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Updated on Friday, October 16

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TL;DR - A break from election talk. Cold remedies. Seriously, take a read.

Tips on making a cold bearable:

- Brew ginger water with honey (fresh, peeled ginger - about 3-4 thick slices - and almost-boiling water, let it sit for a bit so the ginger flavour infuses into the water. Cool off and add honey to the warm ginger water, drink slowly. You could also get the dried ginger but the fresh stuff has more nutrients for you)
- Lozenges are your best friend (I like the gummy eucalyptus ones myself).
- Cold FX (worth the money, honestly) and echinacea pills FTW!
- If you happen to get strep this time of year (like me), salt water gargle 3 times daily. It reduces pain and inflammation, and kills bacteria.
- Sleep when you can with tons of blankets. And fuzzy socks.
- Take Vitamin C daily. (or just eat an orange. $0.50 with your half off student meal plan discount!)
- There are Kleenex's out there that have germ killing solutions actually in the tissue. If you don't mind spending a little extra, they're really worth it.
- WASH YOUR HANDS. And use hand sanitizer.
- To clear your sinuses, I boil hot water, put it in a bowl, and add some herbal oil (the strong stuff like Amol - buy it at Euro Food on Highland Rd.), about 10 drops. Then I put a towel over my head and that over the bowl, and breathe in the vapour for about 15 minutes. Works like a charm (and for the night, use a Breathe Right strip - it's worth the investment).
- Chicken noodle soup is a miracle worker. So is spicy Thai soup! (My brother swears by that last one)

I hope these tips help you guys. As someone who works with all of you students daily and has been a student myself, I know how utterly frustrating it can be to manage a cold, all while midterms, labs, essays, etc are going on. Even if you call me out on some of these, I don't care. I'm posting this to help, because these are what work for me and a few others I've talked to. If you can't afford these items, get mom and dad to send some to you. Or suck it up and spend the $5-15 dollars! I would rather you all be healthy and ready to kick some exam ass than spread colds/flus around!

You're welcome in advance, and good luck with the rest of your semester!

Lots of love,

A girl who loves to serve you each day at the REV cafeteria :)

P.S. You are all great. You put a smile on my face each day and for the love of heaven you've GOT to try the waffles ;) I will see you all Sunday evening! Have a wonderful weekend!

21 comments

  1. A steaming shower I find works well too, for the sinuses.

    Protip: Buckley's is just Tylenol (aceteminophen) and menthol (a refined mint product), if you a too cheap, just grind up a single Tylenol extra strength, add a source of menthol, mix into a simple syrup (the base for cough syrups) and drink. Do not exceed daily dose guidelines on the Tylenol bottle.

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    1. The problem with using a steaming shower is you often get chilled afterwards when you get out. This can actually weaken your immune system. Best bet is to use a bowl and towel as the post says.

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  2. Love the enthusiasm, but some of the meds you recommended are not actually beneficial in treating colds (such as Cold fx and Vitamin C). Save your money and only treat the symptoms as needed.

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    1. Spot on. I second this word for word.

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    2. Vitamin C seems to work pretty well to prevent colds. It just doesn't do much once I've already caught one.

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    3. We show our work around these parts, 2.b. Do you have anything scientific to back this up or is this just anecdotal?

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    4. 2c, that Vitamin C strengthens the immune system is common knowledge. Generally accepted wisdom. Or are you the sort of person who thinks I should show my work over a statement like 'H2O is water'?

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    5. There is no motherfucking proof that vitamin C prevents the cold. It's just bootleg "common knowledge" that's actually wrong. Just pop "vitamin c cold" into google scholar and see for yourself. Uneducated prick.

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    6. I never said it prevents the cold, 2e. The "common knowledge" is that it strengthens the immune system. How about you provide proof of the contrary?

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    7. Except you get more than 100% of your daily vitamin C intake from the standard North American diet.

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    8. ^Won't argue that. Lots of great foods have vitamin c in them!

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    9. http://link.springer.com/article/10.2478%2Fs11536-010-0066-x

      A short overview of vitamin C and selected cells of the immune system, provides an overview of evidence pointing to a strengthening of the immune system by ascorbic acid. I'm not anyone on this thread, I just have WebofScience bookmarked.

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  3. God I just wish the campus doctor will prescribe me anything , ANYTHING. Everytime I go it's "trough it out!! You are young!!" Damn you doc... I feel like I'm 60 and I have 2 midterms next week... Just give me the antibiotics

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    1. That will do jack shit considering most colds are viruses...

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    2. Credit your doctor for not giving you useless antibiotics just to shut you up.

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    3. I hope when you drag your dumb hypochondriac ass into health services you cough into your damn elbow and use a shit ton of purell so you don't infect the rest of campus.

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  4. Also, if you're stuck on deciding which medication to take ... don't take Nyquil, take Buckley's.

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    1. Buckley's is good for clearing out the ol' airways temporarily but I like Nyquil for the knock out effect.

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  5. Lots a good tips here if you're in Hogwarts potions class with Snape. I'm not claiming to be a doctor by any means... but maybe some common sense is what people need instead of the medical folklore.

    "Cold FX (worth the money, honestly) and echinacea pills FTW!"

    - No matter what our beloved Don Cherry says, studies show that ColdFX is only effective at preventing colds if you take it every day for 17 years. Note that no where on the labeling does it claim to be a reactive medication, rather it is preventative. A free money potion for Valent, it is now outsourced to China and has never been subject to Health Canada clearance.

    "If you happen to get strep this time of year (like me), salt water gargle 3 times daily. It reduces pain and inflammation, and kills bacteria."

    - Pouring salt on a wound sounds like a lot of fun (are you serious?)! Reduce pain and inflammation with anti-inflammatory pills! Maybe try lozenges that actually numb the nerves in the throat? As for killing the strep bacteria, get sleep and antibiotics. Next thing you'll be telling people to do is gargle with bleach.

    "Take Vitamin C daily. (or just eat an orange. $0.50 with your half off student meal plan discount!)"

    - Stick to the orange. No need to pay for expensive urine. Body doesn't actually use the full concentrated doses of 500 mg of Vitamin C. Those effervescent tabs do taste good in water though!

    "There are Kleenex's out there that have germ killing solutions actually in the tissue. If you don't mind spending a little extra, they're really worth it."

    - You've already got the germs you sick fuck. Prevent the spread by putting your Kleenex in the trash and washing your hands frequently. Cough in your sleeve. Stay the fuck home from class, you're the fucking reason everyone is sick and your mentality is exactly what got you sick in the first place!! STAY THE FUCK HOME AND SLEEP.

    "WASH YOUR HANDS. And use hand sanitizer"

    -Wash your hands! Hand sanitizing gel is only to be used as a temporary measure in absence of being able to wash your hands.

    "Chicken noodle soup is a miracle worker. So is spicy Thai soup! (My brother swears by that last one)"

    -Just fucking eat normally and drink as much water as you can. CNS is my personal favorite snack though.



    Get better soon!

    Sincerely,

    Not a doctor.... just not a moron.

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  6. thieves oil. it's a bit expensive but lasts a long time. breathe it in, apply to your neck or onto yer hands before going out for the day. in health food shops. It's amazing

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    1. Holy crap though do not do ANYTHING with thieves' oil or any other essential oil if its undiluted. Seriously. This is how you get horrible burns and other nastiness. Essential oils (including blends like thieves' oil) MUST be diluted VERY heavily (like, to 1% concentration) in a carrier oil, or you risk seriously harming yourself, ESPECIALLY with "hot" oils like Tea Tree and Thieves, or creating sensitization which can and will also cause problems (the kind that can hospitalize you). Also, because Thieves is a blend, people need to research what EO's are in it and if they may cause problems - Eucalyptus for example can dangerously slow small children's breathing, lemon (or any citrus oil) will make your skin more photosensitive, etc. EO's are also highly toxic to cats and dogs, and likely other small pets, so be careful around your pets if you're using a lot of the stuff! EOs are highly concentrated and VERY potent, and even though they're natural they CAN harm you if you aren't safe, so be careful!

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