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Tips & Tricks to Cure a Cold

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Tips & Tricks to Cure a Cold

Each year Americans catch more than one billion colds, making the cold virus the most common infectious disease in the United States.

It accounts for more school absences and missed work than any other illness, and it’s the number one reason people visit their physicians — even though most physicians have little to offer in the form of treatment.

It’s a widespread misconception that colds are caused by bacteria. Colds are actually triggered by a virus, which means if your physician prescribes you an antibiotic, it will be absolutely useless.

More on this shortly, but before I delve into simple prevention and treatment strategies it’s important you know how colds are contracted in the first place.

How Do You Catch a Cold?

The most common way cold viruses are spread is not from being around coughing or sneezing, or walking barefoot in the rain, but rather from hand-to-hand contact. For instance, someone with a cold blows their nose then shakes your hand or touches surfaces that you also touch.

Cold viruses can live on pens, computer keyboards, coffee mugs and other objects for hours, so it’s easy to come into contact with such viruses during daily life.

However, the key to remember is that just being exposed to a cold virus does not have to mean that you’ll catch a cold. If your immune system is operating at its peak, it should actually be quite easy for you to fend off the virus without ever getting sick.

If your immune system is impaired, on the other hand, it’s akin to having an open-door policy for viruses; they’ll easily take hold in your body. So the simple and short answer is you catch a cold due to impairment in your immune system. There are many ways this can result, but the more common contributing factors are:

1. Eating too much sugar and too many grains

2. Not getting enough rest

3. Using insufficient strategies to address emotional stressors in your life

4. Vitamin D deficiency, as discussed below

5. Any combination of the above

How to Stop a Cold

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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1:55PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Ty . . . Knew all the uses except the mushrooms, veggie spray and ear treatment. Happen to have a small cup poured on counter right now to soak a finger that was cut along with the veggies. My mother always used to clean our wounds with it. . .was very grateful--as all the other neighbors used alcohol...which would cause the kids to holler.

8:37PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Great article, many thanks :)

8:08PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

This is one of the very best articles that I have ever read in Care2. Thank you for posting it.

10:01AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Thank you. Very useful information.

7:45AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

My grandfather taught me the peroxide trick but he said it would dissolve ear wax and end the itchiness that comes with it. We would take almost a medicine dropper full and put in the ear. Yes, you hear the fizzing etc. and then drain into a cotton ball.

One warning I would give is to be laying down when you do this as it will affect your sense of balance. It passes after a few minutes with no ill effects.

2:50AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

It is very important to use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2). Over the counter chemist supplied and supermarket grade is dangerous since it has additives which will do no good at all. Fact is, H2O2 is the biggest health secret ever; big pharma are trying to outlaw it but that's a little difficult given its widespread use in the food industry coupled to the fact that it breaks down into water and oxygen. Or could they outlaw those as well!!! Fantastic link below with free ebook download; I did the health regime which is a bit of a schlep for 3 weeks but now into maintenance phase and once a week is easy. Just read it; phenomenal.
http://www.foodgrade-hydrogenperoxide.com/

5:24AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

I had to take a dose of anti-bionics a few weeks ago and have now got a very bad cold.
I use HP as a mouth wash but i am uncertain about putting it in my ear canals. If i do try it i will report back.

I had forgotten about the cut onion, will do that tonight tho and take the garlic.
Thank you for the advice, much needed at the mo.

1:33PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

thanks for the information :)

7:45AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thanks so much!

11:36AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

VERY useful!!! THANKS!!!
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