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What To Do If You Catch The "Stomach" Flu
A number of different viruses cause diarrhea and other stomach ailments, of which the most important is the family of rotaviruses.
Rotavirus has been estimated to cause from 30 percent to 50 percent of all cases of severe diarrhea disease. But aside from making life miserable, it can actually kill you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States alone, some 55,000 children are hospitalized due to rotavirus every year, and 600,000 children worldwide die each year, particularly in developing countries where nutrition is poor, as a result.
In fact, in Asia, Africa and Latin America, viruses like the rotavirus are responsible for millions of deaths among children under 4 every year.
Gastroenteritis in the United
The CDC estimates that viruses cause 9.2 million (out of a total of 13.8 million from all causes) cases of food-related illness each year.
What Are the Symptoms of
What Can You do For Treatment?
However, I have treated many patients with the following
Once three hours have passed and no further vomiting has occurred then small amounts of water can be sipped slowly. Do this for one to two hours and if that is tolerated then you are ready for the "cure." What is the "cure"?
Massive amounts of a high-quality probiotic. You can go to your local health food store and get a high-quality brand (ask a knowledgeable store employee if you're not sure which brand to choose), then take large doses every 30 to 60 minutes until you feel better. By large doses I mean finish the entire bottle in 24 hours if necessary. It usually won't be necessary, though, as most people seem to improve within several hours after following the above instructions.
I would not recommend using Primal Defense for this purpose, as most people cannot tolerate the high doses required, and it typically does not work as well as lactobacillus strains. I would also avoid hyper-expensive brands like Trenev Trio. These can cost over $100 and don't seem to provide any additional benefits over the less expensive version.
What's even better than the high-dose probiotics? Raw milk kefir. Unfortunately, most people will not have access to this miracle food. Please notice I said RAW milk kefir, avoid commercial pasteurized kefir as it will actually make you worse.
If you have the luxury of selecting the animal you get your milk from, the best milk is sheep, followed by goat, and then cow's milk. You can actually make your own incredibly healthy kefir, provided you have access to raw milk.
You can also consider adding raw honey if the symptoms persist more than a few hours after starting the probiotics, as that will do wonders to calm the inflammation in the stomach. Again, it's very important to find RAW honey, as the typical commercial varieties will not have the same beneficial effect.
Some health food stores carry raw honey, or you
can seek a source straight from a local farm or food co-op.