Common Cold


Acute viral nasopharyngitis, or acute coryza, usually known as the common cold, is a highly contagious, viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system.

Common symptoms are sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and cough. These are sometimes accompanied by muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headache, muscle weakness, or loss of appetite. Symptoms may be more severe in infants and young children.

While there is no cure of the common cold, symptoms can be significantly reduced by treating it with vitamin C.  In fact, Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes and founder of orthomolecular medicine, famously collected and published evidence that vitamin C aided in cold treatment and prevention (Pauling L. Vitamin C and the Common Cold. W.H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco, 1970.)


An appropriately high level of vitamin C, as well as a nutritional program which includes avoiding refined sugars, helps prepare the body to avoid the common cold.

Orthomolecular treatment of the common cold could include the use of the following supplements:

*A customized program must be developed by an orthomolecular practitioner 


Articles and Resources

  • Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, August 17, 2007. Vitamin C: A Highly Effective Treatment for Colds.
  • Saul AW. (Editor) Vitamin C prevents and treats the common cold. Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, June, 2006. . Also:
  • Hoffer, Dr. Abram. “The Megavitamin Revolution.” Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. 7.1 (1995)
  • Hickey S and Saul AW. Vitamin C: The Real Story. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Pub, 2008.
  • Hoffer A and Saul AW. Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Pub, 2008.
  • Kunin, Richard. “Principles That Identify Orthomolecular Medicine: A Unique Medical Specialty”. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. 4 (1987)
  • Harnett, Cindy. “Victoria MD wins prize for theories on megavitamins” Times Colonist. November 3, 2007
  • Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements: The Essential Guide for Improving Your Health Naturally. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, 1996.
  • How to Live Longer and Feel Better. Corvallis: First Oregon State University Press, 2006.