Cold remedies and herbal supplements = WORTHLESS

Q: Ever wonder why there are so many options for treating colds? When you walk into a pharmacy, it’s hard not to notice the vast wall space dedicated to innumerable brands and formulations of cold medications. Beyond that, even, are innumerable herbals, supplements, and other concoctions that any self-respecting pharmacist would never try to sell to any one.

A: None of them work. As much as medicine has advanced over the years, there will not be a cure for the common cold or other respiratory viruses for years to come. In fact, there isn’t even one product that has been demonstrated to shorten the duration of a viral cold. Sure, there are some antivirals for use in Herpes infections, but I’ve yet to see Herpes simplex cause a run-of-the-mill upper respiratory infection.

Ahhh, that’s why I like to see articles like this . . . it’s time for these idiot manufacturers to face the music and admit that they’re fraudulent, trying to take advantage of sick individuals who don’t know better.

I recall seeing print ads for this B-S product, “Airborne” – I’m frankly amazed that they actually made money, but it’s all because they lied to people.

There’s no credible evidence that what’s in Airborne can prevent colds or protect you from a germy environment,” said CSPI Senior nutritionist
David Schardt. “Airborne is basically on overpriced, run-of-the-mill
vitamin pill that’s been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed.”

If I didn’t have a major ethical opposition to it, I could slap together a few roots and exotic leaves in a “proprietary blend”, do some clever marketing, and make a fortune off it, too.

Advertisements stopped mentioning the study and cold-curing claims andinstead touted claims that it helped boost the body’s immune systems.

Aha! Why is that? Because any one can make a claim about a product as vague as “boosts your immune system”. They can’t, however, claim that their product actually treats an illness without structured research studies.

Also, keep in mind: if the FDA does not offer explicit approval of a product, there is no supervision of what goes into bottles of supplements, whether it be a nutritional supplement or herbal supplements or whatever. All you’re buying is a label, which claims to have a certain product inside the bottle, which some marketing genius wants you to believe will make you feel/look/function better.

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