It’s nothing to sneeze at when people are dying of a flu, but people die every day from drunk driving and have we banned alcohol yet? Not a chance.
The World Health Organization raised the Swine Flu level alert, but that doesn’t mean we should panic. There are basic steps we can take to protect ourselves, some recommended by the highest authority in the country—the president himself—who went on air to endorse the cautionary procedures we all learned at mama’s knee: “Wash your hands when you shake hands, cover your mouth when you cough. . . . If you are sick, stay home.”
You can also take the suggestions of our Whole Life homeopathic experts, below. And of course, if you have any suspicious symptoms, consult your health practitioner.
Everything you would do to prevent getting each year’s seasonal flu is exactly what you need to be doing now. A strong immune system is your best defense. Try to avoid crowds and stay well nourished with an adequate intake of both macronutrients (high quality proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients). Top priority goes to micronutrients that support the immune system, such as vitamins A, C, D, the B vitamins, and minerals, particularly zinc.
Take time to properly cool down after exercise. You’re more susceptible after a hard workout because your immune system is temporarily depressed. Wash your hands often but avoid antibacterial soaps; they are no more effective and contribute to the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
A vaccine for the swine flu is still several months away, but homeopathy offers a preventative strategy that is available now. From a homeopathic viewpoint, it makes no difference whether we are dealing with swine flu or avian flu, or x, y or z flu. They are all similar enough that any flu virus will respond to a homeopathic remedy made from any strain. The preventative remedy Influenzinum 9C, taken in five doses over a two-month period, can be obtained from Homeopathic Educational Services in Berkeley. If you’re in the very early stages of symptoms, Oscillococcinum (available at most health stores and many drugstores) can often cut it off at the pass.
Dr. Garber is the creator of Dr. Garber’s Natural Solutions and has a private practice in Venice.
Stuart Garber, D.C., Ph.D
To put things into perspective, malaria kills 3,000 people every day, and it’s considered “a health problem.”
Do you have it? Symptoms include fever higher than 100°, coughing, funny nose and/or sore throat, joint aches, severe headache, vomiting and/or diarrhea, lethargy, lack of appetite.
Is it real or a media frenzy? Swine Flu does exist and it is contagious. In Germany it is called Suis Toxin, and they have been making homeopathic remedies to cure it for decades. It is a type-A influenza virus that resides in the lungs of all pigs, and it’s genetic.
The mutation aspect is very important as the current strain, A (H1N1), is a new variation of an H1N1 virus that causes seasonal flu outbreaks in humans, and also contains genetic material of bird and pig versions of the flu.Vaccinations suppress the virus and cause mutation, and once suppressed the virus can return with a vengeance.
Prevention is the best
Your daily immune-building program should include:
- Homeopathic All Flu remedy: 1⁄2 capful once per month
- All Flu is a proprietary formula of influenzinum remedy, Gelsemium, Kreosotum, Veratrum Viride, Eupatoricum Perfoliatum, Anas barbarie hepatis et cordis extractum
- Mushrooms (reishi, maitake, shiitake): 500 mgs or more per day
- Colostrum – raw organic is best, or a good probiotic, 2 ounces per day
- Vitamin C –2,000 to 5,000 mg daily
- Vitamin D3 – 5,000 IU daily
- Ionic Minerals: see label
- Organic Oregano – 1 or 2 capsules daily
- EFAs: 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds daily
- DHA: 250 mgs daily
Dr. Teresa Dale is the author of The Truth About Hormones and the Bio Identical Hype, and the Biotic Mac Slow Foods cookbook.
Important for Swine Flu Epidemic: Homeopathy Successfully Treated Flu Epidemic of 1918
Homeopathy for Influenza
Dr. Theresa Dale, CCN, NP