Health First – Dealing with the common cold

Thanks everyone for reading my new segment. Health First is all about protecting your most important asset. No, not your home. Your car.

Just joking. Your health.

Today, let’s take a look at a common trouble maker that’s been going around. I’m referring to the common cold. Symptoms for the common cold may vary but typically include a sore throat, a stuffy or runny nose, and coughing. Yes you know what I’m talking about. If you find yourself afflicted with the common cold, be sure to take these steps:

  1. Stay home from work. You don’t want to spread it to your coworkers.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Your body will need the water as it works extra hard to fight off the cold.
  3. Dry your hair. This is probably how you got sick.

Does step 3 shock you? Well, the common belief is that colds are caused by viruses. Additionally, some studies show that taking high doses of vitamin C will strengthen the immune system, preventing colds. As I lay in bed today,  I am living proof that taking high doses of vitamin C does nothing, and by a miracle of loose logic, this negates the first claim that colds are caused by viruses. Instead of looking toward these dead end beliefs for a method of prevention, consider a chapter from the book of Ancient Chinese wisdom.

According to Chinese mothers, going outside with your hair wet is the cause of the common cold. Don’t remember going outside with your hair wet? Perhaps try some ginseng to improve your memory because you most certainly did. How about this morning when you hopped out of the shower and then immediately walked your dog? Or the other day when your ex-girlfriend dumped water on your head, embarrassing you in front of your dungeons and dragons club? Yes, someone left the window open, which is roughly equivalent.

Be sure in the future to make sure you dry your hair immediately after it is wet and before you are anywhere that qualifies as “outside.” It’ll save you headaches (literally!) and missed days of productivity at work. Thanks again for joining me for health first. Remember that it pays to put your health first!

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