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<p>I'm realizing I need to develop a 'system' for treating bad colds.  In the past I've been able to depend on my super-strong immune system to knock out bugs, but as I've gotten older  my colds seems to be more severe and last longer in duration.  </p>
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<p>Basically I do I a lot of emergenCs, cut and wheat and dairy and rest.  Now I'm looking for herbs and homeopathics to treat the sore throat/hacking cough and mucus production.</p>
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<p>I also need recomendations that ar safe for my 2 year old to do.  He currently has a hacking cough that is holding on, he's been sick for over a week now.</p>
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<p>For us, a few of the things that have helped (some are longer-term than others):</p>
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<p>-getting our vitamin D to a better level---some people use high doses as treatment for illnesses, I haven't tried it but it's something to consider (high doses being, say, 50,000 IU which is about 2 days' worth of summertime/swimsuit sun exposure)</p>
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<p>-vitamin C -- I use sodium ascorbate, it's cheaper for the doses the kids and I need when we're sick--tends to be at least 15-20 grams/day for me, and sometimes that high for my kids but they're atypical, most kids would be lower</p>
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<p>-if you see good results cutting wheat and dairy when you're sick, much as it's a pain, have you considered cutting them for several months?  quite a few people in the Allergies forum found that they got sick less often by cutting foods they're intolerant of (didn't help us, but I think it would've made other things less effective if we hadn't done it, and it had other worthwhile benefits)</p>
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<p>-zinc, you can supplement zinc at fairly high dosages for a few days/a week at a time</p>
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<p>-during an illness, cell salts have really helped this year, ferr phos seems to be the usual one at the start of an illness, and I think it's significantly reduced the severity of a couple illnesses this year, but there's a long thread on Cell Salts and there's a little $4 booklet mentioned that's super helpful</p>
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<p>I haven't tried them yet, but a friend and I made up a batch of elderberry syrup a week ago, and a batch of master tonic.  I think the idea of master tonic is that it's so scary to consume that you are frightened into good health.  <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>tanyalynn</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284276/how-do-you-treat-a-bad-cold#post_16102014"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>For us, a few of the things that have helped (some are longer-term than others):</p>
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<p>-getting our vitamin D to a better level---some people use high doses as treatment for illnesses, I haven't tried it but it's something to consider (high doses being, say, 50,000 IU which is about 2 days' worth of summertime/swimsuit sun exposure)</p>
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<p>-vitamin C -- I use sodium ascorbate, it's cheaper for the doses the kids and I need when we're sick--tends to be at least 15-20 grams/day for me, and sometimes that high for my kids but they're atypical, most kids would be lower</p>
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<p>-if you see good results cutting wheat and dairy when you're sick, much as it's a pain, have you considered cutting them for several months?  quite a few people in the Allergies forum found that they got sick less often by cutting foods they're intolerant of (didn't help us, but I think it would've made other things less effective if we hadn't done it, and it had other worthwhile benefits)</p>
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<p>-zinc, you can supplement zinc at fairly high dosages for a few days/a week at a time</p>
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<p>-during an illness, cell salts have really helped this year, ferr phos seems to be the usual one at the start of an illness, and I think it's significantly reduced the severity of a couple illnesses this year, but there's a long thread on Cell Salts and there's a little $4 booklet mentioned that's super helpful</p>
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<p>I haven't tried them yet, but a friend and I made up a batch of elderberry syrup a week ago, and a batch of master tonic.  I think the idea of master tonic is that it's so scary to consume that you are frightened into good health.  <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
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I'm just going to pay to have a smilie made that says "I agree with Tanya."  This.  Nutrition/supplements which are primarily A, D, glutathione, C and sometimes zinc.  Cell salts always (perfectly safe for kids.  And homeopathy-when needed.  Usually that's not much if I've started with the cell salts.</p>
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<p>I also have a few other home remedies that I'll pull out when necessary-but really that's kinda rare.</p>
 

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<p>Two of my main ways of dealing with cold season are; </p>
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<p>I always have some elderberry syrup on hand.  It is best to take it as a preventative and so at the first sign of a cold (or when a my dd's friends are starting to get a cold) I give my dd some.  I make it myself and give a couple of tablespoons once or twice a day.  Also, if we get by without coming down with a cold I might keep the routine up for a week or so.  I have also read that you can eat a teaspoon of fresh elderberries every day through cold season... but I can't get fresh elderberries.</p>
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<p>I also make a tonic broth.  I use homemade chicken stock and add lots of onion, garlic & greens.  I boil all of this until the veggies are very done and strain all the veggies out.  The remaining broth is really a wonderful tonic, drank warm several times a day or continuously really.  I use lots of garlic.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Panserbjorne</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284276/how-do-you-treat-a-bad-cold#post_16103402"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><br><strong>I'm just going to pay to have a smilie made that says "I agree with Tanya."  This. </strong> Nutrition/supplements which are primarily A, D, glutathione, C and sometimes zinc.  Cell salts always (perfectly safe for kids.  And homeopathy-when needed.  Usually that's not much if I've started with the cell salts.</p>
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<br><br><p><span><img alt="ROTFLMAO.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif">  Still laughing over that, you know with this handy Search feature (not sure I'm thrilled with the new Search function yet), I've totally stalked old posts by you and a few other regulars.  Some days I think every answer to everything is somewhere here at MDC, I just have to keep searching.</span></p>
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<p><span>Ravenlunatic--I forgot to quote, but I was glad to hear how you use elderberry, like I said above, this is my first year making a syrup of it and it was nice to hear a) that it works for someone and b) how you use it.  And I appreciate the broth idea--I need to do something to keep my mom healthy when she comes to visit, last time she was horribly ill visiting our house of little-kid-sickness (the kids and I bounced back, she didn't... I felt so bad). </span></p>
 

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We rely heavily on bone broths, during a cold.
 
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