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Originally posted by sweetpeanc
I can't address the other issues about Tamiflu, but the FDA warning about star anise was issued because there are two plants that produce the pods. Chinese star anise is perfectly safe while Japanese star anise can make you very sick. As the article you linked to stated, the Chinese star anise is GRAS, or generally recognized as safe by the FDA. If you buy star anise from a reputable spice company, you can be fairly certain that is safe for you. I've got some at my house right now so I can make the star anise tea if I get sick.
Just wanted to clarify that so people aren't afraid to use star anise.
THE INTELLIGENT IMMUNE SYSTEM In the living body, protection against invading microbial organisms and other foreign intruders is provided by the body’s immune system. This consists of an assorted variety of white blood cells and other cells from diverse origins within the body. These cells are identified as phagocytes, macrophages, and lymphocytes (helper-T cells, killer T-cells, suppresser-T cells, B-cells). Some of these cells circulate in the blood while others mass together in places like the bone marrow, spleen and lymph nodes. Under normal conditions, they appear to exist in a passive state, either lounging away in various sites within the body, or riding along aimlessly with the flow of the bloodstream. However, when foreign organisms invade the body, the picture changes. From one of languid indifference, the entire immune system springs to life. The first troops to be alerted and rushed to the site of invasion are certain white blood cells. These become converted into active forms called phagocytes. The phagocytes relentlessly seek out, destroy and consume the enemy along with other debris resulting from the foray. It is fascinating to watch one of these scavenging phagocytes at work through a microscope. The scavenger locates the presence of the invader, throws out a limb of its body called a pseudopod in the direction of the invader, then engulfs and destroys it like the alien blob does in a sci-fi movie flick. It then switches direction and methodically continues in its search-and-destroy mission, appearing so lifelike in intent and purpose. There is a large and specialised variety of phagocyte called a macrophage. When a macrophage engulfs a virus, it gobbles it up but saves a piece of the meal for display outside its cell-surface. This is not intended as a victory trophy display. (The immune system has no time for frivolity.) This, in fact, is a deliberate tagging action that puts a label on the identity of the virus. The piece on display contains the antigenic blueprints of the virus. The immune system has an intelligence-network of helper-T cells that circulate throughout the body. As they pass by the macrophage, they examine the antigenic display on its surface. If one of them recognises the blueprint on the label, it reacts by sending out an urgent message to groups of killer T-cells. The message describes the antigenic identity of the enemy. Upon receiving this message, specific killer T-cells that are selectively lethal to the virus are then aroused and conscripted for battle. They rapidly multiply and join into the foray, attacking the diseased cells containing the viruses. Meanwhile, the same helper T-cells rush to the spleen and lymph nodes to alert another group of defenders called B-cells. Activated, these B-cells quickly multiply and manufacture large quantities of munitions called antibodies. These antibodies then flood the body and lock onto the invading viruses. This has a twofold action upon the virus: First, it slows the virus down, making it more vulnerable to attack by phagocytes: Second, it opens up a doorway in the virus through which a deadly poison from the blood called ‘complement’ can gain entry into and destroy the virus. Gradually, as the fight gains momentum, the enemy becomes contained or is eliminated. Mobilisation of the army is no longer required. At this stage suppresser T-cells come into play. They act as
Intelligent Body Deepak Chopra writes in his book "Power, Freedom and Grace": Our body is constantly changing, it is constantly exchanging energy and information with the universe. The body makes a new stomach lining every 5 days, a new skin once every month, a new liver every 6 weeks and a new skeleton every 3 months. The body replaces 98% of all its atoms in less than 1 year. Even our DNA wasn’t the same 6 weeks ago. Our thoughts, feelings and emotions become the molecules of the body. I know that how I speak to myself actually causes things to change in my physiology, in my world. Stomach cells, heart cells, and other cells generate the same chemicals that the brain makes when it thinks. So we have a thinking body. When we’re feeling tranquil, our body is making a tranquiliser. When we’re feeling anxious, our body is making jittery molecules, and they’re not just made in the adrenals; they’re made everywhere in the body. When we’re feeling exhilarated, our body is making immunomodulators that act as powerful anti-cancer drugs. The immune system is a circulating nervous system; it’s intelligent and it’s moving around the body. It knows our every thought, feeling or desire, it’s actually eavesdropping on our internal dialogue. When we’re thinking, dreaming or just having the vaguest impulse of intelligence in our awareness, the immune cells are listening and making the same chemicals the brain makes when it thinks. The immune cells are conscious little beings with their own notions, their own intelligence, their own emotions. Anything that happens in the body is a faint desire, and the less you worry about the mechanics of it, the more efficient it is. The body knows what to do, all that is required is attention and non-interference. The moment you start worrying about the mechanics of it, it loses its efficiency and interferes with the flow of innate intelligence. No matter what the desire, we don’t want to interfere with it. To interfere means to produce an unwanted result, and the way we interfere with the manifestation of desire is by trying too hard, by using too much effort. We interfere when we doubt, when we listen to others’ opinions, when we get lost in our own attachment to the result, instead of just being and having the notion, the desire. To use the power of our desires effectively, we have to relinquish our attachment to the outcome. Attachment is a form of fear, doubt, and worry, and this constricts the flow of nature’s intelligence. When we have desire, we know what our intention is, and we just let go, trusting. There’s no concern about the outcome; we just release our desire from our heart, and let it flow through us.
Originally posted by reugenPlease, vaccines saves millions of lives every year, vaccines eradicated smallpox for example. n.b i dont know anything about Tamiflu or Relenza but i rather trust the medical system on this one. If this is a really serious outbreak, which WHO, CDC, ECDC thinks it is, it would be irresponsible to refuse treatment.
Originally posted by Realtruth
We have become brainwashed by the media, TV, over the years and have lost the art of connecting with nature itself and knowledge that was handed down from generation to generation.
We react for the most part instead of educating ourselves with knowledge.
Again the power of herbs, plants, essential oils is extremely powerful with the proper education, but most people want a Doctor or an Authority to tell them what to take. Fear and Ignorance are easily led.