Randomized, controlled studies have shown that zinc, when taken at the very beginning of cold symptoms can reduce the duration of the common cold by at least 24 hours. In fact, studies have also shown that when taking zinc for 5 months, there is a reduction of school absenteeism  as well as a reduction in prescription antibiotics. Of course, eating right, sleeping well, exercising, and optimizing Vitamin D3 will also be preventative. Caution should be taken in taking zinc lozenges due to possible side effects. Lozenges are made with artificial flavors and binding agents that can alter effectiveness. The known side effects are: nausea, bad taste in the mouth, and interference with mineral uptake. Zinc is not recommended for those suffering from lowered immune function, chronic illness, or asthma unless under the supervision of a health professional.

The dangerous side effects of over-the-counter cold medications such as Tylenol and aspirin suppress the body’s natural ability to produce antibodies to destroy the cold virus. A short term, non-lozenge zinc supplementation should be fine.

It is best to get your zinc from a well balanced diet. Fresh organic meats such as beef, turkey, lamb, salmon, and chicken fit the bill. Trace minerals, including zinc, are in fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Other good sources are raw cheese, raw milk, yogurt, beans, and kefir made from raw milk. Don’t take massive doses of zinc when fighting a cold – 50-60 mg per day will do – and you can stop taking it when the cold has been eliminated.

The best way to get the zinc you need in through a healthy, well balanced diet.

If you have wondered if chiropractic nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown

Call us today (303) 986-7600 at Brown Chiropractic Neurology for a free consultation! Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Morrison, and Evergreen Colorado (CO).

Denver/Lakewood Chiropractor


Hi, I’m Scott Brown DC, DABCN, FACFN, Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and wellness doctor. There are less than 1000 doctors world wide who have obtained this recognition.I specialize in optimizing function of what I consider the 3 most important components of health: brain (neurology), spine (nerve function), and metabolic function (thyroid, liver, blood sugar/insulin, adrenals, etc.).

My neurology practice consists of rehabilitating Vertigo, Balance, Movement, Cognitive/Memory, Mood, Learning, Sleep, Developmental, Autistic Spectrum, Spinal Cord, Fibromyalgia and Brain Trauma disorders – to name a few.

My spinal practice consists of rehabilitation of Musculo-skeletal, Neck, Back, Hip, Headache, Migraine, Extremity, Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow, Rotator Cuff, Sciatica, and Thoracic Outlet disorders – to name a few.

My metabolic practice emphasizes support and prevention of blood sugar (Hypoglycemia, Insulin Resistance, and Diabetes), Thyroid (Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism), Adrenal (Hyperadrenalism, Hypoadrenalism), Hormonal (male and female), Gastrointestinal, Kidney, Liver/Gall Bladder, Anemic, and AUTOIMMUNE  Disorders – to name a few.

We utilize cutting edge diagnostics and treatments with non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical brain based therapeutics. The procedures of chiropractic neurology are based on the intimate connection between the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system mediated by sense receptors in muscles, eyes, ears, and nose. Modalities used include but are not limited to: proprioceptive (touch) stimulation, spinal adjustments, visual (eye exercises and light) stimulation, auditory (music and Interactive Metronome), olfactory (smell) stimulation, and cognitive  therapies. Physical therapies include: cold laser, hydrotherapy, EMS, oxygen therapy, and vibration.

The high impact field of chiropractic neurology was the subject of the PBS special AMAZING HEALERS called ” Waking Up The Brain”  The CD is available through our office.

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

Medical research and development has resulted in numerous treatments for every known health condition. However, it has abjectly failed in the prevention or cure of disease and ill health. Did you know now more than ever:  (1) more people suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety  (2) more people suffer from insomnia (3) more kids have ADD/ADHD  (4) more people have gastrointestinal disorders, acid reflux, and ulcers (5) more people get cancer (6) more people have heart disease  (7) more people have diabetes (8) more people have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue (9) more people get colds and flu (10) more people suffer from neck pain, migraines, joint pain, and back pain (11) more people suffer from sexual dysfunction (12) more people suffer from allergies, asthma, and psoriasis (13) more men suffer from prostate problems (14) more people are taking drugs (15) more women suffer from yeast infections and hormonal problems (16) more people are having surgeries

More people are getting more medical treatment, taking more drugs, getting more sick, and getting more surgery than ever. Over $210 billion has been spent since 1971, on cancer, and you have a higher chance today of getting cancer today than ever before. My opinion is that the so called health care system is not. You and I are destined for rationed “sick care” and it will not be pretty. What is the solution? The ONLY solution is to, starting today, take charge of your health through prevention. Only by eliminating your need for sick care can you age with dignity and grace. If you have small children, this is the time to get them on healthy outdoor play, nutritious foods, and natural health care (including chiropractic). Regardless of which side of the political fence you sit, the new health “insurance” will insure nothing except costly sick care where the treatment for one disease causes the next. Call today at (303) 986-7600 and ask us about our wellness orientation workshops and how they can put you on the true path to health.  Every other Tuesdays at 6:15 pm til 6:50 pm.

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor