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NFT: Heading off an impending cold

DC Gmen Fan : 10/9/2017 4:39 pm
Whole family has been sick the last week. I've managed to miss it so far (knocking on wood).

Today I'm starting to feel a little tickle in the throat...not sure if it's just mental or not. Anyone have any ideas that work for them about heading off a cold that may or may not be coming? Should I take it easy? Workout lightly? Walk? Zinc? Tea?

loads of Vitamin C  
micky : 10/9/2017 4:44 pm : link
a lot over the iu recommended dosage. it works for me and my immune system is very suppressed as is.
Take a ton of Vit C  
LG in NYC : 10/9/2017 4:47 pm : link
and either Zicam or ColdEze

get started now!
Coldeze right away  
markky : 10/9/2017 5:10 pm : link
if you wait it's too late. it will diminish the severity of a cold.

plus wash your hands constantly and keep them away from your face.

and load up on the vitamin C
Start taking Sudafed during the day  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 10/9/2017 5:14 pm : link
and Benhydril when you go to bed
Eat Kale  
SCGiantsFan : 10/9/2017 5:16 pm : link
load up on vitamins. I am in the same boat, but have gotten sick. I am not to to bad, but I am sick, none the less.
Raw Garlic  
McLovin28 : 10/9/2017 5:40 pm : link
I used to get 2-3 colds a year until a friend of mine turned me on to raw garlic and haven't gotten sick since. First off, it has to be raw and cut up. Sometimes I'll put it on a cracker with some cheese but a couple cloves a week when your healthy should do the trick. 2-3 cloves per day when you feel something coming on should work.
zinc  
giantfan2000 : 10/9/2017 5:44 pm : link
I start taking zinc tablets as soon as I start to feel a cold coming one
like one after the other .. until I almost feel nauseous

at night I will put a couple on side between teeth and cheek and sleep with them

I swear it works
I like Country Life Zinc because it is just a big dose of zinc and nothing else
Country Life Zinc - ( New Window )
Just pretend you are sick  
pjcas18 : 10/9/2017 5:47 pm : link
that way you know you're not really sick.

I do this with tourette's syndrome, I randomly yell out profanities, because if I fake I have it then I know I don't have it.


None of that shit works  
Jim in Fairfax : 10/9/2017 5:56 pm : link
The whole Vitamin C prevents colds mantra is a myth that's been disproved by many studies. And zinc too. And taking mega doses can have adverse health effects.

There's no magic potion that will prevent a cold. Common sense practices can help you avoid one though:

1) Wash your hands often.
2) Get plenty of sleep.
3) Drink plenty of fluids.
Product called  
xman : 10/9/2017 6:14 pm : link
cold snap . Friend swears by it Contains 20 different herbs
RE: Just pretend you are sick  
Dan in the Springs : 10/9/2017 6:48 pm : link
In comment 13639762 pjcas18 said:
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that way you know you're not really sick.

I do this with tourette's syndrome, I randomly yell out profanities, because if I fake I have it then I know I don't have it.



It's like with the cardiac arrest... arghhh phbltt...

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arcarsenal : 10/9/2017 6:49 pm : link
Zinc and Vitamin C - keep yourself replenished with electrolytes.

That's your best bet.
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arcarsenal : 10/9/2017 6:52 pm : link
I guess newer research debunked the whole Vitamin C thing.. maybe it has just been a placebo, I always felt like it helped at least marginally.
I think it helps  
mattlawson : 10/9/2017 8:34 pm : link
Been doing emergen-c every day. Knock on wood I'm the only person I know to avoid it. All kids and wife got it
Zinc supplement or Zicam  
eclipz928 : 10/9/2017 8:51 pm : link
Take 50 mg zinc a day with food, or Zicam every 3 to 4 hours for a week. Go easy on the alcohol and drink lots of water.
been taking a 1000 mg vit c cap every few hours  
DC Gmen Fan : 10/9/2017 8:53 pm : link
and some cold eze zinc lozengers every few hours

chewed raw garlic mmmm
drank apple cider vinegar - mmmm

lots o water


so far so good
stay tuned
RE: been taking a 1000 mg vit c cap every few hours  
Jim in Fairfax : 10/9/2017 8:58 pm : link
In comment 13640151 DC Gmen Fan said:
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and some cold eze zinc lozengers every few hours

chewed raw garlic mmmm
drank apple cider vinegar - mmmm

lots o water


so far so good
stay tuned


OK. Good luck with the kidney stones.
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eclipz928 : 10/9/2017 9:09 pm : link
In comment 13639861 arcarsenal said:
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I guess newer research debunked the whole Vitamin C thing.. maybe it has just been a placebo, I always felt like it helped at least marginally.

People who are sick have been shown to have a Vitamin C deficiency, but there isn't strong evidence that supplementing with Vitamin C actually helps with immunity.

It's likely due to the synergistic nature of vitamins - certain vitamins strengthen the effect of other vitamins and aid in their absorption.

It's more effective to take a multivitamin rather than just a C or B supplement on it's own.
RE: RE: been taking a 1000 mg vit c cap every few hours  
DC Gmen Fan : 10/9/2017 9:21 pm : link
In comment 13640156 Jim in Fairfax said:
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and some cold eze zinc lozengers every few hours

chewed raw garlic mmmm
drank apple cider vinegar - mmmm

lots o water


so far so good
stay tuned



OK. Good luck with the kidney stones.


Why the kidney stones?
RE: RE: RE: been taking a 1000 mg vit c cap every few hours  
Jim in Fairfax : 10/9/2017 9:36 pm : link
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and some cold eze zinc lozengers every few hours

chewed raw garlic mmmm
drank apple cider vinegar - mmmm

lots o water


so far so good
stay tuned



OK. Good luck with the kidney stones.



Why the kidney stones?

High-dose vitamin C linked to kidney stones in men - ( New Window )
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micky : 10/9/2017 9:39 pm : link
In comment 13639861 arcarsenal said:
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I guess newer research debunked the whole Vitamin C thing.. maybe it has just been a placebo, I always felt like it helped at least marginally.



arc it helps me a lot..had quite a few infections and etc and it knocked it right out. a lot of powdered high iu dosage
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Jim in Fairfax : 10/9/2017 10:01 pm : link
In comment 13640270 micky said:
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I guess newer research debunked the whole Vitamin C thing.. maybe it has just been a placebo, I always felt like it helped at least marginally.




arc it helps me a lot..had quite a few infections and etc and it knocked it right out. a lot of powdered high iu dosage

Cool. You also might consider mercury. And bloodletting.
No bull sh1$  
bradshaw44 : 10/9/2017 10:15 pm : link
Clove of garlic. It breaks everything up in your system and it all just comes out via loogie and snot.
There's nothing you can do.  
BUgiantfan : 10/9/2017 11:24 pm : link
Maybe don't over exert yourself but getting a cold is about your immune system developing antibodies to the virus and catching up with the viral infection. To date, there is absolutely nothing you can do to speed up this process. The only way supplements help is if you're malnourished and if you are, you've got bigger problems than a cold.
I was the same way  
Rick5 : 10/10/2017 8:06 am : link
yesterday; now I am in full-blown cold mode. Sucks. Colds were never fun, but after I turned about 45 or so, they took on a new level of crapiness.
vitamin C and Zinc  
giantfan2000 : 10/10/2017 10:11 am : link
mega does of vitamin C has been proven to ineffective

the most important reason is a mega dose just goes right out your body and isn't absorbed

zinc has definitely been proven effective -- but it is cost benefit
Zinc for colds: The final word? - ( New Window )
Nuts! Maybe It's an Infection  
Percy : 10/12/2017 8:33 pm : link
Start a Z-pack at once -- an antibiotic that will work if an infection is causing this. If it isn't, and it's a virus (the usual) instead, no harm done. Then rest, a couple of aspirin, and time passing will get you through it.
Vitamin C and a shitload of Gatorade!!!  
Bockman : 10/12/2017 8:40 pm : link
Good for hangovers and colds :)
This product works well for me.  
Ira : 10/12/2017 8:45 pm : link
It's a 1 oz spray. They also sell a 4 oz refill. I think this website gives free shipping for orders over $20.
Link - ( New Window )
RE: Nuts! Maybe It's an Infection  
Jim in Fairfax : 10/12/2017 9:06 pm : link
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Start a Z-pack at once -- an antibiotic that will work if an infection is causing this. If it isn't, and it's a virus (the usual) instead, no harm done.


Horrible advice. Overuse of antibiotics when not needed is why antibiotic resistant bacteria strains are running rampant. Not to mention antibiotics damage the healthy bacteria in your GI tract. Unless you've been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, taking antibiotics is just stupid, and malpractice on the doctor's part.
RE: RE: Nuts! Maybe It's an Infection  
Percy : 10/13/2017 9:24 am : link
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Start a Z-pack at once -- an antibiotic that will work if an infection is causing this. If it isn't, and it's a virus (the usual) instead, no harm done.



Horrible advice. Overuse of antibiotics when not needed is why antibiotic resistant bacteria strains are running rampant. Not to mention antibiotics damage the healthy bacteria in your GI tract. Unless you've been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, taking antibiotics is just stupid, and malpractice on the doctor's part.


Hysterical reaction. My layman's advice was about self-medication for someone who's planned ahead for possible illness and has a Z-pack on hand, not someone who's already seeing a doctor already about the illness. Of course, a doctor should check for an infection before prescribing an antibiotic. But the "overuse" argument fails for individuals who usually are not and do not become ill, but, as it turns out, have caught an infection from somewhere and are suffering from it. Amazing how healthy bacteria in one's GI tract will survive an occasional "unnecessary" dose of antibiotic. Your reaction is a little like over-worrying damage to the environment from detergents and "climate change."
neti pot  
djm : 10/13/2017 9:56 am : link
everything else is bullshit. Drink lots of water. Use the neti pot 2-3-4 times a day. Trust me. I know. I have a kid in day care that has gotten sick 3-4-5 times every year. So have I but at least the neti pot has kept the colds at bay and prevented any infection or sinus infections.

Neti pot. Trust me. Vitamin C and all that over the counter preventive crap won't work.
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spike : 10/13/2017 10:10 am : link
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Start a Z-pack at once -- an antibiotic that will work if an infection is causing this. If it isn't, and it's a virus (the usual) instead, no harm done.



Horrible advice. Overuse of antibiotics when not needed is why antibiotic resistant bacteria strains are running rampant. Not to mention antibiotics damage the healthy bacteria in your GI tract. Unless you've been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, taking antibiotics is just stupid, and malpractice on the doctor's part.



Hysterical reaction. My layman's advice was about self-medication for someone who's planned ahead for possible illness and has a Z-pack on hand, not someone who's already seeing a doctor already about the illness. Of course, a doctor should check for an infection before prescribing an antibiotic. But the "overuse" argument fails for individuals who usually are not and do not become ill, but, as it turns out, have caught an infection from somewhere and are suffering from it. Amazing how healthy bacteria in one's GI tract will survive an occasional "unnecessary" dose of antibiotic. Your reaction is a little like over-worrying damage to the environment from detergents and "climate change."


Wrong answer. Antibiotic resistant bacteria is real and will become a huge threat in the next decades. Heard of MRSA? That is just one of many
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Percy : 10/13/2017 11:52 am : link
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Start a Z-pack at once -- an antibiotic that will work if an infection is causing this. If it isn't, and it's a virus (the usual) instead, no harm done.



Horrible advice. Overuse of antibiotics when not needed is why antibiotic resistant bacteria strains are running rampant. Not to mention antibiotics damage the healthy bacteria in your GI tract. Unless you've been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, taking antibiotics is just stupid, and malpractice on the doctor's part.



Hysterical reaction. My layman's advice was about self-medication for someone who's planned ahead for possible illness and has a Z-pack on hand, not someone who's already seeing a doctor already about the illness. Of course, a doctor should check for an infection before prescribing an antibiotic. But the "overuse" argument fails for individuals who usually are not and do not become ill, but, as it turns out, have caught an infection from somewhere and are suffering from it. Amazing how healthy bacteria in one's GI tract will survive an occasional "unnecessary" dose of antibiotic. Your reaction is a little like over-worrying damage to the environment from detergents and "climate change."



Wrong answer. Antibiotic resistant bacteria is real and will become a huge threat in the next decades. Heard of MRSA? That is just one of many

Spike: In general you're right (over use of antibiotics in general tends to promote the survival and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria). In an individual case you're probably not right (overuse by the individual is not going to result in that individual developing an antibiotic resistant bacterial infection -- the individual either already has such a resistant bacterial infection or does not, and if not, but the individual does have a bacterial infection that is not resistant, use of an antibiotic can end the problem for that individual).

If the sickness us caused by a virus after all and not by a bacterial infection, use of the antibiotic will do nothing. If we apply this to all who fear or have colds (and it seems to be done by up to a third of such people as things stand), we get back into the general problem. I was addressing the poster, however, not the entire cold-fearing general public.
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