As you have probably heard in the headlines there is a ‘new’ and ‘mysterious’ virus outbreak in the Midwest. The news reporters are always looking for a dramatic way to get your attention and a new virus that ‘has parents on high alert’ is worded to get you to click.

The Inquisitr shared an alarming story that put me on the path to researching this virus fully. They chose to quote individuals who seem very perplexed with the virus stating that they ‘have never seen anything like it before’, and vamping on phrases like, “there is no known vaccine for the virus“, “the scope of its reach is unknown“, and “Only time will tell if it will continue to spread“. ArkLaTex shared their version of the story in a similarly dramatic way, headlining with “New virus has parents on high alert”.

There is a virus going around that you should be informed about; but it is not ‘new’. It is called Enterovirus D68 [EV-D68], and it effects the respiratory system.  On the Center for Disease Control’s web page devoted to explaining this virus, they state that EV-D68 is just one of more then 100 known non-polio viruses, and that this particular one was first identified in 1962. If 50+ years old is still considered ‘new’, then okay, the virus is ‘new’. In fact, last year there was an ‘outbreak’ much like we are currently experiencing now.

Again, the CDC states,

“In 2014, the United States experienced a nationwide outbreak of EV-D68 associated with severe respiratory illness. From mid-August 2014 to January 15, 2015, CDC or state public health laboratories confirmed a total of 1,153 people in 49 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Almost all of the confirmed cases were among children, many whom had asthma or a history of wheezing. Additionally, there were likely millions of mild EV-D68 infections for which people did not seek medical treatment and/or get tested.” [source]

There are varying stories about the extent of the spread of this current outbreak. If you do a google image search of maps, every news caster has their own number of states that the virus has spread to:

Children are particularly susceptible, especially if they have a preexisting respiratory condition, therefore be aware of how your kids are feeling and if they have any of symptoms below, or their condition worsens. Since this is a respiratory condition, many of the symptoms mimic simple colds, flus and allergies. It can produce mild to severe respiratory illness.

Symptoms include:

“Mild symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.” [source]

These symptoms are very prevalent this time of year, so identifying their source can be difficult. Ragweed is in full bloom; many people, including children, are plagued with sinus sensitivity to the late summer/early fall pollen that is blowing around. This allergy produces symptoms such as itchy, puffy eyes, sneezing, sniffles, runny nose and coughs, not to mention mild to severe pressure headaches. This time of year, depending on your preferred method of heat, we are switching on the furnace for the first time, or starting a fire in the fire place/wood stove. The dry heat from both sources can dry out your sinuses, causing a post nasal drip [this is your sinuses’ effort to moisten the nasal cavities that are drying out], which can in turn produce a nagging cough and/or sore throat. [To help eliminate this, run a humidifier in your home, and/or keep a pot of water on the back of the wood stove to help combat the dry heat in your home]. Kids are going back to school and coming into contact with lots of germs and tend to get little, mostly harmless, bugs and colds.

Even the CDC discusses the difficulties of diagnosing this particular virus.

“EV-D68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat, or blood. Many hospitals and some doctor’s offices can test ill patients to see if they have enterovirus infection. However, most cannot do specific testing to determine the type of enterovirus, like EV-D68. CDC and some state health departments can do this sort of testing.” [emphases added] [source]

They go on to suggest to health care practitioners to only consider EV-D68 testing for severe respiratory conditions with no known cause. So if the symptoms are mild, when you visit your health care clinician the cause may never be fully discovered depending on the testing and laboratories available to your clinic/hospital/doctors office.

The news that should disturb us most about this story is the second to last point the CDC makes on their web page. Under treatment options, the allopathic field has no options in their vast pharmacological arsenal for battling against this virus.

“There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Some people with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized. There are no antiviral medications currently available for people who become infected with EV-D68.” [emphasis added] [source]

So, even if you are diagnosed with this particular strand of virus; you’ve had severe enough symptoms with no allopathic treatment being effective thus far, that you have gone to a specific clinic that has the proper resources to do the specific viral testing and you are now positive that you have this EV-D68: there is nothing that can be done to help you. This is the dramatic truth of the situation.

But it doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Because there are so many things that can be done alternatively. There are many herbs that support the body’s natural systems to help boost the immune system and allow your body to do what it was designed to do to keep you healthy and fend of disease. There are herbs that have been scientifically proven to be effective against viral infections. There are many supplements and vitamins that will fuel your body to be the power house of health it was meant to be.

Shawnee Moon products are designed as whole food supplements that promote the natural function of the body’s organs and systems that fight bugs and germs and create a balanced healthy life.

Products like Immunoboost are formulated with specific herbs that your body can process in a readily absorb-able form and it can give your immune system that extra push it needs to be up to par in times like these. When you know you’re going to be out and about, coming into contact with people who may or may not be sick, keep Immunoboost handy. These herbs contain anti-oxidants, vitamins and nutrients that support the body in it’s ability to fight off infection. Antioxidants help to neutralize free-radicals that cause damage to healthy cells. Make sure you check out our informative page about Immunoboost to learn more about the specific herbs in this formula and why they are beneficial to your health.

Olive Leaf Plus is a product that Victoria formulated with the anti-viral powerhouse herbs of God’s natural kingdom. Including herbs such as olive leaf, elder berries, neem leaf, osha root, lomatium root and more, there is a broad spectrum of whole plant food that your body can utilize to help boost the immune response and combat viral and bacterial infections. These formulas are in tincture form and the suggested dosage is based on weight, and is easy (even for children!) to take in water or juice.

Shawnee Moon Herbal Cough Syrup is a tasty remedy that children seem to especially like. It is helpful for these seasonal coughs that I hear quite a few people have gotten recently. [Whether or not it is viral, we may never know! But that’s okay, as long as it goes away!].

There are other products we offer if you are struggling with sinus allergies. Check out this post for more information about allergies and Shawnee Moon products.

Add other supplements to your diet and daily health routine to aid the immune systems response. Supplements such as; Vitamins C, E, D, beta-carotene, and food rich in these antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants include (but not limited too): berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, apricots, asparagus, and beets. Avoid sugar! Sugar depletes the immune system drastically and can take hours to recover after just a couple teaspoons.

Other ways to prevent infection include:

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. See Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Stay home when you are sick.

see text equivalent for Enterovirus D68 Infographic: Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

Kerry Brock, Certified Herbalist and owner at Shawnee Moon, is a researcher of plants, an eater of herbs, a drinker of coffee and a formulator of remedies. She keeps busy trying out pinterest diy’s and often failing at cooking in her backwoods home in rural southeast Missouri with her fantastic husband, Davy, two dogs, an assortment of cats and a unbelievably supportive family near by.


The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. It is simply for use in the maintenance and promotion of good health in cooperation with a licensed medical practitioner. Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not licensed to treat or diagnose disease. Consult with your physician for diagnosis or treatment. By using this information you agree that the decisions regarding your health are your own responsibility and understand that Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not liable for your health decisions or any misuse of information.

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