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Home remedies: healthy alternatives or hokum?

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Some home remedies for colds have been handed down for generations and work. Others just seem silly. How do you sort through the science and cold-lore? (CBC and Libby A. Baker/Wikimedia Commons)
hen the sniffles or a sore throat hit, some of us turn to the drug store, others head straight to their home remedy.

Whether it's soaking our socks in vinegar or resorting to onions or oil or oregano, some of us believe those home remedies work like a charm.

James McCormack teaches pharmaceutical science at the University of British Columbia. He suggests people should seek out the science behind these popular old wives' tales.

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