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of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #35 August 26th

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by Janet Spencer About 95% of all households report that at least one family member had dined out in the last month. Come along with Tidbits as we eat out! THE RESTAURANT IS BORN • Until the mid-1700s there were no recognizable restaurants as such. There were inns, where lodgers were fed whatever was in the stew pot that night, and there were taverns where limited food played second fiddle to the drink, and there were places called “ordinaries” where a fixed menu was available at a fixed time for a fixed price. • In France, development of the restaurant was stymied by licensing laws. Only stewmakers were licensed to sell stew; only bakers were licensed to sell baked goods; only soupmakers were licensed to sell soup. • In 1765 a soupmaker named Boulanger decided to challenge the licensing system, so he offered his customers lamb’s feet in white sauce. The stewmakers took him to court. • The judge, however, decided that since lamb’s feet were not stewed meat, Boulanger was not breaking any laws. This was the first inroad into the world of restaurants. Boulanger hung a sign above his shop that read in French “Come to me all whose stomachs cry out and I shall restore you.” The French word for restore is “restaurabo” and gave us the word restaurant. Turn the page for more!

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Tidbits® of CDA FAST FACTS • August is the busiest month of the year for America’s restaurants. A typical family of four will spend more than $200 in various eating establishments in August. • The United States now has over 250,000 restaurants, of which more than a third are franchises. The franchises account for more than 40% of all the income for restaurants. • Americans are dining out even more often than at any previous time in our history. A survey showed that 99.4% of people who were under 30 years old typically eat out about once a week. Of the over 65 group, 87.9% had eaten out in the previous week. The survey also showed that 39.7% of all meals eaten away from home were served by a fast food outlet while only 6% of the meals were consumed at full service restaurants. • Another survey concluded that 56% of adults eat out at a sit-down restaurant at least once a week. 7% of people eat out almost daily • Each American eats almost 30 lbs. (13 kg) of hamburgers each year. McDonalds, the single largest chain of restaurants in the world, serves up 2,250 head of cattle per day. McDonalds has surpassed the Army as the biggest supplier of meals as well as the biggest employer of young people. • The following dishes are the most frequently ordered by people dining out: chicken; roast beef; spaghetti; turkey; ham; shrimp; stew; meatloaf; fish; macaroni & cheese. YOU BE THE JUDGE • When a food critic reviewed a restaurant, he used phrases like “a ghastly concoction” and “pretentious failures” and “green plague” and “yellow death.” The restaurant owner sued for $2 million in damages claiming that the reviewer ruined his reputation and humiliated him. If you were the judge, how would you rule?

From the Publisher’s Desk By : Evelyn Bevacqua

What is Tidbits?

A “tidbit” is defined as “a tasty morsel to be enjoyed before the meal”. And that’s just what Tidbits® is – a non-controversial, weekly paper dedicated to publishing entertaining morsels for the mind, food for thought as it were: trivia, fun facts, amusing stories and oddities. Tidbits is distributed to over 200 locations throughout the area. Tidbits can be found in restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, offices, banks, libraries, hair salons, auto repair shops, motels, hospitals, medical & dental waiting rooms, retail stores, etc. Our weekly readership is 14,800. If you would like to add your event, stories, ad info or any comments, please feel free to e-mail me at or call me at 208.755.9120.

• Repair enlarged screw holes with a wooden golf tee. Use a hack saw to cut it flush, then sand and finish! • Punch holes in a paint can's rim with a nail so the paint that gets sloshed on the rim will drain back into the can. To seal the can, wipe the rim with a damp cloth and rub it with a little petroleum jelly, then cover the lid with a piece of plastic wrap and tap it back into place. • Here's a back-to-flu-season tip: If you have a fever of more than 100.4 F or a sore throat without cough or congestion, if you're sick for more than a week, have one-sided facial pain, dark-colored mucus or any nausea or vomiting, you should not only stay home from work or school (so you don't infect your friends), but also consider making an appointment with your doctor or urgent-care facility. • "Keep baby wipes at your bedside table for those nights when you are just too tired to take your makeup off properly. A little is better than nothing. If you're guilty of this more than you care to admit, invest in a packet of eye makeup-remover wipes." -- E.S.D. in Texas • Sun protection shouldn't stop when summer is over; the sun is still shining! If you have trouble putting sunscreen on your face, try this trick: Spray or smear it on a paper towel, then apply to your face. Use twice as much as you think you should, as some will get lost in the paper towel. -- JoAnn • Going boating or fishing? Tape small blocks of Styrofoam to your eyeglass arms so they will float if they go overboard. -- R.D. in Florida Send your tips to Now Here's a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Tidbits® of CDA YOU BE THE JUDGE The courts said the review was “degrading, malicious, and unprovoked” but that it still expressed the writer’s opinion which was protected by the Constitution. UNUSUAL RESTAURANTS A restaurant in Washington, D.C. opened in 1992, specializing in insect dishes. They served mealworm wontons, cricket meatloaf, candied mealworm, and cricket popcorn. Chef Mark Nevin claimed he went through some 20,000 mealworms and 8,000 crickets every two weeks. All of his dishes contained insects that had been ground into flour or paste and no recognizable bugs or bug parts showed up in the fare. • George Pappavlahodimitrakopoulous owned a restaurant in Lansing, Michigan in 1961. He said he’d give a free meal to anyone who could pronounce his name correctly. • When Gordon and Jasmine Geisbrecht decided to open a new restaurant in Winnipeg in 1986, they wanted to make it really different. They decided to make toilets the theme of the restaurant. Called “The Outhouse,” toilet bowls were placed here and there in the decorating scheme, and menus featured a toilet bowl logo. Ironically enough, health inspectors suspended their license when it was found that their restroom facilities were inadequate. ANTICS & ANECDOTES • A homeless man paying for his meal in Salt Lake City apologized for not tipping, saying, “I’m going to go rob a bank and I’ll be back.” He walked across the street, relieved First Interstate Bank of $1,200, and was arrested at the restaurant after leaving a $2 tip. • At the New House Hotel in Wales, Chef Albert Grabham decided to hide the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve earnings in the oven. He forgot about it until he lit the oven to prepare New Year’s Day lunch.


Aug 28 Downtown Farmers market Aug 29 Summer concert At Riverstione Aug 30 - Sept 1 Diamond Cup Unlimited Hydro Planerace CDA Lake Aug 31 Smoke on the Water BBQ City Park Sept 5 CONNECT Network meeting, EDUCATE, SUPPORT, EXPAND Fedora’s Restaurant, FOR MORE INFO CALL 208.755.9120 Sept 6 Tough enough to wear Pink Rodeo & Survivor Reception Spokane County Interstate Fair, Rodeo and Reception Sept 12 Sunset Cruise by NW Woman Power Networking Events CDA Resort, Sept 13 Luck 13 Sunset Cruise to benefit local cancer patients Independence Point, Sept 14 Fight for Derek Cleveland at the Grail Restaurant Raising money to help to survive his battle with Pulmonary Hypertension Sept 19 The Pink Party, Fundraiser for Marjorie Valencia at the Avondale Course in Hayden, for more info. Call Dave at 208.699.5626 Sept 27 Stop Violence against Women CDA Casino, Charity Doyl, Event Chair at (509) 928-9664

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® of®Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA ANTICS & ANECDOTES • Timothy George was a busboy at a restaurant in California in 1982. When a customer was robbed in a restroom, Tim chased and captured the mugger, retrieving the stolen items. When he returned work, he was fired. Why? For leaving work… and for fighting. • In 1964, Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Johnson, was traveling from Cleveland to Washington, DC. Her secretary called ahead to a Howard Johnson’s restaurant to make reservations for Mrs. Johnson and her party. After they had eaten and left, a reporter interviewed the waitress. “How did it feel to serve Mrs. Johnson?” “I was pretty nervous,” replied the waitress. “Have you ever met a first lady before?” inquired the reporter. “First Lady?” cried the waitress. “That was Mrs. Lyndon Johnson? I thought it was Mrs. Howard Johnson!” • Entertainer George Jessel once arrived for dinner at the prestigious Stork Club with the talented black actress Lena Horne as his companion. The Club had a “whites only” policy and the restaurant owner pretended that all the tables were filled. “Who made the reservations?” he asked as he looked over the reservation book. George Jessel leaned forward and said, “Abraham Lincoln!” The couple was seated. • Musician Gerald Berners was listening to a high-toned woman of his acquaintance as she complained about a local restaurant. She was upset because the head waiter had refused to seat her and her husband immediately. “Why,” she exclaimed, “We had to tell him who we were!” Gerald inquired politely, “And who were you?” • Dining with friends at a fancy restaurant, Dorothy Parker rose and excused herself saying, “Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom.” She paused a moment, then added, “I really have to use the telephone, but I’m too embarrassed to say so.”

TOP OF THE CHARTS as of Aug. 12, 2013

Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell No. 1 "Blurred Lines" 2. Miley Cyrus No. 3 "We Can't Stop" 3. Imagine Dragons No. 4 "Radioactive" 4. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams No. 5 "Get Lucky" 5. Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake No. 7 "Holy Grail" 6. Anna Kendrick No. 8 "Cups (Pitch Perfect's When I'm Gone)" 7. Bruno Mars No. 6 "Treasure" 8. Zedd feat. Foxes No. 13 "Clarity" 9. Capitol Cities No. 15 "Safe and Sound" 10. Maroon 5 No. 14 "Love Somebody" Top 10 Albums 1. Robin Thicke new entry "Blurred Lines" 2. Five Finger Death Punch new entry "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1" 3. Jay Z No. 2 "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail" 4. Tech N9ne new entry "Something Else" 5. Backstreet Boys new entry "In a World Like This" 6. Soundtrack No. 3 "Teen Beach Movie" 7. Emblem3 new entry "Nothing to Lose" 8. Selena Gomez No. 1 "Stars Dance" 9. Kidz Bop Kids No. 4 "Kidz Bop 24" 10. Florida Georgia Line No. 6 "Here's to the Good Times" Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Florida Georgia Line No. 1 "Cruise" 2. Hunter Hayes No. 2 "I Want Crazy" 3. Randy Houser No. 3 "Runnin' Outta of Moonlight" 4. Luke Bryan No. 4 "Crash My Party" 5. Brett Eldredge No. 7 "Don't Ya" 6. Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies & Friends No. 5 "Boys 'Round Here" 7. Florida Georgia Line No. 6 "Round Here" 8. Carrie Underwood No. 9 "See You Again" 9. Tyler Farr No. 11 "Redneck Crazy" 10. Keith Urban No. 12 "Little Bit of Everything" Source: Billboard (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Dr. Holly Carling

Minerals: The Vital Elements

Minerals, especially on a cellular level are vital to the functioning of the human body. Every organ and gland is activated by minerals. For instance, the thyroid needs iodine, the pancreas needs chromium and vanadium, and the stomach needs zinc. However, taking them in isolated form (taking a bottle of zinc) isn’t necessarily good. Wherever minerals are found in nature, they are always found in groupings, never alone. There are synergistic qualities of minerals, meaning they need other minerals, in combination, in order to be effective. They are intended to be consumed in the proportions that nature provides, not in the mega doses we so wrongly presume we need. Synergy means that 1 + 1 equals 4 or 8 or even 16. That the combination is much more powerful than any one alone. It also means that smaller amounts in nature-perfect combinations work better than large amounts. Minerals come from the soil. However, they have to be put into a form that we can assimilate. We can’t just grab a handful of dirt and chew on it and expect it to be absorbed. Yet many minerals found in supplement bottles are just that – they’re called “oxides”, and assimilation is poor at best. We need plants to uptake the minerals and convert them to a usable form. We eat the plants and get the minerals. This is one place in nature where we need a “middle man”. Green leafy vegetables and sea vegetables (such as kelp, nori (used on sushi rolls) and dulse) are the best sources of minerals. Minerals are essential for proper functioning of the brain, the hormonal, immune, cardiovascular, renal, musculoskeletal and Integumentary (skin, hair, nails) systems. Although widely used to support the function of these systems, mostly from a symptom-chasing perspective, taking minerals in an isolated form (non-food form) can cause other problems. Minerals have antagonistic effects. For instance, taking an excess of zinc can antagonize, or suppress cadmium, potassium, chromium, sulfur, manganese, iron, copper and phosphorus. Taking too much magnesium can suppress manganese, calcium, sodium, potassium, copper and phosphorus. Minerals are naturally found in the perfect proportion for health. Eating them in their perfect form, as foods, is essential. Mineral supplements should be from foods. The labels should read something like “kelp, alfalfa, spinach, kale”, etc. They should not include the words “oxide” or “carbonate” or anything that doesn’t sound like a food. In our desperate efforts to restore health, we reach for mega-doses of anything to make us feel better. Although initially you may feel better, as the body is depleted of other minerals as a result of inappropriate intake of minerals, we simply reach for more. Not always a good idea! Always take minerals the way nature intended – through food sources! Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with over 34 years of experience. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic. Visit Dr. Carling’s website at www.vitalhealthandfitness. com to learn more about Dr. Carling, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Dr. Carling can be reached at 208-765-1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.

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Q:What exactly does “spay” mean? A: Spay is the common term for the medical term ovariohysterectomy. In this surgery the pet's ovaries and uterus are removed. There is no evidence that a pet suffers from any personality or emotional harm by having their ovaries removed. The uterus is also removed to insure that it does not become a source of infection. If the surgeon simply tied or obstructed the Fallopian tubes (the channel where the eggs must pass into the uterus) in order to make the female dog or cat sterile, she would still come into heat, attract males, and attempt to breed. Experience has shown that the best procedure is to perform a complete ovariohysterectomy. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle which usually occurs at 5-6 months old, nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer.   Spay/Neuter for a Brighter Future For more info visit

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Q: What Is The Average Home Price Per Square Foot? A: Our local Real Estate Market is still active and strong here in Kootenai county. Home values have risen about 12% over the last 8 months. The slight slowdown in pending sales is most likely due to the increase in mortgage interest rates and the winding down of the "hot" buying season. The rates have increased from 3.5% range to the 4.5% range. • The local MLS shows 3,353 residential homes currently for sale. The average price per square foot is about $111.22 • Post Falls has 449 homes for sale with an average price per square foot at about $112.73 • Coeurd'Alene has 658 homes for sale with an average price per square foot at about $118.99 • Rathdrum has 208 homes for sale with an average price per square foot at about $105.66 • Spirit Lake has 68 homes for sale with an average price per square foot at about $89.90 • Hayden has 257 homes for sale with an average price per square foot at about $109.93 • Hauser Lake has 15 homes for sale with an average price per square foot at about $130.11 • It is still a great time to buy property with opportunity to pay less to own than rent and have potential equity in your new home. The increased values and motivated buyers offering close to full price is great for Sellers.

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Q:I am a veteran and no longer able to drive. I get my medical services through the Spokane VA Hospital. Is there any help getting transportation to my doctor appointments over there? A:Yes there is. First and most important for any of these transportation services you need to call 72 hours in advance. If you are able to get on a van by yourself the DAV offers a van daily from this area. They arrive at the VA at 8 and leave at 2 so your appointment must be within those times. Their number is 800-325-7940 extension 7019. If you are in a wheelchair, use a walker, or need assistance getting into and out of a vehicle a new service has recently been added. The number is 509434-7537. If your appointments are for your primary doctor, you may be able to transfer to our local CBOC located behind Kootenai Health off Ironwood. They can serve those needs. Connie Clark-Certified Senior Advisor 208-769-9560 North Idaho 509-999-8440 Spokane

Q:I have a basic estate, why should I bother with estate planning? A:Estate planning is your opportunity to make decisions about your medical care, property, and final arrangements while you have input. Without documents in place to direct decisions, the responsibility will shift to others: Medical decisions will be made by the treating doctor or hospital, and the most difficult decisions will fall to family members. Property will be divided and distributed according to a state law-defined hierarchy of survivors. Final arrangements will need to be put together quickly by family members, often with conflicting ideas. The resulting plans and decisions may not match your wishes, or worse, they can place a great burden on loved ones already dealing with loss. Visit for more information on planning for the inevitable.

Q: How do I get rid of Yellowjackets /Wasps? A: Here is a sure solution. Ingredients needed are: 1. (Pure) Fipronil drops - a flea and tick killer 2. RESCUE Yellowjacket Attractant (tubes) 3. Hamburger - 1 % fat - golf ball size hunks 4. Small plastic cup(s) 5. Cotton balls Process: 1. Mix 6 to 10 drops of Fipronil into hunk of raw hamburger. 2. Place burger in cup. 3. Squirt half a tube of RESCUE on 1/2 a cotton ball put in cup 4. Place poison bait cup in the shade 2 to 4 feet off ground & 10 - 15 yards away from people areas. 5. Renew the bait every day. Continue for 14 days. Can place multiple poison cups. Results: 80% of the Yellowjacket nests within 100 yards will be dead within 24 hours. 95% will be gone in 48 hours. 100% of the Yellowjacket nests within 200 yards will be dead in 14 days. Process can be repeated as needed, but this should end your problem. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Q: I’m a single mom who needs your help. A:My children and I live in a 1950’s era home with large trees in the front and back yard. Last week when my son mowed the front lawn he complained about it being soggy and smelling bad. I checked it out and he is correct. What should I do? A: Based on the age of your home and the fact that you have large older trees I can think of several conditions that could be the root cause (excuse the pun). You need to assess the condition of the sewer pipes running from your home to the main sewer line. Your pipes may be cracked, split, or corroded. This could be a result of age, ground changes, or the tree roots have invaded the lines. I suggest you have an inline video camera inspection. This will provide you with answers and from there, options. Do this sooner rather than later. The Rooter Guys – (208) 772-4408- serving Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

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The Coeur d’Alene Association of REALTORS® community outreach committee presented a check for $4,100 to Cindy Wood for Family Promise of North Idaho. The donation is half the proceeds from the REALTOR® golf tournament held July 19th. A similar donation of $4,100 was made to Casting for Recovery of Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Committee members present were Jan Leaf, James Nagrone, Jennifer Riley, Joe Rosen, and Kristy Casley.

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Pet-Friendly Apartments Q: I'm moving to a new city in two months, and I'm having trouble finding an apartment that will allow pets. Do you have any advice? -- Sara in Worcester, Mass. A: To pet owners looking for a new place to live, it can seem that fewer and fewer rentals allow pets of any kind. According to a recent poll, 83 percent of pet owners surveyed said they have had at least some difficulty finding a petfriendly rental. Here are a few tips to make searching for a pet-friendly apartment easier: --Use online apartment finders. You can specify pet-friendly rentals in your search query. --Be up front. If you have more than one pet, or an unusual pet like a reptile, tell the manager or landlord when you inquire about or tour the apartment. While some are willing to bend the rules slightly, they're not going to give you a break if they find out you are hiding extra pets from them. --Be ready to pay pet fees. Almost every rental requires a deposit for each pet, generally nonrefundable. These fees can be several hundred dollars. Be prepared to pay them, or try to negotiate a way to pay them over time. --Be a good neighbor. Pet owners must make the effort to pick up after their dog, not let pets wander unleashed, keep pets' vaccinations up to date and make sure dogs are well-trained to follow basic commands. --Be a good tenant. Pet deposits cover damage to the property done by animals, such as stains, shredded carpet and odor. Minimize this damage by housetraining pets and cleaning up messes immediately. You might even get part of your deposit back. Send your questions or comments to ask@ Did you know mosquitoes can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don't? Find out more in my new book "Fighting Fleas," available now on Amazon.

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VA Gives Ground on Agent Meeting Our Own Expectations Orange

The Department of Veterans Affairs pays benefits for a number of illnesses caused by Agent Orange, including chronic B-cell leukemias, Hodgkin's disease and Parkinson's disease. For the most part, however, unless you were boots on the ground and wallowing in the stuff in Vietnam, proving exposure has been tough. At CFB Gagetown, the VA only acknowledges a four-day window of possible exposure. Blue Water sailors have had to prove that they actually stepped foot on land or were on ships that operated in the waterways of Vietnam. Those who came in contact with the C-123K spray planes post-Vietnam were told they were unlikely to be at risk because the Agent Orange would have dried. Officials didn't think it through. In the years before the planes were decommissioned (around 2010), they were used as medical and cargo carriers. They were still contaminated. Those affected could include National Guard, flight nurses, ground crews and flight crews. Methods of transmission would have been skin, breathing or eating. Consider: A wet wipe-down of the plane can activate the toxin. Now, for the first time, the VA has acknowledged (in the form of disability compensation to one veteran) that those who flew in the planes that dropped the Agent Orange also could be affected. If you flew on or worked on a C-123K between 1972 and 1982, and if you're sick from Agent Orange exposure and fighting for compensation, write this down: Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Bailey had his denied claim overturned and he will receive compensation "as the result of occupational hazards onboard C-123K aircrafts." He flew on the C-123K after the Vietnam War. Bailey is ill with multiple cancers. When his plane, sent to a museum, was tested in 1994, it was discovered to still be "heavily contaminated" with Agent Orange. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to

When we were young adults, we no doubt thought that we'd be less happy as we got older, that we were at our peak. Once we reached age 50 and weren't especially pleased because we hadn't met all of our goals, we likely thought it was all downhill from there. A study of people between the ages of 17 and 85 shows that at two particular points in our lives, we are wrong in our guesses about how our lives will progress and how happy we'll be. When we were young, at age 23 (the first point in life where we were wrong), we expected great futures even though the reality wasn't necessarily wonderful at the time. We faced tough circumstances with student loans, home costs, financial pressures and raising young families, but we thought we could handle it and would accomplish much. By the time 50 came along, many of those goals had been sadly abandoned as the realities sank in. Unmet expectations and disappointments colored our lives. We could see the writing on the wall, we thought, in terms of future retirement, declining health and eventual low income. We didn't see anything good down the road. Wrong again. As seniors, it turns out, we're happier than we thought we'd be. How does this work? Expectations. Through our lives, our expectations are different from our actual well-being, and the two don't merge until much later. We're victims of our own age discrimination, not expecting to be happy based on our own predictions. It takes until around age 69 to figure out the benefits of getting older, and we no longer care about the goals that once consumed us. The key, researchers say, is letting go of regret. I wouldn't want to be 23 again. Would you? Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to

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Aging by: Susan Ashley MD A new study in Nature published this week showed that a mother's genes may accelerate how rapidly her children age. The research showed that mice who inherit mutations in a particular type of DNA from their mothers had more rapid aging compared to those who don't. There are 2 types of DNA. The first, that found in the nucleus of the cell, is the type we learn about in biology class and is derived equally from both parents. The 2nd is mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondria are the powerhouses in the cells that create our energy. There are thousands of mitochondria in each cell and they are needed to power every process in the body. This DNA is derived exclusively from the mother. To protect the mitochondria from damage, they have an enzyme which helps to remove any mistakes made in the DNA, thereby acting as a repair mechanism for our cells. As we age, this enzyme doesn't work as efficiently as it did when younger, and the number of DNA mutations begins to increase. When the number of mutations exceed our ability to repair, then cells begin to die and we age. The mice with defective enzyme aged much more quickly and showed symptoms early, such as congestive heart failure, kidney failure, changes in brain biochemistry, osteoporosis, and even a "dowager's hump" - a hump in the back caused by curvature of the spine. So now we have proof that something that we inherited from our mothers can accelerate our tendency for aging. One more reason to blame it all on mom! We can slow down the aging process, however, with common sense and old fashion techniques - keeping your weight down, eating fresh whole foods, taking nutritional supplements, exercising regularly and balancing hormones. To measure aging we perform a telomere test. Telomeres are the caps at the end of our DNA strands that help protect our DNA. The shorter they are, the less time we have to live. They shorten as we age. A simple blood test will measure the telomeres and predict longevity. There is only one documented studied product on the market that has been shown to lenghthen telomeres, and that is called TA-65. TA-65 is derived from the astragalus plant and activates the telomerase enzyme, causing it to grow longer, not shorter. It is available only by prescription and is quite expensive, between $1200-4000 for 6 months. Susan Ashley MD is the owner of Family Medicine Liberty Lake, and is board certified in both Family Medicine and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She can be reached at 509-928-6700

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by Samantha Weaver • It was famed film producer and studio executive Samuel Goldwyn who made the following sage observation: "The most important thing in acting is honesty. Once you've learned to fake that, you're in." • Sarah Bernhardt, the French star of stage and early film, who was often referred to as "the most famous actress the world has ever known" and "the divine Sarah," often slept in a coffin. She said it helped her to better understand tragic roles. • Have you ever suffered from ottorrhea? If you've had a pus-containing discharge from your ear, you have. • In the original "Star Trek" series, a pair of the false ears worn by Leonard Nimoy in the role of Spock would last only three to five days of shooting before they had to be replaced. • I'm sure you've heard that President Richard Nixon was sometimes called "Tricky Dick," especially toward the end of his troubled career, but you may not be familiar with other nicknames he had. In college his perceived lack of a sense of humor prompted the name "Gloomy Gus," and his tendency to spend long hours sitting and studying earned him the moniker "Iron Butt." • Records show that during the last seven months of Elvis Presley's life, he had 5,300 different medications prescribed for him. • In 1938, Fortune magazine published a prediction that, in hindsight, turns out to have been rather egregiously off the mark: "Few scientists foresee any serious or practical use for atomic energy. They regard the atom-splitting experiments as useful steps in the attempt to describe the atom more accurately, not as the key to the unlocking of any new power." Thought for the Day: "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -- Henry David Thoreau (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A little "wool-gathering" for the usually productive Lamb is all right if it helps you unwind. But be careful; too much daydreaming can put you behind schedule in your work. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A work problem is close to being resolved. Now you can go ahead and celebrate the week, accepting invitations from friends who enjoy your company. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Getting your new plan accepted won't be a major hassle if you have the facts to back it up. Your supporters are also prepared to help you make your case. Good luck. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Dealing with a pesky job problem might be time-consuming but necessary. The sooner you get this situation settled, the sooner you can move on to other matters. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Career advancement is favored thanks to your impressive work record. On the personal side, you should soon hear some good news about an ailing family member. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) There might be mixed signals from a certain someone who doesn't seem all that certain about his or her intentions. Best to sort it all out before it becomes more confusing. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Get all the facts about that investment "opportunity" before you put even one dollar into it. There could be hidden problems that could prove to be costly. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Compromising on a matter you feel strongly about not only ends the impasse, but can be a win-win deal for all. Remember: Scorpios do well with change. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) With all the demands you currently have to deal with, accepting the help of family and friends could be the wisest course to take at this time. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Recent upsetting incidents might have left you with a big gap in your self-assurance. Refill it by spending time with those who know how worthy you really are. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A dispute about money needs to be resolved quickly, before it festers into something more serious. Consider asking an impartial colleague to mediate the matter. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A soft approach could be more effective than making a loud demand for the information you need. You might even find yourself with more data than you expected. BORN THIS WEEK: You're sought out for the wonderful advice you're able to offer to others. And sometimes you even take it yourself. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• On Sept. 5, 1666, firefighters in London begin blowing up homes in a desperate attempt to halt the spread of a great fire through the city. By the time the fire was finally snuffed out the following day, more than 100,000 people had been left homeless. • On Sept. 7, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, the 8-foot-long American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship Eagle in New York Harbor. It was the first use of a submarine in warfare. • On Sept. 6, 1915, a prototype tank nicknamed Little Willie rolls off the assembly line in England. It weighed 14 tons, got stuck in trenches and crawled over rough terrain at only 2 mph. For secrecy, production workers were told the vehicles would be used to carry water on the battlefield. The new vehicles were shipped in crates labeled "tank," and the name stuck. • On Sept. 3, 1935, a new land-speed record is set by Britain's Sir Malcolm Campbell. On the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, Campbell and his 2,500-horsepower car Bluebird made two runs over a 1-mile course at speeds averaging 301 mph. • On Sept. 8, 1945, U.S. troops land in Korea to begin their postwar occupation of the southern part of that nation, almost exactly one month after Soviet troops had entered northern Korea to begin their own occupation. Although the U.S. and Soviet occupations were supposed to be temporary, the division of Korea quickly became permanent. • On Sept. 2, 1969, America's first automatic teller machine (ATM) makes its public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, N.Y. It wasn't until 1971 that an ATM could handle multiple functions, including providing customers' account balances. • On Sept. 4, 1972, U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz wins his seventh gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Munich and establishes new world records in all the events. The record would stand until Michael Phelps took home eight gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2012. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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FLASHBACK By Mick Harper

1. Which duo had a hit with "The Mountain's High"? 2. Name the first George Baker Selection hit from 1970. 3. Name the rock group with these members: Peter Shapiro, Steve Dowler, David Dugdale and Ray Greenleaf. 4. Who had a hit with "Breakout" in 1986? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: "Well, we're big rock singers, we got golden fingers and we're loved everywhere we go." Answers To the above Flashback 1. Dick and Dee Dee, in 1961. The song was supposed to be the b-side of the record until a DJ accidentally played it. The song went to No. 2 on the charts. 2. "Little Green Bag." The song became a cult classic when it was used in the film "Reservoir Dogs" in 1992. Tom Jones even tried it in 1999, pairing up with Barenaked Ladies. 3. The Marbles, a San Francisco psychedelic group from 1961 to 1965. 4. Swing Out Sister. The song netted a Grammy nod and ended up on the soundtrack of "Grand Theft Auto IV". 5. "The Cover of the Rolling Stone," by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, in 1973. The song is a satire about the group not making it on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Page 14 TOP TEN MOVIES 1. Elysium (R) Matt Damon, Jodie Foster 2. We’re the Millers (R) Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis 3. Planes (PG) animated 4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG) Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario 5. 2 Guns (R) Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg 6. The Smurfs 2 (PG) animated 7. The Wolverine (PG-13) Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto 8. The Conjuring (R) Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson 9. Despicable Me 2 (PG) animated 10. Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) Adam Sandler, Kevin James (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Dear Auntie

My neighbor, 85, is a major cat lover. Last year she started taking in strays. The other day I looked over the fence and counted 10 in her back yard. The fighting and yowling is one thing, but using my yard as their litter box has me crazy! I’ve attempted to talk with her about them but she just got upset, and she wouldn’t let me in the house. The smell coming out the front door was horrific. I’m concerned for her mental and physical health. My friend told me she is a animal hoarder. Is there such a thing? What can I do? I’m hesitant to call the authorities as I don’t want to upset her but I’m at my wits end. Fed Up in Dalton Gardens

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Ahh the lovely cucumber...good for dipping and on green salads! If you don’t want to eat cucumbers plain, then this is one of our household favorites! One great trick I have used is to cut the cuc’s beforehand, add salt and let sit for about an hour so most of the water drains out. This makes for a thicker and longer lasting creamy salad.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

2 medium cucumbers (peeled or not, both are wonderful) ¼ sweet onion finely chopped (I like to sauté a little first) ½ cup greek yogurt 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 6 drops liquid stevia (lemon flavor is great!) Salt and pepper to taste Mix onions, yogurt, vinegar and stevia well. Add sliced cucumbers and stir throughly. Salt and pepper to taste.

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