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Old 09.10.2010, 10:37
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How to catch a cold

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The summer is over. Put away the sun screen and brace yourself for the raft of viruses coming your way. Here are a few scenarios to make you better appreciate how you'll catch a cold.

For starters, don't wash your hands.
Take public transport, open doors, shake hands and then, when you're about to tuck into your sandwich, just think "Nah, it's fine, I'll just wipe my hands on my shirt and that'll do".
Try to be around people who are unwell, especially those who sneeze directly at you, or even those who just sneeze into their hand. Public transport is a great place, but your place of work will do just fine.
Make sure you cut the hours of sleep you get. Eight hours is for wimps. There is always something on the telly, and failing that, you can surf the web for medical advice.
Had some fish and fruit during your beach holiday you say? Ah well, feel free to tuck straight back into those yummy meals full of saturated and hydrogenated fats. A healthy, nutritionally balanced diet is boring. Go for the burger and chips, and brace yourself for the cold.
So you played some paddle tennis on the beach? Well done, take the rest of the year off. Your immune system should be plenty strong to handle any virus that comes your way.
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If sarcasm doesn't really work for you and you prefer a more direct approach, here are our tips on how to skip a cold:
  • Avoid people who are unwell. If they sneeze, ask them to cover their mouth with a disposable tissue. If they're a colleague at work, ask them to go home until they're well.
  • Wash you hands all the time with disinfectant soap and hot water. Ask those around you to do so as well. Use disinfectant spray at home on any surfaces which might get exposed to a virus. Don't forget to clean the doorknobs.
  • Eat healthy. Your immune system will be boosted by a diet that gets enough protein through beans, lentils and fish. Oily fish, nuts and seeds will give you essential fats, which are also good for you. Try to get five portions of fruit and vegetables, and include whole grain foods like brown rice in your diet. Stay away from refined foods.
  • Sleep. A restful eight hours will ensure that your body is better able to fend off and fight infection. To get a good night's sleep avoid eating late, and caffeine and alcohol before bed. Make sure that your bedroom is a comfortable and relaxing place to sleep.
  • Exercise. Three times a week or more do something that makes you sweat. Cardiovascular activities like running, brisk walking or aerobics will do fine. If you're feeling adventurous, you can do some weights. Exercise will boost your immune system, which will make it more resistant to a cold, and quicker to recover as well.
  • Medicate. Yes, if all else fails, your local pharmacy is stacked full of over the counter products to manage colds. Your pharmacist can advise you, as can your GP.
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Re: How to catch a cold

Thanks for posting this...I would like to add that this passed summer, I started going to Saunas and I have to say, that I haven't caught as much as a sniffle since. Overall, I also sleep much better.
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Re: How to catch a cold

Having a similar sense of humour to Ittingen's, I like the first list of suggestions better.

However, as I am far more likely to be doing the things in the second block of text, I've printed out the first to remind myself of all the details.
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Re: How to catch a cold

Catching a cold?? Easy: Do one week (or less) substitute teaching in a middle school. Done.
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Catching a cold?? Easy: Do one week (or less) substitute teaching in a middle school. Done.
I was thinking the same, especially when I read these two points:

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  • Avoid people who are unwell. If they sneeze, ask them to cover their mouth with a disposable tissue. If they're a colleague at work, ask them to go home until they're well.
  • Wash you hands all the time with disinfectant soap and hot water. Ask those around you to do so as well.
Still, it's all good advice for people with proper jobs.
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Re: How to catch a cold

Isn't it advised for teachers to have a flu vaccine shot at the beginning of the season?
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Isn't it advised for teachers to have a flu vaccine shot at the beginning of the season?
It is.

Not much help against colds, though, is it?
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Not much help against colds, though, is it?
yes right....while reading the OP's advices thought they are similar and valid for flu as well.
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Re: How to catch a cold

I just goto India and get my annual refill of germs, bacteria, viruses, etc. etc.That's good enough for the rest of the year.

There hasn't been a single day in the last 2 years that I've known a cold, sniffle, cough or anything else. Touchwood! Although I guess being a regular to the sauna also helps.
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The summer is over. Put away the sun screen and brace yourself for the raft of viruses coming your way. Here are a few scenarios to make you better appreciate how you'll catch a cold.

For starters, don't wash your hands.
Take public transport, open doors, shake hands and then, when you're about to tuck into your sandwich, just think "Nah, it's fine, I'll just wipe my hands on my shirt and that'll do".
Try to be around people who are unwell, especially those who sneeze directly at you, or even those who just sneeze into their hand. Public transport is a great place, but your place of work will do just fine.
Make sure you cut the hours of sleep you get. Eight hours is for wimps. There is always something on the telly, and failing that, you can surf the web for medical advice.
Had some fish and fruit during your beach holiday you say? Ah well, feel free to tuck straight back into those yummy meals full of saturated and hydrogenated fats. A healthy, nutritionally balanced diet is boring. Go for the burger and chips, and brace yourself for the cold.
So you played some paddle tennis on the beach? Well done, take the rest of the year off. Your immune system should be plenty strong to handle any virus that comes your way.
Or, putting all this the other way round, here's how to not catch a cold...
Wash your hands.
Avoid public transport, don't open doors, don't shake hands, don't think about wiping your hands before eating your sandwich.
Try to be around healthy people, especially those that sneeze indirectly at you, and that don't just sneeze into their hand. Public transport is really not very good for this, your place of work will have to do.
Sleep much more. Eighteen hours is for wimps. Cut yourself off from the outside world, and don't bug your doctor.
Eat fish and fruit on the beach.
Play paddle tennis on the beach for the rest of the year.
Well I'm in, especially the beach bit!!!
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yes right....while reading the OP's advices thought they are similar and valid for flu as well.
you'd be amazed the variaty of germs kids exchange in school, we'd need too many shots!
Flue, I have not had for years. But children are always a step ahead...
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[*]Eat healthy. Your immune system will be boosted by a diet that gets enough protein through beans, lentils and fish. Oily fish, nuts and seeds will give you essential fats, which are also good for you. Try to get five portions of fruit and vegetables, and include whole grain foods like brown rice in your diet. Stay away from refined foods.
The 'stay away from refined foods' is good advice, especially refined carbohydrates (sugar, fruit juice, white bread, rice, pasta, etc). Carbs like that suppress the immune system for up to 5 hours after eating - which could mean for pretty much all day, if eaten at 2-3 meals! (Explained here: http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/leukocytic_index.html)

I've been running a little medical study of one, as I've been eating a low carb diet for about 6 weeks now. A few weeks ago, the kids came down with their ritual 'back at school and the weather's changed' colds, which in previous years I always, always then catch. Except this year, I didn't. Truly, that never happens. Interesting...
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Catching a cold?? Easy: Do one week (or less) substitute teaching in a middle school. Done.
Or have your own kids.

An other point, never sneeze in your hand but do it in your elbow!
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An other point, never sneeze in your hand but do it in your elbow!
I prefer to use Kleenex myself, but each to her own!
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A friend introduced me to Carmol drops/gouttes/Tropfen, from pharmacy or drugstore. At the earliest signs of a tickle in the throat or shiver, a few drops in hot water -inhale the result first (watch out it will blow your brains out) then drink the hot liquid. Works everytime for me (almost).
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