Frequent Colds/Flus

What Causes Frequent Colds/Flus?

Frequent colds/flus can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose frequent colds/flus, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "frequent colds/flus" as a symptom.  Here are seven possibilities:
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Milk Allergy
  • Selenium Need
  • Food Allergies
  • High Histamine

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
recent productive cough
history of cortisol use
adverse reaction to stress
slow recovery from colds/flu
morning sickness
vision disturbances
chronic diarrhea
constant bowel movement changes
low T3 free level
severe flatulence
regularly feeling unusually cold
bulimia
... and more than 150 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of frequent colds/flus:
Cause Probability Status
Milk Allergy 95% Confirm
Weakened Immune System 30% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 21% Unlikely
Selenium Need 2% Ruled out
Food Allergies 1% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 0% Ruled out
High Histamine 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about frequent colds/flus:
In an average year, about how often do you get a cold or flu?
Possible responses:
→ Rarely / once or twice / don't know
→ 2-3 times
→ More than 3 times
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate frequent colds/flus, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Allergy to Cow's Milk

"Symptoms of milk-protein allergy include cough, choking, gasping, nose colds, asthma, sneezing attacks..." [Annals of Allergy, 1951; 9]

Weakened Immune System

Lowered immune function may result in an increase in acute illnesses such as colds and the flu, but over time it also may contribute to the development of chronic disease.

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