How to Beat and
Avoid the Flu
Written and compiled by Tony
Is the current Swine Flu epidemic the next great
worldwide flu pandemic? It appears to be still too early
to make that call, but the current outbreak appears to
be rapidly spreading and the next pandemic is overdue.
While this particular flu does not appear to be as
deadly as the HN51 avian flu that has had the world
nervously watching for the past few years, or the
horrific Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19, it
nevertheless appears to be a potent killer and it is
chilling to note that the new flu evidently contains
four different influenza strains, including an avian flu
(along with two swine flu strains and one influenza A
The good news is that you do not have to rely on
questionable vaccines or mainstream medicines to try to
avoid the flu or even to address it if you do acquire
the flu. As is true for most conditions, nature has
answers aplenty and there are steps you can take to help
you avoid the Swine, Bird or any other influenza as well
as quickly beat them and recover if you do happen to get
NOTE: Since it appears that the new hybrid swine flu may
be spreading rapidly, taking immediate steps to begin
boosting and modulating the immune system is especially
important. In the event of an outbreak of actual
avian flu, taking anti-virals and immune modulators is
critical (See the notes on the Avian Flu at the end of
To beat and avoid the flu, you should first of all do
endeavor to do the things that help protect against
virtually all diseases and illnesses: get plenty of
rest, exercise, quit smoking, eat a nutritious diet,
avoid stress and, above all, to make your body's natural
first line of defense, your immune system, strong and
If You Do Come Down with the Flu,
Colloidal Silver is a Must
A top quality colloidal silver (like that made by
Utopia Silver) will usually knock out the flu bug in
short order. Be sure to take plenty (two to four
ounces twice a day).
As one noted colloidal silver blogger observed:
Not only has colloidal silver been demonstrated to
decimate many of the viruses associated with deadly
viral flu infections, but it has also been proven to
decimate most of the well-known bacterial pathogens
that cause serious secondary infections during a
viral infection, including the following:
Inflammatory conditions of the eyes, ears, nose, and
It is these secondary bacterial infections that
often kill the infected individual, once the flu
virus has sufficiently weakened the body.
Avoid the Flu with Daily Vitamin D and
Boosting the Immune System:
When it comes to avoiding influenza, perhaps nothing
is as important or effective as getting adequate
daily amounts of Vitamin D. A group of scientists
from UCLA published a remarkable paper in the
prestigious journal, Nature which confirmed two
other studies in recent years that the natural
steroid hormone known as Vitamin D was, in effect, a
potent antibiotic. Instead of directly killing
bacteria and viruses, Vitamin D increases the body's
production of a class of proteins called
antimicrobial peptides. The 200 known antimicrobial
peptides directly and rapidly destroy the cell walls
of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including the
influenza virus, and play a key role in keeping the
lungs free of infection.
Vitamin D does not exist in appreciable quantities
in normal human diets. The best form, by far, of
Vitamin D is naturally occurring Vitamin D3, which
is produced by sun exposure on the skin. A single,
twenty-minute, full body exposure to summer sun will
trigger the delivery of 20,000 units of vitamin D
into the circulation of most people within 48 hours.
However, thanks to all the scare stories about
avoiding too much sun and today's modern lifestyle
of living, working and shopping in enclosed
buildings, the vast majority of people do not get
nearly enough Vitamin D3.
To make sure that you have enough Vitamin D in your
system, get daily sunshine whenever possible and
supplement with at least 2000 mg of Vitamin D3
regularly when you cannot. The several hundred daily
units the U.S. government recommend as "adequate
intake" is woefully inadequate and it should also be
noted that the paltry 100 mg of Vitamin D in a
fortified glass of milk is not only so small as to
be virtually useless, it is also not a naturally
occurring form Vitamin D and thus much less
beneficial or bioavailable to begin with.
The best immune booster of all in my opinion is
oleander. Oleander extract was proven to have six
times the immune stimulating activities of the most
powerful patented immune stimulators known to man in
European studies in 1986-87 - which is no doubt a
large reason that it has been so effective against
cancer, HIV, hepatitis-C and other conditions.
Note: The raw oleander plant is quite toxic, but
that is not the case when it has been properly
boiled and strained according to exact instructions.
No one should attempt to make their own oleander
remedy without knowing what they are doing (See
Oleander Soup) and the best bet would be to purchase
oleander in supplement form, such as Sutherlandia
Some of the other very best immune boosters are:
Echinacea (Forget the flawed mainstream studies!)
Be Sure to Add Natural Anti-Virals:
The next thing you should do is take one or more
good natural anti-viral agents, ESPECIALLY if the
Avian Flu is involved.
The best natural pathogen destroyers are:
Olive leaf extract
Oil of wild mountain oregano
Grapefruit seed extract
Use Magnesium and Other Immune System
Like anti-virals, immune system modulators can play
an important role in both warding off and beating
the flu as well as in protecting the body from an
excessive response from its own immune system. One
of the very best natural immune system modulators is
magnesium and it has been estimated that as many
as 95% of the people in the U.S. are deficient in
magnesium, which plays a vital role in modulating
the immune system. Magnesium is at the heart of the
inflammatory process, and deficiency in magnesium
contributes to an exaggerated response to immune
stress. As mentioned earlier, what made the
1918-1919 human Spanish Flu pandemic so virulent was
the viral triggering of cytokine-mediated lung
inflammation. Magnesium literally puts the chill on
inflammation and plays a crucial role in natural and
Other powerful immune modulators include:
Blackseed Oil (Nigella Sativa)
Oleander Extract (such as the herbal supplement
Sutherlandia OPC) Though oleander is the most potent
immune stimulator known to man, it is also a
powerful immune modulator. It has been reported that
two capsules daily of the supplement, especially
when combined with N-Acetyl Cysteine, will keep the
flu at bay for almost anyone.
Fight Infection with Plenty of Vitamin C:
Vitamin C helps prepare the body for an aggressive
attack of influenza of any type. If vitamin C levels
are low, the body will be more vulnerable to
complications. Also, an attack of the flu will lower
already dangerously depleted vitamin C levels. Whole
food vitamin C is often better tolerated than pure
ascorbic acid in addition to the fact that whole
food vitamin C comes with the necessary. Take at
least 1000 milligrams daily to be prepared for the
At the first sign of cold or flu symptoms, take 500
milligrams of vitamin C with bioflavonoids or rose
hips four to six times a day. The bioflavonoids and
rose hips strengthen the vitamin Cs
infection-fighting power by 35 percent, according to
experts. Start taking Vitamin C as soon as you can.
There are no adverse effects from taking high
dosages of vitamin C. If you experience diarrhea,
reduce the dosage of Vitamin C. Use bioflavonoids
along with vitamin C for their synergistic effect.
Guard Against the Spread of Flu and
Use colloidal silver in humidifiers and spray
Nothing destroys pathogens like colloidal silver, as
recognized by the Hong Kong metro subway system,
which uses a colloidal silver spray to protect the
2.5 million daily users against the spread of colds
and flu through contacts with common surfaces.
Use essential oils to prevent the spread of viruses.
Protect yourself from others by gargling daily
with 1 drop each of the essential oils of tea tree
(Melaleuca alternifolia) and lemon in a glass of
warm water; stir well before each mouthful. Do not
Mix a blend of essential oils to use in your
diffuser or for use in steam inhalation.
ravensare - 3 parts
naiouli or eucalyptus - 1 part
lemon - 1 part
rosewood - 1 part
lavender - 1 part
Ravensare and naiouli have antiviral properties,
while the other essential oils in the blend act as
antiseptics while at the same time providing a
Diffuser Application - Add about 50 drops of the
above blend to your diffuser at a time.
Fumigate the house with oils to help prevent the
spread of flu. Put 2-3 drops on a radiator to
evaporate or add 10 drops of essential oils to a
small plant spray filled with water. Spray the room
Another option is the famous Vinegar of the Four
During the time of the Black Plague a family of
perfumers robbed the dead. As perfumers they knew
well the antiseptic essential oils, and they infused
them in vinegar and rubbed them on their bodies; by
doing so they protected themselves from certain
death. The doctors of the time used the same herbs
and essential oils to protect themselves while
tending so many who were contagious. They wore big
cloaks over their heads that reached down well below
their shoulders. Attached to the cloak over the nose
and mouth was a 10 inch long canoe-like shaped beak
full of antiseptic herbs and essential oils.
Here is the famous Vinegar of The Four Thieves
recipe; it is sometimes called Grave Robber's Blend.
Use it wherever you would normally use
Place a small handful each of dried lavender,
rosemary, sage, rue and mint in a large jar, and
cover completely with organic apple cider vinegar.
Cover tightly and set for six weeks. Strain into a
spray bottle. Whereas no home can be made to be
sterile, spray the powerfully antiseptic Vinegar of
Four Thieves recipe in areas of concern, such as on
cutting boards and door knobs, always making sure to
avoid your eyes.
Note: The above sprays are not technically
disinfectants (disinfectants have to be registered
with the EPA as pesticides), but sprays with
Wash your hands frequently with a good germicidal
To help prevent contracting or spreading the flu via
contact, frequently wash and cleanse your hands with
a good germicidal cleanser. Note, be careful to read
the ingredients most commercial germicidal
cleansers contain tocopherol, a known carcinogen. A
far better option would be Colloidal Silver skin
bars or else spraying your hands with colloidal
silver from a hand sprayer.
Other Anti-Flu Measures and Information to Consider:
ear therapy for Flu:
For many years people, in the know, have been
attacking the Influenza(s) Virus & Common Cold where
they begin their breeding process and not where they
have already have spread to and that's the inner-ear
(middle). It IS important to begin treatment as soon
as symptoms appear.
In 1938 German researchers had great success
using hydrogen peroxide in dealing with colds and
the flu. Their data has been ignored (maybe
surpressed) for over 60 years.
Remarkable results have been reported in remedying
the flu and colds with 12 to 14 hours when
administering a few drops of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
(h2o2) into each ear, (sometimes only one ear is
infected). The h2o2 starts working within 2 to 3
minutes in killing the flu or cold; there will be
some bubbling and in some cases mild stinging
occurs. Wait until the bubbling & stinging subside
(usually 5 to 10 min) then drain onto tissue and
repeat other ear. A bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide in
3% solution is available at any drug store for a
couple of dollars.
For an even more effective version of this natural
remedy, add a few drops of extracts of Echinacea and
Goldenseal to the h2o2. The anti viral, anti
inflammatory, anti-bacterial action of these herbs
is well documented in clinical literature.
Although this method is perfectly safe for
infant/children to use, the loud bubbling and
stinging frightens them, they'll need someone they
trust to put the hp in their ears. (don't get h2o2
in the eyes- if you do, flush with water)
To get rid of the flu you'll need to repeat this
process two or more times at one or two hours
intervals until there is no more bubbling when
putting hp in ear(s)
Hydrotherapy for Flu:
Promote sweating by
taking hot baths, hot foot-baths and other heat
therapies. Keep the feet warm at all times during
sickness and as a preventive measure. Low body
temperature decreases resistance to viruses and
bacteria, while heat burns up and destroys the
To warm feet, soak
them for five to ten minutes in a hot mustard bath.
Dissolve I tbsp. mustard powder in 4 cups of hot
A hot bath followed
by a cold mitten friction rub, two to four times a
day, loosens congestion, improves circulation and
strengthens the immune system, speeding healing from
To do a cold mitten
friction rub, proceed as follows: Dip a
small towel or washcloth into cold (50° to 60°F)
water. Curl one hand into a fist and wrap the
cloth around it. Use your fist to rub
your other arm in a vigorous circular motion,
beginning with the fingers and finishing at the
shoulder. Dip the cloth in the cold
water again and repeat. Your skin should be pink.
Dry your arm with a towel using the same vigorous
Repeat the process on
your other arm and on your legs, feet, chest and
Juice Therapy for Flu:
Apple and dark grape
juices are often recommended for those fighting the
flu. They have properties that work against
congestion and runny nose. Dark grape juice is rich
in tannins, substances that have been shown to kill
viruses under laboratory conditions.
Dilute the juices if
they are too sweet. Drink them at room temperature.
Pear, cranberry and, especially, pomegranate juices
are also helpful for combating flu.
Naturopathy for Flu:
Add 30-60 ml (2-4
tbsp) of Epsom Salts to hot water and take a hot
bath. After the bath go straight to bed.
Vitamins - As soon as
the symptoms of flu start, take high levels of
Vitamin C to boost the immune system, around
3,000-4,000 mg to start with, reducing over 3 -4
days to 500 mg until you feel completely better.
Diet - Drink fruit
juices until the fever has passed.
Now eat plenty of
fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
Cold Compress -
If very hot and
sweaty, try applying a cool compress to the chest
Aromatherapy for Flu/Colds:
Add six to eight drops of the above blend to a bowl of
just-boiled water. Place a towel over your head and
inhale. Repeat this treatment two or three times a day,
Several oils have
considerable anti- viral activity, and help to boost
the immune system. For maximum effectiveness, it is
important that you use them at the earliest sign of
influenza or in some cases before contracting
cold/flu to boost your immune system as a
Essential oils of
basil, eucalyptus, peppermint, and pine help to ease
nasal congestion. Choose one to three of these oils
and use them as inhalants or in steam inhalation
For chest congestion,
a steam inhalation treatment made with basil, pine,
and/ or tea tree oil can help to clear mucus and
ease breathing. Rubbing a massage oil prepared with
these oils over the chest may also be helpful.
An aromatherapy bath
prepared with elemi, myrrh, pine, and/ or tea tree
oil can help to soothe achy feeling all over your
body that accompanies flu. Use a lukewarm bath for
fever, a hot bath for chills.
Add 3 drops of
rosemary and 3 drops of ginger or black pepper
essential oils to your bath.
Mix 5 drops of
ravensare and 15 drops of rosewood in ½ ounce of
carrier oil such as olive or almond. This makes
an energizing massage oil blend.
Other Essential Oils Useful for Flu:
Tea Tree oil
If you come down with
the flu, add 10 to 20 drops of tea tree to hot water
and take a hot bath. This may help your immune
system fight the viral infection and ease your
symptoms. Use a pure, unadulterated form of tea tree
oil; adulterated forms can be irritating to the
To help alleviate and
disinfect dry air passages, add 10 drops of tea tree
oil to a bowl of hot water or vaporizer and leave in
bedroom overnight. A small handkerchief sprinkled
with a few drops of the oil and left under the
pillow may help as well.
Caution: Do Not Overdo this. Prolonged inhalation of
essential oils can cause an enlarged liver.
If you have a
congested nose or chest, add a few drops of
essential oils of eucalyptus globulus (E. globulus)
or peppermint (Mentha piperita) to a steam
Caution: If you are
asthmatic, be cautious the first time you try this;
if you have not been exposed to essential oils
before, inhaling the vapor may actually precipitate
Ayurvedic Remedies for Flu:
Ayurvedic practitioners recommend the following
strategies to combat flu:
At the first sign of
the flu, switch to a bland diet. Eat soft-cooked
rice (rice that has a very soft, moist texture
created by a longer cooking time with more water)
with a pinch of cumin, ginger powder and turmeric
for seasoning. In India, broken rice is used for
this purpose with generous amount of water so that
we will get a soup in the end. The ginger and cumin
heat up your body, so you can sweat out toxins.
Turmeric has antibiotic and antiseptic qualities.
You can also add few cloves of garlic cut into small
pieces to the mixture as garlic is very good for
ease the congestion that can accompany the flu:
Mix the ingredients well. Take a teaspoonful of this
mixture every few hours. Your symptoms will disappear
For Severe Flu
Symptoms - Take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with
1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This
process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear
the sinuses. A scientist in Spain has proved that
honey contains a natural ingredient, which kills the
influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
Daily use of honey
and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system
and protects the body from bacteria and viral
attacks. Scientists have found that honey has
various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant
use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles
to fight bacteria and viral diseases.
Herbal Remedies for the Flu:
Herbal remedies cannot cure a cold or flu. But they can
bring relief of symptoms, stimulate the immune system
and speed recovery. We will describe several herbal
remedies useful for colds and flu. Later we will
describe important herbs for treating flu.
Corn starch, water
and lemon. Mix together in a cup. One
cup should be enough.
cinnamon sticks and honey. Put a gallon of
water in a large pot on the stove. Add four
lemons cut in quarters and two sticks of cinnamon.
Bring water to a full boil and then let steep for
five or more minutes. Drink one cup several
times a day if you are able to stay home and rest
and one or two cups at night, otherwise just drink
at night. Best taken at the beginning of flu
symptoms. This remedy should help you sweat
out the flu, help ease any sore throat you may have
and also keep you hydrated.
Tea, lemon, orange
juice and brandy. Works like a charm. Just
make a cup of tea, squeeze half a lemon and half an
orange into the tea and put two teaspoons of brandy
and you should feel much better soon.
One garlic clove and
a sharp knife. Cut raw garlic as thin as
possible and put the garlic slices on your tongue.
Do not chew, just place on the tongue and then
swallow. Best when taken at the first signs of
sugar, lemon and water. Boil the water and add
eucalyptus, burnt sugar, lemon juice and/or lemon
rind, and continue to boil for five minutes.
Drink the tea hot, preferably just before going to
A half teaspoon of colloidal silver for
children and a teaspoon for adults can be swallowed
to ease or eliminate flu symptoms. If you take
colloidal silver regularly, you may never get the
At the first sign of
a flu, put a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide into
each ear, one ear at a time. Keep the solution in
for 10 minutes or until the bubbling stops. Your
temperature should start dropping within minutes,
and your flu should be gone within 12 to 14 hours.
Use goldenseal tea bags (not pills or capsules) to
make tea. Drink a cup before bed (sweeten with honey
or Stevia if desired).
Herbal Fever Remedy
Mix the herbs. Place in a quart saucepan. Pour 1/2 pints
of distilled boiling water over it. Cover and allow to
steep in a hot place for 10 to 15 minutes (do not boil).
When ready, strain into another saucepan. Sweeten with
honey if desired. This remedy drops high
temperature associated with flu quite effectively. In
some cases, the temperature has been reduced from 104 to
99 degrees within two hours!! According to Dr. Dr.
Edward E. Shook, well known herbalist, "there is no
remedy for colds and fevers of any description equal to
this simple life-saving formula."
Psyllium - Boneset
Flu Remedy: This remedy is useful for flu as well as
for backaches and headaches.
Peppermint-Rosemary-Elder Flu Remedy: This remedy is
good for colds with flu Symptoms.
goldenseal stimulate the immune sys tem. Goldenseal
also helps to soothe mucous membranes. Add 10-15
drops of a combination of echinacea and goldenseal
to herbal teas at the first sign of a sniffle to
boost the immune system. Take one dose of an
echinacea and goldenseal combination remedy
supplying 250 to 500 milligrams of echinacea and 150
to 300 milligrams of goldenseal three times daily
for five days.
An infusion of
boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) may relieve aches
and fever and clear congestion: Simmer 1 cup boiling
water with 2 tsp of the herb for 10 to 15 minutes;
drink a cupful every hour, as hot as you can stand
A comforting herbal tea may be made
from an infusion of equal measures of elderflowers,
peppermint and hyssop.
Caution: Take only small doses of hyssop (no more
than 1-2g three times daily).
To combat chills, try
taking 30 drops of yarrow (Achillea millefolium) or
elder (Sambucus nigra) flower tincture every four
hours until your chills are gone.
Use a warming tea
made of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Cayenne
(Capsicum minimum) and ground Ginger (Zingiber
To help yourself rest
and relax, take a cup of chamomile tea twice a day.
Use inhalations of
chamomile, eucalyptus or thyme. These help loosen
mucus and heal the throat, nasal passages and
reduce swelling of mucous membranes.
At the first sign of
the flu, begin taking the Chinese botanical formula
Yin Qiao. (This remedy usually is not helpful after
the third day of symptoms.) Take two or three
tablets three times a day, up to twelve tablets in a
twenty- four-hour period, during the acute phase of
the flu. After the symptoms start to ease, reduce
the dosage to one tablet three times daily for one
In a 1995 Israeli
study, elderberry extract was found to reduce both
the severity of symptoms and the duration of flu
(two to three days in the treated group versus six
days in the placebo group). Choose an extract
standardized to contain 5 percent total flavonoids
and take 500 milligrams twice daily.
Garlic helps to
detoxify the body. Take 500 milligrams (or one
clove) three times a day for up to five days.
Take ginger tea.
Ginger tea is antiviral and helps break up the mucus
and congestion. Ginger tea is excellent if the
stomach is affected. To make the tea, boil 2
tablespoons of grated fresh ginger in 2 cups of
water for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and
steep for 10 minutes. Take a cup as needed.
Onion or nasturtium
Ginkgo biloba leaf
inhalations kill bacteria and heal the cells of the
damaged mucous membranes almost immediately.
Inhale steam for
fifteen minutes three times daily in acute stage.
When the condition is improving, inhale steam in the
evening before retiring for a week or so to help
heat the bronchial passages.
When feeling more
feverish, induce sweating by taking infusions of
Catmint (Nepeta cataria) and/or Elderflower
To help alleviate and
disinfect dry air passages, add 10 drops of tea tree
oil to a bowl of hot water or vaporizer and leave in
bedroom overnight. A small handkerchief sprinkled
with a few drops of the oil and left under the
pillow may help as well.
At the onset of a
flu, drink lindenflower tea with 2 drops of lemon
balm oil, thyme tea with honey, rose hip tea or
acerola juice. When you start to sweat, quickly go
to bed and continue sweating for one hour. Change
clothes, rub body dry and try to steep. This therapy
often stops the flu before it becomes full blown.
Gargle regularly with
sage tea to disinfect mouth, and use sage
inhalations to reduce inflammation.
Wash body with an
infusion of thyme or juniper needles.
If you are suffering
from muscular aching, use an infusion of Boneset
(Eupatorium perfoliatum) alone, or in combination
with Catmint (Nepeta cataria) and/or Elderflower
Formula for Flu - Gan Mao Dan (Common Cold and Flu
This remedy expels Wind-Heat, reduces fever, relieves
chest congestion, and stops cough.
Fever with slight chills
Ingredients: Lonicera Flower (Flos Lonicerae), Forsythia
Fruit (Fructus Forsythiae), Gardenia Fruit (Fructus
Gardeniae), Phragmites Rhizome (Rhi- zoma Phragmites),
Red Peony Root (Radix Paeonia Rubra), Wooly Grass
Rhizome (Rhizoma Imperatae Cylindricae), Soja Seed
(Semen Sojae Praeparatum), Mentha Herb (Herba Menthae),
Morus Leaf (Herba Mori), Schizonepeta Herb (Herba
Schizonepetae), Aster Root (Radix Asteris Tatarici),
Platycodon Root (Radix Platycodi), Citrus Peel
(pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Dosage: 20 pills twice a day.
Important Herbs for Flu
Echinacea - Echinacea
has been a traditional favorite for colds and flu.
Double blind studies in Germany have shown that
infections with flu-like symptoms clear more rapidly
when taking echinacea.1 Echinacea appears to work by
stimulating the immune system. Taking 35 ml of
tincture or 300 mg of dried root powder three times
per day is usually recommended.
Elderberry is another
herb that has been used in treating flu. This herb
contains two compounds that are active against flu
viruses. It also prevents the virus from invading
respiratory tract cells.
A patented Israeli
drug (Sambucol) that contains elderberry is active
strains of viruses.
In a clinical trial testing Sambucol, twenty percent
of flu sufferers who used it showed significant
relief of fever, muscle aches and other symptoms
within 24 hours, and another 73 percent felt better
after the second day. In three days, 90 percent were
reported completely cured. In a similar group that
received an inactive treatment (a placebo), only 26
percent were improved in two days, and it took most
of them six days to feel well again.
stimulates the immune system and has shown some
activity in preliminary trials against other
viruses, such as Epstein-Barr, herpes and even HIV.
In a small double
blind trial, patients with influenza2 were
found to recover three times faster when they took
one capsule of elderberry extract four times daily
compared to patients taking placebo.
You can take the
medication or take the herb by making a tea from the
elderberry-flower tea by steeping 3 to 5 g of dried
flowers in one cup of boiling water for 10 to 15
minutes. Take 1 cup of this tea 3 times daily.
Elderberry flower is
generally regarded as safe. Side effects are rare
and consist primarily of occasional mild
gastrointestinal distress or allergic reactions. Its
safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women,
or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not
Astragalus root has been used to enhance immunity
for thousands of years in China. This herb is
considered by herbal practitioners to be a tonic
that strengthens the bodys resistance to disease.
Astragalus can stimulate practically all of the
processes of your immune system. It increases the
number of stem cells in bone marrow and speeds their
growth into active immune cells. Astragalus also may
help boost levels of interferon, one of your bodys
potent fighters against viruses. This, in turn, can
help prevent or shorten the duration of colds and
flu. Astragalus also boosts the production of white
blood cells called macrophages, whose function is to
destroy invading viruses and bacteria. As soon
as you discover the flu, take one 500- milligram
capsule of astragalus four times a day until
symptoms disappear. Then take one capsule twice a
day for seven days to prevent a relapse.
Garlic - Garlic is
known to kill influenza virus in test tubes.3 It
also stimulates the immune system and wards off
complications such as bronchitis. Garlic
contains several helpful compounds, including
allicin, one of the plant kingdom's most potent,
broad-spectrum antibiotics. This herb's aromatic
compounds are readily released from the lungs and
respiratory tract, putting garlic's active
ingredients right where they can be most effective
against cold viruses. Holistic practitioners
often recommend taking several cloves of raw garlic
per day during an infection. You can also take aged
garlic extract, or consume products such as hot
garlic bread or toast.
(eleuthero) - Asian ginseng have immune-enhancing
properties, which play a potential role in
preventing infection with influenza. Boneset has
been shown in test tube and other studies to
stimulate immune cell function. This may
explain bonesets traditional use to help fight off
minor viral infections, such as the flu.
Wild Indigo - Wild
indigo contains polysaccharides and proteins that
are believed to stimulate the immune system. It is
used traditionally to fight the flu5 in combination
with herbs such as echinacea, goldenseal, or thuja.
honeysuckle - These herbs are used by Oriental
Medicine practitioners to treat colds, flu and other
viruses. They have real antiviral benefits. At
the inception of cold or flu, mix honeysuckle and
forsythia with lemon balm tea (lemon balm also has
antiviral properties.) Take this tea before going to
Mullein - A tea made
with mullein flowers provides throat-soothing
mucilage and also has an expectorant effect.
Herbalists think that this plant contains compounds
that inhibit flu viruses. You can also make a tea
with mullein leaf.
Nutrition for Flu:
If you don't feel
like eating, do not force yourself. For a day
or two, consume only liquids-water, juices, teas,
and soups. Digesting liquids requires a lot less
energy than digesting foods. This means that your
body has more energy to fight the flu.
digested foods such as juices, lemonade (hot or
cold), herbal teas, applesauce, and lots of
nourishing broth and homemade soups. Miso and
chicken soup are good choices.
Take mushrooms soup.
Mushrooms of choice includes shiitake, maitake, and
reishi mushrooms. They are shown in studies to boost
the body's immune response.
Getting plenty of
fluids, including soups, is particularly important.
Drink at least six to eight glasses of liquid daily.
Fluids help to thin secretions, making it easier for
the body to clear them, and also help to prevent
constipation and flush toxins from the body.
People Soup - Here is a great soup to take when you
are down with cold and flu. It comes from Rosita
Arvigo, author of "Rainforest Home & Herbal
Boil the vegetables in the water until tender (about
thirty minutes), then add ginger and garlic and allow to
boil another five minutes. Remove from heat. Take a bit
of the hot soup from the pot and mix with the miso to
form a thick liquid. Add to the soup and serve. Squeeze
a bit of fresh lime juice into the bowl. For added
health boosts, add sliced agaricus, reishi, shitake or
maitake mushrooms to the boiling vegetables and sprinkle
crushed garlic on the soup before serving.
When there is fever,
take liquids only.
Warm broth, vegetable juices and herb teas.
Avoid dairy products
and sugar. They increase and thicken mucus. Avoid a
milky drink at night if you have chest problems,
since this can contribute to congestion of the chest
Red beet juice makes
the flu virus inactive.
Condensed grape juice
strengthens the heart muscles.
watercress, garlic, lemon, carrot and coconut juices
are nourishing and help to cleanse and promote
Drink fruit juices
after diluting. Limit the intake of sugars.
proportion of vitamin C-rich foods in the diet, such
as tomatoes, raw green peppers, carrots,
strawberries and citrus fruit. This vitamin is
easily destroyed by the process of oxidation, so do
not leave peeled, chopped fruit or vegetables to
stand for a long time before eating. Overcooking
also leads to loss of vitamin C, especially if fruit
or vegetables are boiled. Vegetables and fruit are
best eaten raw, and if vegetables must be cooked,
steam them, which preserves essential nutrients.
Eat fresh, raw fruit
and vegetables, whole grains, garlic, pulses, beans,
small helpings of fish, nuts and seeds. These foods
appear to increase resistance to infection and
cold-pressed flax seed oil as a salad dressing. Flax
seed oil is an excellent source of the omega-3
essential fatty acid and also contains the omega-6
essential fatty acid. These fats help strengthen
cell membranes, thereby speeding healing and
strengthening resistance to infection. In the body.
Eat sea plants or
algae. These can re-mineralize the body after
overexposure to processed foods. Spirulina, alfalfa,
chlorella or seaweeds can be added to soups or
juices in powder or capsule form.
Garlic can also help
ward off a cold by inhibiting the growth of
staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria.
Avoid food and drinks
that put extra strain on the liver. The liver is
responsible for efficient detoxification of the
body. The foods to avoid include convenience foods
containing substantial amounts of chemicals such as
colorings and preservatives, and alcohol, which also
depletes the body of vitamin C.
Nutritional Supplements for the Flu:
Vitamin C, Vitamin A
and Bioflavonoids - Vitamin C is well-known for
treating and preventing colds. Studies show
that vitamin C can shorten the duration of common
colds and flu and even prevent them. Taken in large
enough doses, vitamin C can boost your immune system
by pumping enough fuel into white blood cells to
destroy invading viruses and bacteria. Vitamin
C increases interferon levels and has
interferon-like properties itself. It acts as a
natural antihistamine that helps dry up watery eyes
and reduce nasal and chest congestion. It is also a
powerful antioxidant that can help prevent the
damage that your body endures when viruses or
bacteria attack your immune system.
Dockworkers given 100 mg of vitamin C each day for
ten months caught influenza 28% less than their
coworkers not taking vitamins. Moreover, the average
infection was 10% shorter in those taking vitamin
C.1 Other studies have reported that vitamin C in
high doses (2 grams every hour for twelve hours) can
lead to rapid improvement of influenza infections.2,
At the first sign of
cold or flu symptoms, take 500 milligrams of vitamin
C with bioflavonoids or rose hips four to six times
a day. The bioflavonoids and rose hips strengthen
the vitamin Cs infection-fighting power by 35
percent, according to experts. Start taking Vitamin
C as soon as you can. There are no adverse effects
from taking high dosages of vitamin C. If you
experience diarrhea, reduce the dosage of Vitamin C.
Use bioflavonoids along with vitamin C for their
Vitamin A is a
nutrient vital to the mucous membranes throughout
the respiratory system during a cold or flu. It is
known as the anti-infection vitamin. It battles
viruses and bacteria in two ways. By keeping the
cells healthy all along your respiratory tract, it
provides a barrier that resists microorganisms. If
some invading microorganisms manage to breach the
barrier, you want to have antibodies and lymphocytes
ready to destroy them. Vitamin A helps your body
provide those reinforcements.
As soon as you notice
cold or flu symptoms, take 100,000 international
units (IU) of vitamin A daily for three days, then
reduce the dosage to 25,000 IU for one week or until
Caution: These are very high doses, please check with
your doctor before taking this much.
Vitamin As precursor, is rich in antioxidant power
and antiviral properties. It bolsters immunity and
protects the thymus gland. It also protects you from
viruses by enhancing mucous membrane secretions. By
producing the secretions, the beta-carotene prevents
the virus from invading your body. If you feel
a cold or flu coming on, take 100,000 IU of
beta-carotene for 10 to 14 days, then cut the dosage
to 50,000 IU a day to prevent future respiratory
Zinc - Zinc
supplementation is recommended for immune system
support. Zinc lozenges soothe a sore throat and help
fend off a cold before it takes hold. Zinc
stimulates the immune system by generating new white
blood cells and whipping them into shape to battle
viruses. If you have too little zinc, your
production of white blood cells may drop, and that
can increase your risk of catching a cold, flu, or
other upper respiratory infection. In one
study, children who got 10 milligrams of zinc daily
for 60 days were much less likely to get respiratory
infections than children getting less. In fact, the
children who got enough zinc were 70 percent less
likely to have fevers, 48 percent less likely to
have coughs, and 28 percent less likely to have
Take 5 to 10 milligrams of zinc five
times daily for five days to one week. Take zinc
with food to prevent stomach upset. Be careful not
to consume too much zinc. Doctors recommend taking
no more than 15 milligrams of zinc a day. Zinc
gluconate in lozenge form has been found to shorten
the duration of cold symptoms. In a study,
participants who sucked on one zinc gluconate
lozenge (containing about 13 milligrams of zinc)
every two hours while awake got rid of their coughs,
nasal congestion, sore throat, and headaches three
to four days sooner than those who didnt get any
supplementation. Dont take
them for longer than one week, because they can
weaken your immune system.
Garlic - Garlic is
very beneficial especially at the beginning of a
cold of flu. It warms the body and acts as an
antiviral and antibacterial.
extract boosts immune function by increasing the
number and activity of infection-fighting white
blood cells. Take 250 to 500 milligrams twice a day.
This is especially important for people over forty,
as thymus function declines with age.
Vitamin C, with
bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg every few hours
throughout the day, up to bowel tolerance
with 3 mg copper, every few hours, up to 70 mg
daily during a cold and 30 mg daily as a
capsules three times daily
Vitamin A, 25,000
IU daily (avoid during pregnancy)
Special Notes About the Avian Flu:
Though the so-called Avian Flu has been around for years
now without mutating to a form that is easily spread
from human to human, this is no time for complacency and
the recent Swine Flu cocktail which contains an avian
flu component as well as the news of contamination of seasonal flu vaccines
with the avian flu virus should
be a wake-up call for one and all. Even without man's
help or mistakes regarding the H51N flu strain, the
world is overdue for another major deadly flu outbreak
like the Spanish Flu pandemic that that killed up to 50
million or more worldwide in 1917-1918.
In the horrific Spanish Flu pandemic, mankind was
exposed to a strain of flu that was new and which we had
no natural antibodies for. As a result, the healthiest
and most robust were even more susceptible than the
weak, very young and aged as their strong natural immune
systems literally poured a biochemical cascade of immune
cells and immune system bio-chemicals such as
interferon, interleukin, monokines and cytokines into
the lungs to try to combat a pathogen the body did not
recognize. The result was often that the lungs were
literally eaten up.
Ominously, if it is the H51N strain that mutates, thus
far it has been at least 3 times as deadly as the
Spanish Flu for humans who have caught it - which
gives rise to nightmare scenarios among today's vastly
larger populations grouped closer together in urban
sprawl and modern air travel that brings every area of
the globe only hours or scant days away. That is why
some of the predictions have called for nothing less
than a huge world wide pandemic, a modern day plague,
that kills hundreds of millions, making HIV-AIDS seem
mild by comparison.
Although not yet a current threat, government scientists
around the world are predicting that it is only a matter
of time until the Avian Bird Flu mutates into one that
can be spread from human to human - and when it does,
many are predicting nothing less than a huge world wide
pandemic, a modern day plague, that kills hundreds of
millions, making HIV-AIDS seem mild by comparison.
It is important to note that the Spanish Flu was also a
bird flu until it mutated to one that could be spread
from human to human and the reason that is important
is that, like the Avian Bird Flu, the Spanish Flu was
one that mankind had never before been exposed to and
thus had no natural antibodies for. Again, like Avian
Flu, instead being most deadly to the old, the very
young and the weak, the Spanish Flus attacked the most
healthy and robust individuals. So far, the death rate
Because the Bird Flu represents such a deadly threat,
the first part of this section is aimed specifically at
preventing and guarding against the Bird Flu.
NOTE: According to
PubMed, in the event of an actual HN51 avian flu
outbreak, it may be best to avoid the following items:
Elderberry juice (Sambucal) - AVOID - Increases
production of cytokines TNF-a and IL-6. This substance
is very effective against the common flu but may not be
desirable for the H5N1 virus. Increases in these
cytokines may trigger a lethal cytokine storm. (Isr Med
Micro Algae (Chlorella and Spirulina) - AVOID -
Increases production of cytokine TNF-a. (Pubmed PMID
Honey - AVOID - Increases production of cytokines TNF-a
and IL-6. (Pubmed PMID12824009)
Chocolate - AVOID - Increases production of cytokines
TNF-a and IL-6. (Pubmed PMID 12885154, PMID 1091792
Echinacea - AVOID - Increases production of cytokines
TNF-a and IL-6. Although it is often used for normal
flu, research shows that it may increase the chance of
cytokine storms for H5N1. (Pubmed PMID 15556647,
Kimchi - AVOID - Increases production of cytokines TNF-a
and IL-6. (Pubmed PMID15630182)
Dairy products & Bananas - AVOID - These foods
increase mucous production.
(search using Pubmed ID number listed after each food)
Though no one can
guarantee that any measures will afford 100% protection,
the above steps should help virtually everyone avoid and
beat the Swine, Avian or any other kinds of flu.