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In case of severe acute symptoms it is important to be assess and examined by your health care professional or specialist.

Always seek medical advice in emergencies!

Find out more about infectious diseases here:

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/conditionsandtreatment/infections

smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/health/Pages/infectious-diseases.aspx

Influenza and homœopathy

Influenza (the flu) is caused by a virus. It is more than just a bad cold and can occasionally lead to serious complications. Symptoms include high fever, sore throat, weakness, headache, muscle and joint pains and a cough. In some cases an infection with the flu can lead to long-term sequelae. Vulnerable people, including very young children and the elderly or those with an already compromised state of health, are more likely to develop serious complications.

Homœopathy has a long history dealing with flu outbreaks and the following articles shed some light on various types of flu that have occurred over the last 100 years.

The 1918 Spanish Flu

Scientific observations about the 1918 Spanish Flu:  View website

The Use of Homeopathic medicines in the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

"In 1921 W.A. Dewey MD., published a paper in the Journal of the American Institute of

Homeopathy entitled “Homeopathy in Influenza – A Chorus of Fifty in Harmony”. The following extracts are from this paper:

  • In Philadelphia 26,795 cases of influenza treated by homeopathic physicians had a mortality rate of 1.05% compared with the conventional mortality rate of 30%.

  • In Connecticut 30 physicians reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, (<1%).

  • Dr Roberts in Connecticut also reported 81 cases in the transport service all treated with homeopathic treatment and all recovered.

  • In a factory in Chicago, Dr Wieland reported influenza in 8000 workers with one death. All were treated with Gelsemium. He reports no aspirin was used and no vaccines.

  • Dr Williams in Rhode Island reported no losses from influenza and a 2.1% loss in those that developed pneumonia. He observed that Drs using aspirin as the main treatment were having a 60% mortality in those patients that developed pneumonia.

  • Dr Sappington reports that from 1500 influenza cases recorded by the Homeopathic Medical Society of the District of Columbia only 15 died. Recoveries in the National Homeopathic Hospital was 100%.

  • In Ohio, Dr McCann treated 1000 cases of influenza and had no losses. He says all credit must be given to homeopathy.

  • Raymond Siedel decided to become a homeopathic doctor when he was a 10 year old delivery boy for a local homeopath. He said “ I saw that people who were taking Aspirin were dying, about half those who were drinking a lot of whiskey were dying, and those that received homeopathic remedies were living.”

  • It was generally observed by homeopaths in the US at the time that the use of Aspirin was a major cause of deaths during the influenza epidemic. Its indirect action came through the fact that aspirin was taken until prostration resulted and the patient developed pneumonia.

  • In Kentucky Dr Huff wrote “ I almost invariably gave (homeopathic medicines) Gelsemium or Bryonia. I hardly ever lost a case if I got there first, unless the patient had been sent to a drug store and bought Aspirin, in which event I was likely to have a case of pneumonia on my hands.”

References:

Winston, J “ The Faces of Homeopathy” Great Auk Publishing 1999

Original article by W.A. Dewe.  View article

Some history of the treatment of epidemics with homœopathy by Julian Winston:

View website

You can read an interesting article on the development of swine flu, entitled " Timeline: the secret history of swine flu [New Scientist - Oct 2009" here:

View website

 

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