Swine Flu Preventive Methods | By Dr. OZ? Not really.

I just received an email from Andrew Perri www.myspace.com/andrewperri enclosing an article by Dr OZ  on how to prevent the swine flu effectively. Here it is (blue underlining is mine)

“The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe.)

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide if you don’t trust salt).  *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.”

Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back.
— W.K. Hope

PS Apparently this list was actually compiled by a layman and attributed to doctors to give it credibility. The tips are helpful anyway. Please see comments below!

See about the safety of the vaccine with fast check .org:



2 Responses

  1. Hi! Thanks for the information; I guess my source was mistaken. The author seems to be unknown. Neither Dr. Oz nor Dr Vinay Goyal claim credit for having written the article according to http://www.snopes.com. But for a sore throat I use vitamin c disolving it in my mouth for instant relief and eventual cure. Warning: It is hard on your mouth but it works.


  2. According to Snopes, this information is not endorsed by Dr. Oz.. Also, I could not find reference to it on Dr. Oz’s website. Here’s a link to the snopes article:


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