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Life: A never ending cold

Life: A never ending cold
Life: A never ending cold
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You ever get to the point this time of year that you feel like life is a never-ending cold? According to a story today, March 24, 2014, in the Wall Street Journal, you may be more right than wrong!

During the months of winter and spring, all of us feel the running, nose, scratchy throat and hacking cough and as studies have been proving, we are feeling them more-and-more. It is as if life is becoming a never-ending cold. There is actually a very good reason for this. The so-called "common cold" is actually a rhinoivirus and according to the last count, there are around 200 different varieties of the rhinovirus and lucky for us as humans, we can catch all of them!

The fact-of-the-matter is, you can't beat a cold. The average adult gets two to five colds per year and each year in the United States alone, over one billion people see their doctor regarding cold symptoms. If you have children, these numbers increase dramatically and along these lines, there are over twenty-two million school days lost per year due to colds.

"When you hear people who have the cold that 'won't go away,' those are typically back-to-back infections of which we see a lot of in the cold weather when people are cohorting together," said Darilyn Moyer, a physician at Temple University Hospital and chairwoman-elect of the American College of Physicians Board of Governors.

As people who have gone organic and/or green are well aware of, you can decrease the severity of colds by what you eat. For instance: fresh garlic and ginger have been proven to fight the rhinovirus. The more fresh ginger and garlic you put into your body, the stronger your immune system gets to fight the bug. Of course there is also vitamin C, but this has no effect once you get the cold.

And speaking of the rhinovirus, here is a sobering thought. "At any given moment if we were to swab you…we'd probably come up with five different rhinoviruses sitting in your nose but you're not sick," said Ann Palmenberg, a researcher at the Institute of Molecular Virology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Now you might be thinking, "well winter is over, so cold season is over." Think again! There is no rhinovirus season and anyone who has had a summer cold can tell you some horror stories.