The most common and dangerous complication of influenza is pneumonia, which can affect people of all ages and may be life-threatening. The people most commonly affected by complications of influenza are 65 years or older or those who have chronic disorders such as diabetes. Newborn infants, like the elderly, are at increased risk of serious complications because of their incompletely developed immune systems. These complications include pneumonia and other lung conditions, as well as occasional heart diseases such as myocarditis. Minor complications of influenza in infants and young children can include ear infections, while the fever itself may be responsible for febrile convulsions in children 6 months to 6 years.
The following doses are higher than the usual recommended doses for these supplements. These higher levels should not be taken constantly, or as a general prophylaxis. They should be taken to enhance seasonal support. This program should be followed for only a few days. At the first sign of flu symptoms, consider taking:
- Cimetidine—800 to 1000 mg/day
- Pure Gar brand garlic—9000 mg once or twice a day
- Kyolic aged garlic extract—3600 mg/day
- DHEA—200 to 400 mg in the morning
- Lactoferrin—1200 mg/day
- Zinc—Two 24-mg lozenges every 2 hours while awake. This is a very high dosage of zinc and is toxic if taken for long periods. Only take this much zinc for a few days.
- Melatonin—10 to 50 mg at bedtime
- Vitamin C—6000 mg/day (1000 mg every hour for the first 6 hours), then 3000 mg/day (1000 mg several hours apart).
- Vitamin E—400 international units (IU) daily
- Green tea—725 mg/day. A decaffeinated form is available for people who are sensitive to caffeine.
- Selenium—200 micrograms (mcg) daily
- Elderberry extract—Take lozenges as needed.
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