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of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #44 Oct 28th

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by Janet Spencer For centuries, mankind’s only mirrors were pools of water or polished metal. It was a long journey to figure out how to make a good mirror. Come along with Tidbits as we go through the looking glass! MAKING MIRRORS • The original glass mirror was made by covering the back of a piece of glass with thin tin sheets which were rubbed down smooth. Then the glass (with the tin on top) would be covered with mercury. A piece of woolen cloth would then be laid on top of the mercury and compressed with iron weights for more than a week. Finally the excess mercury would be drained off and the mirror was complete. This method of mirror making was very dangerous to the craftsman because mercury vapors are poisonous. • Craftsmen in Venice were the first to discover this method of mirror making in the 1300s. It remained a carefully guarded secret and for centuries Venice had a monopoly on mirrors. Those who gave away the secret were subject to the death penalty. Mirrors were expensive and rare and people in France were jealous. • In 1665, the French chief minister to Louis XIV went to Venice and - at the risk of death - bribed 18 Venetian mirrorsmiths, using huge sums of money to convince them to move to France. (continued next page)

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Tidbits® of CDA MIRROR MAKING (cont’d) • Soon after the Venetian mirrorsmiths arrived in France, the French passed a law making it illegal to import Venetian mirrors. The new French mirror company, set up in the town of Saint Gobain, is still thriving today. • No sooner had France gotten the secret of mirror making than a Frenchman named Louis Lucas beat the Venetians at their own game when he invented a way to make plate glass in 1668. In Venice, they only knew how to make blown glass. Each mirror started out as a bottle or cylinder which was slit open and flattened while still hot before being made into a mirror. The size of mirrors was therefore very limited. But Lucas discovered how to pour molten glass from the pot onto an iron table where it was flattened with an iron roller. There was no limit to the size a mirror could be. Soon France was famous for its mirrors. • Louis XIV was very pleased, purchasing some 700 mirrors and lining an entire hallway at the Palace of Versailles with them in a stunning display. Venice kindly offered to send some of their very best glassmakers to France to “help out” at the factories; France declined the offer, preferring to keep their secret. • It had long been known that silver would make a better mirror than mercury and tin, but the problem was figuring out how to get the silver to stick to the glass. In 1835, German chemist Justus von Liebig invented a method of making mirrors that is still used today. In this method, the glass is flushed with silver salts and then covered with a solution of silver nitrate. After being heated and left undisturbed for an hour, a chemical reaction causes the metallic silver to separate and adhere to the glass. It’s then coated with shellac and painted with a black backing.

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Winner of last weeks contest! Tracy Meyers from Greater NW Grants

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MODERN MIRROR MAKING • Today silver or aluminum is vaporized and sprayed in aerosol form into the air above glass which is travelling on a conveyor belt below. For finer mirrors such as those used in telescopes, aluminum, chromium, or gold are put Friday, November 1 into a vacuum tank and heated. When they reach 5:30 PM - 8 PM the critical temperature, they “flash” into vapor MAISON DE COUTURE which fills the entire tank with metallic gas. A (FASHION HOUSE) FASHION SHOW film is then deposited on whatever is inside the . tank. HOW DO MIRRORS WORK? • Mirrors work because they reflect light. 1st Saturday in November Most objects do not give off any light of their Winter Swap own. They can only be seen because light from Kootenai Co. Fairgrounds other sources - the sun, a candle, a flashlight - hits them and bounces off, hitting your eye. When light strikes an object, some of the light is absorbed by the object, some is transmitted through November 2nd, the object, and some of the light bounces back. Punkin Chunkin Fall Festival 2013, hosted The part that bounces back is called reflection. by ElderHelp of North Idaho at the Kootenai Flat shiny surfaces like water, metal, and mirrors County Fairgrounds. Information can be atreflect light well because very little of the light is tained through calling (208) 661-8870 or by absorbed or transmitted, and most of it is reflectemail at ed. When light hits a surface that is dull instead of shiny, the light bounces off in all directions and is scattered. There is no reflection. When If you wish to publish your event for free, light hits a mirror, the mirror sends the light back please e-mail in exactly the same direction that it came from. This makes it appear as if the image is coming from behind the mirror. • When light hits a shiny surface that is curved instead of flat, such as a spoon, doorknob, or ripples on a lake, the light rays hit the surface at a variety of different angles and are therefore reflected back at a variety of different angles, Fedora's 3rd Annual Commuinstead of bouncing back straight. This makes nity Thanksgiving Dinner the reflection look distorted. It’s like a bouncing It's that time of year again - the time ball: drop the ball straight down, and it bounces where we all show thanks! We are proud to anstraight up. Throw the ball at an angle, and it nounce our 3rd Annual Community Thanksbounces up at an identical angle. giving Dinner event! As always, this meal is completely FREE to any who come! If you are looking to volunteer to help on Thanksgiving Day, we would love to hear from you. Also, we will happily be accepting monetary donations if you feel you can help with this awesome community event in that way. Please email John at mallory.fedora@ if you are interested to volunteer or make a donation or call (208) 765-8888.

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® of®Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA MIRROR SCIENCE (cont’d) • If the mirror is curved in a convex shape so that the reflecting surface faces away from the center of the mirror, light rays reflect away from each other and the reflection becomes smaller. This is handy for use in exterior rearview mirrors (“Objects are closer than they appear”) as well as the large fish-eye mirrors used in stores so clerks can keep an eye on customers. • If the mirror is in a concave shape so the reflecting surface faces toward the center of the mirror, light rays are reflected towards each other and the reflection becomes very large. Make-up mirrors and telescope mirrors are built this way. Funhouse mirrors, with their convoluted collection of convex and concave surfaces, twist the reflection into comical contortions. • A one-way mirror uses dark colored glass, such as smoked glass, instead of clear glass. The reflective backing is very, very thin so thin that if the light is equally bright on each side of the mirror, it merely looks like a pane of glass. But if people behind the mirror are sitting in a dark room looking into a light room, it looks like a mirror. • It’s the same principal with the interior rearview mirror in a car. There are two mirrors there. The daytime mirror reflects almost all of the light that hits it, but flip the little button and the nighttime mirror reflects only four percent of the light so the driver is not blinded by headlights. • Another method of making mirrors involves using liquid metal such as mercury or gallium. The liquid is spun continuously, causing it to take on the parabolic shape needed for telescopes. This is a very inexpensive method of making a very large mirror. The Large Zenith Telescope located near Vancouver, BC is the largest liquid mirror in operation, with a diameter of about 20 feet (6 m).

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Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Lorde No. 3 “Royals” 2. Katy Perry No. 2 “Roar” 3. Miley Cyrus No. 1 “Wrecking Ball” 4. Drake feat. Majid Jordan No. 7 “Hold On, We’re Going Home” 5. Avicii No. 4 “Wake Me Up!” 6. Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake No. 6 “Holy Grail” 7. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell No. 5 “Blurred Lines” 8. Ylvis No. 13 “The Fox” 9. Lady Gaga No. 8 “Applause” 10. Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais No. 9 “Summertime Sadness”

Top 10 Albums 1. Drake new entry “Nothing Was the Same” 2. Kings of Leon new entry “Mechanical Bull” 3. Cher new entry “Closer to the Truth” 4. Elton John new entry “The Diving Board” 5. Jack Johnson No. 1 “From Here to Now to You” 6. Luke Bryan No. 6 “Crash My Party” 7. Dream Theater new entry “Dream Theater” 8. Krewella new entry “Get Wet” 9. Metallica new entry “Metallica: Through the Never” (Soundtrack) 10. Justin Moore No. 2 “Off the Beaten Path”

Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Luke Bryan No. 1 “That’s My Kind of Night” 2. Thomas Rhett No. 4 “It Goes Like This” 3. Jason Alden No. 3 “Night Train” 4. Tyler Farr No. 2 “Redneck Crazy” 5. Billy Currington No. 5 “Hey Girl” 6. Florida Georgia Line No. 6 “Cruise” 7. Blake Shelton No. 8 “Mine Would Be You” 8. Florida Georgia Line No. 7 “Round Here” 9. Chris Young No. 9 “Aw Naw” 10. Tim McGraw No. 11 “Southern Girl” Source: Billboard (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Dr. Holly Carling

Acupuncture Weight Loss

Using acupuncture to support weight loss has its roots dating back thousands of years. It’s stayed around this long because it works. It works by several different channels. First of all, acupuncture is effective in supporting digestion. If a person is not digesting well, controlling weight will be an uphill battle. If your digestive system is not functioning properly (heartburn, reflux, excess gas, bloating, etc.) you can’t effectively digest the minerals needed for proper organ function, you can’t metabolize fat well, you won’t be able to break down proteins efficiently – all of which are critical for healthy weight management (to say nothing about whole-body health!) Acupuncture works by helping support healthy liver function. The liver has hundreds of functions in the body and when it has become relatively ineffective in any number of those functions, excess weight becomes difficult to lose. Acupuncture helps balance the endocrine system. The endocrine system contains all the glands that secrete hormones in the body. Many hormones are responsible for weight management. The hormones controlling blood sugar, for instance are vital – pancreas, liver and adrenals. The thyroid controls metabolism. Many people suffer from hypothyroid symptoms but their lab work shows up as “okay”. This simply means the thyroid isn’t in crisis yet, but it still may not be functioning properly. There is a wide gap between perfect function and crisis – you aren’t one day perfect and the next in crisis – hypothyroidism occurs over time. Sex hormone imbalance can also cause you to gain weight. The object in supporting healthy weight loss is in restoring endocrine balance so that all the organs responsible for healthy weight are working up to par. Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in accomplishing this. In addition, acupuncturists use specific acu-points in the ear to suppress the appetite if overeating is the cause of being overweight. I have a funny story about the ear points. During my 10 year tenure in a group called The Flying Samaritans (doctors flying into remote regions of Mexico to render medical care), I was in a small town of people who, when they heard an acupuncturist was there asked for weight loss ear “tacks”. Soon 54 people lined up for their ear tacks. One was the wife of one of our pilots. During dinner when her husband noticed her not eating, asked if she was okay. She said “yes, I feel fine. I just don’t have an appetite!” A little later he queried her again and got the same response. Finally, a medical doctor sardonically said “maybe it was those weight loss ear tacks you got”. She answered “no, I got them for back pain.” Eyes widened, I retorted, “No. You were in the line for weight loss, you got weight loss tacks!” So without her even knowing it, her appetite was suppressed and the doctors who previously said acupuncture was placebo had to eat their words! Acupuncture is an effective way to manage weight from many perspectives. Take advantage today. 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. 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 is a Teppan/Hibachi table, and why is it important to Japanese cuisine? A: Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which means iron plate, and yaki, which means grilled, broiled or pan-fried. In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using an iron plate, including shrimp, chicken, steak, lobster, tofu, and assorted vegetables. Modern teppanyaki grills are typically propane-heated flat surface grills, and are widely used to cook food in front of guests at restaurants. Teppanyaki steakhouses place an emphasis on the chef performing a show for the diners, continuing to introduce new variations and tricks. The chef might juggle utensils, flip a shrimp tail into his shirt pocket, catch an egg in his hat, toss an egg up in the air and split it with a spatula, flip flattened shrimp pieces into the diners' mouths, or arrange onion rings into fire-shooting volcanoes. Teppanyaki is a fun and delicious culinary experience; great for a date or for a group dinner. It must be tried to truly be appreciated.

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Q: How is spaying or neutering good for the cat or dog? A: The health and behavior benefits are clear. On average, altered cats live 3-5 years longer and altered dogs live 1-3 years longer with improved health and less fights. 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. Neutering males prevents 99% of reproductive system problems. And undesirable male behaviors such as urine marking, humping, aggression and the urge to roam are also reduced. These benefits are greatest when the procedures are done on youngsters. Fights, wounds and infections are otherwise inevitable. Spay a dog or cat and eliminate the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female in heat, and the messiness of the heat cycle. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are fixed. Help prevent future homeless pets. Spay/Neuter for a Brighter Future! To learn how you can help Visit Animal Allies of Idaho

Ready for a fun experience? Visit Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse at 1500 E. Seltice Way in Post Falls. Call (208) 457-7077, or visit our website at for hours and to view our menus.

Should I let my cat/dog have a litter before she is spayed?

Q. Have you been thinking about making a change in your life? A. Maybe you’ve been thinking about changing careers, saving for retirement or traveling the world. Make the decision now to effect real changes in your life. Let me show you how by helping others experience the benefits of healthy living you to can experience both Financial and Physical Health? Q. What if I could show you how to expand your horizons, open up new avenues of freedom to spend more time with your family and do the things you love. A. If you can follow a simple proven system of success, are trainable , coachable and like to have fun, you can join the team and build a worldwide residual business. Building Momentum Terry Peterson 208-651-1635

Unless you are a professional responsible breeder, there’s no reason for a female cat or dog to have even one litter. It won’t Q: I’m amake first time Can you please her ahome betterbuyer. companion, clarify the following terms: Contingency, As Is, and Rights of First Refusal? Thank you. A: Being a first time buyer can be daunting. I hope the following helps you in your purchase! CONTINGENCY: A contingency is a clause in a contract that requires the completion of a certain act before the parties are obligated to perform their contractual obligations. The most common contingencies are financing, acceptable property condition, and condition of title. AS IS: In an “AS IS” contract the seller is saying that the property will be sold in its existing physical condition and the buyer is taking the property’s condition into account when making an offer. The clause does not negate a seller’s common law duty to disclose known latent material defects. RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL: A first right of refusal is a provision in a contract that requires the owner of a home to give another party (usually a tenant) the first opportunity to purchase or lease the property before it is offered for sale to another. Jacqueline Sergeant, Escrow Officer, Pioneer Title Company 208-654-8254

Q: What is “bookkeeping in the cloud”? A: Today the term “in the cloud” refers to software that doesn’t exist on your computer, which provides great advantages: being accessible via the Internet from any computer, anywhere, anytime. In the accounting world there are several cloud-based options from which to choose. Here’s a brief overview of some of those options. FreshBooks is an online accounting program that offers invoicing and time tracking saving you time. It’s easy to use and you can try it for free. There is currently not a payroll option with FreshBooks. LessAccounting If you’re looking for a QuickBooks alternative, look no more. This is an accounting software package that provides simple basic accounting features to small businesses. The cost is $36 a month, click here to sign up: QuickBooks online(QBO) - QBO works wherever you are, on your iPad, iPhone, Android device, your computer at work or home. You'll have the same information— without having to sync your data. You can easily transfer your QuickBooks Pro or Premier files into QBO so all your key financial data stays intact. QuickBooks software for desktop – if you do not want to change your ways, but still want to be in the cloud, we have a solution for you. We offer QuickBooks Pro software for $165+tax…less than what anyone else is selling it for! If you use a version other than QuickBooks Pro, we have other versions of QuickBooks available for more. Unidata is one of the cloud hosting services we use to store QuickBooks software for desktop in the cloud. Be sure to mention “Williams Accounting” for special pricing. There is an online bookkeeping option for just about every business. Check out each of these options because managing your books in the cloud may be a much more practical option for your business needs. We offer add ons, such as billing through and online payroll. Liz Williams 208-964-5511

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Real Estate News and Views

By Ed Stevenson Many people think fall is not a good time buy or sell their home. Actually it is a great time, sure there are fewer buyers and sellers on the market this time of year, but those that remain are very serious. Compare it to the spring where we see a lot of people testing the waters to see how much they can get for their home or if they can find the bargain of the century. If you are one of the serious buyers or sellers, now may be the best time to jump in. For those buying, most sellers are ready to negotiate and want to make a move now. If you are selling, you will see fewer buyers but you will see serious, pre-approved buyers, who are ready to buy now. The prices remain strong and we saw the average sales price for September 2013 up 11.73% over last year. Ed Stevenson 208~771~2161 NWMONARCH.COM

AKC, USDA at Odds Over Breeder Rules DEAR PAW'S CORNER: Is it true that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is banning professional dog breeding? -- Concerned Owner in Iowa DEAR CONCERNED: Nope, it's not true. However, the USDA has implemented some new rules that will bring Internet-based pet breeders and sellers under the regulation of the Animal Welfare Act. The rules narrow the definition of a retail pet store and expand the agency's oversight of pet breeders. On the plus side, the new rules could make it harder for notorious "puppy mills" to exist, because breeders with four or more breeding females, and those who sell puppies "sight unseen," now have to be licensed through the USDA. On the negative side, argues the American Kennel Club, the rules are nebulous in certain areas. For example, determining which females are truly "breeding females" can make things harder for small breeders and hobbyists. "The AKC remains extremely concerned that the rule will make it difficult for individuals to self-report, as they would not be able to know -without an APHIS inspection ... before applying for a license -- whether they would be required to obtain a license." And new standards for facilities could make it much harder for hobbyists and small breeders to raise dogs in their homes. "It is not reasonable to expect small breeders, who keep a handful of dogs and make a choice to raise dogs in their homes, to be able to meet exacting USDA kennel engineering standards that are designed for large commercial wholesale or research kennels," the AKC said. So, dog breeders still will be in business when the new rules take effect in November, but they may have more work cut out for them. Cat and rabbit breeders also are affected. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner. com. Did you know mosquitos can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don't? Find out more in my new book, "Fighting Fleas," available now.


Lingling is an 8 month old pure bred blue eyed sealpoint siamese. About 7lbs. She is very friendly quiet and smart. Laser spayed, microchipped, and current on all shots. Alternative pet rescue is a non-profit org. Specializing in small pet rescue and adoptions. Facebook Fan Page (208)661-2286 Coeur d’ Alene, ID

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Winter Looms Homeless Vets



Did you buy a new coat for winter? Is there any chance you can buy another one? And maybe some good gloves and a hat? There are homeless veterans out there who could use them. With temperatures dropping, here are a few ways you can help homeless veterans this winter: • Donate clothing and other basics: Call the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center nearest you and ask for Voluntary Services. Most locations keep a clothing closet for homeless veterans who come in and need help, or those who are moving out of rehab into a place of their own. Maybe the clothing closet is good to go on coats but has completely run out of lined jeans and gloves. Maybe they need shirts in a super large size, or even personal-care items and a sports bag to carry everything in. Ask if they need a transition package of household supplies, like soap, towels, toilet paper and a laundry basket. • Sign up to give rides: Voluntary services can help you with that, too. Homeless veterans often have to get to doctor appointments the best way they can, and in cold weather that can be tough. Look into driving opportunities through the Disabled American Veterans. • Volunteer at a Stand Down: Go online to and see when there’s an event near you. They run from January to November, and this time of the year the emphasis is going to be to get homeless veterans warm and into housing. Call and ask what you can do to help. If you’ve a veteran in need of help, call 1-877424-3838, also known as 1-877-4AID-VET. It’s staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can help with health care, housing, mental health, jobs and more. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Making Your Home Safe for Winter Like it or not, winter is coming. Depending on where you live, you’ve likely already felt the chill winds preceding the even colder weather ahead. Two key elements of winter safety at home are warmth and adequate lighting. Are you ready? Staying Warm: If you live in your own home, when is the last time you had your furnace inspected? If you can’t say it was this season, it’s time to call for an appointment. These system checks should be done once a year and generally include a new furnace filter. Carrying a big blanket from room to room can be a tripping danger. Instead, keep personalsize comforters in various places in your home, especially your favorite chair. Check the bottoms of your slippers to make sure they aren’t worn and slippery. Wear a favorite hat for additional warmth, and consider a padded vest to keep your body’s trunk warm. Adequate Lighting: Fading daylight can creep up on us. One of my friends took a yard light and put it in the kitchen window to recharge in the sun each day. When it becomes dark outside, the little light automatically goes on. Another has put tiny automatic nightlights in a few electric outlets. When the lighting is low, the lights automatically come on. These serve as reminders to turn on more lights in the house. Do you have candles handy for the times when the power goes out? If so, throw them away! It’s too easy for lighted candles to fall over or catch clothing on fire. Instead invest in a few flashlights or “dome” lights that you can leave at various places in your home. Don’t forget a small one for your pocket. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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by Samantha Weaver • It was American writer Gore Vidal who made the following sage observation: “The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity -- much less dissent.” • If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never encountered a tziganologist. That is, unless you consort with those who study Hungarian gypsies. • When someone mentions the rock band ZZ Top, you probably think of a group of musicians with beards. They don’t all have beards, though; the drummer is clean-shaven as a matter of safety (imagine being in the middle of a drum solo and getting a stick caught in a long beard -ouch!). Interestingly, the unbearded drummer’s name is Frank Beard. • Squirrels are wonderful foresters. Every year, thousands of trees grow from caches of nuts and acorns that squirrels forgot about. • If you see a group of pugs together, know that they’re collectively called a grumble. • One anagram of “William Shakespeare” is “I am a weakish speller.” Incidentally, a person who comes up with anagrams is known as an “anagrammatist.” • If you’re planning a trip to Japan, you might want to add the island of Okunoshima to your itinerary. It’s often called Usagi Jima, or “Rabbit Island,” by locals because the bunnies there are tame and approach humans without fear. • Those who study such things have discovered that if you put a sea sponge in a blender and leave the resulting mess overnight, the remaining cells will find each other and start forming a new sponge. Thought for the Day: “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.” -- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

For 505-0674 For Advertising Advertising Call (334) 208-755-9120 Why Can’t I Lose Weight Part 1 of 4 by: Susan Ashley MD

One of the more common factors that slows our ability to successfully lose weight is hormonal imbalance, in both men and women. For women, a condition called PCOS, or poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, is associated with a lower metabolism, obesity, low progesterone levels, high testosterone, and insulin resistance which can lead to diabetes. Women with PCOS tend to gain weight easily as they store fat better, often have acne or unwanted hair growth, and irregular or heavy menstrual cycles. For these patients, the only successful method for weight loss is thru a low carbohydrate diet. Reducing carbs, especially starches, to know more than 50-60 gms/ day is crucial, and this will bring the insulin levels down and allow fat metabolism more easily. Avoid high doses of niacin as it can worsen insulin sensitivity in these patients. After menopause, women gain an average of 20 lbs, as the metabolism slows due to many factors. Fat replaces muscle, which causes metabolism to fall even more - on average of 2% per decade beginning at age 30. Estrogen has over 400 functions in the body, and can make insulin work better, which aids in weight loss. As women approach menopause, the progesterone declines before estrogen, making them estrogen dominant. One of the main symptoms of estrogen dominance is weight gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs. It is crucial to balance the female hormones to effectively lose weight, but only bio-identical hormones should be used! Estrogen should never be taken by mouth as it will increase weight gain and cause carbohydrate cravings. Another hormone that affects weight, in both men and women, is cortisol - the stress hormone. Too much cortisol, common in our 24/7 society, promotes weight gain around the middle, and too little causes us to crave sugar and salt. The only accurate way to measure cortisol is in the saliva. For men, testosterone begins to decline by age 35, and as it lowers, muscle mass declines and abdominal fat increases. The more abdominal fat, the more testosterone gets converted to estrogen, and the lower the testosterone declines. It is a vicious cycle! To replace, use only bio-identical hormone testosterone, easily given as a cream once per day. DHEA and thyroid hormones are also important for weight, but thyroid is such a long topic we'll cover it another time. Suffice it to say, thyroid controls the cellular metabolism of every cell in the body and must be optimized to lose weight. DHEA, the anti-aging hormone, is measured in the saliva, and should also be repleted - on average 5-10 mg in women, and 2550mg in men. It can be given orally safely, or as a cream. Have your doctor order a complete hormone analysis, ideally with a saliva test. At Healthy Living Liberty Lake, we are starting an intensive 3 month program for women that focuses on weight, hormones, brain chemistry, nutrition and exercise.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The high standards you set for yourself don’t always translate into the behavior you expect of others. That relationship problem can be resolved if you’re more flexible and less judgmental. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Not enough party bids to satisfy the Bovine’s fun-loving side this week? Go ahead and throw one of your own. Then prepare for some serious work coming up early next week. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A new and intensely productive cycle is about to kick in. Be careful not to get too stressed out, though. Make time to restore your energies by relaxing with family and friends. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) This could be a good time to share some of your plans with those closest to you. Their comments could give you some added insight into how you might accomplish your goals. LEO (July 23 to August 22) An attack of selfdoubt might be unsettling for the usually superassured Feline. But it could be your inner voice telling you to hold off implementing your plans until you’ve reassessed them. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a great time for you to reward yourself for all your hard work by taking a trip you haven’t spent months carefully planning, to somewhere you never thought you’d be going. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Some misunderstandings resist being resolved. But your sincerity in wanting to soothe those hurt feelings wins the day. By month’s end, that relationship should begin to show signs of healing. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A hectic job schedule begins to ease just in time to blow off all that work-generated steam on Halloween. A family situation runs into an unexpected complication. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A cutting remark in the workplace needs to be handled with finesse. Remember: How you respond could determine the depth of support you gain from colleagues. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Once again, that Capricornean stubborn streak sets in and could keep you from getting muchneeded advice. Fortunately, it lifts by week’s end, in time to make an informed decision. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A surprise trip early in the week could lead to other unexpected offers when you return. Word to the wise: Avoid talking too much about this until you’ve made some decisions. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Learning dominates the week for perspicacious Pisceans, who are always looking to widen their range of knowledge. A series of important job-linked commitments begins late in the week.

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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MOMENTS IN TIME The History Channel • On Oct. 31, 1517, the priest and scholar Martin Luther nails to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, a piece of paper containing 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation. In one, Luther condemned the corruption of the Catholic Church for asking for payment for the forgiveness of sins. • On Oct. 30, 1890, Oakland, Calif., enacts a law against opium, morphine and cocaine. The new regulations allowed only doctors to prescribe these drugs, which had been legal for cures or pain relief. • On Oct. 29, 1929, Black Tuesday hits Wall Street as investors trade 16,410,030 shares. In the aftermath of Black Tuesday, America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression. By 1932, stocks were worth only about 20 percent of their value in the summer of 1929. • On Nov. 2, 1947, the Hughes Flying Boat -- the largest aircraft ever built -- is piloted by designer Howard Hughes on its first and only flight. Built with laminated birch and spruce, the “Spruce Goose” had a wingspan longer than a football field and was designed to carry more than 700 men to battle. • On Nov. 1, 1952, the United States detonates the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific. The Soviet Union quickly followed suit, and by the late 1970s, seven nations had constructed hydrogen bombs. • On Oct. 28, 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel in St. Louis. An internal tram system takes visitors to the top, where on a clear day they can see up to 30 miles across the Mississippi and to the Great Plains to the west. • On Nov. 3, 1986, the Lebanese magazine Ash Shiraa reports that the United States has been secretly selling arms to Iran in an effort to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon. Within weeks, Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that proceeds from the arms sales were diverted to fund Nicaraguan rebels. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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FLASHBACK By Mick Harper

1. Who had a hit with disco song “Got to Be Real”? 2. Name the group that released “Michael,” a version of “Row the Boat Ashore,” in 1961. 3. Who wrote “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”? 4. John Lennon wrote “Bad to Me” for which group? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “I never said you had to offer me a second chance, I never said I was a victim of circumstance, I still belong, Don’t get me wrong.” Answers 1. Cheryl Lynn in 1978. The song was co-penned by master song craftsman and producer David Foster. He was the magic behind dozens of artists and groups, including Rod Stewart and Josh Groban. 2. The Highwaymen, a college quintet folk group. Despite the coming British invasion, The Highwaymen reintroduced solid folk music to millions. 3. Neil Diamond, who charted with the song in 1967. 4. Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas 5. “My Life,” by Billy Joel in 1978. Chicago band members Peter Cetera and Donnie Dacus performed the backing vocals. The song charted around the world and was used as the theme song for the television series “Bosom Buddies” in 1980-82. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Tidbits Tidbits® of CDA® of Dallas County Dear Auntie M., I don’t know if there is a right answer to my question, but I just need to ask. Is there a correct way that your toilet paper should unroll? My boyfriend says it should roll under or against the wall. I am adamant that it should roll over, or away from the wall. I hope you can shed some light on our quandary and set us straight. (Hopefully he is wrong!) Sorry, but I hate finding the T.P. rolling under. It truly irritates me and I just need some facts to back up my preference and set him straight. Thanks,Interested in Idaho Falls Dear Interested, Believe it or not the issue of the correct orientation of toilet paper is a subject of university study (habits), debates and internet forums. So far the jury is out on an indisputably ‘correct’ orientation, however you may find this interesting. To mark the 100th anniversary of Thomas Crapper’s death, a major toilet paper manufacturer launched a “Great Debate” advertising campaign, inviting American consumers to vote their preference at their website. During the 82nd Academy Awards the results were announced: 72% had voted over. Another interesting survey of 1,000 Americans found that “overs” are more likely than “unders” to notice a roll’s direction (74%), to be annoyed when the direction is incorrect (24%), and to have flipped the direction at a friend’s home (27%). Some households have dual TP holders so each can be ‘right.’ Bottom line, it’s all personal preference. Hope this helps and lightens the way to negotiation. Must say, at least he puts a new roll on the holder! Hang in there, and pick your battles wisely. Please send your questions or comments to I shall be frank and honest with my response and provide resources where appropriate.

Kale Salad Recipe:

6 kale leaves, stems removed, leaves shredded or finely chopped 1/3 cup toasted pecans or almond slices 1/3 cup dried fruit such as cran-rasins, cherries, dates 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese Wash kale throughly, trim from the stem and finely chop. Add chopped kale, dried fruit, nut and parmesan in a medium mixing bowl (with a lid is helpful). Dressing: 1 cup olive oil 1/3 cup wine vinegar 1/4 small onion 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon lemon juice 10 drops of liquid lemon stevia Mix all dressing ingredients in a blender and mix until a smooth consistency. Pour over kale mixture and toss until kale leaves are fully coated. Serve immediately or also delicious the next day. This is a fantastic make ahead item.

Happy Eating, Bretta Provost 208-964-4420

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