Common cold? Forget your GP, Sherlock Holmes is here to the rescue!

I’ll skip the pesky prelude and I’m just going to show you something:

Yep. That’s the current weather at my whereabouts. Feels like -25°?! o.O I can’t confirm if that’s really how it feels outside because guess what? I’m sick. *surprise, surprise*

There’s actually an awful flu that’s been raging for a month now and I have basically been living on vitamin C supplies in hopes of surviving the winter without getting sick. Ha ha ha, the naivety of me… Good news though – I’m pretty sure it’s not the terrible flu I’m dealing with right now – most likely it’s my old pal Monsieur Common Cold. *breath of relief/well, hello again*

 I don’t know about you but me? I feel like my immune system is constantly giving me this look:


Not funny, immune system dear, not funny…😡 

Anyways, as I was acquiescently sipping from my cup of tea I recalled one particular scene from an episode of CBS’s Elementary in which Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) claimed to prevent common cold by bouncing on a trampoline.😆 Thankfully, YouTube didn’t disappoint me and I found what I was looking for in mere seconds. Take a look (it’s from the episode “No Appointment” of season 4):

The dialogue goes:

Watson: What’s with the trampoline?

Sherlock: It really is shocking what they don’t teach you in medical school.

Watson: Okay, forget I asked.

Sherlock: The lymphatic system, unlike the cardiovascular system, has no pumping capability; it relies on muscular contraction.

Sherlock: Bouncing up and down is effective, because it stimulates the system’s one-way valves to open and close simultaneously.

Watson: You’re increasing lymph flow to boost your immunity to keep your sinuses clear– got it.

Sherlock: Seemed like a wise choice.

Watson: Why? Are you getting a cold?

Sherlock: Not yet, but we live in close quarters and I detected a phlegmy rattle in your voice last night.

Watson: I feel fine.

Sherlock: Do you?

Since I’m sick and most importantly bored I did some digging on the matter of trampoline bouncing and its benefits for your health and here’s what I found:

“Exercise is a great stimulant to improving your immune system to ward off infections, flu, colds, viruses and cancers. Certain types of exercise can increase the number of white blood cells up to fourteen times their normal amount. For someone prone to infections and disease, this is good news indeed.

One of the most effective ways to stimulate your immune system is to bounce on a mini-trampoline or rebounder. Believe me, it’s not like you have to jump a foot in the air. The most effective way, is to keep your feet on the bed of the rebounder and gently bounce up and down for two minutes. It only takes two minutes to flush the entire lymphatic system of toxins and gunk. Then the body says it’s time to create more white blood cells to continue to fight what has infected the body or prevent further invasion. During this two minute bounce the white blood cell count is almost tripled and the immune system is refreshed.
This is good news for people with weak immune systems or those with serious diseases like cancer. If you get frequent colds and flu, you might want to start bouncing before flu season. And, if you combine bouncing with alkalizing your body, you are giving those germs and lumps a double whammy. The immune system becomes depressed because the body is dehydrated, acidic and sluggish. By drinking alkaline, ionized water you start to move the toxins that have solidified in the body. The lymph system is so important at this point that you start to alkalize the body. It too has become stagnant so to help eliminate the toxins and acidity in your body, it needs to be stimulated. Gentle bouncing does this when you cannot have lymphatic drainage done by a therapist. In about an hour after rebounding, the white blood count returns to normal, so if you are sick, you should rebound again for two minutes to continue to stimulate the lymphatic system to produce more white blood cells. This pattern of bouncing and resting is the most natural way to restore the body to health, then to maintain it. By drinking a glass of Cerra alkaline, ionized water after you bounce, you’re moving the process along faster. The more times you do your two minute bounce and drink your glass of Cerra water during the day, the more your body will be stimulated to heal itself.

So, how does rebounding work? When you move around doing the things you do during the day, you are defying gravity. Gravity is pulling you down but you are moving through it. You’re not stuck. When you bounce, gravity is tripled on the lowest part of the bounce so your body perceives that it weighs more. As a result, it starts to adapt by strengthening all of its parts, bones, muscles, organs, skin, brain and all your cells. If you think about it, there is an acceleration, centrifugal force, a deceleration and gravity. Your body knows how to adapt, it always has. If you look at someone who rides a bike, their leg muscles get stronger because of the repetitive action of pedaling or pushing weight. People who lift weights become stronger because to the act of lifting the weights. The four forces mimic weights so the body responds by becoming stronger.

On the acceleration phase of the bounce the body perceives it is at rest, on the deceleration phase the body perceives it must work. As the body rests and works, stress and tension melt away and the body perceives a rhythm and internally wakes up. Fluids that have been sluggish begin to move, all the organs wake up, processes like digestion begin to improve. All your pipes and plumbing begin to work better as they begin to unload the toxins and react to the alkaline, ionized water. And in the upward acceleration phase of the bounce, healing chemicals are released by the body as it relaxes.

The process of alkaline hydration combined with bouncing is one of the most powerful and fun ways to improve your health. The important thing is to start, even if you can only start slowly. If you experience pain, dizziness or other symptoms in the process of bouncing then stop and note how long you have been bouncing. If it was only ten seconds, record it. Then drink your glass of alkaline, ionized water, then in an hour or so, bounce again for another 10 seconds. Pretty soon, after a number of days you may be able to bounce for 15 or 20 seconds at a time. It is important to not give up and of course, keep drinking the Cerra alkaline, ionized water. After all, it is much more fun to bounce your way to health.”

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So what can I say…? The minute I feel better I’ll probably go on a hunt for my own mini trampoline… I’m at that point of my life where if it was, say, an actual doctor who’s trying to foist me the idea of fighting a common cold via trampoline jumping I would probably be like:


But since it’s Sherlock Holmes himself suggesting it I’m like:

Reaction GIF: yes, nod, Ariel, The Little Mermaid

What do you think? Are you willing to try jumping around like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh in order to boost your immune system?


*ooopsss, sorry, my bad* #BOUNCE!

That’s it for today. Btw, isn’t it lovely how you can touch on so many subjects simply by taking a little piece of anything Holmes-related?

Let me know in the comments below what do you do to prevent colds and influenzas? Also, what is the current weather where you live? Stay warm and healthy! So long!

P.S. Brand new episode of Elementary tomorrow, January 8th!


That’s the spirit!

– Snowanna of 221B