Over the last several months, there has been a growing concern about various new viral threats such as smallpox, a hermorrhagic fever emanating from China, and now a disease known as “monkeypox.” This isn’t a new illness, per se, but there have been several confirmed cases over the last few weeks, with the first case in the United States confirmed just last week.
Interestingly enough, the Biden administration purchased millions of doses of an FDA-approved vaccine for smallpox and monkey pox from a Denmark-based biotech firm on the same day, as reported by The Epoch Times.
Does the U.S. government know something that we don’t know? Or is this just more fear mongering?
I’m more inclined to believe the latter. (Just do a quick search for “monkeypox”, and you’ll see what I mean.) Whatever the case may be, I do think it is important to be prepared for the worst, should there be an outbreak or another “pandemic.” So, here are some things to keep in mind.
Work With Nature, Not Against Her
First of all, monkeypox is categorized as a viral illness that causes a fever and a distinctive, bumpy rash. It can also cause fatigue, muscle soreness, headache, and swollen lymph nodes. As with any fever, it is important NOT to try and reduce the fever. Rather, we want to build it and work with the body. This may be contrary to everything you’ve heard about fevers, but let me explain. A fever is the body’s way of activating the immune system. When a fever occurs, the body is in a toxic overload state and needs to act fast. So the body raises its temperature to quickly produce various immune cells to help eliminate the toxic condition, usually through the skin.
The most important thing to remember with fevers is that a wet fever will heal, a dry fever can kill. So to build a fever, you must drink LOTS of warm tea and sit in a warm bath. This will allow the body to rid itself of the sickness much faster.
The kind of herbs we would want to use for a tea are in the class known as diaphoretics, meaning they promote sweating. These include Catnip, Peppermint, Yarrow, and Pennyroyal. A great combination would be Peppermint and Elderflower.
When it comes to itching, sponging with apple cider vinegar and water can help. If you need something stronger for a really bad itch, a tea made of Yellow Dock or Goldenseal can be helpful.
If it were someone in my family that got the monkeypox, I would immediately have the person start on HMCTN (we use it almost exclusively for any kind of illness because it works well) and then move into using diaphoretic teas and baths once the fever showed up. Then we would do some sponging with apple cider vinegar to help with the itching.
Again, I don’t imagine that things will get out of hand with this illness going around. That’s not to say that it couldn’t; I just don’t think that we should burden ourselves with any undo amount of fear and worry. Of course, knowing what to do before a crisis strikes will always help to calm the fears about getting through one.