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Old 03-10-2016, 11:13 AM   #21
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This winter is the second time I have had a cold that lasted and lasted. I came down with a cold in January and was really sick for 2 weeks and then it took another 3 weeks to completely disappear. I'm 63 and take vitamins faithfully and get my flu shot every year.

About 5 or 6 years ago I had a similar cold, lasted and lasted also. If it happened more often I would be concerned, at the point it is just a nuisance.
I had had colds like that years ago. In my 20's and 30's. The major impact would take 2 weeks or so but a month later still coughing up something or having to get through the first hour after walking up feeling sick. Funny how, even while complaining about it, I never worried about it. And of course it didn't kill me and I went to work the whole time.

Now if I just feel like I'm coming down with something, or have an ache or pain of some kind, I start running the scenarios in my mind .... pancreatic cancer... idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis..., "some kind" of heart failure....., "some kind" of creeping paralysis....., something I ate in 1971....

I usually just wait it out. So far that's been an effective cure
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I think the idea that might be getting conflated here is that in any given year a person who does NOT get the flu shot won't necessarily get the flu and many people who DO get the shot can still get the flu. Most people don't get the flu anyway and the shot is not 100% fool proof.

If I am incorrect........ never mind.
.....and anecdotes are not statistical data.
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.....and anecdotes are not statistical data.
That there is actually incorrect but that's another thread
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That there is actually incorrect but that's another thread
Touché. Anecdotes are uncontrolled studies with an n of 1.
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As I've gotten older, I don't seem to get sick very often, so I can't even address the recovery time. Anyway, I think many people go through different periods in their lives where sicknesses seem to come more frequently and can be more difficult to shake. I attribute that to a germ/immunity cycle so to speak which can vary by individual. One good thing about being retired, I am no longer being exposed to folks who bring their kids germs to work
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Totally agree with the "germy" grandkids comment. I was working on a multi-year string of no colds until the oldest GK was a toddler,
My last 3 colds have come directly from the little ones.
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Touché. Anecdotes are uncontrolled studies with an n of 1.
... and selection bias.

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And at the end, people do not recover at all, and expire from pneumonia when they catch a cold.
This. The ability to heal declines with age, and ailments or illnesses that sideline a 20 year old are life-ending for a 70 year old. If this were not so the world would be full of 150 year olds (and our fear of running out of money would be much worse).
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I know several people in their 50's-60's who have had very stubborn upper-respiratory infections this winter - both here in TX and in PA where I have family. Perhaps some extra-strong or newly mutated bugs out in circulation?
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I haven't noticed much if any difference (yet) in recovery times from colds. Small cuts and the like seem to take longer to heal though. But since I retired I have noticed a decrease in the number of colds.

And at Christmas DW and I both got colds from germy grandnieces. Love 'em anyway though.
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Some new research shows that fasting can boost the immune system:

https://news.usc.edu/63669/fasting-t...immune-system/

"In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of the Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal."

Might be a good thing to try a few times a year, or even do just a short fast, 24 hours, a couple times a month. Skipping breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner gives you about a 24-hour fast.
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I am originally from the North Country. They used to joke that the really cold weather made people healthier.

But that was just a story. The really cold weather killed off the weak ones, and what was left, during the summer, didn't look too bad!
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That's pretty much where our colds come from - the toddler aged nephews.
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I haven't had a cold/flu since retiring but strains/sprains related to exercise may take a bit more time to recover fully. I feel like I am much healthier overall since I have more time for exercise and healthy meals.
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Is it possible that we retired folk have fewer colds because, no longer working, we have less physical contact with other humans, therefore less potential to pick up an virus?
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Is it possible that we retired folk have fewer colds because, no longer working, we have less physical contact with other humans, therefore less potential to pick up an virus?
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