What you should KNOW about the FLU!


–Dana Ullman, MPH

Homeopathy developed its greatest popularity in the 19th century primarily because of the truly impressive successes it experienced in treating the serious infectious disease epidemics of that era, including typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and influenza.  In the (in)famous flu epidemic of 1918, statistics show that the death rates in homeopathic hospitals was 1-2%, while it was around 30% in the conventional medical hospitals.
The worst thing that you can do if you and your child get the flu is to take aspirin or Tylenol! Because the fever is one of the important ways that the body defends itself against the flu virus, conventional drugs that suppress the fever can slow down the healing process and possibly damage a person’s health in a significant way.
As for the flu vaccine, the media has and is presently encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, especially infants, children, and the elderly.  However, systematic reviews of the efficacy of the flu vaccine on these populations have shown only modestly positive results at best.  Due to some people’s sensitivity to vaccinations and its adjunctive ingredients, it is challenging to determine whether or not to get vaccinated. Tom Jefferson, MD, is considered the world’s leading authority on influenza vaccinations.  He has authored ten reviews for the Cochrane Collaboration, which is the most respected international center that evaluates medical research.  Dr. Jefferson has asserted, “There is no evidence whatsoever that seasonal influenza vaccines have any effect, especially in the elderly and young children  No evidence of reduced [number of] cases, deaths, complications.”  Dr. Jefferson further asserts, “What you see every year as the flu is caused by 200 or 300 different agents with a vaccine against two of them.  That is simply nonsense.”    Further, Dr. Jefferson has also declared, “the H1N1 is not a major threat (this link is to an excellent short interview with him).”  Dr. Jefferson has noted that Australia has just completed its winter, and there were only 131 deaths related to flu out of 22 million Australians.
The most popular protocol that homeopaths use at present to defend against the flu is INFLUENZINUM 9C.  We are presently taking orders for this  year’s INFLUENZINUM nosode which we expect to arrive around October 20th.  The common protocol is to take the 9C once a week for four weeks and then take the final dose one month later.  To order this five-dose protocol, click HERE.  We can special order other potencies of this medicine upon request. This Influenzinum is derived from the three most common flu viruses (according to the Pasteur Institute, Paris).  It does not include the swine flu H1N1.  At present, there is no “swine” flu nosode.

Treatment of the Flu…
If you’re knowledgeable about homeopathy, it is best to individually select a homeopathic medicine for each person according to his/her symptoms. Because the H1N1 flu is consider similar to the virus known to cause the 1918 flu, Gelsemium may be an important medicine. Other homeopaths recommend that you seriously consider Ipecacuahna. (Both of these medicines can be purchased from us, though orders for single medicines must be made by phone or fax:  800-359-9051 (phone orders in the US) or 510-649-1955 (fax). For the treatment of the flu, some “user-friendly” medicines are made by Heel, Inc. (the 2nd largest German homeopathic company).  One double-blind placebo controlled randomized study showed that a homeopathic medicine called Engystol reduced by over 30% the length and the severity of influenza and the common cold.”  These positive clinical results are consistent with the basic science research has showed that Engystol increases immune function through increasing the percentage of interferon-producing lymphocytes. The effectiveness of another homeopathic remedy, called Gripp-Heel, was compared with that of conventional treatments in a prospective, observational cohort study in 485 patients with mild viral infections and symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, cough or sore throat.  As evaluated by the practitioners, 67.9% of patients were considered asymptomatic at the end of Gripp-Heel therapy vs. 47.9% of patients in the control group.

And do not forget about Oscillococcinum.  There have been FOUR large studies that have shown its efficacy in the treatment of influenza.

The Experience of Mexican Homeopaths in Treating People with Swine Flu…
To read a first-hand report by MD/homeopaths in Mexico City who have treating people with swine flu, click here. As yet, there is no one medicine that homeopathic physicians have determined to be the “remedy epidemicus.”  Instead, so far, they have found various medicines to be effective. They also noted that some of the most common homeopathic medicines that are known to have severe bleeding with flu symptoms are: Arnica montana, Arsenicum album, Baptisia, Belladonna, Bryonia alba, Camphora, Carbo vegetabilis, Chamomilla, Cinchona officinalis, Ferrum phosphoricum, Influenzinum (corresponding to the epidemic), Ipecacuanha, Lachesis, Mercurius vivus, Phosphorus, Sepia officinalis, Sulphur.

To read the BEST book on homeopathic treatment, get this one by Sandra Perko.

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