Prevention of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections by Gargling

Wow. This one surprised me a little. Merely gargling with water several times per day drastically cut the risk of upper respiratory infections (about a 40% reduction), and even when an URTI did start, the severity was less. From gargling water. As a preventative method, how much do you think this would cost? Less than the cost of merely one antibiotic pill to treat the infection, I’m sure.

Looking at the above study, what a great method to lower antibiotic use among everyone. Of course, little evidence suggests that antibiotics are useful for URTIs anyway…

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.