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  • Primal Cold

    What do you guys do for a bad cold? Congestion, fever, cough etc. Are any meds better than others? Can I use CW over the counter meds? Not feeling to perky right now.

  • #2
    I take the standard OTC meds, plus Mucinex (guafensin) to keep it from settling in my chest and turning into bronchitis.
    Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

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    • #3
      Thai "penicillin"
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      • #4
        Green tea with unfiltered apple cider vinegar and lots of cayenne pepper. I have a scratchy throat right now and a mild cough right now. I sip this tea throughout the day, and can expect the cold to be over by tonight. Also, extra Vitamin D to give your immune system a boost

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        • #5
          40,000 IUs vitamin D3 gel caps for 2-3 days.
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          • #6
            Tea with raw honey, gargling warm water with sea salt, jala neti, steam, spicy soups.

            And if all else fails, yes I will take the OTC stuff.

            Oh yeah, and lots and lots of sleep.
            Last edited by theholla; 01-15-2011, 09:37 AM.
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            You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout

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            • #7
              When you wake up and and one hour before bed, eat between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of RAW, organic honey. You're sick; don't worry about the carbohydrate content.

              Drink a cup of ginger tea with breakfast and with dinner. Make meals with garlic and onions.

              I've found that eating small amounts of raw butter helps, but skip this if you don't handle dairy well. As theholla said, get lots of sleep; it wouldn't hurt to sleep for 10-12 hours and take a daily nap. Go for walks out in nature and get plenty of sunshine. Supplement with vitamin D if this isn't possible.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MrsToon View Post
                Green tea with unfiltered apple cider vinegar and lots of cayenne pepper. I have a scratchy throat right now and a mild cough right now. I sip this tea throughout the day, and can expect the cold to be over by tonight. Also, extra Vitamin D to give your immune system a boost
                +1 except I use cinnamon instead of cayenne and I also add orange peel to the tea to help dry up phlegm. I make chicken soup and add cinnamon to it also. Lots of D. As for supplements, I now go straight to my Chinese doc and she gives me formulas specific to my symptoms/pattern (there are different kinds of colds) and I swear I've never failed to get well in less than half the time of everyone else around me.

                PS- since I started taking colostrum daily, I haven't been sick at all since before Thanksgiving, despite all manner of nastiness going around. I haven't even felt close to getting sick. Colostrum is also great for repairing the gut lining.
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                • #9
                  Homemade broth and a neti pot (not together!) are my cold/flu saviors. I wash my sinuses with a sea salt solution (the same concentration I use to soak my piercings, so I could mix it up in my sleep), and make lots of soup. Shredded cabbage makes a good soup veggie, as does kale. I also add ginger and garlic. I like to crush a clove of garlic and add it raw to the bowl, and then just pour hot soup over it instead of simmering the garlic in the soup.

                  Garlic is anti-microbial, so it's really helpful for people with colds and flus.

                  Tarek, I take my honey before bed, so that I don't wake up coughing, too. I agree it's one of the best remedies. Next year, I'll get my act together and make a batch of garlic honey before cold season starts.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                    40,000 IUs vitamin D3 gel caps for 2-3 days.
                    Dragonfly is correct. Then after 3 days reduce the dosage to 10,000 IU Daily.

                    However the reason you got your cold in the first place is that you were very likely Vitamin D3 deficient. You should be taking 10,000 IU Daily, then test your blood for optimal D3 levels to be 60-70 ng/ml.

                    Your immune system does not function properly without optimal D3 levels in your blood. See this link for details:
                    http://www.naturalnews.com/z028357_v...eficiency.html
                    This link takes 30 seconds to load, is the original research report:
                    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-vdc030410.php

                    Much more on Vitamin D3 in my research below:
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                    Last edited by Grizz; 01-16-2011, 04:31 AM.

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                    • #11
                      In true primal fashion I get shunned by the rest of the tribe who experience and automatic subconscious aversion to my sickly symptoms. Forced to weather the sickness on the outskirts of the village I am first picked up by a hungry tiger on the prowl at night.
                      "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
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                      • #12
                        A few drops of H2O2 in each ear a few times a day. Oil of oregano sub lingual. Night---go to bed with a cup of hot lemonade made with lemon juice, honey and ginger. Add a taste of brandy or a reasonable substitute. Then sweat it out during the night.
                        Tayatha om bekandze

                        Bekandze maha bekandze

                        Randza samu gate soha

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                        • #13
                          If I get a full-blown cold, I curl up in bed with a couple of industrial-sized crates of tissues for a day until it goes away. My nose doesn't so much run once it gets going as do chronic cardio. If I absolutely have to be fit for human company while it's doing this, I'd take Elderflower & Peppermint Composition, whose innocent and fluffy-sounding name disguises its main ingredient - almost enough hot pepper to melt the glass bottle, and certainly enough to burn out the sinuses for a few hours. (I'm hypersensitive to hot stuff, though - it might not be as extreme for other people.)

                          Sore throat - sage tea with honey.
                          Cough - steam inhalation with essential oils of eucalyptus/ pine/ tea tree. Also Potter's Vegetable Cough Remover is good.

                          Everything - chicken soup.

                          Stopping it all before it even starts - megadoses of C and raw garlic. (This also repels the tigers.)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by periquin View Post
                            A few drops of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) in each ear a few times a day.
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                            • #15
                              I go with vitamin D. Lots of rest. Water (no ice) with a lemon/lime in it. Neti pot for the congestion. And lots of bone broths.
                              "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                              People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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