Good morning to all. What an unbelievably warm day it is here in the Chicagoland area. It is in the upper 50's. It is wet out, making it gloomy, but the warmth of day is just something to be greatful for. I just got home from a run to the grocery store, unpacked and am awaiting members for a storytelling guild meeting. I always look forward to hearing the new works in progress. So fun to be together with kindred spirits. I love that we are a smaller group. This gives way to more work on our stories. I am hoping to discuss the possibilties today of where to look for a location to do this year;s Tellebration.
If you are not aware of what a Tellebration is, let me explain. It is where storytellers around the world tell stories the same week of the year. This is usually a free performance, sometimes attendees are asked for donations for a cause. I am also hoping to discuss a special Ghost Story Performance put on by our Guild.
I was thinking this morning about what today's word might be. I have decided on MEDICINE.
This is a word of the past and present, and somewhat continues on the topic of yesterday's word recycle.
Medicine....what exactly does it do? Are most medicine's a cover up for the present health issue? Is it really worth all the side effects that are associated with it? And the cost? My goodness, it is mind boggling as to what medine costs! My big question is really why?
I happen to have one of the smartest bodies on earth! Although it is not intelligent enough to not have any problems...it is smart enough to know immediately when something is not right for me. If only doctors paid more attention to what the patients are saying than what the "official" pharmacudical companies say...we might be able to work better together.
We in the modern world think that a pill is the answer to everything....at least the doctors may have convinced us that it is. I remember that as a child, there weren't the medicine's that there are today. What was used was more on the holistic line. The old medicine man remedies so to speak. I know that if you had a stomach ache...you got one of 2 things....you got some drops of "Lemke Drops" or an emmema. For those of you who have never heard of "Lemke Drops" I will explain. I still hung on to an old old bottle my grandma used. It was nothing but herbs. We don't find these sort of medicine walking in a drug store these days, but if you went to an Amish area and went to their stores, you would find remedies like this. If you were vomitting, someone in your family ran down to the drug store when the soda fountain was and got some pure coke syrup. That stuff worked like magic. When you got a sore throat...as much as we waited until we really couldn't take it any longer....Grandma would roll up a piece of paper and blow some Alum down our throat and make us drink some black coffee immediately after. Within a very short time the throat started feeling better...but I must be honest...it was horrible to taste. There was Castor oil to mak y just over all feel better, Food without presevatives. You went to the store daily for fresh foods. No prepacked dinners back then that were laced way over the top with sodium. There seemed to be something that you could use without running to the doctors every other day. And to tell you the truth...back when I was a child...the doctor made a house call. Boy have things changed. Medicine was eating healthy. Every color on my plate was the way my Grandma viewed it. Has technology changed our medical field. Of course it has...but to what costs? And talk about recycling an idea. Interesting that all of a sudden in the 90's everyone starting on this organic, natural, herbal trend. Some new approach....REALLY?
Naturpathic Medicine, Holistic, Reiki, Refelexology, Iridology, Tongue Readings, Face Readings? Well, isn't that what the doctors did way back when? Remember "stick out your tongue? Let;s have a look at you eyes? When was the last time your current physician asked you those questions? Medicine. A way of looking out for yourself. Getting to know when your body is speaking to you and learning to listen to it. Eating healty? Like that's a big new idea! Remember the saying "You're a glutten for punishment" Think about why or where that came from? Statements like "an apple a day will keep the dr. away" Not a pain pill or injection. I am not advocating that one should not see a doctor, but that we should begin to put medicine in our own hands. Start with your basic everday steps. Eat healty, smart. Relax, exercise. Everyone is in such a hurry and going no-where. Quotes for the day.
Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents
Peter Mere Latham
The best of all medicines is resting and fasting
Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.
Dr. Martin Henry Fischer