Flu symptoms – dealing with flu the drug free way

A brief explanation of Flu

There was a time when the flu (influenza) was a seasonal virus which occurred between late autumn and spring. These days the virus has become a perennial one, and the battle against flu seems never ending.

Flu is a respiratory infection caused by a varying group of viruses, and can become deadly when added to other medical conditions.

New strains have become prevalent in recent years, including avian or ‘bird flu’, and swine flu. These two strains have proven deadly to humans and many believe that they are mutations of their progenitor viruses, caused by genetic modification in food products like corn, or hormonal boosters, ingested by the host body in farms and then passed to humans through the food chain.

Do I have the flu or just a cold?

Although the symptoms of a cold are similar to that of influenza and swine flu, the major difference is that the common cold will rarely lead to a fever (or temperature) of over 101 degrees Fahrenheit. The following are typical flu symptoms:

  • Fever (100º F or greater)
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Cough
  • Runny nose (more prevalent in children than adults)
  • Disorientation

How do I treat influenza?

Whether dealing with H1N1 swine flu or influenza, it’s important to distinguish the symptoms correctly in order to seek the correct treatment, especially if you already suffer with other medical conditions.

Your doctors may prescribe a form of antiviral medication, but with many drugs having unpleasant side effects, a safer and healthier way to deal with the flu is with herbal or natural remedies. The following list can help reduce the risk of flu becoming worse, can cure the illness and are also safe for children:

  • ANISE – Tea stimulates mucus secretion in lungs & throat.
  • BONESET – Expectorant.
  • CATNIP – Tea relieves fever & digestive upset, relaxing effect.
  • CAYENNE – Added to fresh orange juice or soup to relieve congestion and increase mucus flow.
  • ECHINACEA – Immune stimulant that relieves major flu symptoms.
  • ELDERBERRY – Prevents infections and shortens duration of flu.
  • EPHEDRA – Opens bronchial passages.
  • GARLIC – Is an antibacterial that helps prevent infection. Eaten raw or taken in capsules.
  • GINGER – A tea made by steeping the fresh, chopped root in boiling water for 20 minutes is used to soothe throat and ease congestion. Add some freshly squeezed lemon and a little honey for extra vitamin C and sweetness.
  • MULLEIN – Used as expectorant and to soothe sore throat.
  • TILDEN FLOWER – Tea used for sore throat & headache.

[adsense]You can also use some essential oils to make a chest rub or decongestant. Aloe Vera placed under the nose (where it protects the sensitive tissue) with a drop of essential oil of peppermint on the top lip can break up severe nasal congestion and alleviate nausea.

Some ginger infused oil mixed with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil will make a great chest rub that gives a soothing effect.

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Flu treatment season, more lies and misinformation?

Swine Flu, Stomach Flu, Influenza, whatever it is and whatever it is called, it is always hitting the headlines. Where is it from, where is it heading, who will it take out in the process, what’s it called and who’s to blame?

Every Fall, medics publicly recommend that we – and in particular those most vulnerable  – get our flu jabs to protect us and our dependents from the sometimes deadly virus.

Yet the efficacy and safety of the jab itself (the H1N1 vaccine) is also a fan of making headlines. The ever unpopular ‘crazy’ conspiracy theorists claim that the virus is manmade in an attempt to cull the population of its most feeble and useless, like a hypodermic Hitler; or to make vast amounts of money; or both. Whilst the genial conventional doctors and scientists claim, with a benevolent smile, that the vaccine is so safe that they would baste their own newborn in it; others have linked it to neural conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

Last year, the watchdog association, MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) reported that experts were examining possible negative correlations between the controversial vaccine and a serious condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that can be fatal.

In the UK, the Government repeatedly declared that there is absolutely no evidence that the vaccine is linked to the condition that causes paralysis. And then in Autumn last year, the MHRA published a new report that indicated its position on the subject had changed.

“Given the uncertainties in the available information and as with seasonal flu vaccines, a slightly elevated risk of GBS following H1N1 vaccines cannot be ruled out,” the report declared.

So whether or not the vaccine is a philanthropic, but incidentally money-making gesture courtesy of our governments, scientists and medical professionals, what are the alternatives for those of us who would rather not be paralysed?

[adsense]Well, whether or not the risk of death by needle is more appealing than death by swine flu, is up to the individual. But one alternative to death is to become as healthy as possible, because with an augmented immune system these nasties can’t gain a foothold.

A diet full of organic wholefruits and vegetables and healthy sources of protein such as nuts and seeds is a good start. Avoid sugar and white flour (white sugar depresses the part of the white blood cell that tells it to kill unwanted intruders.) Keeping the body alkalised via green drinks and smoothies (containing lots of green leafy vegetables) is an excellent way to kickstart your health and to start your day. Eat lots of brightly colored veggies including mangos, carrots, pumpkin, etc to give you vitamin A. Eat more spinach than Popeye, plus citrus fruits and berries for valuable vitamin C.

In addition, drink adequate good quality water (not the fluoridated junk that comes from the tap). Get out in the countryside. Improve your fitness. Quit smoking. Have an enjoyable life without the involvement of drugs or alcohol. Love and be loved. Think positive. Smile.

It’s very scientific, by being healthy, you will avoid illness and reduce your chances of death, by both virus and inoculation.

Please tell us about your experiences with flu jabs by leaving a comment.

Read more about flu, swine flu, H1N1 risks during pregnancy; as well as other things that were supposed to be good for us but turned out not to be, like sugar or fluoride in drinking water.

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Return of the deadly swine flu?

With Christmas looming and the holiday season upon us it’s fair to say that the celebrations will, for many, be marred by some illness or other.  Whether simply a case of over indulgence or something more serious, the holidays are always a bad time for our health.

At this time of year we’re guaranteed a cold, or in worse cases flu or pneumonia.  In April 2009, on the cusp of winter and spring, the world was gripped by a new epidemic, namely swine flu. Fears are renewed this year after 10 deaths in the past 3 months have been attributed to swine flu.

David Prosser reported in British newspaper The Independent, that during the 2009 swine flu panic, GSK were given an estimated £700 Million by the Government in order to produce 60 million vaccines to deal with the swine flu outbreak. But the costs to tax payer didn’t end there as there were also heavy advertising costs to consider which pushed the final bill to over £1 Billion.

Swine flu, termed H1N1, originated in Mexico and was given the unpleasant moniker by media groups.  The news spread faster than the illness and fear mongers told us that we faced a deadly epidemic.

Examinations by various medical bodies and universities discovered that H1N1 was in fact a hybrid virus that contained traces of human influenza, as well as avian and porcine strains. How the virus managed to encompass all three variations is still hotly debated by scientists and conspiracy theorists alike.

The UK epidemic peaked in April 2009, and a total of 457 deaths were reported, mostly old and infirmed or very young victims. The last 3 months has seen 10 deaths which have sparked new fears over a resurgent and deadly epidemic. To put things in perspective though, and quell some fear mongers’ claims, it has to be pointed out that deaths by swine flu are minimal compared to those caused by seasonal flu which annually claims 6000 lives on average.

Some believe that last years outbreak was a good thing as it meant more flu vaccinations were made available, the result of which is less deaths so far this year.

Employers and tax agencies will hope the flu vaccines continue to be made widely available as the cost to the economy in sick days (7.6million in 2009)  is costing the country an estimated £1.35 billion.

Did you contract swine flu last year, or know anyone that did? Let us know what it was like by leaving a comment.

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Tori Spelling denies she has eating disorder

Tori Spelling has been sporting a super skinny frame as of late – thinner than usual. With the media consistently ranting about her weight and claiming she must be suffering from an eating disorder, Tori has decided it was time to set the record straight.

In her book ‘Unchartered TerriTORI’, Tori explains why her weight has dropped. The mother of two young children categorically denies being anorexic, USA Today writes, blaming her weight loss on stomach problems that saw her get hospitalized three times last year and take three bouts of antibiotics.

“I’ve never had a great stomach, but (being ill) just completely tore up my stomach and broke down my immune system, and I’ve basically just been a mess ever since, stomach-wise. It’s about rebuilding my immune system.”

False reports and rumors that she is anorexic or suffering from another eating disorder enrage her, because she feels she is a role model to many women, and, most importantly, to her two-year-old daughter Stella.

“I’m a role model for a lot of women out there, so I hate that they say these things unwarranted, without any research and facts. I think it’s doing a disservice to women out there that look up to any celebrity,” The Huffington Post quotes her as saying.

“That worries me every single day, the way they attack me in the press. I’m so grateful that [Stella] can’t read yet. I’m hoping they’ll let up on that by the time she gets old enough to understand, but I’m going to have to explain to her that this is what happens.”

Celebrities who have suffered from anorexia include ‘Ally McBeal’ star Calista FlockhartKate Beckinsale and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.

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Swine flu is still a real threat in the United States

The cases of swine flu contractions and deaths are still high, even though media reports on the subject are dwindling.  The swine flu has now essentially replaced the regular seasonal flu, and is still something that needs to be taken very seriously, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns, especially since new strains have been discovered in the U.S. and China.

Now the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Protection (CDC) are urging Americans to get swine flu vaccines, Reuters reports. Out of all countries that have reported cases of the swine flu (officially referred to as the H1N1 virus), America is the hardest hit, and continues to report deaths. According to CNN, the CDC has released figures that estimate that between 7,880 and 16,460 swine flu-related deaths occurred between April 2009, which is when the virus emerged, and December 12, 2009.

These statistics seem to have little affect on the American population, with many avoiding the readily available vaccinations. A mistake, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC says.

“Many people believe the outbreak is over and I think it is too soon for us to have that complacency.”

And while an estimated 70 million Americans have gotten the vaccine, many are being careless about the follow-up shots, a necessity for protection. Particularly children are susceptible to the virus, with nine deaths having been reported in the U.S. just last week.

Schuchat tells CNN getting the follow-up flu shots is the right thing to do, especially when it comes to children.

“It would just be tragic for you to have gone so far to do the right thing and have your child get sick because they weren’t completely protected,” she says.

“This pandemic isn’t over yet.”

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Celebrities who have battled the swine flu include Rupert Grint and Marilyn Manson.

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Marilyn Manson and the swine flu

Marilyn Manson announced he had the H1N1 virus on September 21st 2009 via his MySpace celebrity blog, according to online news provider Chart Attack.

The goth metal rocker wrote: “So I have officially been diagnosed, by a real doctor, with THE SWINE FLU.“

As ever, the excerpt was riddled with much-loved Manson witticisms, such as: “I know everyone will suggest that f***ing a pig is how this disease was obtained. However, the doctor said, my past choices in women have in no way contributed to me acquiring this mysterious sickness.“

He added: “Unfortunately, I am going to survive.“

And survive he did. More so, the controversial musician is now said to have officially got engaged to his on-off girlfriend of 4 years, 22-year-old Evan Rachel Woods. OK Magazine reported that Manson, 41, proposed on-stage during a performance in Paris last week.

Marilyn Manson has previously been married to burlesque dancer and model Dita Von Teese, a marriage which only lasted one year, while Woods has been linked to actors Edward Norton and Mickey Rourke.

In the meantime, other celebrities have also been battling with the swine flu. Harry Potter star Rupert Grint was one of the first to contract the disease earlier last year. Since then, sufferers have included Melissa Auf Der Maur and indie-pop band Kasabian, Chart Attack reported.

Swine flu claims further victims in the United States

The death of a toddler in Massachusetts earlier this week underlines the fact that young individuals are particularly susceptible to the H1N1 virus. The nearly four-year-old child is the first to die during the autumn flu season this year, is however, the second child to die overall this year in the state due to swine flu.

According to Boston.com, Medical Director of the State Department of Health Dr. Lauren Smith said: “Death due to H1N1 is rare, but it does happen.”

“I understand that the death of the child is a tragic thing,” she continued.

Parents in Massachusetts and the rest of the United States are encouraged to pay particular attention to their children’s hygiene, including washing their hands more often than they perhaps normally would.

The toddler was not the only death in Massachusetts this week; an adult (age not specified) also succumbed to the H1N1 virus. This brings the Massachussets swine flu death toll to 17 this year.

While Dr. Smith maintains the influx of patients with flu-like symptoms is normal at this time of the year, special attention is being paid to ensure those with swine flu-like symptoms are treated appropriately.

The news of the two deaths in Massachusetts comes as North Carolina reported three deaths of individuals who had a drug-resistant form of swine flu. The three patients, all adults, were from different parts of the state and were treated in isolation at a hospital in Raleigh. A fourth patient, a woman, is currently still in treatment.

While doctors maintain that obtaining the swine flu vaccination is essential and state that the drugs used to combat the H1N1 virus are effective, health officials are reportedly watching the virus for mutations.

WRAL.com reports that Infectious Disease Specialist at Duke Medical Center, Dr. Cameron Wolfe, says mutations of the virus will not have an effect on the vaccination.

“The mutation is not expected to have any effect on the vaccine at all,” he said.

“So, the vaccine will still be very effective in protecting patients against this form of H1N1. If anything, it re-encourages us to encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

58 people have died in North Carolina since the pandemic began earlier this year.

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Kevin Costner fears the swine flu

Hollywood actor Kevin Costner is a star who has already passed his heyday. After enjoying superstardom in the 1980s and especially 1990s, with movies like ‘The Body Guard’, ‘JFK’ and ‘Dances With Wolves’, his career slowed down after 2000.  Since then Costner and the movies he’s starred in have only celebrated relative success.

Since marrying his wife Christine, however, he has followed another passion of his: music.  He founded his country band Kevin Costner and Modern West, and has since been touring, while also acting.

Costner reportedly so afraid his children could catch the swine flu, that he will not them travel.  Currently touring through Germany and Europe with his band Kevin Costner and Modern West, he says he misses his six children, but doesn’t want to let them travel with him. According to BANG Showbiz, Costner said:

“It is unusual that my family is not there, because they usually are always there.

“But I have been worried about swine flu, and didn’t want my small children with me this time on this trip.”

The swine influenza , declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a flu that spread quickly across the globe in 2009. Originating in Mexico, it has killed over 3,000 people worldwide, with most of the deaths occurring in Latin America.

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Warding off the swine flu spell: Rupert Grint’s recovery

The British lad who caught the imagination of the world with the first part of the Harry Potter series has a million strong fan base that seems to be growing every single day. Appearing on the number 16 spot on the Forbes list of top earners under the age of 25, 21-year-old Rupert Grint has been able to carve out his own space even though the Harry Potter series revolves around Daniel Radcliffe.

Apart from starring in the hugely popular Harry Potter movies as Ron Weasely – Harry’s trusted confidant and friend – Rupert Grint has delved into other spheres of the entertainment industry and two of his movies, namely ‘Cherrybomb’, a gritty thriller, and ‘Wild Target’, a French remake, are all set to hit the silver screens this year.  The critics’ quarters have seen Rupert Grint as the new rising star that will probably outshine the other two cast members (Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson) in the decade to come.

Recent reports showed that Rupert Grint had contracted a mild case of Swine Flu while on the sets of the ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ movie and had to take a few days off from filming. Initially he was alarmed due to the increased reports of fatalities from Swine Flu but complete rest and adequate care ensured that he was soon up and about. Completely recovered from Swine Flu, Rupert Grint has begun filming and involving himself in other projects including voice over work for BBC documentaries.

Right after he recovered from Swine Flu, Rupert Grint got down to promoting ‘Harry potter and the Half Blood Prince’.

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Swine flu

People around the globe are not venturing out of their homes, but if they should be so brave to, there still exists the ever-present fear of contracting Swine Flu, causing them to jump in horror every time someone around them sneezes or coughs.

By silently creeping into our systems, swine flu causes the body temperature to rise, which in turn leads to other complications in the body. The entire problem with swine flu stems from the fact that it is essentially is a sort of fever that has symptoms which are quite similar to a common flu. The common symptoms of swine flu include fever, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite and lethargy.

Rather than learning to adapt to this disease by putting on masks (recent reports have shown couples being wed while wearing matching flu prevention masks!) we have to focus on building our immunity towards it. All of us at are of risk of becoming ill due to swine flu, however if we maintain good hygiene and keep our surroundings clean, the risk of contracting this influenza reduces drastically.

The highly contagious nature of swine flu – also known as the H1N1 virus – allows it to spread quite easily, and people travelling on flights to other parts of the globe greatly increase their chances of acquiring this disease. The most effective way of dealing with swine flu is by improving one’s diet, taking all the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep the body healthy and strong, maintaining good hygiene – washing hands as often as possible – while also wearing masks in areas that are visited by a lot of people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled the swine flu as a pandemic, meaning it is an epidemic of an infectious disease that is spreading across borders and even continents. In total, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 3,049 people have died from the worldwide swine flu outbreak, with the most deaths occurring in Latin America.

The key to resolving the swine flu issue is to stay calm, take all the necessary precautions and go for a total body check up. Even though swine flu is a very real threat, it can be dealt with. Reports from doctors around the world validate the fact that even people very ill with the swine flu can be completely cured.

Celebrities who have contracted swine flu include Rupert Grint.

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