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Old 15th December 2011, 11:55   #1006
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Do you have a cite for either of these points - i.e. that indigestion causes cold or that walking reduces cold.
Asking out of curiosity.
Walk results in sweat, one of the routes through which body throws out toxins form the body. the other routes are
Kidney---- Urine
Stomach---- stools
Lungs ----- breath ( exhalation CO2 is thrown out)
Skin---- sweat
Normal adult should be drinking approximately 4 litres of water/ day. In modern day life most us do not do this. Drinking a litre of water on empyt stomach results in more urine, free motion and some amount of sweat.

Regarding the Indigestion is the route cause of cold, it is an homeopathic doctrine.

I will try to get some more info on this and post later
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Try drinking water ( atleast one litre) on empty stomach immediately after washing mouth. it helped me a lot.

it helps like this
1. it increases the urinary output - some of allergins wash out
2. increase bowel movements and helps in clean motion. Indigestion is the route cause of cold
3. if you can walk after this more sweat also helps in reducing the cold.
I'm an ENT surgeon and i'm hearing this for the first time. It's an allergic condition and there is no definite cure except to avoid the cause. Antihistamines are the way to go. You can try bresol. It's a herbal product from Himalaya pharmaceuticals.
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I'm an ENT surgeon and i'm hearing this for the first time. It's an allergic condition and there is no definite cure except to avoid the cause. Antihistamines are the way to go. You can try bresol. It's a herbal product from Himalaya pharmaceuticals.
Yeah, but iam speaking from my own experience and that of my friends.
Myself used a sneeze a lot early in the morning till 8-9 am once iam out in the open it used to become normal. I have tried antihistamines, homeo also as per doctors advice. nothing gave me relief. then i tried this water stuff. It gave me very good relief. this coupled with daily plain steam for one or two minutes before sleep in winter season did the trick. even now if i go outside by two wheeler, i will take steam for few minutes. that's all.
Now a days i rarely sneeze even in winter's
All my friends who tried this also got good relief

Regarding sweat and cold , iam searching for literature. But actually the incidence of allergic conditions is more in cold climate than in humid climate. one my college friend also has this problem of sneezing and cold in hyderabad. He got job in chennai. Initially he tried for transfer to hyderabad. but with in one year his cold almost disappeared in chennai, now he do not want transfer. This happened to another of my collegue also.

Of course individual variations do exist in allergic conditions. But there is nothing wrong in trying a harmless thing like drinking water in the morning

By the way Iam a Vet, now engaged in R& D

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Walk results in sweat, one of the routes through which body throws out toxins form the body. the other routes are
Kidney---- Urine
Stomach---- stools
Lungs ----- breath ( exhalation CO2 is thrown out)
Skin---- sweat
Normal adult should be drinking approximately 4 litres of water/ day. In modern day life most us do not do this. Drinking a litre of water on empyt stomach results in more urine, free motion and some amount of sweat.

Regarding the Indigestion is the route cause of cold, it is an homeopathic doctrine.

I will try to get some more info on this and post later
I am not looking for information. I am looking for a cite (a double blind study kind of a thing).

Anyway, sweat doesn't throw any toxins, unless what you mean by toxins is something different from what is commonly understood. The function of sweat is to cool the body. Toxins are released by kidney, liver & intestines. And mostly cold is caused by a virus not toxins.

Drinking too much water can caused water intoxication - upsetting the electrolyte balance in the body. People have even died because of excess water.

Humans need Carbon Dioxide. Low CO2 levels cause hyperventilation.

Also, there is a separate thread for discussing homeopathy.

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I'm an ENT surgeon and i'm hearing this for the first time. It's an allergic condition and there is no definite cure except to avoid the cause. Antihistamines are the way to go.
What about a series of IGE antibody tests and desensitization? I have heard people abroad doing this for serious allergy problems with very successful results.

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I am not looking for information. I am looking for a cite (a double blind study kind of a thing).

Anyway, sweat doesn't throw any toxins, unless what you mean by toxins is something different from what is commonly understood. The function of sweat is to cool the body. Toxins are released by kidney, liver & intestines. And mostly cold is caused by a virus not toxins.

Drinking too much water can caused water intoxication - upsetting the electrolyte balance in the body. People have even died because of excess water.

Humans need Carbon Dioxide. Low CO2 levels cause hyperventilation.

Also, there is a separate thread for discussing homeopathy.



What about a series of IGE antibody tests and desensitization? I have heard people abroad doing this for serious allergy problems with very successful results.

Liver function is detoxification but it does not throw the toxin degradation products from the body. it releases them in to blood stream. From blood these are excreated from the body by means of urine/sweat/stools/gases/saliva/ even through milk because mammary glands are modified sweat glands( antibiotics, pesticides, barbiturates, nicotine etc)

Different drugs gets cleared from the body through different routes. Sweat is indeed one form ( for ex: garlic)

Can go through any phamacokinetics text book.

Thermoregulation is one of the major functions of the sweat along with other things.

But thermoregulation is also achieved by conduction, convection and radiation through skin surface apart from sweat.

water intoxication comes if one drinks too much water.
But normal adult requires about 4 litres per day.
drinking one litre of that on empty stomach in a period of 10-15 minutes does not result in water intoxication.

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But normal adult requires about 4 litres per day.
Again, do you have a cite for this?
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Liver function is detoxification but it does not throw the toxin degradation products from the body. it releases them in to blood stream.
water intoxication comes if one drinks too much water.
I thought liver releases toxins in digestive system, to be excreted through faeces. but I might be wrong.

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But normal adult requires about 4 litres per day.
drinking one litre of that on empty stomach in a period of 10-15 minutes does not result in water intoxication.
It's like saying on average 50 litres of petrol can take you from chennai to bangalore, without specifying whether in a TVS-50 or a tata safari. Different people have different needs.

but more importantly, you also have to count water intake from other sources, food, drinks, tea/coffee etc. Whoever released that report was right, but forgot to specify that 4 liters on average was including all sources of water intake.

"excess" sweat induced by exercise releases water and salt (to maintain electrolytic balance) AFAIK.
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But normal adult requires about 4 litres per day.
I recall reading something about this a while back. It seems that this minimum water requirement is a combination of misunderstood science (maybe that much water is required, but a huge percentage of the solid food that eat is ...water) and dogma introduced by some of the less rigorous alternative/complimentary practitioners, at which point it becomes a matter of faith.

Despite being neither doctor nor scientist, my proposition, with some input from others, says that if you urinate normally, with normal, pale colour, and you show no other signs of dehydration, you are getting enough water (whether drunk or digested out of carrots/whatever) for you.

There are circumstances (eg foreigners from temperate climes visiting tropics) where it is sensible to drink too much water, within reason, to be on the safe side.

Don't forget that we have industries that like to tout around various "studies" such as that which says that a certain liquid we may not mention here is actually good for your heart (A doctor told me: "Yes, but eat the grapes: you get the good bit without the bad bit that poisons your liver!"). Another such industry is the bottled-water industry...
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But normal adult requires about 4 litres per day.
As discussed with our doctor, the requirement is minimum 2 liters a day, and upto 4 litres, depending on weather & activity levels. In case of physical acitivty (sports, etc), then a little more too.
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As discussed with our doctor, the requirement is minimum 2 liters a day, and upto 4 litres, depending on weather & activity levels. In case of physical acitivty (sports, etc), then a little more too.
The 4 litres refers to all sources - i.e. if you drink coffee, that has water in it. If you eat fruits, vegetables, those have water in them. If you drink a coke, that has water in it.

A good rule is - if you are feeling thirsty - drink water.
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A good rule is - if you are feeling thirsty - drink water.
As a person "only" six years into acclimatising to a climate a great deal hotter than that in which I was born, I would add...

--- if your urine is dark in colour, drink water

--- if your breath smells bad, drink water
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Guys, need help.

I have a persistant pain in my right thigh. Have had it for the past one year, or so - in varying degree. Sometimes mild, sometimes hard. Pain is felt mainly when trying to stand up after sitting for long hours, sleeping etc. The pain makes the right leg feel a little weak too, while trying to stand up after sitting long hours.

I have also felt that my right leg goes numb earlier compared to the left, while sitting on the floor with legs crossed etc. Its never been so hard as to hinder any of my daily activities.

But I am worried it may hinder my driving/ riding activities some day.

Questions that I have in mind -
  • My profession (IT) forces me to sit in front of the computer for long hours. Could this be the reason? I have a feeling this may just be the reason, but not too sure.
  • Exercise (specially for the legs) is less. Thinking of taking up cycling as the main exercise. Will it help/ cause more damage?
  • Could it be indicating any issue with lower backbone?
  • I used to play Mridangam from my childhood to college days, where the weight of the instrument resting on the right leg used to make it feel numb for more than an hour or two at a stretch. Could it have anything to do with this? But somehow i doubt it because people play the instrument from childhood to old-age!
  • Its never been acute pain that I cant withstand or anything. So, i guess that leaves out the possibility of muscle strain.

If the pain persists after bringing about improvements in lifestyle (including exercise), which specialist do I need to consult? Physio / Neuro/ anything else?

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Here is something for eye doctors.

My son is 11 years old this year. Recently, we noticed that he watches the TV with the corner of his eyes.. we found that he does this at some other times also. As a result, he does not really look straight at the thing that he is looking at, but rather, with a "cool", side ways look..

He already has glasses with -2 power in both. What could be the reason for the above behavior?
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Here is something for eye doctors.

My son is 11 years old this year. Recently, we noticed that he watches the TV with the corner of his eyes.. we found that he does this at some other times also. As a result, he does not really look straight at the thing that he is looking at, but rather, with a "cool", side ways look..

He already has glasses with -2 power in both. What could be the reason for the above behavior?

Adopting a head posture is a mechanism adopted in certain squints. Try observing him when he isn't watching tv, and see if his eyes appear straight at all times. If they are indeed straight there is nothing to worry about.
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Adopting a head posture is a mechanism adopted in certain squints. Try observing him when he isn't watching tv, and see if his eyes appear straight at all times. If they are indeed straight there is nothing to worry about.
He doesn't do it all the time. He will be watching TV normally at first. After 10 minutes or so, he will sub-consciously starts looking from the side.
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