January 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Health care reform has changed it so that over-the-counter medicine is only tax deductible from a flex spending account if you have a doctor’s note.
That sucks. Over-the-counter medicine works very well for fighting colds. Now that cold medicines such as Robitussin, Dayquil, and Actifed are no longer tax deductible from a flex spending account, they are essentially more expensive than they were before and people will buy less of them and opt for home remedies and all natural treatments to fight colds.
I am fine with the good home remedies that people use to fight colds including: drinking lots of water, vitamin C, chicken noodle soup, and spicy food.
It’s the bad home remedies that I have a problem with. There are a lot of home remedies out there that just don’t work. I have heard of people using orange peels, bee pollen, grapefruit seed extract, and tonic water with nutmeg to fight the cold.
In our modern society, there is no reason to use far fetched home remedies in lieu of tested cold medicine. Orange peels and bee pollen, really! Should people start eating egg sandwiches to treat high blood pressure? That doesn’t make any sense to me.
How come when some people get sick, instead of going for the sure bet with the over-the-counter medicine, they decide to go over to the roulette wheel and hope that the ball lands on their home remedy?
Is it really that fun every time your sick to get the old gumbo pot out and make your own concoction that you believe will cure what ails ya.