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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Want to stay healthy? by DL Larson

I don't generally write about health topics, but I want to share what I've discovered this winter. It's simple. It doesn't taste bad. It's not expensive. And ... It's all natural! I imagine my grandmother would have known about this remedy, but it was new to me.

It started in my sinuses. No infection, just nagging stuffiness, congestion and the like. I didn't have a cold either. I rarely catch cold or the flu. But I coughed when I laughed or tried to carry on a conversation. It was irritating at first and then became a real nuisance. I appreciate the patience my co-workers showed with my persistent cough.

I tried many remedies, none that worked. Then one day I saw an article about the wonders of honey and cinnamon. The combination of these two ingredients can and does solve many ailments. It cured my nagging cough. I made my husband take it as well for his asthma cough. It worked for that, too. The recipe called for 1 tablespoon of honey (raw is best) and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir the two together, heat in the microwave for a few seconds and spoon it into your mouth like cough syrup. Do this for three - five days. Best taken on an empty stomach.

It worked! My cough is gone. And the better thing, my husband's asthma cough has disappeared. And let me tell you, that has been around for way toooo long!

Honey and cinnamon have other benefits too. They are known to help with arthritis - 2 Tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon added to a cup of hot water. Best taken before breakfast. Taken daily, this helps relieve pain. Since I have RA, I've tried this, and it's pretty fantastic. The weather still affects me though, so it's not a cure all. But I didn't expect it to be. But help is help. Less pain is always a plus for me!

For cholesterol control, use 2 Tablespoons of honey and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon with 16 ounces of tea or water. It reduces cholesterol levels within hours. This can be taken up to three times a day to keep cholesterol manageable.

Upset stomach? Indigestion? Gas? Cinnamon and honey taken before eating, can relieve acidity and digests the heaviest of meals and relieves gas.

A researcher in Spain proved that honey contains a natural ingredient that kills germs that cause the flu. Honey and cinnamon strengthens the white blood cells, which boosts the immune system. And the list goes on and on.

If you're looking for a cure all, I don't have an answer to that, but if you want to boost your energy and feel healthier, try the honey and cinnamon remedy. Then you'll have the energy to write!

'Til next time ~


Friday, February 19, 2016

Tech Buzzwords

So, just what is the "Cloud" and/or "Cloud Computing?"  PC magazine has a great article posted from April 2015 about this:,2817,2372163,00.asp

What's an app?

Well, I really like the explanation of this from an article back in 2011 from Small Business Trends:

but, if you want something more techie try this:

But the most straight forward definition of an app is, "a self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfill a particular purpose; an application, especially as downloaded by a user to a mobile device."

But the truly big tech buzzword these days is IoT or the Internet of Things.  I bet you thought I was going to list Virtual Reality (VR) or Net Neutrality, although since IoT is basically "the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity—that enables these objects to collect and exchange data," then VR and Net Neutrality are directly and indirectly a part of IoT.

So, now that your refrigerator can send you messages when you're low on milk, your tech wearables can let you - and perhaps your doctor - know if you're having a medical crisis, and your mobile app alerts you to traffic accidents and bad weather, you are benefiting (or not) from the IoT.