COLDS AND NATURAL REMEDIES

COLDS AND NATURAL - N Natural Remedies and the Common Cold C M 229-03 P rofessor Judith Zumalt M a Natural Remedies and the Common Cold 2 Natural

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N Natural Remedies and the Common Cold CM 229-03 Professor Judith Zumalt March 16, 2010
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Natural Remedies and the Common Cold 2 Natural Remedies and the Common Cold The cold was common when humans first began to keep written records; the ancient Egyptians had hieroglyphics for it (Fleming, 2009). Every year the average person will have at least two cases of the common cold and children may have up to seven. Why exactly does this happen and what can be done to prevent this annoying mishap in our lives? “A cure for the common cold continues to evade the best effort of modern science” ( P. Balch, 2002). The first thing an individual may do is run to the nearest pharmacy and grab the popular cold remedy, it is said that Americans can spend over 1 billion dollars on cold remedies per year (La Valle & Hawkins,
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1998). The duration and implications of the common cold cannot be helped by your basic over the counter drugs. Natural remedies are much more effective than over the counter or prescription drugs for ailments during a cold. Natural remedies can replace over the counter drugs to prevent, speed up, or reduce the healing process for the common cold. “Colds are caused by more than two hundred viruses that infect the upper respiratory system” (R. Balch, 2004). Your average common cold is recognized by a variety of symptoms, nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, headaches, and nasal discharge. Colds are caused by a variety of rhinoviruses, and these viruses spread through the air and are contracted by coming into contact with an infected object or person. The interesting thing about a cold is that once a person is infected with a specific strain of a rhinovirus the person then becomes immune to that specific strain. There are enough rhinovirus strains that the average adult comes into contact with two new ones every year (Balch, P, 2002). This exposure to new strains and a lack of immune resistance sets the stage for the cold to attack. Upon invasion of the common cold your body reacts immediately and the membrane lining of your nasal and throat passages become swollen and start producing mucus (Balch, R, 2004). Your body’s natural defense is to expel the cold
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from your body, hence the runny nose, congestion, coughing, and general malaise. Colds are caused by viral infections, which make antibiotics useless to curing or helping the cold, the same goes for over the counter cold remedies. Your favorite cold remedy may help you feel a bit better but all it is doing is suppressing the body from doing what it is supposed to, essentially if you mask the problem it can’t get fixed. The best treatment for a cold is to rest so that you can help your body nourish and replenish itself, but there are many ways to help your body speed up the process. If the common cold was documented through the ancient Egyptians then natural
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COLDS AND NATURAL - N Natural Remedies and the Common Cold C M 229-03 P rofessor Judith Zumalt M a Natural Remedies and the Common Cold 2 Natural

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