An international research team has finally come clean on something that most of us suspected for many years. Governments across the globe spent billions in taxpayers’ money on anti-flu medications, like Tamiflu and Relenza, without having any idea whether they work… Just in case a flu pandemic breaks out.
According to this new report, led by an Oxford drug expert, there have never been any clinical trials that prove whether Tamiflu or Relenza can save lives.
Both of the drugs were rushed onto the market based on what adds up to little more than scant research and lofty promises. And even when millions of doses were handed out during the 2009/2010 H1N1 pandemic, nobody really tracked whether the drugs were working.
One of the researchers of this new report, Chris Butler said: “Until we do the trials, we don’t really know what we should be doing.”
You can say that again. And what little research there has been on these drugs hasn’t been very promising, which is why I don’t recommend them to my own patients.
A couple of years back, an independent group of researchers known as the Cochrane Collaboration, tried to put together all the available data on Tamiflu and concluded it probably wouldn’t do anything during a flu pandemic.
Worse still, it only shortens the duration of flu by about 17 hours, but can trigger side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and sleep problems.
Don’t fall victim to this science fiction fairy-tale. The best way to beat flu is to fortify your immune system — and that means loading up on vitamin C and multivitamins with zinc and selenium.
When flu strikes, there are plenty of natural antivirals on the market like garlic, Echinacea, olive leaf and elderberry.
I use antivirals like these in my own practice. And they perform a lot better than anything that has been stored in a warehouse.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Scientists call for urgent trials to judge flu drugs for pandemics, sciencetimes.com