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Help me find a safe antiviral?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 20, 2013 at 3:21 AM

I need to know a brand thats 100% gluten free, dairy free and soy free. Yep I have had the flu for a week now and just cant stop coughing and sometimes my lungs feel heavy! I don't think my doctors ever check what allergens are in my meds so I have to make sure I'm getting the right one. good news I haven't gotten the flu for the 17 months since I went on this diet :) And yes I have tried everything else. I take anthocyanin capsules, drink tea with honey, get enough vitamin C and water and sleep a lot. Just keeps it from getting worse though :\

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:02 PM

Not a placebo. Garlic pills are regarded as natural antibiotic in naturopathy.

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:19 AM

skipping the tylenol is not because paleo man did.. it is because it damages the gut flora and promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

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on January 21, 2013
at 01:06 AM

I'm sure as hell not going to choose to be miserable because paleo man was miserable. Take Tylenol or whatever OTC analgesic you prefer.

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on January 21, 2013
at 01:05 AM

Try some L-glutamine ... your immune system thrives on it. Twice 10-15g/day.

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on January 21, 2013
at 01:03 AM

But yeah, antivirals aren't that great anyway. Save your money, and stay in bed.

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on January 21, 2013
at 01:03 AM

Talk to your pharmacist about your allergies, they know their shit.

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on January 20, 2013
at 07:50 PM

N=1 but I credit mass amounts of garlic for helping avoid several full fledged colds. Placebo maybe, but ya never know.

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on January 20, 2013
at 07:17 AM

Coconut oil MEGADOSE

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:01 AM

i meant antiviral

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on January 20, 2013
at 07:11 AM

40,000 IUs of D3 per day for 2-3 days will give your immune system a boost.

Getting your D3 blood level tested & sunning/supplementing to a blood level of 60-80 ng/ml will help you avoid the flu in the future. More info at www.vitamindcounil.org.

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on January 20, 2013
at 09:45 AM

Best to just let it run its course. Don't take anything. . Even Tylenol. The body- when left alone will fight it off and heal on its own time since you're healthy due to you eating so well. Nix all the sugars too, even natural ones while you heal.

Antibiotics ruin the gut flora. That can take ages to rebuild and allow for more sickness to sneak in during that time. It is just not worth it.

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on January 21, 2013
at 01:06 AM

I'm sure as hell not going to choose to be miserable because paleo man was miserable. Take Tylenol or whatever OTC analgesic you prefer.

3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:19 AM

skipping the tylenol is not because paleo man did.. it is because it damages the gut flora and promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Thanks for all the good answers . I'm well now and putting coconut oil in my tea and eating it straight was the most helpful :)

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:04 AM

Garlic, garlic, garlic, chicken soup and more garlic...

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on January 20, 2013
at 07:50 PM

N=1 but I credit mass amounts of garlic for helping avoid several full fledged colds. Placebo maybe, but ya never know.

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:02 PM

Not a placebo. Garlic pills are regarded as natural antibiotic in naturopathy.

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:36 AM

Oxymoron?.........

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on January 20, 2013
at 06:54 AM

An antiviral is not going to help you at this point (if you actually have been infected with influenza) as it generally must be started within 24 to 48 hours of symptoms. You can treat symptoms though: humidifiers, soup or bone broth, and decongestants for stuffy nose, etc. If you have been sick for a week I suspect you should be starting to get better but often coughing is the last symptom to go. If your symptoms don't improve you should probably see a health care provider to rule out a secondary infection. If you use an over-the-counter med check the inactive ingredients and if you aren't sure about it ask the pharmacist.

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on January 20, 2013
at 03:47 AM

Just curious, but how do you think antibiotics will help with the flu?

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:01 AM

i meant antiviral

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:10 PM

Elderberry tincture (Sambucus nigra, 5-10 mls three times a day) is a fantastic natural antiviral for once you're already "in it" and/or to enhance/speed up recovery. (You can just neck it straight, but I like it mixed with water and a drop or two of stevia - like a healing cordial.)

It's also worth keeping some Echinacea tincture around to take early on, at first signs of something hitting you (ie. sore throat stage). In fact at the sore throat stage it's doubly handy as it's a topical analgesic - so it numbs the scratchy painful areas on the way down. It's also antimicrobial and just generally immunomodulatory overall. One made from a mix of roots from both the angustifolia and purpurea varieties is ideal. (I take 5 mls, one to three times a day if I start to feel something might be coming on. It's quite pleasant mixed with water and some kind of fresh squeezed citrus juice like lemon, tangelo, etc.)

These kinds of things can be a great traditional-wisdom-based adjunct to our "food as preventative medicine" approach.

All the best! :)

Oh, I should add - a good brand I use is Phytomed (it's NZ-based though, so you may well have other local brands closer to where you are, which are worth exploring). Tinctures are usually all just ethanol, water and the active plant constituents extracted into it - so I'd say they will all be "everything-free", unless you buy a home-crafted one made randomly with a grain-alcohol.

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