For the purposes of this blog, we will only be presenting the common cold.
Flu will be another blog, another time…
So what is the common cold?
Do we know the facts?
Are we aware how we get a cold?
WHY are colds so common?
WHY are colds more common in winter?
WHY are we getting a cold straight after the festive season?
WHY are young children at greater risk of colds? (1)
WHY are the drug store ‘symptom relief’ medicines not cutting it?
WHY are billions spent on antibiotic prescriptions for cold sufferers?
WHY is it that antibiotics have no effect on a viral illness?
WHY is it called the common cold?
WHY is a cold the most common infectious disease?
WHY is it the most commonly occurring illness in humans?
WHY do colds occur all year round?
WHY do young children suffer from 6 – 8 colds per year? (2)
WHY do symptoms last longer in smokers?
WHY are there endless solutions to treat a cold?
WHY are we told there is no cure for the common cold?
WHY are we told to avoid coffee, tea and drinks that contain caffeine? (2)
WHY are we told to avoid any drinks that contain alcohol? (2)
WHY are websites telling us to get more ‘rest’?
WHY are our statistics on the common cold so out of date? (3)
What does our Concise Oxford English dictionary tell us about these two words?
Common – Occurring found or done often, not rare.
Cold – Relatively low temperature. Lacking affection or warmth or feeling. (4)
Google tells us – relatively low temperature, especially when compared with the human body.
Lacking affection or warmth of feeling.
So we now know that the common cold occurs in the majority of human beings.
Is there a clue here about us lacking affection or warmth of feeling towards ourselves?
Common cold infections are so widespread that there can be very few humans who escape infection each year and most will suffer multiple infections. The Common Cold Centre estimates that adults suffer 2 to 5 colds per year and school children may suffer 7 to 10 colds per year. (7)
The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection where the mucous membrane in our nose and throat becomes inflamed and we end up with some of the following symptoms:
Generally feeling unwell
Weakened senses of taste and smell
Coloured nasal discharge
There are many types of viruses that can cause a common cold.
The American Lung Association tells us on their website that the common cold are minor infections of the nose and throat caused by more than 200 different viruses.
Rhinovirus is the most common cause, accounting for 10 – 40% of colds. (2)
A cold may last a week or longer especially in children, the elderly and those in poor health.
In the United States, colds account for more visits to the doctor than any other condition. (2)
A cold virus enters our body through the mouth, nose or eyes.
The virus can be spread through droplets in the air if we are close to someone who talks, coughs or sneezes.
It can also spread by hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold or by sharing contaminated objects like towels, toys, telephones and utensils.
Does this mean we can blame the telephone and the toys for giving us a cold?
Does this mean we better stop touching our kids and everyone else?
Does this mean we are just victims of this awefull common illness?
Does this mean we just have to suck it up and accept we will get colds every year?
Does this mean our common cold is just a bad luck thing?
What exactly is Rhinovirus infections?
Rhino comes from the Greek word for “nose”.
For the in depth detail of what this small virus, is check out this link –
This medical news article also states that children can suffer from as many as twelve colds a year.
How serious is that?
WHY are our kids getting sick so often?
Is it anything to do with how we are raising them?
Are we happy blaming the weather and other kids at school?
Are we missing something here?
Are we just accepting it is part of growing up?
Are we ever thinking it maybe something else?
Are we aware that they may have a poor immune system?
Are we asking, if our children are at risk how are our children living?
Are we placing expectations on our children, which takes them away from their natural state?
Are we pushing them too much during school term with all the extra activities?
Are we driving them during weekends with more extracurricular sports?
Are we planning any true rest as part of the weekend break?
Are we too exhausted to even consider that they may be exhausted?
Are we giving them copious amounts of sugar which is attacking their immune system?
Are we just accepting that every kid gets the common cold so why bother to change?
Are we joining the dots and seeing that their sleep rhythm may have something to do with why they get so many colds?
Are we open to discussing that all the above maybe contributing to ill health?
Are we ready to feel that extra screen time is not supporting their true well-being? (8)
Risk Factors (9)
- Children younger than six are at greatest risk of colds especially if they spend time in child-care settings.
- Having a chronic illness or otherwise weakened immune system increases our risk.
- Children and adults are more susceptible to colds in autumn and winter.
- Smokers are more likely to have severe colds.
- Exposure to general public places like school, and being on an airplane, we are more likely to get viruses that cause colds.
- There are other complications such as a cold can trigger an asthma attack.
- If a common cold does not resolve it can lead to inflammation and infection of the sinuses.
- Bronchitis symptoms may be worsened for many weeks after a cold has gone. (2)
Just reading the above can tell us to not go on public transport, send our kids to school or hang out with anyone and if we do, we are more than likely to get the horrible symptoms of a common cold.
To top it all we get told by the medics that –
There is no cure for the common cold.
Antibiotics are of no use against cold viruses. (2)
There are no antiviral medications available for treating the common cold. (2)
Over the counter medicines do not kill the virus and in most circumstances, do not help with the symptoms. (10)
Scientists claim that cough medicines are actually useless stating ‘There is very little evidence that cough syrup is effective at treating coughs and carefully proofed clinical trials show that these medications are generally no better than placebo’. (11)
It’s important to remember that cough medicines will not “cure” a cough.
John Smith, Chief Executive of the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (11)
The worldwide known Common Cold Centre, in a university, was set up to conduct clinical trials on new treatments for the common cold and flu.
One of their most important findings has been that the ‘active ingredients’ used in standard cough medications are no more effective than placebo treatments for coughs associated with common cold. (12)
So here we have science telling us it is in the mind because glugging that cough remedy is not really doing anything for us to get rid of it.
Although tremendous academic effort has been made to determine sign-and-symptom combinations that will help to firm up the diagnosis of conditions like otitis media, streptococcal sore throat, bacterial sinusitis and community acquired pneumonia, no such literature exists for the diagnosis of the common cold.
Graham Worrall MB BS MsC FCFP
Retrieved from Official Publication of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (13)
Here is the confirmation that we have no cure and no remedy for the common cold.
Is our body trying to teach us something here?
Is this why science has yet to come up with a cure for the common cold?
WHY are our governments’ supporting the pharmaceutical industry to find cures and not putting resources into finding out WHY we get a common cold in the first place?
If we do not address the root cause of this everyday common cold illness who wins?
Are we getting the benefit here or do our drug companies really profit from our ill choices?
What is not making sense is WHY do we keep on buying more and more of this stuff at the drug store and WHY are the pharmaceuticals happy to continue selling it to us?
How serious is this business when the cough, cold and sore throat medicines market is worth more than £400,000,000 in one year? (11)
So what do we do when we feel ‘under the weather’ with the common cold that the world and its brothers have all got when the clocks go back or when Christmas, New Year party season is over and school term starts again?
Do we just accept it and expect this at this time of the year?
Do we do what we always do, run our body to the ground and then take the time out?
Do we ignore it and soldier on with a box of man size tissues?
Do we use this as an excuse to take time off work but not really rest?
Do we head on down to the drug store to buy the latest best knock out pharmaceutical drug that will allow us to function and make our symptoms disappear?
Do we think it’s much more than a cold so we try and see our GP who is not available for a month as we are not classed as an emergency patient?
Do we get stressed as it is the wrong time and very inconvenient as we have a big ‘to do’ list?
Our media is telling us that every autumn season we fall (pun intended) for this cold and flu stuff that everyone seems to be catching. (14)
Then come the recommendation of products to look after ourselves like some magic potion, lotion, pill, cream, mask, spray, drops and balms – ranging from the el cheapo to the expensive stuff which tells us it works and is the solution and cure to our cold.
Then in come our thoughts like –
Is this stuff really going to help me?
So much to choose from?
Is the cheap stuff going to cut it?
Is the expensive stuff going to be the best?
What is it that we are paying for?
Just because it says it works, does it?
Who do we believe?
All the ads are saying use different products?
Would common sense medicine work?
Would it be wise to just get some deep rest?
Would it be of more benefit to listen to the GP advice?
What would the pharmacist have to say?
Can I take advice from others who are suffering with a cold?
What is the truth here for me?
What does my body actually want?
WHY am I so confused?
WHY are things so complicated?
WHY is it so hard to make a choice?
So just because a pot of cream costs more than a day’s pay, or it has words that make it sound like God sent it just for you from heaven to help your cold, may not mean it works.
We have a tendency to fall for the words without feeling the truth in words.
Words seem to have a way of losing their true meaning and are flashed around and our marketing and advertising industry rely on these with of course the eye candy pictures that go with it.
We go with that light fluffy feeling as we get hooked into buying something that we know deep down we will probably use once, as it just doesn’t seem to offer us what it says on the writing.
We want the quick fix, give it to me now, anything to get rid of the symptoms.
Not once do we want a complete stop to ask, WHY on earth are we feeling so crap every single year with this cold business that bungs us up and blocks our ears and nose and our throat feels like sandpaper, even to swallow water.
Could it be possible that we tend to ignore our body and not wrap up warm throughout the year?
Could it be possible that we eat dairy products which cause mucus and this may have something to do with sinus issues?
Could it be possible that our late nights everyday, play a part in why we get ill?
Could it be possible that our stress levels have something to do with this cold?
Could it be possible that our immune system cannot cope with our self-neglect?
Could it be possible that we ignored the first signs of feeling run down and tired?
Could it be possible that the common cold is our body’s way of adjusting the harm we have caused it and now it is re-balancing? In other words, discarding that which is not needed – a sort of cleaning and clearing out.
Could it be possible that the reason why we keep getting colds is because we keep living in dis-regarding ways since the last cold we had?
Do we take a sensible common sense approach and support our body to rest with appropriate medication and use the time off to ask how have we been actually living that led to this point?
Could it be possible that our daily choices may have contributed to WHY we have a common cold?
Could it be possible that our body is communicating when we get the common cold and it is saying –
“Listen up, enough of your nonsense way of living. I am exhausted with your food choices, lack of my sleep every day, TV on at midnight, social media chit chat and pushing me to do more and more.
I need a stop, and a real break from this ill living right now, so I am shutting down and demanding rest and sleep”?
Could our body be telling us it wants a holiday from trashy living and the only way is to bring on an ugly cold that bugs us and stops us doing our ‘business as usual’ behaviour?
Could it be possible that the pharmaceutical industry is supplying because we are demanding more and more drugs to support our dis-regarding way of living everyday?
We call ourselves the most intelligent species on earth with all the modern advancements and yet we have no answers for the most common infectious dis-ease to our body.
If we want to go the alternative route, “the scientific jury is still out on common alternative cold remedies” like vitamin C and Zinc. (15)
Garlic, Echinacea, honey, lemon or eucalyptus are claims that are not solidly supported by scientific studies. In other words, we are to only go with what science claims, not what we feel may work for us? (2)
Could it be possible that science may not have all the answers?
Could it be possible that our body has a real intelligence?
Could it be possible our body innately has ALL the answers?
Could it be possible that our body has a natural sensible approach?
Could it be possible that if we truly connected to our body we can get answers?
Could it be possible that how we are choosing to live gives us the answers?
Could it be possible that how we are running our body is the answer?
Could it be possible that when government websites tell us that science is the only way, it somehow does not make sense when the same website tells us to cut back on smoking, only whilst we have a cold, when we all KNOW smoking is killing us?
We have cigarette packet warnings from the government telling us that smoking kills?
Is any of this making any sense?
Can we join the dots here?
WHY has science not yet come up with the answer for our common cold?
WHY are we so miserable and putting up with this cold stuff every single year?
WHY do we trot down to the drug store and get the medication but not ever question WHY we got another cold yet again?
Have we ever asked why we are still aiming at providing a better understanding of common cold symptoms?
WHY has no one worked it out?
Could there be a simple answer?
Could common sense help us out here?
Do we need all this measuring with subjective and objective methods?
Are research studies truly offering us evolution?
WHY have we simply not got rid of this common cold?
WHY do we rely on evidence from animal experiments?
WHY are we seeking and researching more and more drugs to relieve symptoms?
WHY are we not any closer to finding out the root cause of WHY we get a cold?
WHY are we asking for more clinical trials?
WHO is funding this all?
WHO really benefits?
Is paying volunteers to participate the answer?
Is it giving out a message to us to say that we no longer have to take individual responsibility for how we are choosing to live?
Are animals really going to give us the answers for our human issues?
Are animals getting the common cold 6 times a year?
Are animals exposed to the life we are living?
Are animals used in these experiments behaving like us?
Are animals actually making ill lifestyle choices every day?
Would it be true to say that testing drugs on animals is not really offering us any true evolution?
Could it be possible that there is another way?
Could it be possible to not ‘catch’ a cold?
Could it be possible to not be a common cold statistic ever again?
Could it be possible to live a life where we don’t get colds every year?
Could it be possible that our body is communicating something to us all of the time?
Could it be possible we need to get real and honest about how we are choosing to live?
Could it be possible to be around others in public places and not fear getting a cold?
Could it be possible to not get a cold after touching others who have a cold?
Could it be possible that being in close contact with someone sneezing on a train will not guarantee we get a cold?
Could it be possible that all the intelligence and science in this world is never going to give us the answer for the common cold?
Could it be possible that we each have the answers to WHY our body gets sick inside us?
Could it be possible that building a foundation that truly supports us can be a start?
Could it be possible that keeping things simple is a true way of living?
Could it be possible that Expression is Everything, so we need to pay attention to what this means?
Could it be possible that coffee is artificially keeping us going and it is high time we looked at why we are drinking it and not just giving it up whilst we got the cold, as the doc told us to?
Could it be possible that excess mucus is related to our dairy intake?
Could it be possible that the dairy in the chocolate we love so much is not helping us and our body needs to clear it by way of excess mucus during a common cold spell?
Could it be possible that we are more susceptible to catching the cold because we are tired, exhausted or have chronic fatigue, but are not even aware of it?
Could it be possible that things can only change if we start asking WHY are we sick?
What choices have we been making that led to this point?
As a regular sufferer of the common cold, with my asthma pump I just bopped along in life and took it as a gross inconvenience. It would always turn into bronchitis for about three months and I was told that it was family genetics and it was there for the rest of my life.
Inspired by the life and work of Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine, it is worth noting that I have not suffered from the common cold, had a sore throat or any signs of asthma or bronchitis in the past 10 years.
Is the author of this blog one of the ‘very few humans’ who are escaping the dreaded common cold OR are the Responsible lifestyle choices the reason for not getting a cold in over a decade the real true answer?
Could it be possible that Benhayon presents a simple way of living that works and makes sense?
Next – in answer to the above ‘could it be possible’ questions, the answers from lived experience are YES.
As the author of this blog, I can claim and speak with authority that there is another way.
We do not need to catch colds several times a year.
We can be open and connected with anyone and everyone with no holding back.
We do not need to subscribe to any beliefs and stories about common colds.
We can live a life that is about TRUE RESPONSIBILITY for all the choices we are making.
We can end the suffering of this dreaded common cold illness.
We can make a start by cutting out obvious poisons like gluten, dairy and sugar.
We can make sensible lifestyle choices every single day.
We can build a true foundation that feels strong and steady.
We can make life simple and no longer have stress filled days.
We can have a nap to support us with a deeper rest.
We can choose early bedtime as our new normal way of living.
We can give ourselves permission to say No to
- Social Media
- Night Clubs
And all other distractions that alter our natural state of being.
We can further support with sensible food choices that respect our body.
We can take stop moments during our day to check in with how we truly feel.
We can begin to honour what we feel even if at first it feels uncomfortable.
We can choose to express our truth all the time.
We can make common sense a new approach to our everyday life.
We can make a start by being real and honest about everything that is not working.
As a human being, I am a living science and that is enough proof that there is another way.
However, it does require that word RESPONSIBILITY in every area of our lives.
That means – a commitment to life and seeing all components of life as equal and the same.
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