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
“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.