The governor of New York has declared a state health emergency, as the flu epidemic that has sickened more than 19,000 people in his state.
We are in the midst of one of the worst flu outbreaks in recent years. Massachusetts General Hospital has already treated more confirmed flu cases than it did by this time during the swine flu “pandemic.”
You don’t need to check the Center for Disease Control’s national flu trend map to know that’s the case.
The typical flu symptoms are a fever of around 100°, chills, exhaustion, cough, chest congestion, sinus pressure, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.
The typical flu also causes heaviness or pain behind the eyes. A nasal swab can detect it, but this type of testing is not 100 percent accurate.
What is confusing for medical professionals and patients alike, is the fact that experts continue to encourage the flu shot, claiming it is well-matched to the circulating H3N2 strain of this flu virus, many patients getting the flu had received the flu vaccine.
So you may ask, “With a well-matched vaccine, why is this one of the worst flu seasons in years?”
Part of the answer is that not all individuals respond adequately to the flu vaccine. In the elderly or chronically sick adults, the flu vaccine may not protect.
In addition, even though the flu vaccine may generate enough antibodies in children and healthy adults, it may be a mismatch with the circulating strains of the flu virus.
Yet, do you ever ask yourself why there is no flu in the summer? In my book, The Ultimate Swine Flu Survival Guide, I give an explanation that details how the missing factor may be vitamin D.
Vitamin D levels drop dramatically by late fall, and since it regulates the immune system and promotes the formation of antimicrobial proteins it is no wonder that low vitamin D is likely the reason that the flu predominates in the winter months.
In my practice, I make Vitamin D an important part of my natural flu treatment protocol.
Dr. Pedre’s Natural Flu Treatment:
Oscillococcinum®: At the first sign of symptoms, this homeopathic remedy, safe in children ages 2 and up, can help flu-like symptoms. Start with 1 vial every 6 hours.
Sambucol® (Elderberry Extract): Several studies have shown the efficacy of Sambucol against the flu virus. At the earliest signs, start taking 15 mL every 4 hours. As a preventive, take 15 mL (about 1 tablespoon) daily. It is also safe for children to take, but only use 5 – 10 mL for each dose.
Vitamin D3: Everyone who lives north of the 35° latitude is likely vitamin D deficient by December. All adults should take between 2,000 to 5,000 IU daily during the winter months.
At the first sign of flu symptoms, take 50,000 IU’s all at once. This will help to protect against the worst consequences of the flu, including pneumonia.
Vincent Pedre, M.D. is an integrative, Holistic General Practitioner and Board-Certified Internist in private practice in New York City. Follow Dr. Pedre on Facebook and Twitter.