(Flu and Homeopathy)
    The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. In response to the intensifying outbreak, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5. So far more than ten thousand cases have been reported with death toll exceeding 80.

    Wouldn't you be surprised if you were told that homeopathy was successful in treating the flu epidemic of 1918 and can provide promising answers to the threats of 2009 Swine Flu lurking on our door? Homeopathy can provide quick and inexpensive relief for symptoms of the flu.

     A system of medicine based on the principles of "like cures like," had remarkable results and curtailed mortality in early 20th century. Homeopathy uses plant, mineral and animal sources for the natural flu remedies. The term "homeopathy" was coined by then medical doctor Samuel Hahnemann in the 1800s who gave us a wonderful, safe, effective and convenient system of medicine. Homeopathic remedies have been used to treat flu symptoms for two centuries now.

 Success of homeopathy in treating the flu epidemic of 1918

    While the mortality rate of people treated with traditional medicine and drugs was 30 percent, those treated by homeopathic physicians had mortality rate of 1.05 p

    Of the fifteen hundred cases reported at the Homeopathic Medical Society of the District of Columbia there were only fifteen deaths. Recoveries in the National Homeopathic Hospital were 100%. In Ohio, of 1,000 cases of influenza, Dr. T. A. McCann, MD, Dayton, Ohio reported not a single death.

 What did the magic to successfully treat the Spanish flu in 1918?

    Homoeopathic herbal remedies Gelsemium and Bryonia were the simple yet very powerful remedies in successfully tackling Spanish Flu. According the Dr. Frank Wieland, MD, in Chicago, "With 8,000 workers we had only one death. Gelsemium was practically the only remedy used.

      We used no aspirin and no vaccines." Homeopathy was 98% successful in treating the Spanish flu epidemic Ohio reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated allopathically had a mortality rate of 28.2% while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05% . In Connecticut, 6,602 cases were reported, with 55 deaths, less than 1%. Dr. Roberts, a physician on a troop ship during World War I, had 81 cases of flu on the way over to Europe. He reported, "All recovered and landed safe. Every man had received homeopathic treatment.

 How do they know that a virus caused the flu epidemic of 1918, when the first virus was not isolated until 1933?

     They don't.In fact, many believe that the epidemic was actually a vaccine reaction.

      When Army vaccinations became compulsory in 1911, the death rate from typhoid vaccination rose to the highest point in the history of the US Army. US Secretary of War Henry L Stimson reported that seven men dropped dead after being vaccinated. He also reported 63 deaths and 28,585 cases of hepatitis as a direct result of yellow fever vaccination during only six months of World War I. According to a report in the Irish Examiner, "The report of the Surgeon-General of the US Army shows that during 1917 they were admitted into the army hospitals 19,608 men suffering from anti-typhoid inoculation and vaccinia. When army doctors tried to suppress the symptoms of typhoid with a stronger vaccine, it caused a worse form of typhoid i.e. paratyphoid. But when they concocted an even stronger vaccine to suppress that one, they created an even worse disease Spanish flu."

 Did the flu strain that caused the 1918 flu ever return?

      The 1918 `Spanish Flu` was first reported in an American military, Camp Funston, Fort Riley, in troops preparing for World War I and receiving 25 vaccinations. According to the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the same flu strain appeared only one other time: in 1976. This was again at a US army base, Fort Dix, and again, was seen in recently vaccinated troops, and only in them. The virus has not reported to have appeared anywhere else in USA.

   Is homeopathy successful in treating the modern flu? What can I do to prevent the flu?

      Homoeopathy has been effectively treating influenza for all these years. Unlike conventional a medicine which has either sedation or lethargy due to anti-histamines, homoeopathic medicines are free from side effects and has quick recovery comparatively with less number of loss of productive human hours.

     Good food with lots of antioxidants, clean living and exercise are healthy practices for maintaining good health. There are certain nutrients that have been shown to help enhance the immune system, such as echinacea, vitamins C, E and beta carotene, zinc.

 For Further information: Dr. Shivang Swaminarayan, Chief Medical Executive, Healwell Homoeopathy &  Wellness Centres, Ahmedabad. Email: M: +91-98982 00557

 Swine Influenza (Flu) What You Can do to Stay Healthy?
  • There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • A lcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective
  • A void touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you get sick, it is recommended that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

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