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179. A Time for Every Purpose…

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

One of my high purposes this year is helping you get over your common cold.

But its not my highest purpose. Admittedly I have some even higher ones–my family relationships, my personal physical and spiritual health, my previous work commitments. Good priorities all, but they took more  time than I expected this past year, which left less time for my common cold crusade.

But I’m thankful for all the good that happened, both personal and in common cold progress. Looking back, the past two years in my work to end needless suffering from the common cold. I can see I’m just getting started (hopefully soon to write the book), but also appreciative at a huge amount I’ve done and learned, to lay the groundwork setting up this business.

One trial project was my hiring of an assistant. She was great, but despite enjoying the work, she unexpectedly quit for personal reasons …and now is the new mother of a beautiful baby son! I believe that is wonderful progress, but just not what I was expecting!

The world has changed a lot in the past 30 years since I graduated from college, where I was still typing on the very noisy electric typewriter (waking my roommates up at 3 a.m. writing the all-night articles and essays.

And now I’m learning to do Google Hangouts…

which brings me to the happy spot where I believe I am now caught up with the cutting edge of the social media (and really hoping I don’t have to learn any more… except maybe Pinterest… and Instagram…and Prezi.. and… oh nevermind) that I’ve been striving to catch hold of.

But today is the first day in a long time that I am enjoying the delicious, delightful feeling of getting caught up, organized, at peace with my progress.

In other words, I’m following my own REAP advice… having caught up on
–REST slept in a lot lately
–EAT a satisfying Rainbow of plants…mostly vegan but also some fish and yogurt to make sure I’m getting all I need. and very slowly seem to be dropping weight. Yippee!
–ACTIVATE my body with Enjoyable Exercise… just went jogging thursday and waltz dancing for 5 hours last night, Which is my favorite natural high, to be delightfully exhausted from whirling, music and lots of hugs from my dancing friends.
–PURPOSE focusing my life forward on my spiritual journey, relationships (lots of family time this year) and work (continuing my job with international students and my social dance class) and now back to my Common Cold Crusade.

So I’m TRUSTING that putting it on “pause” for a few months while I developed those higher priorities, will in the long run pay off for myself, and for the world.

As I say, you must TRUST in God/the universe/your higher power, (however you choose to believe) that as we follow the right, most important priorities in life, God makes everything beautiful in its time.

And no, I didn’t make that up, nor did The Byrds rock band “Turn, Turn, Turn” in the 1965, but it was penned about 3,000 years ago by old King Solomon ( Ecclesiastes 3, Old Testament of the Bible).

It was the perfect word at the perfect time, back then, in the King’s palace in 907 B.C., on rock music vinyl records in 1965 and on my blog from Santa Cruz at 4 p.m. on this beautiful Saturday afternoon as well.

Peace be to you, too, as you REAP a healthy, happy life.

Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

santa cruz beach

everything is beautiful in its time

The Common Cold Reporter

176. What factors cause us to get colds? part 2

continued from What factors cause us to get colds?  Part 1

OK, after cold temperature and personal closeness, other big factors in getting colds (all preventable) have to do with our personal immune systems tending to be weaker at this time….

…and I REALLY want to know who’s crazy idea was it to schedule 4 major holidays in a row, just when we are already hectic getting the school year started… can we change that please??…

Well, if we can’t change the calendar then at least you really need to be aware of your personal health levels (which you have more control over than the international holiday schedules)

TIREDNESS… my personal theory is that this season is naturally conducive to hibernation, so follow the example of other mammals.

And instead of going crazy over handwashing (sure wash them often, but not obsessively) but pay more attention to these other factors.

And some other factors contributing to our tiredness can be…

  • Emotional stress, feeling overwhelmed with too many tasks to do, high expectations of amount of work and other activity we need do (earning money, taking care of famiy, volunteering to help in school, charities, friends, social relationships… all o which can leads to not taking good enough care of ourselves
  • Eating poorly
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of exercise

All of which cause our personal  immune system defenses are at a low ebb, (can you feel it now??) but most of those factors, you CAN take care of.

As for me, I’m feeling very glad now to get back into a normal routine, to put on hot bowls of pumpkin soup, green teas, sleep in a lot, get my normal exercise routine going again, (ballroom dance anyone??) and continue onward in my personal crusade to alleviate the world of common colds!

Onwards and upward Cold Crusaders!

–Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

For Your Healthy, Happy Life

175. What are main factors that cause us to get colds? part 1

What are the main factors causing us to get colds?

October 25, 2013–

As we feel the cold weather snap into place, our vulnerability to colds jumps way up.

After a hectic but wonderful past six months of my hosting Ugandan delegates, and being hosted in Colorado, Japan, Korea, New York and now back home in Santa Cruz, including two family weddings in the past 2 weeks, I’m freshly experienced with many of the factors giving us our annual a big spike in common cold virus infections at this time of year.

First off, the popular, but WRONG, theory being widely reported is that the main reason we get more colds in this colder season is that we are being closely packed next other people who may have colds, and thus spreading the virus more through personal contact.

While it IS true we spread colds more when we are closer together, I declare that it is NOT the main reason we get more colds in fall and winter.

Even though increase in population proximity is the most popular theory to explain the huge spike in colds at this time of year, it is wrong. It is NOT the most important factor.

It is the temperature drop that causes cold viruses to grow much faster.

Cooler Temperature of the air you breath is THE critical conducive factor for common cold viruses to grow at maximum rate.

The good news is that this is easily mitigated! (see the rest of my blog and upcoming book) The majority of cold suffering can EASILY be eliminated if you follow my easy, safe and effective advice…. which is in line with cold remedies used for centuries in MOST traditional cultures around the world– because it works!

But aside from that, the rest of the misinformation about how colds are spread makes a big difference in combating it, too.

The main way we spread colds  is NOT as most are reporting, mainly by touching items that are infected by other cold-bearers’ touches, but mainly by breathing, coughing and passing the cold virus through the micro-droplets of moisture in normal breathing. And virus spread is accelerated even more so by coughing and sneezing.

Therefore the best way to combat it is NOT wiping down every surface with disinfectant, but “capturing the virus” as you breathe, cough and sneeze.

But really, the cold temperature is a MUCH bigger factor.

read Part 2 in next post for more factors…

Onward and upward cold crusaders!

— Peggy The Doctor’s Wife