TESH: Antibiotics and the Common Cold Intel

If you’re fighting a cold, stay away from antibiotics; here’s why: When we’re sick, it makes good sense to look to doctors to give us the right advice, right? Of course- they’re the experts, and if you’re seriously sick, get medical help. But sometimes doctors will prescribe medicines that aren’t required. Sometimes they are incentivized by pharmaceutical companies, and sometimes they prescribe them just because patients ask for them.But if you’ve got a common cold, you’ll want to think long and hard before starting antibiotics treatment. Not only are they ineffective, but they can create a much bigger problem for your body, because they don’t work against fighting colds.
A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 30% of antibiotics prescribed don’t do anything. Most often, it’s in cases where the affliction is minor, like a cold, which passes in the same amount of time with no added benefit from drugs. In other words,a waste of time and money when given to patients with respiratory illnesses or infections such as colds, bronchitis, or sinus infections, none of which respond to antibiotics, because they’re for bacteria; not for viruses. Colds are caused by viruses, so you can see right off the bat they won’t do much.
We’re halfway (roughly!?) through this season’s cold and flu season, which means there’s plenty of time to benefit your coworkers when you share this today from The John Tesh Radio Show!

If you’ve been sitting at your desk for an hour, it’s time to get up and walk around for 2 minutes. According to Indiana University, for every hour of sitting we do, we need 2 minutes of movement to undo the harm. What harm? Well, the compound that’s responsible for how we process fat is made in our leg muscles. But it doesn’t get produced unless we’re moving. And according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 2 minutes is the minimum amount of time it takes to get our blood chemistry back on track. Time to hit the workday with movement!