These are natural cures that we have used ourselves or have verified with health books. They may use herbs, pure essential oils, vitamins, and/or food. They are more than home remedies, folk medicine, or old wives' tales!
Natural cures are less toxic than those made from chemicals so they are better for your health and for our environment. They are also convenient since many of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen or garden, especially when emergencies come up and you can't get to a store or doctor. These natural remedies will also save you money.
Tamiflu is an antiviral medicine that doctors can prescribe to prevent the swine flu or to shorten its duration and severity. Sambucus (Sambucol) is a natural antiviral medicine that is available without a prescription and without the side effects.
Doctors may not agree to (or be allowed to) give you a prescription for Tamiflu if you or someone in your household does not already have the swine flu. But you can order Sambucus today. You can be prepared and save money. Each member of the family would need their own bottle for full protection.
Either Sambucus or Tamiflu should be taken within 48 hours after becoming sick - the earlier the better. Having the medicine on hand in advance will assure that precious time is not wasted.
Doctors recommend that neither medicine be taken to prevent the swine flu unless someone in your household already has the disease. Taking it before it is necessary can cause it to be less effective when you do need it.
If you have asthma and are caught without your inhaler, you can get emergency help from drinking a few cups of coffee, a can of coke, a few cups of tea, or a cup of cocoa. You could even eat a few chocolate candy bars (dark chocolate being stronger than milk chocolate, and semi-sweet being stronger than dark chocolate).
These contain either caffeine or theobromine, or both, which help stop bronchospasms and open constricted bronchial passages. Cocoa has much less caffeine than coffee but much more theobromine.
The theobromine in chocolate can also be used as a cough medicine, and also lowers blood pressure.
Talk to your doctor before making any major change. (Ours listens. He didn't scoff when we told him that we take natural apple cider vinegar and acidophilus, but he did say that the two should not be taken together -- one should be taken in the morning and the other at night or they will cancel each other out.) Starting a natural remedy may require your doctor to change the dose of your prescription medicines. You can read more about this in our articles.
DID YOU KNOW? PEPTO-BISMOL contains aspirin. It may be the first thing you reach for when your child has the flu - but don't! Aspirin with the flu (or chicken pox) could cause Reye's Syndrome, which can be fatal!
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