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Re: Bird Flu
Jun 5, 2006
Hi There :wave:,

My DH and I owned a health food store for 8 years and had been interested in natural remedies for many years before that. We still try to keep abreast of things. We have found that Elderberry extract or tincture works very well for knocking out flu bugs. Please read the article below which relates specifically to bird flu. We have found Nature's Answer Elderberry liquid extract to be effective, too. 1/2 teas. held under the tongue for 1 to 2 mins every few hours. As well, you can easily make your own tinctures.

Dr. Madeline Mumcuoglu immigrated to Israel in 1974, and obtained a doctorate in Virology. Her doctoral dissertation was on bird flu.

Noticing that the black elder tree (Sambucus nigra) had healing properties which had been used since the time of Hippocrates in ancient Greece, she began doing research on it. Elderberry juice had been used to reduce flu for centuries.

The juice was commercialized in 1992 by Razei Bar Industries, and Israeli firm founded by Mumcuoglu. The brand name of the extract is Sambucol. It was tested in southern Israel flu epidemic of 1989-1993. By the third day, 90% of the patients showed dramatic improvements in symptoms (fever, muscle aches and pains, and coughing).

In 1995, lab studies were carried out at Hadassah University in Israel, which showed that elderberry extract was effective against human, swine, and avian influenza strains.

A second, double blind study was done in Norway, with similar results. It reduced the duration of flu by approximately four days, and appeared to stimulate the healthy immune system by increasing production of inflammatory cytokines. The use of rescue medication (pain relievers, etc.) was significantly less in those who took Sambucol.

In mid-January, 2006, Retroscreen Virology, a leading British medical research institute in London announced that it was “at least 99% effective against the avian flu virus, H5N1, and in cell cultures significantly neutralized the infectivity of the virus” (reported in Israels 21c. January 29, 2006).

In the U.S., Sambucol now controls about 80% of the elderberry remedy market. The liquid food supplement is distributed by Nature’s Way Products and sold in health food stores.

Unlike Tamiflu, Sambucol has no side effects. It can also be given safely to children. (Tamiflu cannot be given to children under 12.)

A recent New England Journal of Medicine report disclosed that a 13-year-old girl in Vietnam developed resistance to Tamiflu and died. Dr Anne Moscona of Cornell University commented, “Tamiflu-resistant H5N1 is now a reality.”

About 30,000 people die of regular flu every year in the U.S.

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