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    May 2011
    southern pines, north carolina

    Default no head colds anymore

    all my long life (age 76) i have at least
    two head colds a year--one going into
    winter, and one coming out of winter.
    each cold is severe, beginning with
    a very painful sore throat and with
    congestion lasting two to three weeks.
    however two years ago i became a vegan
    and have not had my usual colds. have
    i been lucky or am i deceiving myself?
    is there a vegan explanation for avoiding
    these colds? some time ago on the web i
    ran across someone explanation of why
    vegan have fewer colds, but i have not
    been able to re-locate this reference
    again. has anyone seen this explanation?

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    Default Re: no head colds anymore

    i haven't had a cold for almost nine months when i used to get one every month or so. i think it's just that i'm eating more fruit and veg and therefore getting more nutrients. i don't know...also dairy increases mucus production so that could have something to do with it!

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    Default Re: no head colds anymore

    I find I get more when I don't get enough sleep - which is often these days! I'm lucky to get 4 or 5 hrs some nights. So this last week we've been making a proper effort to get at least 7 hrs a night, will see if it helps my immune system.... i never used to get colds this is a recent thing (so is the lack of sleep)

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    Default Re: no head colds anymore

    I'd definitely go with luck. People use lack of colds as evidence for a whole bunch of things. Really, it's much more likely to be other things such as seeing less people, better cleanliness of hands etc.

    Still, it could be something related like visiting less restaurants/bars, sharing cutlery/crockery less.

    Colds are far too variable to be used for evidence of anything really IMHO.
    "I don't want to live on this planet any more" - Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth

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    you're probably right about going out less. since this time last year i eat out a lot less and i don't go to bars or clubs. so maybe there's a correlation there too. that's probably one of the benefits of being poor!

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    uk south coast

    Default Re: no head colds anymore

    just wanted to say i have had more colds and flu since becoming vegan, but i too think it is just a coincidence.
    Peace of mind begins when we stop thinking about how far we have to go, or how hard the road has been, and just let ourselves feel peace.

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    Canada, Edmonton

    Default Re: no head colds anymore

    I read somewhere (no idea where) that people that take vitamin C and other cold away supplements are sick less not because they take them but because people that do on average take better care of themselves all around. They will eat better, exercise and do better self care.
    So no this is not documented in a way I can prove but it always made sense to me.

    If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values—they're hobbies. ~ Jon Stewart .

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    Default Re: no head colds anymore

    I do shift work, alternating 12 hour day and night shifts for the last 3 years. Its pretty much accepted that shift workers are more susceptable to anything going round.
    And every year around xmas time without fail i've always had a horrible cold bordering on flu.

    Now i've only been a vegan since beginning of November (5 months now woo!) but i've not had my usual coughs and sneezes. I usually get everything going round the office, especially in winter.
    Nothing else about my life has changed (didn't ever go out much due to lack of funds and don't visit many friends/relatives that often due to the odd/long hours i work)
    I'd got used to having regular sniffles due to my lack of sleep and odd sleeping patterns doing shift work.

    But i've not had any colds or sorethroats or anything. I know its only been 5 months for me so it most likely is coincidence but i can't help but feel that my new veganism is a real step in the right direction health wise.

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