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post #21 of 45
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Originally Posted by KoalaMommy View Post
All homeopathic remedies are diluted to be basically water and whatever the base of the pellets are (generally some kind of sugar). That's pretty much how homeopathy works, and one reason it's safe for pregnancy. I can tell you without a doubt that the remedy worked and decreased my symptoms for hours when I took it.
: I may have had SF. The one day that sucked, and I felt "flu-y" I took the hyland's homeopathic flu remedy for kids. I took the 12 year old dose. It worked great I don't care if it's a placebo effect or not, if it works it works. It worked great for my kids when they had it too.

Beyond that, I drank garlic/lemon/honey tea and took CLO and vitamin C. Also had home-made bone-broth chicken noodle soup, which was delicious What I had was pretty mild, but if it was a cold it was a very strange cold. My mw suspects swine flu, but I didn't get tested - honestly only the one day I was feeling really bad would I have considered not going to work back when I was working (except now because of the media hype, I might have thought twice)
post #22 of 45
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Great ideas here!

One thing I wanted to mention that people might not be aware of is that green tea depletes your supply of folic acid. Something to think about, esp if you're in the first trimester. Perhaps supplementing extra folic acid would do the trick? I don't know tons about it, just what I've picked up reading here at MDC, but thought it was worth mentioning. If anyone can chime in with more info that would be great!
Green tea doesn't deplete folic acid, the tannins in tea just prevent it from being absorbed, same thing for iron. So don't drink green tea when you're eating a meal rich in iron/folic acid. I just don't drink green tea with meals. First thing in the morning I'll have a cup with honey, and then my Kleen Kanteen of water (27 ounces) and then about an hour and a half goes by until I'm eating (oatmeal with a little molasses for iron, 2 eggs, fruit, soy yogurt) and then about 2 hours after my evening meal I'll have another cup. The key is to plan when you drink anything with tannins (coffee, but caffeine in preg. is another story, or any black or green tea). And don't overbrew your tea, that releases even more tannins (and gives you bitter tea!). Don't squeeze the teabag/tea leaves after you steep your tea, either.
post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
: I may have had SF. The one day that sucked, and I felt "flu-y" I took the hyland's homeopathic flu remedy for kids. I took the 12 year old dose. It worked great I don't care if it's a placebo effect or not, if it works it works. It worked great for my kids when they had it too.
Does anyone else see the irony of the duck liver and heart and the fact the ducks say, "QUACK QUACK?" (that is a joke...)

Hey I'm all for the placebo... if it works, it works, right?
post #24 of 45
Re: fever - that is a really good point a poster brought up. I noticed a big obsession among mainstream drugs to "lower fevers". Practically all of them do that.

A fever is actually a good sign - one's body fighting the infection. Although, you feel really crappy, it's actually a good idea to let the fever do its job. Now, obviously, I'm NOT saying to sit around at home with a fever of 106 and do nothing. I'm talking about non-emergency fevers!
post #25 of 45
I always think it is funny, as everyone assumes you just HAVE to reduce the fever. It is everywhere you look.

I don't give things to bring the fever down. Fever is a good thing. The only thing I have given my children (we are just getting over our rounds of something, probably swine flu) is high doses of Vit. C and an cool rag when necessary. Only twice did I give a pain reliever/fever reducer and that was solely for a massive headache that my son could not take and some cramps that were unbearable for another one.

I stopped trying to remove fevers when my daughter began getting her high fevers several years ago (she routinely got them up around 107, and once even as high as 109). We found that she recovered much faster when we allowed the fever to just do it's thing and only ice packed her head to keep it cool. If we reduced her fever medically, it would prolong the virus twice or three times as long.

Really is something to think about.
post #26 of 45
For those of you that had H1N1 and it "wasn't bad", then I think that you got lucky. One of my coworkers' 17 month old daughter just got out of the hospital with it. She was unresponsive to treatment and didn't wake up for days. Then she had some form of encephaly? that paralyzed her left side.

We all JUST got the news in the last couple of days that she would pull out of it.

I am not trying to be a "doomsdayer" or anything, but I am saying that it affects some people lightly, and others not lightly at all. And that is where we all have to be careful.

I work with teenagers. Lots and lots of them. I am still considering my options. I am wondering if you can get it multiple times. That may play a part in my decision making.

http://www.healthwatchcenter.in/swin...twice/2009/08/

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If one is infected now and the virus then once against mutates or changes, then that same virus in a changed form will have infected you again. This one of the apprehensions that the medical community currently has about this current Swine Flu pandemic, that it will mutate and change form.
post #27 of 45
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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
I am wondering if you can get it multiple times.
The short answer, no. If you could then the vaccine would be useless.
post #28 of 45
Im 41 weeks today and had swine flu a few weeks back although Im still so tired (more than the average 41 week pregnant woman). I did not read through all the responses but wanted to share what I did to help me get through it. My two year old also had it and followed the same treatment and it seemed to lessen the symptoms and duration of it. We did Gripp-Heel and Engystol homeopathic 3 x a day, green tea with honey/lemon/crushed garlic, a homeopathic cough syrup called drosera plex and pleo not homeopathic drops for fever/congestion. Also lots of baths/ showers with eucalyptus oil to help with congestion/ cough- I would cup my hand over DD's back and encourage her to cough. Oh, and lots of nursing!
We are going on week three of this- I'm still battling with fatigue and my daughter still has a minor cough but overall I have to say the flu wasn't nearly as bad as what I feared from listening to the media. DD didn't even have one day where she acted miserable.
post #29 of 45
Great suggestions on here! I wanted to add mine as well.

Clean, unprocessed diet (limit sugar, white flour etc).
Taking Cod Liver Oil daily
Taking a probiotic, being sure to keep the intestines/colon healthy and "clean"
Sleeping with a humidifier, using eucalyptus oil to keep sinus passages open
Eating local raw honey to prevent allergies and stuffy noses in general
In the evening, with my prenatal vitamin, I also take Kyolic Garlic extract, immune support formula, which also has vit c, astralagus and mushrooms

I also wanted to comment on one of the original comments to "not touch your face" I used to teach a bunch of very germy kids and I never got sick following this rule. The idea is that most germs come from your hands and gain entry into your body via your mouth, nose or eyes. I think absentmindedly rubbing your eyes or nose is the worst thing you can do. I just really taught myself to not touch my face in any way unless I used a tissue. And isn't that good manners anyway? It does take some level of self control. I am trying to teach this trick to my four year old and he is not taking it well, lol. Anyway, this trick does not work if your two year old sneezes into your face, or does the classic wiping of his nose with his hand and pokes you in the eye or something. That has happened to me before
post #30 of 45
I got swine flu when I was about 32-33 weeks pregnant. It really exhausted me for the few days I had it, but I recovered and overall I had a very mild case. I've posted in other forums about this before, but here are the things that worked for me:

*** When I first started getting symptoms, I took the homeopathic oscillo... very long name, however it's spelled! (sorry!)

*** I also took Apple Cider Vinegar daily, from 1-3 Tbsp. with juice (Midwife recommended that as it helps the body be alkaline. Apparently colds/flu thrive in more acidic environment? correct me if I'm wrong)

*** Tons and tons of raw garlic. Well, I should say anywhere from 5 cloves to 15 cloves a day, depending on how sick I was feeling. I chopped it very fine and swallowed it with juice, kind of like a pill.

*** Vitamin D and green tea and Vitamin C.

*** I also made a tea with Tulsi, or "Holy Basil" (together with my usual raspberry leaf tea).

Other things I was already taking on a daily basis were/are Cod Liver Oil and prenatals and cranberry and a probiotic.
post #31 of 45
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post #32 of 45
I just wanted to add to this great thread that some homeopaths are also recommending Nux Vomica 30c or 200c as the primary homeopathic remedy for H1N1. I can say that despite having been exposed several times through spring/summer/fall, we haven't had anything serious BUT have used Nux when indicated. FWIW, I have used homeopathy at home with my family for well over 10 years with much success. I personally have found more success with a single indicated remedy over the oscilli...but I would certainly use it as well if I wasn't sure of the needed remedy.
post #33 of 45
I'm a bit curious about how everyone who says they had the flu knows it was swine flu? A lot of the descriptions sound more like a cold to me.
post #34 of 45
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Originally Posted by Beppie View Post
*** I also took Apple Cider Vinegar daily, from 1-3 Tbsp. with juice (Midwife recommended that as it helps the body be alkaline. Apparently colds/flu thrive in more acidic environment? correct me if I'm wrong)
How would apple cider vinegar help if the flu thrives in more acidic environments? Vinegar is an acid: wouldn't that make your body a MORE acidic environment?
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post #36 of 45
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Originally Posted by Bluegoat View Post
I'm a bit curious about how everyone who says they had the flu knows it was swine flu? A lot of the descriptions sound more like a cold to me.
For us, my DD went down with flu symptoms. Dr did a flu test that didnt subtype it as H1N1, but came back positive and she hypothized that due to the % that came back H1N1 here when they were sending off for subtyping, that it was probably H1N1. The next week I went down with fever, chills, bodyaches, headaches, sore throat, chest crud etc, that now 4 weeks later I am still trying to totally rid myself of. My other DD and DH went down ill with same symptoms as well.

My Dr guess that since my DD had the flu, chances were we did too. I do not have anything to compare it to, as this was the first time in my life I ever had the flu and indeed, it was the sickest I have ever been.
post #37 of 45
just subbing. Interesting thread to read others responses to it.
post #38 of 45
Bumping this thread because I am starting to get very worried and would like any more stories to quell or substantiate my fears
post #39 of 45
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Originally Posted by boigrrrlwonder View Post
How would apple cider vinegar help if the flu thrives in more acidic environments? Vinegar is an acid: wouldn't that make your body a MORE acidic environment?
http://www.eating-veggies.com/applecidervinegar.htm
I thought the same thing, so I googled it. It's interesting how vinegar would work to bring your body back to being alkaline. Another site I clicked on did mention immune deficiency if your pH is out of whack. Who knew!? Now to choke down some apple cider vinegar...yuck.
post #40 of 45
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Originally Posted by jess152 View Post
http://www.eating-veggies.com/applecidervinegar.htm
I thought the same thing, so I googled it. It's interesting how vinegar would work to bring your body back to being alkaline. Another site I clicked on did mention immune deficiency if your pH is out of whack. Who knew!? Now to choke down some apple cider vinegar...yuck.
does it have to be the unpasteurized kind? or will regular vinegar work?
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