FLU... (Rolling my eyes)
At first I wondered why I would want to write anything on this subject. It seems everybody and their grandmothers have already done so. But I went to several of my favorite blogs, articles, and post (checking out the competition) and saw that they all said pretty much the same thing. What a surprise.
Anyway... how many of us don't already know that what is commonly known as the flu is a contagious virus caused by one of the many strains of influenza germs that are easily spread and attack the upper respiratory tract and mucus membranes. Well, some 60% of Americans don't need me to tell them that. They already know all about this year's flu, and that it is a bad one. Terrible, in fact. Like most A strain viruses, it comes on strong and fast with chills, fever, body aches, sore throat, cough and extreme fatigue. Other symptoms include headaches, sinus congestions, runny nose, stomach ache, vomiting, and, of course, the dreaded diarrhea. For most, these symptoms will usually resolve in about ten to fourteen days, not to detract from your pain...
But for some these primary conditions are dangerous. According to the CDC children under five, adults over sixty-five, pregnant women, and those with preexisting conditions like asthma, chronic obstructed pulmonary disease (COPD), and congestive heart failure (CHF), obesity and immune disorders, all have a higher risk of suffering complications that may require medical treatment or hospitalization. In worst cases, they can result in death. Last week the CDC reported that 8.3 percent of deaths nationwide were the result of the flu epidemic.
So, what can you do to protect yourself?
Most allopathic doctors, the CDC, and probably even your own mother will tell you to get vaccinated. Reports indicate a 62% efficacy of this year's flu vaccine, and even I'm thinking that's pretty good odds. But then, when I see that needle and fluid and remember that I
really have no idea what's in that liquid or what it will do to me, 'one size does not fit all' rings in my head. I remember that just yesterday a report came out: Over 800 children in Europe now suffer narcolepsy linked to the swine flu vaccine. I remember we're not supposed to talk about stuff like that here in America; it is not good for the free market, pharmaceutical companies, and the westernized medical industry that thinks they have it right after only two hundred or so years of trial and error.
But, when was the last time one of those high-profile 'Health and Nutrition' or "Medical News' blogs reminded you that the knowhow behind herbs used in Ayurvedic and Chinese, hell, even Native American medicine, is over three thousand years old, or said, out loud, there is more behind things like astragalus, Echinacea, goldenseal, and even simple cayenne pepper not being approved by the FDA as immune boosting medicine than the old wives tale excuse? It certainly isn't lack of effectiveness.
What about once you have symptoms?
You can get $10.00 off your Tamiflu prescription. Tamiflu has been clinically proven to reduce and relieve symptoms a whole 1.3 days faster than without taking the drug within 48 hours of your first symptom. Why? Because it has the same antiviral (stops the virus from being able to reproduce) as onions, thyme, oregano, honey, and that home-made chicken soup your mom used to make.
Tamiflu, or oseltmivir, have the following side effects: allergic reaction, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue and throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nosebleeds, sleeping problems, cough, rashes, blistering and peeling skin, sudden confusion, delirium hallucinations, unusual behavior, and self injury.
So, again, I ask why?
As someone who suffers from chronic lung disease, I know I'm at risk. I know there are people who wish I'd get the vaccine. Because I can't give statistics on how well my onion soup and daily astragalus supplements or oregano oil disinfectant work to keep me healthy, they think I'm wrong to believe in them. I hope me and Simply Natural & Cafe, where I get my astragalus, Echinacea, and good advice on other products that help keep my immune system strong, will beat this flu season. I just wonder... dothey have Laurianne's Onion Soup on the menu yet?
Laurianne's Onion Soup
1/2 cup salted organic butter
4 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 fresh thyme sprigs
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup burgundy
2 quarts organic beef broth
1 fresh baked baguette, sliced and toasted
Organic goat's cheese (optional)
Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until the onions are caramelized. Add the wine and reduce until liquid is gone. Discard thyme sprigs. Turn the heat down to medium low. Add beef broth and bring soup to a
simmering boil. Serve with dollop of goat's cheese on baguette toast centered in bowl. (Caution, cheese can cause phlegm: serve without if there are signs of congestion.)