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Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Flu Revisited! Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
May 2009

Greetings!

As everyone knows the swine flu is BIG news right now. While I had originally planned a different topic for this month's newsletter, real life has a way of changing things! I have a family story from 1918 of my own. My grandmother caught the flu in 1918 and survived. She would have been in her early 20's then. While I always remember that she had white hair (she was old!), the story goes that after she recovered from the flu her hair came in pure white.

During the 1918 Flu pandemic which killed an estimated 70 - 100 million people worldwide, the homeopaths had the lowest mortality rate and the largest success in recovery to the flu using their homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy works by choosing a remedy that best fits the constellation of physical, mental and emotional symptoms for each individual person being treated. While we now have some antiviral pharmaceuticals like Tamiflu that we didn't have in 1918, I still believe that looking back into the homeopathic materia medica (the old homeopathic textbooks) can give us the best clues on how to combat any pandemic.

Hopefully this will prove to be much ado about nothing, but just in case (better safe than sorry) it is always good to have some tools at your disposal to lessen the severity of such an illness. Stay well and as always I will be available to treat and advise should the flu come a calling! I also offer phone consults ( if one doesn't or shouldn't want to leave home) to assist you on a natural and probably more effective naturopathic and homeopathic approach for this. Be well!

in this issue
How the Swine Flu may be different and What to do Swine Influenza in Humans, Swine Flu Symptoms, Homeopathic Treatment and Homeopathic Remedies for the Flu Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D The Use of Lomatium Root in Treating an Influenza Pandemic Artichoke Recipes

Swine Influenza in Humans, Swine Flu Symptoms, Homeopathic Treatment and Homeopathic Remedies for the Flu

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. Swine flu viruses cause high levels of illness and low death rates in pigs. Swine influenza viruses may circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to outbreaks in humans.

The 2009 flu outbreak in humans is due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that derives in part from human influenza, avian influenza, and two separate strains of swine influenza. The origins of this new strain are unknown. It passes with apparent ease from human to human, an ability attributed to an as-yet unidentified mutation. The strain in most cases causes only mild symptoms and the infected person makes a full recovery without requiring medical attention and without the use of antiviral medicines. From Hpathy - Tara's note - also consider Nux vomica for this season's flu!


Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D

In early April of 2005, after a particularly rainy spring, an influenza epidemic (epi: upon, demic: people) exploded through the maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane where I have worked for the last ten years. It was not the pandemic (pan: all, demic: people) we all fear, just an epidemic. The world is waiting and governments are preparing for the next pandemic. A severe influenza pandemic will kill many more Americans than died in the World Trade Centers, the Iraq war, the Vietnam War, and Hurricane Katrina combined, perhaps a million people in the USA alone. Such a disaster would tear the fabric of American society. Our entire country might resemble the Superdome or Bourbon Street after Hurricane Katrina. From Medical News Today


The Use of Lomatium Root in Treating an Influenza Pandemic

Lately I've been receiving many queries about which herbs can be used in the prevention and treatment of Avian Flu (a.k.a. The Bird Flu). There is no definitive answer to this question, nor am I able to locate any scientific research on this subject. However, as herbalists are always doing, we can look back in history for some possible answers.

During the pandemic of 1918-19 over 50-million people died worldwide from what was then know as "Spanish Flu" or "La Grippe." This was the most devastating epidemic in recorded history and infected one-fifth of the world's population. An estimated 28% of the American population was infected and 675,000 died during the pandemic. Of the U.S. soldiers who died in Europe during World War I, half died from the influenza pandemic and not from the enemy. In the USA influenza had a mortality rate of 2.5%, with many people dying within hours of manifesting symptoms. by Ed Smith (Herbal Ed)


Artichoke Recipes

While artichokes are almost in season, I chose them as this month's vegetable because Spring according to the Chinese calendar is the season of the liver, and artichokes support the liver much in the way that milk thistle, its botanical relative does. Enjoy! But go easy on the butter!


How the Swine Flu may be different and What to do

While most of the standard advice about flu prevention has to do with keeping your immune system really healthy, looking back into history at the "Spanish" flu of 1918, there are some alarming similarities where we need to use some intelligence and approach general treatment a bit differently than in a "normal" flu.

One of the main things that alarmed the epidemiologists about the Swine flu is that the highest mortality rate was among healthy adults aged 20-40 with strong immune systems. This is similar to the mortality rate of the 1918 pandemic. Researchers now believe that what made the 1918 flu so virulent was that the virus produced "cytokine storms" which is a severe immune reaction that turns deadly. Only those with strong immune systems could mount such a ferocious immunological attack on the body.

Also it is alarming in that the virus seems to have mutated rather rapidly. What I am hearing a lot from many people is a counter reaction to the hysteria ("Come on! It's only the flu!) But keep in mind that while the flu may be for most people rather mild , the 1918 strain mutated from a mild form (which afforded immunity to those who caught it initially) to a more severe form that was deadly a year later rapidly producing the cytokine storm.

While I am not intending anyone to panic, and I fully believe that homeopathy and naturopathy have MUCH (if not the MOST) to offer in the way of successful treatment, it may be contraindicated to take things such as Echinacea which strongly stimulate the immune system if one contracts this particular flu. I say this only because many of you like to self treat and Echinacea is often the first thing people use when they get sick with a cold or flu.

Please realize that this is my thinking only and as this unfolds (and hopefully goes away.... into nothing!) we will know more. I am already collaborating and networked with other practicing homeopaths and naturopaths. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! Be well, eat LOTS of fruits and veggies in all colors of the rainbow, drink lots of purified filtered water, get out into the sunshine, and wash your hands!

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