Colds, Flu and Snake Oil

Cathy Arnst

It's that time of year when we and our kids are all snuffling, sneezing, and coughing, and thoughts turn to Vitamin C, echinacea, multivitamins, cough syrups and whatever else might keep us healthy. STOP NOW! Every year Americans throw away hundreds of millions of dollars on remedies they think might prevent or cure colds, and none of them--none of them--have been proven to work. Some of them, in fact, are little better than snake oil. Worst of all are most of the so-called "natural" supplements that we spend $21 billion a year on.

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