By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Vitamin D Good for Colds? Will it Battle the …

    Grandmothers in Scandinavia have been forcing children to swallow cod liver oil for hundreds of years. They knew it acted as a tonic in the winter to keep colds and other upper respiratory tract infec…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 34 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Cough Medicine Disappearance Can …

    One of the most popular cough medicines in pharmacies for over 100 years was terpin hydrate. It was an expectorant, meaning that it was prescribed by physicians to loosen mucus and ease congestion. It…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Your Cough with Cayenne Pepper

    In the winter, when colds and flu viruses are common, one of the most common complaints is a cough that lingers long after the infection has cleared up. Of course, the congestion, sneezing and general…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Vicks On the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Place…

    Whenever we get a question about putting Vicks on the feet for a nighttime cough we hear from skeptics who insist that this is a placebo effect. Since there are no scientific studies to prove otherwis…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 3 Comments
    Can Cod Liver Oil Strengthen Your Immune System?

    As cold and flu season sets in, it makes sense to do what we can to strengthen the immune system and ward off these respiratory infections. Will cod liver oil help? To protect yourself from the flu, p…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 8 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

    Every winter, millions of people suffer with congestion, coughs, fever and other symptoms of the common cold. They may lose days from work. (If they don't take time off, they spread the virus causing …

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 30 Comments
    Can Science Explain Why Vicks on the Feet Calms …

    Around the year 2000 a nurse called into our syndicated radio show to tell us that she calmed nighttime coughs by applying Vicks VapoRub to the soles of her children's feet. She then put socks on the …

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Cod Liver Oil

    With the change in seasons, people are becoming more susceptible to coughs and sneezes. Could taking cod liver oil help them avoid colds or recover more quickly? A History of Cod Liver Oil: Q. I'd li…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2016 20 Comments
    Is There a Natural Herbal Remedy for Colds?

    Colds that hit late in the season can be especially nasty. This reader has really suffered: Q. I have a terrible time with colds and flu symptoms all the time. No sooner do I get over one cold than I …

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Supplements

    People have been searching for centuries for a way to prevent colds. That, we've been told, was one of the motivations for dosing children with cod liver oil in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Non…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2016 11 Comments
    Can You Boost Your Immune System with Extra Zinc…

    Most people would like to improve their immune function at this time of year. Viruses that cause colds and influenza are everywhere and even vigorous hand washing may not protect you from coming down …

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 17 Comments
    Taking Garlic at the First Sign of a Cold

    During cold season, it can be difficult to follow all the rules that are supposed to protect us from cold viruses. We can certainly wash our hands many times a day and refrain from touching our faces.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2016 14 Comments
    How to Cut Your Chance of Catching a Cold

    Even if you didn't go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house in the past few weeks, there is a good chance you did some traveling. That means you almost assuredly were exposed to …

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2015 3 Comments
    Vicks on the Soles of the Feet Eased Horrible Co…

    In this season of colds and flu, a lot of people are troubled with persistent coughing. Although many expect that once the cold goes away, the cough will vanish as well, it can take several weeks long…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 3 Comments
    Tincture of Thyme Fended Off Cold

    Physicians don't usually learn much in medical school about herbs, home remedies or even dietary supplements. As a result, they often tend to be skeptical of these unconventional approaches to healing…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 1 Comments
    Sleep Deprived People Caught Colds Easily

    New research confirms your grandmother was right: getting enough sleep keeps your immune system in good working order. Those who get less than five hours nightly should be considered sleep deprived pe…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2015 5 Comments
    Tart Cherry Juice for Marathon Runners

    Tart cherry juice has anti-inflammatory properties and may help athletes recover faster from intense exercise. Tart Cherry Juice Study: British investigators found that if marathon runners drank tart …

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2015 7 Comments
    Swallow Zinc Pills Instead of Sucking Zinc Lozen…

    Q. I usually enjoy your column but your answer to one question sounded really dumb. A reader with a cold asked how to get rid of the terrible taste and nausea caused by zinc lozenges, and you said the…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2014 7 Comments
    Home Remedies or Brand Names for the Common Cold…

    The sniffle season has arrived. Commercials for cold and flu medicine are everywhere. But what should you buy? Is Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold & Flu Liquid Gels the answer or should you select Tyl…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2014 3 Comments
    Will Echinacea Prevent Colds? Results from Studi…

    Many people think of Echinacea as a natural way to prevent or fight off colds. The independent evaluators at the Cochrane Collaboration analyzed 24 randomized controlled trials of Echinacea for the co…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2013 18 Comments
    Could Vitamin D Keep You Healthy This Winter?

    Despite increasing scientific scrutiny of the benefits of vitamin D, there is still mystery and confusion about this essential nutrient. Part of the complexity is due to the fact that vitamin D is not…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2013 9 Comments
    Should You Choose Medication or Home Remedies to…

    Are you sniffling and sneezing yet? If not, chances are that you soon will be. Cold season is upon us! Experts estimate that adults will average two to four colds this year. Kids often get six to ten …

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2013 6 Comments
    Elderberry Extract Against Colds

    Q. I have found that elderberry extract really helps against the common cold. If I start taking it soon enough I can keep the cold from getting a foothold. A. German researchers have found that a stan…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2013 13 Comments
    Does a Chill Cause a Cold?

    Q. When I get sweaty from working outside in the winter and then get chilled, I frequently start to feel a sore throat coming on within several hours. It often develops into a full-blown cold. I belie…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2012 4 Comments
    Probiotics Against Colds

    College dormitories are breeding grounds for colds and other upper respiratory infections. The young people in them live in close quarters and are often sleep-deprived. But research suggests that prob…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2012 5 Comments
    Vitamin D No Help Against Colds

    Vitamin D was not helpful in reducing the number of upper respiratory tract infections such as colds or flu. The New Zealand researchers recruited more than 300 healthy adults to get either vitamin D …

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2012 2 Comments
    Tips to Avoid Colds and Flu

    Cold and flu season is around the corner. When children go back to school, they start trading viruses at a feverish pace. Then they take their new "friends" home to the rest of the family. Once virus…

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2011 0 Comments
    Home Remedies for Holiday Hazards

    Coughs & Colds: As much as we look forward to Christmas and New Years, this time of year can be fraught with unexpected hazards. For one thing, there is the traveling to gather with family and fri…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2011 6 Comments
    Probiotics to Ward Off Colds

    Probiotics may help children as well as grownups fight off colds and other upper respiratory tract infections. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of 14 randomized controlled studies carried out a…

    By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2010 2 Comments
    Kids in Daycare Get More Colds

    Daycare is notorious as an opportunity for young children to share germs, so it is not surprising that a Canadian study found that toddlers in daycare had 60 percent more respiratory and ear infection…

    By: Terry Graedon November 10, 2010 6 Comments
    Vicks against Chest Congestion

    Vicks VapoRub is an old-fashioned approach for easing coughs and congestion. How well does it work? A researcher at Penn State has found that the 100-year old remedy actually is helpful for coughs and…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2010 1 Comments
    Exercise Helps Ward Off Colds

    There is no way to prevent or cure the common cold. Researchers tell people to wash their hands, but this has a limited impact on the number of colds people catch. That's because many of the cold-caus…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2010 1 Comments
    The Common Cold

    Learn prevention tips and common cold remedies in this video with Joe and Terry Graedon.…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2009 8 Comments
    Probiotics May Ward Off Colds or Flu

    Perhaps seniors should be getting more probiotics as the flu and cold season approaches. That's because data are accumulating to suggest that good bacteria may be able to help ward off these viral dis…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2009 1 Comments
    Probiotics May Help Prevent the Common Cold

    There's no cure for the common cold, and it is not even clear it can be prevented. But a study on Chinese children suggests that giving kids beneficial bacteria may reduce their susceptibility to cold…

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2008 2 Comments
    What Can Parents Do Without Cold Remedies?

    Little kids catch lots of colds. That’s because they’re not very careful about washing their hands or keeping their fingers out of eyes, noses and mouths.When children catch colds, everyon…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2007 1 Comments
    Cold Remedy Ads Fool Parents

    Parents ought to be outraged. They have been betrayed by drug companies as well as the Food and Drug Administration. For decades the FDA has allowed hundreds of cough and cold remedies to be sold for …

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2007 1 Comments
    Cold Remedies Pose a Dilemma for Parents

     When a child has a drippy nose or a nasty cough, parents are caught in a bind. They want to do something to ease cold symptoms, but pediatricians and now the FDA warn against giving kids cold me…

    By: Terry Graedon October 9, 2006 8 Comments
    Beware Brand Name Creep in the Drugstore

    There was a time when buying over-the-counter medicines was pretty simple. If you wanted a non-aspirin pain reliever you bought Tylenol, the brand name for acetaminophen. If heartburn was a problem, y…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2004 0 Comments
    How Good Are Children’s Cold Medicines?

    Americans spend billions each year on cough and cold remedies. Much of that money is wasted. Many products on drug store shelves are ineffective, but don't tell Dr. Mom that. It will just make her mad…