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By motty (Fri May 12, 2006 at 10:00:15 PM EST) fun loving haemochromatosis heterozygotes, colds, meh, william faulkner (all tags)


According to Wikipedia, "in 1914, Walter Kruse, a professor in Leipzig, Germany, showed that viruses caused the common cold: nose secretions of a cold sufferer were diluted, filtered, and introduced into the noses of volunteers, producing colds in about half of the cases. These findings were not widely accepted..." Oddly, Wikipedia does not mention anything about anything being introduced into the nose of Walter Kruse, though one can imagine.

Apparently, there are concerns about the long term effects of many cold remedies on the estimated 25 million persons who are haemochromatosis heterozygotes. I don't think I am a haemeochromatosis heterozygote, but I don't know, it's been a long while since I last checked to see if I was a heterozygote and if so what kind. A long while. Clearly, I have been neglecting my heterozygotosifications. You can hardly blame me though, as I have a cold.

And I have already eaten an unfeasibly large quantity of chicken soup, though there is room for more.

This cold has made me incapable of anything but eating. I can't sleep, I think, as each time I try I just lie there drowning in mucus until I get up and eat something else. The night before last I ate nearly a whole bag of carrot and broccoli together with an unreasonable amount of pasta, then couldn't sleep. Last night it was chicken soup, lasagne, the rest of the carrot and broccoli, a bunch of spinach, rocket and watercress and whatever else in the kitchen wasn't actually nailed down or marked 'Nana', followed by various hot lemon and honey and ginger and whiskey drinks which ought to be nice and taste of something, only don't, not with this kind of cold, until it was time to stop pretending I was able to sleep and make some coffee.

While waiting for the coffee to brew I had a glass of orange juice, a glass of tomato juice, and an avocado stuffed with supposedly 'hot' horseradish sauce.

I have looked it up on the internet and I believe have now cracked the whole 'hot horseradish sauce isn't actually hot' problem. Gernot Katzer explains it once and for all - you have about twenty minutes after the horseradish is grated before the active ingredient dissipates, and he could not state it more clearly: 'the tearful process of grating must be repeated several times during the meal'.

I must find and plant some horseradishes. Proper Khreyn will be mine.

Assuming I survive this cold of course. Later today I have to go play the piano, though I won't bother trying to sing. On the way back, I will purchase chicken soup ingredients. Even Wikipedia says that there is little to choose between chicken soup, zinc supplements, whisky and vitamin C when it comes to enduring a cold, and you can keep your zinc supplements to yourself, thanks.

Finally, I also learn from Sillipedia that "researchers at the Common Cold Centre at the University of Cardiff [9] recently demonstrated that cold temperatures can lead to a greater susceptibility to viral infection. They showed that a group of people who sat with their feet in cold water for 20 minutes a day for a week had a 1 in 3 chance of developing cold symptoms during that week", as against a control group who sat with their feet in an empty bowl, only one in ten of whom caught colds.

This is where I went wrong. I must stop sitting with my feet in cold water for 20 minutes a day. But it feels so good.

Why does everything that is fun turn out to be no good for you?

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I Have A Cold | 8 comments (8 topical, 0 hidden)
WIPO by edward (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri May 12, 2006 at 10:24:34 PM EST

Indeed. by motty (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri May 12, 2006 at 10:33:42 PM EST
Truly a gift from God.

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
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Hoarseradish by Herring (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat May 13, 2006 at 01:16:34 AM EST
(alternative sore-throat spelling). A friend of mine is growing it quite successfully apparently. I might have a go myself.

I have checked, and apparently growing proper wasabi is really difficult though.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

You ever grated it fresh? by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat May 13, 2006 at 01:35:48 AM EST
Jesus, that shit is nasty.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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Good. by motty (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat May 13, 2006 at 07:53:57 AM EST
That's kind of my point. The kind of khreyn that comes in jars just isn't nasty enough for me.

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
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Chicken Soup! Chicken Soup! by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue May 16, 2006 at 05:06:18 AM EST
Do you make it from powder or from a recipe? I ask because I want to discover the secret of the ultimate chicken soup.

It's political correctness gone mad!

From a recipe by motty (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue May 16, 2006 at 01:02:54 PM EST
Though, to be truthful, all I have for the moment is my mother's recipe, which is still vague to me as I haven't made it myself yet. When I've actually made it myself a few times and know what I'm talking about, I'll post a recipe.

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
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Good man [nt] by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue May 16, 2006 at 11:28:52 PM EST

It's political correctness gone mad!

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