Homeopathic Therapies for the Flu

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While in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago I read an article about homeopathy and the flu. I know some people can be skeptical about homeopathy, but Sonya McLeod makes some interesting points. I can’t vouch for the studies she cites because I haven’t read them, but her arguments are compelling.

Tonight I found out my university is officially not letting professors dock grades for absences because they don’t want any students to feel that they have to come to class if they have symptoms of H1N1. Additionally, professors can require students to leave class if they look sick. Wowza.

I don’t know whether to think they’re being paranoid or to be glad they’re taking H1N1 seriously. Either way, it makes for some good public health talk!

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2 Responses to “Homeopathic Therapies for the Flu”

  1. Neil Says:

    Admittedly, when the news broke out on H1N1 I was reluctant to even care about it. However, I think we should all do a reality check in what is actually going on with the spread of this flu. This isn’t the Avian Bird Flu which has re-educated about how the word pandemic can be overly used.

    In an average year, 30,000-40,000 (most of who are over 65) people die from the typical seasonal flu in the US. Compartively, H1N1 is estimated to kill 30,000-90,000 lives this year in the US (mostly children and young adults). These are numbers coming from panelists on the President’s Council and Advisors on Science & Technology. These individuals, I doubt, have any incentive of over-estimating death tolls and using scare tactics (that’s the media’s job). From these numbers, the CDC has identified schools, child care facilities, and higher ed institutions as a place of transmission. PSU has followed those instructions and I totally agree that this should be taken seriously. My professors, while following the school’s H1N1 policy, also state that it is not an excuse to turn in late assignments that were given well in advance. If a student needs to miss a mid-term, then the percent of grade emphasis on the mid-term will be placed on the final exam.

    My second point is around the potential link between seasonal flu vaccines and increased risk in contracting H1N1. Canada has put the brakes on giving out the seasonal flu vaccine because of this reason. Although the study has been “unpublished” the CDC should be having discussions with the study officials and not just saying that their data doesn’t support that same conclusion. Isn’t this issue more than just country specific? What are the laws around that. Can the CDC review an unpublished study? Seems to me that they should be able to be on the forefront of change and not just reacting to study when it finally gets published. Below is the link to that story, which I should note has been picked up on NPR.

    http://www.theflucase.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=710%3Apeople-who-got-flu-shot-last-year-more-likely-to-get-qswine-fluq-says-canadian-study&catid=1%3Alatest-news&Itemid=64&lang=en

  2. Jessica Harrison Says:

    H1N1 is a big topic here at the county’s health department. I have to say, the county’s doing a decent job at dispelling myth and providing education about how to prevent the spread of illness.

    And a kudos: Multhnomah County’s health care clinics will be offering both flu vaccinations to anyone who comes into our clinic, whether or not they are a “legitimate” patient.

    Why can’t we, as a first-world country, do such things all the time?

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