gargling with salt water, any benefits?

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paul.fr

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gargling with salt water, any benefits?
« on: 03/12/2007 08:25:02 »
I remember as a kid, we were told to gargle with salt water for sore throats. Is there any reason why this should actually work? If yes,in what circumstances and why?

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gargling with salt water, any benefits?
« Reply #1 on: 03/12/2007 13:09:48 »
In principle, the same reason why the Dead Sea is dead - most life will not tolerate very heavy salt loads (a few extremophiles might do, but those that do are not normally a threat to humans).