The state of California is closely watching out for the spread of whooping cough, respectively Pertussis, due to double the amount of cases reported in 2010 than in 2009. Highly contagious, it can take up to 3 weeks to notice any symptoms of the disease, according to www.naturalsolutions.mag. Pertussis is an acute, anti-bacterial disease that starts with fatigue, coughing and aches, possibly leading into affecting the entire respiratory system. Once symptoms do arise, a spasmodic cough appears that fades into a hissing sound where upon the disease branded its name. Aside from plenty of mucous, violent coughs and gagging, whooping cough can lead into a serious disease such as pneumonia, especially for young children according to California state health officials.
Over the last 10 years, infants under the age of 6 months have died from the disease. In 2007, a baby too young for vaccinations, died in California. No deaths have occurred this year in the state, but children have been hospitalized.
As serious as whooping cough may be, there is a 99.8 percent recovery rate. Different vaccines are available, but there also many alternative treatments as well that can provide comfort throughout the illness.. According to Dr. Lendon Smith, M. D., an author on many books about children’s’ health from Portland, Oregon, children should forego the vaccine for pertussis due to its lack of efficiency and potential harmfulness to health. If inoculation is the chosen option, it is necessary that the parent understand the pros and cons of the vaccination then communicate with the health practitioner concerning vitamins and probiotic available that can prepare the body before and after the vaccination.
Alternative treatments that may benefit one with whooping cough are traditional Chinese medicine, magnetic field therapy and osteopathy. Osteopathic manipulation can reduce the severity of the cough, according to Leon Chaito, N. D., and D. O. Certain herbs, taken under appropriate medical care, can soothe and comfort the ailment, but they are not totally a cure all. According to “Alternative medicine, The Definite Guide”, dried sundew with wild cherry bark infused with anise and a tsp. of water can mellow the coughing. Aroma therapy may have positive results under the care of a health practitioner.
Diet and vitamins may boost the immune system when struggling through whooping cough. Keep diet light with brown rice or whole wheat toast. Sip on broth and clear soups and hydrate with plenty of water. Zinc lozenges, vitamin C and vitamin A help boost the immune system. Also, garlic capsules with a probiotic can benefit as well.
California state officials have cited that all reports have occurred since March 20, 2010. They plan to closely watch for more cases. Trends show the disease increases during August and September.
“Alternative Medicine: the Definite Guide”, Larry Trivieri, John W. Anderson; 2002
“Press Democrat: Warning Issued on Whooping Cough”, April 22, 2010