Health Matters

 

In Nice, France, a truck drives into a crowd, mowing down individuals who are enjoying a national day of celebration. There is no particular target, just innocent people. The truck plows into the crowd on a sidewalk, suddenly swerves and takes down people on the other side of the street, then swerves again, returning to the first side, then swerves back again and, well, we know the outcome: 84 dead and more than 200 injured; people of all ages: innocent, unsuspecting, unprepared.

 

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors with all blood types to give now to replenish an extremely low summer supply.

“Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed,” the Red Cross said in a press release. The Red Cross has experienced a significant drawdown in its supply of blood. 

 

My mom, 88 stubborn years old, still lives on her own in a big house with a cat that loves to get underfoot. Because I work in healthcare, I have an all-too-vivid recognition of the perils that can befall someone in her situation. So, posted on her kitchen bulletin board is a bright pink sheet of paper called a POLST.

 

Brian Wu began his writing career early. As a fifth grader, he wrote a story he called “Wacky Olympics.” He later wrote “Body Wars,” a personification of the immune system and how human bodies fight disease.

 

The history, science behind hot stone massage therapy

The use of stones and gemstones for healing purposes dates back thousands of years. Both verbal and written history confirm the Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs. Stones were also used for healing work in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.

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