Somehow, I've just survived a horrible round of various viruses polluting my office these last couple of weeks. For a few days there it sounded like a friggen infirmary with people all around me coughing and hacking and sneezing all over the place. Yuk!
Call it good luck, a strong immune system or careful avoidance - but whatever I'm doing I must be doing it right - because by some miracle, I escaped unscathed.
My wife, on the other hand, insists that I partake in what I call "voodoo medicine." These are the various over-the-counter remedies that claim to either prevent or reduce the effects of an on-coming cold. And because my kids are not old enough (or strong enough) to object, they are also forced to insert, drink or chew these various concoctions against their will by a mother who would rather not have to face the alternative later on.
As you can imagine, I tease my wife about this, because - well, that's what I do. But in all fairness to her, I thought I'd submit an informal poll myself to see if any of you have had any success with these products. That way, I can stand corrected if you, the masses, claim that these things do indeed work wonders and I should let my wife give me the "I told you so" I so deserve.
So, simple rules. Just comment if you've believe any of these things (or other things you've used) actually help prevent colds.
Here is what you'll find in our cupboard:
Ok, maybe we don't actually have this last one, but if you could buy Eye of Newt in the store?
We probably would.