It just doesn’t seem right to me. Summer is just getting started and I am excited for a weekend of hiking, climbing and just getting outside. By Thursday, though, I am feeling a little bit more exhausted than usual and by Friday I wake up with a sore throat. Crap. Who wants a cold at the beginning of summer?!
I’ve heard about Cold Snap, an immune system booster based on ancient Chinese medicine. I went online to learn more about the preparation and to the health food store to see if I could find it. Cold Snap combines a variety of herbs which have, traditionally, been individually prescribed, based on a consultation with the patient. It’s meant to be taken three times a day to ward off “uninvited guests” but:
If you have not been able to forestall the unwanted guest, frequent use (as often as every 20 minutes) may be required to change the momentum of the invasion. With more experience in taking Cold Snap and some anticipation, you won’t need to consume a large quantity of herbs. Continuing with the Basic Way for a couple of days after feeling better will ensure restoration of righteous chi.
On Saturday and Sunday my sore throat was gone but I was weak and my nose was running constantly. The nights were poor and punctuated by coughing. By Monday, though, I was feeling better and while my nose was still running, my cough was becoming productive. It’s Wednesday now and, while I am still coughing up some phlegm that my body produced to trap all these “unwanted guests,” I appear to be on the road to recovery, just exactly as the makers of Cold Snap, OHCO, predicted.
Except I didn’t take any.
It’s not that Cold Snap does or doesn’t work; I really don’t know that. I couldn’t find any clinical tests for it online nor an assay that describes what exactly is in it. Many homeopathic medicines contain ultra-low quantities of the “active” ingredients. The claim is that the liquids, now indiscernible from ordinary water, contain “molecular memory” and can contribute to cures. I doubt the effectiveness of these preparations, but I don’t know if Cold Snap is one of these or not. After following the link, scroll down to the “Challenging Homeopathy” header for a bit more information.
It’s not the whether or not Cold Snap works though, it’s that the claims made on the manufacturer’s own website aren’t really claims at all. Essentially, they say that you should take Cold Snap all the time, but if you feel yourself getting a cold, you should start consuming rather high amounts and your cold will go away in a few days and you’ll be stronger for it. If you don’t take Cold Snap, your cold will still be gone in a few days and your wallet will be stronger for it.
So next time you start to feel symptoms of a cold, try the following remedy. Don’t do anything at all. Get some rest, blow your nose often, suffer a little, maybe have an extra glass of orange juice (vitamin C, in reasonable doses, is clinically proven to strengthen your immune system). If your cold goes a away in a few days, let me know.
And, feel free to send me a few dollars for my miracle cure.