Prescription Cold Medicine Hazards & Old School Remedy

April 1st, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

A billion dollar pharmaceutical business gets rich on this misery – sniffles, sneezes, and sore throats. But despite the TV ads promising instant relief, most over the counter cold medicines just don’t do it. Antihistamines are a mainstay of the runny- nose market because they help with allergies and hay fever, but they provide almost no help for the common cold.

Beside that, they make you drowsy, and can make you a hazard at work and while driving.

Pain killers like aspirin and ibuprofen are common ingredients in these cold medicines. But if a cold doesn’t cause a fever, than these do little good, and they aren’t good for you. They can actually allow viruses to multiply more rapidly.

In a controlled trial, scientists found that aspirin and ibuprofen in fact hurt the immune system response and increase nasal symptoms. Other research shows that get more cold virus after taking aspirin. It’s quite a hazard.

Some Home Remedies

Chicken soup

Ask grandmas in Mexico, China, Russia, and Nebraska what’s best for a cold and they’ll all tell you chicken soup. Science has confirmed this remedy to offer legitimate benefits.

The first documented prescription for chicken soup was offered by a renowned philosopher and doctor Moses Maimonides in the 1100s. By the 20th century this advice seemed out of date and not worth any serious investigation to doctors. But, medical science finally caught up several years ago.

A group of doctors at MT Sinai Medical Center in Miami put this theory to the test to see if it could beat either cold water, or hot water in helping the mucus flow through the sinuses. The chicken soup won hands down.


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