PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough)
(Important caution: Common sense dictates the need for genuine care in dealing with whooping cough or any serious illness. Consult a physician before proceeding with these, or any other self-care approaches.)
Whooping cough responds quickly (12-48 hours) to absolute saturation therapy with ascorbic acid vitamin C. Vitamin C must be given every 10 to 15 minutes that the patient is awake in sufficient quantity to produce "bowel tolerance" (near-diarrhea). The quantity given orally may exceed 1000 mg vitamin C per kilogram body weight per day. Small amounts will not produce results.
Specifics on high-dose vitamin C therapy will be found at:
medicines and medical therapy in general are nearly insignificant in
pertussis (Merck Manual, 14th ed., 1982, pp 1897-1899) and no specific
allopathic treatment is known except vaccination. Vaccination for
pertussis has carried one of the highest risks of dangerous side effects of
any childhood shot. (References: Vaccinations: The Rest of the Story
(Mothering Books, 1993); Jeffrey Migdow, M.D. in Kripalu Yoga Quest,
Fall/Winter 1982, p. 23; Michael D'Antorrio in Family Weekly, August
15, 1982, pp 10-13. See also the vaccine information links on my LINKS page
If you thought what I said above was rather unusual, you will really like this next section:
Samuel Hahnemann, M.D.,
the founder of homeopathic medicine, successfully treated pertussis with one
single dose of Drosera rotundifulia in the thirtieth centessimal (30C)
potency. (Wm. Boericke, M.D. Materia Medica, 9th Edition, pp 258-259).
Do not administer a homeopathic remedy concurrently with other medicine or
its effectiveness will be reduced. No harm to the patient would occur
even if carelessly administered: this is an attractive aspect of homeopathy.
You may want to read up on it.
A Very Brief
Therapeutic Outline for Whooping Cough:
Minerals: Trace mineral supplementation and, if the patient is very ill, ask the doctor for recommendations for an electrolyte solution. Along with it. I’d personally use calcium-magnesium (1,000 mg Ca/600 mg Mg for an adult, 1/2 that for child over 5; 1/4 to 1/3 that for child 4 and under adjusted by body weight as necessary.
Diet: Light. Feed fresh fruit juices and fresh fruit for duration of illness and 3 to 5 days after. Nursing babies continue on breast milk only, plus vitamins, especially C.
General care: Bed rest as necessary. Keep in
contact with your doctor.
Vitamin C given by IV infusion is fastest acting. IM injections are next quickest; aggressive oral C therapy is still the preferred method unless hospitalized, in which case IV or IM may be demanded by the patient, parent or guardian. "Demand" is certainly the right word.
Homeopathy: Drosera 30C, one dose sublingually.
Prevention: Optimum levels of all vitamins and fresh, wholesome, balanced vegetarian diet; plenty of rest, aggressive C therapy at the first sign of cold, flu or other related predisposing illness.
Outlook: Very good, but do not take any
pertussis, the whooping cough bacteria, is killed by at-saturation doses of
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