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“True beauty is not related to what color your hair is or what color your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass.” Ellen TIDBITS® EXAMINES

THE HUMAN LIVER by Kathy Wolfe Although you rarely think about your liver, this vital organ is constantly working to keep your body in good working order. Because October is National Liver Awareness Month, Tidbits is bringing you up to date on your liver’s functions and how to keep it healthy.

• The liver is a wedge-shaped organ, reddish-brown in color. It’s the largest glandular organ of the body, weighing around 3.3 lbs. (1.5 kg), the heaviest internal organ. The liver is about 6 inches (15 cm) wide. You can find your liver in the right upper quadrant of your abdominal cavity, to the right of your stomach, overlying your gall bladder. • It’s estimated that the liver performs around 500 functions in your body, with about 200 of those performing simultaneously. If it were to stop functioning for a single day, you would die! • The three main functions of the liver are storing fuel, filtering harmful toxins from the blood, and producing bile that helps the body digest food. When food is eaten, the digestive system immediately starts breaking it down into small pieces. Nutrients from the food, such as sugars, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, enter the bloodstream and travel to the liver, which will process and deliver them according to what the body needs. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 2)






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• Bile is produced by the liver to aid in digestion, particularly fat. It’s a thick, greenish-yellow fluid made in the liver, but stored in the gall bladder. If you’ve eaten an especially fatty meal, the store of bile is used to break down the fats for digestion. • All kinds of toxins are prepared for removal by the liver, including drugs, such as penicillin, Tylenol, or Advil, but also alcohol, damaged cells, and old hormones. • If the liver’s ability to rid the body of toxins is damaged, those toxins build up and can affect sleep, mood, and behavior. Anxiety, muscle spasms, sluggish speech, lack of focus, and shakiness may result • At any given time, there is about 1 pint (0.47 liter) of blood in your liver, about 13% of the body’s supply.

• As red blood cells break down in the body, the liver helps get rid of the resulting waste product called bilirubin. A normal liver filters out the bilirubin, but when the liver isn’t functioning properly, bilirubin builds up in the body, creating jaundice, which turns the skin and the whites of the eyes yellow. Newborns frequently have jaundice because their livers aren’t quite developed, and sometimes have difficulties filtering out the bilirubin. • The liver also plays a role in helping your blood clot normally by secreting enzymes and chemicals necessary to form clots and stop bleeding. For those with mild liver disease, it takes a long time for bleeding to stop, but those with severe damage bleed easily and often, as tthe blood is unable to clot. In people with advanced cirrhosis, serious bleeding is the most common cause of death. • The liver is the only organ with the amazing ability to regenerate itself when part of it is damaged or removed. Donors can donate part of their liver and the remaining portion will grow back, and the donated part grows to fit the recipient’s body. As much as 75% of the liver can be removed without destroying it. Unlike other transplant procedures, a donor doesn’t even need to be related to someone to give up part of the liver. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)

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• On Oct. 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is born in Malaga, Spain. Picasso’s work comprises more than 50,000 paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures and ceramics produced over 80 years. He had his first exhibit at age 13. • On Oct. 24, 1901, schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel in an attention-getting stunt. She reached the shore alive, if a bit battered. Taylor claimed she was in her 40s, but records later showed she was 63.

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HALIFAX HARBOR On the morning of December 6, 1917 two passenger trains en route to the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia were stopped in response to a brief, cryptic telegraph message sent from Halifax station: “Munition ships on fire. Making for Pier 6. Goodbye.” The ship described in the message was the French munitions ship Mont-Blanc, which was adrift in Halifax harbor, burning, and loaded with almost 2,700 tons of explosives intended for use in the first world war, which was then raging in Europe. On both sides of the harbor, hundreds of onlookers who were unaware of the danger had gathered on the shores to watch the spectacular fire. The burning ship slowly drifted into the pier on the west side, where its flames spread onto land. The fire department arrived in their first motorized fire engine, and began rolling out the hoses in an attempt to douse the flames, but their efforts proved futile. Within minutes, the Mont-Blanc’s highly explosive


cargo of TNT, picric acid, and benzol fuel finally reached a tipping point, and the ship exploded in a ball of fire and energy more powerful than any manmade explosion before it. Two and a half square kilometers of Halifax was completely flattened by the blast. As black, oily soot rained down from the mushroom cloud, survivors found the streets of Halifax were littered with severed arms, legs, heads, and mutilated torsos. A huge number of people had received injuries from flying debris and glass, particularly to the face and eyes due to the large number of people who had been watching the fire through their windows. All told, about 2,000 men, women, and children were killed that day, and some 9,000 injured.

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BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS • Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. breakdanced in the 1984 closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles when he was just 16 years old. His dancing skills were put to use years later in his signature film Jerry Maguire, where he applied some of his moves to his nowfamous, exhilarating end zone dance near the film’s conclusion. • When he was just 10 years old, future comedian and film star Jim Carrey sent his résumé to Carol Burnett. • For the role of Mike Brady, father to TV’s The Brady Bunch in the 1970s, Robert Reed was ultimately selected. However, a strong contender for the patriarchal part was actor Gene Hackman. • Gene Wilder made his film debut in a small, but memorable, role as a hostage in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.

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• Long before he was an actor, Mark Wahlberg was a rapper. Before that, in 1988, the 16-yearold Wahlberg was in prison after attacking a Vietnamese man in the street. Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, plead guilty to assault, and served 45 days in prison. Wahlberg’s victim has forgiven Mark, and Mark sought out a pardon for these crimes so that he could work with troubled youth in the Boston area. • Before she was a megastar, Madonna worked at Dunkin Donuts. She got fired for squirting jelly on a customer. • Dr. Ruth Westheimer is best known as a TV sex therapist—but she’s also a trained sniper.




GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS 4 cups canned green beans 10.5 oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1/4 cup milk 1/8 tsp black pepper 1 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp worcestershire sauce 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 1/2 cups crispy fried onions, divided INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Drain green beans. 3. In a large bowl, combine the green beans, soup, milk, pepper, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese and 1 cup of crispy fried onions. 6. Pour the mixture into a 1 1/2 quart dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. 7. Top the casserole with the remaining crispy fried onions and bake for another 5 minutes, then serve.

• 35 minutes before Elvis Presley was born, his mother gave birth to his stillborn identical twin. Throughout his life, Presley believed his brother was a spiritual guide, referring to him as his “original bodyguard.” • Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake were once basically brothers: as kids, they starred on the Mickey Mouse Show, and Timberlake’s mom was once Gosling’s legal guardian for six months during filming while the Canadian actor (Gosling) lived with the US singer’s family during one season of the show.

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FACTS ABOUT BEETLES • A ladybug might eat more than 5,000 insects in its lifetime! • One dung beetle can drag 1,141 times its weight – that’s like a human pulling six doubledecker buses! • Beetles account for one quarter of all known species of plants and animals. There are more kinds of beetles than all plants.

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