Prevention and Treatment for the Common Cold

Prevention and Treatment for the Common Cold

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Tis the Season of the Common Cold … Truth is, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) you can get a cold any time of the year. With over 200 viruses linked to the common cold, the Rhinovirus is the most common. Adults average 2-4 colds a year; children more. Most colds last 7-10 days. People with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions may develop serious illness, such as pneumonia.

Symptoms of a Cold Include

  • sore throat,
  • runny nose,
  • coughing,
  • sneezing,
  • watery eyes,
  • headaches
  • body aches.

The Good News there are steps you can take for prevention.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (more effective on viruses than soap and water.) Teach children to wash their hands.
  • Scrub hands for 20 seconds (about the time it takes to hum or sing Happy Birthday twice.)

  • Wash your hands before you eat or drink. Including after reading restaurant menus.
  • The Rhinovirus that often causes colds enters through the mouth, nose and eyes. The average person touches their face 16 times an hour! Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands. 
  • Maintain a Healthy Immune system 
    • Socialize More.  ­Study showed that people who are extraverted produced fewer pro-inflammatory chemicals in response to cold viruses.
    • Regular Exercise. Research shows that regular exercise is not only good for our bones, but also helps build a healthier immune system.
    • Get Plenty of Sleep. Sleep deprivation suppressions the immune system.
    • Listen to Sounds of Nature and Music That Brings You Joy. According to research, listening to sounds of nature and music that you enjoy helps you to relax, may lower cortisol (hormone released when stress that contributes to fatigue and inflammation) and boost the level of antibody immunoglobulin A, helpfully supporting the body’s immune system.
      • Walk, bike or take a drive along Route 127 and Gloucester’s BackShore and enjoy the relaxing sound of ocean waves. 
      • Add More UpBeat and Joyful Music to Your Life! Cape Ann and North Shore have great local musicians with performances almost every night. Check out schedules at Gimme SoundNorth Shore Tonight, and Joanne Silva’s live music scene. Play upbeat music in your car as you commute. Stream music throughout your home with wireless sound controlled by one simple app. Check out the  Oprah’s ‘favorite things’ for 2015 – the Sonos Play 5.

How to Prevent Spreading the Cold Virus –

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Help Stop Lung Cancer – ‘Lung Force Giving Day’

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

November 17th. Today is ‘Lung Force Giving Day’ at the American Lung Association.  Join me in this effort to stop lung cancer! Donate or become a social ambassador and spread the word!

The Goal – Raise $$$ for innovations in research and personalized treatments against the #1 cancer killer – Lung Cancer.

Innovative Targeted Therapies for Lung Cancer have improved the outcome of lung cancer. Innovative research and personalized treatmentt are the goals for this fund-raiser.

Cure Cancer shutterstock_30955345 DTWThe Facts – 

  • Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women.
  • Every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer.
  • The lung cancer death rate in women increase in the last 37 years, while falling 24% among men.
  • More American women die from lung cancer than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer combined.
  • More American men die from lung cancer than colon cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • People that smoke are at increased risk for lung cancer (And other cancers, heart disease, stroke, COPD.)
  • Anyone can get lung cancer; Non-smokers too.
  • Exposure to radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. Like carbon monoxide, you cannot see or smell radon; it is colorless, odorless gas. To find out more about radon and how to order a test kit –

Indoor Levels of Radon in Essex Are Higher Than the National Average Due to the Granite. –

Lung Cancer

You don’t have to smoke to get lung cancer. Check out this video –

Talk to your doctor about risks, prevention and early detection. Regardless of the cause of lung cancer – smoking, radon, asbestos, pollution – prevention and early detection can save lives.

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Breast and Liver Cancer Awareness Month – Special Offering at Dreamtime Wellness™

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

October is Awareness Month for Breast and Liver Cancer.

Did you know that there is a calendar signifying cancer awareness months? With more types of cancers than months in a year, multiple types of cancers are represented some months. Not all types of cancer are represented on this calendar.

How many people face a diagnosis of cancer?

Here are some statistics from 2015 – Here you will also find information about ways to prevent and treat cancer, and good news about prevention and survival rates.

The Good News, According to the American Cancer Society –

  • A substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented
  • All cancers caused by tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption could be prevented.
  • Many of the more than 3 million skin cancer cases that are diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and avoiding indoor tanning.
  • Screening can prevent colorectal and cervical cancers through early detection and removal of precancerous lesions.
  • Screening is known to reduce (death rates) for cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, cervix, and lung (with long-term and/or heavy smokers)
  • Healthy Lifestyles (healthy weight, healthy nutrition, exercise, no smoking, minimal alcohol) can help prevent cancer
  • Improvement in survival rates over the past 30 years reflects both the earlier diagnosis of certain cancers and improvements in treatment.

Prevention and Early Detection Saves Lives – Ask your doctor about ways to prevent, screen for, and treat cancer.

Mammogram Fact Sheet –

What to Expect From a Mammogram

Information about Liver Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer and having to undergo treatment may cause anxiety and depression and effects families as well as patients.

Ask your doctor or nurse about ways to cope and deal with the stress of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

**Reiki may be helpful for decreasing stress and anxiety in patients receiving treatment for cancer. This study indicates a significant decrease in anxiety after a Reiki Session, and potential for improved comfort –

Read further for SPECIAL OFFERINGS at Dreamtime Wellness™ this October –

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Ladies – Time to Get Squished! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in American women.

The Good News

  • When detected early, breast cancer has a high survival rate.
  • You can take steps to help prevent breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness – HOPE

** Talk to your doctor about your risk factors, prevention advice, and screening recommendations for early detection.**

Some Recommendations for Prevention and Early Detection from the American Cancer Association


The thought of screening mammograms, needle-guided breast biopsies, or possibility of breast cancer can be very stressful and even overwhelming for some. You are not alone! Ask your doctor about supportive therapies for stress relief and cancer treatment.

Contact me here or privately for additional information on stress relief and relaxation techniques.

Join me in getting squished this month!   ~ Karen


Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit Find us on Facebook –

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