From this article With kid meds off shelves, home formulas to return:
“With manufacturers recalling products - and some pediatricians declaring outright that the cold medicines didn't do any good anyway - parents are now left to deal with specialists like Aunty Opal and her mustard footbath.
All those years dispensing doctor-approved decongestants really didn't help at all. We thought we were clearing nasal passages and saving our children from asphyxiation!"
We thought we were modern parents doing the medically proper thing - not backwater blockheads following humbug techniques. Turns out, those drops of chemically formulated decongestants and antihistamines produced only a placebo effect. And we fell for it!”
What is new is old and what is old is new again. It is interesting how conventional wisdom changes over time. Those advocates that fly in the face of conventional wisdom are seen as cranks. Once vindicated it is said that they were ahead of their time.
Margarine was once seen as healthier than butter. Now nutrition police are working to get margarine banned in certain municipalities. Weight training once bad is now advocated for all ages, all levels of fitness, both sexes, and virtually for all sports.
Because conventional wisdom changes does not necessarily mean that the new conventional wisdom is correct. I grew up on the home remedies - Vick’s Vaporub, a humidifier, chicken soup, footbathes, cod liver oil. I might have been sick at the time, but I look back fondly to my childhood and the home remedies administered by my mother, a registered nurse. To cover all bases I will use both home and medical remedies. I am off to buy some Vick's Vaporub.
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