"Interrupting this process with aspirin or antibiotics is akin to killing the cleaning lady in the midst of her spring cleaning, when everything is one big mess. Because the job doesn't get finished, all the debris is left lying around, including the corpses of the dead bacteria, and the stage is set for more extensive and complicated infections and illness later on. Witness the discovery, in recent years, that there is a relationship between Reye's syndrome and the administration of aspirin to children with simple viral infections; this discovery has already resulted in widespread injunctions against the use of aspirin for children's infections and fevers." Source: Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin
So anytime you get a cough, fever, runny nose, inflammation, etc, be grateful that your body is working to help you get/stay healthy. Tough through the aches, pains, congested nose or fever. Avoid over the counter meds and antibiotics unless it is truly necessary...don't just use it so you can feel a bit better in the moment.
**I don't want to leave this message without saying that sometimes antibiotics and drugs are truly necessary and may be life saving so it shouldn't always be dismissed, use your discretion and/or consult a doctor.**
If you have a cold or flu, take the time to rest, relax, drink clear fluids (water and bone broth are great), and allow your body to take care of it. You will be in better health later on because of it.
Side note: If/when you vaccinate your children, don't give pain meds to help them feel more comfortable. There is some serious ingredients being injected into your child and they body needs to do it's job to detox them. I share this from a loving/caring place, as I was unaware of this with my first child. I was told by so many to give them something right away to help with the discomfort. But don't do it, allow the body to do what it needs to do.
My wish for you is health and happiness for you and your family!