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Archived Forum Advice, Vol. 307

Archived Forum Advice, Vol. 307

By Steve Maxwell

Recovered by Dave Wardman

Cold water dousing involves slowly pouring a 5 gallon bucket of cold water over the body and head. This is doen morning and evening. The cold water induces a flash fever response that helps strengthen the immune system. This should be done in a state of undress out of doors year round. I have a picture of myself dousing in a speedo knee deep in snow. In the 5 years that I have been dousing, I have not gotten ill. My kids and wife, who do not share my passion for cold water treatments, have all gotten sick during the winter. The body adapts to the stress of the sudden cold dousing. Interestingly, after the initial shock, the sensation is one of intense heat, not cold. The body builds a tolerance to the cold weather. You will find that you won't need to wear as heavy as clothing during the winter. I highly recommend this treatment. Cold showers are not the same and do affect the body in the same way as a sudden 'whole water' dousing. If you wish to try it, here is how. Go outside with a heavy robe and fill a five gallon bucket. Quickly disrobe and grab the bucket.

Start by slowly pouring the water over abdomen, chest, head and down the back. This must be done slowly to induce the gasp reflex. Now massage yourself with your hands and shake the water from your body as you hand dry as much water as possible. Finish by giving yourself a vigorous rub down with a coarse towel.

Go back inside and warm up. You will feel like a million bucks.

Steve Maxwell