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45. “Expert” doctor says Australian antiviral drug reduces colds

Fox TV news reported last March a BIG breakthrough in curing the common cold.

According to an “expert” doctor in New York, Dr. Richard Firshein, Australian research says an antiviral drug may cut down length of cold from 2.5 days to 1.7 days. Really? Thats only 8/10 of one day!

Hmmm (we can do better with Warm & Steamy methods!)…. Our average cold in U.S. lasts 1-2 weeks, doctors say.  And using our warm & steamy methods colds are reduced in the clinic to 1-2 days. So that’s 7 times faster, from10 days to 1 or 2. But… we have a big difference in the initial estimated length of a cold, so, not a good comparison.

Dr Richard Firshein

Dr Richard Firshein Integrative Medicine

According to the TV doctor expert, Dr. Richard Firshein, Director of “The Firshein Center”, the Australian anti-viral drug requires making a doctor’s appointment and purchasing the drug ahead of time, then taking the drug on the exact day you get the cold. No report on the cost of the drug.

And meanwhile he also recommends doing natural remedies, that he says have been shown to help, Vitamin C, zinc, Echinacea, Vitamin D. An by the way, he sells natural remedies too.

Interesting. All those remedies, most research studies report to have been shown to NOT be effective.

Well, who is this Dr. Firshein anyway? What kind of expert is he? A look at his website reveals he is a Doctor of Osteopathy, graduated from UCLA, and is director and founder of The Firshein Center for Comprehensive Medicine in New York City. He is an innovator and leading authority in the field of Preventative and Nutritional Medicine, integrating both Eastern and Western medical practices. Dr. Firshein is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and a certified medical acupuncturist, trained at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has served as a Professor of Family Medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Firshein treats a wide range of medical conditions including: Asthma, Allergies, Arthritics, Back Pain, Cancer Prevention, Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention, Chronic Pain, Colitis, Depression, Diabetes, Elevated Cholesterol, Natural Hormone Replacement, Headaches and Migraines, Hypertension, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Menopause, Parasites, PMS, Prenatal Nutrition, Prostate Conditions, Skin Conditions, Sports Medicine Conditions, Thyroid, and Weight Loss.

WOW!  Isn’t it amazing that ONE doctor can treat ALL those diseases?

And he also sells vitamin supplements. Ahhhhh! Amazing, yes, that we would believe in his magic pills to treat all those diseases.

This reminds me of the mysterious Dr. Shen who claimed to treat a long, long list too, and all with just some herbal supplements

Beware the Integrative Medicine expert!