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    #16
    There are a lot of things that haven't been scientifically proven but yet do work. Vitamin D levels drop in the winter which is very likely why we get colds and flu. If only you could patent Vitamin D and make a major profit...those would be marketed like all the other patented drugs you see on tv.

    Yes, it is always important to be cautious putting anything into your body...even if you doctor says it is scientifically proven. Medications have side effects that may not be worth the risk. Unless an life threatening emergency, there is always time to do your own independent research and consider alternatives.
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      #17
      Originally posted by creditcardfree View Post
      There are a lot of things that haven't been scientifically proven but yet do work. Vitamin D levels drop in the winter which is very likely why we get colds and flu.
      This is a great example of the difference between anecdote and science.

      For decades, people have insisted that taking vitamin C helps prevent colds. Virtually every study ever done has failed to prove that, and yet millions of people continue to believe it. I hear patients say it all the time and it just isn't true. It's a bogus theory, a myth, that people insist on repeating.

      A theory arose that vitamin D could help prevent colds and flu. Studies were done and the DID show that the theory was true. So getting some sunshine every day and maybe taking a supplement could actually help keep you healthy.

      This is how science works. Come up with a theory. Perform a study designed to prove or disprove the theory. And act based on the results.
      Steve

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        #18
        The best home remedy my dermatologist ever told me was how to get rid of warts. I used to get them on my hands. Id go get it froze off and they'd come back. Anyway...he said to soak your hand in hot water (I used to microwave a cup of water to the point I could just stand it and soak my hand for 30 minutes a night.) I want to say I did it for around 3 weeks straight but maybe it was longer. All the warts vanished and never came back. Not sure if warts can just magically go away by themselves or what the deal was but I wasnt complaining.

        I read some articles online that said to soak skin 3x a week for 3 months before you may see results. I know mine didnt take that long...maybe cause I did it every single night?

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          #19
          I have been taking 50,000 units of Vit D once a week for a few years (up until last month) and there hasn't been any reduction in the amount or severity of colds for me. Colds just linger for me. I have also noticed that I'm a lot more sore now that my new Rheumatologist decided to experiment and see what happens when I don't take any Vit D. The majority of posters on an RA forum I used to belong to were also very low and felt more pain when not on the supplement, so I think there is some correlation there. I have noticed that zinc supplements help me with colds. Not the Cold Eze stuff, but regular zinc. Some people just respond differently to things.

          I forgot to add kiwi for canker sores. It doesn't matter if it is seeded, mashed up, or whole. I used to swab some Benadryl on them, but kiwi works much faster.

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            #20
            Originally posted by msomnipotent View Post
            I have been taking 50,000 units of Vit D once a week for a few years (up until last month) and there hasn't been any reduction in the amount or severity of colds for me. Colds just linger for me. I have also noticed that I'm a lot more sore now that my new Rheumatologist decided to experiment and see what happens when I don't take any Vit D. The majority of posters on an RA forum I used to belong to were also very low and felt more pain when not on the supplement, so I think there is some correlation there. I have noticed that zinc supplements help me with colds. Not the Cold Eze stuff, but regular zinc. Some people just respond differently to things.

            I forgot to add kiwi for canker sores. It doesn't matter if it is seeded, mashed up, or whole. I used to swab some Benadryl on them, but kiwi works much faster.
            My doctor had me on Vitamin D for years and then she moved away and I had to go to another practice. I was taken off of it.

            Because of my compromised immune system, my family knows not to come around with a cold or the flu. When someone is hacking at the store when I am there, I try to put some space between me and them. At this point I haven't had a cold or the flu (no vaccines either) in almost 16 years. When I worked, I got several colds every years and I got flu shots which I can't take at this point. Maybe I'm old enough that I got all possible colds and flu?
            Gailete
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              #21
              For cold remedy, I drink a mixture of ginger, turmeric and honey in a glass of water.

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                #22
                Almost every medical condition is now curable or at least manageable with the help of medication. However, people do not stop trusting effective and time-tested home remedies that have survived for several generations. Home remedies have been used to cure as well as manage medical condition since ancient times.

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