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R&R for 2008

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This new year’s eve, consider a resolution that will make your cheeks glow and your heart happy.

Consider scheduling a long weekend, or even a week, at a health spa.

Many of my patients who have followed through on this (my favorite) prescription consider their health-spa visits life-altering. The healthy food, massage, long walks, and yoga sessions, lack of TVs, and turned-off cellphones helped them see how eliminating stress could lead to a whole new approach to good health.

If you’re thinking you can’t afford a spa visit, get creative. Barter with yourself and eliminate eating out for several months and shopping for unneeded items. The cost of a spa visit might surprise you–and think of the money you’ll save on medical bills by learning to reduce stress.

Check out www.spafinder.com and resolve to take a few days of rest and relaxation in 2008.


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ALLERGIES

• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Red, swollen eyes
• Itchy eyes and nose
• Tickly throat
• No fever

COLD
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Sore throat
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild dry cough
• Rarely a low fever

STREP THROAT
• Painful sore throat
• Hurts to swallow
• Swollen glands in neck
• Fever

FLU (Standard seasonal flu)
• Fever
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Sudden onset over few hours
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Fatigue, sometimes quite severe
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• Rarely, diarrhea

CORONAVIRUS-COVID 19
• Shortness of breath
• Fever (usually above 100 degrees)
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Slow onset (2-14 days)
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild fatigue
• Mild sneezing

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