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It seems like everyone has it! Babies have it, old folks have it, working people have it, homeless people have it. It's in New York, it's in Papua New Guinea. People who meet the public every day have it more than others, but The Cough does not stick to any special groups. People who have it are often "otherwise healthy" ~~ but they know The Cough is not normal.
This website is for the purpose of trying to get to the bottom of this widespread plague. The author (who had it for four years, and got rid of it through nutritional methods) works with the public daily, and takes public transportation, in Los Angeles, California. She feels the thing is living in people who are grossly B-vitamin deficient, which means almost all eaters of white flour, white rice, and the ubiquitous sugar. Let's share information and experiences on this ~~ maybe help will come. See the Remedies section for ideas on getting rid of it.
What most people are experiencing, along with comparison of symptoms of known types of coughs and bronchitis.
What works for getting rid of the cough. The "A-B-C" method: fish-liver-oil vitamin A together with crystalline powdered vitamin C -- quick cessation of coughing. Then "B" yourself --- natural vitamin B-Rich Foods and avoidance of B-Robbing Foods --- root out the underlying problem.
Emails sent to, and replies received from, authoritative groups and individuals who might have knowledge about this epidemic, what it is, and how to cure it.
Keeping one's nutrition at maximum levels is very important in the face of this epidemic. This section explains some of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and what the body needs to fight off infection. Based on the author's years of raising her family, and reading about nutrition.
Is there a connection between The Cough and SARS? The SARS page is for sharing information on SARS that might shed light on The Cough.
Some similarity to Valley Fever, which primarily affects the San Joaquin Valley around Bakersfield, California, has been noted by people who are familiar with that disease. Current inquiries are being made to see if it is possible that Los Angeles is experiencing an epidemic of Valley Fever or a similar, airborne mold disease. But by knowledgeable description, The Cough is not VF.
A basic discussion of the microorganisms that cause colds, coughs, bronchitis, and the like.
As of now (March, 2002) no news articles have been found that even begin to discuss this cough and its epidemic proportions. This section will post news as it becomes available, as well as links to sources of news.
Quotation of online discussion of The Cough, with contact info for the authors, if they permit.
Please contact this website if you have any information and/or experience with this cough. Especially if you can provide some explanation of what it is, what is causing it, and what the public can expect in efforts to eradicate it.
Acute: Characterized by sharpness or severity; having a sudden onset, sharp rise, and short duration; seriously demanding urgent attention
Bacterium (Plural = Bacteria): Any of a class (Schizomycetes) of microscopic plants having round, rodlike, spiral, or filamentous single-celled or noncellular bodies often aggregated into colonies or motile by means of flagella, living in soil, water, organic matter, or the bodies of plants and animals, and being autotrophic, saprophytic, or parasitic in nutrition and important to man because of their chemical effects and as pathagens.
Bronchitis: An acute or chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes, or a disease marked by this. "Chronic bronchitis is defined in clinical terms as the presence of chronic cough with sputum production that occurs most days of the
week, at least 3 months a year, for more than two consecutive years, in the absence of other specific causes (e.g. asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis). Importantly, most patients who have only chronic bronchitis do not have any substantive
airflow limitation." (from Google)
Bronchial tube: A bronchus or any of its branches.
Bronchioles: The tiniest brochial tubes in the lungs; there are about 30,000 of them in each lung; each one is about the thickness of a hair
Bronchus: Either of the two primary divisions of the trachea that lead respectively into the right and left lung.
Chronic: Marked by long duration or frequent recurrence; not acute
Cough: A symptom, not a disease. A reflex action that tries to clear the lungs. At least one online MD recommends getting a chest x-ray if one has a cough for 6 weeks, even if a doctor has used a stethoscope and pronounced the lungs "clear."
Epidemic: Affecting, or tending to affect, many individuals within a population, community, or region, at the same time; excessively prevalent
Inflammation: A local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue; when tissues are damaged or otherwise attacked, blood cells rush to the area to bring healing and remove damaged tissue, causing swelling, and also causing blockage of circulation
Retinol: The unaltered animal form of vitamin A, of which there are myriad varieties of compounds; this author's opinion is that only retinol should be called "vitamin A."
Sputum: Expectorated matter made up of saliva and often discharges from the respiratory passages
Trachea: The main trunk of the system of tubes by which air passes to and from the lungs in vertebrates.
Virus: Any of a large group of submicroscopic infective agents that are regarded either as the simplest microorganisms or as extremely complex molecules, that typically contain a protein coast surrounding an RNA or DNA core of genetic material, that are capable of growth and multiplication only in living cells, and that cause various important diseases in man, lower animals, or plants.
Vitamin: An unspecific term that originally meant a substance in foods that is "life-giving," but today is indiscriminately used for numerous compounds both natural and artificial, which vary widely in their effects on the body.
Vitamin A: Originally, this term meant the form of vitamin A that is found in animals, which is more correctly termed "Retinol." See Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D. for discussion on "vitamin A." Richest source is liver; other rich sources include concentrated (cooked) green leafy vegetables, carrots, pitted fruits such as apricots & peaches, cantaloup, papaya, persimmons, pumpkin and other winter squashes, sweet potatoes. Water-soluble forms of vitamin A can be toxic.
Vitamin B: More properly called "B vitamins" (plural), since there are many, many compounds that work together to accomplish B-related tasks such as fighting infections, spurring cell growth, utilization of energy by the cell, health of all parts of the body that grow quickly such as skin, hair, mucous membranes. In richest abundance in liver, other rich sources are wheat germ, rice polish, blackstrap molasses, sunflower seeds.
Vitamin C: Makes cell membranes strong so viruses have difficulty penetrating into cells; myriad benefits too numerous to list; behaves differently when obtained by dissolving crystals of vitamin C in liquid, than by taking pills.