By Dr. Andrew Jones
Do these *really* work?
Great question, and it’s one that I always ask myself when I consider using or suggesting an alternate option.
A great example comes from treating coughs- in people and pets.
For years in veterinary practice I was frustrated in that there was very little that conventionally works…there really aren’t very many good cough suppressants.
So I would often suggest that you give your dog an Over The Counter (OTC) cough suppressant ( dextromethorpan)
But…these can have serious side effects, and don’t seem to help much:
Health Canada and FDA WARNINGS
Regulators including Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the medications lack proof of effectiveness and have been linked to inadvertent overdose deaths in young children.
There have been no real studies in animals, but I suspect that there may be the same results: ‘inadvertent overdose deaths’
YET still these are widely available, without a prescription.
So what could you use?
A World Health Organization publication recommends honey as a cough medication, noting it’s cheap, popular and safe for non-infants.
Israeli researchers put honey to the test against a sticky, sweet and brown placebo for 300 children one to five years old. The kids had upper respiratory infections with coughing at night and an illness that lasted seven days at most.
“Honey may be a preferable treatment of cough and sleep difficulties associated with childhood upper respiratory infection,” Dr. Herman Avner Cohen
of Tel Aviv University and his authors concluded in Monday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics.
“In light of this study, honey can be considered an effective and safe treatment of children over one year of age.”
All types of honey were better than placebo in alleviating cough, the researchers found.
Heal Your Pet At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. This is only one of the HUNDREDS of remedies that I discuss. There literally is a natural option for almost every conventional drug.
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