The earth has tilted on its axis. The northern hemisphere is pitched away from the sun, thus increasing the width of the atmosphere and decreasing the amount of UV rays that reach the surface of the earth. The biological and health ramifications of this are obvious yet ignored. Vitamin D levels decline in winter and the immune response (production, action and arrival of white blood cells, in particular neutrophils) is diminished. Vulnerability to the common cold is more determined by internal immunity (lack of vitamin D) than it is exposure to others with cold viruses or lack of hand washing. Adults experience 2-3 colds a year. Children have more. What to do once a head cold sets in?
Relentless research George Eby has demonstrated that ionic zinc, but not molecularly bound zinc, has antiviral properties. Ionic zinc = zinc acetate. Zinc gluconate is a second choice though it is far less beneficial. Reduction in the duration of a cold is unparalleled – 3.37 days (median). The zinc lozenge must slowly dissolve in the mouth over 20-30 minutes and used every 2 hours. Of the 40 brands of commercially offered brands of zinc for colds, very few actually provide the proper form of zinc. [Medical Hypotheses March 2010]
George Eby said all this six years ago. The only brand of zinc acetate lozenges this author could located online was found here and is sweetened with xylitol and mannitol, two un-digestible sugars. Zinc lozenges with added corn syrup or sucrose (COLD-EZE) are counterproductive.