100-Year-Old Treatment Worked for Spanish Flu
As the number of coronavirus cases steadily climbs, it’s hard not to think of another pandemic the nation experienced over 100 years ago:
The 1918 Spanish influenza.
It was the deadliest pandemic of all time, infecting about 500 million worldwide, and killing 50 million.
That’s about the entire population of California and Michigan… combined!
There were two radical actions that flattened the curve and finally put an end to the pandemic.
It’s time we learned from the past and put these actions into practice right now.
The cities that fared the best during the Spanish influenza were those that took swift actions to quarantine the community.
Take St. Louis and Philadelphia, for example.
While St. Louis was quick to close movie theaters, schools, and all public gatherings, Philadelphia continued with business as usual—even allowing a parade that attracted hundreds of thousands of people to continue as planned.
Ultimately, the death rate in St. Louis was just one-eighth that of Philadelphia.
The lesson here is a simple one: Stay home.
But there was another little-known technique the medical professionals employed during the Spanish flu that made a big difference in conquering the pandemic.
And it doesn’t involve a single drug, or spending a single dollar:
Sunshine and fresh air.
During the Spanish flu, those who were treated outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors.
Open air therapy, as it was called, seemed to help prevent patients from dying… and to prevent medical staff from contracting the infection.
Open air therapy was employed to treat sick soldiers and heal infected wounds during World War I, and to treat the common respiratory infection, tuberculosis.
In fact, one Boston hospital reported that open air therapy reduced deaths among hospital patients from 40 percent to 13 percent.
There are plenty of good reasons why open air therapy is so effective:
- Outdoor air is a natural disinfectant.
- Fresh air can kill viruses and harmful germs.
- Sunlight is germicidal and can kill viruses.
- Sunlight kills bacteria that cause infections in hospitals.
- Sunlight helps boost your immune system.
Sixty years ago, scientists discovered that outdoor air contains what they called Open Air Factor, and that it was more harmful to bacteria and viruses than indoor air.
This natural therapy was a common medical practice until antibiotics took over and brought everyone back inside.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t use all the tools modern medicine has to offer to help beat this deadly virus.
But adding in simple treatments like these could make them even more effective.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
Heart disease doesn’t discriminate. While it is the leading killer of men in the US (killing nearly 350,000 men per year), women aren’t far behind that number, at 300,000 deaths per year. A recent study found a hidden culprit that’s causing a woman’s risk of heart disease to skyrocket. And, men, this is a warning...
Last week I told you about a popular food that does NOT negatively impact your heart: eggs. Today, I’m sounding the alarm about a “hidden” ingredient that can actually DOUBLE your risk of dying from heart disease. You’re probably eating it every single day… and you don’t even know it. Find out what it is…...
You know the saying, “Too much of a good thing.” That applies perfectly to a controversial Alzheimer’s treatment. In the past, the mainstream rejected it because it works for psychiatric issues… and can have some long term health effects when given in a “therapeutic” doses. But a recent study showed that these doses are too...
Diabetes brings with it a hefty amount of collateral damage throughout your body… but it is especially hard on your heart. Heart failure is one of the most common complications of type 2 diabetes. Heart failure doesn’t happen overnight. Changes occur over years that break down your heart’s structure and function. Researchers wanted to find...
The more we learn about dementia, the more we understand that there are certain things you can do to dramatically lower—or raise—your risk of dementia. A study just published in the Journal of Nutrition revealed something that increases your risk of dementia FOUR-FOLD. Fortunately, it’s never too late to make a change. Researchers studied 2,800...
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60. Long before you go completely blind, problems in your central vision will impact your ability to read, drive, cook, garden—and to clearly see the faces of the people you love so dearly. That means that this disease robs you of your...
Collateral damage. I talk about it all the time. You’re trying to do something good for your health, but you cause other problems in the process. This is a MAJOR problem with Big Pharma’s so-called solutions. Here’s a prime example: There’s a highly popular drug that’s supposed to help your heart… but it TRIPLES your...
You’re doing everything you can to prevent coronavirus. Washing your hands. Ordering your groceries online. Watching church online. Waving at your grandkids through paned-glass windows. I sincerely hope this virus hasn’t—and doesn’t—personally impact you and your loved ones. But in the event that it does, scientists have found out something that could give you a...
Earlier in the week, I told you about a sweet fruit called guava that can help lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and even has anti-cancer properties. Today, I’m going to tell you about a not-so-sweet fruit that has some very BIG health benefits. But don’t let its bitter taste sour your opinion of this exotic...
Have you ever noticed that as you get older, you don’t quite “bounce back” from things the way you used to? The common cold might last longer… or might take you a little longer to recover from exercise. But if you’ve suffered from heart issues, it can be much more serious. Because the older you...