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�On Sept 12th 1922In what would become a major change in the marriage ceremony, the House of Bishops of the United States Protestant Episcopal Church voted 36-27 to delete the word obey from the marriage service. �On Sept 14th, 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote his poem "Defense of Ft. McHenry," that was later re-named Star Spangled Banner. �On Sept. 16, 1620, the Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was headed for Virginia, but stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower off course. On Nov. 21, the “Pilgrims� arrived in Massachusetts. �On Sept. 13, 1936, 17-year-old Cleveland Indians pitching ace “Rapid� Robert Feller strikes out 17 batters in a

EDIBLES (continued): • At holiday time, many Norwegians fix a traditional dish known as Smalahove. This yummy dish is prepared first by torching the skin and fleece of a sheep’s head, removing the brain, then boiling the head for about three hours. Arrange some rutabagas and potatoes around it on a platter, and there you have your Christmas feast! • You’re not getting dessert when you order black pudding after a meal. Rather you’ll be served a sausage made up of animal blood, fat, rolled oats and spices. Depending on where you live, that blood could come from a pig, cow, sheep, duck or goat. Some recipes add chestnuts, sweet potato or barley to the mix. A yummy Asian snack, the pig’s blood cake, combines blood with sticky rice, fries it and serves it on a popsicle stick. • The process of making Polish blood soup is a tricky one. The head of a live duck must be chopped off and its blood collected in the cooking pot. Throw in some vinegar, onions, celery, parsley, sugar and some dumplings, and there you have it! Some cooks like to add dried fruit, such as prunes, pears or apples. • When folks down South talk about eating chit’lins, they are referring to chitterlings. This lip-smacking dish is the small intestines of pigs, boiled for several hours, then battered and fried and served with vinegar and hot sauce on the side. • Ask for a plate of menudo, and what you’ll get is an order of beef tripe, made from the rubbery lining of the stomach of a cow, sheep, goat, pig or deer. Your favorite Mexican restaurant might garnish it with jalapeno peppers. • No matter what you call them — Rocky Mountain oysters, cowboy caviar, Montana tendergroins or bull fries — it doesn’t change the fact that they are bull testicles, coated in flour and deep-fried. The people in some states love this “appetizerâ€? so much, they hold entire festivals around them, such as Eagle, Idaho’s “World’s Largest Rocky Mountain Oyster Feedâ€? and Montana’s “Testicle Festival.â€? • Not all tacos are created equal! Lengueta de la vaca are tacos made with cow tongue, while Tacos de Cabeza include all parts of the cow’s head, including eyes and lips. • The French have a beautiful name for a particular variety of hot

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deli sandwich —langue de vache. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s cow tongue. • If you order geoduck off the menu, don’t expect to get an exotic poultry dish. It’s actually the largest burrowing clam in the world and is considered a delicacy in Asian countries, selling for as much as $30 per pound. It’s one of the animal kingdom’s longest-living creatures, at an average of 146 years, contributing to the amazing quantity of eggs produced by the female during her lifetime — five billion! The geoduck has a long meaty siphon it uses to suck in plankton when feeding. That portion of this mollusk is usually cooked fondue-style and dipped in soy or wasabi sauce. • Folks in Sardinia, Italy, may change the way you think about cheese. Their casu marzu starts with a sheep’s milk Pecorino cheese but with one variable. Whole cheeses are left outside so that the Piophila casei or “cheese flyâ€? can lay its eggs inside the cheese, as many as 500 eggs at one time. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way through the cheese, and their acidic digestive juices break down the cheese’s fats, resulting in a very soft cheese. There are usually thousands of little white worms in a casu marzu cheese ready for the market. It’s up to the individual diner whether to scoop out the maggots before eating. • If your plate is filled with the Bosworth, Falstaff or Bedford Fillbasket varieties, you’ll soon be eating one of the most disliked vegetables, the Brussels sprout. This vitamin-rich cruciferous veggie belongs to the same family as the cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale and kohlrabi. Brussels sprouts were first brought to North America by French immigrants settling in Louisiana around 1800. • The Scottish regularly cook up a dish called haggis, which is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with a mixture of the liver, heart, lungs, rolled oats and a variety of spices. Some fast-food restaurants in Scotland even have this item on their menu, deep-fat fried or as a burger on a bun. For those who don’t care to eat it, there are contests for “haggis hurling,â€? a sport that has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record-holder threw a 1.5pound (.68-kg) haggis a distance of 180 feet, 10 inches (55.12 m).

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By Dr. Greg Fors, DC / Board-certified Neurologist Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of disability. Every 25 seconds, an American will have a heart attack, and every minute someone dies from it.. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and the first symptom of any heart disease in over half of these men is death itself. Over ¾ of a million Americans will suffer a stroke this year. Most of these strokes could be prevented through proper risk factor identification and management. Most Americans believe that heart disease is caused by high cholesterol or the bad cholesterol LDL and if they take a cholesterol lowering drug you can prevent a future heart attack. If you are one of those individuals you may be surprised to hear about a recent study from the prestigious UCLA School of Medicine. They found that 75% of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had low levels of the “bad” cholesterol LDL, below 130 mg/dl, easily within the safe range. Also 21% were taking a statin cholesterol-lowering drug. Even more shocking was that 50% of those suffering a heart attack had optimally low levels of LDL, less than 100 mg/dL! Most scientists now agree that heart disease and heart attacks are not caused by cholesterol but brought on by chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. These two factors almost always appear together in the body and must be defended against. Cholesterol is one of the most important nutrients in the body; we make hormones from it and repair ourselves with it. Cholesterol also acts as a primary antioxidant just like vitamin C and as an anti-inflammatory. Therefore cholesterol levels rise in response to inflammation and oxidative stress in the body’s attempt to put out the fire and repair the damage. When because of dietary and lifestyle factors arterial inflammation persists and cholesterol loses the battle, the oxidized LDL cholesterol gets the blame. It’s a bit like blaming the firemen’s water for an uncontrolled fire! So if chronic inflammation is the source of the problem how can you tell if it’s a problem for you? One of the best biomarkers for this process is an inexpensive blood test called “high-sensitivity” CRP. More than a dozen major studies demonstrate that “hsCRP” levels are highly predictive of future risk of heart attack, stroke, sudden cardiac death, and the development of peripheral arterial disease. Individuals with elevated levels are 3 times more likely to develop heart disease and elevated levels can also predict the risk of developing type II diabetes. Another important inexpensive biomarker to have measured to predict problems with chronic inflammation is a protein synthesized in the liver called Fibrinogen. It circulates in the blood and plays a vital role in blood clotting. Elevated levels of Fibrinogen do play a role in the risk for blood clots in heart attacks and strokes. Fibrinogen levels increase with tissue inflammation or tissue destruction. A large-scale 2002 European study showed that “fibrinogen is a powerful predictor of stroke” - including fatal and nonfatal strokes, first time strokes, and hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. So where is the help? A nutritional orientated doctor knowledgeable in running and analyzing these tests as well as other vascular biomarkers can help you predict future risk of heart attack and stroke. Furthermore doctors knowledgeable in functional medicine and wellness care can help formulate dietary changes and nutritional supplements to help naturally lower these risk factors so you can live a healthy life without the disability and death that comes with heart attacks and strokes. At what age should you begin? It is a good idea to run these tests when you’re over50.,however, there is good evidence that “hsCRP” levels in your teens and 20s are very predictive of levels later in life. Elevated CRP levels can predict risk over the next 30 to 40 years. Therefore it is never too early or too late to start! In part two we will examine other risk factors for heart attacks and strokes and wha t you can do to not become a victim of these all too common disorders. Want to know more? attend my FREE SEMINAR! See notice below,

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