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Life is tasteless without salt! In addition to providing seasoning, it’s a component of your blood, sweat and tears and is essential to the proper function of the human body. What don’t you know about this important commodity? Read along and see! • The Bible contains the first written reference to salt, recorded in the Book of Job around 2250 B.C. Salt is mentioned in 31 other places, including the story of Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt when she disobeyed the words of angels. As she and her family were fleeing the destruction of the wicked city of Sodom, she was told not to look back, but she turned to gaze at the blaze and was transformed. • There are two chief methods of producing salt — evaporation and mining. In the evaporation process, salty sea water is guided into large clay forms for natural evaporation by the sun. Sea salt is the source for about 80 mineral elements essential to proper body function, including iron, iodine, sulfur and magnesium. In underground mines, salt is found in veins and domes and is mined by large machines snaking their way through passageways. Large underground deposits can be found around the globe, including parts of Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan in Canada, and New York, turn the page for more!

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PINCH OF SALT (continued): Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Kansas and New Mexico in the United States. There are such large beds near Salzburg, Austria, it was aptly named “The City of Salt.” The United Kingdom is also home to extensive salt beds. • Throughout history, salt has been a valuable item of trade. Governments have frequently controlled the price of salt, maintaining a monopoly by charging special taxes. Salt taxes have supported monarchs and funded wars. During the Middle Ages, salt was so expensive, it earned the nickname “white gold.” • Salt has been used as currency for centuries. Even up to the beginning of the 20th century, one-pound bars of salt were used as money in what is now the country of Ethiopia. Early civilization advanced tremendously once salt’s ability to preserve food was discovered. No longer were people dependent on what was readily available to eat, and longdistance travel also increased as preserved provisions could be transported. Early Roman soldiers’ wages were paid in salt, or salarium argentum, a term from which we derive our English word “salary.” Romans even built roads specifically for transporting salt, such as the Via Salaria, which led from Rome to the Adriatic Sea, where a salt-producing area was located. In ancient Greece, salt was traded for slaves, leading to the expression, “He is not worth his salt.” In early American history, President Thomas Jefferson hoped that the Lewis and Clark expedition would be able to locate a mountain of salt rumored to stand near the Missouri River, which would have been a very valuable find. American soldiers also received salt as salary during the War of 1812 because the government lacked currency to pay them. • Many cultures use salt in their religious rituals because it symbolizes “incorruptible purity.” The Shinto religion uses salt to purify an area. A handful of salt is even thrown into the center of the wrestling ring by Shintos to ward off wicked spirits before Sumo wrestlers begin their match. Buddhist custom calls for throwing salt over the shoulder upon entering a house after attending a funeral. This is to frighten off evil spirits that might be clinging to the homeowner’s back. Several European countries follow the tradition of throwing a handful of salt into a dead person’s coffin before the burial in order to keep the devil away. In some cultures, a bride pours it into her shoes for luck, and parents rub it all over newborn babies.

• Lots of folks believe that spilling salt will bring bad luck. This superstition may have its origins in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper. Close observation shows an upset salt container at the place of Judas Iscariot, Jesus’ betrayer. The remedy for spilled salt is to toss a pinch over your left shoulder, which supposedly blinds the devil waiting there. Those who really want to be safe also crawl under the table and come out the opposite side. The Norwegians’ superstition about spilled salt says that a person will shed as many tears as necessary to dissolve the amount spilled, while superstitious Germans believe that spilling salt brings about hostility, the result of the devil disturbing peace. • Because fruits and vegetables are nearly saltfree, vegetarians are often at risk for dietary problems. The human body needs electrolytes to function, and without salt, it runs out of electrolytes. • The familiar cylindrical salt container with the metal spout was introduced by Morton in 1911. Prior to that, salt was packaged in large cumbersome bags, which, during wet weather, wouldn’t allow the pouring of salt. Morton’s slogan “When it rains, it pours” touted its moisture-proof container. In 1914, the company introduced its famous “umbrella girl” on packaging. Her appearance has been updated five times since, in 1921, 1933, 1941, 1956 and 1968. • Salt has about 14,000 different uses, including helping in household tasks. When added to one tablespoon of lemon juice, it removes rust from scissors and other household tools. Just mix into a paste and rub on the rusty area. Salt also removes coffee stains from glass coffee pots. Mix 4 teaspoons of salt with a cup of crushed ice and a tablespoon of water and swirl it around in the pot. A handful of salt thrown into the flames in your fireplace helps loosen chimney soot. Are you troubled by weeds and grass growing up in your patio or sidewalk bricks and blocks? Spread salt in the cracks and sprinkle with water. You can remove the odor of fish from your hands by rubbing them with a lemon wedge dipped in salt. • Only about 6 percent of the world’s salt finds its way to the table. The de-icing of streets and highways eats up another 17 percent of the production. It’s also used in the leather tanning process; in the production of paper, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, paint products, batteries, glass, ceramics and adhesives; and as a refrigerant.

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

Easing Arthritis Pain Without Medicines DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 88-year-old relative has high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation, both of which are well-controlled by medication. She is mentally sharp but has developed arthritis in various joints. She’s been told that she can’t take any medicine for pain because it would interfere with her medicines for blood pressure and atrial fib. I know she could have a better quality of life with less pain. Is there something she can take? -- A.H. ANSWER: I have to presume your relative has osteoarthritis, the kind of arthritis almost all older people develop. Cushioning cartilage in joints crumbles and eventually becomes functionless. Bone rubs against bone, and that is painful and stiffens joints. Your relative ought to try heat in the form of hot baths, hot packs or heating pads. Heat lessens joint pain. If heat doesn’t do the trick for her, she should try ice packs. Heat can be left on a joint for 15 minutes; ice for 10. If she has hip, knee or foot arthritis, padded shoes or padded shoe inserts lessen the force generated in leg joints when the foot hits the ground. An exercise program supervised by a physical therapist will strengthen muscles around the affected joints, provide them protection and give the joints a greater range of motion. Occupational therapists devise splints or braces that protect joints and mitigate pain. They also can suggest devices that make the tasks of daily living much less troublesome. Has she tried anti-inflammatory medicines applied to the skin directly over an affected joint? Pennsaid lotion is one example. Some of the medicine does get into the blood, so she’ll need to have her doctor’s approval for it. It is a prescription medicine. The amount of medicine that gets into the blood is less than the amount she’d get from an oral medicine, yet a sufficient amount reaches the joint. The arthritis booklet presents the details of the different kinds of arthritis and their treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. 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: I just learned that my niece has basal cell cancer on her scalp. The doctor told her not to worry. Her mother is concerned. I’d never heard of it. Is this something to worry about? -- A.P. ANSWER: Basal cell cancer is the most common kind of skin cancer. It’s quite treatable and most often completely curable. Up to 2 million new cases of it occur yearly in the United States. Sunlight and a tendency for the person to sunburn easily have a hand in its occurrence. Basal cell cancers almost never spread to other body locations. They can be dried with an electric current and then scraped off. They can be treated with a laser, frozen or removed with 5-fluorouracil cream applied by the patient. And this is only a small sample of the ways to treat them. Your niece, her mother and you can all relax. *** 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.

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by Samantha Mazzotta DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Being a retiree trying to make ends meet, it’s been hard to pay for health care for my two Corgis. Are there free clinics in my area where I can get my dogs’ shots more cheaply? -Francis H., Oklahoma City, Okla. DEAR FRANCIS: Low-cost and sometimes free vaccination clinics for pets are available at different times of the year across the country. These are held by public service agencies (such as county or city shelters), though some are privately sponsored. The clinics typically offer the immunizations required of dogs and cats (and sometimes other animals like ferrets) and license tags. Some also offer services like health checks and microchipping. Prices range from $5 to $25, on average. The problem, of course, is finding one of these near you. These days, the Internet is a great resource for locating announcements for low-cost clinics. However,

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not everyone has access to the Internet. And sometimes, the agencies or institutions sponsoring those clinics can’t advertise widely, or are hard to locate in an Internet search. In these cases, your best bet is to regularly check locally published newspapers and magazines that focus on your community for announcements about upcoming clinics. Another way is to call the local shelters, or the city or county government, to find out if any such clinics will be held in the near future. I’ll do my best to list upcoming clinics in as many locations as possible at In the meantime, keep checking with your local government or animal shelter for the next dates, times and locations of their low-cost clinics. Send your questions or comments to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. If your question or comment is used in the column, you’ll receive a free copy of “Fighting Fleas,” the newest booklet from Paws Corner! (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Who was the last A.L. pitcher before Detroit’s Justin Verlander in 2011 to have at least 24 wins and 240 strikeouts in the same season? 2. The Seattle Mariners began play in the major leagues in 1977. Who was the manager when they recorded their first winning season? 3. Three players from Louisiana Tech eventually became members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Name them. 4. Who was the last Indiana Pacer before Danny Granger in 2008-09 and 2009-10 to average at least 24 points per game for two consecutive seasons? 5. Five NHL players have had four-goal games in the NHL All-Star Game. Name four of the five. 6. Which college did coach Bruce Arena lead to four consecutive NCAA Division I men’s soccer championships? 7. Who was the longestreigning middleweight boxing champion?

1. Is the book of Job in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What did the crowds repeat during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem? Hallelujah, Hosanna, Amen, Messiah 3. From Mark 7, what did Jesus put into the deaf man’s ear, healing him? Mud, Straw, Finger, Light 4. Upon what mountain did Abraham offer to sacrifice his son Isaac? Moriah, Aravat, Hor, Seir 5. In Acts 13:8, who/what was Elymas? River, Fisherman, Sorcerer, Well 6. From Ruth 4:13 who was her mate? Samuel, Boaz, Xerxes, Jacob

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1. Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees, in 1978. 2. Jim Lefebvre led the Mariners to an 83-79 mark in 1991. 3. Terry Bradshaw (inducted in 1989), Fred Dean (2008) and Willie Roaf (2012). 4. Billy Knight in the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. 5. Wayne Gretzky (1983), Mario Lemieux (1990), Vincent Damphousse (1991), Mike Gartner (1993) and Dany Heatley (2003). 6. The University of Virginia, 1991-94. 7. Bernard Hopkins held the IBF title for 11 years (1995-2005).

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