Monday, August 06, 2007

Colds and flu start with the hands

Bill of Health
The Great Physician’s Rx for Colds and Flu
Jordan Rubin

Chilly weather has nothing to do with whether you get a cold, writes Jordan Rubin in The Great Physician’s Rx for Colds and Flu ( ). A more proximate reason for cold may be physical proximity with ‘a family member or friend with a viral condition,’ when staying indoors owing to climate change, the author clarifies.

“When people sneeze, wipe their runny nose on their fingers, or cough, they put you in a position to catch a cold from one of two hundred or so rhinoviruses that take up residence in your nose.” Cold or flu is not something you catch, says Rubin. “When your body builds up enough toxic material and reaches a certain threshold, the symptoms of a cold or flu are the body’s way of eliminating the breeding ground where these germs live. Mucous is that breeding ground, so when you have the urge to sneeze or blow your nose, your body is discharging mucous and eliminating the germs it collected en masse.” Thus, sore throat, nasal drip, sneezing and so on are ways through which the body seeks to detoxify.

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