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FDA Cracks Down on Claims for Hand Sanitizers

The FDA objects to unproven claims that Purell hand sanitizers can disable dangerous viruses.

chicken soup for a cold

Why You Should Sip Chicken Soup for a Cold

Have you tried chicken soup for a cold? Put in plenty of vegetables and herbs like thyme to make it extra delicious and healthful.


Show 1191: What Are Your Favorite Home Remedies?

Share your favorite home remedies with other listeners by calling 888-472-3366 between 7 and 8 am EST on Dec. 7, 2019. Do you ever use vinegar?

Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub; source of elderberry extract
Alternative Health

Have You Tried Elderberry to Ease Your Cold Symptoms?

Elderberry rob. a homemade concentrate of berries and spices, is used as a type of hot toddy to ease cold symptoms. Have you tried it?

Alternative Health

What Is the Impact of Herbal Treatments for Cough?

Herbal treatments for cough can help avoid overuse of antibiotics and prevent antibiotic resistance. Have you tried sage for sore throat & thyme for cough?

Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub; source of elderberry extract
Alternative Health

How Can You Find Natural Cough Medicine That Works?

A search for a natural cough medicine from Germany turned up several herbs that can be helpful. Have you tried elderberry, thyme or Andrographis?

Man uses a nasal spray for treatment

How to Beat Nose Spray Dependence One Nostril at a Time

Decongestant nasal sprays such as Afrin or Sinex can lead to rebound congestion if they are overused. How can you overcome such nose spray dependence?

girl with cold or flu blowing her nose into a tissue

Vitamin C and the Common Cold: Will Ascorbic Acid Help?

Why does the medical establishment have such antipathy to ascorbic acid against the common cold? You would think vitamin C was worthless. It is essential!

Cod Liver Oil Omega 3 Gel Capsules
Acid Reflux

What Happened to Cod Liver Oil as a Home Remedy?

A reader who remembers home remedies of long ago wonders what happened to cod liver oil. Although doctors no longer prescribe it, people still take it.

colicky baby crying in his crib

Did the Maker Recall Ibuprofen for Your Baby?

Dosage variation prompted a manufacturer to recall ibuprofen for treating infants' fevers.

child and medicine spoon
Alternative Health

Terpin Hydrate Helped World War I Veteran

What do you do for a cough? Do you find that dextromethorphan (the DM in OTC cough meds) tastes terrible? Have you ever found that terpin hydrate helped?

Jar of Vicks VapoRub

Should You Pay Less for Vicks VapoRub®?

An irate reader discovered that a favorite rub now contains a synthetic ingredient instead of natural essential oil. Should we pay less for Vicks VapoRub?

little girl with a cold sneezing and blowing her nose

How to Take Care of Kids with Colds

Parents should be wary of using OTC medicines to treat kids with colds. Some home remedies, such as honey for coughs, may be more helpful.

security line at an airport showing metal detectors

Security Line Is the Germiest Spot in the Airport

Trays in the security line at the airport may be handled by hundreds of people an hour. A study shows they are loaded with viruses, so wash your hands before and after screening.

a hospital emergency room entrance

Beware Unnecessary Antibiotics from Urgent Care Centers

Have you ever been given a prescription for a cold or the flu? Unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are common, especially at urgent care centers. Read Joe's personal tale of woe and intrigue.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.

Overdosing on Acetaminophen in Cold and Flu Remedies

Did you have a cold this year? What did you take for sniffles, sneezes, congestion and fever? Many OTC cold and flu remedies contain APAP. Were you careful to avoid overdosing on acetaminophen?

Onion and onion slices on wooden cutting board.

Have You Tried Onion Syrup to Calm a Cough?

Simmering onions in sweet water to make onion syrup can offer relief for a persistent cough. Other remedies include ginger, thyme and eucalyptus.

airplane passengers

Will You Catch a Cold on Your Next Flight?

You might be less likely to catch a cold while flying than you think. Still, there are some precautions that are wise to follow.

Woman wearing surgical facemask to protect from new virus and coughing into her hand

Will Wearing a Face Mask Protect Against the Flu?

Have you ever worn a surgical mask to avoid the flu? If not, why not? Do you wash your hands? Wearing a face mask AND washing your hands is your best protection.

Thymus citriodorus (Lemon thyme or Citrus thyme) in the garden

Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

Sage, thyme and ginger can offer surprising cough and cold relief.