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of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #47 Nov. 18th www.tidbitscda.com

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Kathy Wolfe Who doesn’t like cookies of one sort or another? This week, Tidbits is taking a look at this treat’s origin, along with how some of our favorites got their start. • The word “cookie” has its origins in the Dutch language from their word keokje, meaning “little cake.” It’s thought that cookies originated as a method of testing cakes. Bakers used a small amount of cake batter to test the oven temperature. Persia was probably the first country to make cookies, as it was one of the first to cultivate sugar. • Home-baked cookies come in several styles. Pressed cookies are formed by pressing dough through a press to form fancy shapes. Drop cookies are made by merely dropping spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet while the dough for bar cookies is spread in a shallow pan and cut into bars after baking. Icebox cookies are created by shaping dough into a log, which is refrigerated, then sliced and baked. Cookies cutters are used to make rolled cookies into decorative shapes. American tinsmiths began fashioning cookie cutters by hand in the 1700s. • The first American cookbook, American Cookery, published in 1796 includes two recipes simply called “Cookies” and “Christmas Cookey.” turn the page for more!

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Tidbits® of CDA COOKIES (continued): • Springerle are traditional Christmas cookies from Bavaria and Austria, and are small anise-flavored cookies with an image stamped on top, imprinted from a carved rolling pin or mold. Centuries ago, these were used to tell the Christmas story to the illiterate by stamping Bible scenes from the Nativity into the dough. A 14th-century hand-carved wooden springerle mold featuring images of the Easter lamb, the world’s oldest known mold, was discovered in Switzerland. • No matter what you call it, it’s still a cookie. In England, they’re biscuits, in Spain, galletas, while Germans say keks. The Italians use several different names, most commonly amaretti and biscotti. The word biscotti translates “twice cooked,” as the dough is formed into a log and baked, then sliced and baked again. • The tradition of Girl Scout cookies dates back to 1917, just five years after Juliette Low founded the organization. A scout troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and held a sale in their high school cafeteria as part of a service project. Over the next two decades, Girl Scouts across America held sales of cookies baked by their own troops, packaging them in wax paper, and selling door-to-door for 35 cents a dozen. In 1934, Philadelphia Girl Scouts became the first to sell commercially-baked cookies, and within two years, the national organization licensed the idea. During World War II, when there was a shortage of sugar, flour, and butter, the Girl Scouts sold calendars as their service project. By 1948, 29 commercial bakers were licensed to bake the three varieties – peanut butter sandwich, shortbread, and chocolate mints. Today, cookie sales during the short eight-week time period when the Scouts hold their sale are close to $790 million.

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From the Publisher’s Desk By : Evelyn Bevacqua

TIDBITS ANNOUNCES A NEW CONTEST ENTER TO WIN A RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATE!

It’s FUN and Easy! Each week a different business logo will appear multiple times throughout the paper. The logo will be in color and different sizes Count the number of times it appears including the ads. Then call or email the answer to evelyn2318@ gmail.com or Call 208.755.9120. . The Winner will be contacted and announced each week with a photo in front of the participating restaurant. Answers must be submitted by 6:00 p.m.on Sunday.

This week's $25.00 gift certificate will be from Satay Bistro Restaurant and the logo will be Hospice Of North Idaho!


COOKIES (continued): • One common belief for the origin of fortune cookies dates back to the 12th century, when Chinese soldiers defended their territory from Mongolian invaders. Legend has it that the Mongolians didn’t particularly care for Chinese lotus nut paste cakes, so Chinese soldiers hid messages containing details of their uprising written on rice paper inside the cakes to notify the troops. A more recent explanation cites a Cantonese immigrant working as a baker in Los Angeles putting slips of paper inside his cookies with words of encouragement and good “fortune” and handing them out to the poor and homeless street people. In 1960, a new machine was invented that folded fortune cookies in half much faster. • After his service with the Air Force, Wally Amos went to work as a talent agent with the William Morris Agency. His trick to persuade celebrities to meet with him and work out a deal was to send home-baked chocolate chip cookies home with them. It became apparent that he was better at cookies than as an agent, and in 1975, Wally “Famous” Amos opened his first store in Los Angeles, selling $300,000 his first year, jumping to over $1 million the following year. • The world’s favorite cookie is the Oreo, now sold in more than 100 countries around the globe. The very first Oreo rolled out of a Manhattan bakery in March, 1912, and was sold shortly thereafter in Hoboken, New Jersey. The first Oreos were packaged in bulk tins and sold by weight, about 30 cents a lb. back then. Today, they’re baked at 21 different bakeries and over 20.5 million of these favorites are eaten worldwide every single day. Just one batch of Oreos requires 18 million lbs. (8,165,000 kg) of cocoa.

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Fedora's 3rd Annual FREECommunity Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served free to the public from 11am to 4pm Thursday, November 28th located at 1726 W Kathleen Coeur d’Alene. at The Fedora Pub & Grille. The Fedora and many other local organizations and volunteers are working to bring our community together on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone is welcome! There are no prerequisites to attend. “After three incredible years of business in this wonderful community, we want to keep giving back. That’s what it means to be a part of such a great community. Even with all the growth here, we are all still so “small town” when it comes to being there for each other when it counts. This is our way to help “make it count.” The time and stories people were willing to share with us were priceless.” say owners John & Mallory Malee of the Fedora Pub & Grille. Last year, in cooperation with community organizations, we fed over 1,100 people from our area for free. This year the planning committee is working hard preparing for an estimated 1,500 of our friends and neighbors who have been hit hardest by these trying economic times. Providing a nice Thanksgiving meal with amazing volunteers may help relieve pressure from families trying to give their families a memorable Thanksgiving. It can also provide a sense of comfort for those who are spending the holiday alone. Donations are being accepted through: Elder Help of North Idaho For more details about Volunteering: Please visit the Volunteer Center at www.kootenaiunitedway.org

11-27 Thanksgiving Taize’s Celebrating Trees of the Seasons, 7 pm at Unity Spiritual Center of North Idaho, www.unitycenter.org. For more info call 208.664.1125 Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, the Coeur d’Alene Resort turns up the bright lights with it’s Holiday Light show. Throughout the holiday season you can experience America’s largest floating holiday light show and laser extravaganza. Cruise boats take you on Lake Coeur d’Alene to view the animated light displays and holiday scenes along the Coeur d’Alene Resort shoreline, and then a special visit to Santa’s workshop. Other events include breakfasts with Santa, Sunday brunches with Dickens Carolers and Mrs. Clause, Santa Cruises for the very young, a downtown Christmas lighting ceremony, fireworks shows and a lighted parade. (208) 664-3194 If you wish to publish your event for free, please e-mail evelyn2318@gmail.com

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® of®Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA COOKIES (continued): • Another favorite is the Toll House cookie, which is the original name of chocolate chip cookies. In 1937, Ruth Wakefield was the proprietor of the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts. The restaurant was housed in a former 1709 toll house, a station where stage coach passengers ate while the horses were exchanged, and a toll was paid for using the highway. Ruth regularly served a popular cookie, the “Butter Drop Do,” which called for baker’s chocolate. Having run out of the chocolate one day, she chopped up a bar of Nestles semisweet chocolate and stirred the pieces into the dough, expecting them to melt and spread throughout the cookie. The chunks did not melt, and Ruth had a new creation, which she dubbed Toll House Crunch Cookies, which became an immediate hit. The recipe was published in a Boston newspaper soon after. • It’s believed that chocolate brownies also came about by an ingredient mishap, that is, a cook neglecting to add baking powder to chocolate cake batter. Without the leavening action of the baking powder to increase the volume of the cake, a denser cookie-like cake was produced. Others say it was intentionally created by a chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exhibition. The 1897 Sears and Roebuck catalog published what is thought to be the first known recipe for brownies, and it became so popular, the company offered a brownie mix in their catalog. • Philadelphia inventor James Henry Mitchell is credited with inventing a double dough sheeting machine and funnel device that made the Fig Newton possible. He patented his invention in 1892, and production began on the little jam-filled confections which were named after the community of Newton, Massachusetts, which was near the factory where the first Newtons were created.

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Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Lorde No. 1 “Royals” 2. Katy Perry No. 2 “Roar” 3. Miley Cyrus No. 3 “Wrecking Ball” 4. Avicii No. 4 “Wake Me Up!” 5. Drake feat. Majid Jordan No. 5 “Hold On, We’re Going Home” 6. Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake No. 8 “Holy Grail” 7. Lady Gaga No. 9 “Applause” 8. One Republic No. 15 “Counting Stars” 9. Imagine Dragons No. 12 “Demons” 10. Ylvis No. 6 “The Fox”

Top 10 Albums 1. Katy Perry new entry “Prism 2. Pearl Jam No. 1 “Lightning Bolt” 3. Drake No. 4 “Nothing Was the Same” 4. Miley Cyrus No. 2 “Bangerz” 5. Lorde No. 7 “Pure Heroine” 6. Fifth Harmony No. 6 “Better Together” (EP) 7. DJ Khaled new entry “Suffering From Success” 8. Justin Timberlake No. 11 “The 20/20 Experience” 9. AFI new entry “Burials” 10. Luke Bryan No. 12 “Crash My Party”

Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Luke Bryan No. 1 “That’s My Kind of Night” 2. Thomas Rhett No. 2 “It Goes Like This” 3. Blake Shelton No. 3 “Mine Would Be You” 4. Chris Young No. 4 “Aw Naw” 5. Tim McGraw No. 6 “Southern Girl” 6. Eric Church No. 50 “The Outsiders” 7. Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert No. 8 “We Were Us” 8. Florida Georgia Line No. 7 “Cruise” 9. Jason Alden No. 5 “Night Train” 10. Joe Nichols No. 11 “Sunny and 75” Source: Billboard (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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By Dr. Holly Carling

Prostate – The Curse of Men

About the age that the “curse of women” comes to a close, men begin what could be a curse for them. While women have no choice about having a monthly cycle, men have much control of the health of their prostate. Whether the prostate gland becomes a curse or not is dependent upon some lifestyle choices. The prostate is a small gland that sits below the bladder in men. It is small, the size of a walnut, and becomes problematic if it swells. Most agree that there is natural swelling that occurs as men age. Approximately 80% of men over age 60 have some prostate difficulties and 90% of men over 85 do. Nearly 12% of men will have a prostate problem at some point earlier in their lives, generally due to prostate pressure on the urethra. This is generally asymptomatic, and rarely is it harmful (we’re not referring to cancer here). Prostate symptoms include frequency of urination at night, thinning stream, difficulty urinating or incomplete emptying of the bladder. The two primary non-cancerous forms of prostate challenges include benign prostatic hypertrophy (or BPH), and prostatitis. BPH is increased prostate size, pressing on the urethra causing the symptoms, and prostatitis is an inflammation or infection in the prostate gland and is accompanied with pain on voiding and ejaculation as well. Prostatitis needs to be corrected before any serious ramifications occur such as urinary tract infections, kidney/bladder damage, urinary stones, and incontinence. There are several food and herb recommendations for improving prostate health. First, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, with particular emphasis on those that are deep green, purple and red, especially grapes and tomatoes. A Harvard study performed in 2003 of 47,000 men found that men who ate ten servings of tomatoes each week had a 50% less chance of developing serious prostate cancer, presumably due to the lycopene in tomatoes. I recommend eating the grapes and tomatoes, not isolating the resveratrol and lycopene and taking it in an isolated concentrate. Better to get the rest of the benefits of the complete food. Saw Palmetto and Pygeum Africanun are the two herbs most touted for their ability to enhance prostate health. Saw palmetto is very effective for relieving inflammation and enlargement of the prostate, helps to control the hormones that cause prostate enlargement, and preliminary research demonstrates very promising results in inhibiting cell proliferation. There are no known side effects. Pygeum helps with painful urination and involuntary discharge of urine. Acupuncture is also helpful in supporting prostate health. Acupuncture helps to increase blood and lymph circulation, improve the energy, immune and hormonal systems, and helps to strengthen bladder muscles. It is helpful for surgically-induced hot flashes and overall hormonal health. Obviously, serious prostate health issues need to be addressed by the appropriate medical personnel. Healthy lifestyle choices benefit more than just your prostate. Mid-life doesn’t have to be a curse. Begin to take care of your prostate 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.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. Where will your low fee spay and neuter clinic be and when will it open? A. Our clinic will be at 5920 Government Way, #4, just a block south of the Silverlake Mall. Our fabulous veterinary team is ready to start January 2014 and we have nearly all the funds necessary to complete the equipment purchases and carry us through the first few months as we ramp up to being self-sustaining. So we need donations now more than ever. We are very grateful for individual financial and in-kind donations we have received from our community to get us this close. We are also thankful for two generous grants. One is a $13,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that will provide $3,000 for a sterilizing appliance and $10,000 for spay/neuter subsidies for people who cannot afford the full fee. The other is a $2,831 grant from the Petco Foundation that will enable us to purchase a surgery light. This is a perfect time to honor the many ways pets enrich our lives by making a donation to AAID that will help prevent future homeless pets. If you are able to help, AAID thanks you on behalf of all our community’s pets. Checks may be mailed to AAID, PO Box 1674, CdA 83816. Online donations may be made at our website’s DONATE page. AnimalAlliesID.org Spay/Neuter for a Brighter Future

Why people like to read Tidbits: "I thoroughly enjoy Tidbits. I read it cover to cover every week. It's a welcome relief from the often gloomy news in the local newspaper." "I started reading tidbits while I was waiting for my husband to get out of the locker room at a local health club. After reading the first issue, I was hooked. I never minded the wait again. Every week I find myself looking for the new issue to come out. It's a quick, fun, easy paper to read. Although I normally do not pay attention to advertisements in the magazines that are commonly strewn around waiting rooms in doctors offices, etc, I found myself reading all of the ads in Tidbits. Why? I suppose because the businesses that advertise in Tidbits are local. I entered a contest from one of the businesses and won a prize. What a surprise! That was like the icing on the cake. Never did I expect such a small paper to give me so many big surprises. Thank you!" Evelyn evelyn2318@gmail.com or Call 208.755.9120

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Q: Why Should does LAMININE® help so amany difI let my cat/dog have ferent problems? litter before she is spayed? A: Here's how it works. LAMININE's® three protein extracts have what are called 'Fibroblast Growth Factors' in them. These Molecules act as signal molecules, orare Protein chains that inform Unless you a professional or tell dormant stembreeder, cells tothere’s reactivate responsible no in your body. It's Instructions, like a software reason for a female cat or dog program that instructs theeven stemone cells thatIt are dormant in to have litter. won’t your body, the stem cells that are attached make her a better companion, to damaged areas in your body. If you have an injury in your shoulder, there are dormant stem cells attached there or in your liver, your blood vessels or your brain. Anywhere you've had some damage or degeneration. It could be something other than physical trauma. It could be just gradual chemical or toxin damage to tissues. Anywhere you find those damaged tissues, you find stem cells. But as we age, those stem cells are dormant. They are not active. They are not getting instructions about what to do. When you take LAMININE®, you are activating your stem cells to repair and regenerate. It can be any area of the body. If you have an injury; if you are exhausted - your adrenals and thyroid are weak; If your immune system is weak; if you have skin problems; if you have eyesight problems. Virtually any place in your body that needs help will be benefited by taking Laminine. Read more at: www.LaminInHealth.com/Wellness Marye Thomas / 208.964.9357 mail.mary.e.thomas@gmail.com Be Well! Be Happy! Be Wealthy!

Reverse Mortgage Facts Q: Why was this Loan Program Created? A:This loan program was created to help with retirement planning and allow people to stay in the home they love. It enables homeowner’s age 62 and older to withdraw some of the equity in their home as tax-free money. Q:How does a Reverse Mortgage work? A:The application process is very similar to any other home loan. If you have sufficient equity in your home, your current loan (if you have one) will be paid off with your new reverse mortgage. This will eliminate any current monthly mortgage payment you have! Any additional money after your mortgage is paid will be available to you tax-free. Your new reverse mortgage does not require a monthly mortgage payment as long as you live in the home. At the time the last borrower exits the home, either by moving or passing away, the reverse mortgage comes due to be paid. At this time, the entire balance of the reverse mortgage or the home’s current value, whichever is lower, is the amount required to pay off the loan. If the home is worth less than the balance, the difference is paid by the FHA managed mortgage insurance fund, another great benefit of the reverse mortgage loan program. Q: Who is the Program Designed for and What are the Requirements? A: The reverse mortgage loan program was designed for homeowners age 62 and older. Unlike a traditional mortgage, there are currently no credit score requirements for a reverse mortgage. The main requirements are as follows: The borrowers must own and occupy the property as their primary residence The property must have a sufficient amount of equity Q: What will happen when the loan is due? A: When the loan comes due: The home is sold and the funds are used to pay off the reverse mortgage. Any excess funds go to your heirs. Your heirs can pay off the reverse mortgage and keep the home Your heirs do not assume your debt, but they do have the option to keep the home through purchase or refinance if they choose. You can use the money for ANYTHING! There are no restrictions on how you can use the money received from the reverse mortgage. It can first be used to pay off your traditional mortgage, if you have one. Many people take advantage of the program to supplement or delay social security income, pay off debts and medical expenses, make home improvements, or simply gain financial security. My clients have enjoyed these benefits: Some clients used the reverse mortgage to handle the unexpected changes to their financial situation. Changes like, medical expences, family needs or other unexpected financial needs. Some people don’t need additional income but would like to do more while retired. People that have a solid retirement plan but could use their assets more efficiently. Some delayed Social Security in order to receive the higher benefits later Others used the reverse mortgage to purchase a new home that better suits their needs. They experience great peace in knowing they have the ability to continue to own their home and afford the life style they choose For additional information please call: Debra Compton Reverse Mortgage Consultant 208-699-0970


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REAL ESTATE TALK

Have you been told “you might as well take your home off the market during the holidays”? Why would you do that? According to the MLS, looking back at 2012 from November 30th to December 31st there were 253 properties sold. Looking at the last 30 days, compared to the same period last year, the average price last year was $203,830 and this year $243,672 and the number of properties sold went from 262 last year to 281 this year. The market is very strong and if we continue the trend December is going to be another great month for sellers. So wow… why would you wait until next year when all of those “other sellers” who believed it jumped into the market to give you more competition? Clearly we can see by the numbers the buyers are out there and many are none contingent. Call your agent and start celebrating the New Year with the sale of you home. Ed Stevenson 208~771~2161 ed@nwmonarch.com NWMONARCH.COM

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Should You Review Your MediBacklogged Claims Actually care Plan? With only a few weeks to go during this Go Down

Despite the projections that the number of backlogged claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs would climb during the recent government shutdown (so said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki), it wasn’t as bad as expected. In a pre-shutdown reprieve, the VA was granted an exemption, and claims processing stayed up and running. However, during the shutdown, processors weren’t able to continue working their 20 hours per month mandatory overtime to whittle away at the backlog (claims that have been sitting for more than 125 days). That mandatory overtime has been a key component to getting the backlog reduced, and will stop completely in November. One would think that a lot of claims work was left undone. But the Monday Workload Report shows that despite the shutdown, the canceled overtime and all the doom-and-gloom projections, the number of claims actually went down. Granted, they didn’t go down by much, but they did go down. (If you want to view the archived file of Monday Morning Reports, go online to www. vba.va.gov/reports/mmwr/) Remember that before the shutdown, the VA hadn’t met its own projections of how fast the number of claims would fall on their way to eliminating the backlog. It didn’t meet its own goal to the tune of approximately 100,000 claims for fiscal year 2013. (Some in Congress were a bit annoyed about that, since the VA had been granted $1.59 billion specifically to bring down the backlog.) Bottom line: If the mandatory overtime is canceled permanently, then yes, the number of delayed claims can continue to go down, but it will be at a very slow rate. While the VA is still aiming for 2015 to clean up that backlog, it’s looking increasingly unlikely for that to happen. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

annual signup period, there are several reasons many seniors aren’t making changes to their Medicare health plans. Only 15 percent of us made changes last year or plan to make changes in the future. According to a news release by Allsup, here is the biggest reason seniors don’t make the changes: The process of making plan changes can be complex. Comparing the plans and making choices can be complicated. However, by not taking the time to compare plans, seniors can miss out on benefits and savings. Medicare plans can change, both in cost and what they cover. Seniors can find themselves unexpectedly paying more in co-pays or deductibles, or discovering after the fact that their plan no longer covers certain procedures. In a survey, 43 percent of seniors said they’d had that happen to them -- where Medicare didn’t pick up the costs. There are good reasons to review your plans. You may need a new plan if ... • Your health has changed, especially if it requires new prescription drugs or visits to a specialist. • You move to another location, away from your plan’s service area. • Your local provider changes, for example, if your physician retires or a facility changes. • A drug you need is no longer on the list for your current plan due to changes in drug coverage. There are a few ways to get help with selecting your plan. Allsup [Medicare.Allsup.com] is a fee-based service that can help. You also can go online to www.medicare.gov or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Remember that your 54-day window to make changes ends Dec. 7. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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by Samantha Weaver • It was the ever-proper Emily Post who made the following sage observation: “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” • During the Dark Ages in Europe, it was a common belief that the soul of the first person to be buried in a new graveyard would belong to the devil. • If you’re planning a trip to Washington state anytime soon, you might want to head to Olympic National Park and take the Spruce Railroad Trail up to Lake Crescent, a 600-foot deep mountain lake. It has a rather spooky history, with Bigfoot sightings and numerous accounts of ghosts and inexplicable sounds in the nearby woods. The native Kallam Indians refused to fish in the lake for fear of stirring up the evil spirits that resided there. Lake Crescent also is the setting for the Lady of the Lake. It seems that in 1940, two local fishermen (not afraid of evil spirits, it seems) found a body there. It turned out to be the remains of one Hallie Illingworth, a waitress who had disappeared in 1937. Her husband had murdered her, weighted her body down and disposed of it in the depths of the lake. But it was those very depths -- or, more accurately, the cold water in those depths -- that preserved the body almost perfectly and made identification possible three years after her death. • Those who study such things say that 40 percent of all modern Chinese people are descended from just three men (dubbed “supergrandfathers”) during the Neolithic period.

Thought for the Day: “In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That’s what makes America what it is.” -- Gertrude Stein (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


For 505-0674 For Advertising Advertising Call (334) 208-755-9120 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Pt 1/2 by: Susan Ashley MD

Every year, approximately 1.4 million people die or are hospitalized in the US due to traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Causes of brain injury include bike or car accidents, assaults, contact sports, or injuries triggered by moving objects. Often these injuries are ignored for years, receiving little or no treatment. They can lead to disabilities and cause subsequent cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical symptoms which can worsen over time. Long term worsening problems with memory can occur, causing difficulty with focus and concentration. Even personality can change, and anxiety and depression can be the result. Individuals with TBI frequently experience physical and body images difficulties, and have trouble maintaining a close relationship. Repeated brain injuries can lead to dementia or Parkinson's, as it did with Mohammed Ali. Injuries to the brain can be detected with a functional quantitative EEG analysis, which provides an extremely accurate assessment of the speed and functioning of every lobe of the brain. There are successful treatment modalities for brain injuries. First and foremost is fish oil. Used in high dosages, initially 10,000mg per day of omega 3's, improvement can be seen as early as one month. The dose is lowered after the first month to 4-6000mg/day. Additionally, specific brain supplements can be very useful, including: acetyl-L-carnitine, CoQ10, ginnko biloba, vinpocetine, phosphatidylserine, curcumin, lemon balm and resveratrol. In addition, the use of audio-visual brain entrainment can be useful - visit mindalive.com for more information. The sooner the TBI is treated the better, but healing can occur even years after the initial injury. What Is The Source? Memory Pro is a multi-faceted memory support formula combining ingredients to promote healthy acetylcholine levels, neuron cell function, cerebral vascular blood flow, and antioxidant protection.* Uses For Memory Pro Neuronal Health: This formula combines acetyl-l- carnitine, phospholipids and herbal extracts to promote neuronal cell health and cognitive function. Acetyl-l- carnitine serves as an acetyl donor to support healthy levels of acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter in the brain. Carnitine, provided in the form of acetyl-l- carnitine, is the main transporter of fatty acids into the mitochondria, encouraging energy production in the brain. Phosphatidylserine is an important cell membrane component critical for neuronal cell function and communication. Research suggests that phosphatidylserine promotes healthy neurotransmitter levels.* Cranial Vascular Health: Ginkgo biloba and vinpocetine promote cerebral blood flow, vascular integrity and healthy red blood cell and platelet function in the brain. Curcumin, resveratrol and lemon balm extracts help to protect neurons from oxidative stress. Additionally, curcuminoids and resveratrol help maintain healthy vascular tissue in the brain by enhancing phagocytosis and proteosome activity. In a recent study, Curcumin C3 Complex® helped maintain healthy tissue in the brain by supporting macrophage activity. Susan Ashley MD Family Medicine Liberty Lake, 509-928-6700

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although your energy level is high, be careful not to commit to too many projects at this time. You’ll do better focusing on just a few tasks rather than spreading yourself too thin. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your heart might be leading you in one direction, but pay attention to your keen Bovine intellect. I’m cautioning you to think things through before making any commitments. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your “serious” Twin has been dominant in your life for quite a while. It’s time now to let that “wilder” half take you out for some good times -- perhaps with someone very special. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Career aspects are high for Moon Children who make a good impression. Show people not only what you can already do, but also how you can be more valuable to them in the future. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Things start to brighten for the Lion’s immediate financial future. But be careful to resist the urge to splurge. You need to tuck something away to help you through another tight period. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Having to do too many tasks in too short a time could lower your mood to just above the grumbling level. But if you handle things one at a time, you’ll get through it all soon enough. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your usually carefully made holiday plans could be subject to change later this month. Use this week to prepare for that possibility by starting a Plan B just in case you need it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be careful about joining a colleague’s plan to solve a workplace problem. Investigate it thoroughly. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a predicament with other associates. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Slow down that high-paced whirl you’ve been on. Spending quiet time alone or with people you care for can be both physically and spiritually restorative. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Make suggestions, not demands. You’ll be more successful in getting people to follow your lead if you exercise quiet patience instead of strong persuasion to get your ideas across. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You still need more facts before you can make an informed career choice. One note of caution: Be careful about whom you ask for that information; otherwise, you could be misled. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Changing situations through the end of the week could lead to some challenging opportunities for those perspicacious Pisceans who know how to make them work to their advantage.

BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of being both daring and cautious, traits that could make you a research scientist or maybe even a rocket-ship designer. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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FLASHBACK

By Mick Harper 1. In his early years, country singer Johnny Cash was known for singing at what type of venue? 2. Who had a hit with “Like I’ve Never Been Gone,” and when? 3. What do these artists have in common: Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon and Paul McCartney. 4. Who was lead singer for Herman’s Hermits in the ‘60s? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “Too many times married men think they’re still single, That has caused many a good girl to go wrong.” Answers 1. In prisons. One of his best-known songs was “Folsom Prison Blues.” Cash himself was never in prison, but he did spend a night or two in jail for misdemeanors. 2. Billy Fury (born Ronald Wycherley) in 1963. 3. They all sang the title song to a James Bond film. 4. Peter Noone. 5. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” by Kitty Wells in 1952. This was an “answer song” to “The Wild Side of Life” by Hank Thompson. His song was written to a girlfriend who’d been enticed by the nightlife, and he called her a honky tonk angel. Wells’ version answered that it was men who were to blame for a woman’s infidelity. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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TOP TEN MOVIES 1. Bad Grandpa (R) Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll 2. Gravity (PG-13) Sandra Bullock, George Clooney 3. Captain Phillips (PG-13) Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi 4. The Counselor (R) Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz 5. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) animated 6. Carrie (PG-13) Julianne Moore, Chloe Grace Moretz 7. Escape Plan (R) Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger 8. 12 Years a Slave (R) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams 9. Enough Said (PG-13) Julia LouisDreyfus, James Gandolfini 10. Prisoners (R) Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

® of ® Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA Dear Auntie M.,

My husband went ballistic on me last week and I don’t think I deserved his anger. What happened is I got a phone call while sorting laundry, so I threw a load in, added the soap and started the washer. My husband was at the gym and when he got home he asked me where his wallet was. I said I had no idea - where did he leave it? Turns out it was in his jeans that were in the washing machine. Yup. I washed his wallet! Of course everything in it was a mess, including some checks that he hadn’t deposited yet. I say this is not my fault. He says I should have checked his pockets. I usually do, but this time I didn’t. I say he was irresponsible to leave it in his jeans. Who’s to blame here? Not My Fault in Post Falls Dear Not My Fault, This sounds like an innocent case of money laundering to me. Ha! I confess, I too have washed a wallet. It’s a bummer. For some reason that has never been explained to me the responsibility to check pockets defaults to the person doing the laundry. Why is that? This was accidental, not on purpose. Has he ever accidently fell in the lake, or other body of water? If he has his wallet probably got wet then, too. And that memory is probably funny now. The good news is I bet you both will learn from this and it won’t happen again. Oh, and tell him he should be happy he had his cell phone with him. Look for the good! Please send your questions or comments to DearAuntieMmm@gmail.com. I shall be frank and honest with my response and provide resources where appropriate.

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Avocado Chickpea Salad Recipe 3 avocados, chopped in 1 inch cubes 10 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size 1 can of garbanzo beans 1/2 red onion diced 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped 1 can of salmon Mix it all together and serve over lettuce, in lettuce as a wrap, or with flax chips or flax crackers.

Happy Eating, Bretta Provost 208-964-4420 bretta@joinbretta.com www.joinbretta.com www.heirloomjungle.com


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