What have you tried that you can say isn't old wives' tales but actually works for you? For me, a cold glass of good mineral water (San Pellegrino, Apollonaris, Gerolsteiner, etc) will KILL the sorest throat, temporarily. Got no idea why it works but it does. We always keep bottles on hand this time of year. I'm fighting off a cold that's gone into my throat/upper chest. This time my wife got me to take massive doses of vitamin C, and I'm not quite as run down as I usually am. A cup of any beverage as hot as you can stand it will help knock out a throat infection, too.