the natural way

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Jim Fain I couldn't help but be amazed at the number of health-related articles in the large daily newspaper.

Last Sunday, a large portion of newsprint was dedicated to medical concern about the resistance the virus and bacteria families are putting forth against prescribed drugs. An almost equal amount of column space was dedicated to which vaccines were available and how they could be a solution to drug resistance if only people would submit.

There was a lot of hand wringing and worry. It seems our medical pundits are concerned about the over-use of antibiotics. They should be.

Regular medicine still isn't very good at dealing with viral infections. You see, the little guys copy themselves (like on a Xerox machine) so quickly that they evolve so fast it is startling. If you make a synthetic medicine for a particular virus, chances are the virus will shortly change just enough so that medicine isn't so good. Fortunately, Granny and her herbs aren't so easily sidestepped.

The old herbalist would list many antiviral herbs growing in abundance, sometimes just outside your door. There are supplements that have a good deal of science proving their usefulness against viruses and bacteria. The five I like best are Monolauren, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Elder Flower, Olive Leaf Extract and Pau deArco.

There is an amazing amount of science documenting the power and safety of Monolauren and a good deal in support of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE). Strong science documenting Elder for colds and nasal conditions as well as traditional herbs such as Olive Leaf Extract and Pau deArco. For Colds, I like GSE or Elder and for flu - Monolauren. Olive Leaf is great for the hepatitis viral family and Pau deArco is just amazing. Of course, all of these supplements do much more, too.

Many other herbs are favored. Garlic, licorice, quercetin, Burdock, Barberry... the list is very long. These are all known to medical science, you only need to glance through the Physician's Desk Reference for Herbs to realize this. They just can't be patented. Don't worry about a viral onslaught, simply boost your immune system and count on Mother Nature to provide.

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