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Busting Swine Flu Myths- Dr. Mukesh Batra

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The death toll thanks to the H1N1 viral flu is increasing. Famous homeopath Dr. Mukesh Batra talks about homeopathy treatment for the disease.


Swine flu is creating panic all over the world and there are many myths, misconceptions, and rumours going around that are only making matters worse. Under these circumstances, it is therefore important for people to stay calm and composed so that they act responsibly and appropriately. Many think that a vaccine for swine flu will do the trick and protect against the virus. However, the truth is that no one can be sure about this because viruses are known to mutate easily, thereby rendering such a vaccine useless. Some scientists are even afraid about the possibility of another mutation taking place when the swine flu virus H1N1 comes into contact with the Bird flu virus H5N1. This again is just a remote possibility and not a certain outcome. People were under the impression that just because bird flu spread by eating infected poultry, swine flu could spread by eating infected pork. It is now confirmed by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that that it is safe to eat hygienically cooked pork. The amount of protection offered by masks is also not very clear. Although they could definitely reduce the likelihood of contracting the infection, they cannot really assure complete protection. Thus, it is safer to avoid coming in close proximity with patients with flu-like symptoms. Another trend is closing down schools, colleges, or other institutions to prevent the spread of the disease and advising people to stay at home. This, however, is not a feasible option and is hence not recommended. The biggest solace is the fact that the infection seems to be moderate in intensity in majority of the patients with only a small section, especially those with underlying pathologies or poor immunity, succumbing to the disease.


With so much of uncertainty around, giving Homeopathy an opportunity to prevent or treat the disease makes perfect sense for two reasons. Firstly, disease causing organisms can never get resistant to homeopathic remedies because homeopathic medicines do not target the causative organisms directly. They stimulate the body’s defences instead to attack and overpower the invaders. Secondly, being free of adverse side-effects, homeopathic medicines can be safely administered in infants, pregnant women, and the aged. Knowing that conventional medicines are strong, aggressive, and at times even invasive, it goes without saying then that Homeopathy should ideally be the first line of treatment. As homeopathic medicines themselves behave like vaccines by modulating the immunity of an individual, these should be immediately employed in the meanwhile before a successful swine flu vaccine actually enters the market. Antiviral preparations should be used only if the desired curative response is not seen in spite of homeopathic treatment. In acute illnesses like flu, patients usually respond very fast to Homeopathy; and therefore, a homeopath can easily tell within a day or two following the commencement of treatment whether the disease is responding positively, progressing, or heading towards complications. All said and done, one thing is for sure. In pandemics like these, the patient has to be closely monitored by the treating physician, irrespective of his or her specialization, so as to ensure that an unnecessary delay in treatment never occurs. In fact, an approach in which Homeopathy is boldly backed by conventional medicine, where the latter is used wisely and not indiscriminately, seems to be the way to go!



What does homeopathy have to say about swine flu?

The fact that diseases are not caused by the mere presence of disease-causing organisms in the internal or external environment, but rather due to the weakening of the body’s defence mechanisms, has always been recognised by homeopathy. Therefore, while the use of antibiotic and antiviral preparations can be rendered useless if the organism gets resistant to them by undergoing a mutation, this can never happen with homeopathic remedies because unlike medicines from other medical systems that target only the disease-causing germs or aim to offer symptomatic relief, homeopathic medicines act upon the immune system and restorative energies of the body so that it heals itself. Other systems simply suppress symptoms and treat the body in parts, whereas homeopathy recognises the body as a unified whole and confronts the problem from deep within. Thus, swine flu for homeopathy is just another type of flu that can be treated by stimulating the immune system to overpower the virus. 


Which homeopathic medicines should be taken to treat the disease?

In the past, various flu epidemics such as the Spanish flu and bird flu have been successfully treated and prevented by homeopathic remedies like Gelsemium, Bryonia, Influenzinum, and Oscillococcinum. These could certainly be of value even in the prevention or treatment of swine flu. In homeopathy, remedy selection depends upon the disease manifestation and not merely the diagnosis; therefore, the prescription varies from case to case. During epidemics, however, since the disease symptoms are more or less similar in most of the cases, a single remedy may help to treat the disease. Such a homeopathic medicine is termed the ‘genus epidemicus.’ The theory of vaccination borrows from the isopathic concept of homeopathy where medicines prepared from the causative organisms (isodes) or affected tissues themselves (nosodes) are used to treat the same or similar diseases in the same or other patients. Preparing an isode or nosode of the swine flu virus is another option that homeopathic pharmaceutical companies could consider in the prophylaxis or therapeutics of the disease. 


What precautions should be taken by the affected person?

The affected person should avoid meeting people till the disease runs its course. Covering the nose and mouth with a handkerchief when coughing or sneezing is important to prevent spreading the virus to others. Wearing a mask will also help for the same purpose. The patient should not share his or her clothes, towels, soap, and other personal objects with others and must not eat or drink from the same utensils as others. This is necessary because the virus is usually present in all the secretions of the body such as saliva, sweat, phlegm, urine, and stool. As in all viral infections, the patient should drink a lot of fluids to stay well hydrated. Eating nutritious food and resting adequately is a must to help the body to recover as well as to prevent complications or secondary infections. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, majority of the cases that require hospitalization or succumb to the disease are those people who concurrently have underlying pathologies like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, obesity, or extremely poor immunity. Therefore, such patients should be closely monitored.


Can homeopathic medicines cure the disease?

An acute illness like flu always heals by crisis or lysis, i.e., it runs its natural course leading to recovery, complications, or death. Thus, in such cases, it is the body that cures itself and homeopathic remedies facilitate this curative process. The logic behind the treatment is not just to relieve symptoms. It is to cut short the natural course of the disease or to allow it to run its course uneventfully without any complications or mortality. Viral infections further drop the immunity of an individual so as to lead to secondary bacterial infections or can even evoke abnormal responses from the body to give rise to autoimmune diseases or pave the way for the development of some cancer. Since homeopathic remedies basically correct the imbalances of the immune system, such problems can largely be prevented.  


Is homeopathy the preferred choice of medication?

Homeopathic remedies, being infinitesimally small doses, are absolutely safe. They are palatable, non-invasive, and do not produce any deleterious side-effects even when taken for prolonged periods of time. Natural and harmless, they can be administered to infants or the aged without any risk of any adverse reactions. Another major advantage is that homeopathic medicines are cost-effective too as thousands of serial dilutions can be created out of a single drop of the source material. homeopathic remedies are curative as well as preventive; besides, a single remedy can treat symptoms related to multiple organs or systems and also offer protection against complications. There is no question of the causative organisms getting resistant to homeopathic drugs as the latter have no direct action on the former. Considering all these plus points, Homeopathy definitely should be the preferred choice of medication



Written by sreelakshmi

23 August, 2009 at 8:06 am

Lifebuoy organises Health Rally for awareness of Swine Flu

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Holding placards, shouting slogans enthusiastically, scores of people joined a rally organized for awareness on Swine Flu by India’s largest Health & Hygiene soap brand, Lifebuoy in Hyderabad. Amongst the eminent people present at the event were Mr. L.V. Subramanyam (IAS), Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, who flagged off the rally, Dr Subhakar Kandi, MD FCCP (USA) State Coordinator H1N1 Influenza, Dr. Myriam Sidibe (Dr PH), Global Social Mission Manager, Lifebuoy. The walk was held in support with the leading twin city NGO, Concern for Twin Cities. It also saw an active support of various other NGOs & Social organizations like the Lions Club, Freemasons, Walkers, SIP Academy, Jaycees, Indira Park’s Walker Association, Allipuram Foundation, Smile Foundation, MV Foundation, and many more.

Dr. Subhakar gave an overview on the H1N1 virus and in very simple terms explained about Swine Flu. He also spoke about the interventions required to protect the spread of the endemic. He apprised the public on the simple techniques to safeguard oneself from infections and spread of disease, the most accessible being the act of washing hands correctly. Washing hands regularly with soap and water can protect against both direct (for example, shaking hands with an infected person who has touched his mouth or nose) and indirect contact (for example, touching a doorknob handled by an infected person) with the flu virus. The doctor also said, “In a recent study on Child Health conducted by Lifebuoy, it was distressing to see that Hyderabad was the only city to fall beneath the average country score from the 4 southern states. The concern that came out in the study was around minor illnesses that seemed to bother mothers across the country. Minor illnesses are mostly classified as colds, coughs, normal flu, diarrhoea etc. It is extremely important to practice and maintain good hygiene habits, irrespective of an epidemic. Inculcating the habit of regular hand wash can help lower the risk of catching various infections and hence make us healthier.”

Mr. Subramanyam spoke about the pro-active measures taken by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh in restricting the disease. He said, “It is an excellent initiative undertaken by the Lifebuoy in creating awareness around Swine Flu and bringing forth issues and concerns of the virus. Such programmes not only help in spreading the right message but also help in controlling anxiety levels and reduce panic amongst public. We are extremely happy that Lifebuoy has extended a helping hand to support the cause of public health”

Dr. Sidbi from Lifebuoy said, “It is overwhelming to see such an enthusiastic support from the lovely Hyderabadis. As this is the first case detected in the country, we felt the need to reach out to larger audience and spread awareness about the incurable virus. The govt. and the doctors here are doing an excellent job and we as Lifebuoy felt it was our duty too as a Health and Hygiene brand to extend our help in our own way towards their efforts, which is why this public awareness rally. We believe that a simple habit change like washing hands at least 5 times a day could go a long way in prevention of various infections and diseases. Our aim is to get this message across so we all can, together make a healthy Hindustan!”

About Swine Flu:

Swine influenza, or “swine flu”, is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by swine influenza H1N1 virus. The virus is spread among pigs by aerosols and direct and indirect contact. Pigs can carry the virus without showing any signs of the disease. The virus is transmitted from pigs to people and in some cases can be transmitted from human to human. The flu virus is most likely to spread among people who are in close proximity of pigs which are infected with the virus. The virus spreads among humans in much the same way as seasonal flu, via the mouth, nose or eyes. Transmission occurs in aerosols, droplets and indirect contact via hands and surfaces. Swine flu symptoms are very similar to seasonal influenza and generally include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite and coughing, although some people also develop a runny nose, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhoea


Lifebuoy recommends the following simple Hygiene Steps to reduce the risk of spreading Flu and Flu-like illnesses:

  • Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes with your hands, especially when you’ve been in public places. If you have to, make sure you wash hands with soap and water beforehand.

    Wash your hands often especially after blowing your nose, touching items that may be contaminated, or dealing with children and others more vulnerable to infection. You should wash your hands with soap under running water for at least 20 seconds and make sure you rinse and dry them so they don’t get re-contaminated

  • Keep yourself and your kitchen clean by washing your hands with soap and drying thoroughly: a) before preparing food, b) after touching raw food, especially meat, c) after going to the toilet

Written by sreelakshmi

25 May, 2009 at 3:30 pm