In a world that counts clicks, measures shares, and defines you by one image, it's easy to get lost between the difference of who they see and who you are. But, how much of this translates into real life-sharing; the transfer of empathy, listening, and understanding? Because at the heart of it, we all just want to be heard, to be understood.
How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many followers do you have on Instagram? How do you measure their worth? Do you like Jennifer because she always "likes all your posts"? What is it about Evan's family photo's that make you wish yours was better? How come everybody follows Carrie's posts, but not yours? Why is his business flourishing while yours goes unseen, unliked, and unshared?
Back in the 90's, when the rebirth of neo-hippies and rebellion was at it's apex, communication seemed easier. Sure, we may have met on an aol chat board, but we also met in person. We didn't really have the opportunity to judge each other by a profile image; instead we read their user name, trying to decipher the deeper meaning to "BabyG1rL3648".
But even then, we didn't count our worth by the number of followers on a screen, or how many shares we got. Only the stock market functioned like that, which when you think about it, is a precursor to what we have now. A market of humans, their worth defined by shares, demand, and who's buying. How did we become brokers of people? How did we get to a place where your worth is defined by the number of shares you have, and when did you decide to play the market yourself?
While there is certainly a movement to reduce or remove social media from our daily lives, most of us can't stop the dopamine-inducing glow of another comment, like, or follow.
If you have a business, the demand is even higher for you to be talked about, shared and reviewed. "It's a must" every marketer will tell you. The business owner now has the dubious job of maintaining both a personal brand like everyone else, and a business brand.
And while most of us will say that we hate social media, we are the driving force that created the boom. It's a self-inflicted storm, the climate change of the human condition; our need to be heard birthed only a competition of who could be the loudest. Albeit, there are many profound and wonderful things about bringing the world together through social media; allowing us to see our grand children, follow our college friends, and stay in touch with those we love. But is that how we are really using it?
I challenge you to ask yourself how having hundreds of friends has changed your life from only having a handful in the 90's.
I challenge you to ask yourself how much work you’re putting into your image vs. how much work you put into yourself as a person.
What if there was a way to use this superficial way of life for our good? What if, dare I question, we used the power of social media to create deeply personal relationships? What if we played the stock market of social media and share- trading with purpose? Could we really change the world and how we define the value of others?
I did some math to find out, and I think that you'll see the numbers are in your favor.
If the average Facebook user has (let's say) 500 friends, then statistically speaking, about 65 of them are business owners. How many of your Facebook friends do you buy from consistently?
As an example, Lisa has a catering business and loves making pastries for events. She shares all about it and tells her friends. When she first started, she knew success would be right around the corner. After all, she has so many friends and family... she knew it would be a booming success.
But, her friends rarely shared her business. People loved her photos, but her phone wasn't ringing. How could social media help her grow her business and, how is this related to developing deeper relationships?
Well, think about it. If 25% of Lisa's friends catered from her just once a year, it would change her life, and that of her family forever. If 125 people spent $200 just once a year for catering, her family would have $25,000. Maybe they could move out of their kitchen and rent a real kitchen; maybe her son could go to college; maybe, they could take care of an ill family member. It would change their lives permanently.
Eddie loves animals, and since retirement, has devoted her life to rescuing dogs, giving them love, and finding homes for the homeless. There isn't a day that she doesn't wake up ready to save a life. She shares her photos on social media and pleads for adoptions and donations to help care for the wounded animals. If one hundred of her friends were local, and just a revolving 10% rescued an animal every two years, that would be 10-12 lives saved a year.
Anthony has just earned his certification in Massage Therapy, and though he's still living with his mom, he's excited to start his own practice to help people. But getting a job at a chiropractor's office wasn't as easy as he'd hoped, and business owners wouldn't allow him to put up his massage chair and home-made sign outside of their stores. He only asks $40 for an hour massage, but it's hard getting out there. How would Anthony's life change if half of his local friends bought gift certificates from him each year for their friends, family, or themselves? Anthony would have $2,000 extra every year, and while that may not seem like a lot of money to you, to a budding entrepreneur, it's life altering.
Beyond the monetary gains of supporting one another, comes the invaluable gift of self confidence, brotherhood and understanding which far-outweighs anything the stock market of social media can produce.
If social media was created out of the deep human desire to be heard and understood, then it is of greatest value when we use it as such; to change the lives of those around us.
If you're going to buy make-up anyway, why not buy it from your friend, instead of Macy's? How could your one act of kindness change her life, and how would knowing that change yours?
If you have an average of 500 friends or followers, about 65 of them are business owners, and about 5-10 are marketing a service or product. What if you chose to do business with them instead of Walmart? How would you feel knowing you had been the one to give such a gift? How many followers is one loyal friend worth?
What if you're an entrepreneur, selling home made picture frames, or custom made clothing? What would happen if everyone of your friends bought just once a year from you? How would that change your life?
Social Media doesn’t have to be the weighing of what’s superficial. It can be the vehicle to changing the world. It can alter the future of people you know and those that you don’t know. You, the one reading this right now, have the power to directly change the lives of about 65 people. Right now.
What if today you decided to ask all of your friends and followers to list their business? What if you had their business cards and referred them to your local friends? What if your value was tied to the value you gave to others, instead of the number of Likes on a photo?
What if, the answer to the deep human need to be heard, is not a competition to be the loudest? We must go deeper than Shares, be more engaged than a quick emoji, and willing to protest the sales of our values for followers.
In a world that counts clicks, measures shares, and defines you by one image, it's never been easier to give the human stock market the finger, and change the outcomes for thousands of people just like you. You have the power to change the world. Why waste it on Instagraming your lunch?
Why play the social media market at all? What are you selling to the world and what are you being forced to trade for it? The power is literally in your finger tips.
I challenge you to seek out just 5 social media friends and support their business, mission, and goals. Buy their shirt. Get your hair done. Help them adopt a puppy. Be the change that you yourself so badly desire. Listen, so that you can be heard.**
If 10,000 people read this article and take up this challenge, 50,000 lives will be touched, and that’s way better than whatever Meme you just shared.
What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a disease that affects not only the lungs, but in some cases, other vital organs. Generally, your upper respiratory system can destroy any invading bacterium or viral cells, but sometimes, those defenses fail, allowing the disease to enter the lower respiratory system. Once in the lungs, the alveoli (tiny air sacs that help you breathe) fill with fluid and swell up causing decreased air flow.
Types of Pneumonia
There Are Two Types of Pneumonia With Subsets
Pneumonia is either bacterial or viral, and knowing the cause of the pneumonia is critical, as each is treated with different medications. Using a few standard tests and a chest scan, your doctor will be able to determine the type of pneumonia you have and how to treat it.
This is the most common type of pneumonia caused by the Streptococcus bacteria and is usually contracted when the immune system is weak, such as after an upper respiratory infection or cold/flu. Symptoms usually are exhaustion, chest pain, fever, and odd breathing patterns.
This is usually contracted by the influenza flu or respiratory syncytial virus. It’s not as serious as a bacterial infection, but will present with fever, coughing mucus, headache, sore throat and more.
ATYPICAL/WALKING PNEUMONIA (Mycoplasma Pneumonia)
As an adult, you’re less likely to contract this version of Pneumonia, and isn’t caused by the same bacteria as the other forms. It’s milder, but signs include coughing, sweating, headache, and fever.
Most of the symptoms in pneumonia may all feel the same when you’re the one who’s sick; but it’s important your doctor determines the correct cause and/or severity of your prognosis.
You’re coughing, tired and can’t breathe, so you call your doc and set up an appointment to be seen. Once he/she suspects you are presenting pneumonia symptoms, they will perform one of both standard tests which require a chest X-ray to confirm.
BTS/IDSA/ATS GUIDELINES FOR FIRST LINE ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT OF ADULT CAP
Chances are, your doctor knows these guidelines like the back of her hand, but you probably don’t. So if you are suffering from suspected or confirmed pneumonia and want to make sure you are being cared for correctly, click below to view the medical guidelines for testing and treatment.
Although there are many strains, types and subtypes; all still fall under being either bacterial or viral in nature. The majority of cases are bacterial and so are usually treated either with Amoxicillin, Doxycycine, Clarithromycin, or in more severe cases, Benzylpenicillin and/or IV/Hospital treatment. Most average prescriptions are for 500mg tablets of Amoxicillin 2-3x a day and can be treated at home.
The Fascinating Facts
We come into contact everyday with potentially harmful viruses and bacteria, in the case of pneumonia born bacteria and viruses, our bodies are built to withstand and conquer them… so why don’t they?
Usually, the Nasopharynx catches and destroys any pathogens that enter through your nose or mouth. But let’s say that they slip by your Naso army forces and travel down your esophagus… Your Glottis (this is where you look at the picture), which is a small slit of tissue that opens and closes like an elevator door. Generally, any pathogens get destroyed once they make it to this point, as your body is creating and sending out B and T cells to fight back.
But if your immune system isn’t strong enough, your army of cells will be weak, and the invading pathogens enter your lower respiratory system.
image from curetoday.com
Once the pathogens are in your lung(s) they will begin to eat at the tissue cells and cause mucus to fill your tiny air sacs now as alveoli- which are normally free and clear carrying oxygen. So if you have a lowered immune system, you’re more prone to get pneumonia, and once you’ve contracted it, the one thing that can really benefit you-oxygen to feed your army- is being cut off by the symptoms of the disease. The best way to fight back is by strengthening your immune system.
Holistic Treatment and Remedies
Zinc strengthens the immune system and is typically found in foods we don’t eat enough of- like beans! Research has shown that taking zinc while in the acute phases of pneumonia not only reduces symptoms, but the length of illness.
If you’re taking antibiotics, then you need to take extra good care of your gastrointestinal tract. Antibiotics don’t just kill the bad guys, they kill your good bacteria too- like a nuke, nobody wins. If you aren’t eating Kefir and cultured veggies, then contact your MyCoach for some supplement recommendations.
High doses of vitamin C, preferably from natural sources and not a Centrum bottle, will help repair your cell’s army and feed them while simultaneously reducing your symptoms and length of infection. “A Dr. Klenner remembers a man, who was lying near death from severe virus pneumonia, but refused to be hospitalized. ‘I went to his house and gave him one big shot with five grams or 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C,' he recalled. 'When I went back later in the day, his temperature was down three degrees and he was sitting on the edge of the bed eating. I gave him another shot of C, 5,000 milligrams and kept up that dosage for three days, four times a day. And he was well.’” Read more about that story HERE
Feeding your body nutrients is essential, but providing more oxygen is critical. Juicing raw green leafy vegetables provides your blood cells with a rush of oxygen, strengthening your body. (remember that the pneumonia infection steals your oxygen both in your cells and by clogging your alveoli.
Need a great antimicrobial, virus killing, fungi slaughtering friend that will also keep vampires away? Garlic is your new best friend. And when we say “garlic” we mean fresh, “you just peeled it” kinda garlic. It will help fight the pathogens in your body, reduce your body temperature a bit, and helps get the mucus out of your chest and lungs. Members can visit the Member Only Pages to find more tips on garlic.
Cayenne pepper is all about the mucus my friends! It’s got the highest concentration of capsaicin, and helps get the muk out of your respiratory passages. Perfect for clearing you up and clearing it out!
You knew we’d throw lemon water in the mix didn’t you? Members can read more about the healing benefits of lemon water in our Member Only Pages. Lemon juice helps to balance your pH levels, has antibacterial properties, immune boosting, temperature reducing goodness, plus has vitamin C. Drinking warm lemon water with a squeeze of honey several times a day is recommended for anyone with pneumonia.
Our goal is to ensure your immune system is so strong, no pathogens can touch it, and that starts with a clean, nutrient dense whole food diet. Your body is beautifully made, and when we take care of our bodies, illness can become less and less of a concern. This is what eating to live is all about… and we love it!
Sometimes the only good things you’ll hear are the things you tell yourself. So shut out the haters and start being your own hero. Here are 10 phrases to say in front of the mirror to empower and strengthen your soul.
I accept myself unconditionally right now.
I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.
I don’t work hard because I hate my body; I work out because I love it.
I had a purpose before anyone had an opinion and I’m going to fulfill it.
I am the hero of my life, not the victim.
I will make it.
I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.
The difference between who I am and who I want to be is what I do, and what I have to do to get where I want to be may not be pretty or may not come easy.
I am strong, and strong is sexy.
I own who I am, what’s happened to me, and the choices I’ve made.
I'm in full control of who I will become; I'm in charge of my own life.
You're already a badass, you've just forgotten who you really are in the struggle. Find a way to remember who you were before the world told you who you should be.
Use these 10 phrases to empower yourself and find your why.
Linda Lavender writes articles to help folks with Auto Immune Disease, Depression, Anxiety and other health related illnesses.