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“Once a mother, always a mother.” My husband and I have 3 children, names starting with “A”, ”B”, and “C”. Two of the three are in the college environment. College challenges not only your mind but your body.                                                                                        Colds are common, particularly in places where people live/work in close proximity. I learned after “A” went to college (out-of-town) that I needed to better equip my kids for the inevitable malady, the common cold. So, I delve into the clinical studies, by sources such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the international Cochrane Database, to discover what works to treat the common cold and what doesn't. When “B” left for college (also out-of-town), he was well-prepared with a zippered case labeled "First Aid for the Common Cold" and a charted strategy of what over-the-counter medications to take when. This was my way to “mother” from afar.

My academic background is that I graduated with my master's and physician assistant degree from Duke University. Years prior to this, I received my bachelor's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University. Now after working for over 18 years in healthcare as an advanced practice provider, I have seen how illness has a domino effect making everything harder. Early treatment is important with any malady, even the common cold. Sound medical literature exists to justify this.  As appreciated in the making of this strategy and product, evidence-based medicine remains the key to best practices.

It can get confusing when you walk into a pharmacy. There are innumerable drug choices for cold symptoms. As my boss would say, “Stick to the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Here is our well-researched recipe for cold relief, plain and simple. It will help treat a cold, whether near or far from home. 

Continuing with our goal to help people maintain health, Cold FAid™ is partnering with Families Fighting Flu, a national, non-profit organization. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the seriousness of influenza (aka the flu) and the critical importance of annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months and older. Like the common cold, the flu is a highly contagious viral infection but with the greater possibility of life-threatening complications. To learn  more, visit: www.familiesfightingflu.org.  Cold FAid™ donates a percentage of proceeds to this life-saving organization.  Best wishes for continued great health,


Julie and all of us at Cold FAid™

    Julie Dickens, MHS, PA-C, BSN
   Founder of Cold FAid™