And there is no cure for a cold other than to (a) try to stay as comfortable as possible and (b) try not to give it to everyone in your office.
The National Institutes of Health have a fact sheet which calls for: bed rest, plenty of fluids, a fever reducer, a little something for a raw nose, and a little something else for a scratchy throat.
My grandma had better advise than this. In fact another NIH web page suggests:
"Chicken soup has been used for treating common colds at least since the 12th century. It may really help. The heat, fluid, and salt may help you fight the infection."
The web page commoncold.org has a list of drugs and compounds which sound like they should be used to knock out Bubonic Plague more than a common cold, but that's what keeps over-the-counter drug companies in business.
The final word on colds - treated or untreated - is this:
"The symptoms usually go away in 7 to 10 days."
New Topic: August Recess.
Last August I cut Mullings down from three days a week to two with the excuse that I was writing a book.
I didn't write so much as a Christmas card. And I'm not going to do it this year, either.
I have an idea, though. Inasmuch as there is one of me and about 30,000 of you; why not go to the Mullings Archives and pick out your one or two (not ten or twelve) favorite columns (or Travelogues) and send me an e-mail with your picks?
I'm still only going to write two columns a week until Labor Day, though.
Oh. THERE's the Delete key. Now I find it.
On the Secret Decoder Ring Page today: Links to all the cold info referred to above, a link to the MULLINGS ARCHIVES, a nice Mullfoto from earlier in the week, and a Catchy Caption of the day.