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I have gargled with Apple Cider Vinegar for years with any sign of sore throat or cold,  I also clean and wipe down surfaces when kids and I come down with anything we think may be contagious.

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Elderberry also comes in gummies Smiley Happy

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I didn't realize until I read this comment that I haven't had a cold/flu for about three years since I started taking 5,000iu's of vitamin D3 daily. My vitamin D blood results came back low and are normal now.

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Isn't 2000 a bit high?  My doctor has me on 1000, but I don't feel as good as you. I have trouble in the winter, as well, having SAD. 

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It's not vitamin C that you need. It's vitamin D3 the sunshine pill. Ever since I started taking 2000 IU a day, I don't get colds. I've been doing this for many years. If I start to feel run down or I might be getting sick, I take double the dosage and the next day I'm fine again. Most people are deficienct in D3, especially when the days get shorter and less sunlight.

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That’s exactly what I have done for years, and never get a cold, I also eat well, exercise, wash my hands frequently, take vitamin supplements and I am 79 years old.

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Traditional Medicinal "breathe easy" tea. I have no health problems, this tea 3x a day for 3 days works wonder. Keeps the respitory system clear, which I believe, helps me. This tea includes licorice root, and some people can not take that due, I think, to their blood pressure. Am not a doc, so not sure if that is the reason. Check first, but then if all systems are go, why not try it?
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Elderberry in any form—tea, syrup, cough drops, tablets—a proven anti-viral.

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From Mayo Clinic on taking high dosage vitamin C:

".......Possible interactions include:

  • Aluminum. Taking vitamin C can increase your absorption of aluminum from medications containing aluminum, such as phosphate binders. This can be harmful for people with kidney problems.
  • Chemotherapy. There is concern that use of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, during chemotherapy might reduce the drug's effect.
  • Estrogen. Taking vitamin C with oral contraceptive or hormone replacement therapy might increase your estrogen levels.
  • Protease inhibitors. Oral use of vitamin C might reduce the effect of these antiviral drugs.
  • Statins and niacin. Taking vitamin C with niacin, which might benefit people with high cholesterol, could reduce niacin's effect.
  • Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven). High doses of vitamin C might reduce your response to this anticoagulant...".  

I'm always against advice for 'taking a pill' for which this society has an obsession. Want to prevent colds? Diet, exercise, proper sleep, proper hand washing (or better, sanitizer). The stuff you should be doing every day.


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Vitamin C in high doses.
Here is Dr. Andrew Saul explaining why.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5Bgdqsorg0
Here is the kind I take : https://www.nutricelebrity.com/now-foods-vitamin-c1000-250-vegetarian-capsules
I never get sick! Of course I also eat healthy veggies.
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