2265 North Clybourn Avenue    Chicago, IL 60614    P: 773.296.6700     F: 773.296.1131

Swine Flu

Click here for the Health Tip link.

The first nervous e-mails from patients began arriving over the weekend. While there are many unknowns, this swine flu A H1N1 virus is brand new–it’s not been detected in North America before now. If you’re curious about the facts on swine flu, click here for the CDC’s rundown. A special note to bacon lovers: you cannot get swine flu by eating pork.

Severe and fatal cases of this flu have occurred in Mexico, and reports are coming in from other countries as well. As of midafternoon April 27, there were 40 confirmed cases in the US, with no severe disease and no deaths. That’s the good part. (Click here for updated information on US cases from the CDC.)

The bad part is you do feel pretty miserable with the flu, so if the numbers in your area start to increase, you’d be smart to avoid crowded places. Farmers and hermits rarely get the flu.

Remember that having a cold–even a bad cold–isn’t the same as having the flu. Flu is bodywide illness, meaning you have bad cold symptoms PLUS fever, chills, muscle aches, and brain fog. With a cold, you feel annoyed. With flu, you feel pummeled. You can read more about recognizing flu symptoms by clicking here. I talk about Tamiflu in the article, and it’s fortunate that for swine flu Tamiflu works nicely. Apparently there’s enough to go around, so you don’t have to start kickboxing people at Walgreen’s to get the ten capsules needed to kill the virus.

In order for Tamiflu to work, though, you need to start taking it when symptoms begin to appear. The only time you should take Tamiflu without flu symptoms is when another family member has the flu. Using Tamiflu in advance like this will lessen your chances of becoming infected, and will lessen the severity of the flu if it’s already been transmitted to you.

After you’ve read the link on flu symptoms, I’m confident you’ll be smart enough to recognize whether or not you have it. You don’t need to come staggering into WholeHealth Chicago (or any other doctor’s office) with your fever, cough, and aching muscles waiting for me to officially anoint you a flu victim. If an epidemic hits (and it certainly may not) and you feel yourself becoming ill, call our office or send an e-mail with a pharmacy number and we’ll authorize Tamiflu. Don’t bother to get Tamiflu in advance as the odds are you’re not going to get the flu. You’ll be wasting your money and my time.

Now let’s briefly review the CDC’s prevention recommendations:
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
• If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

As far as nutritional supplements go, in addition to those mentioned in the link I recommend boosting your immune system with a product like Host Defense. Also, elderberry has been shown to have definite anti-flu properties, so at the first signs of flu you can enhance Tamiflu by using a product called Acute Immunity, which is available in our Chicago apothecary.

Leave a Comment


Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, delicious and time-saving recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!

Health Tips

Dr. Edelberg’s Health Tips contain concise bits of advice, medical news, nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical updates, and stress relief ideas. With every Health Tip, you’ll also receive an easy, delicious, and healthful recipe.

When you sign up to receive Health Tips, you can look forward to Dr. Edelberg’s smart and very current observations arriving in your in-box weekly. They’re packed with helpful information and are often slightly irreverent. One of the most common responses to the tips is “I wish my doctor talked to me like this!”

Quick Connect

Get One Click Access to our

patient-portal

The Knowledge Base

Patient education is an integral part of our practice. Here you will find a comprehensive collection of staff articles, descriptions of therapies and nutritional supplements, information addressing your health concerns, and the latest research on nutritional supplements and alternative therapies.

Telemedicine – Now Available at WholeHealth Chicago

In order to maintain your continuity of care, WholeHealth Chicago now offers telemedicine appointments with most of our practitioners. During a telemedicine visit, you and your healthcare provider can review medical history, discuss symptoms, arrange for prescriptions, and more. When necessary, labs and diagnostic imaging can be ordered from a facility near your home, and our Natural Apothecary can ship supplements quickly to your door.

Please contact Patient Services for details and scheduling a telemedicine appointment, or to change a regular appointment to telemedicine by calling 773-296-6700.

We’re looking forward to meeting with you in our virtual consultation room soon.

DIAGNOSE-IT-YOURSELF: COVID-19

Far and away, the commonest phone call/e mail I receive asks about COVID-19 diagnosis.
Just print this out, tape it on your refrigerator door, and stay calm.

ALLERGIES

• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Red, swollen eyes
• Itchy eyes and nose
• Tickly throat
• No fever

COLD
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Sore throat
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild dry cough
• Rarely a low fever

STREP THROAT
• Painful sore throat
• Hurts to swallow
• Swollen glands in neck
• Fever

FLU (Standard seasonal flu)
• Fever
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Sudden onset over few hours
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Fatigue, sometimes quite severe
• Muscle aches, sometimes quite severe
• Rarely, diarrhea

CORONAVIRUS-COVID 19
• Shortness of breath
• Fever (usually above 100 degrees)
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Slow onset (2-14 days)
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild fatigue
• Mild sneezing

Recent Health Tips

  • Your First Step For Any (Any!) Chronic Symptoms

    Here’s an unfortunate trend: more and more young people (at my age, everyone under 50 is young) are troubled by chronic physical and emotional symptoms. Sometimes there’s a diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s, fibromyalgia. But just as often there are plenty of symptoms and no diagnosis. I can’t count how many times patients have told me they went to multiple doctors who told them Read More

  • Surge Protection

    A confession: I’ve never done well with authority figures. Those who know me, the mildest and gentlest of souls, would never guess that years back I had issues with various medical associations and physician groups about such “controversial” notions as having conventional and alternative practitioners working together or actually treating (again, “controversial”) diagnoses like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic Lyme. Believe me, I’m no Read More

  • Brain-Boosting Supplements

    In our previous two Health Tips, we discussed the most common causes of brain fog. The first of these focused on stress. When there’s so much you’re anxious about, your logical thinking, mental clarity, and memory become overwhelmed to the extent that you’ve added yet another stressor. “Is this early dementia?” you may wonder. Well at least some of you seeing the election results might Read More

Join our Discount Program

Member benefits include 10% off all your purchases. Low, one-time membership fee of $25 ($35 for family).

MORE INFORMATION

Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!