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AMERICANS’ ADVENTURES by Blue Sullivan The history of America is rife with rugged men and women who have explored and tested landscapes all over the world. Here are some of their stories. • Climber Cory Richards was the first American to scale an over-26,000-foot (8,000-m) mountain in winter. Along with partners from Italy and Kazakhstan, Richards climbed the Gasherbrum II in Pakistan. • Richards and his two partners faced hurricane-force winds and temperatures 50 degrees below zero. They performed this amazing feat without guides or supplemental oxygen. • The three men were aware of the perils they faced before beginning the journey. They were told that snow conditions would be unstable, but they couldn’t have foreseen the Class 4 avalanche that nearly killed them. • It was Simone Moro, the veteran climber from Italy, who first freed himself, then helped the other two men dig out of the massive wall of ice. • Richards documented much of the incident with a small, high-definition camera. Immediately after being freed, he documented his own reaction, a combination of relief and terror. • The footage that Richards took was used in a nature documentary called “Cold.” The film chronicles their journey, the first successful attempt to climb the Pakistani peak during winter by anyone. The film played at a number of film festivals in 2011 and is being distributed by Forge Motion Pictures. turn the page for more!

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Americans’ Adventures (continued): • Many runners have attempted to beat the time record for completing the entire Appalachian Trail. Observers were surprised to discover that the record had been broken by a female, Pharr Davis. • Davis bested a record held by men for more than 40 years. Davis isn’t, by her own description, even a runner. She has always trained as a long-distance hiker, and her training to beat the record was the same. • Davis completed the trail’s 2,181 miles more than 26 hours faster than the former record holder. The popular assumption before her attempt was that only a faster runner could beat the record, but Davis bucked the conventional wisdom. She began each day before 5 a.m., hiking for 16 hours a day and sleeping directly on the trail. • Davis was accompanied by her husband, Ben, who served as her support crew. She reached the trail’s southern end in Springer Mountain, Georgia, a little over 46 days after she began. • “We were exploring what people thought was possible, for what was possible on the Appalachian Trail, and what was possible for a woman and a hiker,” Davis told National Geographic magazine afterward. “Records are made to be broken…The method and the approach are what matters more at the end of the day.” • N ick Waggoner was an unknown film graduate from Colorado College when he began filming “Solitaire,” a documentary about his grueling ski odyssey through South America. • Waggoner filmed over the course of two years with his three co-producers. The four men explored in far-flung locations such as the jungles along the Amazon River, the Cordillera Blanca, the Altiplano and windy Patagonia. • Waggoner filmed on foot, on skis, on boats, on horseback and even while soaring through the sky on a paraglider. He faced tough weather conditions throughout without any of the comforts of normal travel. He and his group lived out of tents in driving rain and snow, occasionally for weeks at a time. • The motley crew often hiked thousands of miles in darkness before dawn to capture sunrise in these unspoiled vistas. They scaled

broken glaciers in search of breathtaking vistas and climbed mountains in excess of 17,000 feet. • When Waggoner arrived in South America to start production on the film, he was greeted with terrible news. His close friend and intended star of the documentary, extreme skier Arne Backstrom, had fallen and died while attempting to scale the 18,897-foot Nevado Pisco. • “Solitaire” is Waggoner’s third project with his company, Sweetgrass Productions. He recently spent a season in Hokkaido, Japan, filming another upcoming nature documentary. His acclaimed work in just three years has already won him awards, most recently at the International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. • For Willie and Damian Benegas, seeking adventure is a family affair. This past year the two brothers collected samples of the highest living plant life on Earth. Samples were gathered from the flanks of Mt. Everest, over 22,000 feet in the air. • Willie and Damian delivered the collected vegetation to the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as to researchers at Montana State University. These samples will be used to help scientists investigate how climate change might affect our food production in the future. The brothers also brought back samples of rock near the summit of Everest for microbial study. It is hoped that these samples may provide insight into the effects of high levels of UV radiation on life at the microscopic level. • 65-year-old writer and Arctic explorer John Turk joined 26-year-old pro kayaker Erik Boomer in a 1,485-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmear Island in Canada. This was the last great adventure for Turk, but it was only one of many in a lifetime dedicated to rugged outdoor exploration. • Prior to his final trip with Boomer, Turk had completed a number of memorable climbs and has completed five separate Siberian expeditions in an effort to study Shamanic culture. • The trip required the two sportsmen to drag their kayaks across 800 miles of flat ice. Each kayak was over 13 feet long and weighed over 200 pounds. They began the trip in May, when ice had yet to melt completely, but were able to find pockets of open water after the spring thaw.

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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

When Heart Becomes a Feeble Pump

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Six months ago, my wife died in her sleep. She said she just felt shaky and tired out around 6 p.m. When I turned on my light at 4 a.m., I immediately knew she had died. I was told she died of congestive heart failure. She told me she had this two months prior to her death. Was there something we could have done? I carry guilt with me every day. Is congestive heart failure a death sentence? -- S.F. ANSWER: Heart failure indicates that the heart has become a weak pump. “Congestive” often is added to “heart failure” to emphasize that the failing heart causes blood to circulate poorly. Fluid oozes out of vessels and congests body organs, especially the lungs and makes breathing difficult. Congestion also shows in swollen ankles and feet. However, not all people with heart failure show the signs of congestion. Shortness of breath when lying down, waking from sleep gasping for breath, coughing during the night and the inability to get enough air to accomplish even light physical tasks are signs of heart failure. I can assure you that the world’s most renowned heart doctor would not have expected your wife to die in her sleep because she said she felt tired and shaky. You are entitled to feel sad, but you do not deserve to feel guilty. Heart failure comes from heart arteries clogged with cholesterol, from heart valve malfunction, from high blood pressure and from heartbeat disturbances like atrial fibrillation. Treatments are available. Water

Tidbits® of the River Region pills draw water from an overfilled circulation, and that eases the burden on the heart. Other medicines increase the strength of the heartbeat. Special pacemakers can restore synchronous beating to the heart’s out-of-sync pumping chambers. Congestive heart failure is not always a death sentence. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. The booklet on heart failure describes this common condition in greater detail. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 103W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: While trying to get out of the bathtub, I slipped and hit my chest against the side of the tub. My husband took me to the emergency room. X-rays showed two broken ribs. The ER doctor seemed to think this was nothing, but it was truly painful. He gave me a prescription for pain medicine, and that was it. Should some kind of splint be applied? How long does it take rib fractures to heal? -- M.K. ANSWER: An uncomplicated rib fracture -- one in which the ends of the fracture are in alignment -- can be treated with pain relievers alone. Admittedly, even the small movement of breathing in and out worsens the pain, but your medicine ought to take care of that. Sometimes rib belts are put on patients to keep the fracture ends from moving. Whether they do much good is disputed, and they can be uncomfortable. You can expect your ribs to heal in six weeks. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

Preventing Dog Attacks

tips: --Never leave a baby or a small child alone with a dog, even the family pet. By Sam Mazzotta --Teach children not to approach strange dogs, run up to dogs to hug them or try to pet them through DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My dog, “Andie,” is a a fence. pretty laid-back border collie, well-socialized to --Always ask permission of a dog’s owner before other dogs and people. However, I am dismayed when a child runs up to her or another strange dog petting the dog. You should pet the dog first before letting your child pet the dog. to pet or hug her. Andie tolerates these “surprise --Learn the right way to approach and pet a dog, hugs” well, but other dogs may not be so welltrained. Can you please remind your readers about including your own dog. It should first be able to see you and sniff you. If the dog tenses, bristles, the right way to approach a strange dog? -- Carol growls or backs away, back off. J., Pittsburgh --Do not approach tethered or confined dogs, sleeping dogs or mothers taking care of puppies. DEAR CAROL: You got it! Approaching a dog, even a dog you know, should be done with caution --If you’re passing a dog, whether on or off a leash, walk steadily and calmly past, without makand respect. Parents need to teach their children ing direct eye contact. Never run. how to behave around dogs. More than half of the 4.7 million Americans bitten by dogs last year Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner. were children. com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features The American Veterinary Medical Association Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853( and Prevent the Bite (preventthebite. 6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, org) have joined the U.S. Postal Service to call visit attention to preventing dog bites. Here are some

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Lowering the Risk of Hypertension Some of us with high blood pressure have adjusted our diets and medications to bring it under control -- to no avail. Chances are those of us who still struggle with hypertension inherited the condition. Or perhaps we don’t have it yet but seem destined to by family medical history. Having just one parent with high blood pressure dramatically increases the odds of being hypertensive. Genes are tough to beat. But there might be an answer. A study in the May issue of the journal Hypertension showed that merely walking 150 minutes per week (30 minutes a day for five days) can lower the risk in people who are genetically likely to get high blood pressure. Researchers tracked more than 6,000 people in different categories: those who had one parent with high blood pressure, those who were not

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physically fit and those who were very fit. The result: Those with high levels of physical fitness had a 42 percent lower risk, and the moderately fit had a 26 percent lower risk. To further show how exercise impacted the results, those who were very fit, even having a family predisposition, had an increased risk of only 16 percent. On the other end of the extreme, those who had a family history and a lower level of physical fitness had a whopping 70 percent higher risk. That’s a double whammy. The results are clear: Even if a parent has high blood pressure, you can lower the chance that you’ll have high blood pressure by exercising. The better your level of fitness, the more you can decrease your odds. The benefits are potentially huge. 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 (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Who was the last player before Toronto’s Jose Bautista in 2010 to belt more than 50 home runs in a season? 2. How many consecutive seasons, entering 2012, had Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard tallied at least 30 home runs? 3. Johnny Unitas holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with at least one TD pass (47, 1956-60). Who has the most since the 1970 NFL merger? 4. Who holds the record for most points in a men’s basketball NCAA Tournament game? 5. Since the NHL lockout season of 2004-05, only three rookies have averaged more than a point a game. Name two of them. 6. How many consecutive starts at the Daytona 500 did Michael Waltrip have before failing to qualify in 2012? 7. Who was the only player to win a “golden slam” -- all four of tennis’ majors, plus a gold medal in Olympic singles play, in a calendar year?

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HISSING, BUZZING in your ears? 1. Is the book of Luke in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. The people of Nineveh fasted and did what else do to show they were repenting? Danced, Wore sackcloth, Laughed, Plowed fields 3. How many different books of the Old Testament (KJV) are divided into two parts (books)? 2, 3, 4, 5 4. Of these where do you find the phrase, “God is love”? Genesis, Nehemiah, Hebrews, 1 John 5. What Jewish ruler visited Jesus by night? Hezekiah, Barabbas, Nicodemus, Darius 6. How many suicides are recorded in the Bible? 0, 7, 14, 21

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BIBLE TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1) New 2) Wore sackcloth 3) 3 4) 1 John 5) Nicodemus 6) 7

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1. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees had 54 in 2007. 2. Six. 3. New Orleans’ Drew Brees has done it in 43 consecutive games, starting in 2009. 4. Notre Dame’s Austin Carr had 61 points against Ohio in 1970. 5. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. 6. Twenty-five consecutive years. 7. Steffi Graf, in 1988.

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