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Believe It or Not, You Should Be Taking Oscillococcinum

There is no compelling scientific evidence that Oscillococcinum has any effect beyond a placebo, but please hear me out because it’s worked for me for over thirty years.

I hate having a cold. There’s just something about coughing and sneezing and blowing my nose that feels so bad that I’d rather break my hand or spend a night in jail. Okay, to be honest, I’ve never been in jail, but I have broken my hand, and it hurts like hell, and I’d prefer either of them to a cold. To me a cold is not just a little annoyance, it sometimes makes me cry.

So when a pharmacist friend told me in the late 80s that there was a homeopathic medication called Oscillococcinum that works better than any cold remedy, I agreed to try it.

At first, I used it as prescribed: Reduces duration and severity of flu symptoms. Dissolve entire contents of one tube in the mouth every 6 hours up to 3 times a day. Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills, fatigue.

I should add that the old boxes stated that it was important to take it immediately upon noticing any symptoms. The new boxes do not. Anyway, one day I woke up with swollen glands and followed directions. About an hour later, I began sneezing and was congested. I had no doubt about it — this was the beginning of a nasty cold. I took it again as prescribed, six hours after the first dose, and then again six hours later.

By the time I went to bed that night, I had no symptoms. They came early in the morning and were gone by bedtime. Several months later, I began to notice cold symptoms while I was away from home and wasn’t prepared to take Oscillococcinum until later that evening. I discovered that it was too late. Even though I took it three times a day for two days, I was in the midst of a full-blown cold. Since taking Oscillococcinum for the first time, I have only come down with a cold when I have run out of it or when I have failed to take it immediately upon recognizing symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat or swollen glands. Not only that, but I discovered my own method for preventing colds through the use of Oscillo.

When my daughters were small and my husband worked in a large firm, they would constantly be sick. I asked my husband to please use good hand washing techniques to lower his risk of contracting a cold, but that never worked too well, as a good amount of his workday was spent shaking hands with clients. And as for the girls, it’s difficult to avoid illness when attending school and other activities.

Again, the Oscillococcinum instructions and uses were clear. “Take at the first sign of cold or flu.” But I did better than that. Whenever anyone in my house was ill, I would take one tube of Oscillo. That means that for each day someone close to me had symptoms, I would continue taking one tube. Not only that, but if I stepped into a pharmacy, I took it. If I went to a doctor’s appointment, I took it. If I noticed someone sitting next to me was sniffling, I took it. Once when everyone in my family was sick, one after the other, I took it for three weeks straight.

I know some people will think I’m crazy, and others will believe I have stock in the company. But I have no investment in this other than I believe it to be the reason I have remained so healthy through the years, and I want to pass this unconventional phenomenon on to you. I can’t say what it will do for you, I can only tell you what is has done for me. If you want to experiment for yourself, I would love to hear about your experience in feedback.

Writer and copyeditor. “What doesn’t kill us gives us something new to write about” ~ J. Wright

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