Don’t Butter Up the Common Cold?


By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

What’s the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral one?

Glucose worsens a bacterial infection, but improves a viral one.

Cholesterol worsens a viral infection, but improves a bacterial one.

That’s why viruses are attracted to both skin and nervous system — both are high in cholesterol.


Hold the butter dish and pass the sugar bowl when viruses assault you.

Hold the sugar bowl and pass the butter dish when bacteria attack.


Hold the butter dish and pass the sugar bowl to prevent the growth of cancer.

Hold the sugar bowl and pass the butter dish to prevent the metastasis of cancer.


Children and “senior citizens” are higher in cholesterol than those in the middle (45 to 65).

The former are more susceptible to viral infections, and the latter are more susceptible to bacterial ones.


James Hamblin (“Feed a Cold, Don’t Starve It Sometimes sugar causes inflammation. Sometimes it does the opposite,” The Atlantic, Sept. 8, 2016) wrote …

“Whereas glucose was ‘required for survival in models of viral inflammation, it was lethal in models of bacterial inflammation.’

“How could that be?

“The mechanism doesn’t seem to have anything to do with starving the infectious agent. Rather, it has to do with modulating our own responses to the infections. Here we are dealing with two very different types of inflammation. In one case, glucose exacerbates inflammation. In the other, it is critical to survival.”


How could this be?

Dr. Emanuel Revici sussed out the answer many moons ago.


Emanuel Revici, M.D. (Research in Physiopathology As Basis of Guided Chemotherapy—With Special Application To Cancer, 1961) wrote …

“Cells vary in their content of lipids. We could see that richness in sterols of a group of cells increases their receptivity to, and favors the development of, viruses in general, while richness in fatty acids, especially polyunsaturated, has an opposite effect.”

According to the same source …

“The relationship between sterols and viruses, which would explain the affinity of most viruses for the nervous system and skin, since both are of exodermic origin and particularly rich in free sterols, would also explain why young cells similarly richer in sterols are more susceptible to viruses, and the facility with which almost all viruses develop in embryos, such as in chicken embryos.

“Changes in richness in lipids were observed under natural circumstances other than those related to age. Thus seasonal changes could be noted, the cold season leading to an increase of fatty acids while the summer season brought an increase of sterols. This would help to explain the seasonal changes usually observed in naturally occurring viral infections.

“The epidemiology of poliomyelitis may be related to the organism’s richness in sterols in the summer, particularly on hotter days. Seasonal changes were noted in naturally occurring tumors in which a valid etiology is seen.”

'Don’t Butter Up the Common Cold?' have 14 comments

  1. November 13, 2017 @ 4:21 pm Atom

    According to Swami Nitty-Gritty …

    “Will power is craving, desire, plus energy.”


    • November 13, 2017 @ 7:37 pm Christopher

      Does the trauma or mental fixation always involve the left or right side of the body? Or does that only occur when you are not within the movie. Once realizing you are in the movie you know that nothing can really affect you in terms of a trauma because you can only live now and by living now you watch the movie as it plays.

      What is your opinion Atom on these mental blocks going Within the body, does that always happen?


      • November 13, 2017 @ 8:03 pm Atom

        All rules can only be 99% true, according to Swami Nitty-Gritty, but, so far, after working with hundreds of people (several thousand?), I’ve never found the exception to the Left-Right rule.

        The closest to the exception to the rule was Nitty-Gritty himself.

        Watching the movie with minimum attachment (there’s always a little attachment, or we wouldn’t be interested in the movie in the first place) is definitely a major step in the right direction! :) :) :)


  2. November 13, 2017 @ 7:26 pm Recente

    If I have a cold sore on my lip should I put honey or coconut oil on it ? Or something else ?


    • November 13, 2017 @ 8:08 pm Atom

      Either one seems reasonable, since both are anti-inflammatory, although I’ve never witnessed anyone doing it.

      I ~have~ witnessed a few people eliminate cold sores by applying the amino acid L-lysine though.

      Stress is definitely a major factor in the creation and duration of cold sores.


  3. November 13, 2017 @ 7:30 pm Trent

    Loving all of your recent blogs! More people need to jump on board and read these.

    What does a typical lunch look like for you Atom?

    Thanks again for all your great work!


    • November 13, 2017 @ 8:27 pm Atom

      Thanks for your kind words, Trent! :) :) :)

      Today’s lunch was similar to other lunches I’ve eaten this month.

      2 slices of organic raw cheddar cheese
      6 small organic raw tomatoes
      2 organic sprouted corn tortillas (toasted for 4 1/2 minutes in a toaster oven)
      1 bowl of organic kale and organic zucchini soup (with organic raw butter and Diamond Crystal kosher salt)

      We couldn’t score Persian cucumbers this week, one of our favorites.

      We’re lucky to have access to a farmers’ market with a large variety of organic food.

      We’re eating lightly these days because we’re doing more mental work and less physical work.


      • November 15, 2017 @ 12:44 am Trent

        Thanks for the response Atom!

        Sprouted corn tortillas sound good. I need to try those sometime.

        Are you liking the Diamond Crystal kosher salt? I know Ray Peat is a fan of Morton’s Canning and Pickling salt.

        Thanks again!


        • November 15, 2017 @ 3:35 pm Atom

          Morton Kosher Salt contains yellow prussiate of soda (YPS).

          Aquarium owners warn against YPS because it “can cause death fairly rapidly.”

          Vibrant Gal and I aren’t fish, but we still found this discomforting.

          So we chose Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt despite the fact that it’s manufactured by the villainous Cargill corporation.

          Morton Kosher Salt is 2/3 as salty as regular table salt.

          Diamond Crystal is 1/2 as salty.

          “I use Diamond Crystal because its salt is in finer flakes; Morton’s are bigger chunks and don’t readily dissolve,” according to one cyberspace source.

          PS: Sperm are marine life, and semen is salty, so is it possible that YPS is capable of slowing down any Olympic Gold Metal contenders?


          • November 16, 2017 @ 3:50 pm Trent

            I’m not a fish either, but that additive does sound fishy haha

            Thanks for the heads up!


            Atom replies …

            Patrick told me (on today’s show) Morton Canning and Pickling Salt (recommended by Dr. Hal Huggins) is nothing but pure sodium chloride with no additives, so Vibrant Gal and I might buy a box next time we need salt.

  4. November 14, 2017 @ 3:10 am catalin

    thanks for all the info Mr Atom!

    What does a typical dinner look like for you and Miss Vibrant Gal?

    I usually have potatoes, beetroot, parsnips and carrots (all dextrinized). Plus some raw butter, salt, red onion and oowdered turmeric and ginger. As liver friendly as possible.

    Catalin from Facebook


    • November 14, 2017 @ 10:57 am Atom

      Dinner last night was sparser than usual …

      1 hard-boiled egg
      3 Japanese organic sweet potatoes (buttered and salted with a dash of cayenne pepper and turmeric)
      several slices of raw onion
      1 teaspoon of peanut butter
      1 teaspoon of white sugar

      I used non-GMO cane sugar because, unfortunately, all beet sugar is now GMO

      Usually, I include cooked beetroot and grated raw carrot.

      For some reason, I even skipped my 8-ounce glass of diluted pineapple juice last night.


      Vibrant Gal is still eating Ray Peat’s Potato Protein Soup every night.

      She had beetroot and grated raw carrot.


      • November 16, 2017 @ 3:38 am catalin voinea

        Thanks. Will remember that about beet sugar.

        Indeed, dextrinized beets are awesome.

        Quick question: black rice, purple rice, red rice and wild rice – are they all neutral?



  5. November 16, 2017 @ 4:54 pm Atom

    Patrick told me (on today’s show) Morton Canning and Pickling Salt (recommended by Dr. Hal Huggins) is nothing but pure sodium chloride with no additives, so Vibrant Gal and I might buy a box next time we need salt.


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