I’ve been coughing going on three weeks now. I don’t like it! And who do I have to thank for this lingering complaint? My precious grandbabies, of course! Can I really help it if I have to give them hugs and kisses every time they pass by?

My grandfather was a homeopathic healer who studied in Chicago at Bernard McFadden’s School for Physical Culturalists back around 1914. It is thought that he was the first professional chiropractor, or drugless physician, to operate in the State of Maine. Grampy’s approach to health was lots of fresh air, sleep, daily baths and exercise, a proper diet, pure water, and prayer. The substance of his diet, and that of his family, was natural foods: honey, molasses, peanuts, fruit, vegetables, yogurt, and cereal grains. His lineage has great longevity, aging upwards to 103. Naturally, we grandkids were brought up with as much of a healthy lifestyle as can be imagined in the 1940’s and 50’s.

Now when I’m afflicted with a common disease, I seek a natural remedy. As you know, it is so much easier today to plug into the internet to find home cures from around the globe. Do you know the first thing on every to do list for the cold/flu? Hot tea of honey with lemon juice, eat well, and lots of rest. Hmmm . . ..

Their tea may have a strange name and, of course, lemon is supposed to be the best in the world. There are a few other additives like ginger, chicken soup and the like.

Needless to say, everyone has their own health issues they deal with. Honey and lemon juice sometimes need a supportive boost! Even a minor cold can be dangerous for us older adults whose immune systems don’t fight off pathogens as effectively as they once did. We must be aware of when it is prudent to call the doctor. If symptoms linger beyond a few days or get worse, or if new symptoms develop, it’s time to call your doctor.

We all want to be out and about no matter what time of year it may be. It’s hard to stay away from friends and family when there’s a special gathering. Remember, there are those around us who love us and want to know we will be there when they call. Do what it takes to stay well this winter!

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