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Soothing drinks (not soft drinks or acidic
juices) keep the mucous membranes
of the throat lubricated, and maintain
hydration ensuring that mucus is fluid
and thus easier to expel. The addition
of honey to such drinks may be useful,
with a Cochrane review reporting that
despite a lack of strong evidence, honey
may be better than ‘no treatment’,
diphenhydramine or placebo for the
symptomatic relief of cough in children.
Recent studies have reported similar
efficacy to dextromethorphan and
levodropropizine in paediatric cough.
Cough is a normal reflex that helps to
expel excess mucus keeping the throat
and lungs clear of obstruction, and
most coughs are self-limiting. However,
some simple home strategies, as well
as clinically studied herbal medicine
extracts such as ivy leaf EA 575®,
may provide relief from the distress
associated with childhood coughs.
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This column is supported through an unrestricted
grant from Flordis.
clinically proven natural medicines
Going the extra mile for
When a colleague asks you to run a marathon, it is an easy offer to refuse –
unless you’re challenged in front of members of the Chemmart Board – and
you are Chemmart’s Executive Director.
That’s how Duncan Phillips and Clare
Chemmart Owner and Board Member
Tim Siv came to run the Great Ocean
Road Marathon on 15 May, raising more
than $,5000 for Ovarian Cancer Australia
(OCA) along the way.
Starting in Lorne and finishing at Apollo
Bay, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is
recognised as one of the world’s most
visually spectacular marathons.
Mr Phillips said the event was an
opportunity to increase awareness of
ovarian cancer and raise much needed
funds to support the vital work being
done by OCA.
‘ Tim challenged me to join him in
running the Great Ocean Road Marathon,
promising to participate in this year’s
Melbourne Marathon in return. He has
been fundraising for OCA for seven
years – for as long as he’s been part of the
Chemmart group,’ Mr Phillips said.
‘All our Chemmart members have been
tirelessly supporting our key charity
partner through various pursuits for
over 10 years, so it’s only fair that I get
involved where I can. It was a tough slog
– both physically and mentally – along
undulating and sometimes very steep
roads, but a small price to pay for the
opportunity to give back. The fact that
we were running for such a great cause
was fantastic motivation.’
Duncan and Tim were joined on the
Chemmart team by Clare locals Daniel
and Ryan Schell.
Chemmart and OCA enjoy a
long-standing partnership, with
Chemmart raising more than $1 million
for the charity since 2005. (More business
news on page 70.)
Ryan Schell, Tim Siv, Daniel Schell and Duncan Phillips
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