H1N1 Swine Flu

Recent deaths due to H1N1 in Himachal Pradesh One in Sarkaghat of Mandi District and other in Shimla, once again put the fear of Swine FLU among the peoples of Himachal, below article by doctors of reputed Hospital provides the information, cause precaution against Swine Flu.

 

Nearly 1/3 of Indian population will get H1N1 inctoeifn in a matter of few months. Its prediction of death toll for India, in worst case scenario, is not more than 3000! [So the disease to death ratio becomes 300000:1]A health worker quipped the other day – A few hundreds died due to h1n1, and everybody is walking around with a stupid mask on their face, a few millions have died due to aids – but no one wears a condom!And that mask is useless, viruses travel in micro-aerosols which can easily pass through. Only a respirator [n95 masks] can prevent viral spread. And just because virus has entered ones system – it doesn’t mean that he will develop flu. Even if a confirmed H1N1 patient breathes directly down the throats of some 100,000 people, not even a 100 of them may develop flu. Many doctors have claimed on the TV that if the patient is diagnosed and treated early and energetically – they can save his life. It is bullshit. There is no early treatment and there is no energetic treatment. No treatment is needed unless the patient develops respiratory problems – and when he does develop – no treatment may be enough. A ventilator and intensive pulmonary care in the best equipped hospital is the only hope. It looks ridiculous to see people, with their stupid masks, lined up outside dispensaries and middle-level hospitals. There is no viricidal drug. Even Tamiflu [Oseltamivir], at its best, can reduce the course of the disease by a day or two – nothing more. Even the latest drug, Relenza [Zanamivir] which is used as an inhaler- is only marginally better.What we can do then? Keep our natural immunity high. How? Vegetables, fruits and exercise. Drink enough water to flush out the toxins from our system. Stay a safe distance from doctors and dispensaries! [Nothing better than your sweet home as far as all these self-limiting seasonal viral episodes are concerned] Maintain high standards of personal hygiene. In fact we need to bathe more frequently when we run temperature. [It will bring down the need for metacin/ paracetamol] Take special care of those who are vulnerable – children, elderly, immuno-compromised and having concurrent ailments.

How to tackle Swine Flu ?

Apart from acting as a prevnetive medicine in case of swine flu, Tulsi can help the patient recover faster. ”Even when a person has already contracted swine flu, Tulsi can help in speeding up the recovery process and also help in strengthening the immune system of the body,” he claims. Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar is also of the view that Tulsi can play an important role in controlling swine flu. ”Tulsi can control swine flu and it should be taken in fresh form. Juice or paste of at least 20-25 medium sized leaves should be consumed twice a day on an empty stomach.” This increases the resistance of the body and, thereby, reduces the chances of inviting swine flu,” believes Patel. MEENU RR KILIMANOOR

 

PS: more good things are emingerg ABT h1n1. Once u have the infection – u will get life-long immunity, even against the more virulent forms of h1n1. There are no side-effects, sequelae or complications after h1n1. [ unlike dengue or chicken guinea]. Ur health will be at its best for the next 6 months or so after an episode of h1n1. It is almost like chicken-pox. Hence we are better off, if we can manage to get a sub-clinical dose of h1n1 infection!

Article By:
Dr A Laxminarayana Rao MBBS; DOMS; MS
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon,
Koyili Hospital,CANNANORE-670004. Kerala State.INDIA.

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