Archive for November, 2008

Don’t Quit!!

Author Unknown
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and its turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit

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Many of our grandmothers and generations prior to our grandparents used a natural way of healing our ailments. Modern medicine has really made us dependant on its’ way of healing (granted it is a billion dollar industry). But, if you have not already looked into a natural way of healing yourself and keeping yourself well, I would like to challenge you to do so. There are many remedies that our grandparents used that really work. They may not have known why they work, but all they cared about was that it did work.

In the spirit of holistic healing, I would like to share this article that I read on The Holistic Option website. Let me know what you think about it….

Holistic Approach to the Common Cold
by Karen Roth, MS, NCHolistic Nutrition Consultantwww.nutritionalchoice.net

While knowing that prevention is key to avoiding the common cold, it’s of little comfort once you are hit with one. The following are some key “Do’s and Don’ts”” if you are one of the unfortunate ones to catch a cold this season.

What to Increase

Eat foods rich in Quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many foods and aside from being a powerful antioxidant, it reduces inflammation. Quercetin also contains natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties.

Foods high in Quercetin include:
– Onions
– Apples (with skin)
– Blueberries
– Grapes
– Black Beans
– Red Cabbage

Drink plenty of filtered water and vegetable broths. These support the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract by keeping them moist and allowing them to better function. Drinking ginger tea may reduce the intensity of a cold.

Get plenty of sleep. Rest allows the immune system the time it needs to rid the body of unwanted bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin C in high doses supports the immune system and may reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. Start with 1000 mg three times a day, and increase by 500 mg with each dose to bowel tolerance (diarrhea). Everyone has a different tolerance level for Vitamin C. For a sore throat, natural ginger syrup can ease inflammation and reduce pain.

What to Avoid

Avoid sugary foods and drinks including fruit juices. Sugar suppresses the immune system and will only prolong a cold.

Avoid mucous-forming dairy products especially milk.

Avoid junk food. The body doesn’t need the extra burden of detoxifying the additives and preservatives.

Avoid alcohol and tobacco which decrease immune function.

Avoid stress which can lead to decreased immune function. What might start off as a common cold, could turn into a more chronic condition.

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