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December 31, 2019 Paul Herscu ND, MPH
There are three specific observations I would like to make
now, involving the current viral illnesses.
The first involves what is likely the common cold. Unlike
the cold that I reported on a few years ago which led to numerous first time
asthmatic crisis, in people who did not previously have asthma, this one seems
to mostly present in the common fashion. What is unique about it though is how
bad It is. The symptoms that we see are a runny nose, mostly with a bland clear
discharge, a great deal of frontal sinus pressure, which leads to a congestive
headache, extreme weakness, wiped out, exhausted, and some body aches. Low
fever of 99-I00.5. In many ways, this is a slightly altered version of the
remedy Gelsemium. My main comment
here involves what happens after you take Gelsemium.
Most often when you take the remedy at this time, the next day it appears as
though ‘nothing happens’. You are still sick. And this is why I want to
highlight an error here.
But first, as background, here are some numbers for what is
typically found in the common cold, what the natural progression is:
1.Fever can last up to 7-9 days.
2.Sore throat can last up to 9 days
3.Cough can last 2 weeks and even more.
4.Runny nose can last 2 weeks and even more.
5.The body aches can last 10 days to a couple of
January 22, 2019 Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Well, this is turning
out to be an extremely busy winter season! There are several influenza-like-illnesses,
as well as influenza, currently raging through the US and Europe. This is just
a short update, building on many previous pieces written on this topic. I write
here with an assumption that you understand the topic of the genus
epidemicus (see Herscu Letters #33-38 to review the topic of the genus epidemicus,) the
difference between acute and chronic prescribing at any given time in your
patient, and of course that you know how to keep your patients safe.
Currently, there are
several common presentations: