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Dr. Edme Regnier published a book called "There is a Cure for the Common Cold" in the late 60s. It involves megadosing with vitamin C. Here's the protocol:

When you notice the first symptoms, there's still time to kill the cold by:

1. Take 750 mg of vitamin c, then take 625 mg of vitamin c every 3 hours thereafter.
2. Before you go to bed, take another 750 mg. Do this for 3 days and you won't get the cold.

If you've had the symptoms for 2 or more days, it won't work; it's too late.

To prevent a cold, take 250 mg of vitamin c twice daily (500 mg/day) from August 15 and continue until June 1st of the next year. You don't need the vitamin c in the summer months.

I haven't had a cold in about 15 months, but I've been using 2000 IU of vitamin D3 (5 times/week). I'm going to add vitamin C as soon as I can find a good source.
 

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I would say drink two glass of lemonade a day till the cold gets cured which in experience would take least two or three days . It really works .
 
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I've had the cold for a good while now, something along the line of three years.

Going to get my polyps check out soon.

soon...
 

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Dr. Edme Regnier published a book called "There is a Cure for the Common Cold" in the late 60s. It involves megadosing with vitamin C. Here's the protocol:

When you notice the first symptoms, there's still time to kill the cold by:

1. Take 750 mg of vitamin c, then take 625 mg of vitamin c every 3 hours thereafter.
2. Before you go to bed, take another 750 mg. Do this for 3 days and you won't get the cold.

If you've had the symptoms for 2 or more days, it won't work; it's too late.

To prevent a cold, take 250 mg of vitamin c twice daily (500 mg/day) from August 15 and continue until June 1st of the next year. You don't need the vitamin c in the summer months.

I haven't had a cold in about 15 months, but I've been using 2000 IU of vitamin D3 (5 times/week). I'm going to add vitamin C as soon as I can find a good source.

There have been several studies on megavitamin therapy and the results are not exactly stellar.
One good tip to avoid the common cold is always breathing through your nose, even if you feel it blocked.
 

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There have been several studies on megavitamin therapy and the results are not exactly stellar.
The author stated that most studies aren't using enough vitamin C. You need around 5 g/day to kill the cold and that 5 g has to be taken in multiple doses, not 1 large dose, because it is a water soluble vitamin which gets eliminated in the urine.

I'm reading a 2001 study right now: Mega-dose vitamin C in treatment of the common cold: a randomised controlled trial

Unfortunately, this study maxes out at 3 g of vitamin C, so it's irrelevant. I'll try to dig up some more studies over the week-end.

Just found another study:

The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections.

"SUBJECTS:

A total of 463 students ranging in age from 18 to 32 years made up the control group. A total of 252 students ranging in age from 18 to 30 years made up the experimental or test group.
METHOD:

Investigators tracked the number of reports of cold and flu symptoms among the 1991 test population of the facility compared with the reports of like symptoms among the 1990 control population. Those in the control population reporting symptoms were treated with pain relievers and decongestants, whereas those in the test population reporting symptoms were treated with hourly doses of 1000 mg of Vitamin C for the first 6 hours and then 3 times daily thereafter. Those not reporting symptoms in the test group were also administered 1000-mg doses 3 times daily.
RESULTS:

Overall, reported flu and cold symptoms in the test group decreased 85% compared with the control group after the administration of megadose Vitamin C.

CONCLUSION:
Vitamin C in megadoses administered before or after the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms in the test population compared with the control group."

This 1999 study meets the 5 g minimum standard and the subjects reported 85% improvement.
 

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My bad, I was thinking about megavitamin therapy for cancer, not for cold. Most studies I found that had negative results didn't reach the 5g/d threshold.
However I still think there is still too little evidence for this to make a definitive judgment. The study you posted was not a double blind study and although it's unlikely that the placebo effect alone can explain an 85% difference, there might still be other factors which were not accounted for.
Anyway, since 5g of vitamin C are unlikely to cause anyone anything, I think it's a safe bet to use it.
 

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I got a cold last weekend. First time I've ever gotten one in August. It was weird. I didn't realize I was getting sick until it had already hit full force. I was working 12-15 hour days all week and thought I was just extremely tired. First day was just a sore throat so I got some cough drops and the second day when the headache/coughing/stuffed nose hit I bought some Emergen-C and drank three packs a day for a few days in addition to taking some Nyquil/Dayquil and Ibuprofen for the headache. I did feel a little better for a few hours after each packet, but I don't think my cold ended any faster than it would have normally. I'm still taking one packet a day because I still have a bit of a stuffed nose/cough/scratchy voice (which sucks because I use my voice all day at work). But it's not helping all that much.
 

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I'm still taking one packet a day because I still have a bit of a stuffed nose/cough/scratchy voice (which sucks because I use my voice all day at work). But it's not helping all that much.
It's too late. Stop taking the emergen-C. After the first day, if you take vitamin C, that'll actually prolong the cold. Most colds don't last more than 12 days. The author was able to stretch out a cold to 28 days using vitamin C.
 
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