By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2021 0 Comments
    What Cold Medicine Is Safe for People With High …

    If your blood pressure is elevated, there are all sorts of things you are supposed to avoid. Pretzels and potato chips, for example, along with other foods that contain a lot of salt. You may have hea…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2021 32 Comments
    Onion Cough Remedy

    Every winter, we hear from people who'd like to share their favorite family remedies for coughs, colds and flu. We haven't conducted research on any of these, but one that keeps cropping up year after…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2021 14 Comments
    Swallow Zinc Pills Instead of Sucking Zinc Lozen…

    Have you stocked up on zinc lozenges for the coming cold season? You may have learned in middle school that nothing you take will change the course of a cold. However, that' no longer true. Science ha…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2021 19 Comments
    Have You Tried Elderberry to Ease Your Cold Symp…

    What is your favorite cold remedy? Sometimes people rely on drugstore products, but they may not be aware of the potential side effects from a multi-symptom cold product. As a result, we frequently pr…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2021 14 Comments
    Zinc for the Common Cold

    People have been searching for a cure for the common cold for centuries. To date, there is nothing that actually overcomes cold viruses the way antibiotics conquer bacteria. However, for years scienti…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2021 1 Comments
    Show 1274: Can We Make Sick Buildings Healthy?

    Are you getting enough fresh air? More than a century ago, Florence Nightingale insisted that hospitals needed good ventilation to get lots of fresh air. That would keep patients from spreading danger…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2020 3 Comments
    FDA Cracks Down on Claims for Hand Sanitizers

    When infections like colds or influenza are spreading rapidly, people may rely on hand sanitizers to try to stay healthy. Public health experts acknowledge that hand hygiene is crucial for disease pre…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2019 0 Comments
    Why You Should Sip Chicken Soup for a Cold

    When cold viruses are on the loose, you need a few trustworthy remedies to help with sniffles and coughs. One of our favorites is a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup for a cold. When our kids were lit…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2019 1 Comments
    Show 1191: What Are Your Favorite Home Remedies?

    For centuries, people have been using home remedies as their first treatment for common ailments. With easy access to over-the-counter drugs, though, people have turned away from home remedies in the …

    By: Terry Graedon November 10, 2019 2 Comments
    What Is the Impact of Herbal Treatments for Coug…

    Cold and cough season is well underway in most parts of the country by now. Are there natural approaches to help you stay healthy? And if you do come down with a cold or other respiratory infection, c…

    By: Terry Graedon June 10, 2019 7 Comments
    How Can You Find Natural Cough Medicine That Wor…

    Have you ever looked for a natural cough medicine that you can take until you recover from your cold or bronchitis? Some readers have encountered cold remedies in Europe that they found helpful. When …

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 4 Comments
    How to Beat Nose Spray Dependence One Nostril at…

    Decongestant nose spray is fabulous when your nasal passages are so congested you can't breathe. Just a spritz can open clogged sinuses. However, such nasal sprays have a big downside: nose spray addi…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 28 Comments
    Vitamin C and the Common Cold: Will Ascorbic Aci…

    One of the most contentious issues in modern medicine revolves around vitamins, especially vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid). For reasons that mystify us, most health professionals dismiss the value of vi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 24 Comments
    What Happened to Cod Liver Oil as a Home Remedy?

    The origin of many a home remedy is lost in the mists of time. Usually we don't have a good record of who started using it or when, and we also rarely have information on when and how it falls out of …

    By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2018 1 Comments
    Did the Maker Recall Ibuprofen for Your Baby?

    Parents across the country have been alarmed today to hear that some brands of ibuprofen sold as fever medicine for infants have been recalled. What led the manufacturer, Tris Pharma Inc., to recall i…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 14 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Helped World War I Veteran

    Terpin hydrate, with or without codeine, used to be a highly popular cough remedy. It was available without a prescription from the 1880s until the 1990s. That’s when the FDA decided there wasn’t …

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2018 10 Comments
    Should You Pay Less for Vicks VapoRub®?

    Vicks VapoRub® is a familiar household product with a venerable history. It has been around since the turn of the 20th century, and for much of that time, it contained natural essential oils. In the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 11, 2018 0 Comments
    How to Take Care of Kids with Colds

    Ask a pediatrician how to treat kids with colds, and you'll probably learn that there are few, if any, medicines that speed recovery or even ease symptoms. During cold season, parents often search for…

    By: Terry Graedon September 6, 2018 3 Comments
    Security Line Is the Germiest Spot in the Airpor…

    Traveling can expose you lots of germs. People often worry about airplane air, but in reality, it is well filtered. A little recognized source of contamination is lurking in the security line. What's …

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 25 Comments
    Beware Unnecessary Antibiotics from Urgent Care …

    Have you ever visited an urgent care center or a retail clinic (like those found in some pharmacies)? Getting a quick doctor’s appointment during flu season can be challenging. It may take a week or…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2018 4 Comments
    Overdosing on Acetaminophen in Cold and Flu Reme…

    Many over-the-counter medicines marketed for treating colds and flu contain acetaminophen (paracetamol in Europe, Australia and New Zealand). This non-aspirin pain reliever helps lower fever. Acetamin…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 8 Comments
    Will You Catch a Cold on Your Next Flight?

    Are you likely to catch a cold, the flu or some other infectious disease when you get on an airplane? A lot of people believe that the close quarters in the cabin make it very easy to pick up a bug. H…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2018 32 Comments
    Will Wearing a Face Mask Protect Against the Flu…

    Every year public health officials encourage people to do two things to reduce the risk of catching the flu. 1) Get a flu shot. 2) Wash your hands! We rarely, if ever, see or hear messages about weari…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 1 Comments
    Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

    When half the people you know are sniffling, sneezing and coughing, you might want something for cough and cold relief. As it turns out, you won't need to make a trip to the drugstore. You can probabl…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 30 Comments
    Should You Worry About Germs on Your Coffee Cup …

    Do you pay attention when you visit your local coffee shop? Can you observe the person who fills your mug or places the lid on your paper cup? Does that person wear disposable gloves? We are constantl…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2017 10 Comments
    How to Make Your Own Cough Syrup

    What do you do for a nasty cough? You might smear Vicks VapoRub on the soles of your feet; many readers find that approach helpful. Or you might look for an over-the-counter cough syrup. In the US, th…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 8 Comments
    Why You Should Leave the Vent On in an Airplane

    Is it possible to improve the air you breathe on an airplane? What about that little vent over your seat? Is it doing anything to help? Most people realize that air travel increases the chance of catc…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 1 Comments
    Extra Vitamin D No Benefit for Kids with Colds

    People with low levels of vitamin D appear more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections (Zhang et al, PLOS One, Dec. 9, 2016) and even pneumonia (Haugen et al, Pediatric Research, online Jul…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Vitamin D Good for Colds? Will it Battle the …

    Grandmothers in Scandinavia have been forcing children to swallow cod liver oil for hundreds of years. They knew it acted as a tonic in the winter to keep colds and other upper respiratory tract infec…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 79 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Cough Medicine Disappearance Can …

    One of the most popular cough medicines in pharmacies for over 100 years was terpin hydrate. It was an expectorant, meaning that it was prescribed by physicians to loosen mucus and ease congestion. It…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Your Cough with Cayenne Pepper

    In the winter, when colds and flu viruses are common, one of the most common complaints is a cough that lingers long after the infection has cleared up. Of course, the congestion, sneezing and general…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Vicks On the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Place…

    Whenever we get a question about putting Vicks on the feet for a nighttime cough we hear from skeptics who insist that this is a placebo effect. Since there are no scientific studies to prove otherwis…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 4 Comments
    Can Cod Liver Oil Strengthen Your Immune System?

    As cold and flu season sets in, it makes sense to do what we can to strengthen the immune system and ward off these respiratory infections. Will cod liver oil help? To protect yourself from the flu, p…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 8 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

    Every winter, millions of people suffer with congestion, coughs, fever and other symptoms of the common cold. They may lose days from work. (If they don't take time off, they spread the virus causing …

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 79 Comments
    Can Science Explain Why Vicks on the Feet Calms …

    Around the year 2000 a nurse called into our syndicated radio show to tell us that she calmed nighttime coughs by applying Vicks VapoRub to the soles of her children's feet. She then put socks on the …

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Cod Liver Oil

    With the change in seasons, people are becoming more susceptible to coughs and sneezes. Could taking cod liver oil help them avoid colds or recover more quickly? A History of Cod Liver Oil: Q. I'd li…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2016 21 Comments
    Is There a Natural Herbal Remedy for Colds?

    Colds that hit late in the season can be especially nasty. This reader has really suffered: Q. I have a terrible time with colds and flu symptoms all the time. No sooner do I get over one cold than I …

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Supplements

    People have been searching for centuries for a way to prevent colds. That, we've been told, was one of the motivations for dosing children with cod liver oil in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Non…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2016 11 Comments
    Can You Boost Your Immune System with Extra Zinc…

    Most people would like to improve their immune function at this time of year. Viruses that cause colds and influenza are everywhere and even vigorous hand washing may not protect you from coming down …

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 19 Comments
    Taking Garlic at the First Sign of a Cold

    During cold season, it can be difficult to follow all the rules that are supposed to protect us from cold viruses. We can certainly wash our hands many times a day and refrain from touching our faces.…