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In early April of 2005, after a particularly rainy spring, an influenza epidemic (epi: upon, demic: people) exploded through the maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane where I have worked for the last ten years.
However, as the epidemic progressed, I noticed something unusual. First, the ward below mine was infected, and then the ward on my right, left, and across the hall - but no patients on my ward became ill. All of the patients on my ward had been taking 2,000 units of vitamin D every day for several months or longer. Could that be the reason none of my patients caught the flu?
Epidemic Influenza And Vitamin D
In 1918 doctors prescribed that in large doses to fight off a severe flu epidemic in Mexico. It didn’t work, but people didn’t notice.
Down Mexico way they like a little tequila - or a lot
The Spanish Flu became an epidemic not only in the U.S., but in Mexico as well in 1918. Due to the lack of medicine in Mexico, doctors began to prescribe Tequila, lime and salt as a treatment of the flu and to ensure good health.
The Cure: Tequila Shot
The Claim: During the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, doctors prescribed tequila mixed with lime and salt. The spirit’s agave kills bacteria, and the lime juice contains flu-fighting Vitamin C.
Fact-Check: “Alcohol leads to more dehydration and can negatively affect the immune system making it harder for you to fight the infection.”
Verdict: Skip the fiesta for a siesta until you’re back on your feet.
What flu remedies really work - NY Daily News