Feed a cold, an apple a day - it's so confusing!

I just can’t seem to get these old health sayings straight. Some of them just seem down right complicated.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away…” OK – so you eat an apple every day and don’t have to go to the doctor. But what happens when you get a cold. Do you have to stop eating the apples because if you don’t you can’t get the doctor to come into the examining room? How does he know that you’ve been eating an apple a day anyway?
“You are what you eat.” Well, I guess I’m a pepper. You know – he’s a pepper, she’s a pepper, we’re all peppers. Wouldn’t you like to be a pepper, too? If your not 50-something and from Texas you might not understand that muchly out-dated commercial ditty. Anyway, invision a beautiful, round, green Bell pepper lounging on the beach. She’s under an umbrella, a big chilled glass of Dr. Pepper on the rocks. Yes, I’m a pepper!
“Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound.” I do, I do eat well. I very seldom drink anything except Dr. Pepper so I guess I’m a moderate drinker. I don’t always sleep sound but I sleep alot. you see – I’m just confused by all this.
“Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Now that’s the one that’s really confusing. Is it “Feed a fever, starve a cold”? I never can remember and that really causes me concern. I mean, what are you suppose to do?
By chance I recently ran across some remarks made by a professional nutritionist who said there was no truth to the old adage. The nutritionist also said that there was also no validity in the saying if you reversed it. So – I can only glean from all this that it is silly to starve a fever and/or a cold and it’s equally foolish to feed a fever and/or a cold. So – what do you do? Is there an alternative?
With my recent diagnosis of cancer I have had a great amount of well wishing friends who provided food for myself and my family. We have been treated to some of the best dishes in our area. We’ve had homemade meatballs and sub fixin’s that would make Subway’s Jared envious. Warm, gooey, delicious Brownies fresh out of the oven didn’t last long around this house. We have had enchilada casserole’s that had us all saying “Ole!” and Sopapilla Cheesecakes that melted in your mouth. Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Chicken and gravy that the Colonel couldn’t match. A pecan pie that could have earned a blue ribbon at any state fair in the South and a Pork and rice casserole that convinced me that my daughter had inherited her grandmother’s cooking abilities. We were treated to a potatoe casserole that was virtually gobbled up by my two boys before we could get it to the table and chocolate chip cookies that made a very brief visit in the kitchen – then they disappeared. And talk about disappearing acts – you should have seen how fast a whole loaf of homemade bread vanished into thin air.
I’ve said all this not only to brag on the cooking abilities of some very dear friends but to let you know that cancer isn’t all that bad, especially when you eat well. I’ve been feeling really good since I haven’t had to cook in over a week! I’m telling you delicious food has made a huge difference in how I feel. I, therefore, have decided to enter a new saying in the books for all suffering from cancer. It’s not nearly as confusing as those other sayings and it will improve the way you feel – guaranteed. It simply goes like this – “Starve a cold…FEED A CANCER.” You can’t go wrong!

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