Monday, November 19, 2007

"cold" myths and a few other bits

OK, maybe since I didn't take the mass dose of Vitamin C at the FIRST SIGN of the 'cold', anyway I'm still pretty sick, but that's OK, the Vitamin C will no doubt keep me from being sick for several weeks like friends of mine did I caught it from, in the meantime, I am giving you some popular myths to occupy your minds.


Myths and old wives' tales about how to cure the common cold They have been around for years and chances are, you have probably experimented with (and maybe even believed) one or two of them. Here are some myths and the truths behind them!
~Antibiotics are the only way to cure the common cold.
Many people turn to antibiotics, when in fact, antibiotics do not help a cold. This is because antibiotics treat bacterial infections while colds are caused by viruses. What's more, overuse of antibiotics has led to increasingly resistant bacteria, which means when you really do have a bacterial infection, antibiotics may not be able to treat it.
~Cold weather causes the common cold.
Cold weather has never been linked as the cause of a cold. Some theories suggest that the increase of the occurrence of the common cold during colder months is because more people gather indoors with little circulation where the viruses are more likely to spread.
~Eating chicken soup is a popular way to cure the common cold.
While eating a bowl of chicken soup certainly does feel soothing on a dry, scratchy throat, it has no special powers to cure a cold. However, chicken is a good source of protein, and the broth contains electrolytes, that will help you stay well nourished so that you have enough energy to fight off your cold.

Hey I disagree with this one, eating nice hot soup will help you break up the congestion in your lungs so you can cough it up, Whoa there pardner, coughing is a good thing, leaving the infection in the lungs is the BAD THING.

ALSO, eating hot soup helps raise your body temperature, WHOA AGAIN, STAY AWAY FROM THE ASPIRINS, YOU WANT THE HEAT, germs thrive at 98.6 degrees fareinheit, so the body wants to get hot to kill it off, so stay warm! Over 104 you can have brain damage but you will probably not get that hot. If you do, use a cold compress on the neck or forehead.

~Drinking milk causes increased nasal mucous during a cold.
Milk and mucous may look slightly similar but there is no evidence that drinking milk will increase the amount of mucous.
~Starve a cold.
Cold sufferers should NOT starve a cold - in fact, that could only make it worse. You should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet so as to stay well nourished to effectively fight a cold!
~Only people with a weak immune system can catch a cold.
Anyone can catch a cold once they have been exposed to the virus. In fact, nearly 95 percent of adults with healthy immune systems have caught a cold when exposed to the virus.

OK, here's some news on the adeno-virus and why it can attack healthy people. Of which I am one, hey, I thought I was right back where I was, sickly and catching everything that went down the pike, but not true a young healthy woman, member of the Armed forces died of it. Shades of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic more later...
Virulent form of cold virus spreads in U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new and virulent strain of adenovirus, which frequently causes the common cold, has spread in parts of the United States, killing 10 people and putting dozens into hospitals, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report detailed cases of people ill since May 2006 with a strain of the virus called adenovirus 14 in New York, Oregon, Washington state and Texas.
"Whether you're a healthy young adult, an infant or an elderly person, this virus can cause severe respiratory disease at any age," said John Su, who investigates infectious diseases for the CDC and contributed to the report.
Two of the 10 people who have died from the new strain were infants, Su said. The CDC report said about 140 people have been sickened by the virus and more than 50 hospitalized, including 24 admitted to intensive care units.
Adenoviruses frequently cause acute upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold, but also can cause other illnesses including inflammation of the stomach and intestines, pink eye, bladder infection and rashes.
Colds caused by adenoviruses can be very severe in the very young and the very old as well as in certain other people, like those with compromised immune systems.
"For most everybody else, it causes a mild illnesses, you get over it, life goes on," Su said in a telephone interview.
"What makes this particular adenovirus a little different is that it has the capability of making healthy young adults severely ill. And that's unusual for an adenovirus, and that's why it's got our attention," Su added.

As promised a few words on the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
We are all familiar with the tell-tale signs of the flu: sneezing, coughing, aching, and overall physical weakness. In fact, this is probably no different from what our American ancestors encountered before World War I. However, all this changed in 1918, when a particularly virulent form of influenza - the so-called Spanish Flu - appeared, causing more deaths (over 50 million) than had resulted from the entire First World War which lasted four years.
Spanish Flu victims suffered massive pneumonia and fatal pulmonary complications: they literally drowned in their own body fluids. Lungs filled with fluid and their skin became markedly discolored from the lack of oxygen. Mysteriously, it killed more young than old. The death rate was greatest among ages 15 to 40.
Navy medical professionals were among those who were overwhelmed trying to fight this virus. Treatment was essentially non-existent. The US Navy was forced to rely on quarantine or infectious disease stations as brave doctors, hospital corpsmen, and nurses cared for the daily needs of the patients.
"The morgues were packed almost to the ceiling with bodies stacked one on top of another. The morticians worked day and night. You could never turn around without seeing a big red truck loaded with caskets for the train station so bodies could be sent home.
We didn’t have the time to treat them. We didn’t take temperatures; we didn’t even have time to take blood pressure.
We would give them a little hot whisky toddy; that’s about all we had time to do. They would have terrific nosebleeds with it. Sometimes the blood would just shoot across the room. You had to get out of the way or someone’s nose would bleed all over you."

Here is the advice given at that time.

For the protection of others, if you are really sick stay at home and remain there until the fever is over. A day in bed at the very beginning may also save you from serious consequences. . .
If you are up and about, protect healthy persons from infection—don’t spray others with the secretions from your nose and throat in coughing, sneezing, laughing, or talking. Cover your mouth with a handkerchief. Boil your handkerchiefs and other contaminated articles. Wash your hands frequently. Keep away from others as much as possible while you have a cough.

Sounds like good advice still to me.
Years ago when I was a young woman with a baby, my husband and I were traveling to San Diego where he was stationed. We ended up in Phoenix, Az on New Year's Eve. I was so sick, coughing and snotting-up-a-storm. My husband was suckling at the teat of the room's TV, which was his great love. I couldn't get any cold medicine because no stores were open anyway and back in those prehistoric days there was no otc pharma-selections anyway [early 1970's]. I was so dry and of course Phoenix was very dry anyway and at that time of year it was even dryer than usual. I sat in the bathroom trying to breathe with the hot water steaming up the room, but it made very little difference to my poor dried up lungs and nasal passages, they were raw! That night I curled up around the pillow [a flat rock I believe] and coughed all night long into that pillow. I've often thought of the poor person who was subsequently subjected to that fomite of deadly disease.

As a result I usually carry my own bedding, I'd rather use my nicely lufted pillows and fluffy comforters anyway, I worked briefly as a room maid, they do not routinely wash the bedspreads and on CSI I've seen what is left there.

Oh and in the "who do they think they are fooling" department, Ever wondered about those sweet little cloth masks surgeons wear covering those germ-laden holes in their faces. If a germ must be viewed only with a MICROSCOPE, how is it that they are stopped or in any way impeded by cloth you can SEE THROUGH!

Well Tha-a-a-at's all folks!

I'm still taking
,to help get rid of the candidiasis

Also CellPower™ another fungus killer,
And FLAX SEED OIL for my colon of course
~Glutathione-the master antioxidant is a great helper to counteract many diabetic complications.
~4 essential minerals for diabetics
~SELENIUMhelps immune system,fights infection and aids circulation
~MAGNESIUMhelps to relax you, aids stress and muscle relaxing
~CHROMIUMimproves insulin sensitivity, and helps lower blood sugar.
~ZINC especially to help you heal.
~coconut oil a great fungus killer too

Which incidentally is another fungi-cide and energy booster.

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~~~Jokes and Inspiration~~~
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember
-- Mark TwainThe future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet. -- William Gibson

After one look at this planet any visitor from
outer space would say "I want to see the manager."
-- William S. Burroughs

We are all apt to believe what the world believes
about us.
-- George Eliot
A Colorado friend told me a Kansas farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called and that on the few occasions, when it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady.

He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house. The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone began to ring.

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire with a steelchain and collar.
2. The wire connection to the groundrod was loose.
3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the number was called.
4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.
5. The wet ground would complete thecircuit, thus causing the phone to ring.
Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning. Just thought you'd like to know !!!!
A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy:
"So I hear you're getting married?"
"Do I know her?"
"This woman, is she good looking?"
"Not really."
"Is she a good cook?"
"Naw, she can't cook too well."
"Does she have lots of money?"
"Nope! Poor as a church mouse."
"Well, then, is she good in bed?"
"I don't know."
"Why in the world do you want to marry her then?"
"Because she can still drive!"

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong. Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass ofwater on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose!!

Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick:

"Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make you your favorite dinner tonight. I love you, darling! Love, Jillian"

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, "Son... what happened last night?"

"Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and out of your mind. You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door.”

Confused, he asked his son, "So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me??"

His son replies, "Oh THAT!... Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed, "Leave me alone, I'm married!!"
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

May the Lord of All bless you with blessings too many to contain, and then may we all go out and bless our neighbors!


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