Monday, October 8, 2007

Traditional vs Herbal

Word Count: 2181. I'm off to bed:)

Our family conducted a little experiment the past two weeks. We wanted to see if my MIL's claims that echinacea really can stop a cold in its tracks, or at least keep one healthy, if taken on a daily basis.

The result? Mixed. For me, it seemed to work. I had just started waking up with a scratchy throat every morning, and had slight sinus problems. I started taking two Echinacea capsules every morning, along with a B-12, and did not have to call the doctor for antibiotics. Nor did I have to take more than two doses of Advil Cold and Sinus. My resut? Worked, and I continue to take it, because since I'm pulling single mom duty, I can't afford to be sick. I used to joke about the flu shot..."That's my vacation time...hubby takes care of everything, and I get to lie in bed and be pampered..." Well not anymore, or at least until he is laid off from his job and can take over for a few days!

Teenagers: Daughter didn't want to take the capsules, and since she's our healthy one (outside of ankle problems anyway!), we exempted her. Son? Gave him horrible gas, and chose to discontinue, to the relief of everyone around him!

Hubby: Same problem as older son...although he did notice his scratchy throat cleared up faster than normal, and he also drank Robitussin daily. So who knows?

A friend of ours sells these little capsules called "All Fruit", and my mom started me on them several years ago. The idea is they combine the entire fruit into these supplimental capsules, and you take two in the morning, and two veggie capsules at night. They are also horribly expensive! For a month, I enjoyed it..I seemed to have more energy, and as I am one who will only eat an occasional apple or bananna, and only carrots, corn, brocolli, and frozen peas (I hate canned!), they were probably doing me a world of good! But then we went away for a weekend, and I forgot to take my little bottles with me. And the weather turned cold and I promptly caught a cold. I got tired of taking all those pills, and stopped taking the fruit and veggie ones, because by now, I was expected to pay for my own supply, and we couldn't afford it.

So for now, I'm sticking with my three little daily pills. And since hubby has to take 8 daily for his heart, I really can't complain, can I?

Anny brought Emmaline back on Saturday! See how Kelly handles her today at ! Also, AJ has an interesting take on on the seven deadly sins, and has added her own . Anny interviews another author on her blog, Or, just click the links to the side if I've gotten these wrong! And did I mention Jackie has posted her character sketch? . Leave her a comment; she's needing encouragement.


Kelly Kirch said...

So how do you know it wasn't the B12 helping you stay healthy? And your honey the Robitussen? After that report I daresay both males in your life have every right to lock you in a room and let you marinate with their er "side effects" to euchinacea.

PS. Had a doc tell me one it did nothing but work as a placebo. Just a thought. The veggie and fruit pills though, might be something I need to look into.

Molly Daniels said...

There may be nothing medicinal about it...and you're right; it may be the B-12. I'll lay off the E for a while and just take the B and see how it does...the pills are definitely a lot smaller!

Unless you're willing to shell out $70 a month...don't go there. Stick with the real things!

Amarinda Jones said...

okay - just a crazy thought but when did we stop actually eating fresh real fruit and vegetabes? They are much cheaper and better for you.

Molly Daniels said...

I'll take chocolate over 'healthy snacks' any day! Unless at holiday time...I've been known to eat all the raw carrots and brocolli!