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8 remedies for common illnesses that actually work

Not everything your parents passed down is useless.

 

Michelle Jaworski

IRL

Published Feb 5, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 2:50 pm CDT

We tend to get creative when we get sick. We try plenty of home remedies along with the regular drugs. As it turns out, some of the things instilled in us are helping us out more than we might think.

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If you think you’re coming down with something serious, you should go and see a medical professional, of course. But AsapSCIENCE breaks down which of your remedies are actually helping you get rid of your cold. 

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Go ahead and break out the soup, the starches, and even some of your booze (if your medicine doesn’t advise against it), because you may be down for the count for awhile.

It’s no miracle cure, but it certainly can’t hurt, right?

Don’t think that everything our parents told us about getting sick and cured is accurate. Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown take on some of the biggest myths about colds that people still believe.

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*First Published: Feb 5, 2015, 4:53 pm CST