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Herbal Medicine: Influenza Pandemics and the Cytokine Storm

• The Survivalist Blog
In what follows, I highlight the main points of Buhner's excellent book, focusing on the practical aspects of treating influenza and cytokine storm without delving too deeply into the technical biological processes of influenza infection.

Legal Disclaimer: Please do not construe the following as medical advice. If you have a have a medical problem, I suggest you consult your physician or licensed holistic or allopathic healer.

Influenza: A Brief History

The year is 1918. World War 1 is over and solders return home carrying the influenza virus within their bodies The first wave of the flu was a typical flu – infecting many, but only killing the very old and the very young.

The second wave of the virus was deadly to those between the ages of 20 and 40. Why? Because it turned their own immune systems against them. It caused the immune system to go into hyper-drive, a cytokine storm, which filled the lungs with fluid, damaged the infected lung cells which burst open from the inflammation. Additionally, unlike most influenza viruses, which stay mostly confined to the respiratory system, this virus spread to every mucous membrane system in the body, including the brain, the nose, stomach and intestines. These infected cells, like the lung cells, inflamed due to the massive cytokines the body was producing to combat the virus and burst open, causing massive bleeding from the nose, stomach, intestines, skin and ears.

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