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January 04, 2006

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Luke

Doug,

Like you, when the weather gets cold, I tend to get colds. Or, what I thought were colds; all sore throat, runny nose, messy ugliness. As a swimmer, which has a winter season, this puts rather a damper on the breathing, which is crucial to the sport.

So, freshman year, I went over and I got checked out; apparently, I'm disposed to getting a bad sinus infection during cold season. Now, I have a nasal injector and some antibiotics that I take which keep the whole thing at bay from November through March.

Cheers

L

Stefan

Are you sure the cold shower isnít followed by a schnapps? That would explain it :)

Good luck

Bernard Guerrero

You have my sympathies. I, too, like a nearly scalding shower in the morning, possibly moreso even than my caffeine fix. Cold 30-second showers were the most detestable part of Basic Training for me. And I'm subject to near-constant winter colds as well. It might, as previously mentioned, have something to do with dry nasal passages and sinus infections. Have you considered a humidifier? Or moving back to the tropics?

Carrie

My grandfather is in his early nineties, and never gets colds either. My thought is that by now, he's gotten all the viruses in this part of the world and is immune to them all. It's as least as plausible as the cold shower, right?

Karl

My wife introduced me to the 30-seconds of cold after a normal shower. At the expense of seeming odd, I admit that I actually like it and sometimes just go with a 100% cold shower -- if only because I don't like wasting 90 seconds worth of water it takes for the hot water to arrive up from the cellar.

That said, after I related this to brother in the States he looked at me like I was an idiot. Then again he catches more colds than I do.

Natalie

Well, I just had to look this up. I found no real scientific evidence, but a whole lot of anecdotes about the benefits of hot-cold showers. Here is a link to one page: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/showers.html

Of course, none of the stories made me really want to take a cold shower of any kind. I'm too wimpy. The "paddle made of dried Swedish reindeer leather", however, sounds very interesting. :-)

Hope you remain cold-free.

Tina

As far as I know, they are called "Scottish Showers", but the idea was to alternate between hot and cold. I do that for some time now because it tonifies the muscles, and I also rinse my hair with cold water in the end. The technique may seem barbarian, but I was the only one of my friends who didn't scream when showering with almost cold water while lodged in peasant's homes in Vama Veche :))

kadhine

I've heared of that hot/cold shower when I lived in The Netherlands. I believe it also (amongst whatever else) improves blood circulation. It reminds me alittle of Japanese Baths, where you soak in a tub full of rather scalding water (you get used to it after awhile), and after hopping out, you douse yourself with cold water.It's very refreshing and energising. I guess the concept exists all over, we just don't realise it. :-)

gus soeth

I a 62 year old man,have been taking 5 minutes of cold showers followed by hot showers for six months, no colds, which i usually get a lot of. I have been having arthiritic problems with my shoulders, maybe I am staying in the cold to long

gus soeth

I a 62 year old man,have been taking 5 minutes of cold showers followed by hot showers for six months, no colds, which i usually get a lot of. I have been having arthiritic problems with my shoulders, maybe I am staying in the cold to long

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