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2 TIM Glonviile Democrat/ PatMlndmr February 17, 1977 I I Editorials Comments Why no earthquake station ? All humans gamble with their lives to some extent. We know there will be earthquakes, but they are so rare, we do not have a corner earthquake station. We do have fire stations because we know there will be a certain number of fires. We also know there will be 850,000 deaths caused by heart attack and stroke this year. There are precautions people can take, regarding ]eart attack and stroke, much as we close match covers before striking. The precautions against heart attack and stroke deal with "risk factors" which are every bit as sensible to observe as fire safety requirements. The risk factors are smoking, lack of exercise, improper diet, high blood pressure and obesity. A person who ignores all these factors is gambling against pretty big odds. There are inleed many people who smoke a pack or two a day, eat food high in cholesterol and saturated fats, don't exercise moderately, are overweight, and don't control high blood pressure with readily available and effective drugs. On the other hand, chances of heart disease can be reduced, by modifying the effect of these factors in day-to-day living habits. Unfortunately, heredity, sex, age and race are risk factors that can't be altered. Some families tend to have more heart attacks and strokes; men suffer these diseases earlier in life than women, with increasing age increasing the chances of heart attack; and black Americans, for some reason, are more likely to have high blood pressure. Many thousands of additional lives could be saved annually if high blood pressure could be found and controlled in all Americans who suffer from it. The goal of the American Heart Association is the elimination of suffering and premature death from heart and blood vessel diseases. By supporting this Sunday's Gilmer County Heart Association door-to-door fund drive you will help carry theisht hrough, its successful conclusion. LeTTeRS poticy One of ti most important functions of the newpaper is to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas. Our "letters" column is open to any of our readers who may disagree with us or would like to express their opinion on subjects about which they think our readers should know. Because of space limitations we ask that letters be no longer than 250 words. They should be signed and include yore  address. Name can be withheld only in rare cases in which the editor agrees with the author that it's necessary. We re, serve the right to edit letters for taste, conciseness, good grammar and length. [, . III IIII IUI I I Clover Line by items Adkins ............. _ IIIIIIIIIII !1111 IIIIII 11111111111 IIII II IIIII .......... III I I i I II I I _ I -- II II On Saturday, Feb. 12, 40 Gilmer CounlT 4-H'ers, their parents, and club leaders met at the Recreation Center for a workshop on Visual Presentations-Public Speaking. Faye Chambers, club leader of the Letter Gap Clover Climbers and 4-H Clothing Awards National winner, presented an illustrated talk on clothing grain!inc. In addition two demonstrations were presented by the 4-H Agent on the "Middle-less" apple, or how to core an apple, allowing those present to contrast a poorly given demonstration with a good one presented on the same topic. A discussion of the comparison of the demonstrations followed and thus provided numerous guidelines for the preparation and presentation of demonstrations and illustrated talks. Mr. Don Phillips, Director of the Glenville State College Learning Materials Center, discussed key points to be considered when preparing posters and other visual aids. This was followed by an overview of the factors contributing to a well executed speech conducted by Miss Judy Lievin, a senior education major at Glenville State College and a Mason County 4-H'er for twelve years. All in all, it was a most educational workshop paralleled with a great deal of fun; especially for the Junior Leaders who led the singing. The Gilmer County Leaders' Association is to be congratulated for having sponsored such a successful event. Any Gflmer County 4-H club or individual 4-H'er wishing to receive additional assistance in the area of Visual Presentations or Public Speaking should contact Roma Adkins, Gilmer County 4.H Extension Agent at 462-7061. Any part of Saturday's workshop can be repliqated for an individual club if so desired. Congratulations tO e Glenville Shooting Stars for the successful D. J. dance which they sponsored at the high school Saturday night. It was great fun for all of us who attended. Good luck to you in your future endeavors to raise money to send all Sh b to c 9-24. The Well Body Column by Dr. Thomas Heller II I SUGAR Coke Adds Life or Does It? Today an article on our favorite food, sugar. "Coke adds life." We hear it all the time. Watching that elderly woman toss that frizbee like she was seventeen all over again -- ah, Coke must add life. Yes, the 'pick-me-up.' 'the tonic,' 'the fountain of youth.' Every eight ounces of Coke contain five teaspoonsful of sugar. The sugar I am discussing here is the common table sugar called sucrose--derived from cane or sugar beet--refined to the point of containing no other ingredients. Our culture is inundated with sugar. We are the Pepsi generation. Go down the aisle in any grocery store and check the ingredients. Never mind the cookies, cakes, candies, and soft drinks. Look at the canned foods, the breakfast cereals, the prepared foods. Practically all are dripping in sugar. Look at the baby foods -- that really gets my goat -- the way the food industry gets us when we're still in the cradle -- developing our sweet tooth. Why add sugar to peaches? In 1850 the world produced one and one-half million tons of sugar. Fifty years later production and consumption had multiplied seven fold to eleven million tons. By 1950, we were up to 35 million tons, and twenty years later, we were consuming 70 million tons of sugar per year worldwide! This represents an average of 45 lbs. of sugar per person per year as compared to three pounds per year 120 years ago. Among Americans, average yearly consumption of sugar is 102.5 lbs. per person! That's right, more than double the world average, two pounds per week, or almost 20 per cent of our total caloric intake. And that's an average, meaning that half of us eat even more sugar. So, what's there to say about all this sugar? Is it good? Is it bad? Does it make any difference at all? First of all, except for the fact that we have learned to like the way it tastes, there is nothing good about sugar at all. It is a totally unessential food. It provides absolutely no nutrients. We can live a wholesome, rich, energetic life without taking a spoonful of sugar. Except in the treatment of a diabetic having an insulin reaction, it does not even serve as the "quick energy food" that it's so often thought to be. Well, doing no good is one thing, but doing harm is another. Does sugar do any harm? Unfortunately, the answer is a very definite Yes. In the first place, any substance which occupies 18 per cent of our diet and provides no nourishment has to be doing harm. Either essential nutrients are being sacrificed or excessive calories are being ingested. In fact. both are going on. Eating sugar instead of foods containing vitamins and minerals and longer chained carbohydrates leads to subtle nutritional deficiencies that sap the strength and lead to decreased resistance and fatique. In addition, two pounds a week means 500 calories per day. and in many instances the actual amount is twice this! Five hundred calories per day in the face of an overweight America is an obvious harmful effect. Equally obvious is the fact that sugar causes tooth decay, and tooth decay is the most prevalent health hazard in Gilmer County. But there are some other less known effects of sugar, of which we should all be awar@/Sugar has been strongly implicated as a factor leading to heart attacks. The cells in the blood which cause clotting are called platelets. ;ngestin large amounts of sugar makes these platelets stickier. Thus. they stick to vessel walls and can cause clOts to form more easily. This can lead to rt ettks &Id generalized hirdeing of'thearterles. Sugar has also been found by some to elevate the fats and cholesterol in the blood. Other evidence suggesting that sugar may cause heart attacks can be found in the study of populations. In Yemen, a county in the Mideast, practically no sugar is ingested. There. despite a high cholesterol, high fat diet, there are very few by Nina Danko r- J CAN WE LIVE LONGER? Around the turn of century a European expedition into the Himalayas discovered a new country. This small country, whose inhabitants call themselves "the Hunzas", is in Kashmir north of India, at an elevation of 20,000 feet. Its population, about 250,000 people (less than V of that of West virginia), are, in many respects, very unusual. Why? Because in spite of very harsh climate, short growing season, and isolation from the rest of the world, the life-span of its inhabitants is about 140 years!!! Such diseases as cancer, heart attacks, allergies, and arthritis are virtually unknown there. The physical and mental health of these people is vigorous. Men 90 and 100 years old father healthy children, and women of 90 and 100 look less than half their age. This discovery made such an impression on the European visitors that the word spread really fast. Since then many other travelers and adventurers have visited Hunza-Land and many books have been written about this unusual place and people. The best known are: "Hunza Health Secrets" a paperback by Renee Taylor - woman who personally visited and lived with these people for long periods of time. In India, there is a large group of men and women who devote their lives t the practice of spiritual discipline called Hatha Yoga. These people believe that in order to attain Cosmic Consciousness (or Christ Consciousness as we Christians call it), one must cleanse, strenghten, and heal his physical body. For this purpose they use breathing techniques, rejuvenating and energizing exercises and postures, and special diet, in addition to meditation, prayer, and chanting. All this may seem very strange, but it makes them live to ripe, old age, in perfect health. For this reason many of their postures and breathing exercises are practiced in Europe and the USA. Many colleges and universities all over the world offer accredited courses in Yoga includ- ing the Parkersblrg Community College. These two examples of the Hunzas and the Yogis show very clearly that with proper care and attention, the aging process can be slowed down and the life span prolonged. Science is already attempting to do it with hormone treatments (it is known that the aging process begins to set in as the body loses its ability to produce the sex hormones). Moreover, the discovery of DNA, the chemical compound which guards the body's genetic code and which holds the key to the entire life process of an organism, gave scientists additional clues how to prolong life. There is one "but", however. All these fancy, scientific treatments are and will continue to be rather expensive hence available only to the wealthy. Very few of us will be able to afford it! , Hunzas and Yogis in the meantime, live long and vigorous lives without investing thousands of dollars. How do they do ti? Can we, who have no funds for these luxurious rejuvenating treatments, learn something from them? Those who had researched this topic and analyzed the situation decided that: a) Peace of mind, b) a lot of exercise in the fresh air wliih heart attacks. About twenty years ago many Yemenites where sugar is much more plentiful. Of the Yemenites in Isrssl, sugar diet, many developed heart attacks. Similar studies of the Masai and Sumburu tribes of East Africa consumption is low and heart attacks minimal despite a A high sugar diet also taxes the pancreas greatly, and in people may be the stress that leads to the onset of diabetes. A large amount of sugar in the diet has been shown to rends cells less effective in combating infections, thus decreasing another way. Finally. sugar ingestion in children -- who in the United up to 25 per cent of their calories in the form of sugar -- has with hyperactivity and erroneous diagnoses of minimal Marked personality changes have been noted in children by sugar from their diet. There are more associations: sugar has been associated other forms of arthritis, with skin problems like seborrheic near sightedness and other vision problems. More and more about our two pounds per week. And yet. all we hear is So what do we eat instead of sugar? Eat the foods that sweet. Brown sugar and honey are actually no better than except that you tend to eat less of it. But oranges, apples, tangerines, pears, dates, figs. sweet potatoes, plums, bananas, peaches, grapefruits. Footnote: ATTENTION SMOKERS. The w day be conducted, as mentioned ia previous WELL BODY Feb. 19 through Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. smokes are urged to attend. Calendar feb. 17, 18, 19 The Glenville State College Speech Department will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. in the college auditorium. Reservations can be made now by calling 462-7361, extension 318, or by writing the Speech Department. ffi, feb. 18 Mountaineers for Rural Progress will meet in the Federal Building today at 1:30 p.m. sat, feb. 19 Like to quit smoking? Group therapy sessions will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wesley Foundation. For more informa- tion call 462-7912. wed, feb. The American versity Women p.m. in Room 204 Forestry Building Road. The with house plants. stimulates respiration and gives body additional unpolluted water, good diet and certain foods and herbS, healthy and prolonged sex life, or transmutation of the into mental and spiritual creativity, - are the necessary long and healthy life. I realize that these "instructions" sound so simple and that they sound almost un-scientific. But many have succeeded! And they are certainly less expensive treatments. Moreover, they are available to anybody them! All they require is: understanding, work, and Well, it is easier said than done! How does in this hectic century? And who knows how to? How clean water and air in this age of pollution? What foods and which ones afoided? Hunzas can do it easier totally isolated, down yonder, in Himalayas! What Although R may sound funny to some people, I necessary ingre(ients for longer and healthier life are obtained in places like West Virginia, and other rural so-called developed areas and big cities! Why? the few places which still has some clean air and because of absence of large population centers, crime, etC, less stress. A little bit of stress is easier to overcome a known medical fact that stress is a real killer. making it wear out faster. It is responsible for strokeS, ulcers, and many other diseases. It makes us feelings vicious and negative. Peace of mind, on the sec,n'ity and happiness. It helps to maintain health weli-being. Hunzas maintain this peaceful attitude because of th i structure, which protects every and each individual society. The whole tribe considers itself to be a everybody feels fully responsible for his relatives. everybody tries to do his best, and the resourceS equally, but everybody has enough to survive). Yogis who do not live in such a "garden of techniques and exercises specially designed to relag stress. But, above all, much of their inner calm comes understanding of the Universal Order. is "Forever Young,--Forever Healthy" by Indra the Yogic rejuvenating techniques are described. Are there any special foods and herbs which helP and health? Yes, indeed! We will talk about some week's 'Mind Openers"! Published Every Thursday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, IN(::" At 100 E. Msln St Glenville, WV 26381 Phone 462-7301 Second.Class postage paid st Glenvfll and st additional mailing officss Sutmcriptio price M$.50 tax included in Gilm County; residents .00 tax incluclecL Out of state subscri subscriptions for lass than 6 months. (ALL PRICES ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRES PAUL BROWN JOAN LAYNE