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It’s the world’s second most popular and cheapest beverage (after water), so shouldn’t you know a little more about tea? Tidbits has the goods on this drink, so listen up and learn! • Every day about three billion cups of tea are consumed around the world. In America, it can be found in 80% of households, and an estimated 127 million Americans are drinking it on any given day. Most of that tea comes from India, the world’s largest tea producer, processing about 850,000 tons each year. • Tea as we know it is about 5,000 years old. Legend has it that a Chinese emperor discovered a good cup of tea in 2737 B.C. when some tea leaves off the tree into his pot of boiling water, producing a pleasant aroma. Tea became popular in Europe during the 1600s and was brought to North America by the colonists. Britain’s Duchess of Bedford is said to have created the traditional afternoon tea around 1840, when she needed a pick-me-up to combat what she called “that sinking feeling.” • When the British government heavily taxed the tea shipped to the American colonies, in 1773, a group of 116 men dressed as Native Americans boarded British ships and tossed 342 chests of tea overboard, about 90,000 lbs. (40,823 kg) worth. In today’s currency, that was equal to nearly a turn the page for more! million dollars!

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• There are all kinds of tea – white, green, oolong, and black – but they all come from the same plant, the Carnelia Sinensis. The end product is determined by the processing of the tea leaves. • While white tea skips the steps of processing (the leaves are just steamed and dried), green, black, and oolong teas all go through a series of steps. It starts with withering, when the tea leaves are spread out and dried in a warm environment, which makes them pliable. A rolling machine is next, twisting the leaves in order to release the flavorful natural oils. Some more expensive grades of teas are rolled by hand, resulting in a higher quality. The leaves then undergo an oxidation process, when they are spread out in a cool room. At this point, the tea leaves are still green, but as they take in oxygen they gradually turn darker. The darkening can be stopped by heating. Green tea is not oxidized, oolong tea is oxidized for a short time, and the dark black tea oxidation process, which takes about three hours, is uninterrupted. The chemical reactions that take place during oxidation are what alters the leaves’ color and flavor. • While a cup of tea does contain caffeine, it doesn’t compare to the amount found in coffee. A cup of tea has about 40 mg. of caffeine compared to coffee’s 110 mg per cup. The lesserprocessed green tea has even less caffeine than black leaves. But if you want a higher caffeine level in your tea, sip yerba maté, which has about the same amount as coffee. It’s made from the leaves of a South American rain forest holly tree, and contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and an abundance of antioxidants. • Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, aren’t really tea at all. They come from the roots, stems, and flowers of other plants. There are numerous types of tisanes, depending on what part of the plant they come from. Mint, verbena, and lemongrass varieties are leaf tisanes, while chamomile, hibiscus, and lavender are flower tisanes. Cinnamon is a considered a bark type, while ginger, Echinacea, and chicory are root tisanes. • The invention of the tea bag came about by accident. In 1904, a New York tea importer was looking for a cheaper way to send samples to customers. Thomas Sullivan had been using tin boxes, but as this proved expensive, he began wrapping the tea in small silk bags. His

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customers didn’t realize the bags were just packaging, and brewed their tea in them. Soon after, Sullivan was receiving orders for the new product. Today, 96% of the world brews its tea using a tea bag. • More of tea’s many medicinal and health benefits are being uncovered every day. Green tea seems to be especially healthful. It is high in the amino acid theanine, which has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental concentration. It may also increase the body’s immune system and antioxidant powers. Lab testing indicates that catechins, a type of antioxidant, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and may help reduce the breakdown of cartilage. A recent university study indicated that tea has more potent antioxidants than 22 fruits and vegetables that were tested. Scientists say drinking green tea might also even help prevent tooth decay! And a study in the Netherlands has shown that those who drink catechin-rich tea are 50% less likely to die of heart disease. • Tea is not just for drinking! On the outside, green tea can help with inflammation. Soothe your puffy eyes with a soaked, chilled green tea bag. The same will work for insect bites. Keep mosquitoes away by smoothing the skin with damp tea leaves. Black tea bags have been proven beneficial in removing plantar warts. It’s the acidic tannin present in tea that shrinks the wart, just by placing a cooled bag on the wart for 15 minutes three times a day. • Tisanes also have medicinal qualities. If you have an upset stomach, try sipping peppermint tea, since peppermint relaxes the muscles that give you stomach cramps. The antiinflammatory properties of licorice root can reduce the swelling of a sore throat. It’s also well known that chamomile tea is a relaxant and is a natural sleep aid. • And it’s not just the human body that reaps the benefits of tea. It’s a great fertilizer for your roses! Watering both indoor and outdoor plants with cool leftover brewed tea gives them a boost of nutrients. You can also stir brewed tea leaves into your garden soil. • Tea experts warn not to use an aluminum teapot to prepare a tisane. Because aluminum is a reactive metal, they claim that it can react with certain plant types, and the result can actually be toxic. ■

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and were first used about 100 years ago. Players discovered that damaged balls flew farther than new ones, so companies began manufacturing balls in different shapes trying to increase the distances. One ingenious fellow studied the ball’s path, and came up with the current dimpled idea. Today’s regulation golf ball has 336 dimples. • An official golf ball should not weigh more than 1.62 oz., and must be at least 1.68 inches in diameter. • There are about 32,000 golf courses worldwide, with close to 20,000 of those in the United States. The country of Singapore has one course every 10 square miles, giving it the record for

the highest per population density. England has one course every 27 square miles, and Scotland every 56. Yet some of the most populated areas of the world have no golf at all, for example, the Ukraine, whose population exceeds 47 million with nary a course in sight! • During a 1971 tournament in England, a 26-year-old golf pro named John Hudson achieved two consecutive holes-in-one at the 11th and 12th holes. Don’t expect to tie his record – the chances of repeating this are one in 67 million. • If you’d like to golf on the world’s longest course, you’ll have to travel to Australia. Some of the tees are 50 miles (80.5 km) apart on the 850-mile-long (1368 km) Nullarbor Links course that spans two Australian states. Don’t be surprised if you encounter the occasional wild camel or wombat. Be sure to notch out enough time for your game – somewhere between three and four days! The cost seems reasonable, however at $46. ■

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should I seek? -- H.L. Answer: Avodart (dutasteride) is a medicine that can shrink an enlarged prostate gland. Achieving that allows free passage of urine. Impotence and decreased desire for sex are its side effects for a small number of users. Other drugs, without these side effects, exist. Furthermore, a number of office procedures can open the drainage canal of the bladder. You return home after the procedure. You should see a urologist immediately. Prostate enlargement and prostate cancer are discussed in the booklet on those topics. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1001W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. Dear Dr. Donohue: Two weeks ago, I contracted a cold. It’s gone, except for a troublesome cough, which is worse at night. I read in an issue of AARP Bulletin that a spoonful of honey at bedtime often gives better results than cough medicines. I tried it. The results were nothing less than miraculous. What do you say about this remedy? -- F.B. Answer: I say stick with it. Honey has been used for many years to suppress coughing. It’s even given to babies older than one year. Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475.yearly in the United States. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc., All Rights Reserved

Dear Dr. Kam: Why would some ones teeth turn yellow? -- Albert N., Canton, MI

Answer: Getting Older - Often, teeth turning yellow is just a natural part of getting older. Even if you brush and floss regularly, over the years, stains can seep past the thin white film protecting your teeth and into the enamel. Toothpastes can’t reach this far, so although your teeth may still be strong and healthy, they may not provide the brightest smile. Foods and Beverages - Teeth also darken because of the foods and drinks we consume. Some of the worst on your teeth include soda, tobacco, coffee, tea and berries because of the “chromogenic” agents in these products. Accidents - If you have a single tooth that is dark due to a bumping accident or even a root canal, you’re probably suffering from an unhealthy nerve. In this case, you should get to the root of the problem and address the nerve and not simply try to whiten the outer film. Although whitening may temporarily whiten the outside, a tooth that sticks out like this deserves professional attention. Canton Lifetime Dental 155 N. Canton Center Rd. Canton MI 48187 (734) 844-1300 Do you have a question that you would like to have answered? Email

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How Secure Is ‘My Account’? I’m starting to have second thoughts about using Social Security’s online “My Account” feature. Yes, I have one. Yes, it’s handy. But scammers are targeting the My Accounts of seniors. The online account is beginning to look like not such a good idea. In a number of cases, the only way the victims knew anything was wrong was when they received a letter from Social Security verifying that they’d opened an online My Account.

homes on Zillow, Trulia and even, you are wasting your time. These sites are third party aggregators, who pull data from a number of different places. Currently, only 82% of the homes on the market are on Zillow. The reason for this is not all real estate companies in Plymouth allow Zillow and Trulia to use their data. This growing trend is due mainly to the large amount of inaccurate data on these sites. If you are looking for a home that is available to buy today, all you need to do is ask any local realtor to set up a “search account” for you on Realcomp. This web-based account is completely free. Once the search account is effective, you will automatically be notified by email when a home comes on the market or changes price that meets your search criteria. Then you can look at it on the realtor’s web site or call for an appointment to see it in person. Ben Hendricks is the owner of Realty INK in Plymouth and a licensed loan office in the state of Michigan #144694. If you are looking for a home, selling a home or just have a Real Estate question, you can reach him at 734-451-4000 or stop by his office at 186 N Main St.

No, they hadn’t. But someone else had. In some cases the scammers attempted to divert the direct deposit to an account at another bank. The Office of the Inspector General is investigating occurrences all over the country. There is a way, if you do have an account, to add a layer of security to your My Account: You can type in the last eight digits of your Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. (Do this only if you’re very sure of your computer’s security.) I once made my very elderly neighbor a list of phone numbers that we pasted to the inside of her kitchen cabinet door above the telephone. I printed it out in large enough letters and numbers so it was clear to her, and it saved her from having to look up numbers. Maybe you could use a list like that? If you generate such a list, here are numbers to add to it: Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. Federal Trade Commission fraud report line 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338). OIG fraud hotline 1-800-269-0271. If something is ever wrong with your Social

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cause the awning to unfurl while the vehicle is moving. Your best bet is to use a throwaway email address and sign up for email recall notifications at all the agencies. Food Safety and Inspection Site: U.S. Department of Agriculture: U.S. Food and Drug Administration: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: (or Consumer Product Safety Commission: David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Charmed Salon & Boutique 2. Have your cake server engraved with the couples first names and wedding date. Many couples will hold onto the cake server so when their children get married, they can use it again and the new names. 3. Make your toast extra special with engraved toasting flutes. Having them engraved makes for a great photographic moment. We have multiple styles of engraving flutes to choose from. You can purchase from us or bring in your own flutes. See you soon. 4. You know your are going to have some special pictures that you want to highlight in your new home. An engraved frame with your names and wedding date will be in a place of honor in your home. We also have a curved glass frame where we can reproduce your wedding invitation along with your wedding photo. This makes this a special gift for your parents. What to give the people standing up in your wedding? Your wedding attendants need a special gift of thank you for standing up in your wedding. What better way to say thank you than with an engraved gift of thanks. It’s a good idea to wait about a month before the wedding to have your wedding attendant gifts engraved. You never know who may have to back out because the they got a job on the other side of the country. Have the gift engraved will give more value to the gift and it will be treasured for years to come. Don’t forget the Flower Girl and the Ring Bearer. We have some great ideas for them.

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