The "Whiz-ard" That Is Dr. Oz

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Happy (cough) Birthday (cough)



“The Whiz-ard That is Dr. Oz” is really about the things that I am interested in and would like to work on in my own life.  My friends have always been important to me, and one in particular, let’s just call her T, my A++ friend asked me to dedicate a blog to her for her birthday which is tomorrow and to see if I can find some advice on a nasty cough that she’s had for quite awhile.  So my friend – here are some of the good Dr. Oz’s tips:

  • Honey – I know T that you have been using honey already, but Dr. Oz confirms in this link why it’s good for you  Maybe try a teaspoon like he suggests before you get into bed…
  • Donna Cardillo from had some great advice
  • Fresh Ginger Root boiled in hot water, like tea can soothe a cough or scratchy throat – I had ginger tea once when I was sick and it was soothing
  • Lemons can speed up healing so try some hot lemon in water.  I know you drink lemon tea so you may have this covered
  • Peppermint tea can act as an expectorant – who knew?  This can break up a dry, hacking cough
  • Gargle with salt water four times a day – I know you have been gargling – but has it been four times as suggested?

I love these suggestions but don’t want to try them, because that would mean I’m sick…but I am a fan of not taking over the counter medication for colds if at all possible.  They don’t seem to help me.  I’m always a fan of rest, vitamin c, chicken soup – it is comforting, lots of water and tea.  I hope this helps you.

In an article on, Paul Hokemeyer writes the following on “The Therapeutic Power of Friendship: “….deep and soulful friendships enable us to heal, grow and change our lives. In them, we find the capacity to give and receive love and delight in being authentic with one another.”  T – you are such an amazing friend.  You have been there for me when I have been at my saddest, made me laugh or I made myself laugh (I’m hilarious – really) and you laughed at me laughing at my own jokes, you’ve helped me grow as a person, gone on some crazy trips to unexpected places (Graceland, Mall of America, Pittsburgh)  and truly I don’t know where I would be without you – you are family and I can’t thank you enough for being you.  Happy Birthday xo



Author: Jill Schneiderman

Hello and welcome to my blog. This started as a one year experiment to try to improve my health, turning to Dr. Oz for advice. One year became two and after that, the writing bug hit and writing about travel, lifestyle and my own musings became more fun. I'll return to the "Whiz-ard" when the feeling comes, but exploring other topics and getting to connect with new people and re-connect with old friends has been fun! Remember, any health advice you see here should be vetted with your family doctor. Any travel advice that I give though, should be followed! I am a marketing professional, working in media. This allows me to continue my obsession with all things TV and print and get paid for it. I'm an avid traveller, reader and shopper but make time for friends, family and volunteering so that I don't feel completely shallow.

2 thoughts on “Happy (cough) Birthday (cough)

  1. I have to say I like the ginger tea solution – I simmer the ginger root in water – until the water becomes a lovely colour and then add a little honey. Truly amazing at clearing the sinuses and even lungs. Not to mention ginger is very soothing for the tummy.


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