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Natural Options for Managing Flu

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Below is an article archived from the net back in 2006.  The author (noted below) gives some interesting options for those opting out of flu shots.  In addition, I've added another option at the end.  Enjoy!

Flu shot alternatives If you are concerned about adverse reactions to flu shots, bad batches of flu vaccines or any of the controversy over flu shots, then you may be considering a “flu buster”. This could be any natural herbal or botanical product that boosts the immune system to help protect you from catching the flu. Some of these same flu buster products may be used to reduce recovery time and the likelihood of developing complications from a flu virus, if you happen to catch one.

Are flu shots bad? Only a few people make the claim that flu shots are bad for everyone. The idea behind the flu vaccine is a good one. They are designed to protect those who are at highest risk for complications from the influenza virus and the public in general from an epidemic. Whether or not the possible risks associated with the flu shot are worth the possible benefits is the question. Even people who take the flu shot may still develop the flu and still be in need of a flu buster. The flu shot is not the ultimate flu buster, it can only protect you from certain strains of the flu virus and there may be any number of different viruses circulating at any one time.

Many people are concerned about the safety of flu shots, bad reactions to them or just the number of chemicals that they contain. Doctors, researchers and scientists have linked flu shots to autism, Alzheimer’s and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Suspicions concerning the relationship between flu shots and the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome have been raised. Are flu shots bad? Some people think so.

As an alternative, naturalists, herbalists and researchers have studied many herbs and botanicals that could have flu buster effects. In clinical studies, andrographis paniculata has been shown to reduce flu recovery time and reduce the risk of post-influenza complications. It is believed to stimulate the immune system. Herbalists believe that by combining this flu buster with other herbs, botanicals and vitamins that are believed to naturally boost the immune system, you may be able to reduce your risk of catching the flu. People who use these types of natural immune system boosters say that they never get the flu or even the common cold. Answering the question “are flu shots bad” is not simple. And while not all natural products are completely safe andrographis paniculata has been shown in numerous studies to have very low toxicity in animals. Concern over ingredients in flu shots, bad reactions to flu shots and even flu shot shortages have sent many people looking for alternatives. Andrographis paniculata is just one natural flu buster.

Scientific research has shown that an extract from the olive leaf has anti-viral properties and could be used as a flu buster. Many botanicals and herbs are known to have anti-viral properties including bilberry, black cumin, and green tea. Herbs and botanicals were the first medicines and people are returning to them more and more, not only because of concerns about flu shots, bad reactions to all modern medications are possible. Some prescription and over the counter medications that were believed to be safe turn out to be not so safe. While natural does not always mean safe, it is possible to investigate the ingredients in a flu buster before you need it. Herbalists will honestly advise you of any possible side effects associated with any herbs and botanicals. Patsy Hamilton has more than twenty years experience as a health care professional and currently writes informational articles for the Immune System Booster Guide.

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Oscillococcinum (o-sill-o-cox-see-num), or, Oscillo is safe, natural and easy to take. Oscillo is used by millions of people and recommended by doctors around the world. Oscillo works best when taken at the first sign of flu. So make sure you have some on hand to fend off your flu symptoms at their onset. Use for the temporary relief of symptoms of flu such as nausea, fever, chills body aches and pains.

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