I haven’t had a cold yet this season. I didn't have one last year either. No sniffles, sneezes, coughs, body aches, fever, chills. Now here’s the question. Be honest. As you read this, are you thinking to yourself, “Well, that does it; Pete will definitely get a cold now just for talking about it.”

My sister rinses her sinuses every morning with a power washer and pulls echinacea plants from the ground, eating the roots right there in front of me, dirt and all. She had several colds last winter. I drink Bud Light, and eat pizza rolls and Slim Jims. I have had no colds. (To be fair though, she is the one who has not had colon cancer.) None of this is really the point though.

How many times has it happened? No more do you get the words, “I haven’t had a cold all winter,” out of your mouth; and you get a cold. Did I forget to knock on wood? “I haven’t been sick in months.” *Poof* Sore throat, stuffy nose, coughing.

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Here’s my theory: The mere fact that you are even thinking about a cold just might mean that your mind has noticed something going on in your body. You might not have noticed yet, but your mind has, and put the ‘cold thought’ into your consciousness. I mean why else would you be going on about the fact that you haven’t had a cold all winter? It’s not like you walk around thinking, “I haven’t had a cold. I haven’t had a cold. I haven’t had a cold.” So why are you dwelling on it this morning?

So the next time you find yourself thinking about the fact that you haven’t had a cold all winter, go make a big batch of chicken soup, start taking your Wellness Formula (my sister can get you some), and drink plenty of fluids.

Bud Light’s a fluid, right?

Pete Hanson is on 98.1 Minnesota's New Country weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:00.

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