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A Publication of Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. © 2011 Volume XX – Issue 25

December 9, 2011

It’s All About The Holidays! Page A-2

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n our family, the last five nights before Christmas Eve were designated as Chimney Inspection Nights. This meant that during our single-digit years, my little brother Will and I had to be in bed very early and asleep so that Santa's elves could come and check that our chimney and the Christmas tree were ready for his visit. If we passed muster, the elves would leave candy canes on our bedroom door-knobs. I think they had an arrangement with my parents, because Santa's helpers always seemed to wait until the night before Christmas Eve to visit. When I was 7, I was glad they did. That year, my public school, in Lorne Park, Ontario, sold Christmas trees as a fundraiser. Families pre-ordered, and a truckload of evergreens arrived just before Christmas break. The eldest child was given the task of picking out their family's tree and tagging it for pick-up. I had been carefully instructed by Mum to select a bushy, well-shaped tree with a straight trunk and a good side. The responsibility weighed heavily on my shoulders. The trees were Scotch pines and came in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. I examined and rejected many, but finally found and tagged one that met Mum's exacting criteria. At dinner that night I proudly proclaimed the merits of my tree and after eating, Dad and I returned to the school to pick it up. It wasn't there. My tree had just appeared! Dad went for help while I kept looking. I hadn't gone far before my heart dropped into my boots. There, lying in the muddy slush was my tag. Someone else must have taken our tree. We didn't have a tree, and with Christmas only two days away, that night was the last night that the elves could visit! What would we do? Would Santa still come? This was serious! Apologizing profusely, the school principal led us to a lone pine standing in the corner of the yard. Even Charlie Brown would have been embarrassed to bring it home. At the house we set the tree in the stand Mum had waiting in the corner of the living room and stepped back to admire our handiwork. I heard Mum gasp. Our tree leaned drunkenly to one side, listing like a sinking ship. Dad tried turning the tree this way and that to improve the profile, but it was no use. It looked awful. At first Mum was speechless, and then she started to question my choice. I was devastated. I had failed her. Dad intervened and hastily explained the problem. Will and I put on our pajamas and returned to the kitchen, where, while sipping our cocoa, Dad and I told Mum the tale of our missing tree. Will and I had regular hot chocolate, but I am sure Mum and Dad had something a little stronger. It was now past our bedtime, and of course a Chimney

Inspection Night. As Will and I headed off to bed, I took one last look at the tree. I can remember thinking that it looked so bad the elves might not approve it and Santa might not leave any presents. In the morning I found no candy cane on my bedroom doorknob. We had failed inspection! As I moped down the hallway, I passed the living room and looked in to scowl at the cause of my distress. There, standing straight and tall, with candy canes hanging from many of the branches, was the most perfect Christmas tree I had ever seen. Something magical had occurred last night! I spotted Mum curled up asleep in the big easy chair, and I ran to shake her awake and show her what had happened. When I asked her what might have happened, she suggested that maybe the elves had heard about the mix-up and decided to help out. Santa did come, and Christmas that year was wonderful as usual. I never questioned how the elves managed to fix our tree that year, but once I was old enough to know, Dad told me the whole story. Mum had stayed up most of that night fixing my tree. Using hammer, nails, and stove wire, she and Dad managed to force it to stand up straight. Next she employed his brace and bit to bore strategically placed holes in the trunk, and then, using branches from the back of the tree, Mum filled in the bare spots, holding her transplanted boughs in place with carpenter's glue and green twine. Her finishing touch was pruning the tree to shape with scissors. I guess you could say that Mum created a real artificial Christmas tree. A tradition was started. Ever since that special Christmas, children in the Forrest family have risen to find candy canes hanging on their tree on the morning after Chimney Inspection Night. This year, three generations of our family will gather to celebrate and reminisce at Christmas, and the story of what is now The Elves' Christmas Tree will be recounted. It has been embellished a little, but fortunately Mum is still with us to authenticate and describe the details. When the children's version of the tale is told, they will listen while nibbling on candy canes, and marvel at the magic of the elves' visit. I will always hear in my heart the real story and remember it fondly as a loving and creative mother's way of preserving the magic of Christmas for her sons. ST Visit www.chickensoup.com


Wouldn’t It Be Nice...

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ouldn’t it be nice if the politicians would call a halt to their campaigning through the holiday season and enjoy a merry Christmas? Between the special Christmas movies on TV, the music programs, the requests for help for the needy and the many things we look forward to, there’s always a politician selling himself. At this time of the year, I’m just not buying. Wouldn’t it be nice if families weren’t scattered far and wide? Most family members try very hard to get ‘home for Christmas’ but as their families expand, choices have to be made. That’s when we are happy to have all the electronic abilities to stay in touch. Sometimes it is almost like being there. In Atlanta, little Cohen has his typical red stocking hung on the mantlepiece while little Morgan has a green stocking beside it (representing her last name), carrying forth the tradition of their great-grandad. How we would love to see them! (Maybe on Facebook). Wouldn’t it be nice to walk into a home where the turkey is cooking and the smell of delicious food invades our nostrils? In Florida, the turkey is cooked by my son-in-law on the enclosed back porch. It is delicious but the aroma only comes when it’s time to eat. Everyone brings a dish or two and contributes their part of the dinner. I remember that Mother used to always do the deviled eggs. Then one year, she ran low on one of the ingredients and they didn’t tast quite the same. Ever since then, we laugh and say, “… she was ‘fired’ from deviled eggs.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we could (or would) lay aside our daily worries and concerns? I’m good at that… except this year I am concerned about the health of some of my friends. I pray that all goes well, that they return to good health and are able to be home

and among family and friends for the Christmas season. Wouldn’t it be nice if old friends came to call? Perhaps they will… if you stay home long enough to find out. A friend, Linda from Baltimore, came back to Florida for a week and we attended a dinner of our peers. That was very nice. A lot of singing, gifting, and eating going on in December.

You Name It …by Kitty Maiden

Wouldn’t it be nice if new friends were inclined to stay in touch? Some have lost loved ones this year and will be with immediate family. Bless them all as they learn to deal with a different way of life. Wouldn’t it be nice to share? There are hundreds of people who enjoy sharing and so many of them come to remember our veterans. Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year at the nursing home. School children make cards for the veterans; motorcycle brigades ride in to have a cook-out and share gift bags, t-shirts and billed caps; a special Christmas dinner brings relatives to their tables. Memories are shared throughout the season. Speaking of sharing, a friend named Bernie collects old cards people have received throughout the years and uses them to make 4 inch round ornament’s. At regular holiday gatherings, she gives out her ornaments to the delight of all. Maybe she will bring them when Company G has a Christmas program three days before Christmas. Stay in touch throughout the Christmas season. That really be would be sooooo nice! ST Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.

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What’s Happening Around Town… Holiday Hope Services You are cordially invited to join Lohman Funeral Homes for Holiday Hope Memorial Services in honor and memory of your loved ones. Services will be held on Sun., Dec. 18 from 2–3 P.M. at Lohman Funeral Home Ormond Beach, 733 W. Granada Blvd., and at Lohman Funeral Home Deltona, 1681 Providence Blvd. Refreshments will be served and you will receive a complimentary gift of remembrance. For more information, call 386-673-1100.

Financial Planning Join Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation in a complimentary financial education opportunity on Thurs., Dec. 15 from NOON to 1 P.M. Topics include: Saving and Investing, Estate Planning and Charitable Gifting, Credit Management, Staying Out of Debt, and Effective Tax Strategies. Register now, seats are limited. To RSVP, call 386-5864440 today.

Long-Term Care Do you know the true answers to questions about long-term care costs? You are invited to a free informational workshop on government benefits and planning for payment of long-term care presented by Scott Selis of The Chiumento-Selis-Dwyer Attorneys At Law at 2 P.M. on Dec. 13 in Daytona Beach and Dec. 14 in Palm Coast. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Call 386-868-5337 to RSVP.

Respite Program Are you the caregiver for your loved one? The Council on Aging (COA) offers primary caregivers of persons with early to mid-stage dementia, 60 years of age and older, a break from caregiving while their loved one participates in a therapeutic program with social and recreational activities from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. For those who meet criteria, program costs are covered by a grant. Caregiver support groups are also offered. Call the COA at 386-253-4700, ext. 204 for details, locations, and programs throughout Volusia County.

Christmas Presentation Dianne Jacoby, also known as The Painted Lady, will give an interpretive presentation of Christmas with Mrs. Flagler at 2 P.M., Friday, Dec. 16, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle. In this three-act performance, Jacoby portrays each wife in period costumes. For more information, please call the library at 386-3225152, ext. 28.

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Grand Opening You are invited to join the Lohman family at the Grand Opening and Open House on Sun., Dec. 11 from 1–4 P.M. at their new funeral home located at 1681 Providence Blvd., in Deltona. Everyone is welcome and there will be complimentary refreshments and a gift. For more details, call 386-860-5900.

Christmas Cantata You are invited to enjoy the live band, beautiful music, and the Christmas message during a Christmas Cantata at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Rd., South Daytona on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10 A.M. Refreshments served. For directions or more information, please call 386-767-6542.

Parkinson’s Association The Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach is pleased to announce that it will hosting its annual Holiday Social. The event will be held at Bishop’s Glen Retirement Center (auditorium) at 900 LPGA Blvd. in Holly Hill on Wednesday, December 7 from 12 to 2 P.M. The holiday social is open to all members of the Parkinson’s Association of Greater Daytona Beach. All members are invited to attend and enjoy food, entertainment, and door prizes. There is no cost to members! Seating is limited, reservations are required by calling, 386-676-6375.

Lunch Bunch Break Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 724 Big Tree Rd. in South Daytona sponsors a “Lunch Bunch” every Thurs. beginning at 12 noon but will be taking a Christmas break on Dec. 22 and 29. Just $4 gets you lunch and bingo with non-monetary prizes. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Please call 386-767-6542, Tue. thru Fri. for reservations.

Holiday Homes Tour Join the Fifth Annual Holiday Tour Of Homes Sunday, December 11 from 1–5:30 P.M. by the Ormond Beach Historical Society. This year���s event features some of Ormond’s most prestigious homes on John Anderson. Refreshments will be served. Attendees will travel via shuttle buses. There will be no parking or walking allowed on John Anderson Drive. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $22 for OBHS members. Reservations limited. Purchase tickets at the OBHS Welcome Center, 38 East Granada Blvd., online at www.Ormond History.org or call 386-677-7005.

Grief Seminar Please join Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation on Wed., Dec. 14 from 6–8 P.M. at Prince Of Peace Catholic Church, 600 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach to hear Dr. Alan Wolfelt speak to bereaved individuals and families. Dr. Wolfelt’s compassionate program will be helpful to anyone who is experiencing grief in their lives. Program and refreshments are complimentary. For more information, please contact Felicia at 386-615-1100.

Joint Replacement Florida Hospital Flagler, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast offers a free class for those considering a joint replacement on Tuesday, December 13 at 11 A.M. Participants will learn about total hip, knee, and shoulder replacement surgery, post-anesthesia care, their stay on the orthopedic unit, post-discharge expectations, and exercises performed both before and after surgery. If you are considering joint replacement surgery, call 386-586-4420 today.

Fashion Show Join the fun as Grand Villa residents and store models will delight the audience when they present fun, colorful, and casual resort wear and accessories by Patchington on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 2 P.M. at Grand Villa, 535 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach. The show is free and open to the public, so bring a group of friends and come enjoy the afternoon. Refreshments served. RSVP to 386868-0723 by Dec. 11 to save your seat.

Support Groups Look Good/Feel Better Trained cosmetologists are available to help women undergoing cancer treatments with makeup and accessories. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society., this group meets at Florida Hospital in DeLand. The cost is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Call The American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for reservations, meeting times, and more information. Hurting Yourself With Food? Are you tired of Yo-Yo dieting? Are you addicted to food? Are you worried about eating over the holidays? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a solution for all forms of food addiction. People have found recovery from overeating, under eating, and bulimia in FA. For more information and to find a meeting close to you, call the FA Hotline at 386-258-0610.


For American Children, Hanukkah Has Become A Festival Of Fun

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anukkah isn’t a hugely important holiday on the Jewish calendar, but modern-day celebrations of the Festival of Lights do work to get today's children —and adults—excited about Judaism, according to Professor Dianne Ashton of Rowan University. How did a minor festival considered to be fairly insignificant become so prominent in America? Ashton says that after the Civil War, two Cincinnati rabbis, both leaders of influential national Jewish newspapers, led a movement to Americanize Judaism. The movement coincided with the growth and popularity of home-based Christmas customs among German Christian immigrants in the U.S. Interest grew when one of the rabbis began writing serialized accounts of the Maccabean War, romanticized, cliff-hanging accounts of heroism and bravery—two qualities that were extremely important to Jewish immigrants, says Ashton. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eightday commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the successful Maccabean Revolt.

The other rabbi sought to promote the idea of a fun holiday festival for Jewish children, according to Ashton, author of The American Hanukkah (New York University Press), which examines Hanukkah from 1860-2000.

Senior Home Owners 62 and older… “The rabbi said Jewish children shall have a grand and glorious Hanukkah, a festival as nice as Christmas, with songs, dramatics, candle lighting, ice cream, and candy,” Ashton says. “This really shifted Hanukkah from primarily an observance of Jewish adults to a festival seen as particularly important for Jewish children, a way to keep them interested in Judaism,” says Ashton. ST

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Learning From Others by George Goldtrap

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eg and I exchange e-mail goodies of a great variety and with friends literally world-wide. It is great fun. The internet, and its offspring, email, has motivated friends and family to communicate as we have never before. As Martha Stewart might say‌ â€?and that’s a good thing.’ Admittedly not everything we get is great material‌ sometimes it is worthy only of the circle file and I contribute to that file regularly. Sometimes it is border line. However, thinning it all out and keeping or sharing only the best has never been a problem for me. How long does it take to hit delete? I get columns from other writers, again from all over the globe. It’s fascinating and often enlightening‌ but even some of those get dumped. No writer is consistently a Pulitzer writer. Again‌ the ever ready delete to the rescue. It amuses me when I hear someone criticize the I-net as a trash pit not worthy of their time. ‘Phsuedo intellectuals have always bored me. (Often real intellectuals bore me too.) Of course not everything is a masterful work of art. Not all food is tasty but it would be pretty silly to stop eating. When I do get exceptionally thoughtful, challenging or funny articles, (my personal favorites), I enjoy them and as often as not, share them with like minds. My share groups make up several different categories. Recently someone shared this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74 y88YuSJ8 No, I’m not going to tell you about it. Go to the site and experience your own reaction. I will say this: It is kindda edgy and may not hit you as ‘funny’, but it did me. Sometimes the line between funny and tragic is, as Mr. Bill Shakespeare informed us, a very fine line‌ and of course it is going to vary with our own experiences. In this case the line is between funny and sacrilege. You decide. Occasionally, I receive something that I consider just plain vulgar. I don’t solicit vulgarity, I don’t like vulgarity and I don’t share vulgarity‌ but again the line is relative and personal so I don’t judge the intent of the giver‌ I just toss it. I don’t like syrupy stuff either. I’m not unsympathetic to the starving masses but stories designed built on superstitious premises insult my intelligence. I’m not interested in hearing that someone’s illness has been cured by an old camel trader on a mountain in Peru, and I’m not going to forward anything 7 times in an afford to get rich or avoid leprosy. Hogwash! Among the things I do like are religion and politics‌ not one sided condemnations of the other party, or candidate of school of thought, but good factual discussion of

today’s issues and constitutional debates that keep us on the road of freedom. I have a running debate with a long time Ph.D friend, hundreds of miles away and twice that many miles apart philosophically‌ but our friendship supersedes our debates and we both grow by the challenge. As has been said‌ I never learned anything from anyone who agrees with me on everything. Likewise with religion. It is after all philosophy, part of mankind’s history and in many cases the dividing line between men and animals, but again, I want it factual,

Happy Talk ‌by George & Peggy Goldtrap (or as close as possible), not superstitious voodoo about signs in the sky or candles that light themselves. As soon as a writer starts telling me what ‘God has told him’, in the round file he goes. I trust no man who claims direct revelation from the supernatural‌ be he/she preacher or crystal ball reader. You will not invoke argument in me by broaching the subject. I’ve been a student for years and nothing will surprise or offend. It all goes through my cranial filter. I also enjoy a good history lesson or contemporary story about a hero or ‘over comer.’ I like, yea I need, to be inspired, challenged, and boosted. The guideline is still, ‘No Syrup,’ but good material is out there and I welcome its effect on my mind in a world often beset my bad news and horror stories. The History channel has a great web site and history update service. Delancyplace.com is another fine source for a great variety of inspiring and educational, yet entertaining material. There are many others, some better than others, but you can weed’em out according to your liking. So bring’em on, those of you who think I need to read from a broader base. You will not insult me‌ in fact you will probably never know what effect you had‌ so nothing ventured, nothing gained. After all, you’ve read my stuff‌ why shouldn’t I read yours. Who knows, I may get ‘bested’ ‌ and I would welcome it. By the way‌ if you forward this to 9 others it might be a complete waste of time. ST

George and Peggy Goldtrap are both actors, speakers, and writers and may be reached at georgegoldtrap@g mail.com


Preparing For The Holidays—Mentally

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or most, holidays are an exciting time filled with anticipation. Some of us find this time of year lacking and sad. You might say, “Christmas just isn’t what it used to be.” Or find yourself feeling alone and left out. People are always searching for the perfect holiday, you know, the one’s we recall from our childhoods. The reality is that holidays are different today. Life brings changes and in fact, we are different than we used to be. During holiday times many of us become nostalgic and memories of the good ole days creep in. We remember past celebrations shared with special loved ones and long to return to those simpler times. As times change families do as well. Some family members pass on, move away, children grow up, and new family member join the circle. Friends come and go and so do the traditions we remember so well. All of these feelings contribute to the expectations of what holiday celebrations are supposed to be like. Trying to recreate those special moments can leave us frustrated and disappointed. What can a person do to escape the holiday blues and mentally prepare yourself for a joyous holiday season? While there is no magic formula, your attitude can make a huge difference on your outlook and can determine the length and depth of your sadness. There are a few things you can do to avoid prolonged feelings of melancholy. Look for new traditions that will add joy and excitement to today’s holiday season. Embrace the changes as something

new which enriches established traditions while adding new ones. Accept the changes life brings and look for a deeper meaning to the celebrations you’ve just experienced. Remember the reason for the season!

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Life …by Kathy M. Bryant Plan future changes that you can add to next years’ celebrations. Enjoy the memories you’ve made in their own way. This time of reflection can put past celebrations in perspective and create peace in your heart. Your attitude will make all the difference in how meaningful and fulfilled your holidays will be. Then, look forward to the holidays with renewed spirit and enthusiasm. A joyous spirit is contagious. Before you know it, other around you will be in the spirit themselves! Happy Holidays. ST Kathy M. Bryant is with the Volusia County Extension Office. For further information, call 386-822-5778. All Extension Service programs and information are free and open to the public regardless of race, color, sex, disability, religion, or national origin.

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Gift Of A Good Retirement by Blanca Taylor Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

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hen the holidays come, the money goes—usually for presents and parties, greeting cards, and traveling to see family. Before you spend that last holiday buck, make sure you set some cash aside for retirement as a gift to yourself. If you haven’t started already, now is the time to begin saving for your retirement—no matter what your age. If retirement is near, you’ll want to hop on a fast sled right away. If you’re younger and retirement seems a lifetime away, it’s still in your best interest to begin saving now—compound interest will help your retirement fund to snowball. Don’t take our word for it. You can check out the numbers yourself. A great way to start figuring out how much you will need for retirement is to learn how much you could expect from Social Security. You can do that in minutes with Social Security’s online Retirement Estimator. The Retirement Estimator offers an instant, personalized estimate of your future retirement benefits based on your

earnings record and a few variables you enter. Try it out at www.socialsecurity. gov/estimator We encourage saving for retirement, but there are reasons to save for every stage of life. A great place to go for help is www.mymoney.gov MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching Americans the basics about financial planning. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k) plan, the resources at www.MyMoney.gov can help you. Be sure to give yourself a holiday gift you deserve. Not only should you set aside some money for your retirement fund, but you should also spend some time looking at these websites and picturing your future retirement. Spend a little bit of holiday time at www.socialsecurity.gov ST To learn more visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov You can also call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800325-0778) and use our automated telephone services. If you are deaf or hardof-hearing, call our TTY number at 1800-325-0778.

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he holiday season is here. Traditionally, this is a time when people give to charities, but it is also a time for scammers to take advantage of those in a giving mood. The most important thing you can do is research the charity. Ask for written information that describes the charity’s programs and finances, such as the charity’s latest annual report and financial statements. Be wary of charities that are reluctant to answer reasonable questions about their operations. Ask how much of your contribution will be used for the actual charity and how much will go toward administrative and fundraising costs. It’s not illegal for fundraisers to keep a large percentage of the money donated. It’s up to the donator to decide whether the amount of money getting through to the cause is acceptable. Don’t be fooled by look-alike charity names. Some scams use names that sound impressive and are designed to resemble well-respected organizations. Don’t give in to high-pressure pitches from solicitors claiming to represent charities. Remember that if you are unable to donate at the moment or uncomfortable with any aspect of the charity, legitimate charities will welcome your donation any time. Rather than give to solicitors at your door, it is usually safer to contact the charity directly. Also, you should be suspicious of a group that offers to pick up monetary donations. Legitimate charities will always have an official address. Ask phone solic-

itors to send written information. Be suspicious if they refuse. If giving to a police or firefighter group, keep in mind that some people take advantage of the public's trusting nature and make fraudulent solicitations in the name of legitimate police groups. Contact your local organization when asked to donate. Be wary of a solicitor who promises that you will be entitled to better police protection or special privileges.

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…Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson Greeting cards, address stickers, calendars, pens, or other gifts often accompany direct mail solicitations. Charities do this because it can increase donations. Do not feel that you have to make a contribution to keep these gifts. It is against the law to demand payment for any unordered merchandise. Finally, you shouldn’t give cash to any charity. Use checks or money orders for tax and security reasons. Make the check out to the organization, not an individual. Don’t give your personal information over the telephone or through e-mail. You should ask for a receipt showing the amount of the contribution and stating that it is tax deductible. Keep in mind that contributions to a tax exempt organization are not necessarily tax deductible. ST

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Helping Seniors Celebrate The Season NAPSA

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hen celebrating the holidays this year, don’t forget to check on elderly friends and family members. While the holidays are a happy time for most people, some seniors may find the season less than festive. The holidays can be difficult for a variety of reasons. For many seniors, the holidays are a reminder of parents, siblings, and friends who are no longer alive. For others, the holidays are lonely, as relatives with whom they might celebrate live far away. Also, seniors who are ill or disabled may have difficulty getting out to shop or taking part in religious observances and seasonal festivities. Winter weather can further complicate travel, isolating seniors from the companionship and social interaction that are so essential to mental health. Even writing or reading a Christmas card can be difficult if your vision is affected. If you can, call, send a card, or bring over a plate of cookies. At this time of the year, seniors can derive extra benefit from companion care. If you live far away or are unable to provide that kind of attention, you may consider companion care. A companion can do more than remind seniors about their medication and take care of household responsibilities; they can help make the holidays a little brighter. A companion can help write cards, prepare a festive meal, and help decorate a home.

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The companion can also help alleviate seniors’ isolation by taking them out for seasonal shopping and shipping, and helping them to attend religious services and festive community events. Before you decide on a companion care agency, it’s important for the agency to first carefully assess the condition of the senior. Ask the agencies you research which services they will provide and how their caregivers are selected and are scheduled. Some agencies offer both companion care and home care to seniors. Through trained health care professionals, home health agencies may provide a broad array of home care services including senior care and physical, occupational, and speech therapy. When should a senior get such care and what kind do they need? Some companies offer a self-assessment test to help families identify factors that may place someone at home alone at risk. ST


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he word fibromyalgia can be dissected as follows; “fibro” meaning fibrous tissues (such as tendons and ligaments), “my” meaning muscle, and “algia” meaning pain. About five million Americans of both genders and many races are affected with fibromyalgia; however, eighty to ninety percent of people who have fibromyalgia are women between the age of 35 and 60. While many speculations have been made as to the exact cause of fibromyalgia, none has really been proven thus far. The most logical is that fibromyalgia may be caused by an imbalance of the brain’s chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters. Since neurotransmitters are responsible for helping the brain receive information from other tissues of the body, an impairment of their function can cause the brain to perceive pain coming from a part of the body that has not suffered physical injury. This may be why generalized pain is the main symptom of FMS. It generally occurs throughout the body, although it may start in one region, such as the neck, back, or shoulders, and may spread over a period of time. Its intensity varies from day to day and it also can change locations Another major symptom of fibromyalgia is fatigue, which is defined as “never feeling rested no matter how much sleep you get.” Some people feel tired all day and others feel more tired as the day goes on.

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Depression, which is caused by an underlying chemical imbalance in the brain, often goes hand in hand with fibromyalgia. Causes may include frustration of having chronic pain, not being able to cope with simple daily chores, and the feeling of isolation and disbelief from others who do not understand fibromyalgia. Although there is no current cure for fibromyalgia, better medical understanding of our neurotransmitter process has developed medications such as Cymbalta, Savella, and Lyrica that target neurotransmission, which may relieve symptoms to fibromyalgia. Hope is still alive.

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Mysterious Mistletoe Scandanavians associated Mistletoe with Frigga, their goddess of love, and it may be from this that we derive the custom of kissing under the mistletoe. Those who kissed under the mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck in the following year. The practice of kissing under the mistletoe was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his The Sketch Book Of Geoffrey Crayon: “The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.” Mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They revered the plant since it had no roots yet remained green during the cold months of winter. Mistletoe is intriguing botanically because it is a partial parasite (a hemiparasite). As a parasitic plant, it grows on the branches or trunk of a tree and sends out roots that penetrate into the tree and take up nutrients. It also can grow on its own and produce food by photosynthesis. The mistletoe that is commonly used as a Christmas decoration (Phoradendron flavescens) is native to North America and grows as a parasite on trees in the West and also along a line down the East Coast from New Jersey to Florida. European mistletoe (Viscum album) figured prominently in Greek mythology, and is believed to be The Golden Bough of Aeneas, ancestor of the Romans. It is said that among Romans, enemies who met under mistletoe would lay down their weapons and embrace.

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Mistletoe is rarely found growing on oak trees, and as such was especially sacred to the ancient Celtic Druids. On the sixth night of the moon, whiterobed Druid priests would cut the oak mistletoe with a golden sickle. Two white bulls would be sacrificed amid prayers that the recipients of the mistletoe would prosper.

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The sticky juice of mistletoe berries was used as adhesive to trap small animals or birds. In South Africa, it is called bird lime in English. According to custom in the Englishspeaking world, the mistletoe must not touch the ground between its cutting and its removal as the last of Christmas greens at Candlemas; it may remain hanging through the year, often to preserve the house from lightning or fire, until it was replaced the following Christmas Eve. In the Middle Ages and later, mistletoe branches were hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits. In Europe they were placed over house and stable doors to prevent the entrance of witches. In some parts of England, the Christmas mistletoe is burned on the 12th night lest all the boys and girls who have kissed under it never marry.ST

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The condition is treated by a simple in-office maneuver where the patient’s head is tilted in several positions in such a way as to remove this debris from the fluid in the inner ear, Katz states. Canalith repositioning is a highly effective treatment and can be easily repeated if dizziness returns or is not completely eliminated the first time. While little known, this procedure is fully covered by Medicare and other types of insurance. Dr. Katz also treats people with balance problems. Way too often, people are told “you’re getting older, what do you expect?” But it is not a normal part of aging to lose your balance, Katz said. Certain antibiotics or viral infections can damage the balance nerves leaving individuals with an insecure feeling when walking, especially when stepping off a curb, walking on an uneven surface like pebbles or lawns and walking in the dark. When balance problems arise, Katz said, people have a tendency to restrict their activity and then the brain doesn’t get enough stimulation to learn how to compensate for the injury. Vestibular Rehabilitation and Balance Retraining (which is performed in our office) is very effective in restoring balance by a process of adaptation and compensation. Dr. Katz also treats people with Meniere’s disease that is characterized by episodes of vertigo that last anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours and is also associated with hearing loss and ringing in the ears. For more information on the treatment of dizziness or balance, or to make an appointment, please call DR. JAY KATZ at the Center For Dizziness & Balance at (386)864-5910. 9 Pine Cone Dr., Ste. 104 Palm Coast, FL 32137 Across From The Post Office Now Accepting Humana Insurance

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Make your holiday preparations one step at a time to avoid being overwhelmed. That confusing family situation continues to work itself out. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Ease this year's holiday money pressures by letting your thrifty side guide you as you look for those perfect gifts that reflect your good taste and love of beauty. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You'll have a good handle on potential holiday problems if you delegate tasks to family members, friends, or co-workers—who will be happy to help out. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Right now you are especially vulnerable to holiday scams that take advantage of your generosity. Check them out before you send out your checks. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The upcoming holiday season gives you much to purr about. Relationships grow, and new opportunities loom on the horizon, just waiting to be pounced on. VIRGO (August 23 to Sept. 22) A changing situation brings conflicts on how to go forward with your holiday plans. Your best bet: Make the decision you feel most comfortable with.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Holiday plans get back on track after some confusion about the direction you expected to take. A troublesome money matter needs your immediate attention. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Your holiday preparations are on track. You need to confront a personal situation while you can still keep it from overwhelming everything else. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Tight financial matters ease a bit during this holiday season. The Sagittarian is well-advised to keep a tight hold on the reins while shopping for gifts. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Don't put off making decisions about this year's holiday celebrations, despite the negative comments you've been getting from several quarters. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) The holidays will bring new friends and new opportunities. Meanwhile, be careful to use your energy wisely as you go about making holiday preparations. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) There’s good news coming from an unlikely source. It could turn out to be one of the best holiday gifts you have had in years. Remember to stay positive. ST

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Section B December 9, 2011 Halifax Humane Society—Tails From The Front By Tyler Stover his week at Halifax Humane Society, we received a special visit from a nine-year old girl, Abby, and her two sisters. The girls informed us that they had started a lemonade stand to support the animals of Halifax Humane Society. Not only did they raise $44, but they brought numerous snacks and supplies for the animals as well. Abby also informed us of her plan to keep their fundraising efforts going for the animals in the future.

The effort made by the girls was a perfect reminder of how every penny counts in our fundraising efforts at Halifax Humane Society. While we spend a great deal of time and effort toward putting together large events, such as the Fur Ball we hosted this week, we also rely heavily on the accumulation of individual donations and small-scale events as well. Third-party events make up a significant portion of our income each year. Not all businesses are large enough to

host a huge event on their own, but may be interested in having a special event to benefit Halifax Humane Society. Other groups have set aside a special day where proceeds from sales go to the animals at Halifax Humane Society. We are open to new ideas all the time, and are always interested in hearing from individuals or groups. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference for the animals of Halifax Humane Society. $25 will buy one day’s worth of treats. $35 will transport ani-

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Q: My mom grew up in Soulard, a neighborhood in St. Louis. During the early 1930s, she met Irma S. Rombauer, who, with her daughter Marion, was compiling a new cookbook, The Joy Of Cooking. It was published in 1931, and my mother was given a signed first edition. I have often wondered about its value and wonder if you can help me. Is this just another cookbook, or do I have something really special? I am a professional cook and often use the cookbook's later editions, especially the one published in 1962. —Susan, Wheatridge, CO A: Take off your apron and sit down, because I have some rather startling news for you. First, let me provide you with a little background about The Joy Of Cooking, one of the most significant cookbooks in American history. Irma and Marion Rombauer lived in the Compton Heights neighborhood of St. Louis, and even though neither woman had much experience in the kitchen, Irma's husband committed

suicide, which made it necessary for the two women to find a way they could support themselves. Irma gathered recipes, and her daughter illustrated them. The first edition had a definite GermanAmerican flavor, reflecting their neighborhood. The editions that followed made The Joy Of Cooking a national bestseller, and many consider it one of the better cookbooks ever. Now for the good part. Are you sitting down, Susan? Since so few copies of the first edition exist, your signed copy is probably worth about $5,000, perhaps more at auction. The 1936 edition is valued in the $140 to $250 range, and the 1962 edition (which I also like and use), goes for $30 to $50, depending on condition. Another popular edition is the one issued in 1943 because of its “sugarless” recipes, necessary because of war rationing. ST Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol. com Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions.


Books Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero Reviewed by Larry Cox

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here have been dozens of books written about our 35th president, but this one humanizes John F. Kennedy in such a way that he is accessible to many of us, perhaps for the first time. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, sifted through the memories of many of JFK's closest friends, including prep-school classmates, war buddies, and political associates. The result is an intimate portrait that reveals not the Jack Kennedy you remember or you know, but the man behind the myth. Most of Kennedy's childhood was spent in and out of infirmaries and hospitals. He was a sick, lonely child who was in bed more often than not, and almost always with a book. He suffered from both Addison's Disease and a back problem for most of his life. Instead of becoming a young athlete, he was an incessant reader. Kennedy was able to join the U.S. Navy during World War II only after passing the physical on his second attempt. He became a young skipper

saveing his crew after their PT 109 was chopped in half by a Japanese destroyer. The amazing thing about Jack Kennedy is how he stepped out of the shadows of his father and older brother to become his own man. Against all odds, this big-eared, skinny kid nicknamed Ratface overcame all obstacles because of his focus, determination, and motivation. He even challenged the political system of Boston, which ultimately helped pave his path to the White House. As Matthews writes, the Kennedy his research found was “a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, and never wanting to be his father's son.” He adds that Kennedy was “a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.” Perhaps this is why he's still remembered with such high regard almost 50 years after his tragic death in Dallas.ST

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You Don’t Have To Live Through Pain

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ou have been hurting all over and very exhausted. In the meantime, you are beginning to feel depressed and not able to sleep at night. If this sounds familiar, you might be suffering from Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic syndrome with a myriad of signs and symptoms. It is characterized by diffuse or specific muscle, joint or bone pain. It is likewise associated with insomnia, fatigue, and depression. It tends to affect more women than men. FMS is not contagious but some studies suggest that it has a genetic predisposition. It manifests itself mostly in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50. Fibromyalgia Syndrome is very difficult to diagnose. It is usually determined after ruling out other known disease entities such as under active thyroid, lupus, and Lyme’s disease which manifest symptoms similar to FMS. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recommends locating tender points or trigger points which are distinguishing symptoms of FMS. The ACR requires a minimum of 11 triggers points out of a possible 18 for a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Since it is very difficult to diagnose Fibromyalgia, it is highly advisable to seek the expertise of a Rheumatologist. Accurate diagnosis is very important. Conventional treatment for FMS includes the use of

Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) for pain. For more severe types of pain that don’t respond to first line NSAIDS, injectable corticosteroids are used.

Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Ramon Gutierrez, D.O.M. Acupuncture Physician The growing issue with FMS is that underlying factors such as low energy or fatigue, depression/anxiety, and insomnia aggravate the pain associated with it. In recent years, more and more people have found that treating these underlying factors with complementary forms of treatment such as acupuncture give superior and amazing results. Since needle stimulation through acupuncture provide not just pain relief but also body relaxation, most people find this approach most beneficial. Treating the underlying factors of FMS provide sufferers a more positive outlook to help them cope with the pain; therefore, giving them a better sense of relief. Tired of getting sick and tired of Fibromylagia? Don’t Quit! There is definitely hope. ST For more information, please feel free to call 386-615-4800.


This Is A Hammer Surviving Winter Weather by Samantha Mazzotta Q: We recently experienced an unexpectedly early and heavy snowfall in the Northeast. As a new transplant from a Southern state, I was totally unprepared for this. My neighbors were a real help as I dug out from nearly a foot of snow and dealt with having no power or heat. I wanted to write you with a few of my observations from the snowstorm. • Make sure you have basic necessities on hand. I had a hurricane kit with me that I'd assembled in Alabama years before, which included a combination flashlightradio that charges by winding a crank; extra candles and matches; energy bars; beef jerky; emergency blankets; and a couple of gallons of water. • Have appropriate clothing for your region: Since I had just moved to the area, I had not yet bought a heavy winter coat. My next-door neighbor loaned me an extra one. • Purchase an extra battery for your cellphone or laptop, and keep it charged. • Fill your car's gas tank the day before a storm's arrival. If you have a generator, purchase fuel for it as well, and store it in approved containers away from the house. • Do not run generators inside the garage! We had a few people taken to the hospital

in our region due to carbon monoxide seeping into the house. • Get to know your neighbors before bad weather strikes, and stay in touch with them during or after a storm. Without my neighbors’ help, I would have had a much harder time getting through this event. • Finally, when shoveling snow, lift with your legs, not your back! Don't overload the shovel, and just push the snow aside, rather than fling it away. My neighbor was happy to give me lessons. (Although, I'm investing in a snow blower as soon as they're available at the hardware store.) Hope your readers get some use out of this information. Stay warm! —Kurt H., Amherst, MA A: Kurt, thanks for sharing your experience! Whether it's hurricanes in the South or blizzards in the North, being prepared is essential. Working with neighbors to get through a crisis also can't be stated enough —and it's great that you were able to work together. ST Send your questions or comments to ask @thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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“I have added an additional shower curtain bar in my tub. I hang up my towels and washcloths there to air dry, and they are out of sight behind the shower curtain. It's very convenient.” —A Reader, via email Unexpected company on the way? Throw clutter in a laundry basket and stash. Clear the sink of dirty dishes, take out the garbage, clean the faucets, sink and mirror in the bathroom most likely to be used, and finally, sweep or vacuum the floors. This should not take long, but these moves will maximize the feeling of cleanliness in your house for your company. Here's another use for a bandanna: in-a-pinch earmuffs. Tie around head and position over cold ears to keep win-

ter winds at bay. Here’s another great tip from M.W. in Saskatchewan, Canada: When traveling, let your host/hostess know of any serious health problems or allergies you may have and what to do in case of an emergency while you are with them. One great item to have on hand in your pantry: jarred peppers and olives. They can be used to make a quick but sophisticated appetizer, and they add a lot of flavor for their price. They are very stable on the shelf, so you can keep them around just in case. Send your tips to Now Here's a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip @yahoo.com

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f the possibility of having your information compromised online on Facebook or Myspace scares you, you're not alone. If you want a place to keep in touch with friends and relatives, what do you do? Sending individual e-mails has its limitations—several people can't talk to each other at the same time. Sharing pictures of your grandchildren online is risky because you don't know where those photos will end up. For family events, you must send multiple e-mails. Enter Chattertree, an online site that appears to be very safe and private. Instead of being a social online network, it's a family and friends network. On Chattertree you can: • Create private family or friends rooms, even multiple rooms, perhaps one for family and one for friends. • Track dates with the calendar. • Be alerted very quickly to important family events. • Upload photos and videos, and either share them with your whole family or just certain people.

• Chat with individuals in your family and friends list, or as a whole group. • Have a video chat with six of your friends or family members. (The next time one of your children wants to buy you a video camera, say yes!) Best of all, those steps are detailed in how-to videos you can watch. Chatterbox has been certified as a TRUSTe Kid Privacy site, which means it's a safe online environment for your grandchildren. Amazingly enough, Chattertree is free. Go to www.chattertree.com and look around. ST

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to colu mnreply@gmail.com

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Can Cats Overdose On Catnip? by Sam Mazzotta

Dear Paw’s Corner: Is it possible to give too much catnip to a cat? Is dried catnip as potent as fresh? —Gina in Flint, Michigan Dear Gina: I've seen cats react to catnip in a variety of different ways— from tearing around the house to lounging draped across furniture—but have not read of a cat actually overdosing on the herb. Nepetalactone is the chemical that produces a cat's distinct reaction to catnip. It's released when the plant is bruised, which is why you'll often see a cat rubbing against and biting fresh catnip. According to various sources, the cat's high is produced when it sniffs the bruised leaves or stems; eating catnip produces a sedative effect. Cats generally lose interest in catnip once they've had enough. As to whether fresh or dried catnip is better, or equally potent, dried catnip can be just as effective, although like any dried herb, the age of the catnip and how it has been stored can affect its potency.

That's one reason to look carefully at brands of dried catnip or catnip-impregnated toys before purchasing. Pet owners can grow their own catnip on the windowsill, in full sun (out of reach of the cat until it's strong enough to put up with a cat's devoted attention) and either present it fresh to the cat or trim the mature plant and hang it upside down to dry. Finally, what to do if you place catnip in front of your pet and it shows no interest? Walk away for a while—it will either get interested eventually or not, but most cats can't be forced to ingest or play with catnip. ST

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f you're in a veterans service organization, you still have time to organize a holiday party for patients in the closest Veterans Affairs medical center. You'll need food, a few small gifts... and your ear. You see, it's your presence that will be most appreciated. Patients in our VA hospitals don't always get visitors. Some don't get any at all, especially the young ones whose families are clear across the country. Here's a plan you can use. Modify it to suit your group's circumstances: Call Volunteer Services at the medical center and tell them your group would like to have a Christmas party for one of the wards. Set a date and time. Lunch is ideal. Verify that pizza or small sandwiches would be okay for the patients. Order the pizzas or sandwiches to be delivered from a nearby restaurant or deli, as well as drinks. Ask about using a large room that will accommodate everyone at tables with chairs. Gather up a CD player and holiday CDs for music.

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Ask what types of small gifts would be appropriate for the ward you'll be visiting. (Each will likely have different rules). Your gift list can include: • pens and stationery, • candy (ask if sugar-free is necessary) in sandwich bags, • military caps (by branch), • small handheld games, • puzzle books, with mechanical peeeeeemembers. All of these items in wrapped individual boxes (don't forget the bow!) will be much appreciated. It's the time you spend with each patient that they'll remember the most. No matter what your age or term of military service, you have something in common: You served. That alone will get conversations started. ST

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To Your Good Health Hepatitis C Can Lead To Liver Cirrhosis by Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Dear Dr. Donohue: When he was 20, my son came down with hepatitis C. He’s never said how he got it, but he was running around with a very wild bunch then. He still has the virus at age 27. Should he be treated? He never was. I wonder what’s in store for him, and if he can marry and have a family. — C.S. Answer: Worldwide, 175 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus. In the U.S., 4 million carry it. Between 70 percent and 80 percent of infected people will harbor the virus for life. Of that number, around 20 percent develop liver cirrhosis in 20 years, and a smaller number are stricken with liver cancer. Hepatitis C is the most common diagnosis for a liver transplant. People catch the virus in a number of ways. Sharing needles to inject drugs is one way. Health-care workers can get it from an accidental stick with a needle used on an infected person. Before 1992, blood transfusion was a major source of infection. Tattooing or body piercing by unlicensed practitioners or those who do not adhere to sterile techniques is another route of transmission. Sex with multiple partners is a possible way of contracting the illness. Sex with a single partner who has the virus is not a common route of passage. Your son can marry and possibly but not likely infect his wife, and will not infect his children. This young man has to establish himself with a doctor. Lab tests will show if his liver is suffering any damage, and blood tests give a reliable estimate of how great a number of viruses is circulating in his blood. Treatment will hinge on that information. A liver

biopsy might be necessary. Some doctors feel all who have current infection ought to undergo treatment. He should completely abstain from alcohol. Drinking puts his liver in further jeopardy. The booklet on hepatitis A, B, and C explains these common infections in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue—No. 503W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** Dear Dr. Donohue: How does someone with AIDS die? How long does one live after being diagnosed with AIDS? Can a person with AIDS cook for his or her family without fear of giving the virus to loved ones? — D.R. Answer: AIDS kills in a number of ways. It so weakens the immune system that an infection brings death. Or the weakened immune system allows the growth of a cancer that proves fatal. AIDS also can interfere with the production of proteins and other body materials needed for life. The incredible progress made in the treatment of AIDS allows most infected people to live 30 to 40 years after the diagnosis is made. People with AIDS can cook for their family without any fear of transmitting the virus. ST Readers may write Dr. Donohue or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.


Strange But True World’s Most Deadly Killer: Mosquitos by Samantha Weaver

It was celebrated Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: “The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.” Virginia law prohibits anyone over the age of 15 from wearing a mask in public, unless it's part of a traditional holiday costume, for work, or for medical reasons. You might be surprised to learn that there are people who study how air quality, humidity, the hardness of the water, and pollution affect people's hair. According to these researchers, the worst American cities for your tresses are Corpus Christi, Texas; Olympia, Washington; and Pittsburgh.

the more than 20,000 rats mingling with the guests. Don't worry, though; if a rat runs across your feet, it's considered to be good luck. In 2004, a record was set for the world's farthest pizza delivery when a Domino's Pizza in London delivered a vegetarian supreme pizza to Melbourne, Australia—a distance of 10,532 miles. The world record challenge was conducted as a fundraising event and brought in nearly $50,000 for the MakeA-Wish Foundation. ST

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