What to do about flu? And ureteral stones?

The UK website on flu is very helpful about how to tell the difference between flu and a cold and what you can do to help yourself when you have the flu. They expect flu to last about 7 days if there is no complication.  See http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx.

It was helpful to me to read the regimen used by a physician who gives care to residents in a nursing home. Gerry Schwalfenberg, M.D.,CCFP, FCF,  Assistant Clinical Professor University of Alberta Department of Family Medicine, reported on Linked In, that he was able to shorten and or avoid flu with 50,000 IU vitamin D once or 10,000 IU three times a day for two or three days to stop the flu in 48 to 72 hours. He went on to say that patients who had supplemental vitamin D on a regular basis seldom contracted the flu.

Now we see further support for the use of vitamin D supplements on a daily or weekly basis for people who seldom see the sun. A review of 25 clinical trials in 14 countries, some with conflicting results, yielded “the first definitive evidence” of a link between vitamin D and flu prevention, researchers claimed in The BMJ medical journal article titled:

“Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data” BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6583 (Published 15 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:i6583

The only problem I saw was that some people taking vitamin D supplements have more urinary stones. Perhaps this can be reduced by taking the lower dose of 800 IU vitamin D3, the recommended form, instead of the common preparation of 1000 IU, or by using it less than daily. Do make a habit to drink plenty of water each day.
For those unfortunate as I was, while stressed on a recent trip with lower fluid intake, to have the tell-tale sensation of a stone descending the ureter, you may try what I found on the internet at http://natunaturalsociety.com/7-natural-home-remedies-for-kidney-stones/ralsociety.com/7-natural-home-remedies-for-kidney-stones/.
  It definitely helped by using it each time I felt the discomfort which was at a different level each time. Fortunately my daughter had the ingredients on hand. The lemons were from her back yard.
1. Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother) and Olive Oil – This folk remedy is quite possibly the most effective solution for kidney stones. Mix 2 ounces of organic olive oil with 2 ounces of lemon juice – also organic. Drink it as is, and follow with at least 12 oz of purified water. If you are already taking some of these herbs that increase urine production, that will also be helpful. Wait around 30 minutes and then drink water which contains the juice of ½ of an organic lemon as well as 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with the mother – ACV with the mother is full of digestive enzymes that are highly beneficial. Repeat just the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar water every 60 minutes until you feel better. Start as soon as symptoms arise to have the best results. This remedy works to dissolve the kidney stones and helps to painlessly rid them from your body.”
Six additional  suggestions are found at the site.

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