A Christmas story – Part 2

General Health
Last time, I began a Christmas story that came from my book Bryson City Seasons. Here's the second of three parts. I hope it will be a Christmas blessing for you and yours: ================================================ I passed through the lobby and went first to the X-ray suite. Carroll, the radiology technician, was there. He found the patient’s films and put them on the viewing box. “Looks like an atypical pneumonia, Walt.” I nodded. Carroll was as good at reading films as any radiologist I knew. “I went ahead and did tomograms of the hilum,” he commented. I nodded again, as Carroll was thinking just what I was—this pneumonia was probably caused by a cancer. The tomographic X-ray allowed us to look at the area between the lungs—in this case, for lumps…
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Give Yourself the Gift of a Stress-Free Holiday

Mental Health
Here are some steps you can take (if not this year, next) to protect your and your family's health by keeping it simple during the Christmas season. This was originally published at HealthFinder and I hope it's helpful: 'Tis the season to be jolly, not stressed out, and an expert offers some tips on how to take care of yourself during the holiday rush. While it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the shopping, planning and other tasks associated with the season, you need to take steps to keep your stress under control in order to protect your health, said Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Va. "Stress is the way our body automatically responds to difficult situations. You may feel nervous, irritable…
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Ten Ways to Avoid Christmas Tree and Holiday Allergies

General Health
Here are some nice tips from the folks at Fox News. Of course, by now, some of us have learned the hard way, right? Rule No.1 – Keep your decorations “off season” in enclosed containers, this will reduce dust and mildew from accumulating – and avoid sniffles when opened. Rule No.2 – Avoid artificial “snow sprays” that can aggravate your sinuses, eyes and cause annoying respiratory symptom including cough. Rule No.3 – Watch out for those lovely faux holiday “poinsettias” if you have skin allergies, especially if you have a sensitivity to rubber, it may cause a itchy rash. Rule No.4 – Don’t bring in wood for the fireplace until needed, it may bring mildew and molds into your home, especially when not completely dry or damp. Rule No.5 –…
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