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Common Cold Cures: From Ancient Chinese Secrets to German Alcoholics

Posted 3/19/2008 9:00 am by and

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It’s that time of year when a common cold can really bring you down.

The mercury in the thermometer can fluctuate wildly up and down in a matter of hours, sending you from a case of spring fever to just a raging fever when the rhinovirus is thrown into the mix.

The microscopic bug is mean. Sure you can wait it out. In two to three days, you’ll feel somewhat better, but those 48-72 hours in between are going to be a miserable, snot-filled experience.

Author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss offers a list of four potential “cures” if you want to be proactive and knock out some of the symptoms, if not the actual virus, instead of suffering through passively. Chicken soup is no where to be found among his concoctions.

Ferriss’ ancient Asian mixture of ginger and orange peel boiled to form a hot “tea” won’t taste nearly as nice as his Germanic quick fix which involves spiced rum. He also gives his opinion on over-the-counter supplements and vitamins.

If those don’t work, contact your physician and ask him about the prescription medications on the list.

Maybe chicken soup should have made the cut.

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