H1N1 Flu: How to prevent and treat the Flu (Part two)

by redblossom on October 21, 2009

Ruby Hydrotherapy

The H1N1 or seasonal Flu Vaccine is not the only way to protect yourself!

  • The current belief that vaccines are the best and only way to protect yourself and your family from illness is wrong.  Otherwise, How did people exist before vaccines?

Action Plan for Prevention

  • Get your Vitamin D[1] levels checked:  Your level needs to be at least 60 ng/mL. This will be your greatest protection from Flu!
  • Supplement with Vitamin D this winter.
    • If your levels are >60 ng/mL: 1000 IU/Day
    • If not:
      • Babies > 6 months: 400 IU/day
      • Pregnant Women and Children: 2000 IU/day
      • Adults: 5000 IU/day once or twice a day
  • Avoid Exhaustion and Extreme Exercise-these weaken the immune system
  • For those of you who want the BEST of life: Go to the Body Ecology Website and order the liquid probiotics “Coco-biotic” or the wheat-free “Innergy”. By strengthening the beneficial bacteria in the gut, your immune system is generally much stronger.
  • Vitamin C 1000-3000 mg per day.  I like “Emergen-C’ packets from the store.
  • Elderberry Syrup – take as directed for prevention, unless you are pregnant. However, this herb is safe enough to use in pregnancy during a flu infection, for 1-2 weeks.

If you get the Flu, do the Following:

  • Stock Up now because the onset of the Flu is usually inconvenient, and you are exposing many others to the virus when you are in public spaces.
    • Pro-Vitamin A Carotenes a.k.a. Beta-Carotenes– Scientific Botanicals “Beta-Plex” is my favorite product because it poses no potential for toxicity unlike other forms of Vitamin A. This product will be hard for you to acquire, so contact me if you want it. It will soon be available at my clinic medicinary, Kwan Yin Healing Arts. Vitamin A (instead of betacarotene) is also appropriate, but poses risks of toxicity so I do not feel comfortable advising this without an office visit to review your medical history and instruct you thoroughly in the use of such a powerful medicine. www.scientificbotanicals.net/betaplex.html
      • For Prevention: take 2 drops (30,000IU) per day.
      • During Infection: For the first 2 days:
        • children under 6 months, 10,000 IU;
        • children 6-12 months, 15,000 IU;
        • children 12-24 months, 20,000 IU;
        • children 2-3 years, 25,000-30,000 IU;
        • children 5-7 years; 50,000 IU;
        • children 7-10, 75,000 IU;
        • children 11-14,100,000 IU;
        • people 15 and older, 150,000 IU
    • Homeopathic Oscillicoccinum
      • Take as directed at the first sign of flu
    • Homeopathic Gelsimium 30 c
      • Once you have determined you have the flu, take 6 pellets every 2 hours – but do not wake yourself just to take them!
      • SO start with Oscillococcinum, and follow with Gelsimium.
    • Continue Vitamin D during infection
    • Continue and Increase dose of Elderberry Syrup
    • Zinc Lozenges from the Natural Market, take as directed.

Pregnant Women: All of these treatment guidelines are safe in Pregnancy

Just be Sure you have BETA-CAROTENE and NOT VITAMIN A.  Vitamin A can cause birth defects in levels higher than 10,000 IU, usually blindness.

Regarding Elderberry syrup: Historically, this herb has been found to safe for a developing baby and not to cause premature labour. However, there simply isn’t research to support the safety of this herb for daily use in pregnancy. Therefore, I recommend against using it daily for prevention in pregnancy for all women.  I would probably suggest this botanical medicine for pregnant women who tend to get sick frequently.  However, during FLU infection the benefits of the herb greatly outweigh the risk.  So I do recommend this herb during a flu infection for pregnant women.  It is safe for use during breastfeeding and for children, so stock up on it now and you’ll have it for later.

Special Note: Given that there is SO much media attention on the need for vaccination in pregnancy, I want to tell you how much I am in support of your decision to postpone or avoid the flu vaccines.  If you need to talk this over with me, I am available for phone consultation.  (#1) Get your Vitamin D checked, because it is VITAL in fetal development of the immune system and a healthy brain in addition to being your best defense from flu infection.

Last but not least, a few words about when it is appropriate to go to the ER:

From the CDC website:                  

What are the emergency warning signs?

In children

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

People with the following conditions should be evaluated by a doctor if they get the flu:

  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
  • Chronic lung disease [including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Neurological disorders (including nervous system, brain or spinal cord)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
  • Weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS)
  • Pregnant women
  • Children less than 5
  • Adults over 65

In Summary, I feel there will be a better time for activating all our public health resources to prevent a high death rate from pandemic.  Perhaps this is a dress rehearsal.  But now is not the time to be fearfully vaccinating.  Even better, take stock of the strength of your immune system, see your Naturopathic or Chinese doctor for an assessment and plan to build your immunity.


Dr. Sarah e Wylie, ND.midwife.mamaruby, sarah, ewc

[1] Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_D


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