I'm prone to regular sinus infections. Over time, I've come up with a regimen for fighting them off quickly. At the first sign of an impending illness, I:
- Medicate with everything: decongestant, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, cough medicine, and expectorant -- whether I need them or not
- Drink lots of water
- Get lots of sleep
- Modify my diet: extra garlic, no sugar
Yesterday I found out that I've been doing the "no sugar" bit for all the wrong reasons. I'd been told that viruses can only eat sugar, and so cutting sugar from my diet would starve them off. Turns out that's not the case, for embarrassingly obvious reasons: viruses don't eat, they just hijack your cells' machinery to duplicate themselves. They use whatever your normal cells eat.
That led me to a modification that (in this single incidence and without double-blind or verifiable evidence) finally kicked my current virus out of my system.Continue reading "Judebert's New Illness Regimen" »