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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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Cold remedy from China

My friend Xing, an international Masters student in Computer Science, from Tongchuan, Shaanxi,  a small town in China. He is now working in tech industry in Silicon Valley

Xing tells me about his mother’s home common cold remedy :  drink lots of hot water and sleep under heavy blankets until you sweat.

Sounds warm & steamy to me! Thanks Xing!  — Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

<<I remember when I was a kid and when I had common cold, my mom usually asked me to drink tons of hot water and then go to bed with very thick blankets on me.

Literally I slept inside those big and thick blankets and I sweated a lot during the sleep. After maybe 8 or 10 hours’ sleep, I tend to be better from the cold.

But this is only for the cold part. If with fever, this is dangerous.

it’s very cold during the winter, like around 32 degrees, sometimes like around 15 degrees. I don’t remember how often I got cold when I was a kid. But my home, I think, is not warm enough. We used to burn the coal to warm the room. and that’s not very convenient. sometimes it’s too hot sometimes it’s too cold. during the time, the fire is gone and it’s cold.

Nowadays, I actually begin to eat lots of vitamins if I feel I am weak and on the edge of being sick. I think the vitamins actually helps, because I don’t eat any during normal time. So when I feel sick, my body may feel some difference with the vitamins and it actually make me avoid some cold. :)

I’m not sure how she found it. But I remember it’s pretty common that people did this. It’s sort of a common sense and I heard it when I was very little.

I think one reason is that lots of people did this and feel better. Another reason might come from the poverty. I remember at that time most people are very poor and this method actually doesn’t cost anything, which is good :)

I also remember when we (my friends from neighbor and I) had some small cuts, we just use sort of soil (very tiny soft soil like light yellow powder) on the cut to stop the bleed and speed up the heal. It helped and we did that all the time. But now I think it’s not very safe though… 😉

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