By: Dr. Halina O'Neill
Every year, the influenza virus and other flu-like viruses affect 5 - 15% of the population in North America. To date, despite years of research, the influenza virus defies all efforts to be vanquished, making prevention the most effective way to avoid getting sick during the flu season.
With another cold and flu season approaching, I am often asked how to naturally prepare and protect yourself from the flu and flu-like viruses.
Start with building up your immune system
A strong immune system helps your body fight off infections. And if you do become sick, a strong immune system helps reduce the severity of symptoms.
Eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet. Limit sugar, junk foods, and fatty foods. Include in your diet a variety of fruits and vegetables, which are full of vitamins and antioxidants, to promote good health.
Sleep at least seven and a half to nine hours per night. Also, maintain a regular physical activity routine — at least 30 minutes, three times a week.
Stress - While stress is a part of everyday life, excessive stress can decrease immune function and make it easier to come down with the flu. Establishing stress management techniques like deep breathing, exercise, yoga or meditation can help ensure that every day stress won’t leave you vulnerable to the flu.
Wash your hands frequently during the day, especially when around those who are sick. This will help to reduce your chances of contracting the flu.
Flu Prevention with Homeopathy
I have been using homeopathic medicines for years to prevent seasonal flu and flu-like viral infections for my family and in my practice with excellent results.
Moreover, they are safe, have no side effects and are easy to take, guaranteeing high compliance and excellent cost-effectiveness.
There are no contradictions using homeopathic flu preventions and seasonal flu vaccines concurrently. If you decide to get vaccinated and take the homeopathic flu prevention medicine, take them at least a week apart to not mistake possible side effects of the flu vaccines with homeopathic medicine, (that are side effects free).
Homeopathic Flu Prevention Remedies
This homeopathic remedy combines the best of all: containing both Influenzinum and Oscillococcinum. It helps prevent the seasonal flu and 200 other flu-like viruses. GUNA-FLU is based on selected immunostimulant components, (Vincetoxicum hirundinaria, Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum, and Influencinum), which are commonly used in Homeopathy. These natural ingredients can induce an immune response called a "cell-mediated response". This means that some special cells of our immune system have an extraordinary ability to destroy the influenza virus without attacking it directly, (as the vaccine-stimulated antibodies do). These special cells will kill the cell infected with the virus and then deprive it of the ideal environment for its replication and multiplication.
FLU PREVENTION PROTOCAL: A package contains 6 vials. For 5 weeks take one vial per week under the tongue and let it dissolve completely in your mouth. Take the sixth vile two weeks after taking the fifth vile. Follow the same protocol again in January. Taking Guna-Flu in January ensures protection for the latter part of the flu season.
IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO THE FLU AT WORK OR TRAVELING: take 1 extra vile a day for up to 3 days.
IF YOU ARE COMING DOWN WITH THE FLU: At the start of the flu, take 1 vile 3 times a day for up to 4 days.
Open the box and remove one tube
Turn the tube cup to break the safety seal
Remove the cup to reveal the globules. Keep the tube in right up position; be careful not to spill the globules.
Pour the content directly to the mouth and allow dissolving.
A powerful flu prevention remedy. Each year, the homeopathic medicine, Influenzinum, is made out of strains of the flu virus which are also included in the seasonal flu vaccines, making the remedy designed to match the predicted strains of the flu virus. In addition to being used for prevention, this remedy can also be used to treat flu symptoms, should they appear. For those of us who have concerns about the flu and the flu vaccine, Influenzinum is an excellent non-toxic option, appropriate for both children and adults.
Not available over the counter. For Influenzinum, contact a
licensed medical professional in your area.
Influenzinum 9 C: Comes in one dose vials. Take one vile by mouth (sublingually), once a week, for 4 weeks. Wait 1 month and take the fifth vial. Follow the same protocol again in January. Taking Influenzinum again in January ensures protection for the latter part of the flu season.
Influenzinum 200 C: Take 3-5 pallets once a month by mouth (sublingually) for the entire flu season.
During the flu outbreak in your workplace or in your family, take one dose per week.
Oscillacoccinum is an over-the-counter flu prevention remedy also used to reduce symptoms of the flu.
This homeopathic remedy, (also known as Anas barb), has been used in France for many years and can be bought in America over the counter in many places.
Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy invented in 1925, made from the liver and
heart of a Barbary duck. There have been two large double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials measuring the efficacy of Oscillococcinum for the flu. The results of the first trial were published in 1989 in Britain’s Journal of Pharmacology and the results of the second trial were published in 1998 in the British Homeopathic Journal. The studies showed that Oscillococcinum reduces the duration of the flu, speeds recovery, and reduces flu symptoms such as pain, fever, and backache.
At the start of an attack of the flu, take a dose as soon as possible every six hours for up to three days.
During the flu outbreak in your workplace or in your family, take one vial in the morning and one in the evening for up to three days.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary appointment, you may contact Dr. Halina O’Neill at (561) 251-6676.
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