Here's is one mom's account of her race against the disease.
Lisa Sharkey: A few months back when I was panicking over the possibility that the swine flu was going to kill thousands of people all over the world, I wrote a blog post about how to protect yourself and your family naturally, in addition to the medicine you get from your doctor.
Then I got a chance to try out the advice I received and recommended from two of the top alternative medicine experts in the world, Dr. Joe Mercola and Dr. Leo Galland.
Here's what happened:
I picked up my daughter from a play date and she felt hot to the touch. I rushed her to the pediatrician where they tested her for strep. "My kids don't get strep" I told the physician's assistant, "They've been exposed hundreds if not thousands of times with not one case between the three of them." Needless to say, the test was negative.
Next, they tested her with a very deep nasal swab for influenza, which came back positive. Oh no! My son is about to leave for college, my elderly relatives, sisters, and a young nephew were all coming to town and my daughter has the dreaded virus. I asked for Tamiflu and I got it. For her twice a day for five days and for "the brothers" as she
calls them, once a day for ten days.
Next I called a friend who is the head of infectious diseases at a prestigious hospital in a bit of a quandary. Should I be taking it too? Nobody wants to be sick and especially not with a big event coming up. My husband, asthmatic babysitter and I all got prescriptions. But what about my son's girlfriend? She had been filling in as a babysitter for my youngest and had been with her for many hours the night before the diagnosis. I called her mother. They could not get the Tamiflu, so she went the all-natural route.
Based on recommendations from Dr. Joe Mercola, I went out and purchased the holistic remedies as a supplement to the Tamiflu. D3 drops, 50,000 units for three days dripped into water for the young patient. Five thousand units for everybody else. Chewable Zinc tablets for our feverish child, a homeopathic remedy called Gelsemium 200c a few times
a day, and cool baths, plus a chewable fever reducer. Additionally, I took something called N-A-C or N-Acetyl Cysteine, which is a metabolite of the sulfur-containing amino acid, Cysteine. It is known to boost the immune system. Dr. Leo Galland, the author of "Power Healing" recommended I take 1200 units per day to keep from coming down
with the illness. By the second day her fever had nosedived from between 103 and 104 to a more manageable 101 -- and by the third day she was nearly normal.
How did I know this was in fact THE SWINE FLU? Well, only the state can give the official test, but a friend of mine is a top doctor at a prestigious hospital and oversees infectious diseases, so the H1N1 had been rather front and center. The explanation I got was that it was really too late in the year for there to be any other influenza out there and that this one was highly contagious, the emergency rooms were well over capacity, health care workers were getting sick left and right and there was nothing else it could be. That pretty much convinced me.
By the end of the third day, she was fine.
Nobody else got it, and we are all counting our blessings. I hope she'll be better protected if this virus does return in the fall as some are predicting.
|Lisa Sharkey is Senior Vice President and Director of Creative Development for HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. Sharkey also served as Senior Producer for ABC's Good Morning America. Lisa and her husband, architect Paul Gleicher, completed one of the country's first total Eco Houses, a "green" brownstone in Manhattan where they reside with their three children. They are the authors of Dreaming Green: Eco-Fabulous Homes Designed to Inspire and have a web site DreamingGreenBook.com|