Surprise: 4 Common Cold Treatments That Don’t Work

Though it’s popular, most studies say echinacea extract doesn’t work for colds in children. In adults, studies show mixed results. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Okay, I know I’m going to get into trouble with some of you here; I just feel it in my bones. The same American Family Physician article that named study-proven common cold treatments also listed treatments proven not to work. If you’ve tried these and they work for you, be my guest. Except for one: […]

By | August 7th, 2012|Children, Infectious Disease|29 Comments

The Natural Remedies Proven to Work on the Common Cold

Split second before a sneeze. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. No one wants to deal with the symptoms of a cold during a disaster—actually during any time, now that I think of it. But being in close quarters with others will put you at increased risk. Even if you’re a loner, the natural stress of the situation is going to lower your immune system. So what can you do? Antibiotics won’t help. In fact, treating a cold is one of those times when natural solutions may be the only solution. The journal American Family Physician has a new article called “Treatment of the Common Cold in Children and Adults.” There’s still no cure, but this article cites proven methods to prevent colds and to shorten the course if you have one. Some things work better on children than adults and vice versa. […]

By | August 2nd, 2012|Children, Infectious Disease|42 Comments