Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Alternative Flu and Cold Treatments

If you feel you're coming down with a cold or flu, you might want to google alternative treatments. With bird flu coming, you want to have some capacity to address it yourself, especially if it is a pandemic as doctors may be too overwhelmed with victims to even see you.

I had the flu this past weekend and tried garlic and apples. I eat the garlic raw after crushing it, letting it sit for ten minutes to form the allicin and then smothering it with olive oil so its tolerable to swallow.

I also tried two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in a cup of hot water with honey. This is acidic to the teeth, so use a straw so it doesn't get on them. I did this after already substantially recovering, so am not sure how helpful it was.

I did wake up with zero congestion the next morning though, which is unusual for me. Usually have it for days and days after a cold or flu.

Just found out about 3% hydrogen peroxide and its many supposed uses. People put it in their ears and nasal cavities and gargle with it when they feel a cold coming on with good results according to anecdotal stuff on the web. Will give it a shot next time.


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