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TELL TALE HEART • Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. About a quarter of a million women will have a serious heart attack this year. It's true that estrogen gives women a healthy edge in fighting heart disease, but after menopause, the risk increases yearly till women are equal with men. Between the ages of 45 and 65, one out of nine women will show symptoms of heart disease, compared to one in seven men. But after age 65, the ratio jumps to one in three, which is equal to that of men. However, studies have shown that in the first weeks following a heart attack, women are twice as likely to die as men. Furthermore, more women die during bypass surgery than do men. Why? • Some doctors say it's due to a combination of factors. One is that when men go to a doctor and complain of chest pains, doctors automatically think of heart disease. But when women complain of chest pains, doctors may still think of heart trouble as a "man's disease" and will look for other causes first. Furthermore, some doctors tend to think of women as having more psychosomatic illnesses than men. Women too are at fault, for a study has shown that they tend to wait longer than men before going to the hospital for help, increasing their chance of complications. • One cardiovascular surgeon theorizes that another reason more women die during bypass surgery is because they have proportionately smaller arteries, making the surgery more difficult. • Men suffer heart attacks an average of ten years earlier in life than women, but women are twice as likely to die from their first heart attack as men.


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HEART OF THE PROBLEM • About 600,000 Americans die of heart attacks each year. 350,000 of them die before they can even reach a hospital. • Cardiovascular problems are responsible for over half the deaths of people over age 65. • A quarter of the people who die of heart attacks show no previous sign of disease. • Stress plays a role in 70% of all illnesses. People under stress are six times as likely to have a heart attack as those under little stress. • The heart of a typical alcoholic may be twice the size it should be. • Smoking is responsible for 100,000 deaths from lung cancer and 170,000 deaths from heart attacks each year. CUTTING THE RISKS • People with coronary heart disease are 30% less likely to suffer from blocked arteries if they regularly take naps during the day. • Females who jog an average of 27 miles per week are sick an average of two days per year, compared to eleven sick days for female non-runners. Male runners missed an average of 1.5 days per year compared to 4.4 sick days for male non-runners. • People who work in factories with high noise levels have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, and circulatory problems than those with quieter workplaces. • A study of 45,000 men done by the Harvard University School of Public Health showed coffee does not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke as long as fewer than six cups per day are consumed. • Smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee at the same time raises the blood pressure. The combination of caffeine and nicotine also stops the effects of many high blood pressure medications. This spells danger for those whose blood pressure is already too high.

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• On Sept. 20, 1975, the Bay City Rollers make their U.S. debut on "Saturday Night Live" with Howard Cosell. The Rollers already were an enormous phenomenon in the U.K., where their every move was greeted by the kind of hysteria not seen • On Sept. 16, 1932, in his cell near since the height of Beatlemania. Bombay, Mohandas Karamchand • On Sept. 18, 1981, the 20,000Gandhi begins a hunger strike car parking lot at Canada's West in protest of the British govern- Edmonton Mall makes the Guinment's decision to separate India's ness Book of World Records as the electoral system by caste. Gan- largest parking lot in the world. The dhi worked all his life to spread his West Edmonton Mall's parking-lot own brand of passive resistance. record will soon be broken. In Dubai, • On Sept. 15, 1954, the famous pic- a 40,000-space parking lot is under ture of Marilyn Monroe, laughing as construction at a shopping center. • On Sept. 17, 1884, Judge Allen disposes of 13 criminal cases on his docket in only six minutes. A defendant in Oakland, California's criminal court did not stand much of a chance of gaining an acquittal. In a 40-year period, only 1 defendant in 100 was acquitted.

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• On Sept. 19, 1995, a manifesto by the Unabomber is published by The New York Times and Washington Post in the hope that someone will recognize the person who, for 17 years, killed and maimed innocent people by sending homemade bombs through the mail. David Kaczynski linked the writing style to that of his older brother Ted, who was later convicted of the attacks and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

FAST FACTS • In 1933 at the age of 58, Wilson Mizner had a heart attack in Hollywood, where he was a screen writer. When he regained consciousness, he was asked if he wanted to see a priest. "I want to see a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman," he said. "I want to hedge my bets!" When a priest came to his deathbed, Mizner waved him away, saying, "Why should I talk to you? I've just been talking to your boss!" He died shortly afterwards, reportedly with a smile. • Walter Matthau had a heart attack in the middle of filming The Fortune Cookie in 1966. He resumed filming five months later. In the movie, he goes out the door and comes back in again forty pounds lighter. • In 1975 Philadelphians re-elected Francis O'Donnell to the city council even though he had died of a heart attack a week earlier. There wasn't time to change the ballots. • In 1973 two white cops in New York were giving mouth-to-mouth to a Puerto Rican woman who had suffered a heart attack and collapsed. A crowd of Puerto Ricans gathered and thought the cops were assaulting the woman. The policemen didn't speak Spanish and the Puerto Ricans didn't speak English. The mob beat the two cops. • Les Boatwright died of a heart attack a week before the Super Bowl XXIII game, to which he had two tickets. Knowing he wouldn't want to miss the game, his two sons took the tickets, and his ashes, to the game. • Giuseppe De Mai was born with two hearts beating in his chest. In 1894 he signed a contract with the London Academy of Medicine, and was paid $15,000 for permission to study his hearts after his death. THE FINAL FACT • Rabbits who were cuddled for one hour a day suffered one-third the amount of heart disease as rabbits who received no cuddles.

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• John Hopps was born in Winnipeg in 1919. After receiving a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1941, he joined the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in 1942. He was researching hypothermia and experimenting with radio frequency heating to restore body temperature when he came to the attention of Dr. Wilfred Bigelow and Dr. John Callaghan at the Banting Institute in the University of Toronto. • This team of surgeons was researching methods of heart surgery. Dr. Bigelow believed that the only way cardiovascular medicine could advance was by enabling open-heart surgery. Based on his experience as a field medic during World War II, he was convinced that cooling the body and slowing the heart rate was the way to go. One of the challenges the surgeons faced was keeping the heart beating while the body was hypothermic. During an experimental surgery on a dog, they noticed that stimulating a stopped heart with an electrical probe could restart it, and that sending pulses of electrical current could actually change the heart’s rate. It was “a tremendous bit of good fortune,” said Dr. Bigelow in an interview about the discovery with the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. To turn this discovery into a clinical device, they recruited John Hopps. • John Hopps went to work designing the world's first pacemaker. The first model, an external pacemaker developed in 1951, was about the size of a shoebox and needed to be plugged into an electrical outlet to work. It used vacuum tubes to generate electrical pulses. An insulated wire inserted through the jugular vein delivered the electric shocks to the right atrium of the heart. These shocks provided the artificial pacing.

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• It would be another ten years before internal pacemakers became a reality. The turning point was the invention of small silicon transistors to replace vacuum tubes. This technology allowed pacemakers to become small enough to be implanted in the body. • The first recipient of an internal pacemaker was Arne Larsson of Sweden in 1958. The prototype was about the size of a tin of shoe polish. Over his lifetime, Mr. Larsson received 28 devices and lived to the age of 86. • Today’s pacemakers are about the size of a USB stick. They may be as small as one inch in diameter and weigh as little as 0.5 oz. Pacemaker surgery is usually performed in less than an hour under a local anesthetic. In addition to being smaller, modern pacemakers are far more complex. Programmable pacemakers were introduced in the 1970s that allowed doctors to choose different pulse speeds and durations. Modern pacemakers include microprocessors that collect data about how well the heart and pacemaker are working. These microprocessors can also monitor the patient’s physical activity and adjust the heartbeat as needed. Some pacemakers can even restart the heart if it stops. • Dr. Hopps retired in 1979. Ironically enough, in 1984 he himself became a recipient of a pacemaker. By this point, inserting a pacemaker was considered to be routine surgery. His pacemaker lasted 13 years, at which time he received a new one. When his brother also needed a pacemaker, Hopps insisted his sibling pay him a royalty, but he refused to cough up. Hopps died in 1998 after seeing his invention save thousands of lives. • Today the Canadian company Mitel is the world's largest manufacturer for the inside parts of the pacemaker.

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• Garlic contains 33 sulfur compounds, 17 amino acids, germanium, selenium, various minerals, and vitamins A, B1, and C. It has only two calories per clove, is fat free, and very low in sodium.

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• In a trial that pitted garlic against the cholesterol-lowering drug called Bezafibrate, garlic turned out to be just as effective as the medicine. A study reported in the British medical journal Lancet proved that after taking nine cloves of garlic, cholesterol dropped by seven percent. • Volunteer diners had their cholesterol checked before a meal. The average cholesterol level was 221.4 before dining. Then they were fed a meal containing a total of 1/4 pound of butter. Three hours later, the average cholesterol level was up to 237.4. But when the same meal was given again, this time along with the oil from 50 grams of garlic added to the recipe, the average cholesterol level dropped to 212.7, which was lower than before the test subjects had even begun eating.



• A lightning bolt is five times hotter than the surface of the sun. • In the 1950s it was possible to buy a child's atomic laboratory set. The U-238 Atomic Energy Set, marketed by the A.C. Gilbert Company, included low-level radioactive sources, uranium-bearing ore and a radiation gauge. • When you're standing outside in a hard rain, the raindrops are hitting you at about 20 mph. • Every family has that one member who is hopelessly lazy, finding any excuse to avoid exerting effort. If you'd like to expand your vocabulary -- and avoid internecine squabbles -- you can call him or her a scobberlotcher. • Your funny bone isn't actually a bone; it's a nerve. *** Thought for the Day: "I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better." -- A.J. Liebling


• It was notorious Irish writer (and noted wit) Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." • Something to think about before you make your next call: Those who study such things say that cellphones harbor more bacteria than the toilet handles in a public restroom. • The first private bathrooms on record date back to 8,000 B.C. Archaeologists on the Scottish island of Orkney have found the remains of stone huts built on a drainage system that emptied into a nearby stream. • If you've ever seen bears groggily emerge from hibernation in the springtime, you probably won't be surprised to learn that a group of them is collectively known as a sloth of bears. (They're also sometimes called a sleuth of bears, though the reasons for that are not obvious, as bear detectives seem somewhat improbable.)


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• Garlic is not just a spice; it is also a medicine. Louis Pasteur proved in 1858 that garlic acted as an antibiotic, killing bacteria in lab culture dishes. During World War II when penicillin was still new and rare and sulfa drugs were often not available, garlic-soaked moss was used as an antiseptic to disinfect wounds and prevent gangrene. There are over 1,200 medical reports and an additional 700 studies of the chemistry of garlic, many of which have shown that garlic lowers cholesterol, decreases blood pressure, and inhibits cancer. It increases the capacity of the body to absorb vitamin B1 which is typically difficult to digest and slow to be assimilated. Garlic kills pathogenic bacteria in the intestinal tract, and also stimulates digestive juices. Consider these studies:

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GARLIC FACTS • The Journal of Hypertension reported that garlic can lower blood pressure by as much as DEERE. JOHN DEERE. (continued): percent. •nine It was while living in Illinois that John no-

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5. Once, in the 1989-90 season 6. Phil Kessel, in 2014

GOES LONG.... Jerry Robinson was serving a life sentence in Auburn, New York, for the murder of two police officers. During open-heart surgery, his heart stopped beating two minutes. Afterwards he petitioned to be released from prison because his natural life had ended when his heart stopped. His petition was denied.

September 21, 2014 11:00 - 4:00

Schedule of Events: • Facepainting • Inflatables • Roger’s Artwork • Local Entertainment • Silent Auction

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Funds Collected along with a Rydell Corporate match will benefit:

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To register your vehicle go to: www.RydellCarShow.com Select this event to download a registration form Pre-registration Fee $40 • After Sept. 5th $45