Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Steal Christ off the cross and go back for the nails." Velma Rice

"Some people are so bent on taking for themselves they would steal Christ off the cross and go back for the nails." Velma Rice. This is a quote I heard often from my mother as a little girl. I have no clue where she heard this or if she made it up herself so today I am going to give credit to my deceased mother Velma Rice. Here she is in her dining room in 1978. She was fifty four years old in this picture. My mother was the personification of selflessness.

Selfishness is nothing new. All societies and religions have stories of how it is better not to think of only yourself above the good of others. One example I can think about from the bible is the story of Cain and Able.

Two eldest sons of Adam and Eve, born after the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Cain was "a tiller of the soil" and Abel "a keeper of sheep." Both prepared a thanksgiving sacrifice, but God showed a preference for Abel's offering, whereupon, in a fit of jealousy, Cain slew his brother and became the first murderer in history. When confronted by God, Cain says "Am I my brother's keeper?" and to this God replies, "Your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground!" (Gen. 4:9-10).

It should come as no surprise to me how far people go to get their needs met regardless of how much it hurts others. My attention today is on the Swine Flu vaccine.

First, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have no intention of getting the swine flu vaccine. I am not comfortable with a government mandate to get this vaccine.
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that certain groups of the population receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine when it first becomes available. These target groups include pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical services personnel, persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old, and people ages of 25 through 64 years of age who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

If you decide not to get a flu vaccine, What You Can Do Right Now ?

The National Vaccination Information Center (NVIC) site and join in the fight against mandatory swine flu vaccinations.

Educate yourself about influenza strains, vaccination risks, and the public health laws in your state that may require you or your children to undergo either mandatory vaccination or quarantine.
Take care of your health to reduce or eliminate your risk of contracting the flu. The key is to keep your immune system strong by following these guidelines:
Eliminate sugar and processed foods from your diet. Sugar consumption has an immediate, debilitating effect on your immune system.
Take a high quality source of animal-based omega 3 fats like Krill Oil.
Exercise. Your immune system needs good circulation in order to perform at its best for you.
Optimize your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is the likely cause of seasonal flu viruses. Getting an optimal level of vitamin D will help you fight infections of all kinds.
Get plenty of good quality sleep.
Deal with stress effectively. If you feel overwhelmed by stress, your body will not have the reserves it needs to fight infection.
Wash your hands. But not with an antibacterial soap. Use a pure, chemical-free soap.

I would like to add my own suggestion to use a Neti pot as a means of washing bacterial colonies out of your sinus.
Chicken Soup may also help; my mother used to call Chicken Soup, Jewish Penicillin
I know my mother did not make that up ;~) still how could you not feel better with bowl of homemade soup where the main ingredient is LOVE !!!

"that which does not kill us makes us stronger", Friedrich Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900), a German philosopher

For humanities sake I hope those that survive this pandemic are not the ones who are willing to take for themselves at the expense of pregnant women and children.

If you are sick stay home, turn off garbage television, read a good book and think of someway you can make this world a better place after you get better.

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