Natural Antivirals and Immune System Boosters....... plus warnings
By: hurricanecrab , 2:55 PM GMT on November 05, 2009
I've been involved in a whole herd of post-Paloma tasks, as well as the installation of a new solar array, and haven't been around much. It goes slow. (momentary mantra -- Break Apart, TS Ida, we've had enough.... break apart, TS IDA, we've had enough). I've missed you all a LOT! Things are getting more to where I should have time to spend with my WU family soon.
Okay. As many of you know, the wellness strategy of myself and m'Bride is to NOT take the H1N1 vaccine, as both of us believe the adjuncts are potentially more dangerous than the flu itself, even in light of some of the news snippets coming from Ukraine. It's a very personal choice, and I advise everyone to really research the flu, vaccine and potential side-effects and make your own decisions.
I have friends around the world who have had the Nasal Spray Vaccine -- charmingly called Monovalent Vaccine Live - Intranasal, and yet they were not informed prior to getting the spray that they were getting live flu virus, nor that there is a potential of "shedding" flu virus for up to 21 days thereafter.
Please make your choices based upon sound medical advice (that is, don't listen to me, find out for yourselves from your own trusted medical professionals).
Now, after than verbose preamble, let's get to the meat of this blog. I've compiled reports from PubMed - U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health regarding both "natural" compounds which studies indicate are at least somewhat effective as antivirals and/or immune system boosts, and "natural" compounds which studies indicate can be detrimental.
THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. THIS IS DATA FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
One more note: Many of these compounds were chosen as they are thought to be effective in fighting the body's cytokine storm, an overproduction of a healthy person's immune response, which has been a factor of H1N1. more I think it's important to note that while many reports are consistent with a cytokine storm with H1N1, it hasn't been positively identified as yet, at least in the CDC or WHO. The samples sent on 02 Nov 09 from the Ukraine to labs in the UK may demonstrate that. I hope not; H1N1 is shaping up badly enough without it.
Still with me? Good.
COMPOUNDS (FOODS, HERBS) THAT MAY BE EFFECTIVE ANTIVIRALS
(each one linked to the applicable PubMed document)
St. Johns Wort
COMPOUNDS (FOODS, HERBS) THAT MAY CONTRIBUTE TO CYTOKINE STORM
A note on Echinacea -- Echinacea is thought to be effective for regular seasonal flu. PubMed does not have a restriction regarding H1H1, however their findings suggest a possible increase in Cytokine Storm with Echinacea and H591 -- Avian Flu.
For my friends who have indicated that I'm engaging in fear-mongering...... well... I love ya anyway. lol I just want more than anything for people I care about, those I don't, and those I don't know to really research, and choose your wellness strategy before the event is upon you, and your choices are limited. H1N1 is now entering into the second wave, the winter wave. It's unknown at this point if it is severe as feared; it IS known that it has that potential, particularly if it [has or will] mutate.
Be safe, be well, be happy!
The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.