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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

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