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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

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