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Wilbur Sargunaraj from India discovers Cold Virus truth in Scotland

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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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Are your Telomeres too short?

Check your telomeres in the mirror.

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Telomer-structure, used with permission
(c) Iridos at the English language Wikipedia

Are they too short?

 

Bet you didn’t even know you had them, but turns out they do show, when you get a runny nose. Or at least, your shorter ones show in that you probably get more colds than people who have longer ones.

Big news last month on the common cold was the discovery by researchers that a part of your DNA, the cap of your Chromosone called a “telomere” could determine your body’s susceptibility to the common cold.

And if so, what can you do about it? Is there a clinic where you can get them fixed? Can a personal trainer assist you in working out to lengthen and strengthen them?

Sadly no.  So what good does it do us to know about this? Well, none at the moment, but perhaps in future this can assist medical researchers to figure out how to work around that sadly deficient telomere and help people resist colds more.

Foundational knowledge, it is. But cool to think about it. The wikipedia entry has a neato 3-dimensional video clip of a multicolor telomere structure diagram.

According to Science 2.0 One of the researchers, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University explains

“Our work suggests the possibility that telomere length is a relatively consistent marker across the life span and that it can start predicting disease susceptibility in young adulthood… We knew that people in their late 50s and older with shorter telomeres are at a greater risk for illness and mortality.

“We expected that younger people would vary in their telomere length as well and wanted to see what this would mean for their health.

“Those with shorter telomeres in the CD8CD28- cell population may be at greater risk for infection because they have fewer functional cells available to respond to the [cold] virus. The superior ability of CD8CD28- T-cytolytic cells to predict infection gives us an idea of which cells to focus on in future work on how telomere length influences the immune system’s response to infection and other immune-related challenges.”

…Cohen emphasized that “this is preliminary research and further work with other viruses and with natural infections will help clarify its implications.”

All of which tells ME that… hmmmm…. really, what??? Just that ANY incremental, small news that is real solid information about the common cold is so basic to our health, if any small improvement can be made on the common cold for humanity, that it becomes HUGE international news.

Now … how to get the BIG  little news  out about “Warm & Steamy?”

129. Sharkie’s Pep Talk Radio Interview

Greetings to Sharkie’s Pep Talk radio fans!

I’m delighted to be on the show today and share with you my advice for how you can get over your colds faster and back to your great life.

You can do it! I’ll tell you how

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I’m in beginning stages of writing my book on the Common Cold “Slash your next Cold from 10 days to Two– with a Teakettle”  featuring cold remedies from around the world, as well as my advice based on mainstream medical research adn my husband’s 30 years of treating thousands of patients in Emergency and Urgent Care clinics.

For your healthy happy life

— Peggy The Doctor’s Wife