Rats! I caught a sore throat over the holiday break. I don’t regard it as normal to get sick, and if you accept the principle that you are responsible for your own health, as I do, then if you get sick, you look for the reasons why. What did I do and what did I neglect to do that caused this illness? What lessons can I draw from the experience?
In analyzing the experience, I find on the “what did I do” list first of all is that I was traveling. Eating every meal in a restaurant and neglecting to specify no ice in my iced tea. Since I should have kept in mind that my throat has always been an Achilles heel for me, I should have specified no ice, which is what I do when I eat at my familiar local restaurants. Second, for one meal I had black pepper chicken, another assault on the throat, this time by hot spices. I did stay hydrated, got enough sleep and took my herbal supplements, which usually protect me, but on this occasion were not sufficient.
On the “what did I not do” list, I have my daily nasal rinse, which is another effective means of cold prevention. The rinsing device is bulky to pack and requires distilled water, which is not available everywhere.
Bottom line–if you, too, accept the principle that you have a tremendous influence on your health, be careful about your daily activities, particularly when you are away from your usual habitat and usual routine. Remain aware of your vulnerabilities and protect them.