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Pathogens: Prevention and Treatments

Common Cold


Some supplements such as garlic, may help prevent or shorten viral infections. However, every viral strain is unique, so what may work for one strain may not work with another.

Other supplements to look into:
Astragalus Membranaceus1
Zinc and elderberry lozenges or syrup, except that the “vast majority” of studies were funded by a company that sells a patented extract.

Cough Suppresant

Just about everything that works as a decongestant will help with a cough, so read both sections for a full arsenal of remedies.

Sugar and menthol suppress the cough reflex. According to the study, the relief provided by suppressing cough can be detrimental to resolving infection. Sweet Taste and Menthol Increase Cough Reflex Thresholds, Wise Breslin and Dalton 2015. Personally, I'd rather be sick an extra day if it means I'm not being tortured for several.

Theobromine in cocoa outperforms pharmaceutical based cough suppressants. Pharmaceutical cough suppressants are not much more effective than placebo, and I have no idea why people keep taking them, despite the lack of evidence for efficacy.


Saline Solution

Saline Nasal Rinse, Dr. Mas Takashima, Baylor College of Medicine. See also

A bunch of salt added to sterile water. Nothing gentle about it. Give your sinus a REAL reason to start dripping. Let it sting baby! By the time your sinus membrane has finished reacting to the salt water, it will be too exhausted with mucus production, and will give you a bit of a breather from having to blow your nose constantly. Congestion relief. As a bonus it shortens the length of your sinus infection.

Although effective against bacteria, saline rinsing is not effective against COVID. Some other rinses/gargles are effective, but their safety is not proven. See The effectiveness of various gargle formulations and salt water against SARS-CoV-2, ationg et al 2021

Spicy Food

Another way to overstimulate your sinus into submission, is spicy hot food (picante). Especially in the form of hot soup. Although I don't know if it was that or the matico I had as a tea.

Menthol Drops

Menthol eucalyptus drops offer temporary but satisfying relief. Although some research is against this, I think probably due to the sugar content of the drops.

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Intermittent Fasting

It may not be good to fast during a common cold, because of studies showing that cellular autophagy metabolism promotes viral reproduction:
Autophagy induction regulates influenza virus replication in a time-dependent manner
Autophagy Promotes Replication of Influenza A Virus In Vitro
However, different viruses may exploit different cellular machinery, so this conclusion may not apply to all viruses.


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health/pathogens.txt · Last modified: 2024/03/25 02:48 by marcos