Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cold Remedies

After reading an article today saying that Vaporub might not actually do anything (I won't even post the link since there is little validity in the study)....I wondered about the things I do to prevent and cure illness.

When my kids get sick...humidifier, hot chocolate, lots of water, and Vaporub. If they get a fever, they get tylenol...if they can't sleep due to coughing...some cough medicine and add some pillows under their head.

If my kids are sick...I will take a few tablets of Airborne (I think this is purely psychological step) and try to drink a lot of water and rest up. I always run my humidifier during the winter. My dad swears by orange juice...my brother drinks vinegar...my husband relies on OTC cold medicine.

Does any of it work? Why do I even do any of those things? Especially viruses just need to run their course.

What are your illness tricks and traditions?

19 comments:

gwenna said...

We do chicken noodle soup. I read there actually is something in it to help, but if not I guess the extra liquid it good too. :)

The Fearless Freak said...

I've recently discovered zinc and I think it is great. I recommend the Cold-eeze instead of the Zicam because the Zicam tastes and feels horrible but it works.

monadnoc said...

When the fear of a sick day comes, I swear by Emergen-C. Once I'm ill and recovering, I load up on hot meals with an abundance of garlic in them. Also echinacea tea does wonders for my sore throats and mild coughs.

Leighann said...

I've read several times (from pretty reliable sources) that air-borne actually does absolutely nothing.

I've never used it, so I couldn't tell you first hand.

I discovered Delsym last time I had a horrible cough and it actually worked without making me drowsy or loopy.

Julie said...

Air-borne is absolutely a scam. A regular multivitamin will do more for you.

A lot of people don't realize that many of the products sold OTC these days aren't even regulated by the FDA. A 1938 law actively prevents the FDA from testing any product labeled "homeopathic" for safety or effectiveness, so a lot of products slap on the "homeopathic" label to avoid regulation, despite not actually being homeopathic.

Homeopathy is a scam too, btw, and anyone who remembers enough of their high school chemistry (molarity, concentration) can prove it. ;)

There were some studies that backed up the various zinc remedies at first, but subsequent, better-controlled studies seem to show that they don't do much either.

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