Flu and "colds" are borne from different viruses. The way to tell the difference between 'just a cold' and 'it’s the Flu!' is that flu symptoms almost always include a cough and fever. Common flu symptoms also include fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, decreased appetite, runny nose. Sometimes you’ll also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The flu, or influenza-A, is a virus that runs November to April and affects 10% to 25% of Canadians annually, sends 20,000 to hospital and unfortunately kills approximately 4,000 people every year.
It is important to note that approximately 20% of Canadians (5.4 million of us) use alternative remedies to treat cold and flu. It is even more important to remember that likely upwards of 50% or more of those are junk, not studied as effective, or are only marginally effective. So, my mission was to first decide on the “best of” flu prevention solutions. In a nutshell: take the right type of Echinacea only found in Jamieson’s FluShield, get enough Vit-D for immune enhancement, take Probiotics for gut immune support (especially post antibiotics), and follow a host of good hygiene practices, nasal showering techniques, salt rock inhalation, and some petroleum jelly up the nose for that extra bit of protection!
If you’d like to know when flu may peak in your neck of the woods, take a look at “Google Flu Trends”. The Google team has found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. “Google Flu Trends” uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity. Visit www.google.org/flutrends/ca/#CA to find more information.
There is no better time than now to start your daily regime against the annual flu. And where the flu shot is only 59% effective, whether you opt for it or not, you may wish to shield yourself further.
Bryce Wylde is an alternative medicine expert, clinician, television host, educator, author, and philanthropist. Bryce holds a Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (DHMHS) from the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine and is known as one of Canada's leading alternative health experts.