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Lisashepp's Avatar Lisashepp 02:45 AM 09-27-2004
We took Dolivail last year, and we are going to take it again this year! We are NOT getting the flu vaccine.

Dd starts preschool on Friday and baby is due in the peak of flu season so doing *something* makes me feel better

wtchyhlr's Avatar wtchyhlr 11:11 AM 09-27-2004
Homeopathic's all the way
threeforme2005's Avatar threeforme2005 12:07 PM 09-27-2004
Nope I refuse to get a flu shot while pregnant. I've only had the flu twice in my entire life and both times the cases weren't all that bad. I'll take my chances and use homeopathics as well.
mehndi mama's Avatar mehndi mama 01:09 PM 09-27-2004
We don't do anything different. Not sure if that's considered setting myself up for disaster or what, but we've never had a major illness problem in our family. I try to keep everyone as healthy as possible at all times - just because it's "flu season" doesn't mean that we should all of a sudden be doing something different. You can get flu at any time of the year.
mainemom's Avatar mainemom 05:01 PM 09-27-2004
We don't do anything in particular, either. We are generally very healthy. We do wash our hands a lot more now that ds is back in school. If we do get sick, we use a great naturopath and take his recommended garlic/voodoo tabs...not sure what the heck is really in there, but they work well! I also swear by Tom's of Maine's vapor-rub for colds/coughs esp. at night. I hardly ever have to use "drugs" since this seems to quiet our coughs really well.
KateSt.'s Avatar KateSt. 05:04 PM 09-27-2004
I use a supplement called "Juice Plus" made from 17 different fruits and veggies. I take it every day and when I start to feel "compromised" I take a little extra and it always works like a charm. I also use this instead of a prenatal (there have been some good studies done showing Juice Plus babies are extra-healthy and alert). I'm not getting that darn shot either!
ekblad9's Avatar ekblad9 06:19 PM 09-28-2004
I don't do anything different either. We all usually get the stomach flu once/season, all at the same time. My parents wouldn't speak to me for like a week last year b/c I refused to get the kids a flu shot. I used to take extra supplements and have the kids too but I haven't done that in a while. My kids don't go to school so they don't get exposed to many germs.

Is Dolivail a homeopathic remedy or a tincture or what? I'm curious.
wtchyhlr's Avatar wtchyhlr 06:42 PM 09-28-2004
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Originally Posted by mainemom
I also swear by Tom's of Maine's vapor-rub for colds/coughs esp. at night. I hardly ever have to use "drugs" since this seems to quiet our coughs really well.
I make my own cough syrup... tinctures of Ginger, Hyssop, Licorice, Marshmallow rt, and Elencampane, equal parts, mixed with an equal or greater part of honey (ie, 1/4C each tincture, 1 1/4 C or greater honey). Omit the licorice during pregnancy. I make all my own tinctures, so its pretty cheap... you just make a 25% alcohol sollution out of brandy and water, and soak your herbs in it for 2 weeks, strain and Voila, you have tincture. If anyone wants the herb to brandy proportion, pm me. I have all that at home. This cough syrup has saved my health MANY times... and I make it for some folks in my life with chronic coughs...from smoking or asthma, and it is very good for them.
Lisashepp's Avatar Lisashepp 08:35 PM 09-28-2004
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Originally Posted by ekblad7+
I don't do anything different either. We all usually get the stomach flu once/season, all at the same time. My parents wouldn't speak to me for like a week last year b/c I refused to get the kids a flu shot. I used to take extra supplements and have the kids too but I haven't done that in a while. My kids don't go to school so they don't get exposed to many germs.

Is Dolivail a homeopathic remedy or a tincture or what? I'm curious.

Ya know? When I typed it I left out the x. It is Dolivaxil, it is homeopathic, here is a link to it http://www.herbsmd.com/shop/productdetail.asp?pid=18760
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