As of today, one death has been reported (a 23 month old child who evidently already had serious medical issues).  I detect a lot of anxiety regarding this outbreak, which may or may not prove to be unjustified.

An interesting article appeared in the New York Times regarding the natural progression of the 4 major pandemics in the last century.  If the article’s prediction comes true, we will see a mild to moderate epidemic now, but which might be followed by a more severe outbreak in the fall.

I have been in touch with colleagues in Mexico, who are primarily using Bryonia and Eupatoreum perfoliatum as the main remedies.  These are currently considered to be the “genus epidemicus” for the current outbreak, and if that holds up, these remedies should be preventive in an outbreak in the United States.  I have asked my Mexican colleagues to keep me informed.  From their description of the symptoms, Gelsemium seems another possibility.

I would advise all my patients to have these remedies on hand, in addition to the use of Influenzinum, as has been described in the influenza article on my website.

If you are unable to locally purchase Bryonia, Eupatoreum, and Gelsemium (all in the 30C potency), refer to the influenza article for instructions in obtaining Influenzinum.  The other remedies can also be obtained  through them.  As for a 2 dram vial, #20 pellets.

It is too early to use these 3 remedies, however.  Unless there is a definite outbreak, just keep them on hand.  I will instruct you further in this space as developments require.

Remember that Vitamin D is very effective, as I noted in a previous journal entry.
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Anyone who is sick, feverish, aching, and with respiratory symptoms should STAY HOME.  If you MUST go out, use a good quality surgical mask to protect others.  Healthy persons are not significantly protected by wearing masks, but do achieve protection if the sick people use them.  The correct mask has a rating of N95 or higher.  More information on masks (and other issues related to swine flu) can be found at the CDC website (click on the links I’ve given).

Above all, please stay calm.  I will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with information.