COLD CUES

Health & Nutrition - - JUST LAUNCHED -

My co-worker be­lieves she’ll get sick if some­one has a cold or virus, and she talks about get­ting sick all the time. Can her neg­a­tive talk ac­tu­ally af­fect her im­mune sys­tem?

Priya Ka­mat, Pune

Yes, her neg­a­tive thoughts can ad­versely af­fect her im­mune sys­tem. She is also right in that if she is close to some­one who has a cold caused by a virus, she could pos­si­bly get the cold be­cause vi­ral colds are very con­ta­gious.

Dr Chris de Souza, ENT Sur­geon

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