Sick Secrets: Hot Baths (Really!) and Oysters (REALLY)

My sick secret is…a hot bath. Yep, that’s it. It’s something our parents and grandparents used to prescribe all the time, but no one my age ever seems to believe in or practice this theory! When you start to get those aches that mean a fever is coming on, you need to draw the hottest bath you can stand, and sit in it until you’ve broken a sweat—at least 10 minutes, but longer is even better. Wrap yourself up, head to bed immediately, and 90% of the time, all the illness will have left your body by the time you wake up (via…steam? sweat? germ-ridden exhalations? unclear). Easy peasy, and doesn’t even require a miserable trip to CVS. —Kristin Nabers, Atlanta, Ga.

My go-to cure is: oysters. A dozen or more at the first hint of a cold and the zinc loading (plus the benefits of all that horseradish in the cocktail sauce) will banish all symptoms of your nascent cold/flu. Also, oysters are delicious and if you can hit up a bar at happy hour, can be found inexpensively on the half shell. I’m not one for cooked or fried oysters, so I can’t say those work as well as raw. I would think, however, that raw is the way to go, much like how cooking vegetables lowers their nutritional value. I’m doing the oyster cure this week and so far, so good. And, so delicious. —Emily, Washington, DC


THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. THIS IS NOT EVEN FINANCIAL ADVICE. NO ONE HERE IS A DOCTOR. But: Do you have a secret about how to prevent getting sick or get better quickly if you are sick or any other kind of healthcare hack? SEND ME YOUR SICK SECRETS.


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sally (#917)

Gargle! Gargling with mouthwash or just warm saltwater. Because disgusting cold germs colonize at the back of your throat. That’s the scratchy throat feeling. Drink warm things and gargle.

aetataureate (#1,310)

Lolololol at oyster guy from Sex and the City. AHHH.

I dunno, I was successfully resisting the stomach flu going around the office until my dad came to visit and we went out for oysters, and then I got MEGA sick. I don’t think it was a bad oyster either because we all had the same ones.

lizard (#2,615)

@stuffisthings hey maybe it was the stomach flu germs and not the oysters….but hey what do i know im no doctor.

skippersarah (#2,314)

But…cooking vegetables makes it easier for you to access the nutrients than eating them raw: “Some vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage, and peppers supply more antioxidants to the body when they’re cooked than raw, according to Rui Hai Liu, associate professor of food science at Cornell University.”

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