Like many people, I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening day. I normally skip the popcorn but, on that day, Josh seemed to really want some and, while he didn’t explicitly ask, I caved and we shared a small bag. Why do I normally pass on this stuff? For one, the fat and sodium counts are so high that I’m amazed more people don’t just keel over with a bag in their hands. Secondly, it’s just not handled in the most hygienic way. I almost always regret having any and, here I am, regretting it once again.
The next day, I felt myself coming down with a cold less than a week before Christmas! I immediately started on my regimen of drinking copious amounts of C-Boost (the Bolthouse Farms juice that contains a ton of Vitamin C), downing Vitamin D and zinc. By the next day, I could feel the cold settling in but at a much milder level than I believe I would have had without my emergency kit!
Coupled with a lot of rest, I was able to keep my symptoms from escalating into a full blown cold but I was still sapped for energy. In the middle of all of this, I had my first scan at the midwife office and learned that I’m expecting twins! Along with breastfeeding, I’ve got a lot of babies living off my reserves. No wonder I’m so tired!
I desperately began searching for anything that could help with my stuffy nose and general feelings of malaise and I spotted an article on Dr. Mercola’s website about putting hydrogen peroxide in each ear to treat a cold. So many commenters praised the technique that I felt like it was worth a shot.
I was completely stunned when I discovered that we didn’t have any in the house so I sent Josh to the store to get some the next morning. He stood over me, not completely convinced, as he poured the peroxide into the first ear but we were both astonished that, within 10 minutes, I sounded dramatically better. I felt clearer, too, in my sinus area. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I wasn’t expecting that. I did the other ear and it helped me feel well enough to make my rounds the next day for Christmas.
Did it cure me? No, I don’t think so. Do I believe that it lessened my symptoms and, possibly, shortened the length of my cold? Yes. Unfortunately, my 12-year-old got sick just a few days ago and it started with a sore throat. I did the treatment in her ears and it got rid of the pain but she still got a mild cold (which she’s still fighting). I plan to repeat the peroxide for her later today.
Why does it work (if it works)? I’m not completely sure but I did see this on the Mercola website:
In 1928, Richard Simmons, M.D. hypothesized that colds and flu viruses enter through your ear canal, as opposed to your nose and throat. But his findings were dismissed by the medical community. Then in 1938, German researchers had great success using hydrogen peroxide for treating colds and the flu. But their data has been ignored for over 60 years.
Well, I’ve had many a doctor suggest I put peroxide in my son’s waxy ears over the years so I doubt it’s harmful to try this method, at least, once to see if it works. I did read somewhere that it’s better to try it as soon as symptoms show up in order to catch the cold as early in its cycle as possible but I did it a few days in to my misery and I do believe that it helped me.