An effectively functioning immune system is the first line of defense against any infection. The body can also fight flu viruses by affecting many steps of viral metabolism, including:
Dr. Rath proposed that vitamin C and the amino acid Lysine can hinder the spread of viruses and other infectious agents in the body through increasing integrity and strength of the connective tissue surrounding the cells. These components can also affect viral infective ability and replication.
Influenza is one of the oldest and most common infections. Every year it affects a large number of people and it can be life threatening, especially in young children, the elderly, and those who are malnourished or have a compromised immune system. In the US about 36,000 people die annually as a result of seasonal flu outbreaks. In recent years fears have been spreading through the media about the dangers of a pandemic of an avian flu or more recently, swine flu.
To date there are no effective therapies or vaccines against flu viruses. These viruses undergo frequent genetic mutations, therefore many treatments developed for specific forms of viruses lose their effectiveness, even after one flu season. Frequently recommended for flu (including bird flu and swine flu) drug Tamiflu can according to its manufacturer (Roche), shorten flu symptoms by one day only, provided it is taken within the first 48 hours of infection. Also, since this drug has been tested for short time use (a few days), it is not known whether its frequent or prolonged intake can cause serious toxicity. Hence, there is need for safe and effective therapy against the flu.
Cellular Medicine against flu: Our researchers have tested whether a specific micronutrient synergy mixture can affect the infectivity and/or multiplication of human influenza A virus. This mixture is composed of nutrients that have been researched and shown to be effective in controlling the spread and growth of cancer cells in the tissue. Since all viruses spread in the body using a mechanism similar to cancer this nutrient formulation could have an effect on viral infections as well. In addition, in various studies many of these nutrients have demonstrated clinical effectiveness in controlling flu.
We have evaluated the effect of nutrient synergy using the specific indicators of viral growth and spread. To date our preliminary findings have indicated the following:
Further details on our flu research project showing how nutrients can affect the multiplication and spread of influenza virus can be viewed here.
Facts about the occurrence, impact and public consequences of Swine flu can be found here.