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A Smorgasboard of Flu Cases

© Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman ND, MSW

We are struck by the vehemence of influenza epidemics over the past few years. The flu bugs seem to hit hard, heavy, and long. Many of our patients, as well as practitioners, complain of persistent, debilitating flus, sometimes even recurring more than once in a given season. These flus seem to have a variety of presentations, some upper respiratory, others gastro- intestinal, and a third type with predominantly musculoskeletal components. A fever may or may not be present. Homeopathy can bring dramatic, and often rapid, relief to flu sufferers as the following cases illustrate. (Remember that the numbers in parentheses indicate the clarity, intensity, and spontaneity of the symptoms, ranging from one to three.)

George, 61, called just before Christmas, in terrible distress. He was a patient of another homeopath for whom we were covering, but sounded so miserable that we had him come into the office rather than just doing a brief phone consultation. George looked awful. He was very weak

(3), and it was obviously difficult for him to climb the flight of stairs to our office He complained of a recurrent fever with chills over the past ten days (3). His fever, about 102F, would begin at 5 or 6 p.m. and last until about 4 a.m. He was extremely confused (2), which was quite unusual for him. He had no appetite (3) and had lost twenty pounds (3). He also had persistent diarrhea (2). All he wanted to do was lie down (3). He had absolutely no energy for or interest in anything (3). He felt he was going downhill rapidly and was very worried. So was his partner, who brought him in.

Gabriel, five, came to our house with his mom who needed to pick something up. She was

very concerned about Gabriel, who had a fever up to 103F for the past three days. He complained of a stiff neck (2) and headache. Gabriel was curled up on the couch in his mother's lap (3), nearly lifeless (3). His eyes were mostly open, but he had no enthusiasm or reactivity. All he wanted to do for the previous three days was sleep (3). He was not overly thirsty. His body felt tired and achey (2).

Del, age 43, had a tendency to recurrent flus of an upper respiratory nature. She would develop a very dry cough (2) with soreness in the chest (2) and a sore throat (2). Her mouth would become extremely dry "like mothballs", and she would crave large amounts of cold water (3). Her lips would feel very chapped. She would experience some chills (2). During these episodes, she became extremely irritable (3), nearly biting people's heads off.

Jill, 39, was a jock. She was an avid runner and skiier and nothing kept her down. Or, at least nothing but a stubborn flu. She came in complaining of muscle stiffness(2) and achiness (2), especially her legs and back. She got sick after walking in the rain the day before. It had been a chilly day. All she wanted to do was soak in a hot bath. This was not the normal Jill!

Merrill, 35, came in to the office because of an intense sleepiness (2), accompanied by a nagging nausea for the past two weeks. She was sure she was not pregnant. She had some diz-ziness on raising her head, but no motion sickness. This was the extent of Merrill's symptoms.

When we asked if there were any particular sensitivity to tobacco smoke, she remarked that, yes, she had been much more easily bothered by it over the past ten days or so.

So, how can we help these poor suffering flu victims with homeopathy? Study the cases individually and then turn to page ____ to find out what we did.

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About The Author
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, MSW is a licensed naturopathic physician board certified in homeopathic medicine. She graduated with a degree in ...more
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