It's hard to say - I don't think that we understand how the body actually
functions well enough yet.

The cold usually doesn't bother me.  I am slightly plump at the moment
(maybe 8-10 pounds of fat that needs to be converted into something more
useful than a floatation device), but have generally been trim.  My body
temp is also usually low (about a degree and one half F), but while I had
fibromyalgia my waking temp was BELOW 92F, which should have put me into a
coma!  I also sweat like a pig (do pigs really sweat??) when I exercise,
which for me is usually a pain in the eyes.  Also, I simply do not have any
body odor - I have never needed to use deodorant.  The only time I get a
slight body odor is when I am ill.  (Not mentally, thank goodness, or I'd
smell rotten all the time! :-)

My wife is very sensitive to cold.  Prior to her pregnancy, she got cold
when she ate.  However, that went away after little Michael was born.  Now
HE is the one who gets cold when he eats.

Both of us have very low blood pressure.  Mine is usually around 104/68 (at
age 54), and hers is the same (at a younger age :-).  When she was pregnant,
it got down to 90/52 or thereabouts.  Needless to say, neither of us should
die of a stroke (our cholesterol is also fine and dandy).

Anywho, there does seem to be some similarity between our resistance to
cold.  However, my wife just came in and told me that I need to go out and
find the spot heater, since it was now "officially cold" in our bedroom.  So
I gotta run!

Jon

Marc A. Schindler wrote:

I often wonder -- in all seriousness, this time -- if our body temperature
and
other factors has something to do with how we feel heat. I'm rather
overweight,
and you can almost hear people tell me in their minds that if I'm so danged
hot
why don't I lose some weight, but the problem is that I wasn't always
overweight,
but even as a kid I sweat a lot. It just didn't bother me then -- it takes
time to
learn that it has social consequences (not to mention having your glasses
fall off
in a soccer game), and I was actually rather scrawny and small for my age
until my
mission.

Anyway, having had my fair share of medical attention the past few years
(I've
been in 5 hospitals and seen 20 specialists alone), I've learned that my
normal
core body temperature is 36oC, not 37oC which is supposed to be "normal." So
I'm
cold-blooded. Absolutely WAG stab in the dark, but this could be why I feel
the
cold just as acutely as anyone else, but it simply doesn't bother me. Today
it was
only 4oC when I went down the alley to check the mail, and I didn't bother
putting
a jacket on. But let it get above 20oC and I'm the first to complain.

Now here's the really weird thing. 2 of my 4 kids are like me -- both the
boys.
The two girls, one of whom is slightly overweight and the other of whom
isn't,
complain that we keep our house too cold. My wife used to use my backside to
warm
up her feet at night when we first got married (she's from Spokane, WA, not
one of
your palmier spots), but after her first pregnancy, she turned
"cold-blooded" just
like me. I have absolutely no explanation, scientific or otherwise, for
this. I am
*so* cold-blooded that I once frost-bit my entire left ear, all the way
inside to
and including the ear drum, and didn't even know it. I was fooling around on
the
way to school when I was 8 and got pushed into a snowbank, and got snow
jammed
into my ear. Around recess I was running a fever, and was sent to the school
nurse. She called my mom, who came and got me and took me to our family
doctor,
who said I had first-degree frostbite. I still have a rough, cartiliginous
section
of the top of my earlobe from that damage. There was scar tissue on the
eardrum
for several years thereafter, although it gradually healed. And yet I never
even
felt it at the time.

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