Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up November 21st – 27th 2022 – Author Interviews, Reviews, Chart Hits 1950s, Culinary A-Z, Tony Bennett, Podcast, Christmas Book Fair, Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Hope you are all well and a busy week I am sure for those of you celebrating family Thanksgiving gatherings. I find it hard to believe it is December round the corner and another year coming to a close.

I have been out and about with Debby Gies this week on Tuesday for a Q&A which gave the new book a lovely boost… and she generously reviewed the collection too for her Sunday Book Review.

I have also been scheduling the Christmas and New Year archive posts and some wonderful contributions already. There are still some spaces left before the 15th of December and also after Christmas for any New Year Posts you would like to share.

Details are in this post: Posts from Your Archives – 2022 – Christmas and New Year Special

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the next in the series on hits from the 1940s and the next post in the series about the wonderful performer Tony Bennett and his music in the 1970s and 80s.  You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ is here on Monday morning with the next post in her Spiritual Awareness series .. Over on her own blog apart from the two posts I have already linked to you can enjoy another Q&A with author Jacqui Murray. Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor was be here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘L’…on her own blog you will find Monday Musings with a cautionary tale from Clive about scammers, and a kind promotion for Variety is the Spice of Life, A wonderful recipe for Red Thai curry with mushrooms as a delicious plant based meal, A look at edible flowers and a trip to the local market for some exotics that in Thailand are everyday foods. Head over to check the posts out CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…20th- 26th November 2022

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

 On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1950s – Bill Haley, The Platters, Frankie Lane and Pattie Page

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Tony Bennett – The 1970s and 1980s The Rollercoaster Years

Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘L’ is for Lamb, Lavender, Lemon/ Lime Meringue Pie, Liquorice and Liver…

Podcast – #Poetry #Flash Fiction – December and Sea Mist

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – November 27th 2022 – Pete Springer, Marcia Meara, D.G. Kaye, Anne R. Allen with Sue Coletta, D. Wallace Peach, Judith Barrow with M. J. Mallon, John Howell with Harmony Kent

#Mystery #Thriller Genuine Deceit by Joy York

Previous Reviews 2021- #Western #Romance – Tumblestar by Sandra Cox.

Previous Reviews from 2022 – #Christmas #Romance – Love, Me by Jacquie Biggar

Previous Reviews 2021 – #Children – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike

#Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Familysaga Judith Barrow

– #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro, #SouthernCulture Claire Fullerton, #CrimeThriller Joan Hall

#Fantasy Dan Antion, #Biography John Cornelius Rogers and Sue Bavey, #SocialMedia #Cyberbullying Alex Craigie

#Shortstory Silent Night by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Christmas and New Year Special – Short Story, The Bike by D.L. Finn

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin November 22nd 2022- Thanksgiving food and Students

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin November 24th 2022 – Turkey Dilemmas and Betting slips

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 14th – 20th November 2022 – New Book, Tony Bennett, Hits of the 40s, Spiritual Awareness, Christmas Book Fair, Podcast, Health, Bloggers and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord

I hope you are all well and I am sure a busy time for those you preparing for Thanksgiving with family and friends.Wishing you a very Happy Holiday.

We celebrated are 42nd anniversary this week with lunch out at a local hotel and enjoyed a very nice meal. You will also find a special edition of the funnies in the Laughter section.

My latest WIP reached the point of no return and was published on Friday… today the ebook and paperback came together so I decided to do my promotion this morning. I hope you will pop in to the post to find out more about it.

Follow the link: Variety is the Spice of Life: A Blend of Poetry and Prose

There is a special series of Posts from your Archives for the Christmas and New Year season and if you would like to share one of your posts with us, then here are all the details along with one of my Christmas themed stories to give you an idea of how it will look. I have already scheduled 10 fantastic posts from authors who are participating and look forward to hearing from you. Don’t forget to look at your January posts too as this goes through to 2023.

Posts from Your Archives – 2022 – Christmas and New Year Special

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the next in the series on hits from the 1940s and the next post in the series about the wonderful performer Tony Bennett and his music in the 1960s.  You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ was here on Monday morning with the next post in her Spiritual Awareness series on Angels… Over on her own blog you can enjoy Debby’s Sunday Book Review for Do What You Love by Marjorie Mallon also a wonderful selection of useful writer’s links, a poem from the heart and her latest podcast, Grief the Real Talk Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor will be here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘L’…on her own blog you will find a fabulous recipe for Christmas Pudding, a poignant Remembrance Day post, a recipe for Thai Panang Chicken Curry, some great healthy eating options and you can join Carol on her visit to her local market with amazing fresh produce. Head over to check the posts out Carol Taylor’s Weekly Round Up

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

 On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1950s – Nat King Cole, Big Joe Turner, Mel Blanc, Vera Lynn

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Tony Bennett – The 1960s Posted on November 18, 2022

Spiritual Awareness – Decoding Sequenced Angel Messages in Numbers by D.G. Kaye

Thanksgiving and Strawberry Jam by Sally Cronin

Winterise your Body – Influenza by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – November 19th 2022 – Staci Troilo, Darlene Foster, Dorothy Grover-Read, Judith Barrow with Phil Rowlands, Cheryl Oreglia, Robbie Cheadle with Daniel Kemp

Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair 2022 – #Poetry – Annette Rochelle Aben, Harmony Kent, Bette A. Stevens.

#Mystery Noelle A. Granger – #Caravans #Dogs Jacqueline Lambert, #History Paulette Mahurin

#Anthology – Distant Flickers: Stories of Identity & Loss

Previous Reviews 2021 – #Psychological #Mystery- House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira by Joan Hall

Previous Reviews 2021- #Children’s #Fairies – The Tree Fairies by D.L. Finn

Previous Reviews 2021- #Contemporary – Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin

42nd Anniversary Edition – Marriage – Hosts David and Sally Cronin

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Grandpas and Hell Freezing Over

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally.

Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – New Book on the Shelves – #Poetry #Short Stories – Variety is the Spice of Life: A Blend of Poetry and Prose by Sally Cronin


Delighted to share the news of my latest release this week of a poetry and short story collection Variety is the Spice of Life: A Blend of Poetry and Prose – the book is available in Ebook and print.

About the collection

Variety is the Spice of Life is a collection of poetry and short stories about relationships with others, including pets and animals inhabiting the world around us. The connection with others brings love and friendship, excitement and sometimes surprises, danger, mystery and sometimes the unexpected.

The poetry explores human nature, the fears, desires, expectations and achievements. Nature offers a wonderful opportunity to observe animals both domesticated and wild. Even in a back garden you can observe a wide variety of creatures and the daily challenges to survive a harsh environment.

The short stories introduces you to a healer whose gift comes with danger, a neighbour determined to protect a friend, a woman on the run, an old couple whose love has endured, an elderly retired teacher who faces a life changing accident, a secret that has been carried for over 70 years and a village who must unite as they face devastating news.

I did drop a copy off in my hometown of Portsmouth by pigeon post…. birthplace of Charles Dickens and he couldn’t wait to get his hands on a copy…..

Head over to buy the collection in ebook and print: Amazon UKAnd: Amazon US

My books available in Ebook

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US –  Amazon UK – More reviews : Goodreads – Podcast – Sally Cronin on Soundcloud – Twitter: @sgc58

About Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin is the author of sixteen books including her memoir Size Matters: Especially when you weigh 330lb first published in 2001. This has been followed by another fifteen books both fiction and non-fiction including multi-genre collections of short stories and poetry.

As an author she understands how important it is to have support in marketing books and offers a number of FREE promotional opportunities on her blog and across her social media. The Smorgasbord Bookshelf

Her podcast shares book reviews, poetry and short stories Sally Cronin Soundcloud

After leading a nomadic existence exploring the world, she now lives with her husband on the coast of Southern Ireland enjoying the seasonal fluctuations in the temperature of the rain.

Thanks very much for dropping in today and it would be amazing if you could spread the news about my new release. Sally ♥

Smorgasbord Health Column – Winterise your Body – Influenza by Sally Cronin


Last time I looked at protecting our bodies against the common cold. I now want to take a look at influenza as this too can have a very serious affect on the very young and old and those who have poorly functioning immune systems.

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the First World War. Between 20 and 40 million people died and because the figures were so horrendous we may never know the true extent of this awful two-year period. Very few countries were spared and its effects on an already devastated world population were horrendous. It was called the Spanish Flu because the earliest mortalities were in Spain were over 8 million people died.

Anywhere that soldiers or refugees gathered in large numbers became infected and the early outbreaks were largely ignored. Returning soldiers from the front brought the disease home to every city, town and village. Most of the populations throughout Europe were poorly nourished following the war years and were in no condition to fight off this virulent infection especially as there were none of the drugs that we have available today.

How ironic to have survived the war years, including years in the trenches to then succumb to an infection. They estimate that over a fifth of the world’s population was infected and those most at risk appear to have been between the ages of 20 and 40. The exact same age as those that fought for four hard years on various battlefronts. 28% of Americans were infected and over 675,000 Americans died. Of the US soldiers who died in Europe half were killed by influenza.

The initial cause of the outbreak has never been established. The theory was that conditions in the trenches and the use of chemicals such as mustard gas created the environment where the infection thrived. There have been links to unusually humid weather, which certainly created the perfect environment to foster viral and bacterial infections amongst sick, injured and immune suppressed soldiers and the medical staff who cared for them.

Little did we know that 100 years later we would succumb to another virus that would result in another global pandemic which in some parts of the world is still resulting in fatalities. Worldometers Coronavirus

Coronavirus Cases:

612,181,855

Deaths:

6,509,860

Influenza statistics

“Up to 650,000 people in the world die from seasonal flu each year. This is much higher than the often-used numbers of 250,000 to 500,000 deaths cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) based on data thought to reach back decades, which did not take into account experience of developing countries. However, since then, many countries have improved their flu surveillance systems, and have been able to estimate deaths from the disease.”  Huffington Post 2022

What is Influenza (Flu)?

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. In a person with a strong immune system the symptoms may be very mild with a headache, feverishness, sore throat, muscle aches and a runny nose. In very young children or in elderly patients there can also be gastric complications with vomiting and diarrhoea.

If left untreated or if a person has very little resistance to infection there can be complications including pneumonia. Dehydration is a problem that can exacerbate existing problems such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes.

How do we catch the flu?

The virus is spread in respiratory drops caused by coughing and sneezing although it is possible to catch the virus after touching contaminated surfaces and then passing the virus to the nose or mouth as with the common cold.

One of the problems with the flu is that you can infect someone else a day before you show the symptoms which gives you 24 hours to put others at risk at work, in schools or on public transport. Who of us has not sat next to someone on a plane for a few hours while they cough and splutter the way on holiday? An infected person is still contagious for five days after their symptoms have appeared. This usually means that it is very difficult to avoid contagion within a family where you live together in a close knit unit.

How do we prevent infection?

The same rules apply for the flu as for the common cold and Covid.  Your main form of defence is the simple act of washing your hands frequently. It is also essential to limit your contact with people who are obviously suffering from an infection. As I have just mentioned this is difficult due to the nature of the progression of the influenza, that 24 hour window when there are no symptoms can result in multiple infections.

I certainly will be continuing to wear a mask in enclosed spaces such as the supermarket and other shops. It has become a habit and interestingly it seems to be the older generation who continue to do so. At the time of writing this post it is no longer mandatory but we shall see what this flu season brings.

One answer during the flu months of October, November, December, January and February is to stop kissing and shaking hands with friends and family when you meet them. My mother when she hit 90 had a couple of colds one after the other and I put a ban on her usual habit of kissing everyone she met… For the next five years she did not get one cold. She also had an alcohol based hand sanitiser that she used when going out and after meeting people.

Also in the UK and here in Ireland everyone over 65 can have an annual flu shot as can the carers of vulnerable groups. My mother had this every year and it obviously helped. There is some controversy over the vaccine and its safety. It is a decision you need to make after discussing with your doctor but my opinion on the subject is that certainly for those in their mid 70’s and 80’s the risk of the disease is greater than the jab…

The flu shot that is available from the autumn onwards. The vaccine contains killed virus and can be given to anyone over 6 months old. An interesting research study has also highlighted another possible benefit which is a reduction in the risk of strokes for those who are vaccinated particularly in the older bracket of patients Spanish study

Those most at risk of influenza

  • The most at risk are 65 years old and over because they are more likely to have medical conditions that put them at risk of infection.
  • People who live in long term care facilities or hospitals.
  • A person of any age who is already suffering from a pre-existing condition such as heart disease or asthma.
  • Children between the ages of 6 months and 24 months.
  • Anyone who is on assisted respiratory machinery.

Other precautions

For healthy people there is the option of a nasal spray that contains live but weakened flu viruses that do not actually cause the flu but stimulate the antibodies needed to protect against the full strength influenza virus.

It is very important that your immune system is as strong as it needs to be before the winter months. Apart from avoiding contact with those you know to be infected you have to guard against those people who are not showing symptoms. You will have no idea who has the virus or not so your best line of defence is to ensure your body is strong enough to fix the problem fast.

A reminder of some basic precautions to avoid infection or passing it along.

  • Wear a mask in enclosed spaces
  • If you have the infection then do cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and discard hygienically straightaway.
  • Wash your own hands with soap and water at every opportunity or use an specific alcohol based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your own eyes, nose or mouth to avoid re-infection.
  • Change your pillow cases every day and I find using a pillow cover and washing that too helps.
  • Also, you should exercise regularly in the fresh air and avoid over-heated, unventilated living spaces. Your nasal passages dry out they are more likely to become infected and this applies to those of us who live in air-conditioned and centrally heated environments most of the year.

You will find some of the foods that help boost your immune system in the post on the common cold and I have put the link to that below. Whilst the temptation in winter is to dive into hot and warming comfort foods and sugary treats, by including lots of fresh, uncooked natural fruit and vegetables as part of your diet will help keep you healthy throughout the cold months.

Here is the link to last week’s post which includes an immune boosting eating programme: Winterise your Body – Nothing more common than a cold

©Sally Cronin Just Food for Health 1998 – 2022

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-four years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines, radio programmes and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here::Sally’s books and reviews

 

Thanks for visiting and I am always delighted to receive your feedback.. stay safe Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – 42nd Anniversary Edition – Marriage – Hosts David and Sally Cronin


It is our 42nd Wedding Anniversary today… and whilst there does not seem to be an official identifier such as silver, ruby, gold or diamond for 42 years, I think every year should come under the classification of laughter. So today a few marriage words of wisdom and funnies in celebration.

They say you should never marry in haste but for some reason we ignored that piece of advice. We went out on our first date on 28th September, got engaged the next day and  married a few weeks later on November 15th.

Laughter has always been a cornerstone of our relationship and I hope you will be leaving with a smile on your face today too.

Men are just happier people, right?

  • Your last name stays put.
  • The garage is all yours.
  • Wedding plans take care of themselves.
  • Chocolate is just another snack.
  • You can be President.
  • You can never be pregnant.
  • You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
  • You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
  • Car mechanics tell you the truth.
  • The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
  • You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
  • Same work, more pay.
  • Wrinkles add character.
  • Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental $100.
  • People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.
  • New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
  • One mood all the time.
  • Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
  • A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
  • You can open all your own jars.
  • You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
  • If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.
  • Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
  • Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
  • You almost never have strap problems in public.
  • You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
  • Everything on your face stays its original color.
  • The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
  • You only have to shave your face and neck.
  • You can play with toys all your life.
  • One wallet and one pair of shoes – one color for all seasons.
  • You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
  • You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.
  • You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
  • You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December 24 in 25 minutes.

 

Wedding Plans

Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding and on the way they pass a drugstore. Jacob suggests they go in. Jacob addresses the man behind the counter:

Jacob: “Are you the owner?”
The pharmacist answers, “Yes”.

Jacob: “Do you sell heart medication?”
Pharmacist: “Of course, we do.”

Jacob: “How about medicine for circulation?”
Pharmacist: “All kinds.”

Jacob: “Medicine for rheumatism, scoliosis?”
Pharmacist: “Definitely.”

Jacob: “Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, jaundice?”
Pharmacist: “Yes, a large variety. The works.”

Jacob: “What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson’s disease?”
Pharmacist: “Absolutely.”

Jacob: “You sell wheelchairs and walkers?”
Pharmacist: “All speeds and sizes”

Jacob says to the pharmacist: “We’re about to get married. We’d like to use this store as our Bridal Registry.”

A well organized life….

Two senior ladies met for the first time since graduating from high school. One asked the other, “You were always so organized in school, did you manage to live a well-planned life?”

“Oh yes,” said her friend. “My first marriage was to a millionaire; my second marriage was to an actor; my third marriage was to a preacher; and now I’m married to an undertaker.”

Her friend asked, “What do those marriages have to do with a well-planned life?”

“One for the money, two for the show. Three to get ready and four to go.”

And they said it wouldn’t last…….ha ha ha ♥

 

Thanks for dropping in today and joining in the fun today and wishing you laughter and love. Sally and David.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Winterise your Body – Nothing more common than a cold…by Sally Cronin


Family Health – Nothing More Common than the Cold

In the last 36 months the we have seen how quickly a pathogen can spread around the world as millions travel between countries and spreading it like wildfire through their own communities and beyond.

There has been barely a mention of the Common Cold in the media, as the focus rightly has been on Covid, preventative measures and vaccines. It is likely that there has been a reduced number of common cold infections as billions isolated and wore masks. However, with the world opening up again, and restrictions lifted, this opportunistic pathogen will be ready and waiting.

Whilst those who have had the vaccine, will have had their immune systems nudged into action to tackle the virus, for many, the long period of isolation is likely to have made their immune systems lazy. There is always a rash of colds and sometimes other childhood diseases when school reopens in September, as children leave the isolation of their homes and family group for the first time,and meet the previously unknown germs harboured by their classmates.

Going back into the world again means that we need to still take care, not just for Covid but for other seasonal opportunists. Personally it will be a while before I ditch the mask and I am making sure my immune system is supported by my diet before I do so. Many of the precautions we have adopted such as hand washing and use of sanitizing hand wash will still be needed too.

Although the Common Cold does not have the devastating effect of Covid, constant and repeated cold infections does weaken the immune system and make you vulnerable to more dangerous pathogens.

The common cold.

The common cold does not just stalk humans in the winter months. It is possible to get a summer cold, and also in this day and age of global travel, a person flying between the North and Southern hemispheres can pass their winter cold along. Therefore the need to build up our own defences so that we shake off any unwanted bugs that fly in our direction.

What exactly is the common cold?

  • A common cold is an illness caused by a virus infection located in the nose but which can also affect the sinuses, ears and the bronchial tubes.
  • There are very few people who do not suffer at least one cold a year and some individuals can suffer 7 to 10 infections.
  • As we mature and we are exposed to more and more viruses our body learns to deal more effectively with them by producing more antibodies.
  • Babies and the elderly are the most vulnerable and likely to develop chest infections.
  • Also at risk are patients on immune suppressing medications or whose lifestyle and diet have suppressed their ability to fight off infections.
  • Remember too, that, in this modern age, viruses are jet setters and can move swiftly from continent to continent on aeroplanes.
  • The symptoms include sneezing and sore throat for the first 24 to 36 hours followed by blocked nose, scratchy throat with possibly headaches, feverishness, chilliness and coughs.

A cold is milder than influenza but a light case of influenza will share the same symptoms.

There is an old saying that “if you treat a cold it will last a week and if you let it run its course it will only last 7 days”. A mild dose may only last a couple of days, particularly if you have a strong immune system or you react quickly with lots of vitamin C in foods and drink. For someone who has a compromised immune system, the symptoms could hang around for up to 2 weeks or longer if it develops into a bronchial infection.

The common cold is not just one virus.

There is not just one cold virus there are over 200 and this makes finding the ultimate cure very difficult. Rhino viruses are the most prevalent and cause over half of the colds we catch.

Cold viruses can only thrive in a living cell, which means your nose. If someone sneezes or coughs on you, the first response is to wipe your body off with your hands. The hands are now contaminated and you then touch your mouth and nose passing the virus on. The virus is also passed hand to hand or by touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles.

A cold develops between two and three days after infection.

Cold viruses only live in our human nose and that of our relatives the chimps and other higher primates. Other mammals are lucky and when your cat sneezes it might be down to too much catnip!

Travelling on trains, buses and aircraft are great collecting points for cold and influenza germs with aircraft being the biggest Petri dish of them all.

What causes the symptoms of a cold?

It is not actually the virus that causes all the unpleasant symptoms of a cold. The virus attaches itself to a small proportion of the cells in the lining of the nose. It is in fact the body’s response to the invasion that causes all the problems. The immune system is activated and also some of the nervous system reflexes.

  • A number of white cells from our defence system, including killer cells, are released into the bloodstream. These include histamines, kinins, interleukins and prostaglandins.
  • When activated, these mediators cause a dilation and leakage of blood vessels and mucus gland secretion.
  • They also activate sneezing and cough reflexes to expel infection from the nose and the lungs.
  • It is these reactions, caused by our own killer cells, that is treated by the “over the counter” medications, not the actual virus itself.

By suppressing our bodies own reactions to the virus we can drive it further into the system causing more harmful infections, particularly if we have already got a weakened immune system.

After the killer cells have dealt with the initial infection, antibodies are released that help prevent re-infection by the same virus. This is why as we get older we should suffer from fewer cold infections. Unfortunately, with so many cold viruses available to us we may not have produced enough different antibodies to give us total immunity.

What precautions can we take to prevent catching the cold virus?

There are two main ways to protect yourself from catching a cold virus. One is to minimise the risk of infection through contact and the other is to build up your immune system to enable you to deal with viruses if they do attach themselves to you.

It is almost impossible to avoid contact with people. Some of those people are going to have a cold or influenza (hopefully not Covid) and short of doing a ‘Howard Hughes’ and retreating into a sealed room with decontaminants, you will have to make do with the main simple but effective precautions.

  • Wash your hands frequently to avoid passing the virus into your nose.
  • Carry hand sanitiser if it is not still provided at the entrance to shops.

There are some interesting areas of contamination – apart from door handles – for those of us who shop, trolley handles have usually passed through many hands.

Most supermarkets are still offering wipes at the front door and if available wipe the handles down.. I have disinfectant wipes in my bag all the time and use those if needed.

Apparently in public toilets the least contaminated surface is the toilet seat but the most concentrated bacterial and viral load is on the tap handles and loo roll holder!

I have got adept at pushing doors open with my butt and using a tissue if handles are needed. Use your hand sanitizer immediately after leaving.

Also, you should exercise regularly in the fresh air and avoid over-heated, unventilated living spaces. Your nasal passages dry out they are more likely to become infected and this applies to those of us who live in air-conditioned and centrally heated environments most of the year.

Boosting the immune system

The second way to protect yourself is to boost your immune system and both Vitamin C and Zinc have been found to help boost the immune system and help with the symptoms for centuries.

Zinc: A trace mineral that is a component in the body’s ability to repair wounds, maintain fertility, synthesis protein, cell reproduction, maintain eyesight, act as an antioxidant and boost immunity. It can be used topically for skin conditions. It is essential for a functioning metabolism and hormone production such as testosterone. It is also needed for the production of stomach acid. Too much zinc will depress the copper levels in the body.

The best food sources are seafood particularly oysters, pumpkinseeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ, egg yolks, black-eyed peas and tofu.

Another vital nutrient for the immune system is Vitamin D and if you are not able to get out into the winter sunshine at least three times a week with some skin exposure then I do suggest you are eating the few foods that contain vitamin D.. or that you consider taking a supplement during the winter months.

You might find these posts helpful:

Vitamin D – Deficiency Part One

Vitamin D – Deficiency Part Two

Cook from scratch Vitamin C with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor

Antibiotic, Antioxidant, Aroma

From a dietary perspective, your diet needs to include all the necessary nutrients for our general health. If you are consciously working on boosting your immune system then certainly you need a high proportion of fresh vegetables and fruit in your diet which contain high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients essential for the immune system.

Cold, Heat, Hot, Chile, Ice, Winter, Disease, Heating

Drink the juice of a lemon in hot water every morning when you get up and leave 10 minutes before eating your breakfast – a quick shot of Vitamin C before you start the day and also great for getting the body up and running.

Stress plays a large part in the health of our immune system. If you work or live in a stressful environment then you need to find some way of relaxing on a regular basis.

Whilst exercise is very good for this, lying on the sofa listening to your favourite music is also very effective.

What do we do when we have been infected?

Cold symptoms are miserable and I realise that to function in this modern world of ours we are sometimes forced into the situation of taking something to suppress those symptoms.

If you work or have a young family, you cannot suddenly take to your bed for three days until the symptoms subside. However, if possible it is better for you and your cold to work with your body and not against it.

  • It is important, especially within your own family to limit the amount of contagion and the easiest way to do this is to all wash your hands very frequently.
  • Do not share towels, toothbrushes or flannels and do not share drinks from the same cup or glass.
  • When you use a tissue, use once and then discard safely into a plastic bag that you can dispose of later.
  • Change you pillow case daily during your infectious period.
  • Fluids are very important especially as your appetite is likely to be suppressed. High content vitamin C drinks such as hot lemon with ginger, green tea with a slice of lemon and fresh squeezed juice drinks are the best.
  • Other teas that you may find palatable are mint and elderflower or cinnamon with some lemon and a spoonful of honey. These tend to help sore and itchy throats and warm the chest.
  • A bowl of hot vegetable soup with carrots, spinach, onions and garlic will help warm you and as you will see from the post on onions and garlic they may help you fight off the infection faster.

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For centuries eucalyptus and menthol have been used to alleviate the symptoms of congestion and you can buy the essential oils in any health food shop. You can put a few drops of eucalyptus onto a hankie and inhale the aroma or dilute in massage oil and rub on your forehead, chest and upper back.

Over the centuries the herb Echinacea has been used to both boost the immune system and also alleviate the symptoms of a cold.

There have been rumours for many years that a cure for the common cold is imminent but in the meantime we may have to resort to some old fashioned remedies to ease the symptoms and help our body do the job it is designed to do, which is protect us.

The cynic in me does wonder at times if a cure for the common cold is ever on the cards since worldwide we spend billions each year on medications that are supposed to ease the symptoms!

I hope this post has given you some ideas of how to prevent catching a cold, but the same measures may also help prevent any opportunistic pathogen considering you as an ideal host.

©Sally Cronin Just Food for Health 1998 – 2022

 

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-four years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines, radio programmes and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here::Sally’s books and reviews

 

Thanks for visiting and I am always delighted to receive your feedback.. stay safe Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – October 31st – November 6th 2022 – Hits 1940s, Tony Bennett, Spiritual Awareness, Poetry, Podcast, Book Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts from the week that you might have missed on Smorgasbord.

I hope you have had a good week so far although I do find it hard to believe we are in November already. I don’t know where this year has gone but it seems to have flown by. Still I guess it is true, time flies when you are having fun!

We have had three heavy storms come across us in the last week and on one day 90 mph gusts. No major damage but we did lose our metal birdseed tree which was a favourite with the garden visitors as it snapped in two as it feel on to the patio. Thankfully the bird feed pyramid that David built on the stump of an old tree survived and at least our resident birds managed to get some food in the gaps in the weather. In a complete contrast there will be a couple of days in this next week with warm temperatures and sunshine.

My next book is finished and is now going to be polished and my tapestry is completed and will go to be stretched and framed. I have been enjoy my two hours every afternoon getting back into the needlework groove so I have ordered a new piece which should arrive this week. It is a big canvas and will keep me busy for a few months.

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the next in the series on hits from the 1940s and the first post in the series about the ultimate showman Tony Bennett.  You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ was here on Monday morning with her next post in her Spiritual Awareness series on Angels….and she joined me for the laughter post on Tuesday with some funnies she had found for us. Over on her own blog you can enjoy Debby’s Sunday Book Review for A Ride Down the Milky Way by Sherri-Lee Viitala, and a post on the therapy that writing brings in its many formats.  Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor is here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘K’…on her own blog you will find Monday Musings on all things Halloween, a wonderful recipe for Chicken Pie with Filo Pastry for something a little lighter Roasted Onions with Sun Dried Tomatoes, The renowned cuisine of France, more about roots including the Lotus Root, Saturday Snippets where the prompt is Ginger.   Here is the link to Carol’s round up CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…24th October- 5th November 2022

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

 On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1940s – Bing Crosby, The Mills Brothers, Johnny Mercer, Freddy Martin

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Tony Bennett – Introduction and Early Years

Spiritual Awareness – Fey – Cutting Emotional Cords with Archangels by D.G. Kaye

#Memoir – Life on the Ocean Wave – Part Five -1943 – 1946 – HMS Forth and captured U-boats, Ceylon, HMS Woolwich, Earl Mountbatten by Eric Coleman

Poetry – Dorothy Cronin (1949- 2006) – One Day at a Time

#Poetry #Flash Fiction – Recycling Centre and Storm Windows

Smorgasbord Health Column – #Obesity #Hunger – The role #Leptin plays in weight loss

Stress, Man, Hand, Flames, Burn, Fire, Face, Old

#Headaches – Possible triggers and the nutritional factor by Sally Cronin

#Photography #Poetry #Flash – Do What You love: Fragility Of Your Flame Poems, Photography and Flash Fiction by M.J. Mallon

October Round Up – Kwan Kew Lai, Chris Hall, D.L. Finn, Jan Sikes, Jacqui Murray, Dan Antion

Previous Reviews 2021 – #Family # Murder #Mystery – Going Home by Sharon Marchisello

Previous Reviews 2021 – #Teen/YA #Sci-fi #Fantasy – The Syk’m by Richard Dee

Previous Reviews 2021- #Fantasy #Adventure – The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D.Wallace Peach

D.G.Kaye with Christy Birmingham-Reyes, Ritu Bhathal, Pete Springer, Audrey Driscoll, Traci Kenworth

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Puppy adoption and Husband Mart

Host Sally Cronin – Cats glorious Cats and Excuse Notes.

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week….Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Podcast – #Poetry #Flash Fiction – Recycling Centre and Storm Windows by Sally Cronin


Over last few weeks I have shared some syllabic poetry and 99 word flash fiction from my collection Life’s Rich Tapestry…woven in words

Today – Recycling Centre and Storm Windows

 

Recycling Centre.

Having followed the signs to the centre, she stood in line. It was almost time to relinquish the baggage she dragged behind her. It contained items representing her life, the good, bad and ugly. Admittedly there had been much love and laughter mixed with the heartache. However, the invitation to recycle unwanted items offered a new start.

Holding out the suitcase to the man she hesitated. ‘Can I remove some things?’

‘Sorry ’, he smiled kindly. ‘It’s all or nothing.’

Loading the bag into the car, it seemed lighter than when she arrived, despite choosing to keep it all.

Storm Windows.

She looked out through the slightly distorting storm windows that protected the house from the harsh winds that swept onto the coast from America. This part of Ireland was notorious for its harsh winters, but also its outstanding coastal views and warm-hearted people.

She had moved here to escape her past, and preferred the natural violence of the weather to that she had endured for many years.

She sighed as she turned to face the man in the room. Another more dangerous storm had breached the defences and windows would not protect her. It was time to be brave.
©Sally Cronin 2022

One of the reviews for Life’s Rich Tapestry: Woven in Words

Apr 26, 2020 John Maberry rated it Five Stars

The book lives up to its title–indeed, Sally Cronin has woven a rich tapestry of life in words of many kinds. A variety of poetry–in forms unfamiliar in name to me, microfiction and short stories. What’s more, the graphic imagery of the short poems is inspiring to a person like me who has never really found poetry either appealing or easily understood. This time, for a change, the words grabbed me. I found meaningful passages that could be useful as well in prose writing as in poetry. Examples I must return to in settings or other places where showing and not telling is essential.

The microfiction and short stories were equally compelling, all the more so for me who is focused on those forms of writing. So, perhaps I too should consider the combination of ingredients that Sally Cronin published in this book. She is a writer worth reading

Thank you for listening and if you would like to know more about my books and their reviews you can find them on my books page Sally’s Books and Reviews 2022

 

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Puppy adoption and Husband Mart


Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies followed by a joke or two from Sally. Thanks to those who share the funnies on the internet.

D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.My thanks to Debby for excellent foraging

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US And: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Debby’s new series Spiritual Awareness..Spiritual Awareness – Fey – Cutting Emotional Cords with Archangels

Now for some fun from Sally….from the archives

Husband Mart

A store that introduces women to potential husbands has just opened, so a fastidious single woman paid it a visit. She discovered that the store has 6 floors, and the further up the men are placed, the more positive attributes they have.

But there’s a catch: as you enter any floor, you can choose a man from that floor, but if you go upstairs, you cannot go back down except to exit the building (and you can’t go back in, either).

At the main entrance, there’s a sign that reads: “Ground floor – These men have jobs.” The woman read the sign and said to herself, “Well, that’s better than my last boyfriend, but I wonder what’s upstairs!” So up she went.

The next sign reads: “Floor 1 – The men here have jobs and love kids. “Great,”, she thought, “but I wonder…” And up she went again.

The men on the second floor “… have jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking.” “Hmmm, better still,” she thought. “but there are still three more floors!”

The next sign reads: “Floor 3 – These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, and help with the housework.”. “Wow!” exclaimed the woman, “very tempting, but there must be more further up!” Again she tackled the stairs.

“Floor 4 – These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.” “Oh, my! What else could a woman want? What is – what can be – on offer on the top floor?!”

So she passed yet again on picking a man there.

The top floor sign reads: “… You are visitor 3,456,789,012 to this floor. There are no men here. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please.

Thank you for shopping at Husband Mart and have a nice day.”

Sally’s books: Amazon US –  Amazon UK – More reviews : Goodreads – Podcast – Sally Cronin on Soundcloud – Twitter: @sgc58

 

Thank you for joining us today and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face.. Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 24th -30th October 2022 – Tapestry, WIP, 1940s Hits, Kiri Te Kanawa, Food ‘J’, HMS Beverley, Poetry, Book Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are well and have had a good week. We have been catching up on the dry month of September and first two week’s of October with inches of rain and high winds. I have a feeling Halloween will be a bit of a washout and not much fun ‘trick or treating’. To be honest we don’t get much out where we are as it is quite sparce on houses, but it was a great excuse usually to get a tub of Quality Street in just in case!  I have avoided the temptation this year and of course the door bell will chime to prove me wrong.

I hope that if you are celebrating Halloween you have a great time and get more treats than tricks.

I am in the last stages of my current tapestry and my WIP. Both of which now undergoing line by line editing. For the tapestry this involves finding the odd stitch that has been missed, which is easy to do, the back of the canvas then needs tidying with loose threads being snipped back and then a steam pressing to make sure completely flat before going to the framers. I will take a photo when it returns. I have another half finished canvas of a large bowl of cherries which is next and I must say I am enjoying getting back to the stitching.

My WIP a combined poetry and short story collection should be available by the end of November and more news on that nearer the time.

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the next in the series on hits from the 1940s and the last in the post on the extraordinaryly talented Dame Kira Te Kanawa. Coming up on Friday a new series on the music legend Tony Bennett. You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ is here on Monday morning with her next post in her Spiritual Awareness series on Angels….and she joined me for the laughter post on Tuesday with some Halloween funnies. Over on her own blog you can enjoy Debby’s Sunday Book Review for The Second Mrs Astor by Shana Abe, and a link to her wonderful interview with Christy Birmingham- Reyes. Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor was here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘J’…on her own blog you will find Monday Musings looking at some innovative ways to recycle waste, Ricotta, blackberry and walnut toast for a breakfast treat, a post on walking which is healthy exercise both free and effective, a launch post for Jacqui Murray’s recent releaze, a look at more edible roots and Saturday Snippets exploring the world of ‘lost and found’.  Here is the link to Carol’s round up Carol Taylor’s round up 23rd – 29th October 2022

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

 On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1940s – Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller, Vera Lynn, Nat King Cole-

William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – Part Three – Career Highlights

Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘J’ for Jelly Beans, Jalapenos, Jack Fruit and Jerky all with a little Jus

Podcast – #Poetry #Flash Fiction – Halloween and The Witch’s Handbook

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Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – The power of sleep when losing weight and to be healthy by Sally Cronin

Memoir – Life on the Ocean Wave – Part Four – 1942 – HMS Beverley – American shipmates and rough seas by Eric Coleman

Dorothy Cronin (1949- 2006) – Emer’s Song

#Comingofage #Fantasy – Knuckleheads: Dreamer’s Alliance Book 1, by Dan Antion

 

Previous Reviews 2021 – #Dogs #Mountains #Humour – Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs by Andrew Cotter

Previous Reviews 2021 – #Poetry – Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku by Annette Rochelle Aben

#Fantasy #Comingofage – Realms of the Mist by Jude Itakali

#SocialMedia #Cyberbullying – The Bubble Reputation – Alex Craigie

#Historical #Medieval #Romance – The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven by Jennifer Ivy Walker

#Espagnol #English – Chile: Southern Cross for the 1st Time by Rebecca Cuningham

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Trick or Treating and Halloween Puns

Top 8 : Halloween Day Jokes For Adults | Just Quikr presents birthday ...

Fright Night Halloween – Host Sally Cronin and the Senior Team

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally.