What’s the truth behind old wives tales?
Our quest for a simple solution to the garden-variety annual bug seems never ending, as “the cure for the common cold” continues to evade medical science. So most of us continue to rely on old-fashioned advice that has always seemed to work—from hot baths and herbal teas to chicken soup and fresh garlic.
But how much truth is there, really, to these old wives tales? Patricia Mirwaldt, MD, of the BC College of Family Physicians, helps us sort fact from fiction and explains how much scientific evidence really exists to support these claims.