Early in the show, Gary declared that he had ended his morning phlegm problems by adding a solution of hot water, two lemon wedges and a little cayenne pepper to his routine. Robin thought the solution sounded familiar: "You put a little maple syrup in there and you're doing the Master Cleanser!"
Before discovering the salve, Gary even visited a doctor: "I said, 'Well, I clear my throat a lot in the morning.' And he looks at me like I'm out of my mind."
Gary said the doctor had prescribed Nexium for (what might be) acid reflux: "He checked me out. And there's nothing wrong."
Howard said pills couldn't solve a psychosomatic issue: "Don't take any medication for it. I'll even put up with you clearing your throat if it comes down to that. There's nothing wrong with you. It's in your head. But you've got the hot water. It's working! Do that. Just sip the hot water."