every human contact" is one of the best ways to avoid transmission of the virus.
On a scale of 1 - 10, Dr. Greenfield estimates the H1N1 virus at 5, because this particular disease was 'expected' as this "viral antigenic shift was an expected event", by those scientists of WHO. He further states this virus does NOT currently appear to be severe like the avian flu virus of the past few years. He believes the U.S. is "moderately well prepared" for an epidemic of viral component, though does not believe this H1N1 is a drastically high mortality disease compared to the recent avaian flu or the 1918 pandemic occurrences. This particularly, because the H1N1 has been so relatively mild with comparatively few deaths and low hospital admission rates with the illness, even globally.
Again, Dr. Greenfield explains that the H1N1 - or any true viral illness - is NOT like the miserable short term symptoms of the common cold viruses. Though the comparasion between a common cold virus and a flu virus is distinct in ways, sometimes the distinction is muted according to the health status of those fighting the illnesses; i.e. those with significant lung, heart or immune system dysfunction.
Flu symptoms most likely have rapid onset of fever which can spike quite high quickly, a cough and possibly sore throat. There may be nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, though these may not be present at all. Flu symptoms are NOT sneezniness or itchy eyes, nose, even a sore throat or moderate fever with slow onset, miserable tired condition. These are symptomatic of the lesser potent and multiple viruses causing the 'common cold'. Flu viral illnesses are more dramatic in onset, in severe symptom degree, and longer lasting debility, again depending somewhat on the immune health and underlying disease factors of the individual.
Dr. Greenfield reminds us as the public, that 'any flu is a treatable disease' and medical treatments are available to those who may become ill. This infectious disease specialist physician spoke an amazing encouraging fact as he again reminded us to take preventative personal hygiene measures: His opinions were to isolate ill people, wash your hands after every human contact, and keep hands away from your face. He stated that the commonly sold cheap paper face masks are of little preventive help, except "to keep you from putting your dirty finger in your nose"!
Shall we all take heed! May the 'swine associated flu' bugs fly over and past you! Run from them faster with your intake of Vitamin D, and your choice of the above remedies. There is help, to conquer those pesky critters.
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