Give me facts, or nothing at all

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18/01/2006 at 14:03
I have got yet another cold, this time in my chest, hacking like I have a Cuban cigar habit, so no running for me for a while...Anybody cheer me up?
18/01/2006 at 14:12
18/01/2006 at 16:31
"He told me that none of his three children (all grown up by them) had ever had antibiotics. That says an awful lot about pharmaceutical medicine."

Erm, yes. It says that his kids were lucky enough to never have caught meningitis or septicemia. Well, isn't that nice for him.
18/01/2006 at 16:38
Whatever happened to Hildegard?
28/12/2008 at 15:30
Just caught up with this, having read another article on the website about how to avoid colds and flu, which says there is no evidence that zinc or echinacea make any difference to your immune system!  I guess we all have to make up our own minds, but I hope the magazine guards against people who overclaim for particular remedies.
29/12/2008 at 16:31

Odd thread this, but I'm gonna add my tuppence . . . .

Antibiotics aren't given for viral illnesses like flu . . . . only for bacterial infections that may not get better on their own. However, historically some viral infections then weakened the immune system so that bacterial infections got their chance, causing potentially serious infections . . . like rheumatic fever - which does lead to heart disease in later life!

Ordinary, hum drum medics I don't think are actually that interested in viral infections - after all, the get better on their own, generally.

And to give western medicine some credit, it is doing fairly well against cancer, HIV can generally be stopped from developing into AIDS, its trying hard with alzheimer's and parkinson's and type 1 diabetes is no longer a fatal illness - to mention just a few, of the top of my head.

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