How Not to Fight Colds

How Not to Fight Colds - October 4, 2010 HowNottoFightColds...

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October 4, 2010 How Not to Fight Colds By JENNIFER ACKERMAN Charlottesville, Va. IN early fall, a few weeks after the start of school, cold viruses wing their way  from one young nose to another and thence to families and the workplace,  infecting people at three to four times the rate at other times of year. And so the  cold season begins and, with it, the relentless sneezing, coughing and sniffling  that continue well into winter. Most of us come down with at least a couple of colds a year; children get up to a  dozen. But we all know people who seem never to catch one. What’s their secret?  Do they have extraordinarily robust immune systems, and the rest of us,  pathetically weak ones? You might think this was key, given the number of  nutritional supplements, cold remedies and fortified cereals on the market that  purport to augment the immune system — often with the help of vitamins, zinc or  ginseng — and by so doing stave off colds. But science and experience don’t back this up. On the contrary, if you’re keen on  tamping down your own cold, “boosting” your immunity may be the last thing  you want to do.
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