Friday, January 30, 2015


Can you get through this winter without getting a cold?

(I'm talking about a plain ordinary cold, not  not anything major -- not any of the scary diseases.)  

I Googled and found a half dozen articles. All  contain similar suggestions.

Here are the essentials in 10-ways to avoid getting colds during the winter.

Keep warm. (Wear a hat)
Wash your hands.
Watch the weather.(Viruses attach to water droplets)
Avoid huddling in a crowd, avoid central heating. (subways, stores, parties)
Take Echinacea, Zinc, and Garlic.
Drink eight glasses of water a day.
Sleep soundly.
Stay in a good mood. (avoid  stress)
Keep moving (exercise)
Take vitamins, and supplements (Vitamin D 1,500 to 2000 daily; also supplements containing live bacteria that restore beneficial bacteria
If you travel get yourself some of the latest "Protect Yourself" gadgets. For plane travel there's a washable antimicrobial cover for the tray tables that uses copper and silver ions. (They're used in hospitals to help burn victims, combat germs on catheters, wipe out resistant superbugs.) You can clean armrests with Lysol that you can buy in a handy travel size. You can defend your nasal passages with Magellan Flight Spray -- it's a natural antiseptic.(Turmeric and spearmint)

Reality: You can avoid getting colds if you sort of hibernate -- keep away from your gym, parties, movies, theaters, restaurants, subways, and shopping.

Or buy yourself a Hazmet suit and wear it when you join the world.

And of course, use a nose protector.

Hey, this is not just Dr. Em's opinion; it's what these major health organizations now recommend:

Take comfort in wise words from wise men:
When from our better selves we have too long,
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop, 
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, 
How gracious, how benign is solitude.
William Wordsworth

There is one consolation in being sick, and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.
Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Emily Frankel wonders how John Cullum's friend, Barry Corbin, ("Maurice" in the TV series "Northern Exposure") is doing. They've kept in close touch over the years.

Remembering the days when John played Holling Vincoeur, the bartender of the bar in Cicely, Alaska , the Cullums gossip about the shows leading man, Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Janine Turner, as well as other members of the cast.

"If the series were revived, would you play Holling again?" Em asks. You'll hear how Cullum answers her question as the Cullums finish this video.