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by Kathy Wolfe Life is tasteless without salt! In addition to providing seasoning, it’s a component of your blood, sweat and tears and is essential to the proper function of the human body. What don’t you know about this important commodity? Read along and see! • The Bible contains the first written reference to salt, recorded in the Book of Job around 2250 B.C. Salt is mentioned in 31 other places, including the story of Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt when she disobeyed the words of angels. As she and her family were fleeing the destruction of the wicked city of Sodom, she was told not to look back, but she turned to gaze at the blaze and was transformed. • There are two chief methods of producing salt — evaporation and mining. In the evaporation process, salty sea water is guided into large clay forms for natural evaporation by the sun. Sea salt is the source for about 80 mineral elements essential to proper body function, including iron, iodine, sulfur and magnesium. In underground mines, salt is found in veins and domes and is mined by large machines snaking their way through passageways. Large underground deposits can be found around the globe, including parts of Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan in Canada, and New York, turn the page for more!

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Swollen Ankles Have Many Causes DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a diabetic male, age 96, with many aches and pains but no high blood pressure. I have low cholesterol and am in control of my diabetes. In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed swelling of my ankles and feet. I have been taking two water pills a day for it. I never use salt or eat salty foods. What can you suggest for me? -- S.S. ANSWER: That swelling is edema, and it has many causes. One is sitting for long periods with the legs dangling down. With the legs in that position, gravity pulls fluid from the legs’ blood vessels. Treatment for this kind of edema consists in elevating the legs. Every hour, lie down for 10 minutes with pillows under your legs and feet so that they are above heart level. When sitting, squeeze the leg muscles over and over. Muscle contractions stop the oozing of fluids from the blood vessels. And take a morning and afternoon walk. Elastic hose can keep fluid in blood vessels and out of the surrounding tissues. Dilated leg veins -- varicose veins -- promote edema. A clot in a leg vein is another cause. That’s usually quite painful, and you’d be aware that something is going on if you had a clot. Liver ailments can lead to edema. The liver makes a blood protein, albumin, that keeps fluid in circulation. With a low production of this protein, fluid leaks out of vessels. Kidney failure

The VRAP Scam If you’re signed up for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) and are expecting to hear about approval and payments, beware ... especially if you get a call from a 202 area code. There’s word of a scam going around to steal money from VRAP recipients. As posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs page, it works like this: The scammers will call you and congratulate you on being approved for the program. You’ll be told you can have your money within minutes ... if you give your bank deposit information and agree to a $205 service fee. Whomever it is, that person isn’t affiliated with the VA. The scammer takes your money. Nobody at the VA will ever call you like that and ask for your bank-

is another reason why edema occurs. Medicines can lead to it. The popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as Advil and Aleve are two examples. So are medicines called calcium channel blockers, such as nifedipine and verapamil. If you increased the dose of your water pill on your own, you shouldn’t. You can develop a potassium deficiency from overuse of water pills. Try the things I mentioned. See if they bring down the swelling. If they don’t, you’ll have to consult your doctor. A much more important cause of ankle-foot edema is heart failure, something that your doctor must check you for. The booklet on edema and lymphedema explains this kind of swelling in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 106W, 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: I’d been on Ambien for three years. I’m off it now. I take melatonin. It works better. What are the good things and bad things about it? -- R.M. ANSWER: The pineal gland in the brain makes melatonin, a hormone-like substance that contributes in regulating our internal clock. Melatonin is secreted at night and signals the body to go to sleep. The benefits ascribed to melatonin are amazing: quelling inflammation, acting as an antioxidant, bolstering the immune system, preventing cancer. The evidence for these benefits is not overwhelming. It does, however, prevent jet lag and foster sleep. Long-term side effects and safety are not known Chronic insomnia is best treated by consulting a sleep specialist.

ing information. If you get a similar scam call, phone the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357 . (As a side note, I hunted down some information on the scam and found a phone number. If the powers-that-be want to look for the scammer, it shouldn’t be too hard: The phone is a landline in Washington, D.C.) VRAP is a training program for high demand occupations. If you haven’t signed up for VRAP and want to start school in September, there’s still time. The early group (until September) is limited to 45,000 veterans. They’ve reached that number of applications, but only half have been accepted. If you want to apply now, it’s worth a shot. Otherwise you’ll be in the next group, which starts in October and runs until March 2014. The qualifications are: Ages 35 to 60 Unemployed Don’t have a dishonorable discharge Aren’t eligible for other education benefits through the VA Don’t get compensation for not being employable Aren’t in a federal or state job training program For more information go online to education.htm or call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 .

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Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Kansas and New Mexico in the United States. There are such large beds near Salzburg, Austria, it was aptly named “The City of Salt.” The United Kingdom is also home to extensive salt beds. • Throughout history, salt has been a valuable item of trade. Governments have frequently controlled the price of salt, maintaining a monopoly by charging special taxes. Salt taxes have supported monarchs and funded wars. During the Middle Ages, salt was so expensive, it earned the nickname “white gold.” • Salt has been used as currency for centuries. Even up to the beginning of the 20th century, one-pound bars of salt were used as money in what is now the country of Ethiopia. Early civilization advanced tremendously once salt’s ability to preserve food was discovered. No longer were people dependent on what was readily available to eat, and long-distance travel also increased as preserved provisions could be transported. Early Roman soldiers’ wages were paid in salt, or salarium argentum, a term from which we derive our English word “salary.” Romans even built roads specifically for transporting salt, such as the Via Salaria, which led from Rome to the Adriatic Sea, where a salt-producing area was located. In ancient Greece, salt was traded for slaves, leading to the expression, “He is not worth his salt.” In early American history, President Thomas Jefferson hoped that the Lewis and Clark expedition would be able to locate a mountain of salt rumored to stand near the Missouri River, which would have been a very valuable find. American soldiers also received salt as salary during the War of 1812 because the government lacked currency to pay them.

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1. Is the book of Labor in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Ecclesiastes 4:9, how many are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor? Two, Three, Five, Seven 3. In 1 Kings 5:13-14, how many thousand men comprised the labor force that King Solomon raised? 1, 5, 10, 30 4. From Exodus 20:9, how many days shalt thou labor and do all thy work? Two, Four, Six, Seven 5. What son of Abda was in charge of the forced labor in David’s kingdom? Baal, Adoniram, Cyrenius, Phaneul 6. From Proverbs 14:23, “In all labor there is” what? Love, Hope, Light, Profit?

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Your home is your biggest investment. Taking a few steps every fall to keep your home in good shape will keep up its value and let you be more comfortable during cold months. Here is your September to-do list, while temperatures are cooler but cold weather hasn’t arrived: --Call for an inspection on your furnace. Stock up on furnace filters and plan to change them every month during the winter. --Caulk exterior window frames, and scrape and paint sills if they need it while the weather is still warm enough. Invest in insulation

pads for electrical outlets and switch plates to block drafts on exterior walls. Consider buying plastic sheeting now to install on windows instead of waiting until the stores run out when temperatures drop. --Check your foundation for low areas that can collect rain or snow against the house. Caulk where necessary. Be sure downspouts are aimed away from the house. --Insulate the access hatch to your attic. Do a depth check of attic insulation to make sure it’s appropriate for your climate. (A fast call to a hardware store or some online research will tell you how much you need and what kind.) Check for evidence of roof leaks on the interior plywood. --Use binoculars from across the street to check the condition of your shingles. If any are curled, they might be sun-baked and ready to crack when it gets cold.

--If you’re in the market for interior repairs or remodeling, such as new kitchen cabinets, get your bids now. Companies will want to get their winter work lined up. If you can be flexible and schedule the work for after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, you might get an even better deal on pricing. --Host a yard sale to get rid of clutter. --Clear the yard of anything that could blow away in storms or hurricanes or get buried by snowfall. Drain hoses and put them away. If you have front steps, check them for sturdiness. Do they need a coat of paint? --Your vehicle also might need attention. Check your tires. If you live in a snow area, will they make it through the winter? Schedule a tune-up and general check to include brakes.

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¥ On Sept. 9, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declares the name of the new nation to be the “United States” of America. It replaced the term “United Colonies,” which had been in general use. ¥ On Sept. 3, 1783, the American Revolution officially comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris. The signing signified America’s status as a free nation, as Britain formally recognized the independence of its 13 former American colonies. ¥ On Sept. 7, 1936, Charles Harden Holley is born in Lubbock, Texas. Writing and performing under the name Buddy Holly, he would have an influence on rock ‘n’ roll that would far outlast his tragically shortened career. He left behind a legacy that includes “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” It’s So Easy,” “Everyday,” “Oh Boy!” and “Maybe Baby.” ¥ On Sept. 6, 1943, a new high-speed train traveling between New York City and Washington, D.C., derails, killing 79 people and seriously injuring 100 more. The Congressional Limited traveled at an unprecedented speed of 65 mph. ¥ On Sept. 4, 1957, Ford Motor Company unveils the Edsel, the first new automobile brand produced by one of the Big Three car companies since 1938. One reporter called it “an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” In addition, at highway speeds the famous hood ornament had a tendency to fly off and into the windshield. ¥ On Sept. 5, 1972, during the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich, Germany, a group of Palestinian terrorists storms the Olympic Village apartment of the Israeli athletes, killing two and taking nine others hostage. The terrorists were part of a group known as Black September. ¥ On Sept. 8, 1986, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is broadcast nationally for the first time. It went on to become the highest-rated talk show in TV history. By 2008, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” had an estimated weekly audience of some 46 million viewers in the United States and was broadcast around the world in 134 countries.

Q: I’ve really been looking forward to Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Great Gatsby” coming out for Christmas, but now I hear it’s been postponed. Why the delay, and when will it come out? -- Cassandra W., via e-mail A: The Baz Luhrmann 3-D adaptation of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- which also stars Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton -- is now slated for a summer 2013 release. Warner Bros. president of distribution, Dan Fellman, reasoned: “We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible” [by giving it a summer release]. Q: I just watched the season finale of “Rizzoli & Isles,” and already I can’t wait for the next season. Please tell me it has been renewed for a fourth sea

• Many cultures use salt in their religious rituals because it symbolizes “incorruptible purity.” The Shinto religion uses salt to purify an area. A handful of salt is even thrown into the center of the wrestling ring by Shintos to ward off wicked spirits before Sumo wrestlers begin their match. Buddhist custom calls for throwing salt over the shoulder upon entering a house after attending a funeral. This is to frighten off evil spirits that might be clinging to the homeowner’s back. Several European countries follow the tradition of throwing a handful of salt into a dead person’s coffin before the burial in order to keep the devil away. In some cultures, a bride pours it into her shoes for luck, and parents rub it all over newborn babies. • Lots of folks believe that spilling salt will bring bad luck. This superstition may have its origins in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper. Close observation shows an upset salt container at the place of Judas Iscariot, Jesus’ betrayer. The remedy for spilled salt is to toss a pinch over your left shoulder, which supposedly blinds the devil waiting there. Those who really want to be safe also crawl under the table and come out the opposite side. The Norwegians’ superstition about spilled salt says that a person will shed as many tears as necessary to dissolve the amount spilled, while superstitious Germans believe that spilling salt brings about hostility, the result of the devil disturbing peace. • Because fruits and vegetables are nearly saltfree, vegetarians are often at risk for dietary problems. The human body needs electrolytes to function, and without salt, it runs out of electrolytes.

• The familiar cylindrical salt container with the metal spout was introduced by Morton in 1911. Prior to that, salt was packaged in large cumbersome bags, which, during wet weather, wouldn’t allow the pouring of salt. Morton’s slogan “When it rains, it pours” touted its moisture-proof container. In 1914, the company introduced its famous “umbrella girl” on packaging. Her appearance has been updated five times since, in 1921, 1933, 1941, 1956 and 1968. • Salt has about 14,000 different uses, including helping in household tasks. When added to one tablespoon of lemon juice, it removes rust from scissors and other household tools. Just mix into a paste and rub on the rusty area. Salt also removes coffee stains from glass coffee pots. Mix 4 teaspoons of salt with a cup of crushed ice and a tablespoon of water and swirl it around in the pot. A handful of salt thrown into the flames in your fireplace helps loosen chimney soot. Are you troubled by weeds and grass growing up in your patio or sidewalk bricks and blocks? Spread salt in the cracks and sprinkle with water. You can remove the odor of fish from your hands by rubbing them with a lemon wedge dipped in salt. • Only about 6 percent of the world’s salt finds its way to the table. The de-icing of streets and highways eats up another 17 percent of the production. It’s also used in the leather tanning process; in the production of paper, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, paint products, batteries, glass, ceramics and adhesives; and as a refrigerant.

1. FOOD & DRINK: What is French “pate de foie gras” made from? 2. GEOGRAPHY: The island of Madagascar lies in what body of water? 3. LANGUAGE: What is a similar way to describe a “ribald” joke? 4. AD SLOGANS: What movie was promoted with the slogan, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water”? 5. HUMAN ANATOMY: What is the most common type of blood? 6. POLITICS: What longtime Ohio senator was known as “Mr. Republican”? 7. LITERARY: What famous author used the pen name “Boz” in his early career? 8. MOVIES: Which three actors have starred in major roles as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies? 9. CHEMISTRY: What does the “Ag” stand for in the chemical symbol for silver? 10. HISTORY: When did Queen Anne’s War (Third Indian War) begin in colonial America? son! -- Dottie R., Roanoke, Va. A: I am happy to report that there will indeed be a fourth season of TNT’s hit drama, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The summer’s No. 1 returning scripted drama will be back in summer 2013 for another 15 episodes of mystery-solving fun. TNT has proved to be a summer force to be reckoned with, with such original scripted hits as “R & I,” “Falling Skies,” “Perception,” “Dallas” and more shows that are smashing viewing records all over the place. Q: Can you tell me what one of my favorite actors, Gabriel Byrne, has been up to since “In Treatment”? What can I see him in? -- Roger T., via e-mail A: The talented Irishman stars in the new History channel scripted series called “Vikings,” which is based upon a real-life Viking king named Ragnar Lothbrok -- played by Travis Fimmel -- who literally exploded out of Scandanavia and onto the world stage in the 8th century. A young Norwegian farmer with a wife and family, Lothbrok is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftan, Earl Haraldson (played by Gabriel), who continues to send his Viking raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves. Haraldson and Lothbrok become adversaries as Lothbrok’s ambitions threaten Haraldson’s

rule. The series -- now filming in Ireland -- also stars Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen and Katheryn Winnick. It is set for a 2013 release. Readers: A few months back, I held a contest for one reader to win the great summer read “Eat, Drink, and Be Married” by Rebecca Bloom. After sifting through the entries, I have randomly chosen a winner: Dorine T. of Terryville, Conn. Be on the lookout for your book, and I hope you enjoy it! All others who’d like to get in one last summer pleasure, head to and order a copy for yourself -- and maybe one for a friend. And go to to read my full interview with the talented author, and to see what she has coming up next.

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For Advertising Call (205) 552-5502 FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD: THE ALAMO Most everyone is familiar with the phrase “Remember the Alamo!” but how much do you really remember about this famous landmark? Read along, and you might just learn some new details about this San Antonio, Texas, site. • Franciscan monks and Spanish settlers began construction on the Mission San Antonio de Valero in 1724. It served as home to Catholic missionaries and their American Indian converts until 1793. The Spanish government then closed the mission and distributed the remaining lands and buildings to the Indian residents. • In the early 1800s, the mission became home to a Spanish cavalry unit. It was this group who gave the structure the name Alamo, the Spanish word for “cottonwood,” in honor of their hometown in Mexico, Alamo de Parras. The military remained occupants of the Alamo up until the time of the Texas Revolution. • As western expansion continued, more and more people were migrating to Texas, and in 1821, Stephen Austin led a group of 300 U.S. families to the area. As the population increased, the Texans sought independence from Mexico. In late 1835, a group of Texans overtook the Alamo, wresting control from the Mexican troops, putting Colonel William Travis and Colonel Jim Bowie in command of the fort. Reinforcements arrived in early 1836 to help with the defense, including American frontiersman and former Tennessee congressman Davy Crockett. About 200 volunteers were in place to defend the Alamo. • On February 23, 1836, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna marched his Mexican force of soldiers numbering in the thousands to the outskirts of San Antonio and laid siege to the Alamo in an attempt to retake Texas.

Although caught off guard while they slept, the Texans refused to give up their fight for independence and were determined to defend the fort, despite their small numbers. The Texan commander sent urgent pleas for reinforcements and supplies, but response was minimal. • Several skirmishes took place over the next 12 days but with few casualties. On the 13th day, the Mexican army broke through a breach in the courtyard’s outer wall. Santa Anna’s orders were to take no prisoners, and all but two of the defenders were killed. But the Texans had fought valiantly, with the Mexican forces suffering casualties estimated anywhere between 600 and 1,600. This final battle lasted about 90 minutes. • For the next three months, the Alamo was in the control of the Mexican army. In April of that year, 800 Texans led by Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s 1,500-man force near the site of present-day Houston. “Remember the Alamo!” was their battle cry as they attacked. • Over the course of its long history, the Alamo has served as a mission, military quarters, housing for American Indians, a hospital, army supply depot, jail, commercial store, Masonic lodge, movie set and historic tourist attraction. The 4.2-acre site in the heart of downtown San Antonio receives more than 2.5 million visitors each year. • “…I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country.” – Colonel William Barret Travis

Time for Medicare Open Enrollment The Medicare open-enrollment period is coming up soon. During that time you’ll have the chance to review plans and coverage that you’ll want in 2013. You’ll be able to add, drop or change drug coverage. You can switch from an original plan to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa. You can go from one Advantage plan to another, such as one that has drug coverage versus one that doesn’t. The good news is that the drug plan rates aren’t going up. The average premium for basic drug coverage is likely to be $30 for the third year in a row. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the “doughnut hole” is shrinking. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 52 million people on Medicare have saved $3.9 billion on drug costs, which averages more than $600 per person per year. Between now and 2020, coverage will increase until the doughnut hole is closed altogether. This year we’ve had a 50 percent discount on name-brand drugs during the time the doughnut hole has been in effect, plus a discount of 14 percent on generic drugs. Next year, in 2013, that will increase to 52.5 percent and 21 percent respectively. Figuring out just when you initially need to sign up for Social Security and Medicare can be tricky because the year, month and date you’re born determine your eligibility. Go online to and look for the eligibility tools and the plan finder. Or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 . The number for Social Security is 1-800-772-1213 . Put this on your calendar: The Medicare enrollment period this year starts Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, 2012. The new choices take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Ambrose Charges Into Chase Mix When the final lap at Watkins Glen International commenced, Marcos Ambrose was running third. He knew he had Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski in front of him. What he didn't know was that he also had an oily track in front of him. Keselowski took the lead by nudging Busch out of the way. He got the same medicine from Ambrose, enabling the Ford driver from Australia (Launceston, Tasmania) to win at the Glen for the second year in a row. "I was the first one to slip in the oil, and it was just getting worse and worse," Ambrose said later. "You could tell the car was staying out there because the oil was moving around the race track and you just take your chances. You've got to commit at that point in the race, and it was great racing with Kyle and advantage of those circumstances.” For the second week in a row, the Sprint Cup winner was neither first nor second when the final lap began. Brad. They're the two best guys to race. It's just awesome fun, and that's the way racing

should be, and we got the No. 9 Stanley Ford in Victory Lane.” It was one of the more exciting final laps in NASCAR history. Both of the 35-year-old’s wins are at Watkins Glen. He has a chance to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, thanks to the victory, but it will require at least another win in the final four races of the regular season. But Ambrose holds the qualifying record at Michigan International Speedway, the next stop on the schedule. "We got the pole at Michigan. We were running top five all day there. There's no reason why we can't go there and surprise them again," he said. Ambrose had to settle for ninth in the Quicken Loans 400 on June 17. For the second time, Ambrose managed to win at one of few tracks where his owner, Richard Petty, never took a checkered flag. "You go and you run, and you do the best you can, and then you try to take advantage of the circumstances that are there," Petty said. "That's what Marcos did. He didn't create any of those circumstances. He took

Acupuncture for Pets? By Samantha Mazzotta DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I recently read an advertisement by a pet hospital that is offering acupuncture for pets. Does this even work for pets? I’m skeptical. -- Janice T., Orlando, Fla. DEAR JANICE: I can’t say for sure, but the idea of providing acupuncture treatment for pets is intriguing. Acupuncture has been shown to have positive results for humans trying to manage pain, and some anecdotal reports indicate that acupuncture might help reduce pain in animals, as well. Wadsworth Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Colo., for example, recently reported that as many as 75 percent of the pets in its care treated with acupuncture experienced “a significant or major improvement, although some symptoms may remain.”

The hospital used acupuncture to treat pets suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, nerve damage or other chronic health conditions. Pet acupuncture sounds pretty odd, and it’s really a new type of treatment for pets, coming into vogue just in the past few decades. But it’s not the only holistic pet treatment out there that looks to help improve pets’ health without the use of drugs or surgery. And it’s growing in popularity: some 800 pet acupuncturists are registered with the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (, the Washington Post reports, an increase of 600 since 2002. So, how do you find a qualified acupuncturist for your pet? The AAVA has a listing on its site, but be sure to ask questions of the pet acupuncturist you find locally. He or she should be certified to practice veterinary medicine as well as veterinary acupuncture.

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Most of us know that camels are reffered to as “ships of the desert,” but what else do you know about this unusual creature? Follow along and learn some new facts! • One hump or two? A one-hump camel is of Arabian descent and is known as the dromedary. The two-humped Asian variety is called the Bactrian. Although subjected to East Asia’s blistering summers of over 100ºF (38ºC), they are also able to endure winter temperatures of -20ºF (-29ºC). • Although you might think the camel is a homely animal, its name comes from the Arabic word meaning “beauty.” • A camel is an ungulate, in other words, a mammal with hooves. Each foot has two toes and a pad, and the pads spread as it walks, enabling it to maneuver on soft sand without sinking. The camel’s body is specially designed to protect itself from sand — It has three eyelids to protect the eyes from blowing sand and can also close its nostrils as a defense. Like the cow, camels are ruminants, meaning they have a multi-chambered stomach. • The camel’s legs are very thin, yet they are able to support not only the 1,500 pounds (680 kg) of the camel’s body weight, but heavy cargo weighing up to another 1,000 pounds (454 kg). • If you think the camel’s hump is a reserve of water to help him through the hot desert, you’re mistaken! The hump, rising about 30 inches (75 cm) out of the body, is actually fat, up to 80 pounds (36 kg) worth, that the animal

can metabolize for energy and water as needed. As the camel travels great distances without sustenance, it uses up its hump’s stores, and it arrives at its destination with a flabby hump or no hump at all! A camel is able to tolerate a 40 percent loss in body mass. • When the camel is ready to replenish its water supply, it can drink 30 gallons (135 l) in just 13 minutes! A camel has the ability to carefully preserve its body’s hydration by increasing its own body temperature, thus preventing sweating and subsequent water loss. Nostrils also trap water vapor and return it to the body’s fluids. In addition, the green plants the camel ingests contain moisture that further contributes to its hydration. It’s not unusual for a camel to endure several weeks or to travel up to 100 miles (161 km) without water. • Although the camel might appear clumsy or ungainly, it can actually run up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/hr) in a short burst and sustain longer distances at 25 miles per hour (40 km/hr). • Many of the deserts’ nomadic tribes count on camel milk as one of their staple foods. The milk is rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins and is lower in fat and cholesterol than cow’s milk. Bedouins frequently process it into a nutritious drinkable yogurt, and some of these roaming tribes live on nothing but camel milk for six months. • The female carries her young between 12 and 14 months. The season and the availability of food both affect the length of gestation. The average camel lives 40 to 50 years.

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