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Flu Control: Health Tips to Combat This Season’s Flu and Flu-Like Symptoms

High Tech Treatment:

There has been an especially difficult in plaguing our patients and friends this winter. Approaches to treatment are many and depend on the patient’s access to integrative health care practitioners. Flu viruses exert their destructive effects on many levels including immune dysregulation, disruption of energy metabolism, depletion of adrenal hormone reserves and oxidative damage. The antiviral effects of vitamin C are well known.1 Oral vitamin C may always be increased when ill. Five or 10,000 mg per day or more in divided doses may be tolerated. Overdose of vitamin C results in diarrhea, and when we are ill larger doses are tolerated and when in recovery the dose must be reduced. This is the Robert Cathcart, MD from Incline Village, vitamin C to bowel tolerance law. He was noted to give one pound of vitamin C to a very sick virus patient in 24 hours, which is 454 grams or 454,000 mg both orally and intravenously. Intravenous vitamin C bypasses the diarrhea problem, and we routinely use 25 to 50 grams for us. These can be done daily or several times per week until improvement.

Intravenous ozone (O3) made from oxygen in saline is a powerful immune booster and oxidative antagonist to viruses. German physicians have been employing ozone in various fashions for more than 100 years. It can be used in combination with vitamin C infusions for a more powerful effect.

Adrenal Support:

The adrenal glands are our stress glands and sit upon the kidneys. Viruses have damaging effects on the adrenals and can cause profound weakness and malaise.2 We give adrenal complex shots with vitamin B12, folic acid and a number of other homeopathic injectable remedies of vitamins, energy intermediates and herbs. These shots can be given weekly or daily depending on the severity of the case and are especially helpful for the post viral malaise or fatigue and get patients back to work more quickly. Additionally, German isopathic remedies made from bacteria and fungi are great immune boosters with no side effects and have been used since the 1940s. Oral cortisol (hydrocortisone) is bioidentical and can be given in very low doses four times per day to improve the immune system and normalize energy after influenza and many other kinds of illness. Bovine adrenal tablets from organically raised cows from New Zealand are also valuable.

Vitamin D3 is an important anti-viral as are vitamin A, selenium, turmeric, Boswellia, Oscillococcinum (homeopathic goose liver and heart) and Engystol (homeopathic dilutions of sulfur and Vinca). Enhancing vitamin impact can be executed by using liposomal vitamin C with R-lipoic acid. Liposomes are bubbles within bubbles containing the vitamin C and R-lipoic to greatly increase their absorption.

Low Tech Therapy:

Staying well-nourished during the u is very important. It is always good to go with chicken soup, especially with the advent of bone broth, a concentrated source of minerals and protein. Good water in abundance with freshly prepared vegetable juice is also very nurturing.

High fevers can drop quickly with apple cider vinegar and water (1⁄2 and 1⁄2) sponge baths. Olbas or other volatile oils in a tepid bath water are also helpful. Ice packs in the armpits and groin reduce fevers. Coffee enemas also reduce fevers and body aches quickly by cleaning out the liver. They also increase glutathione by 400 percent, the body’s major antioxidant. For the faint of heart we do colon therapy in the office and add fills of coffee, ozone and probiotics. There is obviously nothing better than sleep for the flu. Rest is the best.

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  1. Nutritional Medicine by Alan R. Gaby, MD pages 1166-67.Fritz Perlberg Publishing 2011
2. Textbook of Endocrinology edited by Robert Williams, MD page 247 W.B. Saunders Company 1974