I now find, as expected, that while my fairly robust constitution fought off the Plagues of Radcon for a few days, the battle is lost. I have the congestion/throat disease, not the dysentery disease. It’s probably the same one that turned John into a stationary snore machine for a couple of days, though he didn’t seem to have a lot of muss associated with it.
When this happens, and I identify the early signs, my first action is to pick up the telephone and order some cold medicine. The only pizza place around here that will put both jalapeños and chopped garlic on a pepperoni pizza is Round Table, and I’m currently boycotting Pizza Hut anyway since they actually dishonored a current coupon in such a stupid way they deserve to keep hearing about it. I will then consume as much of the pizza as possible over the next few days. This is my primary early punch in the mouth to any cold.
What does it do?
- Since I do it every time, it is a conditioned signal to my system that we are going to fight, not just suffer and moan and suppress symptoms. No, we’re gearing up. We get stronger when we feel we can do something about it.
- Because it tastes good, it improves my morale. Morale is important. Morale affects your mind which affects how your body resists. If my nose and throat cannot be happy, some part of me can be.
- If there is any infection-fighting ability at all in garlic relevant to colds (which are viral, but resulting sinus infections are not), I’m getting a heavy dose. If it is not relevant at all, I do myself zero harm.
- If nothing else, it will surely clear my sinuses, especially as I put the pepper flakes on.
- It’s a pretty nasty combination of toxic waste to dump on the invading microbes, just on general principle. “Okay, you little varmints, this isn’t going to be your happy vacationland. I’m about to ruin your whole trip. Anyone thirsty? Have a drink!” as I munch and swallow another combination of peppers and garlic. I can picture the microbes phoning their travel agents demanding refunds.
Does this all cure the disease? Of course not. When applied as it is just taking hold, does it affect the severity and duration? It seems to.
And if not, it does no harm, and I enjoy the pizza and thus suffer a bit less.