Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby Kal El » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:14

jimipresley wrote:
Icon wrote:The one that "he showed that the soup inhibited the movement of neutrophils, the most common type of white blood cell that defends against infection. Dr. Rennard theorizes that by inhibiting the migration of these infection-fighting cells in the body, chicken soup essentially helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms"!!

Sorry. That's not a chemical. :neutral:

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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby Icon » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:34

Kal El wrote:
jimipresley wrote:
Icon wrote:The one that "he showed that the soup inhibited the movement of neutrophils, the most common type of white blood cell that defends against infection. Dr. Rennard theorizes that by inhibiting the migration of these infection-fighting cells in the body, chicken soup essentially helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms"!!

Sorry. That's not a chemical. :neutral:

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Chemical = ingredient = substance = something in it. My Englishee vocabulary is limited. Help, teacher Jimi?
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby Bubbha » Sat Jan 30, 2016 13:59

Feet? Vapo Rub goes on the chest, so it's close to the nose. That's how it works: it clears out the air passages when you inhale it.
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby Icon » Sat Jan 30, 2016 14:03

Bubbha wrote:Feet? Vapo Rub goes on the chest, so it's close to the nose. That's how it works: it clears out the air passages when you inhale it.


In the ol country they use pig grease for these cases. Does not smell nice, I can assure you.
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby Bu Lai En » Sat Jan 30, 2016 20:26

jimipresley wrote:
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jimipresley wrote:This bollocks has been clearly debunked. Why are we still going on about it? *sigh*

Well, we're just dealing with something for a cold, so if a placebo effect works, hey, go with it.

The placebo effect doesn't work on young children, because they don't have the intellectual capacity to "believe" strongly enough.

In any case, this is another example of quackery that is passed off as "harmless". The problem is that there is a lot more of such nonsense out there that is also considered "harmless".

Where do you draw the line?


Not true. Researchers have shown that doctor-administered placebo doesn't work on infants, but parent-administered placebo does (eg "Mummy will kiss it better").
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby Big Vern » Sat Jan 30, 2016 22:22

I always get my wife to slather Vick's Vapour Rub onto me chakras. Placebo or not it works wonders, although it does sting a tad.
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby sandman » Mon Feb 01, 2016 13:51

I tried rubbing mentholatum on my feet last night because I had the sniffles. Bloody marvellous! An entire night of rest. We used to get Vicks on the chest when we were snottery kids in the 1960s. Again, worked a treat. Or you could be Jimi and cough and splutter all night, whilst muttering "debunked bollocks to Murgatroyd, cough, hack, sneeze." The shit works.

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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby maoman » Mon Feb 01, 2016 17:23

I prefer to wrap a piece of red flannel around my neck.
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby sandman » Mon Feb 01, 2016 18:05

maoman wrote:I prefer to wrap a piece of red flannel around my neck.

Whatever works. :idunno: But I'm pretty sure smallpox has been eradicated, so you'll be wasting your time.
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby Dr. Nemesis » Mon Feb 01, 2016 21:20

Dunno, but it apparently makes E's more fun :whistle:

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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby jimipresley » Mon Feb 01, 2016 22:18

sandman wrote:I tried rubbing mentholatum on my feet last night because I had the sniffles. Bloody marvellous! An entire night of rest. We used to get Vicks on the chest when we were snottery kids in the 1960s. Again, worked a treat. Or you could be Jimi and cough and splutter all night, whilst muttering "debunked bollocks to Murgatroyd, cough, hack, sneeze." The shit works.

Why don't you tell us all WHY it works? This whole "Oh, it works for me because I believe it does, and my mum told me it does and I don't care why because it does" is a bit bullshitty, don't you think? :smile:

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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby sandman » Tue Feb 02, 2016 15:50

jimipresley wrote:
sandman wrote:I tried rubbing mentholatum on my feet last night because I had the sniffles. Bloody marvellous! An entire night of rest. We used to get Vicks on the chest when we were snottery kids in the 1960s. Again, worked a treat. Or you could be Jimi and cough and splutter all night, whilst muttering "debunked bollocks to Murgatroyd, cough, hack, sneeze." The shit works.

Why don't you tell us all WHY it works? This whole "Oh, it works for me because I believe it does, and my mum told me it does and I don't care why because it does" is a bit bullshitty, don't you think? :smile:

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Because I 'aint no scientist, Jimi my darling. Try it, next time its a cold night and you're feeling a wee bit peely-wally. Trust me. You'll thank me.
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby divea » Wed Feb 03, 2016 13:10

Back in boarding school they used to give us a spoonful of Waterbury's compound with brandy, it used to work. Dunno why? :grin:
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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby sandman » Wed Feb 03, 2016 13:34

Dr. Nemesis wrote:Dunno, but it apparently makes E's more fun :whistle:

"Apparently"? I have it on very very good authority that it does indeed. INDEED! Not on the feet, though. We smeared it all over our heads. RIGHTEOUS!

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Re: Does rubbing Vicks Vaporub on a kid's feet prevent coughing?

Postby Big Vern » Wed Feb 03, 2016 13:52

sandman wrote:
Dr. Nemesis wrote:Dunno, but it apparently makes E's more fun :whistle:

"Apparently"? I have it on very very good authority that it does indeed. INDEED! Not on the feet, though. We smeared it all over our heads. RIGHTEOUS!


It would require an experiment with three groups. One only on e, one on e smeared in Vick's, and another only smeared in Vick's. All dancing to tedious repetetive music. A Likert scale could then be used for feedback afterwards.

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