It is with some reservation I write about this Swine Flu Pandemic since it was just one week ago that it first became of the public interest. I happened to see a news report of this event and was shocked to find out that we are experiencing a pandemic. It was like going from zero to 100 in an instant.
I remember as a child when half of my classroom at school was absent because of the flu. One might say this was an epidemic. In the newspaper there may have occurred an article about the numbers of sick but I never ever remember hearing the word epidemic or even pandemic.
What is an epidemic? According to Yasgur’s Homeopathic Dictionary an epidemic is “an acute disease which spreads rapidly from place to place, affecting large numbers of persons. A contagious disease which spreads rapidly.”
The latest report as of 5/02/09 there have been 800 cases of Swine Flu reported world wide. This in my mind hardly qualifies as a pandemic. A pandemic is “an epidemic of widespread proportions which may even spread across oceans to other continents.” With the world population of 6,777,449,373 as of May 3, 2009 at 19:49 GMT, 800 cases is not even a drop in the bucket compared to what is described as an epidemic of widespread proportions.
I think that in this new age of computer technology and internet communication it is important to not lose sight of our ability to scrutinize information. I have seen only a few articles that have questioned the news reports of this new “pandemic”. The media hype is very big and can be very powerful. It is all based on fear. As I hear of schools closing, flights being cancelled and other responses to the new “pandemic”, that only supports the media’s fear mongering techniques. When it all gets reported 24 hours a day the onslaught of this message can work insidiously in a persons mind if they let it.
Knowing that fear is the antithesis of love and powerfully shows our separation from source, we must be very careful with our thoughts. As a practitioner I have a very large responsibility to my clients to remain clear and free from fear. Otherwise I only share in the hysteria. I must remain free to use my “reason gifted mind” as Hahnemann described, to be an inspiration for my clients. For the practitioner and the client this is what healing is all about.
Upon investigation into this “pandemic” I have found very credible evidence of this event serving corporate and political interests versus serving the highest good of mankind. The value of drug manufactures stocks have jumped dramatically and there is more talk of quarantine and mass vaccination within governments. Do not fall for the mass hysteria spreading the interests of a very small yet powerful group of people supported by the media.
As homeopaths it is our responsibility to be prepared to treat disease. We must remain clear minded. So let this be an opportunity to study up on remedies for influenza. Rather than explain them all I will just list them so everyone with a Repertory and Materia Medica can study them more closely. These are good remedies for influenza. Remember that even in an epidemic, when a genus epidemicus remedy comes up more often than others, we still need to individualize the persons symptoms and prescribe accordingly.
Remedies to study;
- Arsenicum Album
- Eupatorium Perfoliatum
- Rhus Toxicodendron
- Nux Vomica
- Ferrum Phosphoricum
- Carbolic Acid
- Sticta Pulmonaria
If you learn more about these remedies, chances are really good one of them will help in most acute expressions of influenza. But always take the case and prescribe to the individual.
Please share your thoughts. Thanks.