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My April 5 - April 11 forecast!

Andrea,
Here is your April 5 - April 11 forecast!

Dear Andrea,
    Winter is fading and spring has taken hold with warmer days and the appearance of new shoots and buds, but that doesn't mean that the cold season is over! My mum used to tell that people are often susceptible to colds in the spring because there are more people out and about sharing their germs. She also insisted that the spring's fickle weather--going from cold to warm and back to cold--throws our bodies out of balance and lowers our immunity. Whether or not her wise woman wisdom was right, if she sensed that sniffles were on the way, she would quickly cook up her favorite cold remedy, chicken soup.
    Chicken soup is the quintessential remedy against the common cold in many cultures. In fact, you may also be familiar with one of its nicknames, "Jewish penicillin," which comes from it having been a staple healing food in Jewish households for many years.
    Andrea, there is often some truth behind old wives' tales so I decided to research the topic and discovered that scientists have been attesting to chicken soup's healing properties for improving cold symptoms since the 1970's. In 1998, an article in the magazine Coping with Allergies and Asthma reported that consuming chicken soup helps to improve the actions of the tiny protective hair-like cilia in the nose that prevent germs from entering your body.
    Recently, a doctor at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Stephen Rennard, tested his wife's Lithuanian family chicken soup recipe that included chicken, carrots, celery, onion, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips, salt and pepper. What he discovered is that something in chicken soup inhibits the movement of neutrophils, white blood cells that defend the body against infection, thus reducing symptoms of upper respiratory congestion. He also tested a number of commercially sold canned chicken soups and found them to be effective cold remedies, as well.
    While neither Dr. Rennard nor any other scientists have been able to determine what makes chicken soup an effective cold remedy, it is clear that the consumption of chicken soup in the winter and spring seasons helps protect against colds and eases the discomfort of any cold symptoms.
    Andrea, I certainly hope you remain healthy and fit during these early days of spring. However, should you succumb to a seasonal cold, I highly recommend some tasty chicken soup.
    Now let's take a look at your forecast.
    Best regards,
   
P.S.  Andrea, You Will Rise from the Ashes of Financial Hardships!