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Can Gargling Prevent The Common Cold?

November 12, 2019


  • Reply googleplus sucks February 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    ?! why not? depends on how u treat urself/body 😉

  • Reply InvisiMan February 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    The average person reported having a cold 2-3 times a year?? My god, this vegan has maybe had a cold 2-3 times this decade!

  • Reply InvisiMan February 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    @Pearl Cristo Over 13 years now! My kids, who were born and raised vegan have never experienced eyes, ear or sinus infections, the flu, food poisoning or rashes…. All things their non-vegan friends are constantly battling. It makes me angry to always see their friends sick. It's like a form of abuse!

  • Reply lneasy2 February 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I have found great sucess by using a baking soda solution, rather than a saline solution, based on the fact that bacteria, which may contribute to sore throats and URD, cannot survive in an environment with a pH of 8.5 or higher.

  • Reply lneasy2 February 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    How much of the illnesses that your children never developed were based on the degree to which they played outdoors? So many of the rashes and infections can result from overprotecting children by keeping them out of the natural environment. For example, I have never contracted poison ivy in my life, probably because I used to roll in it as a child! Children eating dirt are actually building immunity against many types of infections.

  • Reply lneasy2 February 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Another avenue to avoid is infulenza vaccines. They lower your immune system's ability to prevent infections and colds, and you can very well end up with a worst case than if you had never been vacinated to begin with!

  • Reply InvisiMan February 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Comparatively, they are outdoors less than most of their friends, but they certainly aren't shielded. The big difference is the infections, upset stomachs, vomiting, etc. that their non-vegan friends always seem to come down with. Interestingly, their vegan friends aren't sick either… anecdotal, but I'm convinced that our lifestyle has given them many advantages over their peers.

  • Reply Robberto Pyne February 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Garle my balls bitch

  • Reply Robberto Pyne February 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Gargle bake soda is the best

  • Reply Ali Moeeny February 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    It is also common in Iran, my parents commonly recommended it to us during cold season,

  • Reply lneasy2 February 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I agree…if you have ever seen the way our beef, poultry, sheep and pigs are tortured, victimized, and adulterated with hormones and chemicals which result in bacterial infections, nerve destruction and death, it is understandable just why a vegan diet is safer!

  • Reply tubo1812 February 21, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Why would you avoid vaccines? If the vaccine works it is because it creates immunity, not that they lower your immunity. Please explain/cite references. I am not a doctor.

  • Reply lneasy2 February 21, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I cannot put the URL in a comment, but you can look this up…as well as many other sources:
    “Vaccines Responsible for Massive Decline in Natural Immunity”

  • Reply wtfwtfwtf777 February 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    No surprise as a throat is a perfect place for bacteria to grow – it's warm, wet, supplied with an oxygen, protected from a sunlight. BTW same with nose – nose rinsing with salty water (with water coming all the way down to a mouth) definitely works for me. Just as I fell I'm about to have a flu I just start rinsing my nose for a few times a day. Then I don't get ill.

  • Reply Matthew Davies February 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Ive had a sinus infection for two years ive changed what i eat to try and help it and breath better it got slightly better but its not going away. Help any suggestions?

  • Reply Dr. Chris Sovey February 26, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Purchase a "SinuPulse" machine. I had a sinus infection for about 8 months, and it finally helped to break it … (I don't sell these machines, it was just so helpful for me) …Also, working on the gut (it is intimately connected to sinus health) with probiotics and fermented foods helped me a lot.

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  • Reply 0064ghost April 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Why are you talking like that? Do you have that weird speech pattern normally?

  • Reply Phronesis7 April 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Wow, I'd almost forgotten about this! We used to hear this all the time as kids growing up in Southern Africa– as soon as you felt that throat irritation that sometimes came before a cold, you gargle with WARM salty water

  • Reply 921shell August 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    get a neti pot and learn how to rinse your nose with warm salt water

  • Reply southpaw August 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Would you prefer a monotonous voice?

  • Reply dogfight156 March 7, 2014 at 6:25 am

    cool. i'm an expat living in japan. my gf always gargled as soon as we came home from somewhere, especially during winter. then she'd tell me to do it, too. she says it prevents the cold. i never believed it until now.

  • Reply Martin Laursen August 30, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    No money in telling people to gargle plain water. We must keep this a secret to protect BIG Pharma. More money in selling sanitizers and fly shots.

  • Reply Mike Skylark September 18, 2019 at 9:16 am

    100 thanks, dr. Greger (and dr. Klaper)! :)))

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