The FDA recently approved an inhalant drug to treat the flu.
This new drug, called Relenza, is said to reduce the duration of flu
symptoms by "up to 36 hours" but Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the Public
Citizen Health Research Group says, "the benefits are close to zero"
and the "drug never should have been approved."
He may be right. An FDA advisory panel voted 13-4 against
recommending approval of Relenza, requesting more studies, particularly among
the elderly. For some reason this vote was ignored. In U.S. studies, patients
using the drug said their symptoms went away about a day earlier than those on
placebos but apparently these findings were based on the self-reporting of
people involved in the clinical trials and were not proven by laboratory tests.
In addition, the drug was not proven effective in preventing the flu.
According to Dr. William Campbell Douglass, author of the
popular health newsletter Real Health, Relenza is "so dangerous
that asthmatics are warned to have bronchodilator medication at hand when using
the drug in case they go into a bronchial spasm."
1. He says there is only one drug
available by prescription that "will prevent or abort the flu... that most
doctors don't prescribe... It's called Amantadine." Apparently he
has used amantadine for 25 years without a serious reaction, although he states
"minor side effects can occur." His recommended dosage is a 100 mg
tablet twice a day.
2. He also suggests an
over-the-counter nasal spray called Afrin (oxymetazoline) to help you
sleep when you have the flu but cautions against using it during the day because
"you can become dependent on it if you use it habitually."
3. Photoluminescence is by far the
most effective flu treatment of all but it's very difficult to find a doctor to
administer it. Angel had this treatment done once for the beginning stages of
the flu and by the time she left the doctors office, the flu was gone. For more
information on this ultraviolet light treatment, see Dr. Campbell Douglass's
book Into The Light, (770) 399-5617. There is a list of doctors who perform this
therapy in the back of the book and also in the Physician
Reference List on this site.
4. There is also a dietary
supplement called ImmPower that is great in improving overall immunity and preventing or shortening the
duration of the flu. It dramatically increases the activity of the T-cells and B-cells
that help mobilize your body's defenses against attack. Visit the Product Guide
for where to find ImmPower.
than a flu shot is selenium. Selenium is a necessary mineral for the
production of antioxidants within the body. New animal research from the
University of North Carolina has found that a dietary deficiency of selenium may
cause a harmless strain of the flu virus to mutate into a virulent pathogen.
When selenium-deficient mice were given a known flu virus and compared to
mice with normal selenium levels, researchers found that the selenium-deficient
animals experienced far more serious symptoms, such as lung damage. Based on
this new research, other researchers are wondering if the more potent viruses,
such as HIV, also mutated in environments where there were selenium
deficiencies. It makes sense when you consider the well-known fact that most of
the worldwide flu outbreaks originate in China, where large segments of the
population are selenium-deficient.
6. There is also a black elderberry
extract made by Nature's Way called Sambucol that many swear by but Angel
found she was allergic to it. It comes in a sweet tasting liquid and pill form.
There is another elderberry formula marketed by Dr. Peter J.
D'Adamo, author or Eat
Right 4 Your Type. It's called Proberry Caps. Basically it's an
elderberry complex with larch arabinogalactan (ARA6), black cherry concentrate,
rose hips and lemon bioflavonoids. Dr. D'Adamo says the use of pigmented fruits
and vegetables can be a valuable method of enhancing systemic detoxification and
it's supposedly compatible with all blood types.
7. Lastly we must mention Echinacia
and Goldenseal which work well together and are usually combined in the same
pill or extract. You must be careful not to take it for an extended period
because once your body gets used to it, it loses its effect and if you take too
much you can break out in a rash. According to Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, author of Eat
Right 4 Your Type, Echinacia and Goldenseal should not be taken by people
with Blood Type O.