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Cold cures
Castleman, Michael.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1987.
Physical Description:
xv, 207 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :

On Order



This innovative and accessible guide discusses the newest and hottest discoveries in cold relief, reveals which pills really work and what lifestyle changes will help.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Editor of Medical Self-Care magazine, Castleman has collected information from many different perspectives on the prevention and cure of colds. He includes information on homeopathic, herbal, Chinese, and traditional American therapy for this illness. His chapters on pregnancy and childhood cold symptoms and complications are very helpful. He also reports on various cold viruses, over-the-counter remedies, and current medical research. He provides several herbal therapies, describes the use of acupressure to relieve cold symptoms, and covers the importance of vitamin C, zinc, and chicken soup. Medical self-help and holistic medicine author Ford promises 18 ways to beat the common cold (but he doesn't seem to come up with that many). He presents chapters on herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals, and diet modifications designed to assist the immune system in fighting the cold virus. He emphasizes positive thinking and relaxation therapies, and covers use of over-the-counter cold remedies and aspirin, as well as recent medical research discoveries. The old regimen of rest, fruit juices, and soup still seems to be the treatment of choice. Although Ford's and Castleman's books cover similar information, if only one were purchased, Castleman's would be the better choice for most public libraries. Robert Schmid, Univ. of Health Science/Chicago Medical Sch. LRC, North Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Lisa Johnson, M.D.
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: 1,000,000,000 Colds a Year Are Nothing to Sneeze Atp. 3
1. 2,000 Years of Cold Curesp. 8
2. 200 Illnesses Called "Colds"p. 12
3. Cold War: The Body as Battlegroundp. 25
4. Susceptibility: Who Catches Colds--and Whyp. 32
5. How Colds Spread: The Controversy Continuesp. 39
6. Cold Prevention: From "Killer Tissues" to Selfless Lovep. 49
7. Cold Cure or Placebo? Not Even Your Doctor Knows for Surep. 64
8. Over-the-Counter Cold Remediesp. 68
9. The Vitamin C Controversyp. 88
10. Alcohol, Chicken Soup, and "... Starve a Cold"p. 98
11. Herbal Cold Remediesp. 104
12. Traditional Chinese Cold Curesp. 120
13. Homeopathic Cold Curesp. 129
14. Promising New Cold Cures: Available Soon--and Nowp. 136
15. Playing It Safe While Pregnant and Nursingp. 144
16. Cold Cures for Childrenp. 148
17. Cold Complications: Beyond a Week of Congestionp. 157
18. Cold Counterfeits: Influenza and Other Look-Alikesp. 166
19. My Favorite Cold Curesp. 178
Appendix About Medical Self-Care Magazine and the Self-Care Catalogp. 185
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 199