Flu Protocol

Gwen Scott, N.D.

In light of the recent “swine” flu outbreak, I have been asked to write a natural medicine flu protocol.

We are told that this “flu” is a “re-assortment flu.” That was certainly a new term for me after 30-years in health care. The CDC explained that four viruses came together somehow (human, two bird, and one pig strain) from different parts of the world to form this new “swine” flu. No matter how it came to be, it certainly is virulent and sometimes deadly.

I submit my best effort here for those who don’t want to take drugs (assuming they work at all.)

At the first sign of a flu (sneezing, elevated temperature, muscle and joint aches, coughing, etc.) this is what I do.

I spray my nose with colloidal silver (10ppm.) I do this often and continue until I am well. I also take colloidal silver internally. I find sipping as much as I can at the beginning often stops the process. I cannot, by law, prescribe amounts, but you can do a little research and decide on what level is good for you. I use 10ppm.

I have my own colloidal silver maker and suggest everyone make that investment. It is important that the maker “cooks” the silver properly (see July-August 2008 Nexus article “Stem Cells The Silver Connection www.nexusmagazine.com) because some of the low end machines don’t formulate the colloidal silver correctly. This was part of the “Blue Man’s” problem. I bought mine from SilverGen (1-877-745-8374) in Washington (model SG6-auto,) but you can search the Internet for others. It makes a quart at a time. You need a quart mason jar and distilled water.

I always keep at least 10-15 quarts back stocked. At the current price in the health store for colloidal silver, the machine will pay for itself in a very short period of time.

How does the silver work? Scientists tell us, after close observation of live blood, that the silver particles are attracted to ALL single celled organisms. They go right for the nucleus and attach themselves. About thirty seconds later the organism dies. It is important to note that we have good bacteria in our mouths, gut, etc. so taking colloidal everyday, all the time is probably not a good idea.

I was interested to hear on BBC radio that the British government was giving free “silver water” to their citizens during the outbreak.


This next remedy might not sound very high tech or exciting, but, believe me, it is powerful.

I make a broth and freeze it. You will not feel like gathering the ingredients and cooking the broth when you are sick.

In a gallon of distilled water:  (use organic vegetables if possible)

    1.8-10-cloves of garlic, chopped

    2. 2-3 yellow onions, chopped

    3. 5-7 carrots, chopped

    4. 5-7 stalks of celery

    5. a handful of parsley   

    6. 2-3 inches of ginger root, chopped

    7. cayenne pepper to toleration

    8. sea salt or “real” salt

    9. about a teaspoon of curry, more if you want it

I bring this broth to a boil, then simmer for about forty-five minutes. I keep some of the broth with the solids and some I strain.

When you are really feeling poorly, the strained broth will be the best. It will hydrate you and deliver essential medicines to your body. There are many healing components in this mix, too many to list. Garlic, alone, would take up a page.   

As you begin to feel better and gain an appetite, the broth with the solids will continue the healing work.


I also take extra vitamin C, Echinacea extract, and an herbal combination by Herbs, Etc. called Deep Health.

Often the respiratory system is deeply compromised. For the nose, I spray the colloidal silver. Sometimes I irrigate with a mild sea salt dilution (Neti pot, or small blue bulb.) If my throat is raw, I gargle deeply with a one-to one mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. A Georgia country doctor taught me this years ago and it still stands as the best sore throat therapy. Never gargle with straight peroxide as it may burn your tissue.

If the lungs are congested, tea tree oils inhales are very helpful. I put two-three drops in a mug, pour rapidly boiling water to the top, cup my hands around, sniff, then deeply inhale until all of the steam is gone. Pour the mixture down the drain…NEVER ingest tea tree oil. This therapy comes from Chief Two Trees, a great Cherokee medicine man.

Dr. Mike Castle also recommends using peppermint oil in the same manner. It works and isn’t as hard edged as the tea tree.


If your fever is too high, a warm wash cloth placed along the spine can bring it down. However, virus can be killed by heat. It is the body’s natural response to any viral invasion, so a fever can actually assist the healing process if it isn’t too high for too long.

White Willow Bark is aspirin in its original, natural form. It doesn’t produce the contraindications of the pharmaceutical copy. I take it for any aches and pains that accompany the “flu.”

Remember the old advice about drinking a lot of liquids…still holds true. I use the broth as much as I can, supplementing with natural ginger ale to settle the stomach and fruit juices (organic juices are far superior to conventional.)


If what we are told is true, that this “flu” will be back in the fall, then now is the time to organize your remedies.

Please note, there are other natural remedies out there that people use and swear by. By all means, do what works for you. This protocol is what I find works best for me and I hope it has given you some direction.

Sending Blessings and Good Health to all.