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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

Wilbur Sargunaraj from India discovers Cold Virus truth in Scotland

Click for his fun video

Despite Wilbur Sargunaraj’s  dressing in a lab coat, I don’t THINK he is a doctor.

Something about his wearing sunglasses IN the lab, his catchy Bollywood preface to the video, and Saragunaraj’s other Youtube videos of bagpipe playing, Bollywood bhangra dancing, and official music video of The Cricket Song etc just don’t fit the serious academic researcher persona.

Nevertheless, we can learn SOMEthing here, as Wilbur interviews  Doctor Christie in a microbiology lab in Scotland. She proudly relates that penicillin was first discovered in Scotland by Sir Ian Fleming, so the Scots are quite proud of their bacteriology history, having launched the field themselves.

The doctor then demonstrates Antibiotics versus Bacteria versus Viruses… and Wilbur’s slow uptake on which confirms that he has never taken a microbiology class… including a cool multi-colored jelly agar dishes that grow bacteria.  Then Dr. Christie points out disks of antibiotics, some of which kill off the bacteria growing around it, some of which don’t, because “bacteria gets accustomed to it” Wilbur surmises.

So “we should treat antibiotics with deep respect” Wilbur concludes, and bottom line not use it for colds.The most important thing I learned from this video is its note that, in India, mothers’ favorite cold remedy is antibiotics!

The doctor does start out saying you DON’T catch colds from cold weather — yes, technically correct, but a blanket statement (pun intended) that would be more accurate if it included an allowance that the cold weather makes your cold worse. And In chilly Scotland, they should know that better than anyone.

What to do for colds, then? Wilbur asks?  The bacteriologist advises to “just take care of yourself, rest and drink tea with ginger and honey…there is no cure for the common cold.”

Hmmm…sounds warm & steamy to me!

–Peggy The Doctor’s wife

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Cider Remedy for Cold and Flu with hidden Warm & Steamy ingredient

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See if you can find the hidden ingredient that I recommend in this  recipe for an apple cider remedy for colds! Kind of like Where’s Waldo, let’s call it “Where’s the Warm & Steamy?”

Probably the only important ingredient in the recipe that actually affects your cold virus.

But the other ingredients  are so strong that they may just overpower your suffering. Do they really kill off the virus?  It’s possible they may help some by just revving up your mucous production with their walloping strong flavors, and therefore help stimulate your immune system to flush out the virus.

Or perhaps they numb your throat sensations with their burn-off-your-taste-buds recipe (only things missing are Serrano hot peppers and turpentine!). Even if it doesn’t cure your cold you can use it in a zingy chow mein recipe, for sure!

reposted from Care2 internet site which has a mélange of socially concerned sites. This one in the “Healthy living category”

Peggy The Doctor’s Wife


<< by Annie B. Bond June 27, 2004

Here is a great natural formula—with a spicy, zesty, delicious flavor#—that offers relief from cold and flu symptoms, and is an effective natural antibiotic.

Several healing ingredients make this tasty formula one that you can drink at the first sign of a cold or flu to help open up your sinuses and bronchial passages. You can also gargle with it for relief from sore throats. We plan to print this out and keep it handy all fall and winter long; when the sniffles hit, this will help! Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS (Try to use organic if at all possible)

25 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dried or 3 tablespoons fresh Echinacea root, grated or chopped
1/3 cup fresh horseradish root, grated
1/4 cup fresh gingerroot, peeled and sliced
1 large white onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
Honey to sweeten, if desired
Raw apple cider vinegar, 1 quart or less

1. Place all dry ingredients in a 1-quart wide mouth jar. Fill to the top with vinegar. Cover the top of the jar with plastic wrap, then screw on the lid.

2. Refrigerate for six weeks so the flavor can develop and soften. Shake daily. There’s no need to strain and bottle it unless you want to. The flavor keeps getting better and bolder the longer the formula is allowed to steep.

3. At the first sign of a cold or flu, take 2 tablespoons of this formula with a warm water chaser. Rinse mouth out well after swallowing the cider. Repeat once or twice daily for the duration of the illness. You should feel your sinus and bronchial passages quickly open and your breathing become easier.

4. For a sore throat, gargle with the formula for 60 seconds, spit, then rinse out your mouth. You should feel immediate relief.

Makes about 1 quart.


Read more:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/zesty-cider-cold-and-flu-formula.html#ixzz2O8t5ZSD7