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January 7, 2014

Freezing temperatures and snow.

A dog got to do what a dog got to do!

A few thoughts on how to dress for the cold weather.I grew up in Russia.  There are many differences, culturally and socially, between Americans and Russians.  Over time we have adapted, we understand and have come to accept many things that used to make us different.  But I refuse to accept some of the “ways of life” and accepted customs that make no sense to me…one of which is the strange way Americans dress during the cold season.

I have my own view on how to dress properly during winter. Since I was a kid, I knew to put on my hat before I ran outside to play in the snow; also warm boots.  I may not have worn a coat, but a warm hat was a must. It was the same in the army.  In winter morning exercises were outside in our undershirts…but the hats were on.

I watch people on the streets during the blistering cold walking without hats and I can see that they are cold, freezing, miserable.  But no hats!  And I guarantee that, if they would put their hats on, they would feel much better!  And that simple act of sanity would prevent a lot of colds.

Some say that it is a myth that we are losing most of the heat from our head and we are losing heat equally from any other part of the body as well. And yet for some reason I do not see people going barefoot or bare-chested in winter.

For untrained person cold weather is dangerous.

Are you ready to do this?

Here is the wisdom of generations:  Always wear a hat!  And warm shoes if it is cold out.

“You lose more heat through your head than any other body part.”  Do you remember your mother yelling, “Don’t forget your hat”?  No, that was not an urban legend; your mother was right.” http://talkingtothefish.wordpress.com/page/9/

And if it contradicts the accepted view of highly educated professionals so be it. The arrogance of the “know it all” medical establishment is staggering. And if you disagree, why don’t you read up on some statistics. http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/health/cause.htm Wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment, inability to diagnose. “According an extremely comprehensive and well-documented report (30 pages, including about 160 documented references with three MD’s & 2 PhD researchers as authors) March, 2004 Life Extension Magazine, Conventional Medicine is Now the #1 Cause of Death, followed by heart disease & cancer.”  (stroke must be #4 now?) 

And now “new breakthroughs” in medical science stating something people knew for generations:  that garlic is good for you; that a mustard compress treats a cold.  A lot of research is being done on “cupping treatment”:  http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/om-essay-contest/om-essay-contest/1084-the-magic-of-cupping-therapy-by-serra-reid-lac-diplom-.html  And the highly scientific result is that cupping may be beneficial. I do not state that all the advice our parents and grandparents gave us is totally correct or can be proved by science.  But these various advices have been proven by generations of trial and error, by millions and millions of people – adults and children.  Mayo clinic calls it “evidence-based”.

Cover your head in cold weather.

Useless part sticking out.

 Now if you want to prove me wrong, by all means please take a walk in the snow in your bathing suit.  Please do it for science. But if you do catch a cold here are some natural cold remedies: http://www.happy-mothering.com/03/health-2/wellness/10-natural-home-remedies-for-colds/ , http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/10/70  And please be careful with antibiotics.  As we are finding out even the mighty antibiotics can be fatal if over relied upon. http://www.mayoclinic.org/antibiotics/ART-20045720 

I personally will keep my hat on and will put on my warm boots to enjoy winter. Now if all you care about are your ears, then wear ear muffs.  You ears will be fine.  Your brain is another matter. So my friends, please enjoy winter and don’t forget the hat.


Author: Nathan
February 5, 2013

Benefits of garlic

Daily Wisdom

Garlic during flu season

Eat garlic!

It is not really an exaggeration to say that peace and happiness begin, geographically, where garlic is used in cooking.
X. Marcel Boulestin, first television chef (1878-1943). 

 For thousands of years, garlic has been touted for its healing properties. The results of more than 1200 pharmacological studies show that garlic, indeed, has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, according to Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., certified nutrition specialist and author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.”

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/268037-the-healing-benefits-of-garlic/#ixzz2JyCdjMPc

And if somebody does not like the way you smell they can stay away. It’s safer for you anyway. You will not get their germs. 

Feb. 17, 2011 — Despite health warnings and a formal recommendation by the FDA against doing so, many parents are still giving over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine to kids under age 2.
Dangers of cough syrup for toodlers

Use breast milk instead

Research has shown that OTC cough and cold medicines have led to poisoning or death in kids under age 2.  As a result, the FDA said in 2008 that OTC cough and cold products should not be given to children in this age group.

Matthew Davis, MD, associate professor in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan Medical School, and colleagues wanted to see how well parents and doctors were heeding recommendations to avoid the use of OTC cough/cold medicines in children under age 2. In January 2011, they polled randomly selected parents in the U.S. with children 6 months to 2 years old.
About 50% of parents said their child’s doctor told them the OTC cough/cold medicine would help relieve their child’s symptoms.
“Unfortunately, this latest poll indicates that the FDA warnings have gone unheeded by the majority of parents, and surprisingly, many physicians.
“Physicians are a valuable source of information for parents about this issue, but it appears that physicians are not heeding FDA warnings about OTC cough and cold medicines either. Kids will be safer when parents and doctors are all on the same page in limiting these medicines to older children.”
On January 12, 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) released a report of a study where they investigated infant deaths due to cough and cold medicines. In 2004-2005, more than 1,500 children under age two were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for problems caused by cough and cold medications, and in 2005 three infants ages one month, three months and six months died as a result of being given too much cough and cold medicine.
In all three cases, the infants had abnormally high levels of pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant, in their blood samples. The pseudoephedrine concentrations of the three infants who died ranged from 4,743 ng/mL-7,100 ng/mL, more than ten times the recommended amount for children ages 2-12 (180 ng/mL-500 ng/mL). The six-month-old infant had been given prescription and over-the-counter cough/cold medications, both of which contained pseudoephedrine. And, two of the infants also had detectable levels of dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, and acetaminophen in their blood samples. None of the children had a heart condition that might have attributed to their premature deaths, though two of the children were found to have had respiratory infection.
The bad news for parents: No home remedies or cold medicines will make a cold go away faster; they usually run their course in seven to 10 days. At best, some medicines will relieve symptoms. But even that is in question, says Sheela R. Geraghty, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. She recommends fluids, reducing fever to make a child comfortable, and keeping noses suctioned so babies can eat comfortably.
“To be honest with you, that’s about it,” Geraghty says. “Time is what helps with colds.”
Breast feeding strengthen immune system

Healthy food.

Prevention: breast feed as long as possible.

So what do you do to relieve symptoms?
*Let your shower run on hot to create your own steam room. Sit in the bathroom with your baby for 10-15 minutes, three to four time a day. Do not put baby in the shower. Be sure to keep the bathroom door closed to keep the steam in. This will help loosen baby’s congestion. After you’re done, you may need to wipe baby’s nose, or use a bulb syringe to gently suction secretions from baby’s nose.
If you breast feed worm up the breast milk and put a few drops in each nostril
Keep baby in an upright or semi-upright position to encourage nasal drainage. If possible, put a pillow UNDER the head end of baby’s crib mattress. NEVER put a pillow in the crib with baby.
Use the humidifier in the room
Give your baby plenty of fluids.

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