For about a bazillion years, snake oil salesmen have been peddling cures for the common cold.
And none of them have ever worked.
Yesterday, two scientists presented their research about a new oral antiseptic spray which claims to be effective in killing 99.9 percent of infectious airborne germs.
What is it and How does it work???
Halo Oral Antiseptic is designed to keep you healthy and flu-free via a two-step process:
- After spraying Halo into the back of your mouth, the glycerine and xanthan gum in the product creates a microbial barrier preventing germs from entering further into your body.
- After the germs are trapped, a broad-spectrum anti-infective agent – cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) – kills off the germs leaving you safe from infection for up to 6 hours.
How cool is that?
In the first sudy, Dr. Frank Esper used Halo to kill off a number of clinical strains of 2009 pandemic H1N1. This is the same flu virus that infected over 600,000 people killing over 15,000 back in 2009.
And Halo kicked it’s butt.
Dr. Esper concluded that “Halo will have clear benefit to aid against infection and reduce disease from epidemic, sporadic or pandemic respiratory viral infections, particularly helping people at risk for severe respiratory illness including immune-compromised individuals with chronic lung disease, and military personnel.
The second study showed Halo’s effectiveness against airborne germs. Specifically, the researchers “found that Halo completely kills all 11 clinical strains of whooping cough (Bordetella pertussis) against which the spray was tested”.
“Exposure to airborne germs is inevitable – especially in crowded environments and when traveling,” said Dr. Ghannoum. “Unlike other products that support the immune system or protect from germs on surfaces or hands, Halo is the first and only product of its kind to offer protection from airborne germs.”
[box type=”note”]The researchers found that Halo destroyed airborne germs breathed in for up to six hours, even when people were eating and drinking. [/box]
One major red flag about this research is that it was paid for by the company who makes the product.
Which isn’t really surprising. Who else is going to pay for it?
Nevertheless, I will feel more comfortable with this product once some other lab geeks have reproduced these amazing results.