For the most part, the mainstream media relies on pharmaceutical solutions when it reports on cases of flu. Often, news pieces leave out alternative health solutions as potential remedies to illnesses, or they relegate them to a byline in the story. Maybe that’s due to massive pharmaceutical company ad spends that prop up revenue for most news sites. But one Knoxville, Tennessee CBS affiliate bucked the trend when it ran a piece on elderberry syrup and the flu.
The story’s headline, published on February 6th, read, “Is elderberry syrup a safe choice for treating flu?”
The “supposed benefits of consuming elderberry are endless,” the article begins. It puts on display several Instagram posts which feature elderberry tea as a solution for flu symptoms. Some of them are lengthy elderberry syrup/tea recipes.
The article concludes that elderberry syrup does indeed, relieve flu symptoms, comparable in effects to the popular medicine, Tamiflu. The writer leverages a The National Center for Biotechnology Information article as evidence of its conclusion that elderberry syrup does, in fact, work.
“Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza. These findings need to be confirmed in a larger study.”
Additionally, the article points out that elderberry works as well as Tamiflu, according to WebMD.
The media’s relentless coverage of the flu tout the flu shot as the best method of prevention and this article is no different in such capacity. However, it is nice to see a mainstream news network report on cures outside of pharmaceutical solutions. This is far from an anti-pharma sentiment; instead, a notation that our mainstream beliefs consistently rule out natural treatments and relief.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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