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Stop Worrying About the Flu -- Your Best Options Revealed

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Like diehard fans camping out overnight to be the first in line for concert tickets to their favorite performer, people are waiting in long lines hoping to get the flu vaccine. Yes, it's that time of year -- flu season and the media and the government have stirred the public into complete panic mode. Headlines flood newspapers reading,

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"Vaccine shortage leads public crisis" and on the hour radio broadcasts are bombarding the public with reports that the flu epidemic is coming and there aren't enough vaccines to fight it.

1957 H2N2 Flu Virus Now on the Loose
Samples of a deadly flu virus sent by the College of American Pathologists to more than 3,700 laboratories around the world appear to have gone missing on their way to Lebanon and Mexico, according to the World Health Organization...

Before You Run Out to Get the Flu Shot ... Do Your Homework

It's becoming increasingly difficult to separate facts from the hype created by the media and government officials. In order to make an informed decision of whether or not to get the flu shot, it is of utmost importance to do your homework. This involves doing thorough research of the safety issues surrounding the flu vaccination and then learning the preventative measures against getting the flu in the first place.

The Target Markets for the Flu Vaccine: Elderly and Children

Generally, the flu vaccine is recommended for people ages 65 and older and to those with serious medical conditions that could quickly worsen as a result of serious complications from the flu. Reports from medical journals widely vary in the effectiveness for the elderly, ranging from 0 to 85 percent.

The CDC reports that 90 percent of deaths from influenza occur among the elderly. These kinds of statistics make it nearly impossible to credit the flu vaccine for prolonging lives in this age group, as 65 percent of all deaths (regardless of the cause) happen among the elderly.

Further, there are potential dangers to the flu vaccine, particularly to the already vulnerable elderly population. Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, one of the world's leading immunogeneticists, states the chances of getting Alzheimer's disease is 10 times higher if an individual has five consecutive shots than if they have one, two or no shots. This is likely due to the thimerosol (a mercury-derived preservative) and aluminum content of the vaccine.

Recommendations to give flu vaccinations to children were adopted on March 1, 2003. These recommendations include vaccinating children between 2 and 18 years who live in households containing children younger than 2 years of age. The most common type of flu vaccine given to children is called Fluzone, with each dose containing 25 ug of mercury. CDC recommendations include administering the flu vaccine to children beginning at six months of age and then on an annual basis, for the rest of their lives.

Does the Flu Vaccine Really Work?

The flu vaccine can actually weaken the immune system and make you more predisposed to the illness.

The flu vaccine, whether in the shot or nasal form, is worthless at best and should be avoided. Not only are they loaded with toxic chemicals including mercury and aluminum, but many people come down with the flu shortly after receiving the shot. This is because it actually weakens the immune system, making the person more predisposed to the illness.

Pre vaccination regimen

by turf @ electroherbalism.com

I have recently been putting some thought into what to do if I or a family member were coerced into taking a vaccination. Someone recently asked me the question, whose kid is about to enter a college where a meningitis vaccination is required for entry, so I figured this was a good time to come up with a pre-vaccination regimen.

I don't know whether this is a vaccination against viral or bacterial meningitis, but since bacterial is the deadly form, I would assume it is this one. But, I have never been able to figure out why vaccinations are given against bacteria. They are not like viruses where the body can actually build an immunity to them. The MDs who give them I have talked to don't really have a clear idea, either. One said that it is so the immune system will "see" the pathogen once and be better able to recognize it in the future. Then if it was encountered again the body would have a reaction such as fever and inflammation earlier, and the problem would become apparent more quickly while there was still time to combat the disease. Yeah, I thought it sounded like BS, too.

    Here is what I have considered so far for a Prevaccination Regimen:
  1. Use a supplement with silymarin (e.g. FutureBiotics Silymarin Plus) for at least a few days beforehand. It protects the liver from chemicals and probably also provides the liver a good deal of protection against toxic metals plus protein fragments and metabolic products, and other debris from bacteria and viruses.
  2. Alacer  Emer'gen-C Lite   Triple Power -- 36 Pkts Use vitamin C before and after a vaccination. Packets of Emergen-C are portable and convenient and since they have some minerals in them too, they are a good choice. They can even be found at Walmart these days. Use two packets within an hour before and 2 packets within an hour after the vaccination, then continue to take 1 or more packets per hour afterwards until there is a flush (diarrhea - nothing to worry about; this is as bad as side effects get when overdosing Vitamin C + Minerals - not nearly as bad as losing organ functions from prescription drugs). Use a cup of water with each packet. Don't take emergen-C at night since the B-12 in it may cause sleeplessness (A HA! Now you know what to use instead of caffeine!).

Olive Leaf Extract—Olive leaf, like many other natural antibiotics, is also a good antiviral, making it an excellent choice when the nature of the microbe is not completely known.  Drs. O. and B. Lee at the Department of Biomedical Science at CHA University in Korea, found that olive leaf extract was potent against various microbes.  Additionally, their research showed olive leaf exhibited free radical scavenging abilities.  Free radicals are linked with aging and disease.

Garlic—A natural antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral agent, garlic is a great addition to your diet, particularly at this time of year.  While garlic contains potassium and germanium, two minerals that are critical to good health, it is best known for its sulphur compounds, particularly allicin.  These are the main phytochemicals that boost immunity and act as natural antibiotics.  So, ladies and gentlemen, start chopping—garlic that is.  It’s time to throw some fresh garlic into your favorite soup, stew, chilli, stirfry, meat or veggie dish.  Forget garlic powder.  Most of its health benefits are long gone.

Green tea—One of the active ingredients in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been identified in research as an effective agent against certain strains of oral bacteria.  Since green tea has many other health benefits, including an impressive ability to break down excess fat in the body, it’s a great natural antibiotic to add to your daily diet.  For best results, be sure to swish it around in your mouth.

Oregano Oil—The King of natural antibiotics, study after study proves the effectiveness of oregano oil.  Of course, like anything, product strength can vary drastically.  Some products are actually marjoram and not oregano at all. So, choose a reputable brand backed by research.  I like North American Herb and Spice Company’s blend called P-73, which includes wild, high potency oregano harvested in harsh conditions.  That might not sound like a big deal but harsh conditions usually spell stronger active ingredients in the plant, since the health-building phytochemicals frequently comprise the plant’s immune system.

Three volumes of research by Paul Belaiche found that oregano oil killed 96% of all pneumococcus bacteria, 92% of all neisseria, proteus, and staphylococcus bacteria.  Some strains of neisseria are responsible for diseases like gonorrhea or meningitis.  Proteus is a type of intestinal infection, and staphylococcus is the culprit in some types of food poisoning.  Oregano oil eliminated 83% of streptococcus and 78% of enterococcus, which are linked with strep throat, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, toxic shock syndrome, cystitis, wound infections, and anorexia.


It was probably 20 years ago, before I knew anything about alternative health but this still stuck with me - I read in some periodical about a medical team that was vaccinating children in Africa, and the death toll was astronomical, I think in the 10% range - for every 10 kids they vaccinated, 1 died within three weeks. I would guess from this that it is a much worse idea to vaccinate unhealthy, malnourished children than it is healthy ones! (Read about AZT drug trials on kids in the USA) Anyway, one of the nurses found that if you gave the kids 200mg of vitamin C beforehand, that only 1 in 100 died from the vaccination. I guess she should have gotten some kind of Florence Nightingale award for this.

Anyway, those are the main two supplements I would use. I would also probably use a protein digesting anti-inflammatory enzyme like Bromelain in high amounts before and after.

Perhaps Nutribiotic Meta-C (or Vitamin C-1000 Complex) would be a better choice than the Alacer product since it is vitamin C bound to chlorella. The powder tastes awful (to me) but tablets are available.

Any other suggestions?

Immune System Support. Colloidal silver is a catalyst, disabling the particular enzyme that all one celled bacteria, fungi and viruses, use for their oxygen metabolism � they suffocate. Resistant strains fail to develop, and the body does not develop a tolerance. Yet it is of no harm to human enzymes or any part of the human body chemistry

Patients should ask their doctor whether any medication he gives them will actually help their cold or flu. Doctors should resist the temptation to give an antibiotic for colds and flu by explaining its uselessness for any viral infections. Dr. Mercola

Old-time remedies still work: Vitamin C
Since 1971, 21 placebo-controlled studies evaluating the effect of 1-4 gm./day of vitamin C on the common cold have demonstrated that vitamin C supplementation reduces the duration and severitv of colds by 23% - once the person gets a cold. Consuming 6 gm./day has prevented a significant decrease in vitamin C concentration in leukocytes as the cold progresses.

(Click here to learn about Vitamin C Misinformation.)

Multivitamin/mineral supplements
Dr. Ranjit Chandra evaluated the effect of a multivitamin/mineral supplement containing extra vitamin E and beta-carotene on 100 middle class Canadians over 65. The supplemented group had half the number of colds. flus and other infections as the non- supplemented group, and recovered in half the time when they did get sick.

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Colloidal silver-the amazing "micro-bullet"


New evidence on the effectiveness of an old remedy has surfaced over the past couple of years. Long forgotten since the 1930s when pharmceutical antibiotics first took the stage as rapidly effective, more economical wonder drugs, Colloidal silver has again emerged as a star player in natural health care.

There are almost no disease-causing organisms that can live in the presence of even minute traces of the chemical element silver. In contrast to a modern antibiotic drug which may kill perhaps half a dozen pathogenic organisms, silver - one of the most universal antibiotic substances known - can kill over 650 different disease organisms, with the exception of spore-forming bacteria.(7 8 9)

Colloidal silver, a suspension of like-charged microscopic particles in deionized water, has demonstrated remarkable ability to destroy not onlv bacteria, but viruses and fungi as well.(5,6,7) These organisms cannot develop resistance to silver - a bonus advantage over pharmaceutical antibiotics. In addition, Colloidal silver products containing only 3-5 parts per million are non-toxic.

How to use Colloidal silver
At the onset of colds and flu, 1 to 3 teaspoons taken 3-4 times per day orally will hasten the illness to its completion. Colloidal silver can be mixed in a little water or absorbed sublingually (under the tongue) directly into the bloodstream. The product has very little effect on beneficial intestinal bacteria. However, a high-potency acidophilus supplement is recommended to insure that desirable levels are maintained during Colloidal silver therapy. Consistent daily use could significantly reduce the incidence of infection.

Colloidal silver may also be applied directlv to cuts, scrapes, open sores, shingles, warts or used as a rinse for acne, eczema and other skin irritations. It may be gargled, dropped into the eyes or ears, used vaginally, anally, atomized or inhaled into the nose or lungs. No known adverse side effects and no drug interactions have ever been recorded with the use of properly prepared Colloidal silver.(7) Beware of heavily concentrated forms (more than 5 parts per million) which can cause a permanent graying of the skin called argyria if you have a genetic predisposition to taking on this pigment (like the grey lady in the exlusively white community and 300 other people on this planet as discussed on Ripley's Believe it or Not).

Look for quality products
The best Colloidal silver products have been manufactured using the electrocolloidal process and have ultra-fine particles within the range of 0.005-0.015 microns in diameter. A tiny electrical charge placed on the silver particles keeps them in suspension and eliminates the need for stabilizers, chemicals, proteins or artificial additives in a "true" colloid of silver. A superior quality product will have a natural golden yellow color and a pH of approximately 6.5 (almost neutral).

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Prevention works wonders
A healthy, varied diet coupled with immune-enhancing supplements during the cold and flu season provides the best defense against infection. If a cold or flu does strike, rapid and aggressive action with immune-stimulating supplements may reduce the symptoms or speed recovery.

Some Pre-1938 and Recent Documented Uses of Silver or Colloidal silver(s)
Hemorrhoids, Impetigo, Lyme disease, Nasopharyngeal catarrh, Open sores cuts and scrapes, Pneumococci, Poliovirus 1 (Sabin strain), Rhinitis, Salmonella, Anthrax bacilli, Adenovirus, B. Tuberculosis, Burns and wounds of the cornea, Candida albicans, Cerebro-spinal meningitis, Chronic cystitis, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Colds and influenza, Colitis, Diarrhea, Diphtheria, Ear infections, E. coli, Endamoeba histolytica. Epiditymitis. Gonorrhea, Shingles, Skin conditions (acne eczema), Staphylococcus aureus. Streptococcus pyogenes, Typhoid, Sprue, Warts, Whooping cough, HIV.

Safety and Toxicity
CS is claimed to be non-toxic, non-addicting, and to have no known side effects. Unlike silver nitrate, CS can be used safely as a supplement. Drug interactions and allergic reactions are unknown.

Roger Altman, Eng.Sc.D., in an experimental fashion, consumed 2.34mg of silver daily for several months then measured the total silver excreted from his body over a 24 hour period. He concluded that silver is excreted easily from the body, primarily in the urine. It also may explain why there have been no cases of argyria (a permanent blue-gray discoloration of the skin and deep tissues) reported by individuals using low dosage CS.

He also ran a measurement of silver elimination for 100 days following the cessation of silver intake. Initially, most of the silver was eliminated through the urine. He noted that increasing water intake increased silver elimination through the urine. After approximately the first month, silver elimination was greater through the feces than through the urine. He estimated that by the 100 day mark nearly all of the accumulated silver had been eliminated from his tissues.

However, despite the claim of no toxicity, and that it is impossible for silver in this form to accumulate in the body, caution is advised when taking large doses for extended periods of time. The indiscriminate use of silver solutions (apparently always in a form other than CS) has resulted in cases of argyria. The FDA has issued a Final Rule declaring that all over-the-counter (OTC) drug products containing Colloidal silver or silver salts are not recognized as safe and effective and are misbranded. This ruling came into force on September 16, 1999. (Please also remember that the FDA approved the use of anti-depressants and pain killers that had to be recalled.)

ADDRESS STRESS.

REFERENCES

1. Govaert, M.E., et. al. "Adverse reactions to influenza vaccine in elderly people: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial." British Medical Journal 307:988-90, 1993.
2. Peck, P. "Bulletproof: Losing the antibiotic resistant war." Family Practice News 1,12, September 1, 1994.
3. Hemila, H., Ph.D. "Does vitamin C alleviate the symptoms of the common cold? A review of current evidence." Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases 26:1-6, 1994.
4. Center for Science in the Public Interest. "Pumping immunity." Nutrition Action Health Letter, 5-7, April, 1993.
5. Foster, Steven. "Echinacea: The cold and flu remedy." Alternative & Complementary Therapies 1(4):254-257, June/July, 1995.
6. Flynn, R., M.S. and Roest, M. Your Guide to Standardized Herbal Products. Prescott, AZ: One World Press, 1995.
7. M. Paul Farber, N.D., Ph.D., D.C. Coll/Ag-30 (Mild Silver Protein): The Silver Micro-Bullet. Houston: Professional Physicians Publishing and Health Services, Inc., 1995.
8. Powell, J. "Our mightiest germ fighter." Science Digest, 59-60, March, 1978.
9. Canty, L.M. and Baranowski, Z. Colloidal silver: The Antibiotic Alternative. Carmichael, CA: The Colloid Research Foundation, 1994.


(extracted from "Stopped Cold; Health Sciences Institute e-Alert ") dr.b_helthi @ t-online.de

On the heels of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the East was rocked again in 1919 with the Indian flu epidemic, unique in that an herbal remedy - ANDROGRAPHIS PANICULATA - halted its spread.

Extract of andrographis has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) therapies and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat common colds and influenza. Last year, researchers at Universities in the UK reviewed seven different studies that had tested the effectiveness of andrographis paniculata.

The UK teams surveyed medical databases, herbal manufacturer information and World Health Organization reports to select seven studies that met the criteria for double-blind, controlled trials. The selected studies used >andrographis< as a treatment for respiratory tract infection in nearly 900 subjects.

As reported in the journal Planta Medica, researchers analyzed three studies that tested doses of 48 to 60 mg of andrographis per day against placebo. Three other studies examined 60 mg of andrographis per day along with a daily dose of Siberian ginseng. The seventh trial had subjects taking 180 and 360 mg of crude andrographis (as opposed to standardized extracts in the other six studies), measured against a medication for common colds.

In all seven of these studies, subjects who took andrographis after the onset of cold symptoms reported faster recovery, compared to subjects who took placebo or the common-cold medication.

Researchers concluded that andrographis may be effective in treating infection in the upper respiratory tract, throat, sinuses and ears. Unfavorable side-effects were insignificant. The researchers also noted that preliminary evidence suggested that andrographis paniculata also had a preventive effect.

In addition to the seven studies mentioned in the UK research, previous laboratory trials have shown that andrographis extract doesn't actually directly kill the organisms that make you sick. Instead, it boosts your immune system and stimulates natural antibodies.

The human body creates some very powerful disease-fighting enzymes. Andrographis protects enzymes, enhancing natural disease-fighting abilities.

The human body heals itself, if not poisoned or starved to debilitation. Nor was it designed to be used as a guinea pig by "Orthodox Medicine," the "Prescription Industry," or "health schills," whose profit margin climbs with the medicine-inflicted death rate. Read, "Why I Left Orthodox Medicine," Derrick Lonsdale, MD.


Cold & Flu Busters: The Natural Approach, Part II
By Klaus Ferlow, Life-long Herbalist

As an�addition to my first article with the same title I did some further research and would like to add on more information how to prevent and treat colds & flu.

In addition to elderberryicon juice with lemon juice and honey you can also use elderberry extract (sambucol),�elderberryicon tea with a "shot" of elderberryicon flower syrup (In Canada we can buy it from IKEA, ingredients are juice from wild Swedish elderberryicon flowers, sugar and citric acid), elderberryicon tincture from the berries and flowers( sambucu nigra).�

Rich in Vitamin A & C, it is very purifying to the lungs and skin.

It promotes perspiration to lower fevers, soothes the nerves and works as a mild laxitive.

Scientific studies report that ingredients extracted from the berries provide the first line of defense against different�FLU�strains by neutralizing and preventing the replication of different flu strains.

It is a specific detoxifier for�COLD, FLU and upper respiratory congestion such as hayfever, sinus, chronic nasal catarrh and spamodic croup.

Clogged ears due to colds respond well to the flowers and both have anti-inflammatory properties to fight arthritis and rheumatic pains. It is also used as an ointment for tumours, burns, cuts, chapping, skin eruptions and inflammations. Also used for night sweats, dropsy (excessive body tissue) and syphilis. elderberryicon wine�is an old European tradition.

Don't you agree that this is almost a miracle herb?

Another very powerfull ally fighting colds & flu is Grapefruitseed extract= Citricidal™ (Citrus paradisi), derived from fresh peel of the unsprayed grapefruit and it is�anti-microbial, anti-fungal and can be used internally and you can gargle with it. You can also gargle with tea tree oil but have to spit it out.

Furthermore�I would like to list a number of other herbs than can be used to prevent and be used�in the treatment of� COLD &�FLU�especialy now�the media is "jumping" on and putting fear in people's mind with the so-called "Avian or Bird�Flu", listing the common and botanical names:

Angelicaicon�(Angelica archangelica)
Astralagus (Astralagus membranaceus)
Bayberry (Myrica cerifera)
Blue Vervainicon=Wild Hyssopicon (Verbena hastata)
Bugleweedicon=Gypsywort (Lycopus virginicus)
Bupleurumicon (Bubleurum falcatum)
Catnipicon (Nepepta cataria)
Chrysanthemum Flowers(Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Colloidal Silvericon
Coltsfooticon (Tussilago farfara)
Elecampaneicon=Yellow Starwort (Inhula helenum)
Eucalyptusicon (Eucalyptus globolus & other species)
Gingericon (Zingiber officinale)
Golden Seal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Horehoundicon (Marrubium vulgare)
Hyssopicon (Hyssopus officinalis)
Lapacho= Pau d'Arcoicon 
Taheebo teaicon (Tabebuia impetiginosa & species)
Cat's Clawicon = Una de Gato (Uncaria tomentosa)
Licorice Rooticon (Glyctrrhiza glabra)
Motherworticon (Leonurus cardiaca)
Myrrhicon (Commiphora mol-mol)
Olive Leaficon (Olea europa)
Osha (Ligusticum porteri)
Peppermint leaficon (Mentha piperita)
Pleurisy Rooticon (Asclepias tuberosa)
Rose Hipsicon (Rosa laevigatae)
Yarrowicon (Achillea millefolium) Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon species)

Colds with no fever: 
Gingericon

Flu virus:

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References:

Indian Herbalogy of North American, Alma R. Hutchens, ISBN 04-05-080255,
Nature's Wisdom, A Compilation of the Historical Uses Of Herbs, Liana Lenarduzzi, Health through God's Pharmacy, Maria Treben, ISBN 3-85068-124-6,
Pocket Herbal Reference Guide, Debra St.Clair, ISBN 0-98594-568-1
, Herba Remedies, MediScript Communications Inc., ISBN 1-622162-99051-9�

Klaus Ferlow, life-long herbalist, innovator, lecturer, researcher and writer, is the founder and co-owner of FERLOW BOTANICALS, a Div. of Ferlow Brothers Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., a 100% Canadian owned and operated family business that manufactures and distributes toxin-free natural herbal medicinal and personal care products since 1993, supplying them to professional health & wellness practitioners across Canada and parts of United States of America. In 1994 Ferlow Botanicals was the FIRST to introduce Neem Tree herbal products to the Canadian market. Visit our website: www.ferlowbotanicals.com

It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific health claims. Any attempt to diagnose and treat illness should come under the direction of your health care practitioners. This information is summarised for educational value only.

More�about elderberryicon

Here is some more interesting information about the miraculous elderberryicon. I picked from our European elderberryicon bush the last black elderberries and�made another pure elderberryicon juice to�store it for the coming winter.�

For centuries, the berry from the elderberryicon tree has been a popular Gypsy remedy for cold, flu, influenza, and neuralgia.

Finally, there is solid scientific evidence to back up the folklore, thanks to Israeli researcher Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Ph.D,�of Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center.

In 1980 Dr. Mumcuoglu, intrigued by elderberryicon's reputation as a cure for colds and flu, did her thesis on the antiviral effects of elderberryicon. She patented a procedure to isolate the potent disease fighting compounds from elderberryicon, then tested her extract (Sambucol) on patients�in a flu outbreak at Kibbutz Aza in Israel.�

Twenty percent of flu sufferers who used it showed significant relief of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, inflammation, coughing�and other symptoms within 24 hours, and another 73 percent felt better after the second day.

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In three days, 90 percent were reported complete cured!

Internal uses also for sinusitis, hay fever and bronchitis, external, eczema, boils, dermatitis.�In a similar group that received inactive treatment (a placebo) only 16 percent were improved in two days, and it took most of them six days to feel well again.

How does elderberryicon fight the flu?

Compounds in elderberryicon bind with viruses before they can penetrate the walls of cells, thereby inhibiting their ability to spread.

Since elderberryicon is non-toxic when cooked, it is safe even for children.

The hot tea from the flowers and/or juice from the berries promotes sweating, preferably adding in lemon juice and honey and is soothing for the upper respiratory infections, also considered to be anti-rheumatic, laxative and detoxifying.�

In ancient times, elderberryicon trees and bushes were believed to have special mystical properties, and it was considered good luck to plant a tree/bush near your house to protect against disease and evil spirits.

Elderberries are also a good source of vitamins A, B, C.

Cooked berries can be used in pies and jams, as a lemonade and you also can make from the berries a wine. Applied externally as a poultice, useful for burns, rashes, and minor skin problems.

Sambucol also stimulates the immune system and has shown activity in preliminary trials against other viruses, such as Epstein-bar, herpes and even HIV!

Sambucol has just become available� in the United States and Canada, �and you may be able to find it on the shelves at your health food store or pharmacy.

American Indians use the leaves and flowers in antiseptic wash for skin diseases, and the berries to dye their hair (black) and they dyed the strands of grass they use in their basket designs. Others have used the tea of the leaves as a diaphoretic, the inner bark as a cathartic, the flowers simmered in oil for sunburn, and steeped in water as a compress for headache. The flowers contain an oil that is used in perfume and cosmetics. Elder flower water can be used as a wash for dry skin or as a cooling wash for the eyes. According to an ancient recipe, washing your face with elderflower water in the morning and at night (and leaving it� there to dry) will remove freckles and morphew (hardened skin).

American Indians used the leaves for pain relief and to promote healing of injuries.�

The Legend of the Elder: The elder tree was reputed to be the favourite tree of witches, who supposedly resided in its branches. In the Middle Ages, nearly everyone knew that cutting down an elder tree would incur the wrath of the witches who called it home. There were many tales of angry witches taking vengeance on babies whose unwitting parents put them in a cradle of elder wood.

Cautions/Contraindications: pregnancy and lactation

References:
The Botanical Pharmacy, Heather Boon, BScPhm, Ph.D., Michael Smith, BPharm, MRPharmsS, ND, ISBN 1-55082-252-7
Earl Mindell's Herb Bible, Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., ISBN 0-684-86639-5
Herbal Remedies, MediScript Communications Inc,.ISBN 1-622162-99051-9
Herbs & Things, Jeanne Rose, ISBN 0-86719-528-8
The Green Pharmacy, James A. Duke, Ph.D, ISBN 0-312-96648-2
Plant Technology of First Peoples in British Columbia, Nancy J. Turner, ISBN-7748-0687-7
Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, alive books, ISBN 0-920470-75-0

This summary was put together for educational purposes only by Klaus Ferlow, life-long herbalist, innovator, lecturer, researcher and writer, founder and co-owner of FERLOW BOTANICALS, a Division of Ferlow Brothers�Ltd, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, a 100% Canadian owned and operated family business that manufacturers and distributes toxin free natural�medicinal herbal and personal care products since 1993, supplying them to professional health and wellness practitioners�across Canada and parts of USA. In 1994, Ferlow Botanicals was the FIRST to introduce Neem Tree herbal products to the Canadian market.www.ferlowbotanicals.com

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Read the latest news on the flu.

Harold Katz, DDS, designed a potent combination of Vitamin C, Echinacea, and Zinc into tasty oral strips to give you the best possible chance to remain cold free.


FACT: There are two primary places for the FLU VIRUS (H1N1 and others) to enter your body and cause you to become infected. These two places are YOUR NOSE and YOUR MOUTH. Minimizing the ability of germs to get into your system through those two places is one of best and easiest ways to stay healthy this flu season.

Here are some tips to help you avoid "leaving an open door" for the potentially deadly flu bug during this most contagious season of the year:

1. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN :
The most common piece of advice to prevent the onset of swine flu is to wash your hands. Why? Most people have no idea how many times we bring our hands to our mouth but the fact is we do it many times per hour. If you pick up the virus by touching a door knob or other infected hard surface and then bring your hands toward your mouth, you have a pretty good chance of getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and water throughout the day and carry instant sanitizer with you on the go. Keeping your hands clean is absolutely essential to keeping healthy.

2. COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN OTHERS SNEEZE and COUGH:
When someone is sneezing and coughing it's extremely important they cover their mouth. However, it also helps for you to cover your nose and mouth when others nearby are coughing and sneezing. When those that are sick sneeze, cough, and even breathe they fill the air around them with airborne and highly infections germs. Try to minimize what you inhale by covering your mouth with a handkerchief or your own clean hand.

3. USE TheraBreath Nasal-Sinus Drops and TheraBreath Extinguisher Spray TO HELP CREATE A BARRIER AGAINST GERMS :
While my formulas were developed to help fight the germs that cause bad breath and tooth decay, they are extremely effective anti-microbial agents as well. A few drops of TheraBreath Nasal Sinus drops in each nostril every 12 hours will create an environment hostile to germs in your nasal cavity. Similarly, regular use of the Extinguisher Spray will also make it hard for sore throat and flu germs to take up residence in your throat. By using these formulas in your mouth and nose, the two primary means of entry for germs, you will reduce their ability to transmit infection to you and your likelihood of getting sick.

This is a busy season for all of us. By using some basic common sense, following these basic tips, and practicing good hygiene we can make sure to stay healthy and keep those around us feeling in top shape as well.

Enjoy your Holidays in good health,

Dr Harold Katz


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The following products can be purchased from Puritan's Pride, Physician's Choice, and Vitamin World: Supercharge Your Immune System - Supplements to help you prepare for the season at Puritan's Pride!

ALLERGY RESEARCH AG-CIDAL LQ COLL SILVER 4 OZ

A traditional mild silver protein, with a particle size of 55.4 nanometers (0.055 microns), containing 69 micrograms of silver per 5 ml (appx.1 tsp). Possessing potential to adversely affect bacteria with a cell wall, thereby being beneficial in balancing intestinal microbiology.



Source Naturals Wellness Colloidal Silver - 2 oz

The Wellness Family of products is designed to support the body's defense system when under physical stress. Wellness Colloidal Silver is produced using a unique electrical process which creates the homogeneity, minute particle size and stability of the silver particles. No animal proteins or artificial additives are used. Suitable for Vegetarians and hypoallergenic.



FUTUREBIOTICS ADV COLLOIDAL SILVER 2 OZ

Electroprocessed and Chemical Free 2 FL OZ/59 ML



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Source Naturals Wellness Colloidal Silver Nasal Spray - 2 oz

Source Naturals Wellness Colloidal Silver Nasal Spray is produced using a unique electrical process that creates homogeneity, minute particle size, and stability of the silver particles



Black Elderberry Sugar Free Extract The Original



Source Naturals Citricidex Grapefruit Seed Extract -- 4 ozCitridex's broad spectrum application is well known throughout South America, Europe and the Far East. Its active ingredient is extracted from the seeds and other parts of the grapefruit, and is believed to play a role in maintaining good health. Suitable for vegetarians and hypoallergenic.



Nature's Way Sambucol, 30 lozenges
Sambucol� Immune System Formula combines black elderberryicon extract with echinacea, vitamin C and zinc, all well documented for their health benefits. Developed by world renowned virologist Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Sambucol� Immune System Formula is specially prepared to support an adult's immune system. It was Dr. Mumcuoglu that discovered the key active ingredient in elderberryicon, then patented a procedure for its correct standardization. Laboratory and clinically tested, Sambucol bl....