Zinc for the Common Cold – Does It Work?

Get your Zinc from food

Get your Zinc from food

Dear Dr. Mo: Is Zinc helpful in treating the common cold? Should I use it?

Dear reader: When we catch the infamous cold (acute upper respiratory tract infection), sometimes the symptoms may be severe enough that we reach out to anything that has even a hint of a promise of a quick cure.


The truth is, there’s no effective cure other than our own immune system and yet, many supplements are out on the market claiming to boost the immune response and help us fight off the virus.

Evidence is strong against any substantial effectiveness of any of these supplements.

Healthy diet and exercise remain the only sure fire ways to overcome the common cold – yes, even while you’re sick, if you can, you should moderately exercise (or at least stay active) and not rest for too long – this will speed up the recovery.

Zinc time and again emerges as one of the supplements suggested to help us fight the common cold but, does it work? Continue reading

Ear infections (Acute Ottitis Media) in babies – what is it and what to do?

Dear Dr. Mo: Following up on your post on parenting, I would like you to tell me more on ear infections in babies – how to recognize them and what could be

Ear infection = nightmare

Ear infection = nightmare

done to mitigate such a difficult state for both a baby and her parents? 

Dear reader: Ear infections are relatively common in babies and small children, especially in those who start their daycare early on (before the age of 3); these are a must-have experience of any parenting adventure.

They can have it several times a year, even up to 6, 7 and 8 etc. Although, if it’s that often, then we say these infections are recurring and a closer medical inspection and surveillance is needed with more aggressive therapy – sometimes even a small surgical intervention but more on this nuisance later. Continue reading