Creating Waves of Awareness
Influenza pandemics have for centuries posed the greatest threat of a worldwide calamity caused by infectious disease. Over the past 300 years, ten influenza pandemics have occurred among humans. According to recent analysis, the 1918-19 pandemic killed 50 to 100 million people globally. Today, even a "mild" pandemic could kill many millions of people.
Influenza manifests in the respiratory system and produces generalized aches and pain, especially in the limbs and back. It produces malaise; prostration; fever; coryza, headache; with photophobia and retrobulbar aching; and inflamed respiratory mucous membranes. The incubation period is around 48 hours.
The symptoms begin with sore throat with substernal burning; nonproductive cough; and coryza. Cough usually becomes severe and productive and causes pain in the chest. The soft palate, posterior hard palate, tonsils and throat become reddened and painful. The eyes water easily and the conjunctiva may be mildly inflamed. Sweating and weakness may continue for weeks. Complications include bronchitis; pneumonia; breathlessness; spitting of blood; pulmonary edema; encephalitis; and death.Old people; babies; those confined to bed; or with chronic pulmonary or heart disease are the most at risk.
During the 1918 influenza pandemic it was young people, 25 -34 years of age, which were most severely affected. They appeared to have no immunity and succumbed to a pneumonia that would kill within days. It was not uncommon for someone physically strong and in good health to get up feeling well in the morning and by bedtime they would be dead. During this flu pandemic large numbers of people sought homeopathic care and were restored to good health; in numerous cases their lives were saved
An article published in the Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy in May 1921 states that Dean W.A.Pearson of Philadelphia collected 26,795 cases of influenza treated by homeopathic physicians with only a mortality rate of 1.05%, while the average conventional medical approach had a mortality rate of 30%.
During this time there were many Medical Doctors practicing homeopathic medicine throughout Europe and in America, much to the chagrin of non-homeopathic doctors and pharmacists. While conventional hospitals in the US had an 80-90% loss of life during the scarlet fever, Cholera and Flu epidemics around 1919, Homeopathic Hospitals had only a 2-5% loss.
There is however a possibility that some of these high numbers of positive effects of homeopathic treatment can be subscribed to the ill effects of the conventional treatment. Many homeopaths reported a decrease in chance of survival in those that had, previously to homeopathic treatment, been taking Aspirin. A.F. Stevens, M.D. in St.Louis said about the patients undergoing conventional treatment: “They died like flies around a plate of poison although ‘science’ did all that could be done to ‘save’ them”.
There has been at least three large scale double-blind placebo- controlled trials to treat people with flu or influenza – like syndrome. Each of these large scale studies were conducted by independent researchers, and a treatment is considered proven when at least three independent studies verify positive results.
Several studies have suggested that the homeopathic remedy oscillococcinum, which is prepared from a duck liver, is a very effective treatment for influenza. One study found that the remedy significantly increased the rate of cure within two days of diagnosis. This was a high- quality trial, published in an important, non- homeopathic journal and involving large numbers of patients (237 treated and 241 on placebo).
It is generally impossible in homeopathy to pinpoint a few remedies that would help in general against the flu. But, what is fascinating is that during an influenza epidemic, a remedy or two will work marvellously. This remedy is sometimes referred to as genus epidemicus. The homeopathic Materia Medica has well over 3,500 remedies. There is no one remedy that is specific to the flu because individuals will manifest symptoms in different ways that are unique to them. The most important point to remember about homeopathy is that it treats the individual.
ACONITE is useful in a sudden onset of the flu with great anxiety and fear. The individual experiences high fever, dry cough, sore throat and feeling of great worry and fear, with restlessness. Typically symptoms occur after exposure to a dry, cold wind or from an emotional alarm or fright. The patient always feels better in fresh air; and feels worse in a warm room, in the evening or at night and while lying on the left side.
Influenza in children with sudden onset and much prostration. Flus caused by gastric derangements.
The patient is extremely restless, oversensitive, anxious and weak.
The face is pale with an anxious expression.
Burning pains that are better with warm applications.
Thirsty, drinks in small sips often.
Worse between 1 and 2am.
Vomiting and diarrhea are common. The diarrhea has acrid, offensive, watery stools.
The flu comes on suddenly and is associated with high fever and a bruised feeling. The patient looks drowsy and drunk. He has profuse sweating with a high fever and an intense thirst, and the bed feels hard.
The flu is associated with a stupefying headache, with confusion.
The fever is associated with a delirium with strange sensations, as if there is somebody else in bed with him, parts of her body are separated, etc.
Slow onset of the flu with a severe, throbbing headache, body pains.
There is a dryness of mucus membranes and stitching, tearing pain that worsens from motion. Fluent coryza, watery or greenish discharge. Dry, hacking cough, worse from smoking and talking.
Thirst for large amounts infrequently, preferably cold.
Pains (headache, body pains) better by pressure.
Lies on the painful part.
Sleepy, heavy, lethargic, irritable, wants to be left alone .
Eupatorium is said to have been a principal remedy for intermittent fever with the Indians. It is known as "Bone-set", from the prompt manner in which it relieves pain in limbs and muscles that accompanies influenza.
Sudden onset of the flu with violent aching pains in the bones, as if bones are broken. High fever preceded by chills, especially from 7 till 9 am. Cills running up and down the spine, but still thirsty for ice cold water.
GELSEMIUM tends to be the number 1 flu remedy. The flu has a slow onset and is associated with chills, tiredness and paralytic weakness. The chills begin in the hands and feet, and run up and down the spine.
These patients feel as if run over by a truck. Aching pain is felt in the muscles and they experience trembing of the limbs with lack of mucular co-ordination. Want to lie down and be left alone.
The patient is generally worse in the early morning and last thing at night. They feel better after urination and in fresh air.
The flu quickly affects the lungs, especially the base of the right lung. Dry, tickling cough, with tightness aross the chest, worse evening and before midnight. Bleeding. Bloody sputum, which is bright red.
The patient craves cold drinks, which may be vomited when they become warm in the stomach.
Burning, pressure and constriction in the chest; worse lying on the left side; worse lying on the painful side (patient and the cough).
This remedy is also useful in nasal bleeds, which are bright red.
Cough, worse talking and laughing.
RHUS TOXICODENDRON is useful in flu where the cause is exposure to wet, damp weather or getting wet. There is stiffness and restlessness in the joints that is wors on first movement but become better with continued movement.
Intense fever. Thirsty. Great prostration. Severe aching in the bones.
Extreme restlessness with constant changing of position, great apprehension at night, can not remain in bed.
INFLUENZINUM, a nosode made from the flu virus, can be used as a prophylactic during epidemics. Baptisia has also been used for this purpose. The "remedy epidemicus" can be found by using the totality of symptoms in several cases of the the present epidemic.
The arrival of a pandemic influenza would trigger a reaction that would change the world overnight. Many experts agrees that the widespread and indiscriminate use of antibiotics has created a time bomb and that antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, in all likelihood will bring about a reemergence of those diseases and possibly epidemics. The World Health Organization and several countries have finalized or drafted useful but overly general plans to prepare for the next pandemic.A vaccine would not be available for a number of months after the pandemic started (it could take six months to manufacture adequate vaccine stocks and current stocks may be useless because the flu virus has mutated), and there are very limited stockpiles of antiviral drugs. We should also not forget that only a few privileged areas of the world will have access to vaccine-production facilities.
The World Health Organization states that ”an influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity, resulting in several, simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness. With the increase in global transport and communications, as well as urbanization and overcrowded conditions, epidemics due the new influenza virus are likely to quickly take hold around the world.“
Homeopathy has been very effective in treating many of the epidemics during the 19th. And early 20th. Centuries. Why the successes are not better known is a subject for conjecture. It could be that most would rather not see the ineffectiveness of the conventional therapeutics nor accept the efficacy of homeopathy.
Even some of the hardest critics of homeopathy has admitted, that yes, in times of such epidemics – when conventional medicine has nothing to offer – we might have to trust homeopathy to work and heal.
1. Materia Medica (Boericke)
2. World Health Organization. http://www.who.com.
3. Homeopathy in 'Influenza – a chorus of fifty in harmony' by W.A. Dewey, M.D. Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, May 1921. http://www.lifemedical.us/flu/dewey.pdf
4. The Faces of Homeopathy, an illustrated history of the first 200 years. by Julian Winston. Great Auk publishing, Tawa, New Zealand.
5. Pandemic preparedness by The World Health Organization http://www.who.int/csr/disease/influenza/pandemic/en/index.html
6. Some history of the treatment of epidemics with Homeopathy by Julian Winston http://www.whale.to/v/winston.html
7. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 1989; 27:329
8. Preparing for the Next Pandemic By Michael T. Osterholm
From Foreign Affairs , July/August 2005 http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20050701faessay84402/michael-t-osterh...
9. Photography: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiplash/116848006/
THE HISTORY OF VACCINATIONS AND INFLUENZA
VERY FEW PEOPLE realize that the worst epidemic ever to hit America, the Spanish Influenza of 1918 was the after effect of the massive nation-wide vaccine campaign. Viruses were not known at that time so the doctors told the people that the disease was caused by germs. Germs, bacteria and viruses, along with bacilli and a few other invisible organisms are the scapegoats, which the doctors like to blame for the things they do not understand.
If we check back in history to that 1918 flu period, we will see that it suddenly struck just after the end of World War I when American soldiers were returning home from overseas, although there was a suggestion that the virus strain originated at Fort Riley, Kansas, in viruses in poultry and pigs which the fort bred for food; the soldiers were then sent from Fort Riley around the world, where they spread the disease. WWI was the first war in which multiple vaccines were forced on all U.S. servicemen.
This concoction of poisonous drugs and putrid proteins of which the vaccines were composed, caused such widespread disease and death among the soldiers that it was the common talk of the day, that more of our men were being killed by medical shots than by enemy gunfire.
US Army records show that seven men dropped dead after being vaccinated. A report from US Secretary of War Henry L Stimson not only verified these deaths but also stated that there had been 63 deaths and 28,585 cases of hepatitis as a direct result of yellow fever vaccination during only six months of the war. And that was only ONE of the 14 to 25 shots given to recruits.
by Sandra Perko
Surviving Influenza, Epidemics and Pandemics, Past, Present and Future with Homeopathy Special Bird Flu Edition
The Spanish Flu of 1918-1919 was the most devastating epidemic of influenza so far. Together with the Plague of Justinian from 542 and the Black Death of 1347-1350, it is known as “one of the three most destructive pests” ever to have afflicted humankind. Whereas the Black Death in the 14th century took four years to spread through Europe and later Asia, Spanish Flu only took four months in 1918 to affect the entire world, at a cost of around 40 million lives.
Now the health authorities have been quietly preparing for the return of a global flu super-virus. Whether flu will start its devastating march in “one or ten years” is unknown, but there is – according to a renowned virologist – “no doubt that flu is the most dangerous of all infectious diseases.”
Sandra Perko shows what the Spanish flu of 1918 really meant using the cases described in the first part of her book. This epidemic caused more fatalities than the entire First World War. Particularly during this period of helplessness and fright, homeopathy proved itself an outstanding form of treatment.
With 68 homeopathic flu remedies and a repertory of over 150 pages, this book is surely the most comprehensive reference work available. It can be consulted for minor cases of flu as well as for epidemics.
“Sandra Perko’s timely wakeup call reminds us that the virus is an agent subject to frequent and unpredictable changes, and has proven itself capable of causing rapid death to multitudes, including the young and healthy. As Homeopaths, we are privileged to posses the means to confront the threat of another influenza pandemic; proven medicines in potency and matrices of vital information, of which this disturbing and inspiring book is a prime example.” –– Peter Wright, ND, DHANP
“Wow! If a lethal flu hit my home town would I (as a fairly new homeopath) be ready for it? I am sure homeopathy could help, but would my skills be up to handling something like that? How about my family and friends who live hundreds of miles away? Is there information I could send them that would help them in a flu crisis situation? Information that could help them find the right remedy to use to save their lives?
“Yes, yes, yes. Sandra Perko's book, 'The Homeopathic Treatment of Influenza, surviving influenza epidemics and pandemics past, present and future with homeopathy,' is a treasure. The book is easy to read and easy to understand whether you are an experienced homeopath or just an interested reader. Best of all, with even limited knowledge of homeopathy, this book can stand alone as a source of information and aid to successful prescribing ... When the flu hits, this is a book that you will want in hand. I wouldn’t be without it!” –– Maria T. Bohle (Homeopathy Today)
Concerned virologists have been expecting the appearance of a virulent Influenza strain that may well rival the great 1918-1919 Spanish Flu epidemic which swept the globe in only a matter of months and left between 20 to 50 million people dead in one of the most horrific medical crisis to ever strike the earth. Since that dreadful pandemic, scientists at the Center for Disease Control, in cooperation with the World Health Organization and the Defense Department have been carefully monitoring both SARS and influenza in anticipation of mutated disease strains which would be capable-of causing a world-wide- epidemic equal to, or worse-than, the- infamous 1918 Spanish Flu.
The world barely missed just such a dreadful pandemic in 1997 when six people in Hong Kong died from a strain of deadly influenza which had somehow passed directly from chickens to humans; a situation thought impossible up to that time. The immediate destruction of millions of chickens prevented what virologists feared could have developed into a frightening world-wide influenza pandemic in the event that a single person happened to contract both the bird flu and a human strain of flu at the same time. Should this occur, the disease might then mutate into a new influenza epidemic strain to which humans have no natural immunity. In the face of such a threat, what can be done?
Since 1997 scientists have worked diligently to develop a vaccine for the so-called Bird Flu. However, since the bird flu has again appeared throughout Asia, the World Health Organization reports that "the search for a vaccine has been set back because the virus has mutated. The viral strain detected in Hong Kong in 1997 no longer can be used as the key to producing a vaccine." If modern medical technology has no answers, does homeopathy have a proven successful historical record of dealing with such a world-wide emergency? Indeed it does!
Read how homeopathic doctors and hospitals the world over were able to successfully treat the deadly 1918 Spanish Flu when no other treatment was effective. There is absolutely no reason to doubt that it can do so again.
The 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic
As we near, what is hoped to be, the end of the current “Swine Flu” pandemic, we are left with the uncomfortable problematic predicament that we may not have seen the last of H1N1. Why is that? We know that the infamous Spanish Flu of 1918-1919 came in three waves. As explained on page 18 of The Homeopathic Treatment of Influenza, Surviving Influenza Epidemics and Pandemics Past, Present and Future with Homeopathy, “Ordinary influenza epidemics are more common during the cold winter months.
Therefore, even though the first wave of the disease began in the spring months of March, April and May of 1918, and produced an unanticipated higher than normal mortality rate, and even though in the back of their minds, doctors were aware that influenza pandemics were known to appear outside of the winter months, very little thought was given to this ominous sign.”
That is, until the second wave appeared. “The second and most lethal form of the disease struck in the late summer of 1918 and continued through the following fall and winter. It proved to be the most devastating influenza event in medical history. . . . During the six months of the second wave there was such an astonishing loss of life, one that was so great as to be unprecedented in 20th century medical history for any previous disease, that it seemed the whole world was dying. Hardly a household escaped the death of at least one family member and thousands of children were orphaned.”
“Just as the epidemic appeared to subside somewhat in the spring of 1919 and people began to feel that the worst was over, the Spanish Lady returned again in the winter of 1919 to finish her final death march. . . . .
After she had exacted her fury in what was the worst medical catastrophe of all time (50 to 100 million dead), she vanished from the face of the earth as mysteriously as she had come.”
In the ninety-one years since that unmatched Spanish Flu, virologists throughout the world have been carefully watching and preparing for the appearance of anything approaching the likes of such an influenza virus. I have chronicled the following major epidemics and pandemics in this book – the Asian Flu, 1957, the Hong Kong Flu, 1968, The Swine Flu, 1976 and the Bird Flu, 1997. While these were bad flu episodes (the CDC reports that 36,000 die each year of complications of influenza) they have not proved to be a match for the Spanish Flu.
What then are we to expect from the current 2009, H1N1 “Swine Flu”? While still quite active in many parts of the world, and despite the numerous deaths from complications, it does appear to be on the decline.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization are well aware of the Three Waves of Deadly Influenza Pandemics, and are currently working tirelessly to try and stay ahead of the probable return of H1N1 in perhaps a far deadlier second wave mutated form. We certainly cannot afford to become complacent. According to a recent Washing Post article, “Exactly how swine flu fits into the pantheon of flu pandemics won’t be known for a while. It will take months – and many more victims – for its full personality and behavior to emerge. This is a lot more than just seasonal flu out of season. Pandemic flu strains – and this new H1N1strain is all but certain to cause the 21st century’s first pandemic – are unpredictable. Any contagious disease that most of the world’s 6.8 billion people can catch is inherently dangerous.”
It is very important, therefore, to understand that this book is not just a book concerning “Swine Flu.” It is not just a book concerning “Bird Flu.” It is not even just a homeopathic book on Influenza. It is a homeopathic book about how to protect and survive any upper respiratory viral infections, be it influenza, bronchitis, viral pneumonia and even the common viral cold. Why wait until panic grips the world with the appearance of any future flu “super bug.”
Practice using the Quick Keynote Reference pages 135 - 233 & 408 - 415. Learn how now to spot the characteristics of the most common flu remedies as they may also apply in lesser cases of viral infections, so that when you, or your family, are forced to deal with a truly dangerous influenza outbreak, you will be ready.