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Myth vs. Truth: Local doctor on popular cold remedies

Home remedies for colds: Truth vs. Myth Home remedies for colds: Truth vs. Myth
When it comes to colds, many people have their theories or ways to prevent and fight it. But what is fact and what is fiction?

Doctor Roy Buchinsky, the Director of Wellness at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, sets the record straight.
 
Mom's chicken soup is always a favorite, but does it really do the trick? Doctor Buchinsky says yes.

"It works as an anti inflammatory. It also can boost the immune system and can help with some of that nasal congestion," explains Buchinsky.
 
You've heard the saying "Feed a cold, starve a fever," but experts say that is a myth.

"It's an old wives tale. You should eat under any condition whether you have a fever or a cold, but the bottom line is that eating enhances your immunity which fights off infection," says Buchinsky.
 
When it comes to good old Vitamin C, according to studies there's no benefit in the normal population in preventing colds.

"Where it may be of some benefit is that if someone doesn't have nutritious meal whether it's someone who is elderly or someone whose immune is suppressed and they're not getting enough nutrition in their diet," explains Buchinsky.
 
Another myth, you can't catch a cold from being out in the cold or walking out of the house with wet hair. Colds are caused by viruses.

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