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Cold: A viral infection characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the upper respiratory passages and 
     usually accompanied by malaise, fever, chills, coughing, and sneezing. In this sense, also called common cold, coryza.
Influenza: An acute contagious viral infection characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, 
     muscular pain, and prostration.
The common cold is a general inflammation of the mucus membranes of the respiratory passages caused by a variety of viruses. Colds are   highly contagious. The difficulty modem medicine has had in finding a cure for the common cold may lie in the fact that there are so many  different types of viruses that cause colds. In addition, each new generation of viruses changes slightly in its chemical makeup, and it appears that new viruses are becoming stronger and stronger every year. 

  At the start of a cold, the body's immune system produces a chemical called an antibody which attacks the virus, preventing harm to healthly cells. For the body to effectively fight a virus, an antibody that exactly matches the virus must be produced. There are a number of immune processes that take place after infection which allow the virus to be recognised and appropriate antibodies produced. It is a process which effectively decodes the structure of the virus and makes a template of the virus so as to better prepare the immune system against a futureinvasion. 

  The virus is spread about two days before the symptoms appear. Symptoms include nose and throat irritations, watery eyes, headaches, fever, chills, muscle aches, and temporary loss of taste and smell. Factors that lower the body's resistance to virus infection are fatigue, overexposure to cold, recent or present infections, allergic reactions, and inhalation of irritating dust or gas. Influenza, also known as the "flu," is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. Because this illness can be spread easily by coughing and sneezing, outbreaks of influenza are very common. During colder months, "there always s seems to be a flu going around." Flu injections are in reality a vaccination against a particular known flu virus. A small amount of the virus is injected so that the immune system can quickly overcome the attack and build a stronger resistance to the particular virus against future attack. 



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  There have been considerable studies undertaken to determine a solution to the common cold and flu, however the "specific" nature of the immune system does not permit a "general" cure to be found. At this time, medical science concedes that the only effective solution to reduce the chance of catching colds and flu is for each of us to maintain a strong immune system. While medical experts are reluctant to recommend a nutritional approach to prevention and cure, there is overwhelming evidence that specific micronutrients which support our immunity are in fact our best mode of defence.  

  Many studies have been conducted on vitamin C, and it is thought that this vitamin taken regularly as a supplement will both reduce the incidence and severity of the pending cold and or flu. Vitamin E, betacarotene and Zinc are also immune building nutrients. Unsaturated fatty acids support immunity and vitamin B6 helps in the production of antibodies that defend the body against infection. Vitamin A is used to maintain the health of the mucous membrane of the respiratory passages. There are also a number of herbs which have demonstrated a positive affect on the immune system. These are; Echinacea, Ginger, Slippery Elm and Ginseng. 

  

  References 
  Wade C. Nutrition and your lmmune System. Keats Publishing Inc. 1986 
  Ades E. W. Microbial Pathogenesis and Imrnune Response. (New York Academy of Sciences. Vol 730. 
  Springhouse. Professional Guide to Diseases. Third Edition. 
  Williams. Nutrition and Diet Therapy. Sixth Edition. College Publishing 1991. 
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We recommend: 
Echinacea 500mg 60count - $10.99  
Echinacea 80mg (extract) 60count- $12.99 
Vitamin C Time Release 1000mg -  60count- $4.28  
Echinacea and Goldenseal 200mg 60count $12.99  
Zinc and Echinacea Lozenges (cherry flavor) 60count- $6.99 
Zinc 
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