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World's Best Advice for your Common Cold!

92. India’s ZeeNews.com gives Common Cold Overview (part 2 of 2)

CONTINUED FROM PART 1

 

Common cold: Complications

Review possible medical complications related to Common cold:

• Secondary bacterial infections
• Otitis media
• Sinus infections
• Earache
• Pneumonia
• Bronchopneumonia (type of Pneumonia)
• more complications…»


Causes of Common cold

• Human metapneumovirus
• Coronavirus 229E, Human
• Rhinovirus
• Respiratory syncytial virus
• Adenovirus
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Latest Treatments for Common cold

• Rest
• Fluids
• Humidified inspired air
• Saline nasal spray
• Topical decongestants
Prevention of Common cold Prevention information for Common cold has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Common cold.
• Avoid exposure to people with colds
• Hand washing
• Avoid touching eyes or nose with your hands
• Cleaning with disinfectant – on surfaces that may be contagious.

Compiled by: Salome Phelamei

First Published: Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 16:09

Comments

aga – srinagar
common cold is a disease which excreates the dirt from the brain and frm othr parts of the body, it should b allowd to run from the nose and dont take immediately medicine after it occures.

 

in another page for “Ayurveda” on the webite the news agency also lists religious and healthy foods to eat:

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Not only from religious point of view but from medicinal perspective too it is highly useful.

86. 17 Tricks for Cold care continued

Continued from Post 85.

These two tips sound OK to me. Best to use disposable towels if you have a lot of mucous. But even better would be hot air dryers. Since the virus lives in the moisture.

I especially like the Chicken soup one (just made turkey soup myself.)

I don’t, however, swallow the “integrative medicine” (ie. not evidence based but based on Chinese folk philosophy)  explanation, below, of its healthfulness being due to the Chinese “Yin” factor. 

The obvious reason chicken soup works is not due to a mysterious ingredient, but that it is hot & steamy!  Also healthy food with protein and vegetables so lots of good nutrition, and very tasty and soul satisfying.

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disposable towels are best

 

1.Dry Your Hands on Paper (Not Cloth) Towels

 

What you dry your hands with is just as important as washing them, says Jamie Oskin, N.D. a naturopathic physician. Reusing the same cloth towel can spread even more germs. “Paper towels can be easily disposed of to prevent the spreading of germs.” It may seem un-green to use paper towels, but Dr. Oskin points out that for the amount of times a sick person washes her hands, it can be more of a burden on the environment to keeping washing those cloth towels.

 

 

Use Soup Bones

Chicken soup is hot & steamy as well as healthy soul satisfying nutrition

 

We always wondered why chicken soup was so good for colds, and it seems that the chicken bones could hold at least a part of the answer. “Depending on your diet, try and incorporate bone marrow into your soups and stews by adding organic, free-range bones into the broth,” recommends Elizabeth Trattner, A.P, D.O.M, an integrative medicine specialist in Miami Beach, FL. “Marrow is the root of blood and yin in Chinese Medicine and keeps the body healthy and strong during the winter season,” she says. Bone marrow contains a type of fat found in our organs (in small amounts), which encourages the body to produce white blood cells to protect against infections and disease, explains Trattner.

 

NEXT Trick:  Elderberry Syrup

68. Where do doctors get their information for treatment of colds?

So there is no unbiased research evidence for MOST of the treatments given by doctors  for common cold?

Then where do doctors get their information for medical treatment of colds?

unbiased research on the common cold?

Common Cold Unit in England, the longest term medical institution in the world for researching the common cold is now underwritten by pharmeceutical companies. How can this be ubiased?

In the national healthcare policy book “Overtreated” by Shannon Brownlee, which won New York Times Award for 2007 national Economic book of the year, the basis of much of our U.S. healthcare decisions by doctors is based on three sources:

  1. Other doctors (including training from medical school)
  2. Medical journals
  3. Sales representatives from pharmaceutical and device companies who are buiding relationships with doctors to influence them on prescribing or recommending their products.

All three of those, she shows have been highly influenced in our U.S. healthcare system by the companies who are selling pharmaceuticals and devices.

But what about medical research?  Can’t we trust the research? Aren’t our medical studies objective?

In her analysis over a broad range of healthcare issues, she demonstrates how at least 80% of modern medical research is funded by those same profit making industries, which results in highly biased findings from that medical research.

Guess who has been funding MOST (and probably all) of the research for the common cold? The answer can be found printed on the labels looking at the “Cold and Flu” remedy section of your local pharmacy.

In fact, the biggest center for studying the common cold has been the Common Cold Unit, which started at the end of World War II in England. They were funded by the British government and spent more than 50 years studying cold viruses and discovered a LOT about how viruses work.

But to show where they are going with it now —

Their latest study by the Common Cold unit on Echinacea reported in October, 2012, touting results that the herb may show some help in speeding recovery from common cold virus.

Guess who is funding their studies now?  One hint is that the bottom half of the Press Release is an announcement of how to purchase the herbal Echinacea plls from the company selling the pills.