Top 10 Best Ways to Stop the Common Cold and Flu
Stop the Devilish Viruses
If I ever feel that I have been exposed to cold viruses, I eat something spicy, because the oils, or the chemical capsaicin from the spice in hot peppers, fill up the areas of my cell membranes in which viruses inject their genetic material that makes us sick. Many viruses look like a Lunar Lander and have a barb that sticks into one of our cells through a "dent"-like area. The oils and capsaicin of spices and other foods block the barb.
The foods that work include hot peppers of any kind - fresh or ground, onions, garlic, fresh ginger, pickled ginger, horseradish, kimchee, and similar foods. Hot spicy shrimp eliminated my symptoms once in just 45 minutes. because of this, about 20 years ago, I increased my daily intake of all these kinds of foods with good results: many fewer colds.
There are over 200 separate viruses responsible for what we call "the common cold" and after we have suffered form each virus, some physicians feel that most of us are immune to each one. As with all rules and generalizations, though, this does not hold for everyone and all diseases do not affect different individuals the same way. The rhinovirus causes a lot of colds, and we may not be able to development much of a resistance to that one.
Take the measles - I had the three-day measles 7 times before I developed full immunity to them (twice as an adult).
The only time I become ill is sometimes when I experience a puff of dirt and dust in the face while cleaning, or during some other event. Otherwise, I do not catch colds. Here are the reasons for this, in my opinion:
Emergency! -- Call Your Doctor if You Have
- A fever of over 100 degrees F.
- High fever with body aches or headache and fatigue.
- High fever with sweating, chills, coughing, and yellow or green phlegm
- Symptoms that longer than 10 days or that steadily get worse over 3-5 days.
Try the Top 10 Cold Preventatives
1) I grew up around a lot of cigarette smoke that caused cilia paralysis in the breathing passages and resulted in the inability to expel dust and bacteria regularly. I caught a new cold every three weeks. I contracted pneumonia at age seven with a fever of 106.5°F before being rushed to the hospital. As an adult, I worked in health psychology to help people stop smoking and become healthier.
2) I also had a substantial amount of survival and martial arts training outdoors in cold weather climates as an adult and this increased my health as well. Any kind of regular exercise helps to maintain health and avoid colds.
My training saved my life in many ways. One terrible winter, my car broke down in -75° F and the outdoors felt like a dead planet. No one would stop to help me, so I walked about 1/3 mile to a gas station and received help. Happily, I did not become ill and went on to avoid colds for several years. Exercise of many kinds can contribute to health, including avoiding colds and flu.
Smoking disrupts your immune system. This raises your risk of catching the cold and other viruses. Inhaling tobacco smoke also exposes you to toxic chemicals that can irritate your throat lining. Symptoms of the common cold can be worse if you smoke.— Healthline.com
3) During the winter, I keep the thermostat low, especially for sleeping. Cool temperatures can help ward off colds - under 65 degrees F. I also use a vaporizer because germs take hold when your mucous membranes become dry (eyes, nose, throat, etc.). Eye drops or artificial tears help in the winter as well. I drink lots of liquids all year round to wash out toxins.
4) I wash my hands before and after using keyboards, working with children, preparing and eating meals, taking out the trash, and doing laundry.
5) When I wash dishes, I use hot water, put a small amount of bleach in the dishwater as a germ killer, and dry the dishes in the open air in a clean dish drainer. Kitchen sponges and scrubbers are washed and placed in the microwave for about 30 seconds to sanitize them as well. These are also replaced often.
6) I wash my bathroom down with a bleach once a week.
7) I vacuum the furniture and mattress as well as the carpeting, to get rid of more dust and dust mites (they cause allergies).
8) I keep a positive, proactive attitude, which boosts the immune system.
9) When I find myself in stressful conditions or relationships that are unreasonable, I extricate myself from them. Stress of this or any type can lead to illness.
10) I learned a variety of relaxation tips while doing counseling and therapy, and they work. Relaxation boosts the immune system.
Diversity and Cultural Competency
Accept diversity that is growing in your community and make friends within it. Mutual support and friendship can go a long way toward strengthening the human immune system. This has been accepted since the 1980s in the U.S.
Cultural respect and competency in healthcare is a mandatory consideration in most of America in the 21st century, and religious traditions make up a large part of that. Whether we believe them or not, they enter into our patients' recoveries.
They also factor into preventing diseases like the common cold and flu.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cultural Competence. npin.cdc.gov/pages/cultural-competence Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- Georgetown University. Cultural Competence in Healthcare; 2004. hpi.georgetown.edu/agingsociety/pubhtml/cultural/cultural.html Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- Peart, K.N. Study shows why cigarette smoke makes flu, other viral infections worse. Yale News. news.yale.edu/2008/07/24/study-shows-why-cigarette-smoke-makes-flu-other-viral-infections-worse Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- Sohbani, M.E.; et.al. Immune modulation in response to stress and relaxation. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences. 2011 Mar 15;14(6):363-74.U.S. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21902060 Retrieved October 16, 2018.
© 2007 Patty Inglish MS