Doctor You: Influenza: Natural Therapies
Videos are available with this book, and we recommend that you watch
the videos as you begin learning about natural alternatives to flu shots,
and natural therapies for preventing and / or coping with flu. Although
you may find some repetition, the videos will help you process the information
in this book and we strongly suggest that you watch them.
Who hasn’t had a bad case of the flu? In the winter of 1999 I (Cindy)
had such a bad flu that it literally took me years to recover fully. I was
left severely weakened, to the extent that a simple shower gave me heart palpitations—and I was just over forty years old, and had previously been in good physical condition. Flu can be devastating.
Flu Shots, Pandemics & Safe, Effective Alternatives to Flu Shots
Every few years we are terrified by reports of new “killer” flus from Asia, or a new movie about a viral pandemic and the end of the world as we know it. Will it happen? Would flu shots protect against it? Is there natural protection that might help us survive? First of all, at best, flu shots are very limited in what they can do to protect against the flu. They can only give resistance to the specific viruses that are placed in the mix in anticipation of coming flu seasons.
If you get a flu shot in a year when swine flu is expected but bird flu hits, you
are out of luck. Or if you get a shot when swine flu is expected but swine
flu mutates you are also out of luck. For that reason, flu shots are not the
Not only that, they can be dangerous, and even potentially damaging
to the nervous system. Many things go into flu shot mixes. They aren’t
labeled, are they? Some contain preservatives that are known toxins
(such as mercury), some contain allergens such as egg or other animal
products, and some may be inadvertently contaminated. Dangerous
live viruses have been known to be found in flu shots. For those reasons
and possibly others, adverse reactions are fairly common, and can range
from simple flu symptoms to dangerous and crippling Guillain-Barre
There are natural alternatives to flu shots, and some may be more effective
than flu shots. Flu shots and other inoculations are meant to build
and stimulate the immune system so it can be effective in fighting flu
viruses. There are other means of stimulating and fortifying your immune
system to protect against the flu.
Because viruses can’t mutate to resist some substances like colloidal
silver or grapefruit seed extract (see Flu page for ordering information),
those substances can be much more effective than flu shots at combating
flu. Royalty were historically called “blue bloods” because of the concentration
of silver that accumulated in their blood due to eating and
drinking from silver vessels. These higher silver levels in the blood are
believed to have kept them safe from plague. Drinking colloidal silver is
said to turn people blue, but this is only true when someone consumes
high levels of silver solution that has larger silver particles. Ionic silver
solutions can be consumed without danger of the skin becoming blue.
The best way in which to get silver in the blood stream as a deterrent
to infection is through the use of a nebulizer.
Bolstering the immune system by herbal remedies is another effective approach. Source Naturals has an Herbal Resistance Liquid that I (Cindy) have used with good effect against viral infections. Increasing Vitamin D, Vitamin C and some other supplements is also shown to be effective in resisting viral infections like flu. See the flu information page for ordering information.
Symptoms of Flu
Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness
caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can even lead to death. The flu is different from a cold and usually comes on
suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more
common in children than adults.
Potential Complications of the Flu
Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than
two weeks, but some people will develop complications as a result of
the flu, some of which can be life-threatening and even result in death.
Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, and other infections,
both viral and bacterial, may result. Viral meningitis can be caused by
The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people
with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and
people with chronic congestive heart failure may find their condition
worsens during the flu.
Some People Are at Higher Risk from Flu
Anyone, even healthy people, can get the flu, and serious problems
from influenza can happen at any age. People 65 years old and older,
and people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or
heart disease are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications,
which include pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalizations.
Pregnant women and young children are also more vulnerable to
What about Antiviral Medicines?
Many people are aware that bacterial infections have increased resistance
to antibiotics, with “superbug” germs like MRSA being the result.
In a similar fashion, viruses have increased resistance to some medications
given to fight viruses. Drugs like Tamiflu and other adamantanes
have lost effectiveness due to genetic mutations of viruses. Drugs that
were once thought to be weapons in an arsenal against viral pandemic
are no longer certain to be effective (http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/
Natural Means of Preventing Flu
Clean hands can be a big deterrent to flu and other viral infections. Try
to remember not to eat with your hands or touch your face—especially
your mouth nose or eyes—when your hands may not be clean. Shaking
hands and touching articles in public places can leave hands with infectious
materials on them. To effectively wash your hands, wash with soap
and continue washing for about 20 seconds, which is approximately the
amount of time required to sing the alphabet song. Be sure to wash the
backs of hands and around nail beds as well as palms. You can also carry
alcohol-based hand sanitizers to be used in a pinch.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If
you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow, which prevents
contaminating your hands and spreading the germs to other surfaces
you touch. Flu germs are found in saliva, mucous and other body fluids,
so you will be less likely to spread germs to others if you avoid touching
eyes, mouth and nose.
A healthy diet is always beneficial. Antioxidant-rich vegetables and
fruits, such as broccoli, sweet peppers, carrots, citrus fruits, blueberries,
pomegranate, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach can improve
your immune function and overall health.
Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system. You can take a
vitamin D supplement or eat foods such as fatty fish like salmon. If you
tolerate dairy foods well, they also are a good source of Vitamin D. If
you get 15-20 minutes of direct exposure to sunlight each day your body
will produce Vitamin D.
Natural Therapies & Supplements for Recovering from Flu
Colloidal Silver Bounce-back Formula
Colloidal silver inhaled through a nebulizer immediately goes throughout
the body via the blood stream, so pathogens (germs) can begin to
die quickly. Colloidal silver used in a nebulizer must be extremely pure,
with no proteins or silver salts or serious health issues may occur. One
way to be sure you are getting extremely pure colloidal silver is to make
it yourself with a Silver Lungs generator. The Silver Lungs generator can
be purchased with a nebulizer, and comes with specific and detailed directions
as to how to make and use colloidal silver. Adding a few drops
of kyolic garlic to the solution in your nebulizer can pack a great onetwo
punch against germs.
“I had a bad respiratory infection with a bad cough. Dr. Noa gave me a
treatment with the nebulizer and colloidal silver / garlic formula. I felt
immediately better, and improved quickly following the first treatment.”
“I had a sinus headache, and felt lethargic and weak. I mentioned not
feeling well to Dr. Noa, so he gave me a treatment with a nebulizer containing
a colloidal silver-based formula. My headache left, and I began
to feel back to normal that very afternoon.”
Because family stress has been shown to increase the risk of influenza
infection, reducing stress can contribute to the health of the members
of your family. Relaxed family recreation time spent reading to children
or playing games together can help lower stress and increase feelings of
support and security.
Supplements Likely to Help
Source Naturals has an Herbal Resistance Liquid that contains some
of the herbs listed below. There are also cold remedy teas that contain
echinacea and other helpful herbs.
This list mentions herbs and other supplements shown to help:
Taking echinacea may help clear flu symptoms faster.
Yummi Bears Echinacea + Vitamin C & Zinc, 40-Count Gummy Bears
Supplementing with elderberry may help speed recovery.
Natural Sources Inc Concentrate, Elderberry, 8-Ounce
In one study, elderly nursing home residents in Japan who gargled with
a green tea extract were less likely to get the flu than those who gargled
without the green tea extract.
NOW Foods Green Tea Extract, 250 Capsules / 400mg
Supplementing with vitamin C may reduce your flu risk.
NOW Foods Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release with Rose Hips, 250 Tablets
In one study, long-term vitamin D supplementation for three years
significantly reduced flu and cold symptoms.
Rainbow Light Vitamin D3, 1000 IU Sunny Gummy, 100-Count
Asian ginseng has immune-enhancing properties, which may play a role
in preventing infection with the influenza virus.
Nature Made Ginseng (Chinese Red) 250 Mg, 60-Count
Boneset has been shown in studies to stimulate immune-cell function, which may explain its traditional use to help fight off minor viral infections, such as the flu.
Eleuthero has immune-enhancing properties, which may play a role in
preventing infection with the influenza virus.
Now Foods Eleuthero 500 mg 250 Caps
Goldenseal used in combination with wild indigo has been reported to
have immune-enhancing effects.
Nature’s Way Goldenseal Herb, 400mg, 180-Capsules
The salicylates in meadowsweet give it a mild anti-inflammatory effect
and the potential to reduce fevers during a cold or flu.
Meadowsweet Extract – 1 oz – Liquid
Thuja used in combination with wild indigo has been reported to have
Thuja Extract 1 Ounces
Wild indigo contains polysaccharides and proteins that have been reported
to stimulate the immune system. It is often used in combination
with herbs such as echinacea, goldenseal, or thuja.
Wild Indigo Extract 1 Ounces
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