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West Nile and Flu Viruses

Part of the "Become Informed" Series, by WHP

I'm writing about West Nile virus, not because it's a big health threat to all of you, but because there's so much publicity. for those who encounter it of course it's very real, but in the greater scheme of things its significance in public health is very small.

That is, consider this: West Nile Virus (WNV) is responsible for less than 100 deaths in the U.S. since 1999 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States 20,000 people die from influenza (flu). Thus I feel that while WNV is serious (if you have it) far more attention should be paid to the common influenza.

Given this I urge you to spend some time studying the homeopathic approach to treating influenza - through this exercise you will be armed to use very similar symptoms (rubics) should an actual case of WNV come to your attention.

Note:
Should WNV become a more serious threat to the general public the National Center will work to provide more in depth advise for homeopathic treatment that would include a genus eppidemicus (overarching remedy) should one be determined. At this point in time there are so few cases and so little information from a homeopathic perspective that this is virtually impossible.

West Nile Virus (encephalitis)-
Symptoms of West Nile virus - per (CDC),
Most infections are mild, and symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.
More severe infection may be marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis, and rarely death.

Compare to Influenza (the flu) - per CDC strictly an upper respiratory disease, but it's a virus and homeopathy can help the body fight the effects of viral infections. Influenza (the flu) attacks the respiratory tract in humans (nose, throat and lungs).

The flu is different from a cold, the flu comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: Fever, headache, tiredness (can be extreme) dry cough, sore throat nasal congestion, and body aches.

The CDC offers the following suggestions for treatment of the flu:

  • Rest, drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid using alcohol and tobacco

Influenza is caused by a virus, so antibiotics (like penicillin) don't work to cure it. They recommend a flu shot each Fall, before flu season. Whether you do that or not there is the homeopathic remedy Influenzinum, and all the usual flu remedies including oscillococcinum. The CDC also WARNS - do not give aspirin to children or teenagers or anyone (Joe adds) who have symptoms of the flu - there could be deadly consequences.

Before getting the flu, practice looking up flu symptoms and remedies in your books - it's easier now than when you have the flu.

WNV is found in horses and is quite serious - frequently fatal: veterinarians who specialize in homeopathy are doing work in this area. Perhaps a useful nosode is out there. Veterinarians specializing in homeopathy can be found in the directory of the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) - www.homeopathic.org (By the way you should join the NCH - it's there for you and you should be there for it)

September 2002

 
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