The trauma has just been renewed, the old wounds reopened, just recently I had a bout of the dreaded man flu and in summer time to make it all the worst. Right when a man is most vulnerable, when the sinuses are blocked up, every bone is aching, a tightening sensation of the skull any exertion is as ponderous as a moon walk we have to endure on top of it all the uncaring implied remarks that men just aren’t as tough as women.
We seek refuge of the armchair, comforted by the sport on TV and hanging on for dear life to one of life’s essentials, the remote control; make simple requests to aid the recovery from our plight such as the medicine found in the “square bear”. Surely in our condition a rum every half hour is needed? We are told that we are the ones that sound like a bear; well maybe the man flu does make you grumpy. That the point it is one of life’s most debilitating diseases and us mere males are scorned in our suffering.
But be reassured my friends for man flu is real and has now been scientifically proven to be so. This very week news has come via The Examiner in Tasmania, Research backs up 'man flu' sufferers, that reports on the findings from a university in Britain
Britain’s Durham University, has reached the conclusion that men really do suffer more with coughs and colds as they have more temperature receptors in the brain.
Dr Ellison said the difference lies in the area of the brain which balances a variety of bodily mechanisms, including temperature.
Men and women start out as equals in dealing with colds because the area, known as the preoptic nucleus, is the same size in children.
But when boys hit puberty testosterone starts to act on the area, which is in the brain’s hypothalamus and attached to a hormone gland, making it larger.
Dr Ellison, a senior lecturer at Durham, said: ‘’When you have a cold one of the things that happens is you get an increase in temperature to fight off the bugs.
‘’The bugs can’t survive at higher temperatures. When your immune system is under attack the preoptic nucleus increases temperature to kill off the bugs.
‘’But men have more temperature receptors because that area of the brain is bigger in men than women.
‘’So men run a higher temperature and feel rougher – and if they complain they feel rough then maybe they’re right.’’
Lot of big words in there but maybe our standing in family unit can be restored; maybe we are the stronger sex after all. We should remember this doctors name who vindicated our right to complain about the crippling fate of the man flu. What’s his name, I hear you ask? Well the article says Neuroscientist Amanda Ellison.
Amanda! Maybe this is a bit like saying, ‘I’m the boss of the house because my wife allows me to say that?