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We've visited this topic many times over the years here on HealthCentral, but since there's always a lot of interest in what are viewed as more "natural" treatments, I thought it might be useful for our community if I pulled all the information together here in one post and also updated it with the latest knowledge about alternative or natural approaches to treating allergies.
Why Do We Want to Go Natural?
I read on another website, in a post written by a doctor, that people often seek natural treatments because of a mistrust in the medical establishment, and I suppose that may be true, but I think it's only part of the story.
Some of us just don't like putting foreign chemicals into our bodies, no matter how helpful they are in controlling our symptoms. Nor do we enjoy spending hundreds of dollars a year on prescription and over the counter medications!
So, we look for alternatives that feel safer, more "back to nature" and that are a whole lot cheap...
Living in Argentina puts me in the opposite seasons as those I write for. Even though many don’t think of Argentina as a “cold” place, it can actually get quite chilly. Here many are going through the common winter cold, myself included, which has inspired me to share a bit of information relating to natural remedies for this viral infection that can’t be treated with antibiotics. Even though it is less likely to come down with a cold in the summer, it can still happen, and it’s helpful to know how to pass through it as quickly as possible with solutions that are much more effective then over-the-counter cold medicines.
The common cold is an upper respiratory infection that usually attacks when the immune system is weakened due to any number of factors including diet, stress, lack of exercise, sleep deprivation, etc. First and foremost, it’s important to keep the immune system in tip-top shape to help you avoid colds in the first place....
Thanks to the FDA, I now have a clutter-free, neatly organized medicine cabinet for the first time since stockpiling it for the arrival of twin babies. It's amazing how much stuff you can fit (aka "cram"!) into a tiny medicine closet. Now I'm left like many parents, smack in the middle of cold and flu season with the newfound knowledge that not only are over-the-counter cold and cough medicines not even effective for children under two, they're potentially dangerous.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,500 babies and toddlers have wound up in emergency rooms over the past two years after having a bad reaction to cold medicines. In 2007, the FDA found 54 reported child deaths from decongestants and 69 child deaths from antihistamines from 1969 and fall 2006, most involving children under 2. In 2007, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner, petitioned the FDA to end the use of nonprescription cold remedies by children under 6, a move...
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