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OVERVIEW OF RESPIRATORY FLU
I. Physiological Considerations
According to medical texts, influenza,
or "flu" is usually an upper respiratory infection caused by viruses
of the myxovirus group and related to the larger paramyxoviruses which
include mumps, measles, parainfluenza, etc. There are three
distinct antigenic types of influenza virus, designated A, B, and
C, infection with one type conferring no immunity against the other
Influenza B occurs sporadically or in localized outbreaks.
Type C causes a very mild disease which is rarely detected. And
type A is responsible for major epidemics which tend to recur in cycles
of two to four years in the winter months.
Although the upper respiratory tract is the usual
site of infection, this can extend farther downwards leading to bronchitis
or pneumonia. This can be complicated further by a superimposed
bacterial infection, a serious complication indeed. Blood-borne
infection occasionally does occur as well as involvement of other organs
and tissues, leading to a wide variety of effects and symptoms.
In the readings given by Edgar Cayce on "flu" and "flu aftereffects,"
the principal sites of involvement were the respiratory and gastrointestinal
systems, occasionally with blood-borne infection. Complications
by superinfection were very rare. A distinction is made between
the cold and flu germs:
Q-2. Will the 'flu" vaccine taken prevent reattacks?
A-2. With the proper care this will prevent; though the conditions
that arise from cold or congestion will ever be apparent without sufficient
of that in the system to combat with that germ or bacilli known as cold
(and is not "flu" germ!). One may be combated with certain elements
in the blood, while the other would be only to create others that would
affect other portions of the body. With proper care, though, the "flu"
would be out, or the body would be immune to the effect of "flu" proper.
Apparently the necessary elements in the blood to
combat the cold germ are sufficient and proper function of hemoglobin
and also enough of the white strep in the blood. (Perhaps by "strep" Cayce
means white blood cells, the defense system of the body.)
While in a few instances the readings merely gave
the diagnosis of flu, in many other instances, they say the underlying
causes are cold and congestion, poor eliminations, deficiencies in the
blood supply (humoral and/or cellular) with lack of resistance to infectious
agents, poor diet, or any combination of these. Some of the causes
of cold and congestion are overacidity (perhaps through dietary indiscretion)
and mechanical pressure on the cerebrospinal system, presumably causing
What seems to emerge from this is that a variety of
stimuli - all originating from inharmonies between the spiritual, mental
and physical forces, acting through the circulatory system as a final
common pathway - does predispose one to acquiring "flu," the severity
and extent of which depends on the class of flu organism and the associated
or underlying conditions of the person thus infected.
Reading 274-12 makes a brief mention of astrological influences, while
845-2 gives some insight into how extensive complications can arise from
"flu." These complications often occur years after the initial attack,
particularly in the cases of gastrointestinal flu (which are found in
the Circulating File, "Flu: Aftereffects").
II. Rationale Of Therapy
Therapy may be broken down into two general areas:
treating the underlying problem, such as Poor eliminations, poor diet,
circulatory disturbances, etc.; and treating distressing symptoms.
With correction of the underlying problem, all symptoms will eventually
disappear, but this may take some time.
Proper elimination is brought about through colonics
and laxatives. Equally important is the improvement Of circulation
through massages and osteopathic manipulations so that the other organs
of elimination can function better. Hydrotherapy may be utilized
in severe circulatory disturbances, as this helps to balance the superficial
and deep circulations.
An alkaline environment is detrimental to the "flu"
organism, hence alkalizing agents and an alkaline-reacting diet are helpful.
III. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
The following is not meant to be an exhaustive list
of the therapeutic modalities prescribed by Cayce, but only a guideline
- what one might consider a reasonable approach with the average patient.
- An inhalant. Two to three inhalations taken through the mouth
and nostrils three to four times daily, as described in reading 304-15.
The mono-ichthyolate spray (preserved with a weak
solution of alcohol to counteract irritation in the nasal passages and
A throat purifier (expectorant) and alkalizer prepared
thus: To the white of one fresh, beaten egg, add the juice of one lemon
very slowly and stir; then a tablespoon of strained honey added drop
by drop and beaten into same; then glycerine - two minims (not more
than two drops). Dosage: One tablespoonful twice daily until condition
clears. Dosage was as frequent as every two to three hours in
one instance. (274-11)
For lower respiratory involvement, additional measures
are necessary, and these might include chest massage, onion poultice,
ultraviolet ray treatment, Calcidin to relieve congestion and improve
breathing, antibiotics, etc. (See File on bronchitis.)
- Establish good eliminations by use of laxatives, such as Fletcher's
Castoria, taken two teaspoonfuls every two hours until good bowel evacuation
ensues. The properties in this product are claimed to help lessen
the activity of the infectious forces. (274-1 1) Eno Salts may be used
as an alternative. (464-18)
Colonics once or twice a week may be resorted to
if satisfactory results are not obtained with laxatives.
- Diet is very important. An alkaline-reacting diet is recommended.
Some alkalizers: Alka-Seltzer, rectified bicarbonate
with cracker crumbs (348-6), etc.
- Others: spinal massages, osteopathic adjustments. These may
be necessary in more severe conditions to improve circulation and
elimination and to relieve pressure along the spinal centers.
Occasionally one sees a case of respiratory and intestinal
"flu" combined. The File on flu or flu aftereffects should be consulted.
[Note: The preceding overview was written by Hezekiah Chinwah, M.D.
and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
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