Myth-busting cold remedies

  • Article by: Warren Wolfe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 4:00 PM

Before you throw up your arms in disbelief, try these improbable cures for the common cold. With a beer, wet socks and a little faith ...

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bizsmithDec. 29, 12 6:53 AM

Try them all. If they don't work, you will have a good time, especially with the beer and oysters.

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barbjensDec. 29, 12 8:19 AM

My mother would boil onions, put them in a cloth bag and put it on my chest when I had a bad cold. Cannot attest that it worked but I lived through it.

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bassicDec. 29, 12 9:16 AM

What if you're a punk-rocker or jazz snob who finds Kenny G's music psychologically disturbing? Will it still work to "purge" a cold? (on the other hand, I've always found the G-man's music sterile, so at least it won't give you any additional infections.)

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hermajestyDec. 29, 1210:28 AM

The best thing to do is to prevent a cold. I never touch my face with unwashed hands. I take Vitamin D during the winter (2000IU is what you get from 10 minutes of exposure to sunlight), and if I feel a cold coming on, I take zinc lozenges and go have a spicy meal. I don't mean the Minnesota definition of spicy; I mean the kind that makes your nose run and your eyes water. That gets the viruses out faster. As a result, I average one mild cold per winter and haven't had the flu for years, despite not getting a flu shot and being constantly surrounded by people who are sick.

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pollyhanahaDec. 29, 12 1:14 PM

Gotta agree with hermajesty - it's the hands-to-face action that usually makes us sick. The flesh on my hands practically strip off during the winter from near constant hand washing, but it seems to do the trick. When I was a child my Dad had us drink Hot Toddy's when we were sick. Always did the trick.

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