Cure for the Common Cold

Is it worthwhile to take regular medication for the average cold/flu or allergies? Are the flu and chicken pox vaccines necessary for healthy children and students? These are questions that I find myself alone in asking — most of my friends take some form of pill or drug almost daily, and double the intake whenever they’re sick. In the rare instances where they aren’t taking medicine, they’re popping vitamins like PEZ tablets. And for most of them it’s simply following their parents’ example.

This intrigues me because my father is a family physician, yet never took nor gave us children many medications or vitamins. We were taught instead to observe 6 key principles for health: eat healthy, drink water, rest often, get plenty of sunshine, exercise regularly, and stay optimistic. And the funny thing is, I do believe it really works. For one, I rarely get sick these days unless my stress level is really high, and even then I usually recover within a few days. Compared to some of my friends who seem perpetually ill, I have to wonder if they’ve built an immunity to all of the Tylenols and Benadryls.

The bigger issue is where this philosophy of pill-popping has originated. Is it because of the steady stream of television commercials constantly claiming that Drug A is the “#1 Doctor Prescribed Treatment?” Or is it because doctors actually are prescribing so many medications? While I’m sure most people recognize that pharmaceutical companies are behind the commercials, how many consumers really know that it’s those same pharmaceutical companies that teach doctors what medications to prescribe? Doesn’t it seem like there’s a little bias towards prescriptions when those prescribing a medication are being coached by its makers?

Don’t hear what I’m not saying — the advance of medical expertise is an important factor the quality of life that we enjoy today. But that doesn’t mean that our bodies can’t take care of themselves in normal everyday situations if we actually pay attention to our health.

I’m curious as to your thoughts on the issue… assuming there is a “you” somewhere out there. :)

What is Love?

Love is talking to someone even as they’re pushing every one of your buttons wrongly… listening to their problems, when those are so unfair as to infuriate you senseless… praying ceaselessly, when your heart just wants to shut itself off from the rest of the world. It’s easy to find someone in pain, but it’s much harder to bear it with them, completely and utterly helpless to salve it.

Of Inspiration and Fresh Air

Though my jeans are a bit stained and my hands are covered with sticky sap, I’m happy and teeming with creative ideas. After all, it’s hard to not be inspired after climbing those big trees in your front yard.

Sometimes becoming a kid again is the best way to get the creative juices flowing.

The Everyday People Around You

Recently I was struck with the realization of how many incredibly talented people exist within one’s social sphere — if you look closely, you can find undiscovered artists, seasoned masters, and those special few who have just hit their stride. Today alone I had the privilege of talking to an aspiring music producer, an SNL veteran, and a potential magazine photo editor — all people whom I work with day-to-day.

Often the most inspiring people are right next to you; you just have to take the time to notice them.

The Modern Reality of Design

“Designers talk about creating a body of work, but they seldom talk about acquiring a body of knowledge. They take pride in being makers, but seldom identify themselves as thinkers. They claim to be emissaries of communication — to give form to ideas. And while we would like to believe this is true, it seems to us that all too often, we, as designers, are called upon merely to make things look good — rather than contributing to the evolution and articulation of ideas themselves.” ~ William Drenttel

From the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) National Design Conference
· Full article at Design Observer
· Hat Tip: What Do I Know

Be Kind To Us Booksellers

Just as netiquette aptly describes proper behavior online, there should be a similar set of unspoken guidelines for regular, offline retail shopping, specifically bookstore environments. Unfortunately, most people don’t seem to think so.

If I were to ask some of the customers I deal with regularly, they might answer something like this:

  • What, isn’t putting books back YOUR job?
  • Of course I’m keeping a watch on my child — their lil’ destructive rampages so cuuute!
  • It’s perfectly fine to tear the plastic from a new book, so long as there’s another wrapped book to buy once I decide I like it.
  • Oh, those coffee stains will wash right out of the cover.

The True Axis of Evil

Although I strongly support the U.S. movement in Iraq, part of me wonders why we haven’t stood up to other oppressive regimes, such as Sudan, Libya, and particularly our “ally,” the “People’s Republic” of China.

How many Americans realize that these people are strictly denied the freedom of speech and religion, or that restrictions are placed on the number of children they have? Innocents everywhere are being persecuted, and the UN back-pats their leaders.

Common Argument Faux Pas

This sure makes you think twice before jumping into a debate.

(Hat tip: Megnut)

Uh… Oops?

It’s never a good thing when your boss pauses while talking with you to ask why your shirt is inside-out…

On Relationships

Wednesday night was interesting. One friend reconciled, another friend leaving for ministry. I was feeling pretty giddy, and I think I figured out why: Friends are cool. More than that, they can be a lifesaver at times.

God bless you Julia, may He lead you through an awesome time.