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88. The No. 1 Trick to Never Get Sick (part 2)

In Barrett’s study, cold sufferers were split into four groups-one group was given no pills, a

Are Echinacea Pills the answer to colds?

second and third group were each given Echinacea or a placebo but were not told which pill they received, and a fourth group was given Echinacea and was told it was Echinacea. Each participant was asked to rate the effectiveness of the medicinal herb Echinacea .

The results: The illnesses of people who believed in Echinacea and received pills were considerably shorter and less severe-regardless of whether or not the pills contained Echinacea.

What does that mean for you? “A positive outlook matters,” Barrett says. If someone believes a cold remedy works, it just might. No one knows for sure why.

Barrett says that the manner in which the brain stimulates healing mechanisms through positive expectations is not entirely understood.

But this certainly helps explain why there is a seemingly endless list of pharmaceuticals, alternative treatments, and quirky homemade solutions for treating the common cold.

RELATED: 10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes As a practicing family doctor, Barrett strongly encourages the use of non-pharmaceutical cold remedies. For the record, I swear by orange juice, bananas, and vitamin C, which in the wide range of solutions turns out to be quite tame.

“I was being interviewed on ‘The People’s Pharmacy’ (radio program) and a guy called in who melts skunk fat and gives a teaspoon of it to his kids when they start getting a cold,” Barrett says. “He swore it stopped all of the colds in their tracks. That’s worse than onion in the socks.”
Have any skunk fat handy? No? What’s your go-to cold cure? Tell us in the comments below!
Joe Donatelli is a freelance journalist. He can be reached at .

87. “The #1 Trick to Never Get Sick” repost

(thanks to my media coach Jess Todtfeld for passing this on)

cold suffering

Best trick for curing a common cold?

The main point of this post is Just my Cup of Tea!– I actually AGREE with it!!!!!

Because it was a scientific study on the effect of taking Echinacea pills with random blind testing (not sure if it was double blind– the gold standard in research– but anyhoooo… the results of the study makes sense, not a convoluted far-fetched theory like so many others I’m seeing.

It vividly portrays the most powerful trick for getting better, and the real secret ingredient to almost ALL cold remedies (except the one I recommend) ….THE PLACEBO EFFECT!!!!!


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does Echinacea help cure colds?


Feel a cold coming on? Try this remedy!f you smell onions in someone’s socks over the next few weeks, do not be alarmed. That person is probably just fighting a cold.

Everyone seems to have a custom ” miracle cure ” for the common cold, and it seems the more creative the solution, the less bashful they are about sharing. A recent poll of Facebook friends revealed the following methods, all of which the practitioners stand by (in their onion-filled socks, in some cases):
Heaps of vitamin CChicken soup, preferably homemade by MomNatural foods, fresh colorful veggies, and supplementsChopping and eating a raw yellow onion (with a little salad dressing for taste) followed by a warm bath or a long shower to open the poresOscillococcinum, which is a homeopathic alternative medicineThieves Essential OilCoating feet with Vicks Vapor Rub and wearing a pair of socks overnightSocks filled with peeled onion layersCardio, a few sips of whiskey, and cold medicineOutdoor activity, hydration, and restSex RELATED: 6 Moves for Slimmer Hips and Thighs
Is the mighty common cold so wimpy that it can be defeated by a rubber ducky, menthol, socks, and a few lit candles? The answer lies in an interesting piece of research by Dr. Bruce Barrett at the University of Wisconsin.