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TIDBITS® SUGGESTS YOU EAT YOUR GREENS! by Patricia L. Cook

Just as “Popeye” from the cartoon of days gone by ate his spinach for strength, we should eat plenty of leafy green vegetables as part of our everyday diet. This Tidbits look at leafy greens that are good for you, just as your mother said! • The National Cancer Institute reports, “foods rich in vitamins A and C have been associated with the reduced risk of certain cancers.” Many leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of these two vitamins as well as vitamins K and B, calcium, iron, fiber and more. • Greens are naturally low in sodium and calories. For example: a cup (0.2 l) of raw spinach has only 14 calories and a cup (0.1 l) serving of cooked collards has only 38 calories. All greens are fat and cholesterol free. • According to Jill Nussinow, registered dietician, culinary educator in Northern California and author of a very informative book, “The Veggie Queen,” “Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to improve your health.” • Keep these in mind when eating greens: “Green is good. Dark green is better. Organic dark leafy green is best.” If you grow your own — and they are easy to grow — you know how your vegetables have been treated. •Nussinow, in a webMD article, ranked the nutrition of the most widely eaten greens in the United States. The top 10 are: kale, collards, turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, red and green leaf and romaine lettuces (altogether), cabbage, and iceberg lettuce. •There are other nutritional greens not listed above that are widely available in North America. The information available for all greens is immense. We’ll look at some interesting Tidbits for both highly and less popular greens. •Even though it may sound incorrect, all greens are not green! Leafy green vegetables have much color variety, from the bluish-green of kale to the bright “Kelly” green of spinach, to the light, somewhat white of cabbage. •There is even a black cabbage (Cavalo Nero), which is actually a very dark green that is also called Tuscan kale. It originated from the Tuscany region of Italy where it is grown in most vegetable gardens. Cavalo Nero is an essential ingredient in the very healthy signature soup of the region, ribollita. •The Tuscan region of Italy is famous for many culinary things including the cooking term, “Florentine.” This

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www.APetsMemoryCremation.com 1520 28th St. • Gulfport • (228) 863-7389 term can be interpreted as the cooking style used in Florence, Italy, but has also come to describe the cuisine that includes spinach as an ingredient. Florentine cooking also uses fresh herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley and thyme. Since Tuscany is close to the coast, Florentine cooking features seafood dishes as well as local boar, rabbit and beef from the regions’ white Chianina cattle. According to folklore, the association of spinach with Florence may have been because of Catherine de Medici, the Italian wife of King Henry II, who reigned in France from 1560-1563. •Supposedly to honor her Italian roots, Queen Catherine introduced spinach to the Court of France and dubbed any dish containing spinach to be “Florentine.” Whether the story is true or not, Florentine is now synonymous with spinach in dishes such as Eggs Florentine, Oysters Florentine and more. •To make for some confusing terminology, “Florentines” refer to a sweet, baked confection that contains no spinach! These Florentines are a European sweet served as a cake, bar or cookie. Sweet Florentines are a mixture of candied fruit, toasted nuts, honey and/or sugar and topped with a layer of melted chocolate. • Moving away from sweets and back to greens, a green that has many names around the world is rapini or what is more commonly known as broccoli raab. This green

Flag Thief Identified When I first heard the news item, I was outraged: Over the course of three days, 75 American flags were stolen from a veterans cemetery. Upon further investigation, I was chuckling ... almost. In New York, in the Civil War section of the Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson, flags had gone missing, and people were justifiable angry. Only the flag portions were missing, not the wooden poles, which remained pushed into the ground. The latest theft was discovered just hours after a meeting of local officials, veterans and police to address the topic of stolen flags -- because it had happened before at the same cemetery. Something had to be done. Upon learning of the new damage, police set up cameras to attempt to nail the culprit in the flag thefts. What they found on the video had them scratching their heads: A woodchuck, also knows as a ground-

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is unrelated to broccoli even though broccoli is in its name. It is a close relative to turnips, and the greens look very similar to turnip greens. Other names linked to this green are rapa, rapine, raab, rappi, rappone, fall and spring raab, turnip broccoli, broccoli rape, broccoli de rabe, Italian turnip and turnip broccoli. •As more greens are available in North America, an old favorite has decreased in popularity. Iceberg lettuce was an overwhelming success for years because of its ability to remain crunchy even after days and sometimes weeks of shipping. Up until the 1930s, iceberg was known as “Crisphead” lettuce. •Bruce Church, from Salinas, California, the founder of Fresh Express, is given credit for popularizing iceberg lettuce. Along with three partners, he formed an ice company in the 1930s that shipped fresh heads of lettuce across the country in rail cars. “Crisphead” lettuce became more commonly known as “iceberg” when folks would meet the train cars of ice-packed lettuce with calls of “The icebergs are coming!” The name change stuck, and Americans’ love of fresh salads grew with the fresh availability. • Up until the mid-1970s, more than 95 percent of all lettuce grown in the United States was iceberg. Even though leaf lettuces have surged in popularity in the last 30-40 years, iceberg still remains a big seller. So, the next time you are eating out, check to see if a “wedge” salad is offered. It will be the familiar iceberg we grew up with. • Another popular salad that some think started with Julius Caesar is the Caesar Salad. It actually had its start in Tijuana, Mexico, with Cesare Cardini, who immigrated to the San Diego area with his brother, Alex, from Italy after World War I. The brothers opened Caesar’s Restaurant in Tijuana instead of San Diego because of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Invented in the 1920s, the Caesar Salad was mostly just a California specialty for years, with romaine lettuce being the green. The popularity of Caesar salads soared in the 1970s, and the romaine crop grew from a few California acres (ha) to 16,000 acres (6,475 ha) in the 1990s and more than 80,000 acres (32,370 ha) today.

hog, was seen pulling down the flags and hauling them away, minus the wooden pole. Extending the investigation, police used a special camera to go down into the burrows and tunnels the woodchucks had dug, and sure enough, there were remnants of the flags, used as bedding. A look around the Internet reveals that woodchucks have been notorious for stealing flags (and flower arrangements) in cemeteries. In Bernville, Pa., woodchucks stole 40 flags -- in 2005. So it’s been going on for a long time. It’s suspected that there’s a chemical put into the flags that attracts the woodchucks. While the loss of the flags is good news for flag manufacturers, who will no doubt benefit from additional flag orders, they need to do the patriotic thing and change that chemical. Perhaps the addition of mint or another scent will deter the varmints from snatching flags.

Weekly Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A strong social whirl brings a new round of good times to fun-loving Rams and Ewes. Cupid also is busy aiming arrows at single Lambs hoping for a heart-to-heart encounter. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A romantic incident could take a more serious turn if the Divine Bovine considers meeting Cupid’s challenge. Meanwhile, a professional opportunity is also about to turn up. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A bit of hardheaded realism could be just what the Twins need at this emotionally challenged time. Face the facts as they are, not as you want them to be. Good luck. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Many opportunities open up. But you need to be aware of their actual pros and cons. Check them all out and make your choice from those that offer more of what you seek. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A more stable situation begins, allowing you to feel more secure about making important decisions. Meanwhile, be sure to meet your project deadline so you can move on to other things. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Congratulations. A new personal relationship thrives as you learn how to make room in your busy life for this wonderfully warm and exciting emotional experience. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A new contact opens some doors. That’s the good news. But there’s a caution involved: Be sure you protect your rights to your work before showing it to anyone. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A former col league might seek to resume a working partnership. Ask yourself if you need it. If yes, get more information. If no, respectfully decline the request. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Good times dominate your aspect. So why not have a party to celebrate a loved one’s success? And do invite that special person you want to know better. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The shy side of the Sea Goat soon gives way to your more assertive self. This should help you when it comes time to speak up for yourself and your achievements. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A new period of stability will help you deal with some recently reworked plans. Once you get your current task done, you can devote more time to personal matters. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Things are finally much more stable these days, so you can restart the process of meeting your well-planned goals with fewer chances of interruption or delay. BORN THIS WEEK: You love being the brightest light wherever you are, and people love basking in your warmth and charm.

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THE FRENCH QUARTER The most historically and culturally significant piece of land in New Orleans is the French Quarter. The famous area was mostly spared in the ravaging destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. •When French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville founded New Orleans in 1718, engineers developed a formal city plan for Nouvelle Orleans, the area that is now known as the French Quarter. The city grew out of the original borders to become an important American port city. As people arrived from all over the world, a distinct culture rich in music, food and tradition began to develop. •The “Quarter” is also known as Vieux Carré, which means “Old Square” in French. The area is located in downtown New Orleans, on some of the highest ground in the city on a crescent of the Mississippi River. Besides the river, the borders are roughly Canal Street, Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue. The area today still occupies the same 6-by-13-block area that was laid out in 1722. One of the best-preserved historical neighborhoods in America, the Quarter actually feels like a foreign country. The lasting influence of the French and Spanish settlers and planners is still present. • The architecture of the Quarter is a mix of mostly French and Spanish styles. The Spanish rule of New Orleans was short, from 1762 to 1800, but during that time there were two fires that virtually destroyed the French Quarter. In 1788, 850 structures were lost, and then another 200 were lost in 1794. A lot of what had been French architecture was replaced with Spanish-style wrought iron balconies and central courtyards. •The city was under French rule first, then Spanish and back to French before being sold to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase agreement in 1803. The Cabildo, built in 1799, is where the Louisiana Purchase signing took place and is now the main building of the Louisiana State Museum historical complex. • Over 35,000 buildings in New Orleans, many in the French Quarter, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cabildo is sometimes called the second most important building in America, after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. •The Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytere (also part of the museum complex) all surround Jackson Square. Originally called “Place d’Armes,” the Square is named after Andrew Jackson, a hero of the Battle of New Orleans. The Square is one of the most visited areas in the Quarter, where local artists paint, draw and display their works. St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States. • Another old establishment of the Quarter is the French Market, the oldest farmer’s market in the United States. Dating back to 1791, it also includes a flea market. The French Market is “three centuries of history, six blocks of shopping, open seven days a week!” • Any New Orleans visit should include the Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand, established in 1862. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it closes only on Christmas Day and whenever a hurricane passes through. The coffee with chicory, served black or “au lait” (poured half and half with hot milk), and beignets, square French doughnuts, are definitely worth the wait. Yes, there is just about always a crowd!

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Skills and Education are not always the deciding factor. Each company and sometimes departments within a company have a unique culture. Employers say that determining a job candidate’s culture fit in a company is the most difficult qualification to assess during the interview process, according to a recent poll by Refresh Leadership. Thirty-four per cent of respondents cited cultural fit as the most difficult attribute to assess during an interview. These results coincide with current workforce trends that show a welldefined company culture can have a major impact on productivity, profitability, and employee engagement. The poll also showed that 29% cited strengths and skill level and 14% cited intellectual aptitude as difficult to determine in the interview process, while other respondents added business savvy and ability to communicate. The growing trend of “quit-and-stay” employees is having a direct effect on businesses’ productivity and stability. Understanding whether a job candidate fits an overall company culture is extremely important. The main reason that culture is so hard to figure out during the interview process is because for most companies process is not long enough. You have to spend time with a candidate inside and outside of the office to help you determine if they will fit into your culture. Spending time outside of the office with a candidate can be accomplished at a lunch meeting or a round of golf. Zig Ziggler always said that if you will cheat in golf then you will cheat in life. The more time that you spend with a candidate the more they will reveal about their character and give you a better idea if the fit is right. In my company I will not consider hiring a candidate until they have actually worked in my office for several days. This is accomplished by having a working interview that is paid. I do this for two reasons; the first is for my office staff and myself to interact with the candidate on work related basis and not just in a formal interview setting. The second reason is to give the candidate a true experience of what working in my company will be like. Since I have started doing this I have reduced my turnover by 90%. Jason C. Poole Your Employment Expert Express Employment Professional Franchisee and Certified Coach and Speaker of the John Maxwell Team. For more information on this topic please contact Jason Poole at Jason.Poole@expresspros.com

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1. In 2010, Ryan Braun became the third Milwaukee Brewer to have three consecutive 100-RBI seasons. Name the first two.

Who was the last A.L. pitcher before Tampa Bay’s James Shields in 2011 to have at 2. least 11 complete games in a season? 3. Which NFL team ended the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ 18-game winning streak the next season?

4. In 2012, the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team set an NCAA title game record with 11 blocked shots. Which schools had held the mark?

5. Bobby Orr is the only NHL player to top other defensemen in scoring by more than 20 points in a season six times. Who else did it five times? 6. The first four gold medal winners in the men’s Nordic combined at the Winter Olympics were from what country? 7. When was the last time before 2011 that a U.S. team won golf’s World Cup?

A SPORTING VIEW By Mark Vasto The 100 Million Dollar Man If you believe in capitalism, you know that you pay what the market will bear. In New Orleans -- particularly after Friday, July 13, 2012 -- the market has spoken. Drew Brees, 33, the record-setting signal caller for the New Orleans Saints, signed a five-year contract that afternoon that will pay him $100 million. That’s a record, too. According to the NFL, $60 million is guaranteed and it came with a $37 million signing bonus. Next season he will earn $40 million all told. According to Forbes, the Saints’ average ticket prices and their resale value make them the most sought after ticket in the NFL. Put another way, with an average ticket price of $79 at the Superdome, if the team sells out every game, almost every dollar from the box office would go into his pocket. That’s a lot of escarole. In a radio interview with former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, Brees admitted it was a lot of money, but assured listeners that it was a business deal, pure and simple. “I can tell you from the start of this negotiation, I have not once thought ‘Hey, I want to be the highest-paid guy.’ In the end, did the contract end up being that? Yes, but it was more about trying to objectively look at the

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When Rain Barrels Violate HOA Rules Q: I keep a very nice lawn in the front and back of my house, along with a small kitchen garden and several flowers and shrubs. To water it -- especially in this dry, hot summer -- I try to use “gray” water as well as water collected in rain barrels placed under my downspouts. Recently I received a notice from my homeowners’ association that the rain barrels are against the rules and will have to be removed. How can I convince them that these are not just environmentally friendly, but also the reason I’m able to keep my yard green and growing as required

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A: While I’m not an expert in dealing with homeowners’ associations, my first thought would be that you should review the most recent copy of your HOA’s rules. You’ll want to find out what rule or rules the association is referring to, and if rain barrels are specifically mentioned. You’ll also want to find out what your rights are as a member of the HOA, how you can appeal the notice, how long you have to comply and whether you can get that deadline extended. Several years ago, a friend of mine renting in a townhouse community related a story to me. The condo association only allowed owners to be members, not renters. And it had set up, early in the community’s history, rules that only owners could access the community amenities like the pool and clubhouse. The trouble was, more than 80 percent of the residents were renters -- meaning very few actual residents could use those amenities. My friend took action, attending association meetings every

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numbers from the last decade for a top-tier quarterback ... and just trying to do what’s fair and justified.” Brees played on a single year’s contract last season and came within four points of going to the NFC Championship game. In other seasons he averaged $6 million per year -- still a lot but not nearly what he was worth. He considered last season an act of faith on his part. Fans might be skeptical -- every team has been burned by a player coming off of a career year. Still, it was some year. He set NFL single-season records with 468 completions, 5,476 yards passing and a 71.2 completion percentage. The Saints set a record for total offense and led the league in home attendance, where they went undefeated. New Orleans, despite its outlandish partying reputation, is actually a pretty blue-collar town. And Brees is the kind of guy you see walking around eating a sandwich in New Orleans (he owns a sandwich shop there) or pumping his own gas (as reported by TMZ on an apparently slow paparazzi day). He’s a self-avowed family man who just happened to win a Super Bowl. “I think it’s very easy to sit back and say ‘this is ridiculous,’” Brees admitted. “[But] I feel like with a contract like this, people can say ‘they are paying you what you earned or what you deserved.’ ... It’s just about representing our team and city the right way.” Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City.

month and speaking each month, until she convinced the association to vote on whether to allow renters to use the amenities. The vote passed easily. I’m relating the above story as an example of what can be accomplished through persistence when it comes to these associations. Talk directly to the HOA, and talk with members of your community about the rain-barrel issue. What’s really bothering the association about your rain barrels? Is it an aesthetic issue? Is it worried about mosquitoes hatching in the rain barrels? There are solutions to the problem -- such as moving the rain barrels out of sight of the street, camouflaging them behind shrubbery and covering the barrels to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Get out the word, too, about the environmental benefits of using rainwater, as well as the cost savings from doing so. Chances are many homeowners will agree with you -- but not if they don’t know about the issue.

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Three years ago, Ocean Springs resident Kelly Bailey was researching independent business opportunities on the Internet and his eyes lit up. The Air Force Reservist and his wife, Lynne, always wanted to work for themselves, but hadn’t quite found the right fit, though that was about to change. “I called my then 10-year old son, Collin, over to the computer and played a short video I’d found,” Kelly Bailey said. “And he immediately started jumping up and down saying, ‘Dad, that’s what I want for my birthday, that’s what I want!’” I looked at my wife and said, “This is what we need to get into.” When all was said and done Collin got his birthday wish, and his parents got their business. Now, three years later, with over 1,000 events under their belts, they have become the market dominator for fun on the Gulf Coast, and the parent company is now America’s #1 provider of Mobile Entertainment. They have expanded their business which now includes a myriad of activities to include Mobile Video Game Theaters, Mobile Gaming Carts, Laser Tag, Water Tag Splash Attack, Human Hamster Balls, U:Launcher Water Balloon Battles, Booger Wars Dodge Ball, GaGa Ball, and more. They have also expanded their business model and not only provide entertainment at birthdays but include churches, schools, festivals, fundraisers, family reunions, summer camps, corporate events and more. Their goal is to entertain and engage guests of all ages. Their highly trained Game Coaches handle all aspects of the event to ensure everyone leaves with a smile on their face. For Moms it’s the most stress-free birthday party they will ever encounter. Our Games Coaches arrive early to set up the activities, treat their child like a rock star, load up and head out. All they have to do is order some cake and pizza and we do the rest. Our corporate and non-residential events are a snap as well. We can build a custom entertainment package for any type event or location. They have done events from five to five thousand, bringing together the latest technology and fun physical activities in a way never seen before. The future is bright for this innovative locally owned family business. If you are tired of doing the same old activities and are looking for something fresh, fun, and entertaining and engaging, call today,

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Watermelon Makes a Sassy Salsa

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Garlic-and-herb cheese and roasted peppers are the surprise filling for these boneless breasts. Accompanied by a lemony herb couscous, this dish is elegant enough for guests but easy enough for a family weeknight dinner.

Watermelon shouldn’t be restricted to just fruit platters and buffet tables. Its versatility is astounding and can be incorporated into various menus. North Americans primarily treat watermelon as a fruit, eaten out of hand or in salads and sweet desserts. Yet, in countries such as China, watermelons are stir-fried and stewed, and in Russia and many other countries, pickled watermelon rind is considered a delicacy and widely enjoyed. If you’re looking for a summertime salsa that combines sweetness, spice and everything nice, try this delicious Watermelon, Tomatillo and Jalapeno Salsa recipe. Best of all, you can use the watermelon as a festive serving dish. This recipe also works well with those small “personal” sized watermelons, as they make the perfect individual “dishes” for serving your salsa.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts 4 (about 1 1/4 pounds) medium skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves 1/4 cup (about half 4.4-ounce package) light garlic-andherb spreadable cheese 1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers, drained and chopped 8 whole fresh basil leaves, chopped 1 teaspoon olive oil, extra-virgin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

• Each serving chicken: About 255 calories, 35g protein, 4g carbohydrate, 10g total fat (5g saturated), 0g fiber, 113mg cholesterol, 560mg sodium. • Each serving couscous: About 205 calories, 6g protein, 37g carbohydrate, 4g total fat (1g saturated), 3g fiber, 0mg cholesterol, 295mg sodium.

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Lemon and Basil Couscous 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper 1 cup couscous 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1. Prepare Stuffed Breasts: With tip of knife, cut each chicken breast from a long side, keeping knife parallel to surface of breast, to form a deep pocket with as small an opening as possible. 2. In small bowl, combine cheese, peppers and basil. Spread 1/4 cheese mixture in each chicken pocket. Rub outside of chicken with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 3. Prepare Lemon & Basil Couscous: In 2-quart saucepan, heat oil, salt, pepper and 1 1/3 cups water to boiling over high heat; stir in couscous. Cover saucepan; remove from heat and let stand at least 5 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, place chicken on grill over medium heat and cook 12 to 15 minutes or until juices run clear when thickest part of breast is pierced with tip of knife, turning over once. 5. To serve, add basil and lemon juice to couscous, and fluff with fork to mix well. Spoon couscous onto 4 dinner plates and arrange chicken on top.

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WATERMELON, TOMATILLO AND JALAPENO SALSA 10 medium tomatillos, peel off parchment-like coating and rinse 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 purple onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 3 jalapeno peppers or to taste, seeded and chopped 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons mild chili powder 1 cup tomato sauce or puree 2 teaspoons stevia, agave syrup or honey 4 cups seeded watermelon, diced, divided 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper

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1. Cut the tomatillos into quarters. Heat the oil in a large heavy saute pan over medium-high heat, saute the onions for a few minutes and then add the tomatillos, garlic and jalapenos. Saute until onions and garlic begin to brown. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle cumin and chili powder over the pan. Stir in the tomato sauce, stevia or syrup or honey and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Cool. 2. In a blender or food processor, pour in the tomatillo mixture with 1 1/2 cups of the watermelon and puree. Add mixture to the watermelon pieces and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place watermelon salsa in the watermelon shell, if desired, and serve with chips or crudite.

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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Viruses Not the Only Cause of Hepatitis DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past year, my wife has had to deal with autoimmune hepatitis. It’s something that hardly anyone knows about or understands, and that makes it even more difficult to cope with. Everyone thinks she has an infection. I can only haltingly explain what she has. Will you tell your readers about this illness? -- D.R. ANSWER: Say “hepatitis,” and people automatically think of a viral infection. Say “cirrhosis,” which is sometimes the last stage of hepatitis, and people think of alcohol as the cause. Not all hepatitis is viruscaused, and not all cirrhosis is alcohol-caused. Your wife’s illness is an example. Her liver is inflamed (hepatitis), not from an infection but from an attack on her liver by her immune system. The reason why a person’s immune system, a system designed to keep us healthy, turns on the liver is obscure. Signs that the immune system is the cause are demonstrable by finding antibodies in the blood. Antibodies are the ammunition the immune system makes to fend off dangerous invaders. One special antibody, the anti-nuclear antibody, is a big indication that the liver has come under an immune attack. The course of autoimmune hepatitis is unpredictable. It might be mild with few symptoms, or it may take a more aggressive course in which the skin and eye whites turn yellow, where fatigue is immobilizing, where abdominal pain is common and where the skin develops an itch. Quite often, a liver biopsy is the procedure that provides evidence of autoimmune hepatitis. Prednisone, one of the cortisone drugs, often is the treatment of choice. It reins in an out-of-control immune system. Another immune-modifying drug, azathioprine, can be added to the regimen. It sounds like your wife is responding well to treatment (from parts of your letter that I had to delete). The booklet on hepatitis details the various forms of the illness, and how they are acquired and treated. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 503W, 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: What is the procedure for removing a tick attached to your skin? Can you remove it yourself, or should it be removed only by a physician? -- T.R. ANSWER: It’s safe for people to remove ticks on their own. You need tweezers with fine grooves on their lower, inner surfaces. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as you can and as close to the tick’s head. Gently but firmly pull the tick straight out, at a right angle to the skin. Don’t crush it. Don’t bother with popular techniques such as coating the tick with petroleum jelly or applying a just-blownout match to it.

• On Aug. 9, 1936, at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, black American track star Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal of the Games in the 4-by-100-meter relay. His relay team set a new world record of 39.8 seconds, which stood for 20 years. • On Aug. 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Some 80,000 people are killed as a result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least 60,000 more would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the radioactive fallout. • On Aug. 7, 1959, the U.S. unmanned spacecraft Explorer 6 is launched into an orbit around the Earth. The spacecraft featured a scanner that transmitted a crude picture of the Earth’s surface from a distance of 17,000 miles. The photo, received in Hawaii, took nearly 40 minutes to transmit. • On Aug. 11, 1965, in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, a riot began that eventually ranged over a 50-square-mile area. With the assistance of thousands of National Guardsmen, order was restored five days later. The violence left 34 dead, 1,032 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested and $40 million worth of property destroyed. • On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings under way against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon finally bowed to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. • On Aug. 10, 1981, Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies gets the 3,631st hit of his baseball career, breaking Stan Musial’s record for most hits by a National Leaguer. It was only Rose’s 2,886th game; it had taken Musial 3,026 games to set the mark. • On Aug. 12, 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff in South Dakota. They turned out to be part of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 millionyear-old specimen. Amazingly, the skeleton was more than 90 percent complete.

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There are many extracurricular activities for teens to choose from today, but parents must be ready to debate the pros and cons of participating. Some teens join due to an interest, parents choosing for them, or it is where their friends are. In any case, parents must consider the benefits and disadvantages of joining before making a commitment. Choosing the right activity is important. Some ideas are sports, music lessons, scouting, school newspaper, drama club, choir or band, Youth for Christ or other Christian clubs, or volunteering at organizations, such as the American Red Cross or Humane Society. Extracurricular activities have many benefits. They help teens explore their physical, creative, social and spiritual potential. They allow them to find out where their career or political interests may lie. Some activities allow teens to experience how their time and efforts benefit others in need. There is one activity that Youth for Christ sponsors twice a year – the Gulf Islands Water Park Lock-In. This is a great activity that is well supervised and provides help in all of the teen’s area that need to be developed, their social, mental, physical and spiritual needs. Our next lock-in is Friday, August 17 with a band concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. The water park opening at 10:00 p.m. and breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m. If you are looking for a great, safe, fun event for your middle or high school student, please consider this one. For details, call the Youth for Christ office at 228-864-0788. Brad Holt Youth for Christ For more information on this topic please contact Brad Holt at www.coastyfc.com or 228-864-0788

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• Ever wonder how the statuette taken home by winners of the Academy Awards got its nickname? Evidently, in 1931 a secretary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saw the statuette for the first time and exclaimed, “Why, he reminds me of my Uncle Oscar!” The comment struck the fancy of a reporter who was present, and he put it in a story about the awards, and the name stuck. • Are you acersecomic? If your hair has never been cut, you are. • Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was not himself a slave owner. He reportedly did not believe in the institution of slavery. • If this is an average week, three manmade artifacts hurtling into the atmosphere from space will crash into the Earth. *** Thought for the Day: “The world is round; it has no point.” -- Adrienne E. Gusoff

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1. Richie Sexson (200103) and Prince Fielder (2007-09). 2. Baltimore’s Scott Erickson had 11 in 1998. 3. Oakland beat the Dolphins Sept. 23, 1973. 4. UConn (2011) and the University of Florida (2006). 5. Paul Coffey. 6. Norway’s skiers won in 1924, ‘28, ‘32 and ‘36. 7. It was 2000.

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