This is my fourth day of taking hot baths to suppress my cold/flu symptoms. Yesterday I took three baths because it was impossible because of my planned meetings to time the baths evenly. Thus there was one bath at 8AM, another at 12 Noon, and a third at 9PM. For me, the normal timing for two baths per day would be 9:30AM and 9:30PM. I took the extra bath because one time, as an experiment, I only took one bath on a day I had flu symptoms and the next day my symptoms were worse. When I follow my usual procedures of two evenly spaced baths per day for six days, no one other than me would even know I have a cold because my symptoms are almost nonexistent.
I’ve been doing these 105°F hot bath treatments for almost thirty years. Most of those years I raised my mouth temperature to 102°F and immediately got out of the tub and cooled off slowly and naturally. Now, because of my advanced age, it doesn’t seem wise to raise my temperature that high, so instead I raise it to 100.0°F and hold it there for fifteen minutes before getting out of the tub. I let the tub temperature drop to 103°F and sit up in the water, and that lets my mouth temperature drop to 99°F. When my mouth under the tongue gets to that temperature, I fully immerse my whole torso under the water, leaving just my face and knees out of the water, and go back up to 100.1°F.
I think this new technique heats my body more completely and stimulates the same things to happen in my body. My hypothesis is that the “heat-shock” stimulates the natural disease-fighting process, such as the body’s macrophages, to seek out and eat the exposed flu virus. They can’t get at the viruses within the cell, but the viruses must come out of a cell to invade another cell, and during that time they are vulnerable to being eaten by the macrophages.
This is a basic scientific method in that these ideas can be tested. I believe them to valid because I have done them at least once a year for decades, but it would require a controlled study to establish the likelihood that the technique works for other people. A new scientific idea must begin with someone thinking it, and generally, a new idea is hard to promote because it is strange and because it has never been experienced before.
Unfortunately, there isn’t anything salable about this flu suppression technique; thus the drug companies won’t fund it because there’s no drug product for them to make money on, and if the idea became widely known they would probably find ways to cast doubt on its legitimacy. They would say there haven’t been any tests, so it can’t be trusted. If the government tried to sponsor a test, they would accuse it of squandering public money on something that hasn’t been proven to work.
Anyway, I will keep taking hot baths for a couple more days.