My Monday Morning Memo

May 4, 2009
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Happy May to All of You:

I still have the H1N1 flu virus on my mind. Although I don’t think it will rise to the levels of the global pandemic of the Spanish Flu in 1918 at this time, if it resurfaces in the fall, that may be a different story. I can remember the Asian flu epidemic in 1957 in which some 45 million Americans were infected. And then there was the Hong Kong flu that caused 50 million Americans to become sick.

So, how do you know the difference between the more virulent flu strains and the “regular” seaonal flu symptoms? It’s hard to say. Fever, lack of appetite, coughing, and dizzines are common symptoms shared by both. In order to know exactly whether you have contracted the swine flu, you would need to send in a respiratory sample to the Centers for Disease Control within the first four to five days. How many doctors request that from their patients, I wonder? It is likely that there may be five times as many cases as are being reported.

As mentioned last week, my personal favorite immune enhancers are thymus and spleen. When it comes to herbs, a pure elderberry can be helpful based upon clinical studies out of Israel. There is a new variety of elderberry sold under the trade name Sambucol. Trouble is, it is loaded with all kinds of sweeteners – which in and of themselves paralyze white blood cells so they can’t go after virus or bacteria.

We can also take a page out of the history books.

In the 1918 epidemic, the death rate at homeopathic hospitals (very prevalent in that day) was a mere 1% as compared to the death rate at traditional hospitals, which was 28%. So, homeopathy is definitely an option to fight off flu. The most popular remedy is Oscillococcinum, which is sold in most fine health food stores. If taken at the first indication of symptoms, it can wipe out flu in 24 hours.

The homeopathic remedies bryonia, gelsemium, and eupatorium were the remedies used during the 1918 flu breakout. They are still available today and shoudl be used in the 30C potency.

On another note, it is Stuart’s birthday on Tuesday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo. My “significant brother” has been working with me for over ten years as head of operations. If you have his email handy, do wish him a happy birthday 🙂

You will be hearing from us soon regardig our conference call for the detox group.

Have a terrific week, everyone, and remember this food for thought from Sophia Loren:

“There is a fountain of youth: it is in your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.”


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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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