The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
Occasionally, a story appears in the paper that warms our hearts and educates us as well. This essay, in the Townies section of the NY Times will make you smile and cry at the same time. It begins...
"The story of how Danny and I were married last July in a Manhattan
courtroom, with our son, Kevin, beside us, began 12 years earlier, in a
dark, damp subway station.
Danny called me that day, frantic. “I
found a baby!” he shouted. “I called 911, but I don’t think they
believed me. No one’s coming. I don’t want to leave the baby alone. Get
down here and flag down a police car or something.” By nature Danny is a
remarkably calm person, so when I felt his heart pounding through the
phone line, I knew I had to run."
The holiday season is a time for joy
and celebration. Sometimes coughs and
colds get in the way of the festivities.
There is one useful therapy that should not be overlooked when you or a
loved when gets sick: chicken soup.
All of us can remember coming home on
some wintry night with a bad cold, sore throat and fever. We would climb into bed and someone would
give us a nice hot, delicious bowl of chicken soup that made us feel better.
Interestingly, chicken soup has been
used since antiquity to treat illness.
The Talmud (Shabbos 145b) suggests that Rabbi Abba used something akin
to chicken soup for medicinal purposes.
More recently, scientists have studied chicken soup and found it to have
beneficial effects on the respiratory system.
How chicken soup works is
unclear. Is it the aroma, humidity,
temperature, calcium content or some other mysterious property that gives it
its effectiveness? I suspect these researchers are spending too much time
looking at the chicken soup itself instead of focusing on what goes into the
making of the chicken soup. The real
ingredients behind the magic of chicken soup are the following:
Nothing can compare with a mother’s love for her sick child. Mom always knew how to make you feel
better. Every bowl of chicken soup
carries within it the memory of mom’s love.
By warmth I am not referring to temperature. Rather warmth is the special feeling that
exists between close friends or family.
A gentle caress, a compassionate smile and just being there for someone
are examples of how people show warmth for one another. When you are sick and someone makes you
chicken soup, you know they really care about you.
TENDER LOVING CARE:
There is more to a cure than giving a pill. The healing process involves a therapeutic
relationship between two people. When
someone is sick, they get better much more quickly when their spirits are
uplifted through another’s compassion and caring. Tender loving care is part and parcel of the
healing properties of chicken soup.
Although pneumonia, influenza, coughs
and colds affect millions of persons worldwide each year, there is a much more
serious epidemic we all face. Today we
live in a cold, cruel world that is unfortunately filled with hostility, war,
terror and hate. Our leaders have
established a United Nations and peace keeping forces to find an answer to
These are important steps toward
peace. Perhaps what civilization really
needs is to get back to the basic human relationship and promote more love,
warmth and tender loving care between people and their neighbors. Maybe the answer to what ails humanity can be
found in something as simple as chicken soup!