made cold remedies don't make sense, and don't work
over 200 known cold viruses it doesn't make any sense that
garlic or any other single compound would be effective against
so many different viral manifestations.
colds last two days, some last seven to ten. Taking a home
cold remedy when you have a cold of short duration and you
may be inclined to believe the remedy worked, not realizing
it was simply a week virus.
the time you experience the first symptoms, youre
already 20 to 40 % of your way through the cold so you could
do nothing at all and your symptoms would begin to improve
within a couple days.
remedy compounds cant be standardized because of natural
variability between ingredients and therefore dosage.
say use your brain cells and learn what a cold virus is
and what it does. The bodies immune system will handle the
cold, your knowledge will immunize you from believing bogus
remedies for the common cold.
best medicine: Reducing stress and washing hands often are
the best ways to reduce the number of colds a person has,
but many people will have one to three colds per year.
and web links:
are over 200 known cold viruses. The most common colds are
a Rhinovirus which infects the nasal passages.
Medical treatments for colds dont attack the virus,
they reduce the symptoms such as coughing and sneezing.
remedy concoctions could not possibly work for all colds for
the simple reason that it is highly unlikely that one or two
compounds could be effective against over 200 different viral
manifestations. Additionally, home remedy compounds cant
be standardized because of variability between ingredients
and therefore dosage. There is some interest in chicken soup
as a possible treatment for cold symptoms, but as of yet there
is no definitive results from studying the effect of treating
colds with chicken soup.
fact is most cold viruses run their course in 7 days, some
a little less, some a little more. By the time you experience
the first symptoms, youre already 20 to 40 % of your
way through the cold so you could do nothing at all and your
symptoms would begin to improve within a couple days.
people take their goofy home remedies and feel their symptoms
clear within a few days, they credit the home remedy and are
totally oblivious to the fact that the cold just ran its course
the natural variability of the length of colds, when people
catch a bug that the body eradicates a little faster than
other colds, people taking home remedies under these conditions
become even more convinced that their elixir worked but are
again oblivious to the fact that this cold was shorter due
to natural factors and had nothing to do with the magic cold
main variables that effect the length of a cold are the cold
virus its self and stress. If you are sleep deprived, fatigued,
and under stress at the same time you get a tough virus, it
may take longer than usual to beat the cold.
humans actually catch more colds that we even
know about. Some cold viruses are defeated by our immune systems
without any noticeable symptoms presenting.
high degree of variability in how long colds last and what
symptoms may arise makes it very challenging to study cold
remedies, and further provides plenty of opportunity for people
believe in and promote hokus- pokus.
real cure for the common cold is the bodies immune system
and it does its job quite well. If we use our brains a little
we can understand colds better and realize that for now, there
is no cure for the common cold, despite what the witch doctors
is the best medicine. Reducing stress and washing your hands
often seem to be the most effective ways of preventing the
number of colds you get, but there is no foolproof prevention
or cure for the common cold.
common cold myths)
here for a Rhino Fitness article on bogus claims regarding
chamomile tea as a cold remedy
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