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67. How Much Evidence for Other Cold Remedies?

Now that I’ve asserted that I’m basing my assertions for Warm & Steamy cold remedy methods on the BEST of medical research, what about other cold remedies?

Over-The-Counter common cold remedies

Over-The-Counter cold rmedies fill an aisle at our local CVS pharmacy

How much weight of evidence is there for other popular cold remedies?

How much weight of evidence is there for the other remedies for treating the common cold?  And there are a LOT of other remedies out there.  Many websites, both high level prestigious websites, such as our U.S. government Pubmed, and National Institutes of Health, and Center For Disease Control websites, which have much overlapping similar information, but even these venerable institutions vary somewhat in specific recommendations for common colds.

How much evidence do they have for their advice?

Definitely not the “Gold Standard” for any of it.  But you can bet they are looking like crazy for evidence. There are ongoing studies for lots of various ingredients that can help prevent , or minimize cold virus suffering.

$3 billion per year is spent by Americans on Over-The-Counter cold remedies.

$1 billion per year is spent by Americans on prescription antibiotics for common colds.

How much evidence is this $4 billion that we are paying pharmaceutical companies.

Well, a LOT of evidence…that shows they all DON’T work!

We are paying $4 Billion per year for cold medicines that research has shown does NOT work?

Isnt’ this crazy?


How did this happen?

NEXT:  Where do doctors get their information for medical treatment of colds?

38. My progress this week in alignment the 4 Pillars of Health

How to get good alignment in the 4 Pillars of Health

For example, a prime exhibit this week of mis-alignment in all 4 Pillars– myself:

  What I did this week, after crash landing back at the home pad….

1. SLEEP:  I let myself sleep in this week every chance I least 8 or more hours

sleeping baby

get as much sleep as you can!

per night..and get extra naps but trying to get to bed earlier than usual (that’s my hardest challenge, because somehow my energy kicks up around 10 p.m. darn it. I’m a night owl.  It still didn’t feel like enough.

But then I also wanted to wake up early enough to see my son off to high school…so, forcing myself to go to sleep earlier, or going back to sleep after I see him off. And then a few noontime naps were good too. One of my least favorite pillars…but now that I’m making myself…I’m starting to feel the Qi energy flow happen…from sleep! not from herbal pills

I really struggle with feeling guilty for sleeping in, and also wanting to get work done. I admire people who are able to keep regular bedtime, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to fit my creative personality so I must find ways to trick myself into getting better sleep patterns, like reading myself to sleep. Using a sleeping blindfold when light is bothering me (worked very well in the Manhattan hostel room. Trying to eliminate any nighttime distractions and noises….noizzzes…. noizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……


25. My Common Cold Balloon Rises with Success

Dear Real Readers,

I ‘ve been feeling quite happy this week. Only two glorious weeks into launching my Common Cold blog and already, amazingly, I got my first comment from a human. Then another, then another. Mostly nice!

My weeks of toil and worry are starting to pay off.

Of course I deleted the weird, nonsensical ones–obviously spam. girl with balloons

But the thrill, the happy glow I feel  seeing a real person has left a real comment! And a nice comment too!  They are reading me!

Aha…I just knew in my heart I could make a difference in the real world.

My balloon of success is rising into the sky. Not a proud large, helium balloon, jut a modest hand blown useful little thing, a little ray of hope in the wilderness, yet inflated with my very own breath of knowledge. Perhaps someday I’ll be up there in the search engines like the facial tissue or the Pharmaceutical sites

And now, the comments are trickling in…only a handful, sure,  but least a few real people Out There are already being influenced by my wise, wit on how to get a bit healthier with our Warm & Steamy advice.

Their response warms and steams my own little heart. Gives me a new confidence that I am on the right path with this pioneering foray into the vast blogging wilderness. I am actually starting to make an impact in people’s lives — purely with my prose!

And so amazing that they are finding me, I marvel.

But just how ARE they finding me? When I Google searched my blog. I could not even find me. How did they?

And then my little balloon popped.


 Next:  the big fizzle