💊 Bad decongestants 😳 Laxative boom ⏰ "Bad day" hack

💊 Bad decongestants 😳 Laxative boom ⏰ "Bad day" hack

I've consumed $50 of decongestants every time I got a cold since I was licking sidewalks as a small child. Benadryl, Mucinex, Nyquil - all were welcome in my household. Nay, all were CELEBRATED.
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Many decongestants simply don't work

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I've consumed $50 of decongestants every time I got a cold since I was licking sidewalks as a small child. Sudafed, Mucinex, Nyquil - all were welcome in my household. Nay, all were CELEBRATED.

And yet...*room goes quiet*...it was all a lie.

On Tuesday, an FDA advisory panel found that phenylephrine - the active ingredient in every major OTC decongestant brand - doesn't decongest. Translation: it doesn't work.

"Modern studies, when well conducted, show no improvement in congestion with phenylephrine," said Dr. Mark Dykewicz, an allergy specialist at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

This is just a tad significant, considering $1.8 BILLION of these meds are sold annually.

Some pharmacies have already started pulling the implicated decongestants off shelves and we may see this happen en masse in short order.

For me, two questions come to mind here: 1) how many other OTC drugs are useless, and 2) how do I get my $50 back?


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The Four Quarters Method

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We're all familiar with the concept of a "bad day."

First you spill your morning coffee. Then you forget to CC someone on an email. Then your dad calls you and tells you he thinks the idea you've been working on for several years is dumb. We've all been there, right? RIGHT?!

Well, author Gretchen Rubin has a nifty framework to pull you out of the "bad day" mindset...

Pretty simple: break your day into quarters.

Assuming you get 8 hours of sleep, you have 16 waking hours each day. Divide those into quarters. If you wake up at 6am, you'll have Morning (6am-10am), Midday (10am-2pm), Afternoon (2pm-6pm), and Evening (6pm-10pm).

If a series of bad things happen to you, chalk that up to a "bad quarter" (instead of a "bad day"). This simple re-framing allows you to bounce back and win even the gnarliest of days.


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5. Pens are designed to leak ink.

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