Reflections on the Swine Flu: Finding One’s Stance

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By: Julie E. Foster, MSN, FNP
As a family nurse practitioner, almost daily I am asked “What can I do about the swine flu?” There is an inundation of information for health care providers and consumers alike. How do we sort through it?

The swine flu is not new. Like the earth whom historically has melted away her ice caps, and will someday return to an ice-age, diseases also have their recurring rhythms. This is what happens on this planet. We are one giant petri dish. And we are all in this together. The challenge is “How do we want to be with it?” Do you and I want to be paranoid, in denial, swinging with our monkey-mind in the polarities of fear, or rather stand in our personal collective power regardless of the outcome?

The flu vaccine is not my personal preference. In the past I have resorted to saying perhaps it is good for the elderly and chronically ill, but then I think they are too weak to receive any vaccine. Some might think as a health care provider, I am at increased risk too. I have been exposed to many harsh illnesses and I rarely get sick. I get sick when I become unbalanced. For instance, if I forget to drink enough water the day before or I feel an emotional stress on top of seeing a patient with a virus or severe depression. When my terrain gets chaffed, the dark forces come knocking.

I agree with many natural and allopathic practitioners alike that the swine flu vaccine has been rushed, and I am unsure of trusting the motives involved to bring it to the masses. Still, I may have a patient who chooses these options. I hold no negative judgment. This is a choice, and if he or she chooses to be vaccinated, then I would guide the patient to use anthroposophic remedies to work with any harmful side-effects brought about by the vaccine.

At this time of year, or as with any shift toward illness in the larger community, there are precautions I take for myself and my family. I suggest my patients do the same.

Basic Nursing Care
Warmth, light, rhythm and love. Rest is absolutely essential and nature’s best healer. Rest at the first sign of illness, don’t wait. Children under age seven need 10-12 hours of sleep each night. Akin to the guidance of our kindergarten teachers, three layers of clothing on top, and two on the bottom. If chilled, take a bath, and add epsom salt, yellow mustard, baking soda or favorite essential oil. Draw a lemniscate in the water seven times with a prayer each time to create a healing space. I also like sweating when possible in an Inipi Sweat Lodge or more commonly, a sauna at home or in a gym would work. Make sure your home and environment can be ventilated and exposed to light. Our grandfather sun has many more healing qualities than he gets credit for, and microbes don’t like this.

Always use proper nutrition as your first medicine. I cannot emphasize this enough! I like the knowledge of the Weston Price Foundation and/or the cookbook Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon (New Trends Publishing). The following recommendations are basic and safe, yet not limited. For instance, I often choose a different treatment plan from one person to the next. This does not preclude the advice of your health care provider. One of the joys of medicine is is the broad choice of quality providers, so people can find a healer who prescribes to one’s liking, and is a good fit respectively.

  • Echinadoron tablets (Weleda pharmacy).
  • Emergen-C packets. This is easy for children.
  • Mucococcinum or OTC Oscillococcinum.
  • Higher doses of buffered Vitamin C. When the bowels are loose (metabolic system) it is difficult to maintain head (nerve-sense system) congestion. It helps flush our system. See health care provider for dosing.
  • Travel Remedy Pellets (Uriel pharmacy) or Airborne for flying or large public exposure.
  • Cordiodoron (Weleda) to balance stress.
  • Moor Lavender Body Oil (Hauschka) or Solum Aesculus Oil (Uriel pharmacy) for weather sensitivity and protection from unkind external forces.
  • Vitamin D and antioxidants. Many reputable articles out there in support of this.
  • Good quality probiotic. Studies have shown if the gut is well populated with good bacteria then the bad guys have a harder time setting up residence. Easiest to ingest are lacto-fermented foods such as Kombucha, Kefir.
  • Essential Fatty Acids help maintain a healthy circulation and nervous system. Coconut oil, flax seed and fish oils are good sources, Nordic Naturals is the brand I recommend.
  • Sugar feeds bacteria and viruses. Use natural sugars only: agave, molasses, maple syrup, stevia, evaporated cane juice or honey if you must have sweets.
  • Drink fresh filtered water, 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day.
  • Eat an alkaline-based diet: green veggies, green drinks, raw foods, wholesome soups.
  • No white flour or processed foods.
  • Osteopathic or Chiropractic care help maintain a healthy and oxygen- filled nervous system.
  • Other body work helps to facilitate a balanced well-being: acupuncture, massage.
  • Live your life fully, move and have fun. We all know that people with a positive outlook weather adversity better than those who do not.
  • Establish relationship with trusted health care provider. I like knowing my patients before something hits hard. This way I can better assess the severity of a health change. Choose a provider who will take the time to address your questions and concerns. This is important to be better equipped to meet the unknown.

If you become sick: Consider using
  • Ferrum phosphoricum (Weleda),
  • Infludo (Weleda),
  • Mucococcinum or
  • OTC Oscillococcinum.
  • Liquid echinacea or
  • elderberry for children (TrueBotanica or Seroyal pharmacies).
  • For adults I have had good success with Bio-Vegetarian (Priority One).
Again, there are so many approaches and good products. If one is not working switch to another to invite the body to work with the remedy and illness. I look at a person’s constitution or tendencies toward health and illness, and provide treatment with anthroposophic remedies. It is a good idea to consult with your anthroposophic provider to obtain the right remedies for you and your loved ones.

Above all, be sure your decision is born from a conscious place of centeredness, whatever decision you make. Make your decision out of a true and sincere vigilance instead of from denial or fear. It has been said the Earth has everything on her to heal whatever us humans encounter. Even so, my late Irish great-grandfather, who lived through the swine flu in 1918 said those who died were the ones who went back to work too early or didn’t seek or receive proper nursing care.

With this in mind, if you find yourself sick with the swine flu do not try to be a hero with yourself. If you think in the slightest that you or a loved one is taking a turn for the worse, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. It is quick and easy to assess a developing pneumonia or dehydration, which are the most common causes of death in an untreated flu. I refuse to give into the majority response, neither am I laissez- faire. I feel concern about my own children and my patients. I am aware and awake, standing guard should it arrive.

Some of the remedies mentioned in this article are available only through a health care provider. To locate an anthroposophic doctor or therapist in your area, check, the website for the Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies in America.

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