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April 21, 1993
Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker has served up possibly his most digestible budget yet. After two years of wrangling over where to make inevitable -- and unavoidable -- cuts in programs and services, Mr. Ecker's latest spending plan holds the line on the property tax rate, increases the police force, expands recycling and adds two new libraries.The price tag for all this: $289 million. Mr. Ecker asserted that the proposal, about 6.5 percent more than the one approved last year, is "reasonable, responsible and prudent."
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | February 7, 2008
We tried a treatment from your column for nighttime leg cramps. My husband used to get them frequently and would have to walk them off while in pain. He read that taking mustard would alleviate them, so he tried it. Now when he gets leg cramps at night, he takes his mustard and they go away quickly. He keeps a few individual packets of mustard in the bedroom. He thought it was just an "old wives' tale," but now he's a believer. We are delighted to learn that yellow mustard has helped relieve your husband's leg cramps.
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NEWS
April 21, 1993
Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker has served up his most digestible budget in recent memory.After two years of wrangling over where to make inevitable -- and unavoidable -- cuts in programs and services, Mr. Ecker's latest spending plan holds the line on the property tax rate, increases the police force, expands recycling and adds two new libraries.The price tag for all this: $289 million. Mr. Ecker asserted that the proposal, about 6.5 percent more than the one approved last year, is "reasonable, responsible and prudent."
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | September 12, 2004
I am 62 years old, and my hair is thinning, especially on the crown. Both of my grandfathers were bald in their 70s, so this doesn't surprise me much. Yesterday, a woman I don't know stopped me in a parking lot to tell me how to grow new hair. She said I should put castor oil on my hair about twice a day to encourage its growth. She assured me her husband is a physician and they have had success with this treatment. I assume the castor oil would have to be massaged into my scalp for any benefit.
NEWS
December 10, 1992
The search for a cure to what ails Howard County schools ha taken on a fevered pitch the past few months. Faced with astring of budget cuts, and with student enrollment expected to increase by 14,000 within 10 years, school officials have been churning out a string of reports on ways to radically cut costs and address over-enrollment.Not surprisingly, none of the proposed remedies is especially appealing. We have long speculated that by putting forth alternatives as palatable as castor oil, school officials want to convince citizens to push their politicians for more education funding.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | September 12, 2004
I am 62 years old, and my hair is thinning, especially on the crown. Both of my grandfathers were bald in their 70s, so this doesn't surprise me much. Yesterday, a woman I don't know stopped me in a parking lot to tell me how to grow new hair. She said I should put castor oil on my hair about twice a day to encourage its growth. She assured me her husband is a physician and they have had success with this treatment. I assume the castor oil would have to be massaged into my scalp for any benefit.
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By Amalie Adler Ascher | December 7, 1991
Castor-oil plantBotanical name: Ricinus communisPronunciation: RISS-in-usFamily: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)Origin: Tropical AfricaClass: AnnualDisplay period: SummerHeight: 8 to 15 feetEnvironment: Sun As its popular name suggests, the castor-oil plant is indeed the source of castor oil. The oil is obtained by crushing seeds lodged in the plant's prickly red fruits. If eaten directly, however, the seeds are poisonous to humans and animals. They contain ricin, an extremely toxic protein. To keep the seeds from falling into the hands of children, the fruits of plants in a garden should be removed before they fully develop.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | February 7, 2008
We tried a treatment from your column for nighttime leg cramps. My husband used to get them frequently and would have to walk them off while in pain. He read that taking mustard would alleviate them, so he tried it. Now when he gets leg cramps at night, he takes his mustard and they go away quickly. He keeps a few individual packets of mustard in the bedroom. He thought it was just an "old wives' tale," but now he's a believer. We are delighted to learn that yellow mustard has helped relieve your husband's leg cramps.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | June 1, 2003
My husband and I have started eating more omega-3 fats. We now take a spoonful of freshly ground flaxseed daily. We eat salmon and English walnuts several times a week to improve our health. As a result of these changes, my hair is regaining its original color. I was a redhead, but it had turned blond. It is now becoming red again. I am 85. My husband had black hair when he was young, but he has been getting gray. His hair is now showing more black. He is 86. Has anyone else consuming omega-3 fats reported a return to natural hair color?
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | December 16, 2001
Q. I have strong chocolate cravings right before my periods. Every time I go to the health food store, I have to fight the urge to buy a chocolate bar (which the store keeps at the checkout aisle). I have always assumed that chocolate is high in fat, high in sugar and bad for my complexion. But I recently heard on the radio that chocolate is a health food and that it is actually good for my heart. Have I been depriving myself needlessly? A. Perhaps. Chocolate is high in sugar and fat, and eating too much could contribute to problems with weight control but not your complexion.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | June 1, 2003
My husband and I have started eating more omega-3 fats. We now take a spoonful of freshly ground flaxseed daily. We eat salmon and English walnuts several times a week to improve our health. As a result of these changes, my hair is regaining its original color. I was a redhead, but it had turned blond. It is now becoming red again. I am 85. My husband had black hair when he was young, but he has been getting gray. His hair is now showing more black. He is 86. Has anyone else consuming omega-3 fats reported a return to natural hair color?
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | December 16, 2001
Q. I have strong chocolate cravings right before my periods. Every time I go to the health food store, I have to fight the urge to buy a chocolate bar (which the store keeps at the checkout aisle). I have always assumed that chocolate is high in fat, high in sugar and bad for my complexion. But I recently heard on the radio that chocolate is a health food and that it is actually good for my heart. Have I been depriving myself needlessly? A. Perhaps. Chocolate is high in sugar and fat, and eating too much could contribute to problems with weight control but not your complexion.
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By Nancy Menefee Jackson and Nancy Menefee Jackson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 6, 1998
It's the shoes, silly.Some 80 percent of all foot problems are caused by shoes, so it's no surprise women have about 90 percent of all surgeries for common foot problems.Stephanie Tourles just wrote the book on feet, or at least a book on feet, and it doesn't take much to get her started on the topic of shoes."It's the style, the narrowness, the point of the toe," says Tourles, who published "Natural Foot Care, Herbal Treatments, Massage and Exercises for Healthy Feet" (Storey Books, $14.95)
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 7, 1998
Recently a pharmacist filled my prescription for 40 mg Paxil with 40 mg Pravachol instead. I had been taking the Paxil for several months. I soon began to experience heart palpitations, trouble breathing, shakiness and insomnia. Two nights I didn't sleep at all.When I saw my doctor, my blood pressure was up, but he insisted that the mistake had nothing to do with my symptoms. He seemed more interested in defending the pharmacist than in my welfare.I don't know if my problems were due to the Pravachol or to stopping the Paxil so suddenly.
NEWS
April 21, 1993
Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker has served up possibly his most digestible budget yet. After two years of wrangling over where to make inevitable -- and unavoidable -- cuts in programs and services, Mr. Ecker's latest spending plan holds the line on the property tax rate, increases the police force, expands recycling and adds two new libraries.The price tag for all this: $289 million. Mr. Ecker asserted that the proposal, about 6.5 percent more than the one approved last year, is "reasonable, responsible and prudent."
NEWS
April 21, 1993
Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker has served up his most digestible budget in recent memory.After two years of wrangling over where to make inevitable -- and unavoidable -- cuts in programs and services, Mr. Ecker's latest spending plan holds the line on the property tax rate, increases the police force, expands recycling and adds two new libraries.The price tag for all this: $289 million. Mr. Ecker asserted that the proposal, about 6.5 percent more than the one approved last year, is "reasonable, responsible and prudent."
FEATURES
By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 7, 1998
Recently a pharmacist filled my prescription for 40 mg Paxil with 40 mg Pravachol instead. I had been taking the Paxil for several months. I soon began to experience heart palpitations, trouble breathing, shakiness and insomnia. Two nights I didn't sleep at all.When I saw my doctor, my blood pressure was up, but he insisted that the mistake had nothing to do with my symptoms. He seemed more interested in defending the pharmacist than in my welfare.I don't know if my problems were due to the Pravachol or to stopping the Paxil so suddenly.
FEATURES
By Nancy Menefee Jackson and Nancy Menefee Jackson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 6, 1998
It's the shoes, silly.Some 80 percent of all foot problems are caused by shoes, so it's no surprise women have about 90 percent of all surgeries for common foot problems.Stephanie Tourles just wrote the book on feet, or at least a book on feet, and it doesn't take much to get her started on the topic of shoes."It's the style, the narrowness, the point of the toe," says Tourles, who published "Natural Foot Care, Herbal Treatments, Massage and Exercises for Healthy Feet" (Storey Books, $14.95)
NEWS
December 10, 1992
The search for a cure to what ails Howard County schools ha taken on a fevered pitch the past few months. Faced with astring of budget cuts, and with student enrollment expected to increase by 14,000 within 10 years, school officials have been churning out a string of reports on ways to radically cut costs and address over-enrollment.Not surprisingly, none of the proposed remedies is especially appealing. We have long speculated that by putting forth alternatives as palatable as castor oil, school officials want to convince citizens to push their politicians for more education funding.
FEATURES
By Amalie Adler Ascher | December 7, 1991
Castor-oil plantBotanical name: Ricinus communisPronunciation: RISS-in-usFamily: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)Origin: Tropical AfricaClass: AnnualDisplay period: SummerHeight: 8 to 15 feetEnvironment: Sun As its popular name suggests, the castor-oil plant is indeed the source of castor oil. The oil is obtained by crushing seeds lodged in the plant's prickly red fruits. If eaten directly, however, the seeds are poisonous to humans and animals. They contain ricin, an extremely toxic protein. To keep the seeds from falling into the hands of children, the fruits of plants in a garden should be removed before they fully develop.
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