Tips to Shorten Cold Duration

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Your head throbs, your nose runs, and you’re coughing. While the common cold isn’t usually serious, it’s nothing to sneeze at either. Cold symptoms can make the average adult miserable for about a week. In the elderly and children, a cold can hang on even longer.

So are there any cold remedies that can shorten cold duration? The answer is yes, according to Donald W. Novey, MD, a family and integrative medicine specialist in Poulsbo, Wash., but they may not be what you think.

While some dietary supplements may be able to shorten cold duration, Dr. Novey says supplements aren’t your best line of defense. “The best weapon we have against the common cold is our own immune system,” he explains.

Good nutrition, adequate sleep and exercise, and low levels of stress are what make our immune system work its best. “A failure on any one of these four points can weaken the immune system and either prolong an existing cold or lead to more frequent ones,” Novey says.

Rev Up Your Immune System to Shorten Cold Duration

In the United States, adults can expect to catch the common cold as many as four times a year, while children get anywhere from 6 to 10 colds. Novey says that generally viruses need to run their course, but we can help that course be as short as possible by taking care of our immune system. Here’s how:

Get your zzz’s. “When someone gets a cold, by far the most effective remedy is rest,” Novey says. “People who are exhausted stay sicker longer, he explains. “The body signals its need for rest by being tired. We have all experienced the fatigue of a common cold and the wish to rest. If only we would listen!”

Work out. “Exercise strengthens the immune system,” Novey says. In fact, a recent study suggests that people who exercise on a regular basis may have fewer and milder colds. Researchers in North Carolina followed just over 1,000 men and women ages 18 to 85 in the fall and winter and recorded how many upper respiratory infections they caught. The participants reported how much aerobic exercise they did and also answered questions about lifestyle, nutrition, and stress. Those who exercised five or more days a week reported 46 percent fewer colds than their sedentary counterparts — those who exercised only one day or less a week — and the number of days they slogged through cold symptoms was 41 percent lower. The researchers said one explanation could be that working out causes immune cells to attack viruses at a faster rate.

Eat right. “When one is well, a balanced diet with adequate protein promotes well-being and reduces the chance for catching a cold,” Novey says. If you do get a cold, listen to what your stomach is telling you. “The body dictates what it wants: soup, liquids — gentle foods,” he notes, adding that ginger tea and the old standby, chicken soup, are cold remedies that provide temporary relief.

De-stress. Novey says the kind of stress that “wears you down” also lowers your resistance to illnesses such as the common cold and may make one hang on longer. Finding a healthy way to cope with chronic stress can help fight off all kinds of illnesses. Relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation may be worth a try.

Try zinc tablets. Zinc, which helps boost the immune system, can help shorten the duration of the common cold by up to 40 percent, according to a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal. Zinc lozenges are easiest to use while you have a cold, and are available at most drugstores. Zinc supplements could help keep your immune system strong while you’re healthy and potentially stave off more colds.

Gold Really Do Grow On Trees

Money doesn’t grow on trees but apparently gold does.  Hopefully, greedy miners won’t start cutting down the trees…

moneyAustralia based researchers found the gold particles hidden within eucalyptus tree foliage, indicating that gold deposits may also be buried many metres below.

The grains growing within the leaves are approximately one fifth the diameter of a human hair, making the discovery unlikely to start a gold rush. However,  it can provide a unique opportunity for mineral exploration.

Geochemists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRPO) said eucalyptus trees in western Australia are drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing it their leaves and branches.

Although the amounts found were tiny, their presence could indicate gold ore deposits buried up to tens of metres underground and under sediments that are up to 60 million years old.

Lead author of the study, Dr Mel Lintern, said the team used CSIRO’s Maia detector, a machine that uses x-rays to probe matter in great detail, to search for gold deposits. They were able to produce images of gold found in the leaves, bark and twigs of some of the trees.

Their research, published in the journal Nature Communications,suggested plants were absorbing gold particles found around the soils of eucalyptus trees, Dr Lintern explained.

“The eucalypt acts as a hydraulic pump – its roots extend tens of metres into the ground and draw up water containing the gold.

“As the gold is likely to be toxic to the plant, it’s moved to the leaves and branches where it can be released or shed to the ground.

“The leaves could be used in combination with other tools as a more cost effective and environmentally friendly exploration technique.”

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World’s Most Boring Job?

If you think your job is so bad and boring, what do you say of this woman’s job of watching grass grow?  Helen’s job is to watch, analyze and document the growth of grass… the fun part is that she enjoys it.  Imagine if she hated her job?  So folks to each his own but it’s very important to like what you do for a living because you spend a lot of time doing it…


Could Helen Southall have the world’s most boring job?

The green-fingered Brit earns her crust by watching grass grow.

The seed analyst spends her days planting samples and making sure blades are rising to the right length.

But far from being a dull role, the 43-year-old claims it is “rewarding” and “fascinating” and lets her spend most of her time outdoors

“People do think it’s strange when I tell them my job is to watch grass grow, but I think it’s fascinating and I wouldn’t do anything else,” she told The Times.

“It’s so rewarding seeing a stretch of perfect green grass and knowing that it has grown right because of my work,” she added.

Southall, from Timberland in Lincolnshire, plies her trade at British Seed Houses.

Tasked with making sure grass grows in the most efficient way possible, she confessed parts of the job — such as individually counting out seeds — can be “tedious.”

But she added, “There are so many different species of grass seed to test and you always see new patterns with the grass, it’s always fascinating when you find a new seed type.”

Via NY Daily News

Disney Princess Walkie Talkie

It’s the season to shop for the latest and hottest toys for our little ones but not all toys are innocent as intended.  Take for example this Disney Princess walkie talkie, though covered in a pink princess cover, it’s still an ordinary walkie talkie device that can pick up other frequencies…  Not all toys are safe.



A young girl was subjected to filthy language and racial slurs — because her Disney princess walkie-talkie is stuck on a truckers’ frequency.

The 9-year-old, from Kent in Washington, was shocked to hear trash talk and racial slurs coming from her bright pink toy immediately after switching it on.

The candy-colored kid’s communication device uses a frequency of 27.145 megahertz.  Along with being used by remote controlled toy cars and wireless computer keyboards and mice, it’s also used by CB radios usually in the hands of long-distance truck drivers.


Dangerous Asteroid Headed Toward Earth

God willing I live to see 2032.  Hopefully, by then there will be more advanced technology that can distroy this asteroid the second time around…


A large asteroid has been discovered zipping past Earth that astronomers say is dangerous and will return on August 26, 2032.

“A 400-metre asteroid is threatening to blow up the Earth,” Russian vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin, in charge of his nation’s space research, wrote on his Twitter account.

“Here is a super target for the national cosmonautics.”

The asteroid was discovered by astronomers in the Ukraine on Saturday who promptly named it 2013 TV135.

The astronomers said they discovered the asteroid was approaching Earth at a potentially dangerous trajectory, RIA Novosti reported. They calculated the potential collision date – with a force as powerful as two thousand atomic bombs – but acknowledged that the odds of an impact are 1 in 63,000.

NASA said in a statement, named “A reality check”, that it was 99.998 per cent certain that when it heads back around the planet in 2032 it will sail past again.

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Mayor Bloomberg Famous Quotes

Once a likable politician, Mayor Bloomberg showed his true personality as the end of his term approaces – his notable battles include but are not limited to: soda size, marijuana, stop and frisk policy, NYPD excessive force and brutality, etc.  Stop and frisk could have been a good policy if it was used fairly…

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1. The Bathroom Is Where Your Career Goes To Die: “Don’t ever take a lunch break or go to the bathroom, you keep working. You don’t ever know when that opportunity is going to come along.”

2. Bloomberg On His Penchant For A Woman In Heels: “I like women and I think that they look stunning in high heels — not that they look bad without high heels. I wouldn’t criticize anybody. But, if I were a woman, I think I would wear high heels.”

3. Homeless Shelters Are The City’s Latest Hotspots: “We have made our shelter system so much better that, unfortunately, when people are in it, or, fortunately, depending on what your objective is, it is a much more pleasurable experience than they ever had before.”

4. City Hall > White House: “I have my own army.”

5. Medical Marijuana Is A Half-Baked Lie: “Medical, my foot. There is no medical. This is one of the great hoaxes of all time. The bottom line is, I’m told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20, 30 years ago. That’s one problem. No 2, drug dealers have families to feed. If they can’t sell marijuana, they’ll sell something else. And the something else will be something worse. The push to legalize this is wrongheaded.”

6. Racial Profiling Is Also A Lie; Police Aren’t Stopping And Frisking Enough Minorities: “The racial profiling bill is just so unworkable. Nobody racially profiles.” Also: “There is this business, there’s one newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, ‘Oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group. That may be, but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murder. In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”

7. Why Not Show Appreciation For A Woman’s Derriere: “Look at the ass on her.”

8. Stop And Frisk Works As Long As It Does Not Affect Me Personally: “If I had a son who was stopped, I might feel differently about it.” (Mayor Bloomberg has two daughters)

9. Drones Are Scary But They’re Here To Stay: “It’s scary, but what’s the difference whether the drone is up in the air or on the building. I mean intellectually I’d have trouble making a distinction. You can’t keep the tides from coming in. We’re gonna have more visibility and less privacy. I don’t see how you stop that.”

10. Homeless People Don’t Sleep On The Street: “Nobody’s sleeping on the streets.” (Maybe not the street he lives on)

via Huffington Post

11 Lessons For Today’s Woman By Jane Eyer

We can all use some good advice from time to time.


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1. You can overcome your past, no matter how bad it is. Letting go. “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”

2. “Your will shall decide your destiny.” You can do whatever you want to do. It is up to you, and how much you really want something determines whether or not it will happen.

3. Tell the guy you want to date him already!  Just ask him out. It will be a lot less painful than pining away in silence.

4. Loving and respecting yourself is essential, and is the key to independence. Care for yourself

5. Be positive. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

6. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something just because you’re a woman. 

7. You are stronger than you think. No matter what happens to you, you will find a way to overcome; as humans, we are resilient. We bounce back.

8. “Most true is it that ‘beauty is in the eye of the gazer. Stop obsessing with your looks.

9. The possibilities for life are endless for those who take risks. Don’t be afraid to take chances.

10. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind.  Sometimes confrontation is the key to letting go. It is much better to talk about things than to harbor unspoken resentments. 

11. If you choose to get married, do so only for love. Jane Eyre doesn’t think you should settle for anything less than true love. She’d rather be alone than marry someone who is not her kindred spirit. She states, “…I do not want a stranger–unsympathizing, alien, different from me; I want my kindred: those with whom I have full fellow-feeling.”

 via Huffington Post