Cold and Coldness: Assessing motives in an ill season

 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” – 1Cor. 6:19-20

In context, this verse is telling the Corinthians not to engage in pagan practices such as idolatrous cutting of the flesh.  If we care to extrapolate the meaning (which we must do with trepidation, of course), we are to be good stewards of our physical bodies.  During this cold and flu season, how are we to care for an ill body?  Also, what might cause the cold?

Have you ever heard, “Don’t go out in the cold unless you want to catch a cold?”  It is an old wives tale that has been ingrained in society that you will catch the rhinovirus if you are out in the cold.  This mindset is particularly prevalent in southern countries and North America.

I have heard people say that sweat is good and shivering is bad.  People need to understand that these are regulatory actions that the body performs in order to maintain optimal operating temperature.  Too much sweat could cause an individual to dehydrate, experience heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke.  The body needs to have a temperature around 98 degrees.  Some people operate lower (96 degrees) and others higher (100).  If the body is exposed to conditions that cause that range to vary any more than the above mentioned, complications could arise, even death.

Cold weather is not a problem in and of itself.  There are studies that seem to indicate a reduced immune response in colder climates, but a person still has to come into contact with a virus in order to contract the “common cold”.

I have been criticized for not forcing my eldest child to wear a coat in winter.  May I make a few points:

1.) If we are going from the car to a heated building the exposure to the cold temperatures is so minimal it will likely not have any affect on her immune system.  2.) I have repeatedly stated: You need to come into contact with a virus in order to actually contract the cold 3.) People, from my personal experience: northeastern and west coast individuals, retreat indoors during the winter and refuse to go outside.  This increases the risks of having close contact with infected individuals and thus the likelihood of contracting the common cold.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3928210/ (On prevention and treatment)

http://theconversation.com/mondays-medical-myth-you-can-catch-a-cold-by-getting-cold-2488 (Although I do not know the academic rigor of this site.  Read this with caution and skepticism.  Yes, I know this article helps prove my point and that is why I am utilizing it.  However, I know better sources exist and I just have to sift through the web’s many databases to find a more academically sound paper.  Currently, I do not have ample time to perform such an inquiry.  I probably am acting in a poor manner by including this link simply to prove a point.  This isn’t quite biblical behavior, is it? *See Scripture below.)

While I believe my argument true and sound, the fact still remains that a part of me wants to please people and how I teach my kid a lesson regarding proper attire for a particular season/climate.  “Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”- Gal. 1:10  If I feel that short exposure to cold will not automatically result in an ill child; and I do not harm her by refraining from the argument of insisting on a coat simply to walk from the car to a building if she doesn’t want to wear one than I shouldn’t care about people’s opinions on how I rear my daughter.  When I do care, get offended, and write venting posts on my blog, than I tread the line of sin and I must evaluate my motives.

Do I desire to serve God, training up my child in his ways, or am I really more concerned with what people think of my parenting?  May I realize God equips me to parent my child because I am who she needed and it is not cultural norms, societal acceptance, or humanity’s approval that will adequately guide me in this crazy adventure of parenting.  It is for his glory that I am to educate, instruct, and guide my children, not on the suppositions, accusations, or opinions of those around me.

*Also, my post most likely needs a better, more accurate title.

 

 

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2 Replies to “Cold and Coldness: Assessing motives in an ill season”

  1. I’ve always wondered why people thought that cold weather could make you sick. I mean, we do tend to get sicker in the winter, so there is some truth to it I suppose. As you mentioned, it may decrease immune system responses but not by walking from the car to the house. Not for an otherwise healthy child anyway. Granted, extended exposure to cold can have serious effects on the body (ie. hypothermia, frostbite, etc.) but just going outside when it’s cold out won’t make you get sick.

  2. ❤ ❤ <3, so true.

    Willow was complaining about cold hands this morning and I talked to her about exposure. I said, "You were outside for less than 2 minutes. Your hands are fine." Yes, extended exposure is a problem if not dressed properly. I wouldn't let her play outside for 1/2 hr+ without a coat during winter. People confuse me when they think that wearing a coat from the car to the house will make a significant difference. hehe.

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