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A Mystery Illnesses That Occurs During Each Winter Season

This article concerns a "mystery cough" and "itch" that manifest in the winter season for those living in inland areas. I have been lucky for many years that I never get sick due to my diet and lifestyle. There are some classes of people who will spend an entire winter in Florida in order to avoid the strange discomfort that winter may bring them, I am no exception. Usually I will spend the entire winter season in Malibu or in the Hawaiian islands, however this year I decided to spend it in Portland Oregon, a region renowned for its rainfall, thinking I was immune from the cold.

Both Nevada and Portland are inland regions surrounded by mountains compared to the coastlines of Malibu or Hawaii, where this problem never seems to occur. Portland, Oregon is in a mountainous region surrounded by snow capped mountain peaks where the winter temperatures average 30 degrees and is surrounded by forests and winds blowing in from the plains of northern Washington State.This year Portland had record rainfall, immediately followed by very cool temperatures in the mid to low 30's.
Some years before my lifestyle change to a longevity diet, while living in another mountainous region in Nevada  I, along with some friends of mine had experienced a "mystery itch",  This itch would occur all over my arms and legs and last for days. This itch would always appear during the winter season.  After doing some research, I discovered that it was due to a lack of vitamin E, which was promptly solved by taking liquid wheat germ which solved the problem and in a matter of days and I have never had the problem reoccur since. Fast forward to December 2015, and I experienced a similar occurrence, only this time it was a nagging "cough". After experiencing a mild "flu", a few days later I ended up with a powerful cough that lasted weeks on end.  This cough was not mucus based, but was always bothered by cool winds and cold conditions.

Knowing from past experience that when the weather turns cold and windy, the body looses more moisture than normal. This problem is further amplified by the body drinking less fluids during winter.  Having gone through my previous experience in Nevada during winter some years ago, I suspected that it might be due to a lack of Vitamin E.

After researching this "mystery cough" further I discovered that other people had also experienced this same flu like symptom followed by an entire winter season of non-stop coughing and many doctors and physicians were unaware of how to treat it.  The best information I came across happened to come from specialists who had decades of experience of encountering this same sort of problem. They all came to the conclusion that this winter time "mystery cough" was in fact a very mild form of asthma. It is a fact that asthmatics receive more attacks during winter. I have never had asthma, but can only conclude that due to the environment I am living in during winter that it may be causing these mild symptoms.

So putting the two together - A lack of vitamin E in the body caused by cooler, drier air during the winter season, and symptoms of mild asthma, I know have the knowledge and information I needed to solve the problem.

I know my condition red formula that I devised years ago as a way to recover from allergies shown below:

1. 1/2 Teaspoon of Yerba Mate Herb
2. 1/2 Teaspoon of Parsley Powder
3. 2 1/2 Teaspoons of Brewers Yeast
4. 1 Teaspoon of Echinacia Powder
5. 1/2 Teaspoon of Brazil Nut Powder
6. 3/4 Teaspoon of Chili Powder
7. 3 Bromelin Enzymes
8. 1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
9. 3/4 Teaspoon of Corriander
10. 1/2 Teaspoon of Clove Powder
11. 3/4 Teaspoon of Rosemary Powder
12. 1 Teaspoon of Basil Herb Powder

Between 2.0 and 10mg of Vitamin B6 (Optional)

So I started taking this formula again, after having ceased taking it since last summer.  I than took this with 2 vitamin E Capsules every 4 hours.


I also know there is a connection between diet and allergies.  Since late last summer I had changed from organic raisins and organic sunflower seeds (which are high in Vitamin E) to a non organic brand.  I than stopped eating the non-organic seeds and raisins, and this completely halted the problem.

Another interesting fact is when you eat sesame seeds with with Vitamin E, or take a food high in Vitamin E such as Wheat Germ that the Vitamin E is absorbed up to 500% more in the body.

Because Wheat Germ is high in Vitamin E, and Sesame Seeds boost the absorption of Vitamin E, I mixed together raw Organic Sesame Seeds and Wheat Germ flakes in a 1:1 ratio and took with 1 vitamin E Capsule. This also helped to quickly replenish my Vitamin E levels. Another booster that really helped eliminate the cough was slicing up fresh Ginger and placing into a cup of hot water and drinking. And finally I added 8 drops of clove tincture to a cup of water containing 1 teaspoon of Sunflower Oil and took with 1 vitamin E capsule.

So in closing, the body should have more warm nourishing fluids during winter season, especially for those living in temperatures that go below 50 degrees during the winter.  The cool dry mountain air removes moisture rapidly from the body, and the body needs nutrients that retain moisture to compensate for this moisture removal.  That is why it is important to eat more organic foods where possible during winter season, as non organic foods may be detrimental during this time, causing unnecessary health problems.

I hope this article helps you or those you know, saving you much frustration and mystery, as even professional doctors were unable to identify the cause for this "mystery winter illness".

Scientific Study
Feeding rats a 20% wheat germ diet significantly increased plasma and liver vitamin E levels 
Wheat germ supplementation of a low vitamin E diet in rats affords effective antioxidant protection in tissues.
Leenhardt F1, Fardet A, Lyan B, Gueux E, Rock E, Mazur A, Chanliaud E, Demigné C, Rémésy C


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