Together with fast food, climate change, cigarette smoking and alcohol it’s now been revealed that a faithful remedy for the common cold – Vicks Vaporub – is bad for us. Maybe that’s what’s made me such an irascible bloke? I blame my old man. He was always shoving Vicks up his conk if he had a cold, and like any impressionable young fella, we boys all did likewise. On the chest and under the nostrils as well. Sure, the fumes would get in your eyes, but not for long. Vicks evaporates pretty quickly on warm skin.
Personally, I’m with the manufacturers on this one. At 51 years of age, and having used Vicks all my life, intra-nostrily and all, I always found it cleared congestion. Not created it. I don’t think Dr Bruce Rubin is a reliable sort of medico either if he believes chicken soup to be efficacious.