Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Run, Chicken, Run

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Fluish? Have some hot chicken soup.

It hydrates.
It provides nutrients.
It's better that just hot water at making mucus run.1
It improves effectiveness of your immune system (beyond the benefits of mere vegetable broth).2
It feels good.
It will make whoever prepared the soup for you (you lucky dog) feel good.

But whatever you do, don't halt the therapy prematurely!:

"A case is reported in which a previously healthy individual, having received an inadequate course of chicken soup in treatment of mild pneumococcal pneumonia, experienced a severe relapse, refractory to all medical treatment and eventually requiring thoracotomy. The pharmacology of chicken soup is reviewed and the dangers of abrupt termination of therapy are stressed."3

1 Saketkhoo K, Januszkiewicz A, Sackner MA. Effects of drinking hot water, cold water, and chicken soup on nasal mucus velocity and nasal airflow resistance. Chest: 1978, 74; 408-410.

2 Rennard BO, Ertl RF, Gossman GL,Robbins RA, Rennard SI. Chicken Soup Inhibits Neutrophil Chemotaxis, in vitro. Chest: 2000, 118; 1150-1157.

3 Caroline NL, Schwartz H. Chicken soup rebound and relapse of pneumonia: report of a case. Chest: 1975, 67; 215-216.

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