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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.

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.

 

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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