That the condition called a cold is one of repletion, may be readily demonstrated. Among other evidences of this is the fact that treatment based on this theory is uniformly successful. Its acquisition is frequently attributed to some exposure, it may be from lack of wearing apparel, or from atmospheric changes. But a closer examination will show this to be an erroneous conclusion, for on many occasions the observer has been exposed to a great variety of changes without any cold resulting therefrom, when again, under other conditions, with the slightest exposure, in even the hottest weather, one may suffer from the hardest kind of a cold. This results from imperfect elimination, or an inactive condition of the excretory organs. In fact it is the condition of the individual, rather than his exposure. The impurities of the system are being discharged through the mucous membrane, particularly of the head, instead
SHEPARD CH. THE PHYSIOLOGIC CARE OF COLDS.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(16):1091–1093. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470160009002a
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