Gargling with a strong brew made from red sage herb can help soothe the sore throat, says one reader, who also recommends it to singers. Chronic sore throat could also be a symptom to another condition, as one reader found that her sore throat and fever were in fact linked to adult Stills disease (www.stillsdisease.org ). Or it may be something more common such as glandular fever, suggests a kinesiologist, who recommends a good detox programme to sort out the virus and supplements to build up adrenal function. Concerning alternative treatments for tonsiloliths (whitish spots on the tonsils), a reader had his condition cured by "three little white tablets" prescribed by his homeopath. As to what was contained in these tablets remains a mystery but it apparently did wonders for his tonsils, curing his condition literally overnight and keeping those nasty white spots at bay since then.