Fever Reducers and The Flu

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I have written before about medicating fevers and I thought I’d revive this topic again. I just got done reading a very interesting article about the 1918 flu and the theorized link about it’s high mortality rate due to aspirin use. I think it is very important for us to heavily weigh the risks of using fever reducers. I know there have been multiple times where I myself had a very hard time letting a fever just run its course rather than intervene to help my child “feel better.”

Here is a link to the original article I wrote awhile back about FEVERS.

And here is the article that I just got done reading that I’d like to share with you. It’s worth the read.

I am going to continue doing more research on the topic and I will share my research with you when I am able to compile it together along with what you can do to safely aide the body to heal itself from the flu and other illnesses.

The link to the article is HERE, and also pasted below:

” The primary defense which the human body has, to stop the spread of viral infections is to produce a fever. The fever is not a symptom of disease, but is actually the body’s primary anti-viral immune system.”

bayer-aspirinHumans have genetically developed a natural method to defeat viral infections called a fever. With a mild fever of 101 degrees the telomers on the ends of the RNA molecule cannot attach and the virus cannot reproduce itself, and the body’s white blood cells quickly destroy the invading virus. But the modern regular treatment for a fever from a cold
or flu is to reduce the fever to ease the discomfort. This is wrong.

The traditional knowledge of how to quickly and effectively cure a common cold or flu infection due to viruses has been known worldwide since ancient times. But you are not supposed to know that. You are not supposed to know that you can quickly cure a viral infection overnight by yourself and at no cost to you. You are supposed to believe that you need costly medications and medical treatments to cure new life-threatening diseases.

Best advice: do not try to lower a fever, it is your genetically derived natural human defense against any viral infection. Stay wrapped up and warm to cause a sweat. Drink fluids to replace the water lost by sweating. And within 6 to 8 hours overnight the cold or flu is gone.  Many older doctors knew this, which is the reason for the old docs
advice, go to bed, stay warm, drink fluids. But younger docs just  out of med school have been taught there is a drug or pill to treat everything. The result of using expensive pills or over-the-counter medications to reduce the fever from colds and flu is prolonged illness, the epidemic spread of viral diseases and the unneeded deaths of hundreds of thousands each year. Don’t buy them, don’t let them in the house.

MURDER IN THE MEDICINE CABINET

PART ONE The Deadliest Killer of the 20th Century, With More Deaths Than All the World Wars, Lurks Right Inside Your House, and Threatens to Take You and Your Family. The Story No One Told You.

In 1918, a virulent, never seen before, form of influenza seemed to suddenly appear. It seemed to kill within hours, and spread around the world within days. It seemed to appear simultaneously all around the world. Its spread was faster than any then known means of human travel.

In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization warned of repeats of such a rapid and deadly pandemic, through such variants of influenza as SARS and Bird Flu. But without knowing what caused the 1918 pandemic or how it spread, how can the CDC or WHO make such a claim? Unless they already know something they are not telling.

As yet no one has been able to identify the actual medical cause of the 1918 Flu, with only a few samples of a “bird-like” virus taken from only several cadaver tissue samples. But no sample is complete. And those are only one or two samples from among the estimated 20 to 40 million people who seemed to die mysteriously almost overnight. The 1918 Flu spread faster and was more deadly, killing more people than even the Plague and Black Death of the middle ages. Why does no one talk about it?

And even if the viral cause were identified, no one can explain the lightning fast spread of the disease. Maybe it wasn’t a disease after all. Many researchers have even looked at some world-wide phenomena, such as extra-terrestrial biology filtering into the atmosphere from outer space. Or maybe, the jet stream spreading disease-laden dust from
Asia all around the world in a matter of days. In an area of investigation where there seems to be no real facts and less logic, any “fringe theory” or “outre logic” is just as valid as any other. Maybe something about the 1918 Flu is being covered up. Something that we are not supposed to know.

Actually, there is another rather simple mundane solution to the medical mystery. There did exist in 1918 a then new technical invention by which the “disease” was spread almost at the speed of light. The “1918 Flu” as spread around the world almost instantaneously by telephone. Of course, that claim needs an explanation, and proof.

In the 1890’s an American chemist made an improvement on an old home folk remedy called Willow or Aspen Tea. It seemed to relieve the pains of old-age gout, arthritis and other assorted pains. But the evil tasting tea containing acetylsalicylic acid was so strong that it caused many people to have nausea and vomiting, along with the pain relief if
they could tolerate drinking the tea. This potion was later neutralized, synthesized and buffered, and then sold to the German Bayer company as a pain reliever.

I have researched the source and history of the name Aspirin and found no reasonable explanation has ever been found. I have found, instead, that the German Bayer company, in order to sell to both the American and European markets, used a name familiar in both markets. In America the common folk remedy form was called “Aspen Tea” made from boiling willow bark from the Aspen tree family. In Europe, the same home remedy was called “Spirain Tea” made from boiling the leaves of the common European shrub Spirae.

Both preparations were found to contain large amounts of natural acetylsalicylic acid, but unbuffered. Combining the common home-remedy folklore names Aspen and Spirain comes up with the Euro-American brand name Aspirin. My research is the sole source for the information about that unique derivation of the brand name.

The reason for the deep confusion and lack of any clear history about the trade name is that for almost a decade from 1905 to about 1915, the use of the trade name, and the source of the name Aspirin, was tied up in international courts. In the late 1890’s when Aspirin became available as an easy to use “pop a pill” replacement to the sour tasting Aspen or Spirain Teas, many people used it to relieve the pain of joint arthritis. Many users also discovered, quite by accident, a unique side effect. If you had a fever when you took the Aspirin, it also made the fever suddenly
go away. What a discovery! It appeared to be a cure for the the common cold and flu.

By 1905 many other drug companies were making acetylsalicylic acid preparations and calling it Aspirin, but they were selling it as a common cold remedy. Bayer took these other companies to court and sued over
illegal use of their trademark. Many people believe that Bayer lost the decision and lost control of the name Aspirin. Most believe that Aspirin is now a generic name such as Kleenex, Scotch Tape or Xerox. Not so. It was an odd court decision and a confusing compromise. By 1915 it was decided in court that Bayer had the exclusive use of the tradename Aspirin, if it were sold as a pain-relieving analgesic.

The court also found that the other companies could also use the name Aspirin, if in their ads and packaging, they claimed that their product was an anti-febril agent or a fever reducer. This odd court decision is still in use today. You can still buy Bayer aspirin to relieve pain, and on the store shelf right next to it is Nyquil, Aleve, Tylenol, Motrin,
Bufferin, Anacin and a whole long list of others, all containing aspirin or aspirin-like compounds and claiming to be treatments for Colds, Flu and Fever. Reducing fever was not in Bayer’s original patent claim. Bayer didn’t know in 1895 of the use of aspirin as a fever reducer and had not put that in their original trademark application.

And how does that strange court decision fit into the rapid spread of the 1918 Flu? The primary defense which the human body has, to stop the spread of viral infections is to produce a fever. The fever is not a symptom of disease, but is actually the body’s primary anti-viral immune system. The fever stops the telomeres on the ends of viral RNA from making copies of itself.

The telomeres are like a zipper which unzips and separates the new RNA copy within miliseconds, but the telomeres are temperature sensitive and won’t unzip at temperatures above 101F. Thus the high temperature of the fever, stops the flu virus from dividing and spreading. It is an immune system response which only mammals have developed to prevent the spread of viral flu infections, which mostly 99% come from the more ancient dinosaur-like earth life forms called birds. Almost all influenza is a form of “Avian Flu.” A few influenza forms come from other dinosaur-like
life forms, the modern reptiles, but these are usually classified as very rare tropical diseases, since that is where most reptiles live.

The doctors in the early 1900’s didn’t know about that, and even today few if any doctors are aware that fever is not a symptom of disease, but is the primary and only way for the human body to stop viral infections. If you stop or reduce the fever, viruses are allowed to divide and spread uncontrolled throughout the body. I have already described this process in detail in my articles posted in the Brother Jonathan Gazette in 2003, so I won’t go into detail here. Do a search on “SARS” on the Gazette and you’ll find the articles. Normally the progress of a flu is that a virus
enters the mucous membrane lining of the lungs, enters cells, then makes many copies of itself, which causes the cell to expand to such an degree that it bursts open. The new viruses then cloak themselves with a coating
taken from the old damaged cell wall, thus hiding themselves from the human body’s own T-cell antibody immune defense system. To the body’s immune system the new viruses simply appear to be pieces of the body’s own
lung tissue.

By creating a fever, the viral infection is slowed down sufficiently so that the body’s T cells can find the swollen infected lung cells, surround them and metabolize (literally eat) the damaged cell with strong acids which also breaks down the RNA viruses into basic amino acids. This effectively “kills” the viruses so that they can’t reproduce. But viruses are not living things, and you can’t kill something that’s not alive. All the body can do is destroy or dissolve the RNA amino acid chain which makes up the virus.

Not knowing this, most doctors treat the flu with aspirin or fever reducers, as a palliative treatment to ease the aches, pains, and delerium fever effects. The result is that within hours, the fever goes down and the patient feels much better. What neither the patient nor the doctor knows is that with only a normal 98.6F body temperature, the viruses are allowed to reproduce unchecked. Within 72 hours, the viruses have grown from one or two virus bodies to millions or billions. The body is now completely overwhelmed. But while taking aspirin or cold medications,
there are no symptoms or warnings of what is yet to come.

As a last resort the body tries to quickly flush the infection of billions of viruses from the lungs with massive amounts of T-cells, and fluid in the lungs to “cough out” the virus. This is called viral pneumonia. Soon within hours the patient is in the hospital. The doctors try to treat the now 105 degree fever with more anti-febril aspirins, or related medications to “treat the fever.” Then within another 24 hours the patient, suffocating and gasping for breath, is dead.

You should note that the original infection did cause a mild fever, aches and pains, which the patient “self-medicated” with over-the-counter products. For the next several days, the patient seemed to have no symptoms, but was actually growing billions of copies of influenza virus in his lungs. Then days later, the patient and doctor seem to see a sudden rapid case of viral flu infection that is now overwhelming the body. Is that what really happened? What caused the patient’s death? Was it the original flu virus, or was it the use of Aspirin to lower the flu fever which then shutdown the patient’s own immune system response? Obviously, the latter. So how did this cause the massive rapid spread of the 1918 Flu?

The Bayer court case had just been settled, and many companies other than Bayer, could now legally market aspirin to treat colds and fever. But then “The Great War to End all War” was on, and most aspirin products were going directly to the front lines in France to treat the soldiers in the diseased hell hole trenches of WWI.

The World War I medics knew that aspirin could quickly reduce a fever. If a soldier had a fever, the docs gave aspirin. Magically the fever went down, the soldier felt better and quickly went back to the fighting. Then three days later, the same soldier was back, now with severe pneumonia and died almost overnight.

No doctors then made the connection between aspirin and pneumonia death, since the trenches were filled with many other seemingly related diseases such as diphtheria or tuberculosis. Death and dying on the front line was
common, so no investigation was done. Aspirin seemed to be a god-send since it allowed sick soldiers to swiftly get right back into the fighting.

After the Armistice of November 11, 1918 the fighting stopped and the soldiers went home. The soldiers around the world announced the good news to their families back home. Most of the low-ranked doughboys had to wait till they got back to their homebase in Kansas, or wherever, to call home They couldn’t afford the costly trans-Atlantic deep sea cable phone rates. But when the troop arrived in Kansas, the call from sergeant Tom was something like: “Hey mom, I’m coming home. I’ll see yu and dad next Tuesday in Chattanooga. How’s everybody? Oh, Aunt Esther has a fever? Hey tell her to take some aspirin. Yeah, that stuff in the medicine cabinet for treatin’ the aches and pains. Tell Esther, we used it in France. Works right away and the fever is gone. OK see yu Tuesday….”

So what does Esther do? She tries the aspirin, but the old Bayer label only says its for “aches and pains” and says nothing about fevers. She takes it and magically the fever is gone, and she feels much better, almost cured. She’s so much better, she gets out the horse and buggy to go see her sister, Lucy in Mt Carmel, where Lucy and the kids are down with the fever. Mt. Carmel has no telephones and even no roads, only the buggy path to reach the outside world. But within hours of sergeant Tom’s phone call home, by word of mouth, everybody in rural Mt. Carmel is now taking aspirin to treat fevers. Since the new information came from a soldier, from the US Army and the government, it must be true!

Within a week of the 1918 Armistice, by newfangled telephone, trans-oceanic telephone cables, and even the experimental ship-to-shore shortwave radios using Morse code, the message was flashed around the world — “Have a fever? Take Aspirin. It worked in France, it’ll work for you.” That message spread at nearly the speed of light over millions of telephone lines all around the world. The news of the “miracle cure” even spread by word of mouth within a day or so, even to places with no phones nor roads. Mysteriously, a week later, doctors round the world now had hundreds of sick and dying patients. Nobody could figure out why. The patients themselves never reported that just the week before they did have a mild fever. But it was so mild that when they took some aspirin, it simply went away. Nobody made the connection. The doctors only saw, by November 24, 1918 thousands of very sick patients with high fevers, lungs filled with fluid, and swift overnight death.

The medical profession had never seen anything like it before, nor since. It seemed to occur simultaneously all around the world and even reaching into such out of the way places like Mt. Carmel with no telephones nor roads. How could such a massive fast-spreading killer disease exist? It didn’t. It wasn’t a disease. It was a new use for an old
home folk remedy which everybody already had in their medicine cabinet, Bayer Aspirin to reduce fever.

The medical profession, at a complete loss to explain it, simply called it the “Spanish Flu” or the “1918 Flu” or many similar names. It was a mystery with no known source, so it was assigned many place names. So far, nobody has been able to prove any single pathogen was responsible. And even if they did, they still can’t explain how it seemed to spread world-wide at almost the speed of light, clear around the world within a week.

To this day there is no explanation. But, now you know. The “disease” was not a single pathogen, but many of the hundreds of similar types of flu which are always existing at any time around the world. What was different in November 1918 was the many hundreds of thousands of almost simultaneous phone calls from the millions of returning sergeant Toms saying, “…tell Aunt Esther to take the aspirin. It worked in France. It’ll work for her…” Nobody traced the spread of the 1918 Flu to sergeant Tom. Nobody made the connection.

That very same source of disease still exists today. What is different today is that cold and flu products are sold and used all year long. This results in an estimated one million deaths from mysterious viral pneumonia reported every year, but also all around the year. In 1918, the new use of aspirin for treating colds and flu all started at the same time in November, thus creating the false impression of a sudden massive onset of a new disease. Even today SARS is not a disease. It is the improper use of a brand new high-tech flu fighter called Tamiflu. The FDA approved the use of Tamiflu several years ago. In 2003 it began to be used world-wide. But how is it used?

Many millions of people around the world still self-treat their own colds and flu with over-the-counter meds containing aspirin. Those are the most commonly sold medications in the world. The patient’s mild fever quickly goes away. They forget about ever having felt sick. Then several days later the patient sees the doctor and now has a high fever, bad cough and fluid-filled lungs. The doctor, using the new CDC and WHO guidelines, treats the hospitalized “flu” patient with the new high-tech Tamiflu. But how often and at what dosage?

The doctors do what they’ve always done for the past 100 years. Tell the nurse to stick a thermometer in the patient’s mouth, increase the Tamiflu dosage by 10cc’s every hour until the fever starts to drop. Then maintain that dosage level until the patient dies. Then blame the death on some new highly contagious lethal virus. Nothing new here. It’s the same old story, since 1918. The only thing different is that they give it a new name like SARS, or Bird Flu or whatever sounds nifty and high-tech. Even today, each year about one million people world-wide die from the very same “disease” which first appeared in the fall of 1918. Has medicine, in the last 100 years, turned this “contagion” from Pandemic by Phone, into Illness by Internet? Is it the rapid and continuous spread of misinformation that is still killing millions?

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15 comments

  1. derik · November 28, 2010

    I agree with your article. Every time I have taken cold medicine (fever reducers) I was sick longer than when I went a couple days with 99 – 101 degree fever. This weekend is a bit different though. I have gone 2.5 days with 98.6 – 101 degree temp. It is now getting annoying so if it isn’t gone by tommorrow, I am seeing a doctor.

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  3. Jonathan · November 9, 2009

    they’d probably want to rule out sepsis also

  4. Jonathan · November 9, 2009

    meningitis or encephalitis is the main thing to look for with a seizure and fever

  5. Jonathan · November 8, 2009

    I have not read extensively reading on why the flu of 1918 spread so quickly and killed so many people but my opinion is that it was probably because of the unique situation the world found itself in during that time. You had massive and unprecedented movement of people around the world. One infected doughboy gets on his transport ship with 500 of his fellow soldiers and by the time they are across the Atlantic a significant percentage of them have the virus and then they quickly disperse in different directions, either home or to the battlefield and spread the virus that way. Same scenario with the refuges I assume were on the move during that time. Epidemics of flu were not new, they had come in waves every 20-30 years or so for the previous 500 or more years but never had the world seen such global travel and cramped conditions ideal for spreading the flu quickly. As to mortality, one cause was likely the secondary bacterial infections and the lack of antibiotics (penicillin was not discovered for another… 15 years?) and the particular virulence of that H1N1 strain.

    As far as homeopathy, I consider my practice to be both “holistic” in the sense that I am concerned for the health of the whole person, not just treating a particular symptom, and “evidence based”. If we would all exercise everyday and go vegan or at least do away with processed foods we could do away with most chronic disease. By evidence based I mean I look for treatments that have been proven by good quality studies.

    As far as the mortality rates I assume you are referring to the stats posted as a comment to the article you linked to that claimed traditional medicine resulted in a 30% mortality from flu or something like that, while homeopaths supposedly had a 1-2 % mortality rate. Personally I have probably seen 100 patients with H1N1 this season and not one of them has died (I did have to hospitalize one but she did fine in the end). So that gives me a 0% mortality rate with the flu… And if you look at real data on mortality rates they are nowhere near 30%, it is more like 0.1% so the homeopaths are not doing too well if theirs is 1-2 %. The idea of homeopathy in its traditional sense is basically to dilute a substance to near nothing and give that. So you are basically treating with a placebo. There is no good evidence that this does any good over just a placebo pill.

    The randomized controlled trials on fever reducers used during viral illness show no increase duration or severity of disease. There is one trail that showed longer time to scabbing of chicken pox lesions so theoretically you could have a longer time spent in the contagious phase with chicken pox and i think they also had more stuffy noses than those that did not take the motrin/tylenol. The misinformation comes from one “retrospective” trial that found that people who used more fever reducers had more severe illness. But the problem is that the cause and effect are reversed there, it was actually that the people who already had the more severe illness tended to take more meds because they were already worse before they took the motrin/tylenol.

    Personally I give my kids motrin or tylenol for HIGH fevers. I had a scary experience with my youngest last year. She had a fever and we were spending the day outside in the heat. That evening she had a febrile seizure and it scared the hell out of me. If I had not spent a couple of years working the ER and seen lots of these febrile seizures I would have rushed her to the ER and had her poked and prodded. However I do recommend anyone who has not been trained in pediatrics or ER medicine please do take your child to be checked right away if they have a seizure.

    As a side note; don’t ever give a child under 12 aspirin if they have a fever. Because of Reye’s syndrome.

    Sorry for such a long post

    • journeytocrunchville · November 9, 2009

      Jonathan,

      Yes, it seems we would agree as to the likelihood of the high mortality. I think we’re all basically saying the same thing. The only difference is that the author of the article believes that along with travel, the message and use of aspirin for the fever contributed to the secondary infections. I’ll have to do more research on the studies but to be honest, I’m not sure that would be enough for me at this point. There were many studies for a long time that said food dye did not effect children’s behavior and it was therefore a figment of our imagination. My own experience with my daughter was a very eye opening experience for us as to the effects of what it could do. In 2007 there was finally a double blind, placebo controlled study that corroborated our own experiences but I didn’t need a study to tell me that it was possible. I had my own child. I guess I’m just trying to say that sometimes it takes them awhile to form a study in such a ways that it produces results that are more typical to life experiences. I understand that those trials *are* the best method we have for determining in a scientific way various things, it’s just sometimes the model will still fail us unless we have things just so. I suppose that’s not the models fault, but ours.

      I just want to point out that the homeopathy statistics referred to in the comments on the original posted site I linked to is referring to statistics from the 1918 flu, not the swine flu. We are definitely *not* dealing with a 30% mortality rate with swine flu.

      I am sorry for your experience with your daughter’s febrile seizures. I can only imagine having to go through that. Can you tell me though, I’ve always been curious, why it is necessary to take a child to the ER if they’ve had a febrile seizure? I read that they are common, scary but not serious but that you should always go to the ER if your child has one and I have just wondered why. Wouldn’t this make the experience even more traumatic for everyone involved. Wouldn’t it be better to see your family care provider the next day? What would be the urgent reason to go to the ER, what exactly are they looking for? Just curious.

  6. journeytocrunchville · November 8, 2009

    Jonathan,

    The author of the article does not pose that the flu was spread by extra-terrestrial matter or the other bizarre ideas. The author mentioned some of the “theories” that others have proposed.

    While I am not in a position or even of the opinion that the mass spread of the 1918 flu was caused by Aspirin (and this is not what the author is saying anyway). I think it is prudent for us to consider the ramifications of using fever reducers, especially when it comes to the flu and the high incidence of secondary infections that occur because of their use.

    What I took away from the article (the main point anyway) is that this author proposes that the high mortality rate of the 1918 flu was caused (in large part) from secondary infections that were a result of using fever reducers to lower the fevers that accompanied the flu. Back then we didn’t have the same abilities to treat the secondary infections and thus many died. This is the point of the article and I’d rather here your thoughts on this specific issue.

    Back in 2001 my husband and I both had a few back to back bouts with pneumonia. It wasn’t until after reading this article that I realized that both of us developed the pneumonia after treating our “flu’s” with ibuprofen. We had started getting better after the first illness and then abruptly took a turn for the worse later in the week. This was back before I knew anything but modern medicine and what the doctor prescribed us. We both took zithromax and began getting better only to get hit with it again a few weeks later, took fever reducers again and *bam* had it again. We were both lucky that we weren’t hospitalized, I was very close. Last year my kids were very sick on and off through the year. They had a nasty virus and it wasn’t until after giving them fever reducers (to help them sleep) that they got much worse.

    Anyway, I guess I should do more of a disclaimer when I post articles like this. I always assume that people will do a “take it and leave it” approach with things like this like I do.

    I like to post articles that have made me think. I don’t necessarily agree with it all.

    I’d also be interested in your opinion on the difference in mortality rates in those patients that were treated with homeopathy vs the medical model.

  7. Jonathan · November 8, 2009

    My sister sent me this link and asked me to give my opinion. I’m an M.D. and work in a primary care clinic (as well as a hospital and ER) so I have seen plenty of flu and fevers. I have to say I am disappointed. I read your fever article from May of 2008. It was well written and certainly reasonable. In contrast, this article you’ve pasted here was written by a nut. The author seems to have made up most of this off the top of his/her head and/or put together random bits of nonsense just to scare people! Come on… he or she thinks that the 1918 flu was probably spread quickly because of the “extra-terrestrial biology filtering into the atmosphere…” or maybe telephones. Yikes!

    This one is for the trash. Stick with your original fever article and the Dr. Sears link you posted.

  8. Beth · November 3, 2009

    So Kaitlyn had a fever the other night and I thought of this article.

    I gave her nothing – and don’t think I slept a wink..lol. BUT – she woke up in the am COMPLETELY fine.

    Thanks!

  9. Bo · October 29, 2009

    Complete nonsense.

    • journeytocrunchville · October 30, 2009

      Bo, I’d love to have a real conversation about the article if you’d like to. If you could elaborate on what part of the article is complete nonsense and why and perhaps use some sources that would be great. I am always open to differing opinions and love to research things so I’d love to hear what part of the article is wrong (I’m not of the opinion that it is “correct” just that it posed some interesting things to consider).

  10. Shelby · October 18, 2009

    I love what you post! Just think if people questioned Dr.’s or just when back to the basics life wouldn’t be so ruff. Thanks for doing the research so others will benifit. I already have a no asprin/tylonol policy in my house, but it makes me think. I really need to give my inlaw strick intructions to NEVER give my kids a fever reducer if they develop one while vistinig them. Thanks Jessica!

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  12. Beth · October 18, 2009

    Wow great info!

    I try to go natural as much as possible – but just last week I fell victim to giving the kids TamiFlu because we thought they were exposed to the swine flu and My dr got me in a panic. Morgan had a double ear infection and so with a fever, and a guest in our home with the flu, I have it to her and Kaitlyn as a prevention method. *smacks head*

    Of course they had to formulate Morgans because you can’t find the kids suspension *anywhere* – and so it was a concentrate. One dose she vomitted for an hour. Google then tells me the most common side effects is vomiting. Fabulous. I stopped giving her it then and poof she was better.

    Anyway – thank you for this.

    Can you do a blog post on the flu shot? WITH the swine flu they are really pushing it. We have never gotten it – but I am feeling swayed this year. Thanks!

  13. Emeth Hesed · October 18, 2009

    I know when I was little my mother did not believe in lowering our fevers and would always tell us to sweat it out, giving us hot tea and soup … but it was just something we did “just because” that’s how it was done. I didn’t know about all this.

    That was a wonderful article, but I can just see myself trying to explain it to people and being shoved even farther into the box marked CRAZY KOOK, LOL.

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