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Tongue Trick Stops Nervous Cough

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Why is it the minute we have to be quiet, like during an uncomfortable scene in a staged play or during a speech, we cough? It’s nerves, and if you are a human being, your body sometimes reacts when you feel a little squirmy. You don’t have to leave the scene. A theatrical stage manager we know gave us this advice: To stop a nervous cough, press hard on the roof of your mouth with your tongue or your index finger. Your cough should stop immediately. You won’t have to add to the noise by opening up a cellophane-wrapped cough drop…and the show will go on.

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting “cures from the cupboard.” They are authors of Bottom Line’s Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line’s Household Magic. They are authors of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips Date: October 10, 2010 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic
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