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98. Who(??!) conducted the study that shows Beer chemical helps colds?


beer has hops with chemical Humulone which the BEER company funded research to find that it may help fight off common colds.

….just like the zillion other ingredients that have been promoted the past few decades said they MAY help the cold too (but didn’t) end result is probably that the beer sales go up a bit. Sadly I doubt that ANY of the encouraged drinking of beer will be beer that has been WARMED UP to actually help fight off the virus.

But on the other hand those with colds who are inspired by this to imbibe more,  will maybe get more sleep? 

But on the third hand, they wake up, with a hangover, dehydrated, and worst of all, in their virus and alcoholic stupor they did not plug in their vaporizer to breathe the beneficial warm & steamy air all night while they snoozed.

Prediction: Bad Remedy. drinking more beer will make your cold worse.

— Peggy the Doctor’s wife.


REPOSTED from  and video

Japanese brewery Sapporo conducted a study that discovered there is a chemical compound in hops (what gives beer its bitter taste) that can fight off the common cold. Problem is: You have to drink a lot of it. Challenge accepted.


The chemical in question is called humulone, which can provide an effective defense against a virus that can cause severe forms of pneumonia and bronchitis.

I’m not sure I believe that; my friend once felt a cold coming on, tossed an Airborne in his beer, and subsequently caught pneumonia. But perhaps he just hadn’t drank enough. That may actually be the case, because in order to really get the benefits that humulone provides, you’d have to drink about thirty beers.

On the one hand: cold free! On the other: you’ve ruined every relationship you’ve had and you’ll never find love.

Trade-off, I suppose?

Anyway, the discovery now has scientists looking at ways to bring humulone to the populous in other ways. Putting it in food, drinking water, etc., to increase our resistance to the common cold.

Because not everyone’s going to take the thirty beer challenge just to fight off a cold.

Question: Thirty beers, huh?


71. Has Chinese Medicine Cured the Common Cold?

Is everything I read on the internet true? How do I know? just published  another example of people Chinese medicine says common cobelieving a common cold remedy must be good just because “Chinese Medicine” says so.
Medical scientists who prefer “evidence based medicine” call this, going to the “woo.”
Does its explanation of how we get colds remind you of the medieval belief in the Four Humours?  Every culture in the world comes up with explanations based on what knowledge they have, and before we had microscopes, people could only guess as to what was causing the common cold ailments.
So the Chinese guessed that an “invasion of wind” was the cause, since they didn’t know about viruses.  Close guess, but not exact.
I do like some of their answers, except for the acupuncturist part (but this was written by an acupuncturist.
I do NOT believe that we expel cold viruses through our pores, but we DO help expel it through our mucous. Steam and sweat are good, but not for the reasons he writes below.
They do fit in perfectly with our advice based on mainstream medical research, that cold viruses thrive at cold temperature, therefore raising your upper respiratory area temperature with warmth and steam will help you fight it off fastest.

Review of Amazon Bestselling Healthcare books

I have a lot more to write about in this blog column!

keeping my nose out of trouble

For these past 3 weeks I’ve been catching my breath, and catching up on tasks after my big exciting Manhattan Publicity Summit in October.  I returned home, happy that I really beleive I’m on the right track with this project, but just before that awful Hurricane Sandy devastated the entire East Coast Our hearts and prayers go out to our colleagues back East.

Since I’m new to this type of publicity effort, I’ve been boggled with learning SOoooo much about how to get the word out about this book project, and its taking me a while to sort out the tasks and start to develop my plan, strategy and simmer my schedule down.

Part of this   has been a big process of learning how to produce these blogs, and trying, unsuccessfully, to keep up the homework while I’ve been going through my weekly book coaching teleseminar program. The hard part has been for me to keep focused on my important tasks, because anytime I start to do something in my email or on the internet… one website leads to another, and another and i get more ideas, and, well, hours go by and I find I didn’t get done the original task I set out, and often even forget what that task was!

So I’ve been signing up for the next incredible and helpful programs so lining up months of glorious publicity work for myself. And hoping that a systematic strategy will emerge to me as I sort through all the possible programs.

,  and  I’m starting to review Amazon books on healthcare to glean all the trends in healthcare advice.

I was chagrined at first, to see that my “Four Pillars Of Health” seemed to be already taken by another MD who has written on “The Seven Pillars Of Health,”


But on closer examination, while we do have some overlap, the esteemed other doctor and I clearly have very different philosophy on what is really important to maintaining good health.

We do agree on Sleep and Exercise as each being A Pillar.  I would certainly include “water” as being included, categorized within my Pillar of “Diet/Healthy Eating. ” But this doctor felt it to be worthy of an entire Pillar unto itself!


And, in my quick survey analysis of many of the titles,  the popular topics seem to be giving us their Super Secrets to Super Immunity for Super Health:

Most of which seems to be diet, diet diet.  And then all the other medical specialties have special care of course.

Well, if we don’t have magical secret ingredients, then at least they can appeal to us by revealing secret powers in the same old ingredients. Right?

And then there are paleo diets, caveman style, but no grains? Why are grains out? because its a new combination of same old ingredients, but with a special secret combination twist, that will give us superpower.

Clearly my interpretive analysis blogging skills are still sorely needed in this whole healthcare literature genre to make sense of it all for you dear readers.