Tucker's 12-Hour Flu Cure

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The
burgeoning market for home remedies is a glory to behold. It allows
you to bypass the medical establishment, the government-backed
insurance system, and conventional wisdom all at once.

But
there can be such a blithering array of products available, it's
hard to know what to take. And some of them are surely nuts. How
can you know what to do. You receive advice from every corner,
and a thousand books, but here's one that I've found to be infallible
for the flu.

You
know the feeling. A creeping ache starts mid-morning, and your
are not sure whether it's a muscle strain or something else. Weakness
begins to set in, but maybe you are just tired. Then the eyes
start to give out and turn a bit red. Fatigue sets in. Throat
starts to hurt a bit. You feel a bit chilly and generally blechy.

It's the flu. Will you be down for days? What to do?

At
last the answer: Cod Liver Oil. It tastes like an old, dead fish
that you scooped off a beach. But it's been used as a medicine
for centuries. It's loaded with vitamins A and D in some special
combination that has some wham-bam effect on the system. The experts
say it has something called Omega 3 fatty acids which do something
to zap away other
kinds of infecting bad stuff
.

Also,
some
site on the web incomprehensively says
: u201CFish oil contains
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); both
are omega-3 oils. Most fish oil supplements are 18% EPA and 12%
DHA, or a total of 30% omega-3. These special omega-3 oils, unlike
other omega-3 oils, keep blood triglycerides in check (high triglycerides
are generally linked with increased risk of heart disease). EPA
and DHA keep blood from clotting too quickly. They also have anti-inflammatory
activity. As a result, fish oil is used to help people with various
inflammatory conditions, including Crohn''s disease. Fish oil
may help people with a wide variety of disorders, including chronic
kidney diseases. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be
less likely to develop in those with a greater intake of omega-3
fatty acids. Due to its effects on prostaglandin metabolism, fish
oil has helped some people with Raynaud's phenomenon in double
blind research. Schizophrenia is linked with abnormalities in
fatty acid metabolism, and preliminary research has found fish
oil helpful in people with schizophrenia.u201D

Whatever
the reason, it works. Pour two tablespoons that into a glass of
orange juice, with a splash of vinegar to give the muscles back
their strength. Add some echinacea to boost the immunities. Down
the hatch, and chase it with some codeine cough syrup. Now crawl
into bed and sleep for 10 hours. You wake up well and ready to
go. By the afternoon, it's as if you've never been sick at all.

June
5, 2001

Jeffrey
Tucker [send him mail]
is general editor at the Ludwig
von Mises Institute
in Auburn, Alabama.

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