People often mistakenly think that the “stomach flu” (viral gastoenteritis) is the same as the “flu” (influenza). This isn’t true. They are completely different viruses. So don’t expect the flu shot to protect you from the stomach flu. This infection of the digestive tract is caused by a number of different viruses. It usually produces a combination of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea sometimes with abdominal pain or fever. Occasionally there are some upper respiratory symptoms but usually not.

If you are experiencing the stomach flu, in addition to our standard protocols for infections, we also recommend “activated charcoal.” This is available though any health food store and most pharmacies. For an adult we recommend two capsules with a glass of water three times a day as much as possible on an empty stomach. This charcoal treatment is also good for food poisoning. It will work best with an empty stomach. It works by absorbing the virus or toxin so the least food or beverage (except water) in the stomach around the time taking it the more effective it is likely to be.

If the person cannot swallow capsules or is vomiting everything swallowed, then the capsule can be opened up and mixed into water and sipped. It is not easy to mix it into the water but it is possible.

Charcoal is also available through our office and can be mailed.

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