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World's Best Advice for your Common Cold!

180. Dr. Bob has a common cold — thanks to cold air

“You should see a doctor for that” I cajoled him over the phone.

“yeah, right,” he grumbled, not appreciating the humor in my ribbing.  “I slept with the blanket over my head, am sipping hot cocoa, turned the heat up in the cold apartment.”

Midway through His latest shift in the ER, he discovered the heater in the Emergency Department rooms was not working and finally got a technician in to fix it.

He had been so busy  in his shift yesterday a hopping department full of sick patients that he didn’t realize how chilly the normally cold air had become.

But it was not so unusual that the department rooms had cold air.  Other staff often like to turn the thermostat down. In fact, many hospital clinics have a tendency to keep the thermostat low, perhaps in the belief that doing so generally prevents germs from growing?  But probably a more likely reason is that physically active workers tend to prefer cooler air in their work stations to feel more comfortable as they run around.

Little do they know that a cooler temperature actually nutures rhinoviruses to grow.

But this was worse. It took a while until Dr. Bob noticed the extra coolness since he was caught up in his hectic work of seeing the emergency patients, and was physically active examining patients and walking around the department. It was the patients who were sitting and lying still for longer periods who noticed the cold air first and brought it to his attention with their complaints.

So unfortunately, the upshot is that in those short chilly hours before he noticed the cold air he was breathing, the virus was able to replicate exponentially until he felt those unmistakable symptoms of a full blown cold virus come on strong. He then spent the next 24 hours of his time off battling the viral infection with hot drinks and warm steam and lots of sleep.

Too bad some faster intervention of heat and steam in the early stages could have saved him a lot of time and suffering.

It’s also part of his hazardous duty environment working in the ER to be constantly swimming through a flood of viruses, since many of the patients coming in are infected and are only too happy to share their germs with the ER staff, coughing, sneezing, breathing, and sometimes even vomiting on them. Lovely.

Bob says he is also wearing a surgical face mask on his shift today, both to filter out his rhinovirus germs he is exuding, and incoming germs from patients, and also to create a little pocket of warm air to breath, one more Warm & Steamy method he can easily do, even when the heater isn’t functioning.

At least this is one thing he can have control over, no matter what anybody else does.

— Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

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

177. My test flush today with a Neti Pot

In which, Finally, I try out a quasi-Neti Pot,

How can I call myself a credible journalist if I am unwilling to try out such a widespread practice for common cold relief as a Neti Pot.

It sounds international. It looks simple and natural, organic even. Perhap it is working with our bodies natural immune system.

But something about it just did not appeal to me.

Today I finally figured out why.

Neti pots: . First of all the concept of rinsing out ones own nasal cavities doesn’t make sense to me. When I have a cold,  the nasal cavities are already working hard flushing out the virus — so you want to help them flush more?

Nevertheless, today I just tried it…and quicly remembered why I didn’t want to do it.

I used to love playing in swimming pools when I was growing up. As a little girl, one of my favorite hobbies was somersaulting under water.

Very safe fun, with one big bummer. After going upside down I always got water up my nose and it hurt. Gave me a headache. Does not feel good or healthy, just feels like I got water into a WRONG part of my body that doesn’t want it there.

I do not like re-creating that.

But in the interest of gonzo journalism I tried a pseudo-Neti Pot today. My nose has been running like a firehose all day today, on the second day of my cold, so I found a clean  cup with a spout and put warm water, with a sprinkle of salt, to create a saline solution.

I tilted my head sideways over the kitchen sink and poured the water into one nostril, and then the other. The water basically drained down into the back of my throat. At first,  when I poured the water into my nasal cavity, it was not bad, it just drained down into my throat, a bit tickly, and clean. But I wasn’t sure it was the full Neti-pot experience.

So I poured some more in and sucked it up higher

When I tried to snort it up into my nasal passages it hurt. The familiar feeling of when I did somersaults and got water going the wrong way around inside my highly sensitive forehead bones.

Because the nasal cavities are next to your brain, we should be VERY cautious what we allow in. Putting non sterile water next to your brain, I am concluding, is NOT good.Which is probably why it hurts. Painfully.

I believe that this process is used in military interrogation and called Waterboarding. It doesn’t feel good there either.

Even worse, a young girl died of a brain infection after using NetiPot with unclean water (especially from Southern U.S. water systems) So I suggest its ok for just pouring through your nose if you want to rinse out nose to feel cleaner,  but not upside down, not snorting up into important sensitive nasal passages.

In contrast to this whole Neti Pot nettle, this controversy shows how simple and safe our Warm & Steamy advice is.

The simplicity of my remedy is striking, Non invasive. Clean, free, easy, accessible.….and come to think of it, steam is BOILED water that is therefore already sterilized, so no risk of contamination. Ha HA!

Conclusion: Although Neti Pots are not too expensive and are natural. I’d rather sit in a hot tub than do military waterboarding torture to myself.

So,to use a couple of U.S. Presidents as role models, you can go ahead and try it if you like, but DON”T INHALE!

for your Healthy Happy Life,

Peggy The Doctor’s Wife