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BIRD FLU PROTECTION

Several enquiries prompted the article giving these guidelines on using natural therapies to protect us from an expected Bird Flu pandemic.First it is stated that the Bird Flu is seen as a part of the spectrum of fear that has been deliberately promoted in recent years. Nevertheless, we have had pandemics before, and another one may indeed materialize. But is that a reason for fear? Not as far as you should be concerned.

Our lack of concern is based on two factors. The first is the availability in natural medicine of a wide range of effective antiviral remedies, and the second a considerable degree of immunity against infectious diseases that comes with a natural lifestyle. To give an example Walter L personal experience: in younger years he used to get colds and influenza on a regular basis like others around. Since improving his lifestyle he has not had the flu for the last 35 years.

 Similar with the common cold: once a medical doctor and friend of his warned him not to come close as she had a bad cold. To show her that there is more to getting a cold than being exposed to the virus, heI rubbed her freshly used handkerchief into his nostrils. He did not "catch" a cold. We believe if we can catch a cold or flu, then our health or lifestyle is not optimal.

 Most individuals would acknowledge that there is still room for improvement with their lifestyle, and this is a good starting point for protection against the Bird Flu, or indeed any type of infection: Improve your lifestyle. The main lifestyle factors for improving our resistance to infections are as follows:

  1.       Intestinal Sanitation: repopulating the intestines with healthy lacto-bacteria

2.       Fasting and Cleansing : removing accumulated wastes, chemicals and toxins

3.       Allergy Testing - any allergy greatly weakens our immune system

4.       Dental Problems - mercury, nickel and dead teeth weaken the immune system

5.       Electromagnetic Pollution - this is a chronic stress, especially during sleep

6.       High-Quality Diet - some foods protect us from infections while others make us susceptible

Chronic stress of any kind undermines our immune system. Such stress may be biochemical as from food allergies or vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or it may come from persistent emotional stress of any kind, dissatisfaction and especially worry or fear. The opposites of chronic stress are relaxation and joyful activity, optimism and a positive attitude to life and everything else. These are highly protective against infections.

Antiviral Remedies

Natural antiviral remedies are regarded by alternative practisioners as more effective than pharmaceutical ones. An added bonus is that natural remedies are basically free of side-effects, and they are non-specific, meaning that they are effective against all viruses as well as against bacteria and fungi.

 Most natural antivirals are antioxidants. Usually a cocktail of strong antioxidants is used in high concentrations. These include the vitamins A, C, D and E, alpha lipoic acid, and extracts of grapefruit seed and olive leaf. Supportive minerals are magnesium, selenium and zinc. Colloidal silver, hydrogen peroxide, garlic, and a range of herbs and essential oils may be used in addition. Different quantities and combinations of these may be used at different stages of infection alert or an actual infection.  

During a general infection alert you may take the following with each meal or three times daily:  

  • Half a tsp of sodium ascorbate (or other form of vitamin C)
  • 1 halibut liver oil capsule
  • 250 mg of natural vitamin E
  • 15 mg of zinc
  • 100 mg of alpha lipoic acid
  • 100 � 200 mg of magnesium
  • 200 mcg of selenium only once a day
  • fresh garlic with most meals (squashing under lemon juice reduces odour)

 Use about half of these amounts for children. In addition use a wide range of high-quality foods and concentrates, such as spirulina, chlorella, barley or wheat grass powder, bee pollen, kelp, lecithin, fish oils and coconut oil, in addition to fresh vegetable juices if available. As an additional precaution you may reduce any mucus in the head spaces, see your HealthSmart Metabolic Bio Typing advisor for the correct procedures.  

During an acute infection or as soon as you notice any symptoms, do the following:  

  • Start hydrogen peroxide therapy as explained below
  • Increase sodium ascorbate as explained below
  • Continue with the supplements listed for the alert but greatly increase garlic
  • Start taking L-lysine as explained below
  • Add other modalities such as colloidal silver, grapefruit seed, olive leaf, herbs and essential oils
  • Continue expelling mucus
  • Frequently sniff up the fumes from an opened bottle of tea tree oil or other essential oils

Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy: At the first sign of an infection put 3% hydrogen peroxide into each ear canal. Turn one side up, and using a syringe or dropper, put a few drops in one ear; when the bubbling stops turn the head and treat the other ear. Repeat this a few times at about 2 hour intervals. In addition, frequently gargle with hydrogen peroxide, try one teaspoon in a glass of water. In addition inhale 3% hydrogen peroxide that is sprayed with a plastic spray bottle directly into the throat several times a day.

Vitamin C Therapy: Increase you intake of vitamin C to half a teaspoon in a glass of (fresh) juice or herb tea every hour. If this does not cause diarrhoea, then increase this the next day to half a teaspoon every half hour or one teaspoon every waking hour. Always use ample fluids with a high intake of vitamin C. Sodium ascorbate or mixed ascorbates are generally easier to take than ascorbic acid, which may irritate the gastro-intestinal tract. However, some therapists believe that ascorbic acid is more effective. If you are a fast oxidizer or parasympathetic dominant avoid ascorbic acid. You may make a compromise by mixing some ascorbic acid with sodium ascorbate in an amount that is acceptable to your tastebuds and your stomach.

Continue increasing until you get loose stool, just short of diarrhoea, then cut back the vitamin C by about 25% or until the loose stool or diarrhoea stops. If the infection gets worse, increase again the amount of vitamin C. Continue until the infection has disappeared. With continuing improvement, amounts need to be further reduced to avoid diarrhoea. Do not stop a high intake of vitamin C suddenly but reduce amounts gradually. Warning: If you develop edema or swellings from water retention then you may need to cut back until this is no longer a problem. Always use plenty of fluid with a high vitamin C intake.

In life-threatening situations try to find a doctor who is willing to administer intravenous vitamin C. For a protocol see Cathcart RF. Treatment of the flu with massive doses of vitamin C at http://www.orthomed.com/mystery.htm#treatment. Instructions written by Dr. Cathcart to tell your doctor precisely how to make up a vitamin C IV solution: http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitciv.html

L-Lysine is an essential amino acid that makes it more difficult for microbes to spread by strengthening collagen; take about 2 g or half a teaspoon of L-lysine 3x daily before meals or food. (If the label just says "Lysine" then it probably is the synthetic D, L form and may not be effective).

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Revised: March 27, 2006

 

 

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