Colds, the flu and most sore throats and upper-respiratory infections are caused by viruses—and antibiotics have no effect against them. Popping antibiotics for viral ailments not only doesn't help people recover but, over time, has been the main cause of the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a very serious health threat today. Your doctor would be more effective if he/she recommended natural antiviral agents, such as vitamin C, echinacea, lomatium and astragalus.

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