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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

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everything is beautiful in its time

The Common Cold Reporter

Common Cold Immunity — caused by Old Age?

Common Cold Immunity

The science desk of the New York times answers a question as whether common cold immunity is due to old age, to why the inquirer’s mother age 92 seems to not catch the  colds of the daughter.

does old age give you immunity to colds?

does old age give you immunity to colds?

The doctor’s answer is not news, but common knowledge. Yes, you build up immunity to viruses, problem is that there are over 200 kinds of cold viruses, so there are a LOT of types of cold viruses going around to build immunity to.

The interesting part is how LONG we keep the common cold immunity. Dr. Jacobs says it can be “a few years to a lifetime”

But I am still unclear as to how the mutations of the cold virus affect the human sufferer’s immunity. Do they mutate into a new type that the human host has no immunity for? I have not seen that explained, but apparently from flu viruses, the bodies’s immunity is only to the exact type of virus that you have been infected with before.

That’ why they keep developing new flue vaccines each year because the flu viruses keep changing.

Dr. Jacobs also comments that the strength of our individual immune systems makes a big difference in how sick, and how long we suffer from a particular cold.

So answer, yes get colds, but get over them fast. Instead of popping herb pills next November, start working out this summer to keep yourself physically strong, which in turn strengthens your immune system to fight off the cold viruses much better this next season!

But with the cold, over 200 viruses can take a lot of years to cycle through so you likely will still get some colds, but if you fight it off quickly, then they are no big deal.


 Dr. Jonathan L. Jacobs, professor of clinical medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, says “After most viral infections, people develop immunity to that specific virus, which can last from a few years to a lifetime.”

As immunity to different viruses builds up over time, it decreases the number of viral types that can make one sick, Dr. Jacobs said. But he added, “There are so many viruses that cause colds that complete immunity is very unlikely.”

As for the strength of symptoms of colds later in life, “our genes, and the strength of the immune mechanisms that produce many of the symptoms that we associate with the common cold, are also important factors determining how sick we get when exposed to a cold virus,” Dr. Jacobs said.


Happy Summertime from Peggy TDW

Howdy Cold virus friends!

Peggy the Doctor’s Wife here, climbing back into my blogging saddle again– my first Summertime blog!

Yep, its been a while since I’ve grabbed the reins of my ole WordPress hossie and kicked her into a trot through the common cold countryside to wrassle up some viral outlaws for another epic low-down show-down.

One question for you dear audience member in the peanut gallery…I’m still trying to focus on putting my book together but finding it terribly hard to focus on it…Anyone have advice to help me?

And especially for us whose work is online…one little task leads to endless internet searches with so many GREAT pieces of information… but where does it end? How to stop the research and get my own work done?

Hmmm…I’m guessing, might have something to do with my trying to handle FOUR careers at the same time.  Unlike Dr. Bob, who is laser focused on his one career, I am very inclusive…I do like multi-tasking, obviously… and on a hunter/gatherer scale I’m wayyyyy to the berry-picking end of the scale. In fact there are some lovely blackberries right now growing in my backyard, but…heyyyyy, wait a sec, there I go again…!.

So it is time now to invoke my killer hunting instincts and produce my virus-killer magnum opus. (where can I buy one of those nifty “y” chromosomes?

OK, meanwhile since I do have my perfectly matched XX chromosomes, best if I just accept myself for who I am, right, and adjust my life accordingly, realize that, despite not having produced the tome yet, I AM doing a lot of good in many relationships but I also need to work very hard to create structure in my life for this long-term purpose too.

Online webinars have been very helpful to keep myself motivated, encouraged, and convinced it is do-able. I believe I do have plenty of information already to give you a gosh-darned, bangup, heckuva great Common Cold book….I just need to stop doing all the other great stuff, or have the patience to wait until I’m through this busy season and have the time to spit it all out  into my literary spittoon (hygenically of course)

I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you as I gradually catch up.

And about all the other gol-durned  stuff I’ve gotten done in the past 4 months. More on that in my next post

… read on little doggies, yee-haw, rawhide! (cue whip snap!)

for your Happy, Healthy Life!

Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

(and now to click that satisfying little “publish button”…ahhhh its SO great to be back again!!!)