This flu season, I outsmarted myself – and, as a result, I got sick.
Not only did I get the flu… but I got it bad. I missed work. And that almost never happens.
It wasn’t because I neglected to get vaccinated. After all, I never get flu shots, and I only recommend them to very few of my patients.
Instead, at my clinic, we use homeopathic flu protection – and we’ve used it for years.
The product is called Influenzinum, and it’s made by one of the most reputable homeopathic companies, Boiron. It’s a homeopathic formulation of the year’s flu vaccine (combined with homeopathic versions of previous flu vaccines as well) – but, as with homeopathic medications, diluted many hundreds of times.
Called a ‘nosode’, it works by providing an impossibly low dose of the substance and creating an energy-based response that promotes healing.
Since we started using this flu remedy in our practice over a dozen years ago, it’s become one of the most commonly used treatments in my entire practice.
Hundreds of patients ask for it every year when we begin to stock that year’s remedy (around October).
They swear by it, and they give it to their family members. Very few of our patients who take it regularly during flu season ever come down with the flu.
So how did I outsmart myself? By thinking myself invincible.
I made a few mistakes along the way that led to my (albeit temporary) downfall, but my first mistake was that I didn’t take my own advice!
Here’s how to learn from my mistakes – especially this flu season, which is one of the worst we’ve seen in quite some time.
Don’t go skydiving without a parachute
Yes, I tempted fate this flu season by not taking the homeopathic flu prevention that my patients rely so heavily on – but I didn’t stop there.
No, I compounded the issue by making two more grave errors in judgement (which, luckily for me, did not send me into an early grave).
First, I’d been overly busy… and hadn’t allowed myself to ‘recharge my batteries’. I’d been staying up too late, taking on too many projects, not exercising to the extent that I normally do, and counting on the nearly unlimited energy that I’d had for many years.
That is, before I was a 67-year-old-man with Parkinson’s disease.
Second, I did a lot of travelling before I got the flu. That wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d followed the ‘travel protocol’ that I recommend to patients who are about to travel.
I’ll talk more about some of these later, but for now, you just need to know that the protocol normally includes staying hydrated, using hand sanitiser frequently and liberally, and taking transfer factor, ionic silver spray, and vitamins A and C.
Soooo… I did none of that. I had the stuff with me. I just didn’t take it.
As a result of my arrogance, I ended up with the flu. Not only that, but I was down for the count.
I knew what I had right away. Sudden onset, fever, lots of the kind of aching and skin crawling that doctors call ‘malaise’, and incredible fatigue and sleepiness.
Not much cough or sinus symptoms, which frequently are not prominent with the flu.
So, the first thing I did was slept and slept. Crashing in our guest room in a desperate attempt to keep my wife from getting sick, I slept for 36 hours straight without so much as a twitch.
I might’ve gotten up to pee once, but otherwise, that was it.
Two days later, I began to have some episodes of being awake and slightly less achy.
That’s when I finally began to follow the protocol that I recommend to everyone else.
Dispatches from the road to recovery
The first thing I took was something called transfer factor. ‘Transfer factors’ come from colostrum, the antibody-rich form of milk that comes out before breast milk is produced… and therefore boosts a newborn’s immune system.
But transfer factors also support the immune system function of adults, and they’re a big part of my protocol in cases of cancer or infections or as part of a health-maintenance programme.
Then, I took some ionic silver spray. You may have heard of silver being used as part of the sterilization process in hospitals – and that’s because it has antimicrobial powers.
My wife and I use the silver spray for anything from lacerations and skin infections to sore throats and sinus infections. But this stuff is so amazing, that’s not all it can do.
While I was sleeping my day away, my wife experienced some inflammation in her eye (conjunctival inflammation) that she assumed was a virus – and she got rid of it by liberally spraying the ionic silver into her eyes!
When I woke up, I started to spray the silver all over the mucous membranes of my mouth and throat, around 20 sprays. I repeated that every two to four hours.
The next weapon in my flu-fighting arsenal was thyme tea. Lucky for me, my wife is an amateur herbalist… and my house is strewn with drying herbs… so I could down dried thyme with some hot water, lemon, and honey.
You may know thyme as a wonderful herb for seasoning your dishes (along with parsley, sage, and rosemary), but drinking it as a tea isn’t so crazy once you know that thyme, like silver, has been used in hospitals for antisepsis and sterilization!
In fact, thyme and thyme oil both have been used for a long time as significant antiseptics. (And at my clinic, we commonly use thyme oil for yeast and fungal problems.)
And one of the best remedies I’ve found to help bounce back from colds and the flu is thyme tea.
Attack the flu… from all sides
Another remedy I started on is called Fire Cider tonic, a spicy herbal brew that uses apple cider vinegar (long used to improve digestive and immune function) as its base. Added to that are lemon, ginger, habanero pepper, turmeric, horseradish, onion, and garlic.
As you can imagine, this tonic (which we dilute in green tea or just hot water) is hot to the taste buds, but it seems to cut through a lot of the cold and flu symptoms.
Fire Cider is particularly useful when there’s mucus congestion and sinus congestion, but I found it helpful for the flu as well.
You can get it in bottles at your local health food store or online.
If we don’t have any pre-made Fire Cider around the house, we make our own by throwing a bunch of stuff into apple cider vinegar and letting it brew.
Or sometimes we go to the local Chinese restaurant for hot and sour soup, which seems to do some of the same thing.
I think the mistake that a lot of people with the flu make is trying just ONE of these remedies… not sticking with it… and quitting if they don’t feel better right away. But because these protocols are based on natural therapies and not drugs that hit you over the head with an anvil, they need a little extra time to
And sometimes, you need a bit more of them to start feeling the difference.
Case in point: While I had the flu, I took about 100,000 units of vitamin A. Now, vitamin A would normally be toxic at that level, but ONLY if taken regularly. Over the course of three to five days, it was perfectly safe – and I find it to be helpful in boosting immune system response. (Of course, don’t go taking massive quantities of anything without checking with your own doctor first!)
Finally, I took the same thing for my flu that I take for any virus – an antimicrobial called Lauricidin (which is a form of monolaurin, which I shared with you in the June 2017 issue of Nutrition & Healing).
This stuff is seriously one of nature’s wonders. And about a half-teaspoon three times a day is usually enough to do the trick.
Good advice should be followed
After a few days of taking these remedies and getting plenty of bed rest, I felt well enough to make arrangements with my office to come in and get an intravenous vitamin C drip.
I’d already started taking 1 to 3g of powdered vitamin C every few hours, but IVC is great as an antiviral and an anti-cold and anti-flu remedy (in addition to the anti-cancer benefits I shared with you on page 1 of this issue).
In fact, hardly a staff meeting in my office occurs without at least one staff person hooked up to an IVC drip, trying to ward off an impending cold!
Although I’d ‘called out sick’, I went into my clinic… where they set up a quiet, isolated room for me so that I wouldn’t expose anyone else… and my nurse gave me 35g of vitamin C intravenously.
After that, my malaise and fatigue were significantly better.
That’s just one of the reasons why I’d much rather get stuck by THAT needle than the flu shot.
To give you a sense of how bad my bout with the flu was this year, you should know that it’s rare for me to be off from work for a few days. Most of my patients and staff – many of whom have been with me for years – can’t even remember the last time I was out that long!
And even after five days laid up with the flu, when I went back to work, I was more exhausted than usual. And as I write this, I still can’t say I’m 100 per cent.
I guess that means that I’m not invincible after all… and that I need to practise what I preach.
But it’s not too late for you to learn from my mistake. Don’t think you’ve outsmarted the flu and wind up outsmarting yourself!Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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