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Monday, November 29, 2010
Is That Sneeze Really The First Sign of a ColdWe are so busy, and our lives are so hectic that we rarely pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.
We’ve all seen the TV ads claiming that if you take product XYZ at that first sneeze, you can shorten the duration of a cold. Is that sneeze really the first sign of a cold? Is there a way we can tell if a cold is coming on before that first sneeze? If so, is there anything we can do to ward it off?
Listed in this article are some signs of an impending cold that occur as much as five days before that first sneeze.
Three to five days before that first sneeze:
You may experience extreme exhaustion, lack of motivation and the desire to just sleep. While this is not a sign that the cold virus has attacked your body, it is a warning that you are a prime target. An exhausted body doesn’t have the ability to ward off a viral attack.
Two to three days before that first sneeze:
Your taste buds may seem impaired. For me, coffee tastes like creosote or like it is made with chicory. Other foods just don’t taste right and I crave salty foods.
Your sense of smell may also be altered. You may smell something burning, but not be able to find what it is, or any meat products may smell rancid.
You may experience joint and muscle pain.
One or two days before that first sneeze :
You may experience headaches that feel like pressure inside your head and ears. The pressure may be so intense you feel like you head is going to explode.
The first sneeze arrives. At this point most of the previous symptoms have disappeared, but the sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes are totally exhausting. The symptoms of a cold may progress to coughing and congestion. A cold will run its course in 10 days if your body is strong enough to fight it off. It is possible that complications may set in if your immune system is compromised.
So what can you do about it?
At that first sign of exhaustion, drink a cup of chamomile tea before you go to bed at night. It will help calm you, allow you to put your hectic day aside, and rest.
Start a regimen of Vitamin C, Zink and L Lysine. These help build your immune system and give your body the nutrients it needs to combat infection
Take herbs or berries that help detoxify your body. Some suggestions are Acai Berry, Black Cherry, Red Clover, and Citrus fruits.
There’s no guarantee you won’t catch a cold, but taking these steps may mean you the colds may be fewer and less severe.
Content Source: Bukisa - Is That Sneeze Really The First Sign of a Cold
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Primal Wisdom: New Study Shows Pharmacological Foundation of Chinese Herbal Medicines
And here's another article on Spirit of Simples giving the advantages of using just one herb at a time.
Monday, October 12, 2009
When taken over a long period of time it helps improve visual accuity and benefits joints and tendons.
It is also useful in relieving eye lid infections and discharge by either using it as an eye wash or a compress. When used as a compress for relieving a stye it helps facilitate drainage and eases the pain.
Raspberry leaf has been used as a mild remedy for diabetes, anemia and diarrhea.
The fruit is tasty and nutritious as are the flowers and leaves.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Are you interested in gardening and under 35? If you found an Ed Hardy t-shirt in your closet would you throw it in a compost bin before ever wearing it?* Do you and your friends use around buzzwords like "sustainability?"If you answered yes, then ChicagoLand Gardening magazine wants to talk to you. They're conducting a 35 and Under Garden Focus Group to help direct the magazine and garden dialogue in Chicagoland. You'll discuss edible gardening, ecology, sustainability, environmentalism.When: Saturday, October 17, 2009. A second meeting takes place in April of 2010.Time: 9:30 a.m to noon.Location: Chicagoland Magazine's Office. 915 Parkview BLVD., Lombard, IL 60148 (near I-355 and I-88)To volunteer for the Garden Focus Group send an Email with your Name,...
Photo courtesy of Matt Lehman
In my garden column in The Baltimore Sun today, I talk with Matt Lehman, a 19-year-old college sophomore who carried a garden with him when he return to college in Kansas.
Matt's family owns Lehman's, an Ohio, hardware story and catalog outlet that caters to Amish and others who do not have or use electricity.
After working in the family store all summer - and contracting a bit of cabin fever - Matt said he found refuge working outdoors in his mother's garden when his shift was over.
Attracted to Mel Bartholomew's book on square-foot gardening, he decided to build his own (1 foot X 3 feet), cart it back to college, and place it under his dorm window. With the help of some extra lighting, he is growing some fine tomatoes, beans and cukes.
Matt said his little garden gave him the same kind of pleasure working in his mother's had during the summer - something constructive and contemplative to do during down time.
Matt discovered what we all know....gardening can be a refuge.
And a good source of fresh vegetables!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Science Daily reports that University of Michigan researchers have identified a gene that acts as a master switch to control obesity in mice. Deleting the gene seems to switch off the weight gain that is result of a high fat diet and also to protect against conditions that can lead to type 2 diabetes.
But what about other harmful effects of eating a high fat diet? Weight gain and type 2 diabetes aren't the only thing we need to be protected against. What about heart disease, diminished cognition and physical endurance? Do they know that deleting the IKKE gene ONLY stops weight gain? What else might it effect in the long term?
We really need to wake up and take responsibility for our own health. The "There's a pill for that" mentality has definitely gone too far. Is this what we're calling "health reform"?
Science Direct reports that exercise can reverse the harmful effects of high fat diet. Why mess around with the genes? Are we so lazy that we'd rather alter our genetic make up than exercise? Yes, obesity is on the rise especially in children and adolescents. This may be a direct result of a high fat diet, or it may be a combination of an unbalanced diet that doesn't provide all the various nutrients the body needs and the fact that most children and adolescents seem to be glued to a TV, computer or game station and get no exercise.