Watch - Winter 2003/4
by Domenick J. Masiello, D.O., D.Ht.
I am fairly
confident that this information will be applicable nationwide and
maybe even worldwide due to the large amount of international travel
(influenza originates in Asia and travels west). I will update this as
often as it becomes necessary during the winter.
Latest update - December 2003
Although the CDC
has reported outbreaks of Influenza, there is very little flu around
so far this Fall. However, we do have two major types of viral upper
respiratory infections going around for the past several weeks.
The first type,
the most common, begins with a low grade fever, mild sore throat which
is better from hot drinks, chills and body aches. This responds well
Album. This year, however, these cases seem to
last longer even after prescribing the epidemicus remedy. Better
results have been achieved by plussing a 200C of Arsenicum
Album several time a day or beginning with 200C
pellets and then moving up to 1M or even 10M over a 48 hour period.
Some patients who missed the window of opportunity with Arsenicum
Album have required
200C or higher when the sore throat syndrome evolved into a bronchitis
productive of thick green or yellow mucus.
The other major
modality of this viral upper respiratory syndrome is
This variant is characterized by extreme prostration - to the point of
barely being able to lift one's head off the pillow. It is accompanied
by higher fevers in the 101 F range and headache as well as body
in the US seem to be picking up and the news media have been spreading
panic about this year's flu because the vaccine does not include the
strain that is going around this year. Viral upper respiratory disorders
continue into December and most of the cases seem to be of the
type (as mentioned in the October-November update). The remedy needs to
be repeated more than usual for this outbreak and that is best achieved
by plussing. That is, adding several pellets to a 6 or 8 ounce bottle of
spring water and shaking vigorously before each dose is taken. Several
doses should be taken throughout the day. A dose consists of one capful
of the water. In addition to the
Arsenicum Album, one dose of
1M (Ainsworth) can be given at the onset of treatment. It is too early
to tell if this nosode will act as a preventive for this years flu,
however, there is little down-side to taking a dose of this once a month
throughout the winter.
Influenza A from Ainsworths
Please Note: I would add this
caution - the epidemicus remedy will work when the condition is caught
early. Neglected cases may require different remedies. Also, strep
throat almost always rides along the influenza wave so a high fever with
a sore throat should not be neglected.
Masiello, D.O., D.Ht.
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New York, NY 10022