So we've all had colds or something. Nelson came down with it first. Natalie succumbed next. Sarah and I followed. Yuck all around.
But here's the interesting part: Nelson and Sarah never got as sick as Natalie and I did. When he first felt the onset of the sniffles and sore throat, Nelson started drinking Emergen-C and taking zinc tablets. I had read that zinc could both shorten the duration and lessen the severity of colds. I gave Sarah some zinc when she first started feeling poorly as well. Unfortunately, I didn't have a form of zinc that Natalie could take, and I kept flat-out forgetting to take it.
So Nelson and Sarah didn't get as sick and didn't stay sick as long. Natalie and I got progressively worse, and Natalie ended up with a nasty case of pink eye. My advice? Take your zinc!
Now for the science nerds out there, I do realize that this is anecdotal evidence and not true scientific data. I also know the old line that "the plural of anecdote is not data." However, it is good food for thought.