I never thought I'd see the day!

A mainstream medical association is actually urging docs to stop giving out the armloads of meds that usually accompany sinus infections and try a completely natural treatment instead.

I'd stand up and applaud the Infectious Disease Society of America's newest recommendations, but that would be like applauding an Amtrak train for pulling into the station "only" 16 hours behind schedule (and yes, I've seen it happen).

Except in this case, the IDSA is several decades late!

So from the "better late than never" department, the new guidelines call on docs to stop prescribing antibiotics, antihistamines, and nasal decongestants for every patient that walks in with a sniffle, because these drugs simply don't work.

At best, they bring a whole lot of nothing to the table since up to 98 percent of all sinus infections are viral -- and antibiotics don't make a bit of difference when it comes to viral infections (plus, their overuse leads to the creation of drug-resistant germs).

At worse, it's a recipe for more misery -- because decongestants and antihistamines can actually make the condition WORSE, not better.

If you really want a good scare, try reading the warning label on the spray decongestants people shoot up their nose like there's no tomorrow. They can actually cause "rebound" congestion in as little as three days -- which is why people who use these meds can actually end up hooked on them.

"Nasal spray addiction" might sound ridiculous -- but it's very real.

Instead of pumping junk up your nose, use plain old sterile water and a nasal irrigator.

This used to be considered "alternative medicine." Now, it's actually part of the new guidelines -- and if your doctor looks at you funny for even mentioning it, tell him to try to keep up with the times.