Monday, March 20, 2006

Bird Flu and a Natural Cure For It

Today I read a blurb from al-Reuters about the avian/bird flu that has been running all over the world (and was just recently detected in Israel). Now the US Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, says that it will more than likely be detected in the USA this year (2006).

Here is the link:

In case the link goes bad here is the text:

Bird flu likely in US this year: Norton
Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:29 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton said on Monday said that it was "increasingly likely" that bird flu would be detected in the United States as early as this year.
Speaking to reporters, Norton and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns unveiled a plan to increase monitoring of migratory birds that are likely to bring the bird flu virus to U.S. shores.
Norton said bird flu would likely first be detected in the Pacific islands in Alaska, where testing for the disease will be a priority.
Norton stressed that detecting the disease in birds in the United States would not signal the start of a human pandemic.

Did you know that there is a cure for the common cold and flu which is also effective against the bird flu 99.9% of the time in lab trials? It is called Sambucol.

On the third Monday of this past February I came across an article about a product which is an extract of the elderberry that is effective 99.9% against avian flu in the lab. Here is the link to it:

In case the link goes bad here is the text of the article.

Study shows Israeli elderberry extract effective against avian flu
By Nicky Blackburn January 29, 2006

At first glance, world-renowned Israeli virologist Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu does not seem like the sort of person you expect to come up with what could turn out to be a cure for one of humanity's biggest threats today - the avian flu.

She seems comfortable and grandmotherly, not the type you usually associate with the frontline of research into a potential pandemic. On the other hand, however, Mumcuoglu is clearly a very determined woman who has turned a lifetime of research into the health benefits of elderberry, an old folk remedy for influenza, into a clinically proven treatment for regular flu. Now, new in-vitro tests have proved that her remedy, the elderberry-based Sambucol, also appears to be effective against avian flu.

Last week, Retroscreen Virology, a leading British medical research institute associated to Queen Mary College, University of London, announced that Sambucol was at least 99% effective against the avian flu virus, H5N1, and in cell cultures significantly neutralized the infectivity of the virus.

"I think that Sambucol has a great role to play - it really can save lives," Mumcuoglu told ISRAEL21c. "To my knowledge, it's the only product that can cut the flu in half, before complications have a chance of setting in. If we do have a cure for chicken flu, this is a really positive thing for Israel."

Mumcuoglu (pronounced mum-shu-glu) was born in Algeria and immigrated to Israel in 1974. She holds a Doctorate in Virology, and studied bird flu during her Ph.D. In the 1980s, Mumcuoglu began studying the natural healing elements of the elderberry from the black elder tree (Sambucus nigra). Her interest in the plant was piqued because it had been used in medicine for many centuries. It was first referred to as a healer in the 5th century BC and received mentions in the writings of Hippocrates, Dioscurides and Plinius.

Elderberry wine was traditionally used for influenza and the ill effects of the chills, and the juice of the black elderberry has historically been an invaluable remedy. The elder has often been called the 'medicine chest" of the country people.

During Mumcuoglu's research she discovered the key active ingredient in elderberry and when she tested it against the flu virus, she found it effective. On her arrival in Israel, Mumcuoglu joined the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, and continued her research.

The result was Sambucol, a patented natural formula which contains a potent antiviral compound, AntiVirin, isolated from the black elderberry, and three flavonoids - naturally occurring plant antioxidants. In 1992, Mumcuoglu decided to commercialize her elderberry supplement, and founded Razei Bar Industries to do so.

Mumcuoglu, who is president of Razei Bar, first tested her research on patients in the Southern Israel flu epidemic of 1992/3. The results were extremely encouraging. Within 24 hours, 20% of those patients taking Sambucol had dramatic improvements in symptoms like fever, muscle aches and pains and coughing. By the second day, 73% were improved and by day three, 90%. In the untreated group, only 16% felt better after two days. The majority of that group took almost a week to begin feeling better.

In 1995, laboratory studies were carried out at Hadassah, which showed that Sambucol was effective against human, swine and avian influenza strains.

Shortly afterwards, a further randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted in Norway, where Sambucol was shown to significantly reduce the duration of flu by approximately four days. The use of rescue medication (pain relievers, etc.) was significantly less in the group receiving Sambucol than in the placebo group. The study concluded that Sambucol stimulates the healthy immune system by increasing production of inflammatory cytokines.

Today Razei Bar sells a number of different liquid anti-viral treatments including Sambucol Black Elderberry Extract, Sambucol Black Elderberry Syrup, Sambucol Immune System, and Sambucol for Kids. The company also has a number of elderberry flu remedies designed for diabetics.

At the end of last year, Retroscreen Virology in London began laboratory tests on Sambucol to discover whether the natural remedy could also be used to combat the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in dog kidney cells. And their findings last week are an encouraging sign.

While it is too soon to know if Sambucol can cure avian flu in humans, the Retroscreen Virology trial does hold out hope that it may be a possible solution if more studies support the findings. Mumcuoglu admits that clinical research into H5N1 is impossible at this stage, because there have only been 140 or so cases around the world, and the mortality rate is over 50%. Instead, the company is preparing to begin in vivo studies to look at the effect of Sambucol against the disease caused by the avian influenza virus.

If Sambucol does prove effective against H5N1, it will be a major breakthrough. Unlike many of the other remedies being touted as possible treatments to bird flu, this is a tried and tested product, already on sale in 17 countries around the world, including the US, Canada, Britain, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Israel, South Korea, and Singapore.

In the US, Sambucol has been well received and now controls about 80% of the elderberry remedy market. The liquid food supplement is distributed by Nature's Way Products and sold in most health food stores across the country.

A SPINS survey revealed that in the US three of Sambucol's products are among the top 10 out of 662 herbal formulas available for adults, while the children's remedy, Sambucol for Kids, is at the top of the list as the number one formula for kids out of 192 products in different categories.

Another advantage of Sambucol, says Mumcuoglu is that unlike the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, which is the only treatment for bird flu now available that is thought to reduce the length and severity of flu symptoms, Sambucol has no side effects. It can also be given safely to children. Tamiflu, in contrast, cannot be given to children under 12.

Recently there has also been doubt cast on the effectiveness of Tamiflu as two Vietnamese patients, including a 13-year-old girl, developed resistance to the anti-viral drug and died. A report on this was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Commenting on the report in the journal, Prof. Anne Moscona of Cornell University in New York said Tamiflu-resistant H5N1 "is now a reality".

"This frightening report should inspire us to device pandemic strategies that do not favor the development of Tamiflu-resistant strains."

The US, like many nations around the world, has stockpiled supplies of Tamiflu. Another advantage of Sambucol is that it can treat every type of flu virus.

"Our research has shown that the antiviral effect of Sambucol is not strain-specific," says Mumcuoglu. "It was effective against all influenza viruses tested. The original formulation of Sambucol is the product we have tested in all cases - both in the laboratory and in clinical studies for the common flu. It is what was also used in the recent experiments in London against avian influenza virus thus any Sambucol already on the shelves is the same as any we would produce now."

Traditional vaccines given to prevent flu from developing are often created through guesswork, with scientists simply speculating which strain of flu is likely to hit that year. The three most likely strains are combined into a vaccine, but by the time the flu season arrives, these strains may have undergone changes, or new strains may have emerged. Despite this, Mamcuoglu insists that those at risk continue to take their flu jabs.

Mamcuoglu insists that use of Sambucol against traditional flu viruses will help reduce the annual death rate. "If you stop the flu virus at the beginning then you stop it going to the lungs, or from creating the additional complications that are normally the cause of death," she explains.

Currently about 30,000 people die of regular flu every year in the US, a figure that could rise alarmingly if avian flu becomes the pandemic experts are predicting. If Sambucol proves effective against bird flu, however, Mamcuoglu believes that figure will be much lower.

The next round of trials into Sambucol's efficacy as a treatment for bird flu are likely to be completed during the year. Mumcuoglu is ready for any upsurge in sales that are likely if the results are positive. "We have additional production facilities on standby," she says.

The company also has another interesting product in the pipeline, called ArteryCare 40 Plus. This is an antioxidant formula containing strong antioxidants from the elderberry, the pomegranate and the persimmon. It helps avoid the formation of plaque in the arteries by preventing the oxidation of LDL (the bad cholesterol), and is thought to also have anti-aging properties.

I talked to a friend of mine that is into health and nutrition about Sambucol and my friend was already knew about it. They stock up on it for the winter and use it whenever they feel ill. The Friday morning following the Monday I read the article I started feeling not well. Through out the day I had all the symptoms of a cold - sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, etc. Throughout the day I kept getting worse so I decided to try this Sambucol.

I found it at Fred Meyer in their health food section and purchased the smallest bottle. I got home at 5 pm and took it right away. Two tablespoons. By 8 pm I was actually starting to feel better. The symptoms of my cold were receeding to a point that I actually noticed by that time. I took two more tablespoons before I went to bed at 10 pm. I woke up and was fine. I took it a couple of more times on Saturday just to make sure it would knock it out. I was amazed to say the least!

A couple of weeks later I woke up with a slightly sore throat and felt slightly under the weather. I took a couple of tablespoons again of Sambucol at 6 am and then went to work. I felt fine throughout the day but by the time 5 pm rolled around I started feeling a bit lethargic with aching muscles slightly. You are supposed to take Sambucol every 4 to 6 hours but hadn't done so for almost 11 hours. I went home right away and took it again. After that I started feeling better and took more before I went to sleep. I felt better in the morning.

Sambucol is now 2 for 2 against both a cold and a flu. How is this possible? How does it work? In the article it says that Sambucol is effective against all flu viruses which includes the bird flu.

I would highly recommend anyone reading this blog to stock up on it to be prepared if the bird flu reaches the USA and mutates into a virulent form like the bird flu of 1918 that killed around 40 million Americans.

You can find it at almost any healthfood store across America. Here in Seattle you can find it the cheapest at Super Supplements. I went there today and purchased their largest bottle for 10 dollars and some change.

If you have any doubts like I did buy the smallest bottle and use it the next time you have a cold or flu. Once you try it you will be a believer in a cure for the common cold from the common elder berry.

Here is a link to the Sambucol website.

Here is the website for Seattle Super Supplements: (there are locations all over the Seattle metro area.)

I did find some other articles on it:

Hammer out


Anonymous BFL said...

Elderberry is not only valuable for its antioxidant potential, it has also exhibited particular health benefits that are substantiated in studies in the areas of immune support, physical stress, cardiovascular support and healthy inflammation response.

5/05/2010 06:03:00 PM  

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