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Natural remedies are all the rage as flu spreads

Nancy Lofholm
The Denver Post

Mardy Ross is thinking about downing some “poison cocktails” this fall.

The daily glasses of milk spiked with a few drops of iodine worked in 1918 when her physician great-grandfather was treating patients during the Spanish flu epidemic.

So what’s to say they won’t help ward off H1N1?

As this quirky flu of unknown severity bears down and a vaccine remains weeks or months away from distribution, proactive people like Ross are going beyond the standard hand-washing and cough-avoiding recommendations.

They are turning to natural remedies ranging from garlic and goji berries to “swamp tea” and duck liver dilutions to fend off a flu that some still call “swine flu” because it originates in pigs.

The Internet is buzzing with remedies and concoctions from around the world:

• In Canada, the elixir of choice is swamp tea, a drink first made by aboriginal people from an herb that grows in cold climes.

• In France, it is a homeopathic dilution of duck liver that has been made there for nearly 70 years and is sold under the name oscillococcinum.

• In England, there was a recent flap over quackery when the company that supplies medicine to the royal family began selling pills labeled Swine Flu Formula. The British Medical Association warned people away from them.

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