In my experience, elderberry doesn't fight the flu, it just pretty much murders it instead. good stuff.A homeopathic radio talk show last weekend said this year the flu fighter plants like the elderberry are a bumper crop.
I was looking for an answer for your guestion on google hehe....and found this....maybe it has merit.I heard it's better for people in the south to get their flu shot in mid October. Why is this?
Ah, the joys of homeschooling...The explanation for peaks of illnesses between December and March actually start back in September with the end-of-summer ritual called Back-to-School. Large numbers of children cram together into crowded classrooms in predominantly old, out-dated schoolbuildings whose ventilation and air conditioning systems have been idle for several months over the summer break, allowing mold and other micro-organisms to grow, a process that has been taking place for decades.
Putting this many kids back to gether by itself can trigger a spread of colds and flu, but is aggravated by another late-summer early-fall ritual, "Mandatory" Vaccination Side Effects. Childhood vaccinations are another actual cause of illnesses at the start of cold and flu season, since many of the densly-packed school children, already sharing diseases, are then pumped full of a mix of disease antigens and toxic preservatives which actually supress the immune system. A fairly large percentage will actually come down with a case of whatever illness they were vaccinated against, and, voila, instant mini epidemic. The subject of Childhood Vaccinations is a separate, involved issue.
I'll second THAT... I only have personal experience/anecdotal evidence to offer, as opposed to studies and research and statistics: I've never had flu vaccinations, and so I caught the dreaded H1N1, I was sick (not too severely) for TWO DAYS... just another case of the flu , I kept myself away from others for another 4 days to hopefully not spread it. IMHO most of this fearmongering focuses on germs/pandemics etc etc because the Global Thermonuclear War boogeyman has been pretty much defanged since the late 80s; as a govt. it's hard to control a populace that isn't dependent on you.Ah, the joys of homeschooling...
:scratch I think medicine AND (health?) standards (/) of living have improved vastly (in the developed world, which could be why getting the H1N1 in Mexico was a death sentence for many, yet in the US it was a case of the sniffles) in 93 years :surrender:The greatest single-killer event in the history of mankind: Spanish Flu of 1918. Absolutely no reason why it can't get us again. Most people -- even many preppers -- won't believe it can happen until the bodies start piling up. A similar event, IMHO, is one of the most likely catastrophic SHTF scenarios.
History is a wonderful teacher for those who want to learn.
Medicine? What medicine? Many flu bugs are already resistant to Tamilflu, and it is only effective if you have enough to distribute and if you take it shortly after symptoms start. Chances are excellent that it will not be effective on an extremely virulent bug like the Spanish Flu.:scratch I think medicine AND (health?) standards (/) of living have improved vastly (in the developed world, which could be why getting the H1N1 in Mexico was a death sentence for many, yet in the US it was a case of the sniffles) in 93 years :surrender:
I guess we'll just agree to disagree
oh, I'd believe it...In the Western U.S. right now flu is running rampant in my town.
A tip from me: Wash your hands with hot water every time you go to the bathroom! I'm in the healthcare field and you would not BELIEVE how many people either 1. Do not wash their hands and/or 2. Don't wash them properly!
Nope, they have very few in reserve. Ventilators are expensive to buy & expensive to maintain, so hospitals keep a bare minimum of them. Our healthcare system is about as prepared for a major disaster or flu as New Orleans was for Katrina. I wish I was exaggerating, but I'm not. We don't have the equipment, the manpower, the supplies, nor enough medications.Standards of living have absolutely nothing to do with it. Mingling does, tho. And at no point in history does mingling occur more than now. Catch the flu today and be anywhere in the world tomorrow morning. That wasn't possible in 1918.
If every hospital had thousands of respirators in reserve, then modern medicine could have an impact. But they don't.
My wife has to see her specialist at a major hospital on a regular basis. We've known her doc for quite a few years and have talked about our mutual interests. 2 years ago after she was done examining my wife I asked her what she thought about a major flu pandemic. She got up and closed the door (she had just come back in with a lab report) and said, "It's going to happen. The big question is when. It might be this year or 5 years or 10, but it's going to happen. We'll run out of venitilators in a matter of days and personell soon after that. Then all our medical preparations will become secondary to security, because the lights will go out, the stores will be looted empty and the police protection will disappear -- becasue, like the rest of the population -- they will either be sick, or their families are sick, or they just aren't going to espose themselves.Nope, they have very few in reserve. Ventilators are expensive to buy & expensive to maintain, so hospitals keep a bare minimum of them. Our healthcare system is about as prepared for a major disaster or flu as New Orleans was for Katrina. I wish I was exaggerating, but I'm not. We don't have the equipment, the manpower, the supplies, nor enough medications.