What Made You Happy Today?

Apparently, today is International Happiness Day. What made you happy today? Here’s mine: I went to the grocery store on my lunch break to grab some healthy foods. On the way back home, I passed a homeless man begging on a street corner. I looked at him and I looked at the bags of food sitting in the seat beside me, and I pulled over. Me: “I don’t have any cash on me but I could give you some food if you’re hungry?” Him: “Oh, yes! I’ll eat it right up! God bless you, honey!” I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone so grateful for some nonperishable foods. I could hear him still excitedly talking about it as I drove away. The sincere gratitude, the excitement over something we all typically take for granted, the look of joy on his face. Being able to help him made my day, and hopefully made him happy as well. I hope that man eats well...

Preventing Bronchitis and Pneumonia

I’ve been sick ever since I returned from my vacation out west, so roughly a month now. Instead of getting better, my symptoms have been steadily progressing. I’m on second tier antibiotics (some of the same medications typically prescribed for patients suffering from MRSA and staph infections) and as expected, the antibiotics are pushing the illness down from my head and into my chest. It’s been decades since I’ve had bronchitis or pneumonia, but I used to get these two conditions like clockwork as a kid. I remember the chest tightness, pain, coughing and wheezing. And with my immune system already weakened over the past couple years, and having lost friends my age to sudden pneumonia, I don’t want to take any risks. I’m determined to heal my body as quickly as possible. After checking with a few friends who are nurses at local hospitals, checking with my immunologist and ENT, and also doing some Google searches, I’ve come up with the following list of home remedies that I will be trying in addition to the medicines my doctors have prescribed for me: A ginseng tea may help eliminate infection and while soothing the throat and eliminating coughing fits. Crush some ginger, then mix with honey and a little lime. Not only helpful, but also tasty. Learn more. Blowing up balloons… This one sounds silly, but it makes sense that it might work because it helps strengthen your lungs after infection. I’ve read from several different sources that doing yoga may also help regulate breathing and strengthen your lungs. A juice fast of fresh vegetable and fruit juices can...