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Naturopathic Approaches to Prevent & Treat Pandemic Flu

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An influenza pandemic is an epidemic of an influenza virus that spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large proportion of the world population. The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus. 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide.  Mortality was high in people younger than 5 years old, 20-40 years old, and 65 years and older. Most experts believe another influenza pandemic will occur, but it is impossible to predict when or where it will appear or how severe it will be. Whilst covential medicine has little to offer to prevent and treat pandemic flu, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, dietary and lifestyle approaches have an arsenal against flu virus.

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Fever Management & Convalescence

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Fever is a common problem in children, and it is one of the most common complaints for which parents take their children to the doctors or A&E.. Most febrile episodes are not only not dangerous but are a beneficial response to an infection. Most of these infections are self-limited viral infections.  Although fever is an indication that your child is healthy, it evokes fear and anxiety. It is not the fever itself but the possible complications of the fever and accompanying symptoms that give rise to fear. Fever phobia is described as unrealistic and exaggerated misconceptions of parents whose children have a fever. Fever phobia is driving the unnecessary use of antipyretics (drugs to suppress fever). Help boost your body's natural immunity don’t suppress the fever unless absolutely necessary.

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Managing Colds & Flu Naturally

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Winter brings as winter does; flu experts predicting nasty viruses. Various symptoms are produced as a result from bronchitis to tonsillitis. Conventional medicine has no effective treatment against viral infections. Indeed antibiotics, once upon a time way over-prescribed, have no effect on viruses and the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics has led to the current Antibiotic Apocalypse. There is good reason why most mainstream health workers won't get a flu vaccine. The flu vaccine offers little or no protection.The current Aussie flu H1N2 has the ability to mutate faster than vaccines. Read on to learn how to boost your Natural Immunity to protect yourself from colds & flu.

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Autumn is Lung Time

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the organ that corresponds to Autumn is the lungs. Traditionally, Autumn is the time to focus on lung health. Common conditions arising at this time of the year are upper and lower respiratory tract infections such as colds, flu and bronchitis. As you will see, there are other health conditions that are also associated with the lungs that you may not expect.

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Natural Anti-Virals

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Recent outbreaks of viral diseases in the advent of globalisation and ease of travel have underscored their prevention as a critical issue in safeguarding public health. Despite the progress made in immunisation and drug development, many viruses lack preventive vaccines and efficient antiviral therapies, as the virus naturally mutates. Herbal medicines have shown anti-viral action against many viral pathogens that do not have suitable vaccines or where the vaccine is available outbreaks are still apparent, viruses including coronavirus (CoV), coxsackievirus (CV), dengue virus (DENV), enterovirus 71 (EV71), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), herpes simplex virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), influenza virus, measles virus (MV), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The following are some natural antivirals 

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