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74. REPOST: Colorado Doctor’s Advice on Common Cold Care

One of the better online advice articles I’ve seen, although he says colds last 10-12 days and includes, but does not emphasize, warm steam as a therapy, and is rather too favorable for my liking of the Over-The-Counter meds...
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Which cold medicines work?

by Dr. Phil Mohler
Suffering poet Ogden Nash in response to his physician:

“I did not call you to be told

My malady is a common cold.”

Colds happen two or three times a year for most adults, and more often if you spend time with kids. Colds tend to hang around for 10-14 days in spite of the billions of health care dollars that are spent on them annually. Mr. Nash correctly implies that there is a better way to spend a morning than to visit your physician with your lousy cold.



• Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) for headache or other discomforts.

• A humidifier or vaporizer in your bedroom will help your stuffy, plugged-up nose.

• Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines and decongestants are modestly helpful for sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes, but keep in mind these products are associated with lots of side effects.

• Lemon and honey teas work as well as dextromethorphan and other OTC medications for coughs.

• Lemon/honey throat lozenges and salt water gargles help sore throats.



Avoid these treatments that do not work.

• Antibiotics — Save them for serious bacterial illnesses.

• Airborne — This vitamin boondoggle will only give you expensive urine and a dent in your pocketbook!

• Vitamin C — It does prevent scurvy, but has no effect on cold symptoms.

• Nasal zinc — It is not effective and can result in permanent loss of sense of smell.

Dr. Mohler has practiced family medicine in Grand Junction for 38 years. He has a particular interest in pharmaceutical education. Phil works part-time for both Primary Care Partners and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

47. from Switzerland more cold remedies

Not only do the Swiss people give us the lovely little “Ricola” cough drops…(pronounced with a yo-o-o-o-o-odel, as in “Ri-i-i-i-i-i-i-c-o-o-o-o-o-o-ola-a-a-a!” )  but they also have a few other interesting cold remedies,

Swiss Alps

yes they get common colds here too, but its so beautiful who cares?

I imagine that living amongst the spectacular snowy Alps, the Swiss folks get lots of colds, but, they are in such bliss with the beauty who would care so much?  And the musical tinkle of the charming swiss cow bells across the  grassy slopes, while dining on that kirsch imbued fondue by the fireplaces. Well, perhaps there is no big rush to getting better  .This

One good factor in their favor is that Swiss tend to be very athletic, climbing up all those steep mountain paths. They are in good shape. And they are also very developed in their snowy winter cultural lifestyle, knowing how to dress and live warmly.

Another advantage is that they are a very highly educated and wealthy society.

But, nonetheless, here’s a couple of interesting traditional Swiss cold remedies from my  friend Nadine. Both are traditional plasters that a cold sufferer can apply to your neck and chest area when you have a sore throat.

One is a warm plaster made of mashed potatoes. You leave it on for less than an hour and it warms up your throat area. I asked if one would salt and pepper it and eat it afterwards, but she said no.

Another is a cool yogurt plaster, but importantly it must be a very rich, thick yogurt. She did not find such a yogurt here in our Santa Cruz goceries, but probably a thick high-fat “greek-style” yogurt would be similar. The idea is to draw out the toxins from your throat area.

Doctor’s wife analysis:  warm is good, and I’m sure warm potatoes sounds very comforting.

Cool? Well, perhaps there is some benefit for beautifying your skin, but probably doesn’t help inhibit the virus from growing faster.

Another thought- –  if you have either of these plasters  applied to your throat, you are much less likely to go out in public. Therefore it prevents you from spreading the  germs. So bingo! there’s a benefit right there!

I’ll try them out next time I feel the rawness  coming on in my throat. And the Ricola too. And by the way, lots of hot soups and hot tea with honey and lemon is also recommended. These I am wholeheartedly in favor of.

Thanks Nadine!

swiss cows

Also the Swiss cows, from whence the Swiss chocolate is made. Another good remedy for common cold…according to Rule #10 in my chart!

41. Pillar # 4 — the most important — Relationships


Guess what? This is probably the most important part!


Relationships are the 4th Pillar of Health

Also, probably the most complicated and difficult too. But most rewarding, I believe.

If you don’t have this, then what is life for, anyway? It took me years to figure that out.

For more advice, you can turn to the REST of the internet, or your bookstore, or just about every magazine in the grocery store for help in this area.

Or email me if you want advice. I’ve got loads.(I also have lots of book ideas on this topic on my “to-write” list!)

And if you are still really big-time deficient in this, all sad and alone (NOT those of you who are happy and alone) then I send Hugs and Kisses to all of you!  Theme song for today from the most excellent James Taylor “Shower the people you love with love…tell them the way that you feel…”  That’s what life is FOR, baby!  So I’ll obey JT by telling YOU that I love ALL of you too!


BIG Tip from the ER!  — The MAJORITY of health problems Americans have today could be helped by improving these 4 Pillar areas!  Really!

Of course life is complex, and so are we.  I’m not promising that your effort in these 4 areas solves EVERY problem in your life… but these is definitely the right place to start. More to come on each of these areas

And then…after you do take good care of yourself in these 4 important areas, and still have unsolved problems, then its time to get more help.

Yep, (don’t worry Bob!) there still is a need for doctors…