Common Colds Shouldn’t be so Common
A recent Wall Street Journal article (March 24, 2014) talked about the common cold. It stated that the average adult has 2 to 5 colds per year while school children may have up to 7 to 10 colds per year. It also stated that the average cold lasts 18 days. And conventional doctors say zinc, echinacea or vitamin C are not the answers–the evidence is not conclusive that any of them help.
Dr. Gardner’s comments: Although I recognize 2 to 5 colds a year is ‘average,’ having any more than 0 or 1 cold a year is not healthy. ‘Average’ people do not have healthy immune systems.
So: How do you build the immune system?
- Get off sugar and processed food, which suppress the immune system!
- Get proper nutrients—eat real food and high-quality supplements.
- Reduce stress—poor sleep, emotional stuff, finances, relationships.
- Exercise releases redox signaling molecules which help fight all infections.
- There are supplements that specifically build the killer T cells and support the immune system.
- And yes, zinc, echinacea, and vitamin C all can benefit our health.
When you get a cold, what should you do?
- Get rest, especially if sleep-deprivation is the cause of the stress.
- Oil of Oregano has the strongest anti-viral properties of all the essential oils.
- High dose vitamin C, 6 grams per day, as it takes that much to replace the vitamin C depletion in the white cells during a viral infection.
- Drink plenty of fluids to flush out toxins released as part of the infection.
To your dynamic health and energy,
Stan Gardner, MD, CNS