On this page I list links of helpful sites that suggest natural ways to build up immunities, as well as ways that prior epidemics of Influenza, in this case the Spanish Flu that caused death of hundreds of millions of people, was successfully treated in natural ways. I am not a physician and make no claims in that regard. But I link sites of individuals who are respected and have the appropriate credentials, as well as share historical documents that you will find helpful.
The information provided on this web page is educational in nature. It is not meant to serve as a substitute for medical diagnosis, counsel, or treatment by a qualified health professional. You can also find helpful information at the Centers for Disease Control.
Some believers are under the impression that Ellen White was opposed to the use of mainstream medicine. That is not true. She said that "rational remedies" used "judicially" were appropriate. This included surgeries, vaccination (she was vaccinated for small pox and encouraged her staff to be vaccinated), and radiation treatments (she received such treatments at one time), etc. So I am not in any way advocating against these kind of interventions. In fact, if you have malaria, immediately go find the appropriate medications and take them; you may die otherwise. It is suggested that there is a malaria medication that seems to work for the current virus. You should prayerfully consider using it if the government makes it available.
However, it is easier to prevent disease than heal it, and there are often ways that the body, properly supported, can protect us from diseases and can bring healing. We speak of the 8 natural remedies: "Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power." Ministry of Healing, 127. These are nature's healers and used appropriately can be used in dealing with the virus that is now impacting people throughout planet earth.
(1) Historical Documents from the Spanish Influenza of 1918
I share a few documents that share some of the approaches taken with the Spanish Influenza, in the denomination's institutions and through its publications. Because there was a lack of nurses due to the war effort and deaths contracted in caring for influenza patients, families were having to care for sick family members. Accordingly the church published very specific articles and complete issues to help these families. There is also information about the success about these approaches. This obviously anecdotal information, but it is very informative and modern research is increasingly supporting what was done back then.
(2) Optimizing Immunities & Treating Influenza
Optimizing one's immunities is the first line of defense against COVID-19. The good news is that there are ways to optimize immunities. The links take you to various medical professionals who speak on things that can be done to optimize immunities. Dr. Clark also has a video on treating the virus based on the successful work of the Adventist Sanitariums of the past. The results were wonderful compared to what was happening in other medical establishments. You will want to see this.
(3) There is also a series of programs by Adventist World Radio on Lessons Learned from the Spanish Influenza that is physician and healthcare professional-oriented, but still helpful to others who want to listen in on healthcare professionals discuss the COVID-19 challenge in light of the Spanish Influenza and lessons learned at that time.
(4) Medcram is an amazing site for information on all things medical. It claims to have had 50 million views. After you listen to a few of his clips you won't be surprised. The work of Dr. Roger Sehuilt MD, a physician board certified in pulmonary medicine, internal medicine, critical care medicine and sleep medicine, he provides detailed information on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, as well as many other medical subjects. What he shares is easy understand, is illustrated with easy to understand drawings and cites much research to back up what he is talking about.
(5) There is also a link to Traditional Hydrotherapy, a large site that provides comprehensive information on the way to use hydrotherapy for various medical conditions, including information on what was done at the seminary in Minnesota where there were no deaths from the Spanish Influenza.
What worked on the Spanish Flu so successfully may not work for the new virus. It may, but research is still ongoing. So nothing is suggested that any positive results are guaranteed. However, optimizing immunities is certainly appropriate and there is information in that regard. Treating the symptoms in a natural way can only be helpful. Looking at history can encourage. But there is no guarantee and there should be no false hopes.
Anywhere from 20 to 50 million—some researchers think as much as 100 million—people died as a result of the Spanish influenza. Seventh-day Adventists had remarkable success in treating patients suffering from the Spanish Influenza in the church's sanitariums. The Danish Norwegian Seminary in Minnesota had perfect success with 90 cases. World War I was taking place at the same time. Because of the great need of nurses for the war effort, and the losses attributed to caring for the sick in the United States, there were insufficient nurses available for providing the services needed. As a result, many families were having to provide the care themselves. To meet that need, the church published articles and other resources to instruct families on (1) evaluating the family member who seemed to be suffering from the disease, (2) caring for the family member, (3) feeding the family member, and (4) securing the long-term health of the one who had been sick.
The Spanish Influenza and the Coronavirus are not the same thing, but some of the things done back then may be helpful with what is going on today. At the very least they won't hurt patient. Why is this relevant? In many cases, even when people test positive for the virus, they are told to self-isolate at home but not given any suggestions or direction on what they may or may not do. The resources that follow are approaches that seemed to help in the past and which qualified individuals such as John Clark, M.D., believe can help.
We have accordingly added a link where you can find Dr. John Clark discussing some of the things that were being done back then, as well as a couple of helpful resources that you can read. We also have the write up on the Seminary where such good results were achieved.
The articles are obviously dated and reflect what was going on in the past, but some of the suggestions may prove helpful with today's situation. Again, these articles do not take the place of the direction given by qualified medical professionals, rather they are simple things that can be easily done at home for the most part, and may be efficacious.
The little Seminary in Hutchinson, MN that included 180 individuals was afflicted with the Spanish Influenza. 90 or so individuals came down with the dreaded disease. Of the 90 that became sick, not one of them died. It was considered a record for a public institution in the state of Minnesota. Dr. John Clark mentions this seminary in his presentation.
Here you can read an entire issue of Life and Health magazine devoted to family care of influenza patient.
This is a shorter article that addresses the same subject as the complete issue above.
The letter you read as a result of clicking on the link originally was sent to the editor of the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, and came from a physician who saw God's blessings rest upon the simple treatments that were given to those not of our faith, and rejoiced in the improvements that came as a result. As you will note in the letter, not everyone used the knowledge to bless others.
This link will take you to an article published in the October 1919, American Journal of Public Health that describes the open air treatment of soldiers in Boston and the surprising results that quickly came. As many as 1,400 soldiers were sick with influenza. 351 were brought to the hospital, of which, only 35 succumbed to the disease.
We urge you to watch the following video on building up your immunities. In it, Dr. John Clark of Northern Lights Health Education shares ways to build up our immunities, along with other helpful information.
Click on this Youtube link: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Is Your Immune System Ready
This is a write up from Dr. Clark that is excellent on building up immunities to fight off viruses and disease.
Clark was talking about treating a person during the Bird Flu epidemic, but some of the things apply to our time.
Uchee Pines developed a very helpful page on COVID-19. Information on COVID-19, preventive measures, early treatments, what to do if symptoms persist, recovery are provided, along with a couple of videos by one of their physicians. Click on the following link to find this important page:
Wes Youngberg has put together an excellent page on preventing COVID-19.
Dr. Nedley's Recommendations
Neil Nedley M.D. is the President of Weimar Institute and a highly regarded speaker on the field of lifestyle medicine and other subjects, and shares very practical suggestions on avoiding and dealing with COVID-19.
Here Dr. Nedley talks with Doug Bachelor on the best ways to prevent the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
These videos are available online at no cost for only a short time. So watch while you can.
Hydrotherapy Treatment Training from Weimar Institute (Forthcoming)
This link will take you to a symposium given on Adventist World Radio, in which a panel of mainly physicians talk about the treatments given at that time, more recent research backing it up and practical applications of those lessons for our day. This symposium was mainly for physicians and other healthcare professionals, but anyone was allowed to listen in. It is very practical and very helpful. There will eventually be four parts to this symposium put on by Adventist World Radio.
Adventist World Radio Symposium on Lessons Learned Part 2: Urban and Rural Delivery (Ultraviolet Radiation-Sunlight, and Fresh Air)
Adventist World Radio Symposium on Lessons Learned Part 3: Nutrition, Exercise and Racial Disperity (Nutrition and Exercise, etc.)
On this page intended primarily for medical professionals there are more than 50 updates on COVID-19. Described as "Medical Topics Explained Clearly," the page claims there have been 50 million views, and for good reason. The information is excellent and is given in simple form with many easy to understand diagrams. MedCram was developed in 2012 by Dr. Roger Seheult and one of his former PA students, Kyle Allred. . Dr. Seheult was one of the panelists in the Adventist World Radio Symposium. MedCram would be good to suggest to your physician friends.
In this MedCram session, Dr. Seheult discussed the impact of hot and cold therapy of various kinds on one's immunity.
In Update 59 on his MedCram YouTube channel, Dr. Seheult outlines what he is doing on a daily basis stay well. He mentions what he is taking in terms of supplements, contrast showers, sleep habits, and making sure he is not bringing the COVID-19 virus home after his busy day caring for COVID-19 patients at the hospital. This is very practical and helpful. This is obviously anecdotal—there is no specific research associated with this, but it does provide detail of what one physician who is actively working with COVID-19 patients is doing to stay free of the disease.
The following link will take you to an excellent instructional website on traditional hydrotherapy, including one page dedicated to the protocols used at the Danish Norwegian Seminary where there was such good success in 1918/1919. The protocols of Dr. John Kellogg are often referenced on this site.