Chapter IV Page 2
The same thing goes for all heads of state all over the globe. Quick
response is available to them through their personal physicians,
who are members of their staff. They push a button and their doctor
comes. You, too, should push a button in your head to become your
own doctor when the early symptoms come. It is not all the doctor
who knocks off a presidential cold. It is the striking back quickly
Catching cold, year after year, has given you enough experience
to make you a first-rate doctor for yourself in this particular
field. Not falling in the clutches of a cold to an extent that would
disrupt your work should not remain a luxury for the VIPs only.
You just need to know how to cure a common cold at the onset fast,
Taking antibiotics as preventive medicine for infection is not without
precedent. When a patient undergoes surgery in a hospital, antibiotics
are given to prevent infection.
Why doesn’t the same concept hold good for a pair of lungs
about to be congested with pathogenic agents, or in a simple word
– pus? Should this condition be taken lightly because it
is not accompanied with fever, and it is expected that you can
with it for a period of time, which sometimes can be the whole
It is better to take antibiotics before your lungs get infected.
Take plenty of vitamin C in the form of sherbet, 1500 mg twice a
day. Use three tablets of this vitamin, crush them into powder form,
and add tap water and sugar in a glass stir and drink it. And if
you have vitamin C in powder form. Fine.
It is a very tasteful drink, and you won’t mind having it
even for several days more after you are quite well. Drink this
when you are likely to have a drink of some sort.
Don’t allow yourself to think that it should be after meals,
during or before. Your next meal may be two hours away. Drink it
when you know you can absorb it quickly and not necessarily at
set time. A simple thirst for water could justify it.
You are lucky if your lot after a cold is a wet cough, which eventually
phases out and does not hamper your sleep. With a dry cough you
suffer more because you can’t sleep at night. Every night
with a day cough, is a long night’s journey into morning.
When the sweet doze-off comes, you are suddenly jolted into a whitish
awake-ness by a cough so violent that it shakes your being down
to every nerve-root.
In desperation you might swallow a cough-depressant or you may put
a cough drop into your cheek and close your eyes, only to have the
violent cough come again after you fall into a brief sleep. Three
or four times this happens, and then sleep and you become total
strangers for the rest of the night.
During the day you repeatedly fall into fits of coughing, sometimes
for no understandable reason, and sometimes when you whiff in a
wisp of cigarette smoke passing under your nose, per-fume, lotion,
sprays, exhaust fumes, pollen, dust-anything, not necessarily with
This condition is unlikely to phase itself out during the winter
and usually happens to people who take up their drinking habit too
soon after a cold.
Alcohol is the worst thing, at the onset, during the course of
a cold, and soon after. It makes your lungs temporarily allergic
virtually everything. When in such a condition don’t avoid
cough drops or antihistamines.
Don’t waste a lot of time going through chest x-rays, blood
tests and so on, then be told that nothing is wrong, and that your
condition is caused only by post-nasal drip! If you think that
the right diagnosis, wash your nasal pass-ages with salt water,
and gargle with the rest of it in the glass.
When you can not sleep at night because of the cough, which you
know is the residue of a bout with a cold, no matter how long ago.
And during the day when you breathe in air and exhalation tends
to be in the form of a cough, and the repeated fits of hernia-hurting
coughs come more than you can tolerate; take the final action.
If you don’t have stomach ulcers, don’t waste time.
Take cortisone pills of 0.5 mg strength along with an antibiotic
three times a day. Ampicillin will do – capsules of 500 mg
once every eight hours. You will get rid of the cough within the
first day of the take.
You sleep a drug-free sleep, be-cause you owe yourself so much
sleep that you don’t need pills to induce it. Continue this
treatment for ten days, but taper off the dosage of the cortisone
the fifth day on until it becomes almost nil on the tenth day.
By then you will be totally free from the black cough which ruined
your sleep and brought nocturnal despair for you and your family.
Remember also something else. Even to healthy people, the bloating
of the stomach at night with raw fruit, beans, salad, milk, ice
cream or any dairy products like yogurt, cheese or starchy food,
aggravates a dry cough badly and could bring night coughs.
Forego even the supposedly curative warm glass of milk and aspirin
Those mentioned are all gas-producing food items which make you
belch (according to your choice, either loud or quietly), and just
because you can not do that while lying down, your throat tickles
as part of a nervous response to a needed release that can not take
You wake up, sitting in bed coughing violently and glaring in the
dark. Sometimes gas purges through between coughs. Diet plays a
big role here.
Try to sleep on a lean, near hungry stomach all year round if you
have problems coughing at night. That helps your quick recovery
from a persistent cold-cough also.
Some people, for good measure, drink several cups of hot tea with
half of a lemon squeezed in it, thinking that it warms their throat
and passes vitamin C over the aggravated tissues of the throat and
also provides an abundant supply of vitamin C to the body.
This is the worst thing you can do. This even brings coughs to healthy
people because of a sour stomach. Forego even the vitamin C sherbet
when you have a dry cough. A sour stomach, without you even feeling
it, makes the throat tickle and you cough.
Here’s another point to consider. When you are well, always
let the tasty dressing remain in the bowl after you finish your
salad. Don’t drink it.
And, of course, you know that too much coffee gives you a nervous
stomach and that makes you cough also. If you are not a smoker
you don’t want unjustified coughs, play fair with your stomach.
Obviously, there are times when you just can’t do that. You
just can’t play fair because over-filling your stomach at
a good dinner party is unavoidable.
Or, you let yourself become too hungry, and you sit at the dinner
table and you eat. You eat long after you had enough because your
mind, due to its pre-set conditioning having received so many hungry
signals, can not tune itself with the eating race.
You eat until your stomach literally has no more room or space.
For lack of space you don’t eat anymore and not because you
are no longer hungry. But it is not too grave a sin if you do it
only once in a while.
When bedtime comes and you are overfilled, pump the gas out of your
stomach by kicking one foot at a time up in the air like a soccer
player. Do this exercise for fifteen minutes, not necessarily continuously,
rest in between.
After a while gas starts purging upward sporadically, but in an
amount that eventually could fill a bicycle tube.
Aside from the advantage of relieving your stomach to make you sleep
better, this exercise, if done every night for years, not necessarily
for the stomach, is bound to give you the build of a flamenco dancer
regardless of your age.
All you will be needing then, Tammy, would be a pair of castanets.
Suddenly I recollect your repeated smiles the first time I tried
to teach you backgammon – a word so unknown those days in
the English speaking world that one probingly could have guessed
backgammon to be the name of a tropical tree.
And I recall trying to learn this song from you once when we were
on a picnic. I may keep searching for its meaning, forever.
chic chola chola
Chicori chic in a vananeka
Chicori chic chola cholaaa ...
Chicori chic is me.
But what great meaning can there be that you and I once sang it,
and our voices mixed, and we stopped to laugh at my clumsiness in
learning those idiotically charming words?
One with a big girth, in a year with the soccer-kick exercise, may
run out of notch-holes on the trousers belt. In two, the need may
arise to purchase a new belt and trousers altogether.
You can pump your stomach by kicking up a bended knee. This keeps
your center of gravity nearer to where it was before, reducing
risk of falling or gyrating out of balance.
each thigh, give a jolt to your stomach. Do this, even if you are
too big to let fly a soccer kick. Start it off so. Don’t risk
a fall if you are big and middle-aged. Of course stationary bicycling
in front of television would do the same thing for you. If you don’t
have this tool kick while holding the frame of a door.
Kick up hard, not rattlingly, but like as if you want to send someone
out on a trajectory.