"Measles is an infection of the respiratory system caused by a virus, specifically a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus. Morbilliviruses, like other paramyxoviruses, are enveloped, single-stranded, negative-sense RNA viruses. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a generalized, maculopapular, erythematous rash.
Measles is spread through respiration (contact with fluids from an infected person's nose and mouth, either directly or through aerosol transmission), and is highly contagious-90% of people without immunity sharing a house with an infected person will catch it. The infection has an average incubation period of 14 days (range 6-19 days) and infectivity lasts from 2-4 days prior, until 2-5 days following the onset of the rash (i.e. 4-9 days infectivity in total).
An alternative name for measles in English-speaking countries is rubeola, which is sometimes confused with rubella (German measles); the diseases are unrelated. In some other European languages, rubella and rubeola are synonyms, and rubeola is not an alternative name for measles."
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06/14/2011: Tanya from Townsville, Queensland, Australia: "Hi EC and Ted,
Ted mentioned curing Measles in one day via Aspirin. My 2yr old has a rash and diarrhea (but is otherwise fine - eating, drinking, playing, no fever) and we visited the Dr today, who diagnosed possible Measles (albeit a minor case). He is not immunised. I was just wondering why the internet says quite strongly that Aspirin is dangerous for children under 12 and if I wanted to try the remedy for my 2 yr old, how much should I give him? Thank you kindly."Replies
06/14/2011: Nancy from Tacoma, Wa, Usa replies: "I can't recall just why, but pediatricians always say "DON'T GIVE ASPIRIN TO KIDS!""
06/14/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "It is called Reye's syndrome. Here is a snippet from the National Reye's Syndrome web site (www.reyessyndrome.org)
Reye's Syndrome, a deadly disease, strikes swiftly and can attack any child, teen, or adult without warning. All body organs are affected, with the liver and brain suffering most seriously. While the cause and cure remain unknown, research has established a link between Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin and other salicylate containing medications, over the counter products, and topical use products. In 1974, the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation, a health advocacy organization, was incorporated as a 501(c)3 charity, whose mission is to eradicate the incidence of Reye's Syndrome."
06/14/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "My mother always gave us crushed aspirin in honey when we were little and none of us ever got sick but usually got better. Maybe the problem lies in the fact that there is no PATENT on aspirin.
Reyes Syndrome has no known cure (surprise, surprise) so need more and more money to help "CURE" it. As we all know on this website, many diseases are easily cured but money talks.
I am just saying you need to be mindful of these so called syndromes that have no cure as long as they can get money from the public or the Governments."
06/15/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "An interesting article of a study:
There is a lack of convincing evidence that aspirin causes Reye syndrome: it may be one of many possible factors but many cases currently reported are probably due to inborn errors of metabolism. It is unclear whether restricting aspirin use by children has a favourable risk/benefit ratio.
11/09/2012: Faeqa from Amman, Jordan: "Old Arabian medicine doctors warn of giving measles patient honey.
They advised to give him daily 5-6 pieces of fig fresh or dry. They said that honey keeps the rash inside the body which dangers especially for the liver, but the fig helps to take it out side to the skin."
04/12/2013: Sadie from Gwent: "Does anyone know the exact remedy from Ted using lysine to treat measles in toddlers, I need more specific details than his one post I located. Thank you."
[YEA] 11/17/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Measles cured with aspirin.
Aspirin has historically used as a cure for measles and other viral infections in Thailand for quite sometime, but it has never been in the mainstream spotlight. For example, I forgot about how I was cured of measles, way back in 1961, when I was only 3 years old, when my mother just mentioned in passing just today! LOL It was also a one day cure for measles. The cure was the aspirin, taken usually twice to three times a day. The aspirin used at the time, was a powdered form of aspirin, mixed with a tiny amount of caffeine to raise the body's defense or energy level. Of course I now know I can use drops of 0.1% methylene blue as a substitute for that, as caffeine is currently a controlled substance in Thailand, but a methylene blue is found in most aquarium shops. It should be noted that the one day cure for measles is really nothing new in Thailand. It just surprise the Western community, from the media blackout concerning the antiviral properties of the aspirin. For example in the late 1930s, my mother came from a large family. 16 children from 4 mothers all came down with the measles. The cure was rapid, the aspirin powdered (with the caffeine, brand name, Prasa Borat), which is now illegal from FDA ruling, was ALL CURED of measles within ONE DAY. The fever went completely away within one day. The only thing left over on the second day was the red rash. Which last for about 3 days. No need for vaccinations. As a result of an effective campaigns by the pharmaceuticals, rarely do people mentioned the antiviral properties of the aspirin. However, there is a movie, made in the U.S., which was Dustin Hoffman's movie Tootsie, which mentioned in passing that the cure for cold was the aspirin and vitamin C, which is synergistc.
The reason why I am telling about measles is one baby just had the measles just yesterday and since the parents don't believe in the aspirin, a lysine was used instead. The lysine 600 mg was grounded to powder and mixed in a 250 ounce milk baby bottle. Yes, it was mixed with milk, amazingly enough (usually they bind and prevent absorption). Today the child is cured no fever. Imagine, the child was having a fever for a week now and nothing worked to stopped it.
Now the child has a rash, which is expected to last 2-3 days, as dead viruses tend to surface from the measles and it's also fast reducing. Hence, if someone doesn't like aspirin, then there is always lysine as a remedy or a one day cure against the measles. Apparently the measles came from the vaccination, immediately after that.
It was a live viruses, in that vaccination. In any case I am more worried about mercury and other endotoxins, and in fact you really don't need vaccination since a lysine and measles can cure the measles in just one day.
It's interesting to note that Spanish flu was not prevalent in Thailand because aspirin use was mostly antiviral used locally here at the time. Of course in that period, about 30 or 40 milliion died throughout the world, I believe, unnecessary if that information was known to the general public. At least some readers from earthclinic will be spared of that problem with the lysine or aspirin remedy. However, the newer remedy, I am looking at which is mostly respiratory illness (rather than the fever itself), I am currently using humic acid and digestive enzyme."Replies
06/05/2012: Carpash from Brighton, England Uk replies: "My 13 year old son has been suffering from measles. Gave him aspirin and have seen a remarkable improvement in past 12 hours even though he is on day 5 of the rash. Recommended it to a friend who has a 15 year old on day 2 of the rash. His rash has faded after 24 hours appetite returned and feels so much better. Can only so thank you had never heard of using it for measles and would advise anyone to give it a try."