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Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold Hardcover – September 2, 2010
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Some of the things in this book are truly scary. I mean how often do you think about cleaning out your washing machine? Just think about washing your underwear and where you wear those underthings. Yes, pretty gross. The author goes into detail about the history and treatments that are known to work and are worth buying although, so far, not much.
In Ah-Choo, Ackerman investigates how colds are transmitted; the latest research developments for preventing/curing the "common" cold; and the best treatment of cold symptoms. Unfortunately, much of the medical research detailed by Ackerman does not provide significant hope for cure, prevention, or even treatment of a cold. Rather it appears that due to the cold's evolving nature a cure is long way off. Moreover, the best ways to prevent a cold are the low tech methods: engaging in frequent hand washing, refraining from touching/contaminating one's face; and avoiding children (who are the frequent bearers of cold viruses) - which is, of course, highly impractical for parents and teachers. As for treating a cold, a single ibuprofen (or other analgesic), rest, and maybe chicken soup are all that are recommended. Counter intuitively, a cold victim should think twice before trying to build up his/her immune system. One take away from Ah-Choo is that "cold symptoms do not result from the destructive effects of viruses . . . [rather the symptoms are] in response to the presence of a virus [that] the body sets in motion." In other words, the immune system is battling the virus by creating the symptoms that make one miserable!
Overall, Ah-Choo does an excellent job of translating technical medical research into a highly readable format for lay readers.
Publisher: Twelve (September 2, 2010), 256 pages.
Advance review copy provided courtesy of the publisher.
This book is fascinating as well as informative. Ackerman provides a description not only of various aspects of cold viruses, but also an overview of the history of scientific research on colds, how and why volunteers were persuaded to be infected with cold viruses in order to further our understanding of them. She debunks a few myths about colds, such as their being spread by recirculating air in airplanes, and emphasizes the results on hand-to-face transmission. She reviews research on cold remedies, pointing out deficiencies in research methodology as well as overstated claims. Overall, this is an informative and engaging book, well worth reading.
Well, my objective of the book was to understand cold better so can reduce the number of times our family members get sick. Unless you are a medical professional, the only reason probably you are thinking of reading this book is because of the nuisance this cold in your home.
Did you know (and ways to mitigate)
> What causes sore throat?
> Does green mucus means infection?
> What is cough?
> How old are you? and How often do you get cold?
> Do you get cold more in winter?
> Fatigue's relationship with cold?
> Does sleep get in bed with cold virus?
> Even interesting correlation between wealthy childhood vs non wealthy childhood.
While the conventional theories of sneeze on your sleeves, use sanitizer etc are known to everybody,the book emphasized the power of hand - eye - nose combination that seems to be the primary transmission source. As a direct consequence of reading this book, whenever someone in my home came with a cold, have been using lysol wipes to wipe the door knobs, faucets, TV remotes, switches,sofa and so on...Takes about 5-10 min and I am certain has reduced cold instances in my home.
Worth the price and certainly worth the time! A MUST READ IF YOU HAVE SCHOOL GOING KIDS.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looking for an interesting read try this book out. Talks about studies and information about the common coldPublished 2 months ago by magicjake7
This book was fascinating! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the common cold, research being done to find out more about the common cold, and even the remedies in the back... Read morePublished 13 months ago by andowd
Ackerman has done us a great service in providing information about the common cold. Though at some points I learned more about the cold than I wanted to there are some excellent... Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Robert Ewbank
This is a well written, informative, researched book. It told me everything I ever wanted (and did not want) to know about the common cold and related viruses. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Stacie Morrell
After the H1N1 panic not so long ago, when I was given the opportunity to read Ah-Choo! I was excited. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
My years old curing method is quite simple and effective.
Put a mask to keep yor nose warm and humid and set a couple of warm pads around the neck. Read more
"Ah-Choo!" is a book about the common cold: how you pick them up, what cold symptoms are and why, who is most likely to get a cold, how cold viruses work, how your body reacts,... Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Debbie
Contrary to what the orthodox medical establishment believes a cure for the common cold -- and the flu -- exists and is readily available. it's vitamin C. Read morePublished on September 4, 2011 by D. R. Schryer
I read this book because of the topic it covers:
latest research on common cold. It is an interesting
topic that is relevant to each and every person. Read more