Evidence continues to be published regarding the overuse of antibiotics.
One study in 2008 shows there is continuing evidence that the use of probiotics can reduce the duration and severity of colds and reduce the pathogens behind the conditions.
“Elimination of nasal pathogens. In a study of 209 healthy
subjects, the consumption of a fermented milk product cont-
aining probiotics resulted in a significantly higher proportion
of subjects with pathogenic bacteria eliminated from the nasal
cavity, compared with consumption of a yogurt drink in the
placebo group . The pathogens removed included Staph-
ylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and b-hemolytic
Remember, the use of “prebiotic” foods such as fermented products such as kimchee (Asian fermented cabbage), miso, kefir, kombucha, raw garlic (remember home made hummus), sauerkraut, or any other fermented vegetable, raw honey and unfiltered apple cider vinegar.