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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 11:51 AM

 

Alternative ways to handle a cold

Alright, so I came down with a cold, and here are alternative ways I treat it.

I bought the well known herb echinacea, in capsules. This herb is known to stimulant the immune system. Some web sites will dispute this, but hogwash I say. In any case, it won't hurt.

I also bought green tea extract in capsule form. This is also supposed to benefit the immune system, and has other benefits too.

Drink plenty of orange juice. I have been drinking OJ like water. It can be spendy, but I think the vitamin c and fluids are worth it.

If you must try an over the counter remedy, try lozenges that are made to lessen duration and effects of colds. Some of these will be based on zinc. They are made like candy and in different flavors, you suck on them like candy.

Get plenty of sleep, more than normal. Avoid heavy foods. Eat hard boiled eggs. These are full of good stuff for your body. Sprinkle garlic salt on them. Garlic is basically a wonder drug of nature.

Just some suggestions for cold sufferers.

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quinnox Jan 2013 OP
yellerpup Jan 2013 #1
leftstreet Jan 2013 #2
quinnox Jan 2013 #3
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #14
enlightenment Jan 2013 #4
quinnox Jan 2013 #6
snooper2 Jan 2013 #5
handmade34 Jan 2013 #28
tridim Jan 2013 #7
Lars39 Jan 2013 #8
azlatina Jan 2013 #9
frazzled Jan 2013 #10
longship Jan 2013 #11
tridim Jan 2013 #12
longship Jan 2013 #13
Phentex Jan 2013 #21
longship Jan 2013 #22
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #15
Morning Dew Jan 2013 #16
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #18
SteveG Jan 2013 #17
Godhumor Jan 2013 #19
BuddhaGirl Jan 2013 #20
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #23
Science Geek Jan 2013 #24
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #25
Aristus Jan 2013 #26
tridim Jan 2013 #27
handmade34 Jan 2013 #29
Aristus Jan 2013 #30
Whisp Jan 2013 #31
mfcorey1 Jan 2013 #32

Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 11:55 AM

1. Mr. Pup takes zinc and it usually knocks his cold

out quickly. I, unfortunately, lost my sense of taste for two days after sucking on one zinc lozenge. I like to cook and two days without tasting food was frightening. I wouldn't risk it again. I do echinacea, vitamins, and supplements, however; and enjoy a very good state of health.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:02 PM

2. I just crush Flintstone vitamins into my beer

not really



Hope you feel better

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:04 PM

3. thank you

 

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:38 PM

14. There's always the hot toddy!

No, it won't cure your cold, but after a few hot toddies, at least you'll stop caring!

Hey, alcohol is an analgesic. With a few side-effects, but most people take alcohol for the side effects!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:04 PM

4. If you have a cold

you can treat it (with whatever methods tickle your fancy) and have it for seven days.

Or not treat it and have it for a week.

You're not treating the cold - you're seeking a palliative for the symptoms. Whatever works in that regard. An E. Indian friend of mine adds a half teaspoon of turmeric to her tea the moment she feels anything coming on and it seems very effective - you might want to try that (or have a curry for lunch or buy the capsules).

Hope you feel better soon.

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Response to enlightenment (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:10 PM

6. thank you

 

I have been looking into tumeric lately. I will get that as my next thing to buy healthwise.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:08 PM

5. what worked for us, mom made us eat braunschweiger and banana sandwiches

Then take V8 juice, get it hot in a pan and soak a rag with it and use as a compres for your head-



Also putting chili peppers under your tongue helps---



Cold should be gone in 24 hours!

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:21 PM

28. I drink

V-8 with a heaping spoon of cayenne in it every morning and I haven't been sick ...in forever

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:17 PM

7. My home cold remedies are carrot juice, OJ, a neti pot and cardio.

I can't remember the last time I caught a flu, and I rarely catch a cold that is more than slight sniffles. My antibiotic-like-candy taking friends seem to be sick every year during the entire cold season.

Maybe I'm just lucky, but I do think these simple things keep the immune system strong.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:20 PM

8. Once you have nasal congestion, though, it's best to cut out the OJ and milk and cheese....

they make the congestion worse.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:27 PM

9. Elderberry in capsule form helps...

...you can also make capsules with equal parts of the following:

- ground ginger
- tumeric
- black pepper
- cayenne pepper

Fill gel caps with this mixture & take 2 capsules 3x a day.

Trader Joe's has electrolyte enhanced water which is less expensive than PediaLyte.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:30 PM

10. From the Mayo Clinic: what works and doesn't work for colds

Of course, whatever floats your boat is okay, as long as it's not harmful (Mayo steers people away from zinc, not only because it is not proven to do anything, but because it can cause you to permanently lose your sense of smell.)

Saline solution spray in your nose is recommended, and it can help prevent sinus infections (my mother's doctor recommended this to her, and she hasn't had a sinus infection since).

At any rate, here's the Mayo Clinic's do's and don'ts:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-remedies/ID00036

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:11 PM

11. Echinacea for colds? The science says no.

Echinacea for Cold and Flu

Also, any claim that the mixture you are taking helps your immune system is probably bunk. That's just not how the immune system works.

Boost Your Immune System

Got a cold? Drink plenty of liquids, get some rest. If you have to take something for symptoms, realize that there are many, many quack remedies on the market that do nothing but help empty your wallet.

My preference, generic over-the-counter cold symptom remedies with known efficacy.

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Response to longship (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:10 PM

12. Neat link, but they forgot to mention the Endocannabinoid System..

which is a cruicial part of our immune system.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3044336/

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Response to tridim (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:34 PM

13. Well, I am not an expert.

But Marc Crislip is. I suggest that you contact him. He seems to be a nice person.

My approach on these matters is to understand what the science says, and what it doesn't say. I have to defer to those who have the chops to delve into the vagaries of peer-reviewed papers and trust their judgements.

What I do understand about these supplements, like echinacea, is that they are marketed outside of any oversight. The laws only state that they cannot make any disease claims. Instead, they are allowed to make "structure/function" claims, whatever the fuck that means. They certainly are not scientific terms, more like market-speak. Of course, without regulation that is precisely what the claims end up being, market bullshit. "Support the immune system" is meaningless jingo. And there is no data to support it, so to speak.

Furthermore, echinacea has been shown to be ineffective for colds, as Dr. Novella documents.

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Response to longship (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 04:01 PM

21. Extra liquids and real sleep are what work for me...

I get a cold once every other year or so. Sometimes, I start to feel bad but it doesn't turn into anything major. The only thing that really helps me is sleep. Not just number of hours but sleeping whenever I feel like it. In my day to day, I don't get to rest when I feel like it. But when I start to feel bad, I give myself permission to sleep and it usually makes recovery much faster.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:35 PM

22. Sleep is good!

I take Benadryl generic. Helps you sleep and calms down the runny nose and stuff like that. Alka Selzer Cold I like, too, generic of course.

Mostly I take it easy and let my body heal itself, really the only thing you can do for a cold.

Echinacea is a rip off, as are many of the other quack so-called cures.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:42 PM

15. I simply let my immune system fight it off, and stop my bronchospasms before I hack up a lung.

I don't have full-blown asthma per-se, but I do have sensitive bronchial passages in my lungs, so things like exercise, stress, cold air, and common colds will set them up and have me coughing like a 30-year chain-smoker.

So I do the usual vitamins and chicken soup to fight off the cold itself. My immune system mostly works just fine, so the bug's beaten down in about a week.

Then I've got to use my albuterol inhaler a lot to make sure my lungs don't get inflammed and coughing til I feel like I broke a rib.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:42 PM

16. I've dicovered that by treating a cold with over the counter meds

my colds only last about 7 days.

Left untreated, my colds generally last an entire week.

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Response to Morning Dew (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:30 PM

18. That's the thing - there's very little one can do to speed up the process.

You can treat the symptoms so you don't feel as bad, but no matter what you do, it takes about a week for your immune system to develop its response, create antibodies and beat that bug down.

And for many people, there are other problems caused or exacerbated by colds, like my bronchospasms, so I work to deal with that too.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:22 PM

17. you got it all wrong (not really)

1000mg of Golden Seal Root - used specifically for strengthening immune system - I take this all winter long.
1000 mg of vitamin C (start use when you first think a cold is coming on, use for a few days after symptoms disappear)
Orange juice good -V8 better. (in evening can be mixed with a little vodka)
if you are not a vodka drinker
2 shots bourbon mixed with lemon juice and honey This is to be sipped slowly over a couple of hours.


Yeah, yeah, I know alcohol could be bad for some people, but if you can do it, it helps to relax the muscles that have stiffened from all you wheezing and hacking and the lemon and honey helps with the throat.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:39 PM

19. My own tip: Any cold reduction candy or additive labeled homeopathic won't do jack shit

These include the really common Cold-Eeze and Airborne.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:48 PM

20. Hubby and I take Olive Leaf liquid

Anti-viral and anti-bacterial....works great!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:41 PM

23. I have a surefire cure

I bury a salamander's tail under an oak tree on a moonlit night. Then take off all my clothes and turn around 3 times counter-clockwise.

One week later, the cold is gone. Never fails.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:00 PM

24. Ding. Ding. Ding. We have a winner...

Time is the only thing that will reduce or negate the effects of Rhino virus.

If you can sleep more, it will be less time that you are awake and miserable, but it won't make your cold shorter.




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Response to Science Geek (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:10 PM

25. Thank you

You are wise in the ways of science.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:13 PM

26. Dial way back on the orange juice. Juice is pure sugar, which nobody needs, especially not

sick people. If you want orange juice, eat an orange.

I probably see 50 patients a week for the common cold. Drink water instead of juice. Get plenty of rest. And get better soon.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #26)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:20 PM

27. Juice is about 90% water, it is nowhere near "pure sugar". Sorry doc.

Though I do agree that drinking lots of water is a good idea.

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Response to tridim (Reply #27)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:23 PM

29. I think the point is

that orange juice is nowhere as near healthy as what we have been led to believe... I agree with the doc

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Response to tridim (Reply #27)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:26 PM

30. Nice try.

What I meant was that juice contains the all fructose from whole fruit, and very little of the pulp and fiber, and everything else that makes fruit healthful. The nutrients in juice are not enough to benefit the consumer secondary to the big slug of fructose they're giving themselves.

While glucose is used by every cell in the body for energy, fructose is not. Fructose goes right to the liver. If there's no pulp or fiber to slow the progression of fructose to the liver, and facilitate absorption by the body, it can lead to a condition called hepatic steatosis, or fatty liver disease.

All this is by way of saying 'no juice'. Whole fruit, and plenty of water.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:31 PM

31. and don't forget chicken soup - home made.

chicken fat is supposed to be good for colds and stuff and just generally good for you.

in moderation of course.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:31 PM

32. Slightly warm a small mixture of apple cider vinegar, honey and water. Gargle with it for about a

minute. Do not swallow. It will drain clogged sinuses. Believe me. It works.

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