Natural Help for Colds

The season for coughs and sniffles is upon us. But instead of
turning to decongestants or antihistamines for relief, a growing number
doctors say you might be better off trying some natural treatments. The
Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Wendy Nelson reports:


The bad news is, there’s still no cure for the common cold. The good news is, natural treatments

can provide some relief.

Doctor Jack Sheerer is a board-certified M.D. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’s also a member of the

American Holistic Medical Association. Sheerer says when you’ve got a cold, even chicken soup has

its merits. He also tells patients to try vitamin C and echinacea.

Sheerer says these natural treatments are catching within the medical community.

“People that I would have through would be the last people to wonder about vitamins and herbs and

supplements are asking for advice on this. And it’s becoming pretty mainstream now.”

But, Sheerer adds, no matter which approach they choose, most doctors agree on one thing: when

you’ve got a cold, get lots and lots of rest.

For the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, I’m Wendy Nelson.

Grazin’ in the Backyard

More and more, people are accepting the idea that common plants can be
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Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Wendy Nelson reports: