Lumpy's guide for avoiding getting a cold

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    Jan 02, 2014 7:19 PM GMT
    The main magic ingredient seems to be a confluence or codependency of vitamin C and echinacea. I take a 500 mg vitamin C pill every day.

    When I heard about echinacea it really helped when I got a cold. As per what the pharmacist told me you have to start taking it within the first 24 hours of suspecting cold symptoms. After it develops into a full blown cold it doesn't help if you start taking echinacea then.

    Before I used echinacea the worst part of a cold would last about 3 days and then I'd have weeks of it tapering off. With the echinacea the worst part is at most 1 day and it tapers off in less than a week.

    Use an echinacea that's ground into a powder in a clear capsule. If it's pressed into a pill it's less potent (at least that's my experience).

    I've read that echinacea is only moderately helpful. My theory is that it helps me so much because of the daily vitamin C. And perhaps because I start it at the first hint of a cold.

    The second magic ingredient which made my last cold last less than 24 hours is Cold-FX, made by Afexa, a Canadian company. It's some sort of ginseng extract. Apparently it's the only one that's formulated correctly with the correct ginseng. I take 1 pill every day during cold season.
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    Jan 02, 2014 7:22 PM GMT
    Thanks for the info.
    I've been mixing medical herbs with insect shells... but apparently that only works in video games.
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    Jan 02, 2014 7:43 PM GMT
    Following this topic because I get sick all the time! Thanks Mr. Lumpy!
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    Jan 02, 2014 8:12 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidLump, The fact that you are not having sex with someone is probably the magic of not getting a cold.

    You don't catch a cold through your penis.

    When I was working I took a train to work. Public transportation is probably one of the worst vectors for the cold virus. The train, the station, the fare gates, etc. And then I worked at a university; lots and lots of people.

    It's the transference of the germ from your hands to your eyes is what I've heard for how you catch a cold. Another big vector is the public bathroom door. So before you leave the bathroom wash your hands, then use the towel to open the door, and toss it after you get out of the bathroom.
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    Jan 02, 2014 8:15 PM GMT
    I should also add that I read about Cold-FX in Consumer Reports. I then also read about it from a newsletter I get from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health; at that point I ordered it from Amazon.
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    Jan 02, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
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    Jan 02, 2014 8:19 PM GMT
    The key to not getting a cold.. Don't interact with the general public. icon_lol.gif

    But if that's not reasonable for some folks, then just practice good hygiene.

    - Wash your hands often, especially before eating.

    - Don't habitually touch your face/mouth/eyes/nose.

    - Vitamin C is awesome. Take a supplement or eat an orange.

    - Avoid sick people. When there's a cold going around in my office, I stay out of the kitchen and other communal areas where they might have touched things with their germy hands.

    - Clean your smartphone if you have one. Just use some type of Lysol wipe and clean the outside.
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    Jan 10, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
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    Please only use that stuff when entering and leaving hospitals.
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    Jan 10, 2014 7:11 PM GMT
    shawnathan said
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    Please only use that stuff when entering and leaving hospitals.


    But, it has Vitamin E =o and MOISTURIZERS =OO!