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Tips & Tricks to Cure a Cold

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How quickly you bounce back is typically defined by you and your collective lifestyle habits — and this does not mean popping over-the-counter cough and cold remedies or fever reducers. In fact, as long as your temperature remains below 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius) there is no need to lower it.

Cold viruses do not reproduce at higher body temperatures, so a slight fever should help you get rid of the virus quicker and help you to feel better much sooner.

You should avoid taking over-the-counter pain-relief medications as well, as a study showed that people who take aspirin and Tylenol (acetaminophen) suppress their body’s ability to produce antibodies to destroy the cold virus. Aspirin has even been linked to lung complications including pulmonary edema, an abnormal build-up of fluid in your lungs, when taken in excess.

You should only use these medications when absolutely necessary, such as if you have a temperature greater than 105 degrees F (40.5 degrees C), severe muscle aches or weakness.

Hydrogen Peroxide: A Simple Trick to Beat a Cold

I don’t advise over-the-counter medications, but one simple treatment you can try that is surprisingly effective against upper respiratory infections is hydrogen peroxide.

Many patients at my Natural Health Center have had remarkable results in curing colds and flu within 12 to 14 hours when administering a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. You will hear some bubbling, which is completely normal, and possibly feel a slight stinging sensation.

Wait until the bubbling and stinging subside (usually 5 to 10 minutes), then drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear. A bottle of hydrogen peroxide in 3 percent solution is available at any drug store for a couple of dollars or less. It is simply amazing how many people respond to this simple, inexpensive treatment.

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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, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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12:31PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Many thanks!

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.

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!

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