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Linus Hollis

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Never get a cold again (grow elderberries)

Something in the juice prevents viruses from infecting mucus membranes. This protocol works: gargle twice a day with 1ml of elderberry juice (available without alcohol) AND rinse sinuses with sterile saline with a drop of juice per pint OR eye drops up to twice daily of Eyewash (1 quart saline with 1Tbsp boric acid & 1 ml juice) = no colds!

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Closing Statement from Linus Hollis

Sorry to be dilatory getting back to this, but ending viral susceptibility via mucous membranes does not keep an emphysemic like me from getting fungal pneumonia and being under the weather for a few weeks. Viruses are still transmitted by insects, especially mosquitoes [why aren't there genetic engineered ways of making them extinct yet?] and through ingestion and blood/broken skin. The vast majority of viral infections are mucous mediated and now preventable. Another month of use affirms the efficacy of this inexpensive daily prophylaxis as easy to do as dental hygiene or skin cleansing. The eye drops are easy to make and not irritating and an alternative to the almost universally disliked sinus rinsing, which my sister compared to waterboarding. I don't find it that unpleasant and an RN in the volunteer group likes it, describing it as leaving a clean feeling. She has allergies and finds her use of decongestants is lower when she does daily sinus irrigation. I will repost every month. Be well!

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    Dec 1 2011: If you want me to gurgle anything twice a day, you better start by being more specific on WHAT in the juce prevents viruses from infecting mucus membranes.
    • Dec 4 2011: What are you gargling with now, Gerald? Alcoholic or similarly germ-killing mouthwash or toothpaste while you brush? I don't care what the ingredients are right now, just that it's working, not changing my or any of the 150 volunteers' immune systems and it feels great to not get colds or flu. Elderberries have been used in medicine for thousands of years and are named that in part because they were effective for weakened, aging immune systems to boost them. For pregnancy or children, problems arise when the immune system is overly increased. Similarly people with immune problems are usually under medical care and it is important to not change things for the worse. So, cousin, it's safe, effective and simple to do am & pm. I do it after brushing.
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        Dec 4 2011: People buzzing aroung TED have a scientific mind. Whatever you say has no value unless you provide explanations.
        You could as well say that animal sacrifice has worked for thousands of people in the past. But if you don't explain how killing affects personal health, all of it is absolutely worthless.

        I'm ready to accept that elderberries are wonderful. But please, none of that "it's been used for millenia because it's effective"... This is nonsense and you could say that of absolutely anything.

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