It's yet another case of the 'supposed' cure being worse than the disease.
In the UK, more than half of the kids who have taken Tamiflu – the antibiotic weapon of choice to combat the H1N1 virus – have experienced side effects.
Although most of these side effects have been minor (such as stomach cramps and nausea), as many as one in five of these kid have had disturbing bizarre, "neuropsychiatric" reactions to the drug.
Reports say that kids have had an inability to think clearly, have suffered from nightmares, and have behaved "strangely."
Unfortunately, these reactions are nothing new. The dangers are Tamiflu are well- documented. It's even been linked to the deaths of some children and teenagers.
In the U.S., the FDA has acknowledged that there have been as many as 1,800 reports of "brain effects" such as abnormal behavior resulting from the use of Tamiflu by kids. In Japan, they've actually banned the use of Tamiflu by kids.
But because the UK is in such a cold panic over swine flu, they're handing out Tamiflu like candy. Believe it or not, there's even a telephone hotline and website where people can order a prescription for Tamiflu.
So far, as many as 150,000 people have been prescribed the drug in this manner.
No wonder so many kids are having so many side effects. At the first sign of a runny nose or a headache, their parents are pumping them full of Tamiflu...... it's frightening!
All of these risks in order to reduce the flu symptoms by less than two days. That's right: according to the makers of Tamiflu, clinical tests have show that the drug only has the ability to reduce the duration of symptoms by about 36 hours.
How about just allowing the body do, what it innately knows how to do, without the potentially devastating effects of drugs??
Dr Carmen Atkinson is a Chiropractor located in South Melbourne , Australia.
Carmen graduated from RMIT University in 2001 with Honors.
Since 2003 Carmen has been running Wellness Chiropractic practices in both Moonee Ponds and Port Melbourne. In November 2008 Carmen joined Align Chiropractic.
Carmen has also worked in the fitness industry as a fitness instructor and personal trainer for over 12 years and utilises her knowledge in exercise and nutrition to help people reach their health goals.
Having received chiropractic care since early childhood, Carmen has a special interest in helping families experience optimal health and wellbeing naturally through regular chiropractic care.
Carmen is also a keen runner who enjoys the challenge of long distance ultra marathon running! Her greatest accomplishment being 'The Comrades' 90km Ultra marathon in South Africa in 2009.