How effective are natural remedies like vitamins?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner, Professor of Pediatrics, UVA, Virginia School of Medicine discusses how effective are natural remedies like vitamins.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: How effective are natural remedies like vitamins?

    Ronald Turner: Well, so far there has not been any natural remedy that is been proven to be effective as a treatment for the common cold. So, Aconasia is probably the most widely used of the natural remedies for the common cold. In the carefully done studies that have been done over the last five or six years, none of those preparations has been found to be effective for treatment. Zinc is another, I guess, natural remedy for the common cold. Again, the data on zinc are quite mixed and in my opinion, probably zinc is not associated with a clinically significant benefit.