Avian Flu Preventable, Treatable According to Natural Health Groups
BIRD FLU - The British Society for Ecological Medicine and the Alliance for Natural Health have released a joint report arguing that, in the event of the appearance of a highly pathogenic strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the resulting illness may be effectively prevented and cured by a change of lifestyle and by targeted nutritional intervention, rather than by pharmaceutical drugs.
The report is titled "The Pivotal Role for Natural Products in Countering an Avian Influenza Pandemic" (PDF version here) and is intended to serve as a guide to preventive action and self-treatment. It acknowledges that in severe cases, hospitalization will be required. In those cases, high-dose intravenous ascorbate - a solution of vitamin C and a mineral - is suggested. Chances of survival in case of infection could be significantly improved over those with treatment by common anti-viral medications.
Natural vitamin C - Image credit: Sepp
According to the Alliance for Natural Health, the report was made in response to an inquiry from Dr. David Nabarro, the UN global co-ordinator on Avian Influenza. It remains to be seen whether the agency's interest in natural prevention and treatment for avian flu is more than a fig leaf. Countries are still stockpiling Tamiflu and banking on vaccines in an effort to be prepared, but they would do well to adopt the protocols suggested in the report."We hope that the World Health Organization will take on board the key recommendations of our report with all possible speed, given the severity and imminence of the threat," says ANH director Dr. Robert Verkerk, the lead author of the report. "It would be tragic if the WHO allowed any national prejudices that may exist with regard to natural interventions to interfere with adoption of these protocols, especially when vaccines will be unavailable in the early months of a pandemic. Many lives across the world may depend on the use of these protocols if a human H5N1 pandemic emerges in the near future."
Several key micro-nutrients are identified as potentially life-saving in the event of the appearance of a pandemic viral strain, including zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B 12 and vitamin A. Botanical extracts that may be useful are beta glucans derived from yeast or mushrooms, resveratrol from the skins of grapes, berry extracts and garlic.
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The report's recommendations include some simple rules of diet and lifestyle to proof-up against infection, as well as three specific protocols for the use of supplements:Prevention
The full text of the report can be downloaded here.
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Here is a message I recently found on the Alt Medicine Forum, that is interesting in connection with the bird flu.
While the bird flu is not the most hot topic at this time, it is being kept alive by the press and by official agencies reporting every case internationally as if it was the most important event of the day.
We have a protocol of natural substances that may be of help.
Here is one more suggestion of simple but apparently effective intervention, that we should not miss, in the event of an outbreak, how ever unlikely it may be...
Posted by: "JdB"
Tue Jun 19, 2007
http://www.keephopealive.org/j2005v3n4.html 1920: A case report on recovery from the Spanish Flu using hydrogen peroxide The H5N1 strain of the current avian bird flu has been compared to the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 that killed over 50 million people. An article appearing in The Lancet, a British medical journal, on Feb. 21, 1920, titled: "Influentzal Pneumonia: The Intravenous Injection of Hydrogen Peroxide" tell of a remarkable recovery of a man in a coma near death who received a single injection of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
While the patient recovered, the use of 3% H2O2 solution as a direct injection would not be used today as it might just as likely kill the patient with a gas embolism. This could happen if it were injected too quickly and too close to the heart. However, this case that is part of the public record, is very important because it demonstrates that hydrogen peroxide can kill a deadly virus that has been closely compared to the deadly H5N1 strain of the avian bird flu that is feared will one day mutate into a form that will spread from human to human and kill 50% of those who are infected.
In 1986, I was inspired to write a series of articles on the uses of hydrogen peroxide for both topical and oral application in the treatment of various health conditions and published it in a booklet form. Today, 19 years later and in the 13th edition, it is called "Hydrogen Peroxide and Ozone." It contains numerous case reports on recoveries from infections in both humans and pets using hydrogen peroxide either orally or topically.
In April 2005, I came down with a severe case of the seasonal flu that included a fever of 104 and an infected stomach, lungs and sinuses. My first event upon arising was to vomit in the kitchen sink which I repeated several more times. I was a sick puppy and about to dial 911 for assistance when I thought of using hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). I added a teaspoon of 3% H2O2 solution to a glass of water and drank it down rather quickly. It didn't stay down very long, so about 5 minutes later I drank another glass of water with a teaspoon of the H2O2 added. This time it stayed down and a half an hour later I took another virus fighting product called "Grapefruit Seed Extract" and added 10 drops to a glass of water.
I alternated every half hour between the H2O2 and water and the grapefruit seed extract for the first 2 hours, then I reduced this pattern to once every hour alternating between the H2O2 and the grapefruit seed extract. An hour after first starting these two drinks, my temperature began to drop. Within 4 hours it was down to 100 degrees and by the end of the day I was feeling normal but drained. Unlike aspirin that may suppress the fever by turning off the immune response, the H2O2 solution and grapefruit seed extract reduced the fever by actually killing the infection and supporting the humoral immune response.
Since this experience I have thought of other ways of using hydrogen peroxide for the flu.
Sublingual: Hold 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide in the mouth for about 3 minutes every hour on the hour until most of it is absorbed in the mucus membranes. You may then drink a glass of water.
Topical or skin application: Pour 1/4th of a cup of hydrogen peroxide on a cotton terry cloth. Place the cloth on the persons chest and let it sit there for about half an hour. H2O2 will be slowly absorbed into the body through the skin. Repeat this once every 2 hours until it no longer is needed.
Whichever method of using hydrogen peroxide used (oral, sublingual or topical), It might be prudent to alternate with other treatment options like grapefruit seed extract and other options mentioned earlier until you recover from the infection.
Hydrogen peroxide can be found in pharmacies and Grapefruit seed extract can be found in health food stores. I would not use either product as a daily preventative as there can be side effects from long term use. Hydrogen peroxide kills off good intestinal flora and grapefruit seed extract can be very acidifying on the saliva pH.
Other options like cod liver oil, castor oil, garlic capsules and zinc can be used on a regular basis as a preventative. Remember to always keep your doctor informed of what you are using when self medicating
BIRD FLU: Public Health Information for The Governments of the World
Matthias Rath, M.D.
A potential bird flu pandemic poses a global threat.Since there is no vaccine available, there is an urgent need for effective, safe and affordable treatment of a bird flu pandemic. The most promising approach to immediately reach this goal is the use of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, plant polyphenols). Their effectiveness to improve the immune function is already part of every textbook of biology. At our research institute, we tested a micronutrient composition for their effectiveness, specifically in blocking influenza infection.
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A Food and Drug Administration panel on Tuesday will review reports of abnormal behavior and other brain effects in more than 1,800 children who had taken the flu medicine Tamiflu since its approval in 1999, including 55 in the USA. Twenty-two of the U.S. reports were considered "serious," with symptoms such as convulsions, delirium or delusions, says Terry Hurley, spokesman for drugmaker Roche Laboratories.
None of the U.S. cases resulted in death. But in Japan, Hurley says, five deaths have been reported in children under 16 as a result of neurological or psychiatric problems. "Four were fatal falls, and one was encephalitis in a patient with leukemia," he says.Yet governments all over the world are spending rivers of money for stockpiling this drug, which apart from having serious safety problems is only marginally effective.
An interesting (anonymous) comment on the article:
"Tamiflu is another pharmaceutical which was derived from a natural plant compound. In this case the source is the Chinese Star Anise plant from S. China. Gilead Sciences developed Tamiflu from this plant in order to create a product which could be patented and monopolized by the drug's licensee, Hoffman Roche. The original natural anti viral, biotivia's bioflu, from which Tamiflu is derived, is safe and effective but can not be patented since it consists of extracts of naturally occurring plants. Again greed triumphs over reason and safety. The natural compound is still available but ignored since Tamiflu was intoduced."
posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday April 30 2006
updated on Tuesday December 21 2010
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