Sunday, January 13, 2013

Combat the Influ-renzy! 3 Natural Immune Boosting Remedies and My Take On Tamiflu

Woman in Bed Blowing NoseWith so many scary news about Flu making it’s way around the nation, I felt it was important to revisit natural immune support remedies to bolster our immune system for a fight if necessary.
Honestly, I’m a bit suspect of the sudden attention and spot light the flu. I don’t doubt that people aren’t experiencing this, but the conspiracy theorist in me can’t help but wonder if traditional media is highlighting the negative and worst cases like they do for home births.





In any event, I saw commercial the other day for Tamiflu. Have any of you seen it? The side effects mentioned at the end of commercial are unbelievable.
Common Side Effects Are:
  • Mild to Moderate Nausea or Vomiting
Rare Side Effects:
  • Sudden confusion
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Unusual behavior
  • Self-injury
                                Seriously. Wow.
                                This is what irks me…Doctors and other medical professionals are quick to paint moms and others who support the use of herbs and natural remedies to protect and nurture health, with the “crazy’ brush using their reasoning of risk of an unknown herb and the lack of studies of it. However, these same medical professionals, who do KNOW the potential risks of drugs, such as Tamiflu, are quick to shame parents for not risking their health and children’s health with these “rare”, documented side effects.
                                But check this out…these “rare” side effects, according to www.drugs.com, occur most often in children.
                                Question….How “rare” are these side effects that occur most often in children?? That’s a bit contradictory if you ask me.
                                What’s more, I learned of this on Drugs.com, not on Tamiflu’s website.
                                As a matter of fact, it almost sounds as if Tamiflu listed the same rare symptoms as a side effect of the flu itself. Read this passage found on their home page and tell me what you think…
                                People with the flu, particularly children and adolescents, may be at increased risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior when they first get sick. These events may occur when the flu is not treated or right after starting Tamiflu. These events are uncommon but may lead to accidental injury. Contact a healthcare professional right away if you notice any unusual behavior. – Tamiflu.com
                                I had to read this a couple times to make sure, I wasn’t being a paranoid, overtly protective mom.
                                By the way…“accidental injury”?? What in the world does that mean? If I get the flu and take Tamiflu, there’s an increased chance of me tripping over my own feet and knocking myself out senseless??
                                The word they are trying hard to avoid saying is….suicide. That’s the only thing that would make sense.
                                Wow. So, so scary to me in light of recent tragic events.
                                I’ll stick to natural remedies provided by yours truly…nature and all that she offers.
                                In any event…here are my top three natural remedies…

                                Elderberry! Love it! It’s great for immune support and shortens the duration of the cold and flu quicker than without it.

                                Raw Honey! The sweet nature of this by product of bees is certainly no raw deal! Use it to soothe sore throats, support immune and soothe a troubled tummy. It’s high in antioxidants and is a wonderful natural preservative for home made Elderberry syrup.

                                Coconut oil! If you’re not new to this blog, then you’ll know that I LOVE coconut oil. A few teaspoons a day can aid in immune support. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, the same substance found in breast milk and give babies that healthy protection for their delicate immune system.
                                What natural remedies do you use? What do you think about Tamiflu’s rare side effects?

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