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More Wrong News about Common Cold and Cold Temperature

The public misinformation on the common cold still flows like a runny nose.

News report today, based again on bad science, is from a weather channel news article March Temperature Extremes Not a Factor in Spread of Common Cold

The author Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer, states the myth promoted by many doctors that  temperature has no effect on the spread  of the common cold virus, despite the high correlation between cold weather and people getting more common colds, every year, everywhere.

“Doctors, however, say there is no correlation between the weather changes and illnesses.

“This is a myth that is very commonly heard, however,” Dr. Wanda Filer, a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ board of directors, said. “It is known that seasonal flu viruses circulate faster in cold weather, when the air is cold and dry.”

The article goes on to emphasize that the reason there are more colds is that people are closer together and spreading the cold more…. a popular, but wrong, explanation among doctors.

Once again they ignore the hidden mystery trait of cold viruses, that grandma and folk remedies around the world instinctively know, that COLD TEMPERATURE MAKES YOUR COLD WORSE.

So the doctors are waging an interminable campaign to teach people to be counter-intuitive and insist that colds are NOT made worse by cold weather.

Apparently doctors want us to spend more money on antiseptic lotions, handwipes and pharmaceutical medicines, (since the pharmaceutical companies need their $4 billion of profit) instead of the more common sense, convenient and cheaper WARM & STEAMY remedies

The article tries to dispel the, supposed other myth that your individual cold gets worse with big temperature swings that happen in March.

“Many people, however, can suffer sinus symptoms with changes in barometric pressure and may interpret this as a cold or allergies, since congestion and headaches may result. When the temperature changes, they may associate it incorrectly with their symptoms,” Filer said.

I do agree partly, that just cold temperature alone can cause similar symptoms to a cold. I get a runny nose when I’m exposed, even for a minute, to cold weather.   even when I’m sure I don’t have a cold. It is part of our bodies Immune System, protecting our airways against the effects of cold temperature. And of course headaches can be caused by changes.

But the temperature changes can also actually make your cold virus grow much more rapidly.  And when people are experiencing unexpected cold temperature, as in the recent weather swings, they might not be as prepared for keeping warm in the sudden coldness, and perhaps their bodies are not as adjusted internally to the temperature changes to fight off the viruses.

The article then goes on to give advice for how best to prevent spread of colds.

Although the author first gives equal weight to possibilities of passing cold germs through touch and through air, by breathing/coughing/sneezing… he then mainly addresses the cold being spread by touching of infected surfaces. This is very illogical (but popular) advice since it is the manner that is way less likely to spread the colds than by breathing the germs in from the air. Therefore, it emphasizes handwashing and hyper-sanitizing everything you touch as the main way to prevent spreading of colds.

“hand washing is the most important thing a person can do to protect others and themselves.”

He does mention at the end to avoid sick people, but NO mention of covering one’s nose and mouth to prevent spread of germs.  of course more drugstore products are sold that way…and thus more pharmaceutical profits with which to pay their physician spokespeople and pay for the pharmaceutical-funded research studies that are desperately searching for any scant evidence of  supposedly cold virus- fighting ingredients that they can make profits from.

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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Question: Can dogs catch a cold?

“Can dogs catch a cold?”

Answer: Yes! I wrote on this in November, and  here’s a good article from PetMD on dogs catching colds

The thing is, there are many other  reasons besides a common cold virus that a dog would have similar symptoms to a common cold, coughing (distemper or kennel cough) worms, fungal parasites, allergies and other infections.

Just as in humans the cold is one of many viruses that cause similar symptoms, coughing, runny nose, sneezing

But unlike in humans the cold viruses that your dog gets are NOT contagious to you, or “cross-species” or at least not that scientisits have discovered.

<<There are other highly contagious, cold-like illnesses to be familiar with, as well. The influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, and tuberculosis are all illnesses that can be transmitted by infected dogs.

Another potentially life-endangering viral illness is canine distemper. A dog exhibiting symptoms of distemper will usually have coughing, vomiting, high fever, and a thick discharge from the eyes and nose.>>

Another article about dogs getting colds, agrees with this information and adds tips on how to help your dog get better.

The first and second tip are…Warm & Steamy methods!…

<< Helping Your Dog Recover
1. Increasing Fluid Intake
If your dog has common cold, the simplest way to get rid of it is by feeding him/her lots of nutritious liquids. Chicken broth, for instance will work wonders for your dog too.Steam Therapy
2. Try to get your dog to inhale steaming water which will unclog the sinuses. Bring over a tub of hot water, and gently lead the dog to inhale the vapors. Be careful not to allow the dog to go too close to the steaming water.
Read more at Buzzle: >>
So there you go. Yes they can, no you won’t catch it from each other, and, if it is a mere common cold, the way to get better is the same as for us, Warm & Steamy methods
— Peggy The Doctor’s Wife