Pat Shingleton: "Ailments and Applications"
It seems that flu shots are encouraged earlier each year. There's is a rocket propulsion system in all of us referred to as the proverbial sneeze. A human sneeze hits a speed of 100 M.P.H. while a human cough has been clocked at 60. In 2009, scientists researched how a virus can spread on a plane. One case determined that a passenger from Madrid to Tel Aviv passed the virus to a woman seated a row away. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health believe that a sick-person’s cough spreads droplets within seconds; those seated closest get the biggest dose. Airline officials contend that air-circulation systems reduce the risk and are cleaner than air in schools and homes.My grandfather believed that weather patterns caused colds and placed a bowl of apples, onions, and garlic-laced with whiskey-on his nightstand when he experienced chest congestion. Sharing his story with my mom, she laughed when I reminded her of sending us to school with Vick’s Vapor Rub piled on our chest and throat, preventing me from getting a “date.” She shared another application called a “mustard plaster.” This combination included: three tablespoons of flour, a teaspoon of baking soda, two tablespoons of dried mustard and a tablespoon of shortening, butter, lard or Oleo. Mix this with hot water, place some Vaseline on your chest then load the concoction into a piece of muslin or flannelette. I tried this last week and was asked to immediately remove myself from the bedroom
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