How to Prevent the Common Cold
Can Zinc Supplements Cure the Common Cold Although zinc supplements cannot cure the common cold, some evidence suggests that timely zinc supplements may reduce the severity and duration of a cold. The results of some clinical studies, but not all, have suggested that when people with a cold were provided zinc supplements their symptoms were less severe and they recovered more quickly than people not receiving the supplements. Most of the zinc tested was in the form of zinc gluconate lozenges currently nasal sprays are also available.
At the first sign Can effectively shorten the duration of a Vitamin C 250-500 mg to protect against colds. 1 g to Can help reduce severity and shorten the treatacold duration of a cold12,13 Fig. 5.18 Zinc supplements and the common cold. 100 adults with acute onset of cold symptoms were given lozenges containing 13.3 mg zinc and told to dissolve a lozenge in their mouth every 2 hours while awake. Treatment with zinc significantly accelerated healing and resolution of symptoms. Median time to resolution of all symptoms was 4.4 days in the zinc group compared with 7.6 days with placebo. (Adapted from Mossad S, etal. Ann Intern Med. 1996 125 81) Viruses that cause colds and influenza can survive for several hours on the skin and other surfaces (such as clothes, towels, and dishes). The virus is usually picked up on the hands and then transferred to the nose, mouth, or eyes where it causes the infection. To help prevent colds, wash the hands thoroughly...
Once your body is significantly detoxified by eating a balanced Sunfood Diet you will experience fewer and fewer flus and colds. An old saying goes You don't catch a cold you eat a cold. Cooked foods and animal foods can depress the immune system making one susceptible to illnesses. Raw plant foods strengthen the immune system. Consider the ramifications of this startling fact in terms of saved time, energy, and expense Typically, cold symptoms make their appearance when the seasons change. When the seasons change, the body becomes more sensitive and detoxifies toxins more rapidly. Paul Bragg, the life-extension specialist, recommended in his books to fast four times a year (for seven days) during each change of seasons. As you purify your diet, take note of the seasonal appearance of colds, it will provide you with some interesting insights.
In 1970, chemist Linus Pauling published Vitamin C and the Common Cold, a small book (just about 100 pages) made weightier by the fact that Pauling had not one, but two Nobel prizes on his shelf one for chemistry and one for peace. Ever since, people have been fighting over Pauling's message that very large doses of vitamin C called gram dosesbecause they provide more than 1,000 milligrams (1 gram) prevent or cure the common cold or his later (unfounded) claim that these doses may also cure advanced cancer.
Now the million-dollar question, Can vitamin C ward off the common cold The scientists say no. To date, there is no documented evidence supporting this notion. Interestingly enough, this vitamin might lessen the severity of those lousy symptoms experienced during a cold because vitamin C has a mild antihistaminic effect.
Antibodies are blood proteins whose job is to bind with foreign bodies or invaders (the scientific name is antigens) that do not belong in the body. The invaders could be viruses, bacteria, or toxins. Each antibody fights a specific invader. For example, many different viruses cause the common cold. An antibody
Amid the technological marvels of the twenty-first century, health care specialists agree that the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease is by washing your hands. Unwashed hands are thought to be responsible for one-quarter of food-borne illnesses, including E. coli and salmonella, and are a major means of transmission for SARS, meningitis, hepatitis, and the common cold. Studies have shown that infection rates in schools and day-care centers plummet after the launch of hand-washing campaigns. The most important times to wash your hands are after using the toilet or handling a diaper, handling raw food such as chicken, sneezing or coughing into your hand, or being out in public. While anitbacterial soaps are considered no more effective than regular soaps, alcohol gels in hand sanitizers have received high praise for their ability to eliminate germs.
The role of Zn in preventing and treating the common cold has been discussed for many years. It appears that Zn is effective in reducing the severity of cold symptoms. For example, in a recent placebo-controlled study, 12.8 mg of Zn was administered in lozenges to a group of subjects every 2 to 3 h while awake within 24 h of developing symptoms of the common cold (Prasad et al., 2000). In the Zn-treated group, the duration and severity of cold symptoms were decreased approximately 50 in comparison with the placebo group.
Over the years, vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, developed celebrity status with claims that it can prevent or cure the common cold. Although those claims have been overblown, an adequate intake of vitamin C does play an important role in fighting infection. For colds, extra vitamin C may have a mild antihistamine effect, perhaps shortening the duration of a cold and making the symptoms more mild. However, scientific evidence doesn't justify taking large doses of vitamin C regularly to boost immunity. For those who choose to take vitamin C for colds, research suggests that the placebo effect may be responsible for more benefits than taking extra vitamin C.
Like many diseases, cancer is merely an alteration of normal biological processes. It is not caught like the common cold but developed in the body. The basis of the cancer is the very foundation of life itself, cell reproduction. As a rule of nature, all cells must come from existing cells. In order to make a new cell, an existing cell grows in size, makes an exact copy of its DNA, and then divides into two identical cells, each with a complete copy of DNA. These two cells can then grow in size, copy their DNA, and divide, creating four cells total, and so on (Figure 13.6).
Vitamin C is found in high concentrations in white blood cells and is rapidly utilized during infection reduced plasma concentrations are often associated with reduced immune function (see Siegel, 1993). Animal and human studies have suggested that the dietary requirements for vitamin C are increased in cancer, surgical trauma and infectious diseases (see Siegel, 1993). The belief that high intakes of vitamin C will prevent the onset of the common cold has not been substantiated scientifically, although the associated symptoms following infection appear to be reduced by a moderate intake (Coulehan et al., 1974). Rauling's claims regarding the effects of vitamin C on the common cold (Rauling, 1970) inspired a great deal of research into its effect on immune function in the 1970s and early 1980s (reviewed by Thomas and Holt, 1978 Siegel, 1993). Vitamin C deficiency in the guinea pig impairs lymphocyte proliferation, the delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) response to tuberculin, the...
As you apply the health and diet system in this book, you may find that the common cold, flus, fever, grogginess, etc., are all actually efforts by the body to eliminate physical waste they are symptoms of a body in the process of healing itself. When you have mastered this health and diet system, you will have overcome the major illnesses. You will no longer experience colds, flus, fevers, etc. They will all be looked at as part of a pas and unusual way of life.
Peel the oranges, but maintain the white pith. Remove any stems from the figs (figs should be soft and ripe). Skin the papaya and remove all seeds. Be sure all fruits are at room temperature -putting cold refrigerated food into the body can weaken an already compromised immune system. Place all items in a blender. Add distilled water if necessary to thoroughly blend all ingredients. Drink this blend 3 times throughout the day, abstain from other foods. Oranges and papayas are alkaline fruits which provide excellent calcium and are rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamin C (which, among other things, is an antioxidant). Flus and colds are typically caused by too much toxicity in the body, leading to a weakened immune system. These fruits help cleanse the gastro-intestinal tract of toxicity and simultaneously nourish the body. Figs are especially excellent mucus dissolvers and are ranked with an acid-binding value of 27.81(one of the highest ratings of any food) in Ragnar Berg's...
Echinacea was one of the most important traditional medicines of the First Nations of the U.S. Great Plains and Canadian prairies. The plant, particularly the roots of E. angustifolia, were used mainly for treatment of sore throat, mouth sores, and septic wounds (Shemluck, 1982). Although popular in North America as an herbal medicine in the 19th century, it was abandoned in the 20th century by North Americans, and almost all laboratory and clinical evaluations up to 1990 were undertaken in Germany. Modern uses include treatment of colds and influenza, wounds, candidiasis, and lung conditions. Not surprisingly, due to the variability of preparations, clinical study results have been mixed, showing both significant and nonsignificant results of treatments. Some of the significant clinical results reported include a reduction in clinical scores and length of illness in patients with respiratory illness treated with E. pallida tinctures (Dorn et al., 1997), stimulation of immune...
Milk and dairy products are considerably less prevalent in Chinese nutrition than in the Western world. They are sweet in flavor and neutral to cold in thermal nature they moisten dryness and enrich yin. Excessive consumption, often found in our modern diet, can quickly lead to phlegm disorders (recurrent colds with phlegm production, frontal sinusitis, bronchitis, chronic headaches with heaviness and dull pressure). The center burner especially suffers when overfed with dairy products, and produces dampness and eventually phlegm disorders in the body. Children are especially at risk from excess dairy products, often in combination with other cold foods (citrus fruits and juices) and overly fatty, phlegm-forming foods (sugary sodas, junk food). In children under age eight, the center burner is not yet fully developed, which makes it difficult for them to compensate for excess cold, cool, dampness, and phlegm-producing foods. For cheeses, the harder a cheese, the less dampness, it will...
Edemas, swollen face, sensation of heaviness in the limbs heavy, dull head apathy, depression and lack of drive, obesity, sinus congestion (maxillary and frontal sinuses), bronchial congestion, frequent colds (see also Dampness and Phlegm Conditions, p. 64) Signs of healthy spleen qi include well-shaped red lips, a closed mouth, and a good sense of taste. Spleen qi vacuity presents as pale and chapped lips and a continually open mouth. A strong preference for sweet flavors also indicates spleen disharmony.
Homeless children suffer several medical problems due to undernutrition, including chronic and recurring physical ailments, and higher rates of fever, cough, colds, diarrhea, and obesity. In addition, a greater incidence of infections, fatigue, headaches, and anemia, as well as impaired cognitive development and visual motor integration, has been documented in homeless children.
Some physical symptoms include loss of appetite, losing weight (without trying), insomnia, frequent colds or respiratory infections, and muscle or joint pains that seem to have no cause (Sherman and Maglischo 1991). Mental symptoms included irritability and anxiety, either of which may be accompanied by depression. Unusually poor performance in training or competition and lack of improvement even when you're maintaining diligent training can also indicate overtraining. If you are experiencing two or more of any of these symptoms, be aware that your training could be doing more harm than good.
Vitamin C, at doses of 1 g or more, increases body temperature slightly (enhancing white blood cell function), and is beneficial in lowering blood histamine. High levels of body histamine are associated with decreased immune response and increased nasal and bronchial congestion in colds and flu.8 Vitamin C stimulates acti-vitity of white blood cells9 and enhances their ability to destroy bacteria and viruses. Allergic disorders. Because of its ability to lower body and blood histamine levels, vitamin C may be beneficial in bronchial asthma, exercise-induced asthma, food allergy, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and other allergies.12
Defense qi protects the body against disease. It circulates outside the body channels, mainly on the body's surface. Defense qi's most important function is to provide protection against external pathogenic factors such as wind, cold, heat, and dampness. At the same time, it warms and moistens skin and muscles. Since it circulates below the skin's surface, defense qi is primarily governed by the lungs. Defense qi prevents pathogens from entering the body by regulating the opening and closing of the skin's pores. If lung energy is too weak, pores do not close in time, allowing pathogens to penetrate and cause disorders. Lung qi vacuity can result in lowered resistance, which in turn can lead to increased susceptibility to colds. While the lungs are responsible for the control and distribution of defense qi, the center burner also contributes to the production of defense qi, along with the stomach and spleen. If those two organs fj During the acute phase of a common cold, avoid all...
Fact No scientific evidence in humans proves that a very high dosage of vitamin and mineral supplements prevents, treats, or cures cancer or other chronic illnesses. An extra amount of vitamin C won't prevent colds and flu, although it may reduce the symptoms. Some antioxidant nutrients, taken in higher dosages, may have protective effects, but research is still preliminary. See Antioxidant Vitamins A Closer Look in chapter 4.
The 35 or so of energy provided by dietary fat refers only to the triglycerides found in our foods. High-performing athletes typically consume 20 to 25 fat, but they make certain that they get enough unsaturated fats because these fats, especially the omega-3 fatty acids, are generally thought to support immune function and keep athletes from catching common colds and nagging infections.
High concentrations of vitamin C are found in phagocytic cells. While the role of vitamin C as a key component of antioxidant defence is well established (Fig. 7.6), most studies have shown only minor effects upon a range of immune functions (see Hughes, Chapter 9, this volume), except in cases where the vitamin may be acting by interacting with GSH metabolism. Unlike deficiencies in vitamins B6, and E and riboflavin, deficiency of vitamin C does not cause atrophy of lymphoid tissue. In a study of ultramarathon runners, dietary supplementation with 600 mg day-1 of ascorbic acid reduced the incidence of upper respiratory-tract infections after a race by 50 (Peters et al., 1993). It is interesting to note that strenuous exercise has been shown to deplete tissue glu-tathione content. The interrelationship between glutathione and ascorbic acid may therefore play a role in the effect of exercise on immune function.
Another problem is our inability to measure the subtle effects of chronic low-level toxicity of virulent compounds. Acute poisoning with massive doses of mercury is clinically obvious, with such symptoms as abdominal cramping, kidney failure, tremor, hallucinations, muscular weakness, and numbness in the hands and feet. Lower mercury levels frequently cause unusual irritability, timidity, and suicidal tendencies. Even lower levels may produce symptoms that most physicians would not even connect to mercury toxicity. Symptoms such as frequent colds, joint pains, autoimmune disorders, and subtle neurological dysfunction, such as an inability to think clearly, poor memory, headaches, and emotional disorders, may never be linked to real but undiagnosed metal toxicity. We do know, as I will show, that even very low levels of mercury can interrupt numerous cellular functions, especially in brain
Coronaviruses are large enveloped single-stranded RNA viruses related to toroviruses. These viruses are a well-documented cause of gastroenteritis in animals and of the common cold in humans. Coronaviruses have been identified in the stools of children with diarrhea, but their role as a cause of diarrhea is unknown. They have been detected more commonly in the diarrheal stools of older children and young adults. The prolonged virus excretion makes it difficult to assess their etiologi-cal role. Recently, coronavirus mutants have been implicated in the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).93
1) We are after a physical body that functions perfectly and effortlessly as nature intended. We should have a high degree of physical strength, energy and endurance. With little or no signs of colds, sickness, aches & pains or disease being present. We want strong bones & teeth, clear eyesight & hearing and to never to see the inside of a doctors or dentists office.
Chronic pharyngitis, bronchiectasis, chronic febrile bronchitis, chronic rhinitis, sinusitis, chronic cough, tuberculosis. j J Grandma's milk with honey remedy is still a S suitable treatment for lung yin vacuity, especially for dry cough. Back in her days, tuberculosis a lung yin vacuity syndrome was common. However, this remedy is contraindicated for all phlegm conditions such as bronchitis, sinusitis, and colds, and is frequently used incorrectly.
This antioxidant vitamin is necessary for collagen synthesis, breaking down fatty acids, and forming neurotransmitters in the brain and nervous system. There are data to suggest that vitamin C helps protect against upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) or common colds among endurance and ultraendurance athletes.
J J Colds that frequently occur during the cold fall S and winter months, such as flu and bronchitis, can be prevented by timely strengthening of lung qi with a warming diet focused on acrid-warm flavors and by supplementing the center burner. Combined with sufficient physical activity or exercise in fresh air, this treatment strategy can successfully prevent recurring colds and the use of antibiotics.
Use Echinacea is popular for the prevention and treatment of the common cold and flu and adjunctive treatment in recent infections (middle ear, respiratory tract, urinary tract, and vaginal candidiasis). It is also an immunity booster. The myth that it's more effective with goldenseal is not true.
Claims that intakes of vitamin C above those recommended can protect or cure various diseases are debatable. Mega-doses of vitamin C (10g d or more) were said to protect against the common cold and could be used in the treatment of advanced cancer. Neither has been substantiated and in fact, four cancer patients died of haemorrhagic tumour necrosis soon after vitamin C treatment was started (Halliwell, 1994). Possible risks associated with high intakes include diarrhoea (at intakes of 4g d) and increased production of oxalate leading to kidney stones in a small number of individuals with a high propensity for synthesising oxalate (Balcke et al, 1984). 'Systemic conditioning' where a sudden cessation of high intakes may precipitate scurvy due to high turnover were not confirmed following studies in guinea pigs and humans.
Phagocytes and lymphocytes can concentrate vitamin C up to 100 times higher than the plasma and this may indicate a physiological role for AA in these immune cells (Thurnham, 2000). The vitamin also affects many immune modulators like blood histamine, serum complement, prostacyclin, prostaglandins and B- and T-cell cyclic nucleotides (Jariwalla and Harakeh, 1996 Siegal, 1993). Results from studies on the effects of supplementation on the immune functions have been inconsistent. Many studies show the vitamin has beneficial effects while others show no effect. For example, a double blind study giving 1 or 4g AA daily to 24 free-living women produced increases in serum AA concentrations but no difference in leukocyte AA concentrations or function (Ludvigsson et al, 1979). AA inactivates or inhibits a wide range of viruses in vitro including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), yet no clinical efficacy has been demonstrated (Jariwalla and Harakeh, 1996). A review of 21 controlled human...
Quacks, the people who promote these products, have been around for years. One of the most enduring images of nineteenth-century medicine is the charlatan or quack. These individuals sold primarily patent medicines that promised to cure everything from cancer to the common cold. Patent medicines were concoctions (elixirs, salves, balms, etc.) for which individuals received exclusive rights to sell for a given period of time. Patent medicines were available by mail or over the counter at chemists' shops, general stores, and even seed stores. Most patent medicines contained alcohol, and many also contained opium or morphine. Virtually none contained the healing ingredients they claimed to have, and none healed.
Can Vitamin C Prevent or Treat Colds As an antioxidant and also an immune function potentiator, vitamin C has been suggested for use in decreasing the incidence and severity of the common cold. Research to date suggests that vitamin C supplementation probably won't decrease the incidence of colds however it might lessen the severity, especially for some athletic populations. However, starting vitamin C supplementation at the onset of symptoms does little to decrease the severity.
Found on every pack of cigarettes, The Surgeon General has determined that cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health. They also ignore the well-publicized connection between smoking and lung and bladder cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema Physiologically, nicotine stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and triggers overconsumption of oxygen by the heart, making it a related cause of heart disease. Studies conducted at the University of Massachusetts established that smoking a pack and a half a day is the yearly equivalent of radiation doses from 300 X rays Other problems related to smoking include a rise in cholesterol levels and a susceptibility to bacterial infections and colds. Every cigarette destroys 15-20 mg of vitamin C needed to maintain the strength of capillary walls and blood vessels
The acrid flavor strengthens the lungs and banishes exogenous disease factors, especially wind-cold. Its sweat-producing effect and ability to open pores are helpful during the acute stage of a cold (ginger). Moderately spicy foods during the winter months offer excellent protection against colds. Due to their invigorating effect on qi, acrid flavors loosen emotional stagnation and associated breathing problems (tightness in chest). With its tendency to move qi upward, acrid flavors are beneficial when experiencing emotional strain, such as sadness, melancholy, and despondency (emotions of the lung network).
Vitamin C tablet every day along with a regular multivitamin. In all likelihood the whole Vitamin C business is utterly bogus and ascorbic acid no more effective in preventing colds than peach fuzz. So if the suggestion seems appalling, ignore it. I'll confess to embracing this particular fad for a decade, but then what do I know I haven't had a cold to speak of in ten years.
The result of all of this is an overloaded body that may not be able to keep up with the detoxification demands placed upon it. As the liver struggles to play its role in detoxification, some toxins recirculate through the body, essentially affecting most of the body systems by damaging cells and setting off inflammation which may eventually develop into chronic disease. When overload happens you are mostly likely to experience all kinds of niggly symptoms. Allergies, hayfever, hormonal imbalance, low energy, susceptibility to colds, fatigue, poor alcohol or caffeine tolerance, digestive disturbances and headaches are just a few initial complaints that may occur.
In addition to the pharmacopeia supplied within plant foods, exercise also works to protect us from disease. Exercise plays a preventive role in heart disease, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, resistance to colds, infections, and depression. It improves circulation, lung function, skin and muscle tone, wound healing, lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).
That gives a seemingly endless variety of flavor experiences. This is why people think that they cannot taste when they have colds the real problem is that they are unable to smell anything. The aroma of chocolate is extremely complex and difficult to duplicate. Indeed, no single compound has been found that mimics this odor (51). Many of the components of chocolate flavor develop during two crucial stages of processing of the bean fermentation and roasting (7, 51). Outside of the context of chocolate candy, aroma is the sensory characteristic that conveys chocolate flavor in products such as chocolate ice cream, or cookies or cake. So an individual with a bad cold would not be able to distinguish chocolate ice cream from coffee ice cream with eyes closed (both would have a bitter-sweet taste and the aroma cue would be blocked by the congestion).
JAN Some years ago, when I was in my mid twenties, I was experiencing poor health. I caught colds often and had other niggling and uncomfortable chronic symptoms such as persistent thrush and ear infections. After visiting a naturopath, I underwent a detox program, a little more strict than ours, for two months. I also took several supplements to help my body detoxify and re-balance.
A recent area of concern related to tobacco use has been nonsmokers' exposure to second-hand smoke. Parental smoking has been proven to contribute to increased rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in addition to chronic illnesses in children such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, and pneumonia. Pregnant women who chew tobacco, smoke, or are exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of miscarriage and of giving birth to low birth weight babies, who are prone to infection. Women who smoke are more likely to be victims of primary and secondary infertility, to have delays in conceiving, and to have an increased risk of early menopause and low bone density ( Current Issues and Forthcoming Events ). Most women are unaware of these dangers. Not only can the expectant mother place her unborn fetus in danger, but she can also place herself at risk for future smok-ing-related diseases and early mortality.
Immunosuppression in the ability of lymphocytes to respond to immune challenges. The duration and intensity of exercise can also impact the immune response. Exhaustive prolonged exercise can decrease muscle glutamine levels, which is typically magnified after athletic injury. Castell et al.19 observed that glutamine supplementation (5 g in 330 ml of water) immediately after and 2 h after a marathon decreased the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections up to 7 days following the race. Likewise, Bassit et al.20 observed that branched-chain amino acid supplements (6 g day for 15 days), which are precursors for glutamine, prior to a triathlon or 30km run prevented a 40 decline in the nitrogen-stimulated lymphocyte proliferation observed in the control group post-exercise. Additionally, the branched-chain amino acid supplementation prevented the post-exercise fall in plasma glutamine concentrations and was also associated with an increase in interleukin 2 and interferon production,...
A variety of different symptoms can be involved with IgE-mediated food allergy (2). Different individuals will experience different symptoms on exposure to the same offending food. Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) are very common because the gastrointestinal tract is the organ of initial insult in food allergies. Cutaneous symptoms (hives, itching, eczema and swelling) are also fairly common eczema is especially common in infants. Respiratory symptoms (rhinitis, asthma) are uncommon symptoms with food allergies but asthma is a very serious, potentially life-threatening manifestation (12). Anaphylactic shock is the most frightening symptom associated with food allergies, although fortunately it is fairly rare. Anaphylactic shock involves multiple effects of the mediators on numerous tissues with gastrointestinal, cutaneous, respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms. Death can occur within 15 min of the onset of anaphylactic shock. Deaths have been documented from...
A variety of fruit beverages are often served in the Caribbean. Beverages include green tea and bush tea, served sweetened with sugar or honey, with or without milk. Bush tea is an infusion of tropical shrubs, grasses, and leaves that has a number of medicinal uses. People drink it as a remedy for gas, the common cold, asthma, high blood pressure, fever, and other ailments. Sweetened commercial drinks made from carrot, beet, guava, tamarind, and other fruits and vegetables are also popular.