Common Cold and Flu Remedies

This is a short extract about Common Cold and Flu Remedies from Dr Fuhrman’s new book, Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defences to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free

Super Immunity

“Many people ill with a cold, bronchitis (bad cold with cough), sinusitis (bad cold with stuffed face), or pharyngitis (bad cold with sore throat), will look for over-the-counter pharmaceutical products or alternative remedies for relief.
Plus, using a scientific-sounding medical term such as sinusitis or bronchitis does not justify using antibiotics and other drugs. They are still viral illnesses.
Plus, most of the options that offer a degree of symptomatic relief have risks and toxicities that make the marginal amount of aid they offer not worth it. Treatments focus on relieving symptoms (e. g., cough, nasal congestion), but as symptoms are lessened, the person stays ill longer. Over-the-counter cold and flu remedies are also ineffective (or reduce symptoms only very temporarily) and are not without significant risk.
The symptoms we experience with illness are the body’s natural healing and protective measures. Suppressing these more often than not extends the length of an illness. This is true with fever reducers, decongestants, cough suppressants, and similar remedies.
So how do we relieve these symptoms? We don’t; instead, we provide our body the necessary ingredients to do its job. This means getting extra rest, eating well, and letting the body carry out its immune functions without interference.”

Dr Fuhrman then goes on to list the common over-the-counter remedies used and explains why their main active ingredient is either not effective or has detrimental side effects.
This book is a must read if you are at all interested in you and your families health and wellbeing.

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5 Responses to Common Cold and Flu Remedies

  1. sarasinart says:

    Reading your blog while I have a mess of collard greens cooking……….good combination!

    • Sounds good. I’ve just started my first batch of Kefir in Almond Nut Milk using a whole milk culture that I bought from a lady in Melbourne. I’m experimenting with an AlmondNut milk I bought from the supermarket and an Almond Nut milk I made myself to see if there is any difference. I got the idea from the book “Wild Fermentation” by Ellix Katz, where he mentions good results using nut milks. Fingers crossed. Paul


  2. sarasinart says:

    There’s a farm out the road that raises several kinds of animals, all organic and sells their meat, as well as cheese and eggs, and also raw milk. I’ve bought things from them several times. They also make and sell Kefir but I’ve never tried it.

    Fingers crossed!

    • It’s supposed to be a very good probiotic. Very similar to yoghurt. I’ve put a tablespoon of Kefir culture into a litre of Almond Milk. You are then supposed to leave it at room temperature with a tea towel over the topand after a few days you strain the mixture through a piece of muslin cloth retaining the lumps for your next batch. This way you have a never ending supply of culture. I hope it works. I’ll keep you informed. Paul


  3. sarasinart says:

    Fingers crossed it works for you!

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