Monday, June 4, 2007
Medical Reports: Cold Warrior
From traveling on planes to being around sick kids, we're always coming into contact with germs. But there's a new product developed right here in South Florida that claims to keep your nose healthy. 7's Richard Lemus shows us why it's a Cold Warrior.
WSVN -- As a professional photographer, Martha Ramirez often gets more than a smile from her young subjects.
Martha Ramirez: "Of those 50 kids that I see weekly, I would say probably 30 to 40 percent are sick, runny nose and things of that sort."
Leaving Martha to often catch more than the kid's good side.
Martha Ramirez: "I would probably get sick four to five times a year, especially during flu season."
But she started to snap out of things, when she heard about Nozin, a new anti-viral product developed right here in South Florida.
It's an all-natural sanitizer for your nose.
Jaime Figarola, president of Nozin: "If you can sort of stop the infection at the site, which is your nose, you have a better chance of not getting sick."
It's easy to use. You simply swab your nose with the pre-made solution.
And independent lab tests show it can protect you from germs for up to eight hours, perfect for protection on a plane.
Jaime Figarola: "We're from Miami. Miami is a major hub for travelers, and we felt like Miami would be the ideal place to launch."
But some doctors aren't totally sold on it.
Dr. Clifford Foster, Mt. Sinai Medical Center: "It's like the old saying, 'It won't hurt, but will it do it any good?' I'm not certain. I think we already have enough natural defenses that we don't need to add something else."
But Martha's been using Nozin for about 10 months before work and before travel.
Martha: "It's part of my routine in the mornings now. It's like brushing your teeth."
Since then, she says she's had picture perfect health.
Martha: "Since I started it, I haven't been to the doctor at all, not for a cold or fever, sniffling, nothing."
Richard Elmus: Nozin costs about $10 to $14. You can buy it at GNC stores, Navarro Pharmacy and at the Miami International Airport.