Super Foods To Treat Bird Flu
Avian Flu / Avian Influenza
Each year, 36,000 Americans and approximately one million people worldwide die from influenza (flu). These numbers, however, pale in comparison to the influenza pandemic of 1918, which first swept like wildfire through Europe, then claimed an estimated 675,000 Americans and 50 million worldwide.
Many experts agree that the world may be due for another influenza pandemic.
The buzz surrounding the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, a.k.a. bird flu, avian flu, or bird influenza, would have you believe the pandemic is already here and is ready to unleash its deadly talons at any moment. Due to its alleged high mortality rate in humans (50% in adults and a horrifying 89% in children), several global organizations, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. government, are closely monitoring the mutations of this virus. A mutation that allows humantohuman transmission is thought to have the potential to fuel a global epidemic.
In fact, there are many divergent opinions about this illness, and some experts believe that its danger has been completely blown out of proportion. Reports have even been made that the entire thing is a hoax, proliferated by pharmaceutical companies to keep the public buying drugs. Much fear has been generated around this flu because of its alleged mutability, but so far the epidemic has remained a predominately birdtobird problem with a relatively small number of documented birdtohuman cases. However, those numbers are supposedly increasing each year.
The truth is, we don’t know if there will ever be an epidemic of this flu, or if the reports of human deaths are truly confirmed. Since the cases thus far are almost completely in thirdworld countries, it’s very difficult to get disinterested reports. But because of the elevated concern about this possible epidemic, we felt it was worth offering some information about viral infection and prevention from a natural perspective.
How Does Bird Flu Spread?
Infected birds pass on H5N1 through their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces. Other birds may pick up the virus through direct contact with these excretions or by contact with surfaces contaminated with this material. Because migratory birds are among the carriers of the H5N1 virus, it may spread to all parts of the world. Past outbreaks of avian flu have often originated in crowded conditions in East and Southeast Asia, where humans, pigs, and poultry live in close quarters. In these conditions, a virus is more likely to mutate into a form that more easily infects humans.
Bird flu infections in humans are generally caused by birdtohuman transmission of the virus. A few isolated cases of suspected humantohuman transmission exist, but there is no proof either way in those cases. There is also concern, although no definitive proof, that other animals, particularly cats, may be able to act as a bridge for the virus between birds and humans. So far, several cats have been confirmed to have died from H5N1, and the fact that cats have regular close contact with both birds and humans indicates that monitoring of H5N1 in cats will need to continue.
As with any influenza virus, the key to prevention is loading up on antiviral nutrients and increasing alkaline levels of the blood, thereby creating a hostile environment (healthy blood) for the virus. Here are some nutrients that can help do just that:
- Nutrientrich, immuneboosting foods, including dark green leafy vegetables and dark red and purple berries
- Olive leaf extract
- Indian Echinacea extract (from the Indian and Asian shrub Andrographis; this herb was the single nutrient credited with reversing the spread of the worldwide influenza pandemic when it hit India in 1919)
- Skullcap herb (interferes with and, in some cases, inhibits the growth and replication of the virus)
- Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng) a natural adaptogen
- Raw garlic or garlic oil (Garlic is a natural germicide, capable of killing nearly any microbe; bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi all wilt under its powers. It was even found capable of killing notoriously difficulttoeradicate skin fungi, such as those that cause athletes foot)
- Picolinated zinc, thymus glandular (zinc and thymus build T cells; when zinc is low, the population of killer T cells necessary to fight infection plummets), Nacetylcysteine (NAC), lysine, colloidal silver, vitamin C (mega doses up to 5 grams daily or until diarrhea results), and Citricidal grapefruit seed extract
- Oregano oil (In a recent study, oregano oil has killed 91% of the Bird Flu virus in a Petri dish within 20 minutes.)
For better immune system health, don’t smoke, drink, take excess caffeine or drugs, or eat dairy products (dairy creates excessive mucus, making your body a Petri dish for breeding more viruses).
Remember, with any virus, washing your hands is critically important in stopping the spread of this flu. Keep in mind that the bird flu is a virus, not a bacterial infection, so antibiotics will not help in preventing this or other forms of the flu.