The H1N1 Swine Flu Epidemic Treatment

Published: 08th May 2009
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Can the H1N1 swine flu epidemic treatment and prevention be so simple as taking a supplement?

In 2006, a scientific paper offered an inexpensive way to manage the current influenza outbreak. What if the solution for the H1N1 swine flu epidemic was as simple as this report suggested?

If this is true, for individuals in key positions in government, health care, law enforcement and management, there is a protection option. And especially the most important people in our lives, our children could be protected.

Those at greatest risk, the elderly, children and immunocompromised could be protected from the ravages of this disease.

What is the swine flu and what is the solution? There are things you can do beyond face masks and hand washing? These will be reviewed here.

The swine flu in the news is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection. Swine flu symptoms are similar to the seasonal influenza symptoms that many experience. Influenza (also known as the flu) is caused by flu viruses.

The physical indication of the disease are usually referred to as "flu-like symptoms." Swine flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms:

Fever (usually high)



  • Headache

  • Extreme tiredness

  • Dry cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Lethargy

  • Muscle aches

  • Lack of appetite

  • Stomach symptoms: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (more often in children than adults)


How can I know If I have become the latest be a part of the H1N1 swine flu epidemic?

It probably is the flu if you have sudden onset of the above symptoms and it is the flu season. However, other respiratory diseases and illnesses can have the same or similar symptoms.

Only a doctor can tell if you have the flu and then only by the use of medical tests. To actually be diagnosed with or confirm a diagnosis of swine flu requires laboratory testing by obtaining a nose and/or throat swab.

In all cases, if you are sick more than 6 days, you should see the doctor right away.

Why Go to the Doctor Right Away?

Consider what happened to George. He was sick for two weeks with the flu. He kept putting off going to see the doc. His logic for doing so was common for most men. He once even commented on how the news says doctors prescribe too many antibiotics.

Then he started feeling weak. He was sweaty. Finally seeing the doctor, he was told the flu that could have been treated with antibiotics had done some permanent damage. In his case, his heart valve had died. For the want of a simple antibiotic, he needed a heart valve transplant.

The best that could happen is the doctor tells you what you already know. You will part with a sizable slice of your hard earned income. You will be frustrated. The worst is you don't go to the doctor, you self diagnose and you get it wrong. Beyond that, you could infect others, you could experience problems that there are no solution to. You could even die.

Influenza is serious on its own. The swine flu symptoms, although similar, are the precursor of something worse. It is important to take steps to protect your health if you do get sick. Even better, take steps to limit getting it all together.

There are steps you can take to decrease the risk of getting the flu and / or minimize the symptoms. Many think of getting a vaccine as the primary solution.

However, the vaccine presents some unique challenges and risks. If enough vaccine is prepared in time, there are risks of side effects to some using the vaccine. Historically, vaccines have also resulted in death for a small number of users. Would you prefer a complimentary alternative medical treatment that is safer than vaccination?

Delay in Making Vaccines

Recent reports indicate Sanofi Aventis, the largest global producer of influenza vaccines, could begin mass-production a swine-flu vaccine by September. In order to make the H1N1 swine flu epidemic vaccine, they will need to cut back on producing the seasonal flu vaccine.

The seasonal flu results in as many as one million deaths world wide. To not make the seasonal flu vaccine and have the swine flu fizzle like it did the last time it surfaced would be a health care disaster.

What if there was something you and your family could do between now and then to boost immunity and reduce the risk of the H1N1 swine flu? There are numerous studies showing that by building your glutathione (GSH) it is possible to decrease symptoms if not totally eliminate them.

The Swine Flu Glutathione Protection Solution

Could a swine flu prevention and treatment be as simple as boosting your glutathione?

The swine flu glutathione connection has been speculated on and even reported about in numerous medical and health journals. After considering this, you probably will be asking yourself, is it really that simple?

The potential of swine flu re-emergence of 2009 was not only predicted, the preventive treatment for the flu outbreak was suggested in medical journals. Do you find it interesting that the swine flu and glutathione protection relationship was recognized before there was even an outbreak?

In Med Hypotheses, 2006 in an article titled, "A nutritional supplement formula for influenza A (H5N1)" infection in humans. it was reported that there had been 165 cases of human H5N1 (Bird Flu) with 88 deaths.

The article went on to say that, "Though a near-term possibility of a global H5N1 influenza pandemic remains, currently there is no vaccine or anti-viral drug that is proven to be safe and effective in preventing or treating H5N1 influenza in humans."

But is there an alternative?

As a result, it proposed an alternative. The alternative points to the swine flu glutathione protection.

The article continues, " The authors present here a significant body of medical and scientific evidence to support the prophylactic use of a carefully designed nutritional supplement formulation that may antagonize the major pathogenic processes of H5N1 influenza in humans."

Note that it says "significant body of evidence."

The article went on to describe the various mechanisms that would weaken the virus, weaken the ability to replicate, protect the DNA, decrease inflammation and risk of inflammation in the respiratory cells of the lungs.

It also went on to say that this prophylactic supplement formulation would protect the lungs and other vital organs from virus- and cytokine-induced oxidative stress. It would accomplish this by supplying and maintaining sufficient levels of exogenous (external from vitamins we take like vitamin a, c and e) and endogenous (the bodies internal natural cellular) antioxidants.

The last point is most important and perhaps least understood. The North American and Mexican diet do not provide sufficient building blocks for endogenous antioxidants. These are the natural antioxidants inside us. Any dietary supplemental antioxidant we take will only work as good as our endogenous antioxidant system.

Most have heard of Co-Q 10, one of the five natural or endogenous antioxidants in our body. The most important endogenous antioxidant or the master cellular antioxidant is glutathione or GSH.

How do you boost the endogenous antioxidants? GSH is perhaps the easiest of these antioxidants to build in our body. All we need is the building blocks. The article went on to say how.

Dietary intake of selenium and a form of cysteine could, if taken prophylactically (to prevent the disease), "aid humans infected with H5N1 influenza to survive with a reduced likelihood of major complications," the article continued.

"These supplements could provide a relatively low-cost strategy for individuals as well as government, public-health, medical, health-insurance, and corporate organizations to prepare more prudently for an H5N1 pandemic."

These are precursors of GSH production. They are what the body needs to make GSH.

The study said that resveratrol (that stuff from grapes, the French Wine Paradox) would also help.

Resveratrol induces glutathione production. It is not as effective because the available supplements are poorly absorbed. There are more efficient cysteine supplements that have been clinically proven to boost GSH levels in the body.

In addition, in this study the form of cysteine used was not the clinically best formulation available. Think of what this means. The study did not have the most absorbable cysteine. What would the results have been if you had an a better form of cysteine.

There are products today that are improved at producing glutathione. Two products on the market have clinical proof of their effectiveness. Of the two forms of cysteine clinically proven to boost intercellular glutathione, only one is approved for children.

With all conditions and illness, do not self medicate your children, even with over the counter products unless you first consult your doctor. If your concerned about having contracted the H1N1 swine flu epidemic, you need to see your doctor.

Beware that many products claim they boost glutathione. Only the products that are specifically found in the Physician Desk Reference and the products that have ingredients that are in the Physicians Desk Reference have actually been proven to boost GSH.

For instance, there are many cystine products on the market that claim to increase GSH. Only bioactive cysteine will produce significant levels of glutathione.

There are also dietary considerations to help boost your glutathione.

But wait, isn't the study on the bird flu H5N1 and not the swine flu? What about the H1N1 swine flu epidemic? Well, first note that the swine flu is a cousin of and shares part of the bird flu make up.

Consider what other studies say about the glutathione protection connection or what some call the glutathione disease cure.

Another study found that the same cysteine selenium vitamin e supplementation would reduce the force or effect of the flu symptoms and improve cell-mediated immunity. The study indicated it would not be an overnight fix. This means continue use of the supplementation during the outbreak would be required.

The second study referred to here was a randomized, double-blind trial. It excluded those with chronic respiratory problems.

The trial involved giving either placebo or NAC ( a form of cysteine) tablets (600 mg) twice daily for a 6 month period.

The result was that "NAC treatment...resulted in a significant decrease in the frequency of influenza-like episodes, severity, and length of time confined to bed. Both local and systemic symptoms were sharply and significantly reduced in the NAC group."

In this second study it found that the seroconversion (virus becoming activated inside the body) of this H1N1 virus was similar in the two groups, but only 25% of virus-infected subjects under NAC treatment developed a symptomatic form, versus 79% in the placebo group.

This means that they some were infected, the majority had very few or no symptoms.

It concluded that "a significant attenuation of influenza and influenza-like episodes, especially in elderly high-risk individuals, was present."

It was reported that the form of cysteine used did not prevent H1N1 virus influenza infection. Rather it significantly reduced the number of people and how bad their symptoms were.

So what if the solution was so simple? If this was a better way, a safer way than taking an antiviral vaccination, would you not at least like to know about it?

These studies show that the H1N1 swine flu epidemic supplement treatment is a novel option to provide protection to your family and you.

Good health to you and yours.

Links to the above quoted article studies are at The Glutathione Swine Flu Protection

Jonathan Steele, RN, a complimentary alternative medicine nurse scientist, uses evidence based medicine and nursing to consult with doctors on health care solutions. His proposals instituted in hospitals include gum chewing to decrease post op illius and dietary black strap molasses and peanut-butter to boost red blood cell counts.

Find dietary sources to boost glutathione at The Glutathione Natural Health and Wellness Resource.

© 2009 Jonathan Steele. Permission to use is granted provided copy is unchanged and links are live.



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