As September gets under way we start hearing more and more about the up-and-coming flu season. This year we seem to be hearing more about it than ever. The pharmacies have their signs up “Free Flu Shots” or “Only $24.95 for the Flu Shot”, newspapers are printing speculative articles about what the flu season may bring this year, the CDC doing its usual push for vaccination and more and more hospitals across the country are making vaccination mandatory (with very few allowable exemptions) for their employees, dubbing it a patient safety issue, which is a complete farce. While I understand and am used to the seeing the signs at pharmacies and the CDC is just doing what it’s there to do the mandatory vaccines for hospital employees leaves me a little unsettled, especially when I know there is a better way to fight the flu. I also believe our health is our choice. No one should be forced to get a flu shot or lose their job, no one. But I will leave that rant for another time.
I’ve been researching this subject for over 12 years and, as I stated above, there are better ways to fight the flu than a vaccination. There are ways that have no side effects (except maybe a healthier body and a stronger immune system). There are ways that don’t put you at risk for diseases like Guillain-Barré, neurological disorders or auto-immune disorders later in life.
There are ways like these:
Lifestyle: Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, exercise and find a way that works for you to reduce stress. Include a good multivitamin/mineral supplement in your daily routine.
Vitamin D: It’s been studied that most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. It’s also been proven that Vitamin D can both help ward off sicknesses like the flu and help you recover from the flu.
Vitamin C: Start taking it now! Double up the dose if you get the flu.
Homeopathy: During the 1918 flu (of which is claimed H1N1 was derived) there were Homeopathic hospitals in the US as well as conventional hospitals. Homeopathic hospitals saw only a 1% mortality rate for the treatment of the flu. The conventional hospitals, 30%. While I was not there back in 1918 to personally witness this, I’ve seen what Homeopathy can do when it comes to the flu and that’s the only proof I really need. It works.
Oscillococcinum: Can be taken for the prevention of the flu or at the very first sign of getting sick.
Influenzinum: Most Homeopathic pharmacies and some local health food stores carry this remedy. It is the best remedy I’ve found to prevent the flu.
Aconite: This is one of our favorite remedies. It should be taken at the first sign of a flu. It works when the onset is very sudden and should be taken within the first few hours of feeling sick, even if no clear symptoms are present.
Ferrum Phos: This remedy can be thought of as a back up for Aconite. If you miss taking Aconite within the first few hours of feeling ill, go to Ferrum Phos.
When you know you have the flu
Arsenicum: There may be a fever with great chilliness. Profuse and acrid discharge may present from the nose and/or eyes. There may be some thirst but for small, frequent sips. A person who needs this remedy will be worse from getting cold and will feel better with warmth (unless there is a headache present). There may also be irritability and anxiousness.
Baptisia: Someone who needs this remedy will have a sudden onset of symptoms. There is generally a high fever with profuse sweating. The body may feel sore and bruised either all over or in small spots around the body. A person who requires this remedy may look dull and flushed and there is usually a great thirst. Vomiting and diarrhea may be present but not always.
Bryonia: This flu will present itself with a slow onset of symptoms. A person who fits this remedy will be very hot and very dry, which may cause a great thirst for cold water in large quantities but at infrequent intervals. The body will ache all over. There may be a painful cough that causes a headache. Someone who needs this remedy will not want to move and the headache or body aches will feel better with pressure. In general this remedy will present for someone who wants to be left alone and wants to lay completely still.
Eupatorium Perfoliatum: The fever for this remedy will present with the person shivering, who may have chills running up their back. The body will ache so badly that the person feels as if their bones are broken. There may be a bursting headache, so bad that even the eyeballs feel sore. There is a thirst for cold drinks and a desire to lay as still as possible.
Gelsemium: This is the number one flu remedy. The onset of this flu is slow. Fever will present with heat that alternates with chills. There is usually no sweating with this fever and chills may run up and down the spine. Body will ache all over. Muscles may feel very heavy and weak, even the eye lids will feel heavy. There is generally no thirst. The three key words for this remedy are “droopy”, “drowsy” and “dull”.
Mercurius Solubilis: The fever for this remedy will present with a ‘creeping chilliness’. There may be acrid, smelly, yellow/green mucus discharge from the nose. There may be an intense thirst and a constant hunger. A person who needs this remedy will feel worse from temperature changes and feels better with a constant temperature and lots of rest.
Nux Vomica: Someone who requires this remedy will have a fever with chilliness and may get the shivers after drinking. The limbs and back will ache. There may be a stuffy, stopped up nose that is worse at night. There is a thirst for hot drinks, such as tea. A person needing this remedy will feel better with cold and worse with warmth. This remedy is also indicated when there is a great irritability.
Pyrogen: This fever will present with creeping chills and a ‘thumping heart’. It may also present with a rapid heart rate if the fever is low. There will be severe pain in the limbs and back. The pain may feel as if the person has been beaten and bruised. There is usually a headache present and no thirst. Someone who requires this remedy will be very restless, both with the aching body and the chills.
Rhus Tox: The fever for this remedy will present with chilliness. The pain will be centered more around the joints and bones. There may be a red discoloration at the tip of the tongue and there is a general thirst. The person who needs this remedy will feel better with gentle motion and warmth and may be very restless.
After the flu
China: This remedy is for those who have a difficult time recovering from the flu. There is a great physical weakness and may be a lot of sweating.
Kali Phos: Depression (mild) after the flu.
Gelsemium: This remedy is indicated if the weakness and heaviness will not go away after the flu.
Influenzinum: This remedy is for someone who has never felt well since having the flu. There is a feeling that the person has never recovered.
The remedies listed above for the flu can be taken in 30C, which is the most common potency found at health food stores. The frequency of the doses will depend on the severity of the symptoms but generally 2 – 3 times a day is sufficent. If you have any questions on how to take a remedy or how often contact a Certified Homeopath or your Natural Health Provider.
This flu season, do what is right for you. Whether it is a natural approach or a vaccination, the choice is still yours. Make that choice an informed one. Do your own research of the options that are out there, as that is the best way to make a decision that is best for you and your family.
And I have to add…for those of you who are against vaccines (or who get a vaccine but disagree with a mandate) and who work at a hospital that is making the flu vaccine mandatory for employment this year (of which I am one of those people, but am not getting the vaccination) keep your chins up. Work for your freedom of choice, employement and health. Educate those who need it. It’s a worthy cause. Be well. Stay healthy.
**We do not diagnose or treat disease. The information provided herein is for educational purposes only. If you require a diagnoses please consult a licensed medical doctor.