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Why isn't there a cure for the common cold?!
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Dave1004 wrote:

If you feel a cold starting, take some (I can't remember the spelling...Sounds like "Echinasia"), and it'll help fight it off.


I believe you're thinking of Echinacea: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinacea#Medicinal_effects]

ech·i·na·cea (noun)

- any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea whose leaves, roots, and other parts are used in herbal medicine to promote wound healing and enhance the immune system.
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Posted 11/7/11
The day someone finds a cure to the common cold is the day someone divides by zero.
Posted 11/7/11
Ugh so it's this time of the year..
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Posted 11/7/11
Because Big Pharm wants to make sure there isn't one while they line their pockets, making us have to take pills that damage certain parts of our bodies overtime.
Posted 11/7/11
Hot milk and honey?

Never tried it, but I will right now, I'm not sick anymore though, I stay sick for only about 2-3 days.
Posted 11/7/11
Because we haven't created one yet.
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did u really start this topic, looks like your not going to med school
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Creating a cure....even a vaccine, is next to impossible. The amount of mutations that the viruses go through is immense and therefore impossible to obtain complete immunity.
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Easy money for dem doctors that's why.
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it's about money, the make more selling stuff that will help prevent or help mask the symptoms than cure it "why loose money on cough meds, musinex etc". Also it's a cold.. No one in a developed country like ours should have to worry to much about a cold "epically dying" I actually have one myself right so I am off to bed.. heh
Posted 11/7/11

Aero-Mach wrote:

Hot milk and honey?

Never tried it, but I will right now, I'm not sick anymore though, I stay sick for only about 2-3 days.


It is very good.
Posted 11/8/11
There's no cure but I can go 1-2 years without one thanks to Echinacea. Its a powerful herb available in tablet form and it prevents you getting the virus if you take it once a day everyday.
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akutsu24 wrote:

did u really start this topic, looks like your not going to med school


I enjoy reading people's contributions thank you very much. If you haven't got one GTFO
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Apart from having full on flu a couple of christmas's ago (Which is the work of the bloody devil himself! ), I haven't had a bad cold for a long time. When I recognize the beginning of a cold appearing, all I do is bump up my intake of the following:

Multivitamin tablets
Fish oil tablets
Tea and green tea
Lots and lots of garlic
Oily fish, such as mackerel (If you're not used to eating much oily fish, take it easy at first and don't eat mountains of it, your stomach will not thank you for it until it gets used to having the awesome power of fish oil at its disposal!)

The garlic was something I heard of as a sort of 'folk remedy', you know, those ye olde remedies for ailments that aren't scientifically proven. So far it seems to have helped a lot, and it certainly doesn't do you any harm. Other than that, it's mostly just healthy eating whilst you're ill just to keep your body running smoothly, menthol hot drinks in the morning to help loosen and clear your night's backlog of phlegm (The version we have in the UK is called Lemsip, which also contains paracetamol), and as some others have mentioned, hot milk and honey at night really helps you drift off to sleep and relaxes your throat a bit.

Touch wood, all my colds for a couple of years now haven't lasted more than a couple of days, which is surprising given my daily trips to and from work on the bus. Buses are truly the epitome of foulness at this time of year, given how people are skanks and never cover their mouths to cough or sneeze. Some dude the other week literally sneezed on the back of my neck

Anyhoo, feel better soon Rina, chin up. Feed your immune system with all that good stuff and it should burn itself out in a day or two.
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