Flu Season and What I Learned From Bunnie Huang

This article covering flu season was originally posted in 2014 on my previous site. I have included an update for 2016.

We are now in flu season (December – February) and so far H3N2v seems to be the prominent virus.  H3N2v is a human variant of swine flu. Each year as we are heading into this season, I keep a close watch on the CDC site to see which flu virus is taking the lead. I then prepare my remedies and prophylactics accordingly.

Five years ago, while reading a blog by Bunnie Huang, I had my eyes opened to a whole new way of approaching flu season. Andrew Bunnie Huang is best known for being The Xbox Hacker. He holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering from MIT and is an awesome reverse engineer. That day in 2009, I also discovered that he has an interest in biology.

He wrote a post that compared human viruses to computer viruses and the potential for hacking swine flu. From that blog I took the idea that I should treat each flu outbreak in my family at its source. As was discussed in Bunnie’s blog, the H1N1 (swine flu) makes its initial attack on the body in the trachea. So, I decided that a good countermeasure would be a tablespoon of colloidal silver, once a day, gargled and then allowed to slowly dibble down the throat.

Nebulizing Diffusers are Great for Flu Season

The H3N2 virus is known to make its first attachments to the lung lining. Therefore, for these particular outbreaks, I use a nebulizing diffuser with a version of Four Thieves Oil. The oil is made up of medicinal grade clove oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon oil, cinnamon oil, and rosemary oil. The diffuser sends tiny particles of these therapeutic oils into the air where they can easily be inhaled by anyone sitting around the nebulizer. We use an Aroma Therapeutix AX-450 nebulizing diffuser which can treat an area of up to 900 square feet.

Another important treatment I use during flu season is guaifenesin. This medication can be bought over the counter. A popular brand is Mucinex, although years ago there was a yellow Triaminic that I subjected my children to that was just guaifenesin. It tasted terrible but definitely did the job. Guaifenesin is an expectorant that works to remove phlegm from the respiratory tract. By kicking the bad bugs out of your system early, they don’t have a chance to entrench themselves and multiply.

Update 10/13/16:

The three main viruses that are being focused upon for the 2016-2017 flu season by the CDC are:

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus,
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus and a
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage)

So lets break this down:

Remember the H1N1 attaches to the trachea first and the H3N2 goes to the lungs first. In my earlier post, I mentioned using my version of Four Thieves oil in our  nebulizing diffuser; however, sometimes I use colloidal silver in the diffuser instead. The colloidal silver I make is nano particle size and is easily accepted into cells.

As far as the addition of the influenza B Brisbane-like virus, the research I’ve done so far is murky. The IVB Yamagata and Brisbane strains have the scientists a little stumped. In the past, influenza type B has been less severe than type A or the rare type C, but in the last several years, it has been gaining ground and growing in severity. From the reading I’ve done on the subject, it seems that IVB/Brisbane attaches to the middle and lower respiratory tract. Therefore, I’m going to approach this using the H3N2 type treatment. That is with the nebulizing diffuser.

Hacking the Dog Flu

As for our pets…last year (2015) saw an outbreak of dog flu that killed several pets. Don’t worry, this flu is not transmittable to humans. So far, it looks like it originated with horses and passed to dogs. This flu is of the H3N2 variety so this type of flu should also be treated at the lungs. We usually bring our dogs into the room where we have our nebulizing diffuser and let them breathe in either the Four Thieves oil or colloidal silver along with the family.

The information I am presenting here is for your consideration only and is not meant to be medical advice. I have been using this system as our sole treatment for flu season for the last nine years. This started out of necessity because we couldn’t afford doctor visits but now I choose this method because I feel we are healthier for it. None of us have had a serious outbreak of flu or head colds in nine years.

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