Two lifesavers that we have come to depend upon and stock in our home are Zicam and NutriBiotic GSE (Grapefurit Seed Extract). Whenever either Robert or I feel like we are getting a cold or the flu we dose ourselves with these two preventatives. Zicam Cold Remedy is homeopathic and is clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold. GSE acts like an antibiotic (without creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria), and also kills viruses. (You can check out the uses for GSE here. Although the brand is different - not GSE - the product is the same.) There are no side effects for either Zicam or GSE.
These two products taken together when a cold or the flu are in the very beginning stages really do knock the bugs right out of you. Just last week I went to bed feeling like I was getting something bad. I had a headache, beginnings of a sore throat and felt shaky inside. I dosed myself with both GSE and Zicam. I woke in the middle of the night (about 4 hours later) and took more of each. When I woke in the morning I felt fine. If I ever do get sick, being on both products shortens the illness and minimizes the symptoms dramatically.
Both really work and are safe for children also. The only thing you have to be careful to do is to continue to take both products for several days after you feel fine. Otherwise the nasty little bugs gang up on you again.
As another testimonial, GSE can be used for animals. My cat Mortimer has had a chronic sinus infection for 4 years. We would get him cleared up but only for a short time and it would come back. His eyes were affected (yucky drainage). About 7 months ago, Mort started eating canned cat food after having refused it for several years. We started him on a dose of one drop daily (GSE) added to his cat food. He eyes and sinuses were clear within a few days and as long as we give him a maintenance dosage (one drop several times a week in his food) he is fine.
I could tell you more, but what you need to know is where to get Zicam and GSE. Zicam is in every drug store and most grocery stores. GSE is available in health food stores. (Or click here for the website.) It might seem a bit pricey to you (around $11 for a 2 oz. bottle), but it (GSE) lasts for years. For the best price I've found visit VitaCost here.
These are two of my favorite products. They really work! If you decide to try them I am relatively sure that you will not be disappointed.