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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 3B Q: Chuck, as the first man to walk on the moon, Neff Armstrong became an icon of courage. I still could see that bravery shining through when he was willing to have quadruple bypass heart surgery at 82 years of age. Any lessons from that first lunar astronaut's life? --RoyJ. Washington A: Neil Armstrong modeled courage. He exemplified the adventurous human spirit. He epitomized the power of One small step. Armstrong said once, "I think we're going to the moon because it's in the na- ture of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul .... We're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream." Armstrong lived out those words again Aug. 9. Just days after his 82nd birthday, the Los Angeles Times re- ported that Armstrong was recovering well after bypass surgery for four coronary artery blockages. Though complications in- f C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS crease with age, Armstrong faced his fears and believed instead in the normally high bypass surgery success rates of more than 98 percent. Unfortunately, even the best and most fit succumb to mortality, and Armstrong died Aug. 25 from complica- tions from his surgery. Jeanna Bryner, managing editor of LiveScience, recent- ly explained: "Because by- pass operations are a type of open-heart surgery they come with risks. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common complications dur- ing or following coronary by- pass surgery are bleeding and arrhythmias (heart rhythm irregularities). If a blood clot breaks loose soon after surgery, there is also a ne small s risk of a heart attack, though this complication is less common. Other less common risks include: kidney failure, infections of the surgery wound, temporary memory loss or muddled thinking, and stroke." Cardiovascular disease, which includes strokes and coronary artery disease (the most c~mmon types), re- mains the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Thb Centers for Disease Control and Prevention re- ported that in 2008 alone, more than 616,000 adults died of heart disease-- meaning it accounted for al- most one in four adult deaths. For those who sur- vive, its aftermath is a major cause of disability. Moreover, in a brand-new study of 12,000 men and women in the United States, researchers discovered peo- ple with normal weights who have central obesity (exces- sive stomach fat) are at roughly three times greater risk of dying from heart dis- ease and two times greater risk of dying from any cause, as reported by U.S. News & World Report. Lead researcher Dr. Fran- cisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardi- ologist at the Mayo Clinic, said, "A healthy diet and ex- ercise are the way to treat this problem. You do both, lose weight and build muscle mass." The Mayo Clinic gives "5 medication-free strategies to help prevent heart disease:" Don't smoke or use tobacco. Try getting at least 30 - 60 minutes of moderately in- tense physical activity most days of the week. Eat a heart-healthy diet, including foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt. The diet should include lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy prod- ucts, beans and fish that have a lot of omega-3 fatty acid, such as salmon. Maintain a healthy weight. Get regular health screen- ings, including checks of blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL and triglyc- erides), blood glucose (sugar) and balanced nutrients. Also, check out Dr. Oz's and h rtbeat online 28-Day Heart Disease circulated through 60,000 Prevention Plan at doc- miles of blood vessels via about 100,000 heartbeats. heart-disease-prevention- Being such a central and plan. critical organ, it deserves Following the preceding our utmost respect and care. advice can reduce not only Neil Armstrong once said your risks of cardiovascular tongue-in-cheek, "I believe disease but also your overall that every human has a fi- health costs. CDC reported nite number of heartbeats. I that in 2010, coronary heart don't intend to waste any of disease alone was projected mine running around doing to cost $108.9 billion in the exercises." U.S., which includes health- But the fact is every astro- care services, medications naut has to be in impeccable and lost productivity, shape, and we would be wise In addition, being heart- to follow his fitness example. healthy even can lower your For a more holistic physiological age. As Dr. Jef- medical approach, my wife, frey Everett, a cardiotho- Gena, and I recommend Sier- racic surgeon at The Univer- ra Integrative Medical Cen- sity of Tennessee Medical ter (, Center, told LiveScience in in Reno, Nev. The people an email, "'physiologic' age, there are pioneers in inte- meaning how well one's grative medicine. They overall health is, (is) much blend the best of convention- more important than numer- al medicine with the best' al- ic age." ternative therapies. LiveScience explained the fist-sized 10 ounces of car- Write to Chuck Norris diac muscle we call our ( with your heart can pump blood to questions about health andfit- every cell in our body in a ness. single minute. Copyright 2012 Chuck Norris In a single day, 2,000 gal- Distributed by creators.corn lons of oxygen-filled blood is Family members of veterans can get education assistance It's that time of year again when students are returning to school. Here's some infor- mation about Dependents' Education Assistance offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In a nutshell, this benefit provides education and train- ing opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veter- ans for up to 45 months. Ex- amples of how these benefits may be used include degree and certificate programs, ap- prenticeship and on-the-job training. A spouse may take a correspondence course. Un- der certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency and re- fresher courses may be ap- wqwed. , ~,,-~ ...... ~ . .: Here are~0~e eligibility requirements.: VET TR~X MIKE McLEOD Division Director, Veterans Services You must be the son, daughter or spouse of: A veteran who died or is permanently and totally dis- abled as the result of a ser- vice-connected (S/C) disabili- ty that arose out of active ser- vice in the armed forces; A veteran who died from any cause while such perma- nent and total S/C disability was in existence; ...... A service member missing ........ in action or capturedin line of duty by a hostile force; end 10 years from the date A service member forcibly VA finds you eligible or from detained or interned in line the date of death of the veter- of duty by a foreign govern- an. If the VA rated the veter- merit or power; or an permanently and totally A service member who is disabled with an effective hospitalized or receiving out- date of three years from dis- patient treatment for a S/C charge, a spouse will remain permanent and total disabili- eligible for 20 years from the ty and is likely to be dis- effective date of the rating. charged because of it. For surviving spouses, bene- In addition to the above, a fits end 20 years from the son or daughter must be be- date of death while on active tween the ages of 18 and 26. duty. You may not receive this ben- A new category includes efit while on active duty. If the spouse or child of a per- you were in the military, you son who: cannot have been dishonor- VA determines has a S/C per- ably discharged. VA can ex- manent and total disability; tend your period of eligibility and atthe time of VA's deter- equal to the time spent on ac- ruination is a member of the tive duty, but generally not armed forces who is hospital- beyond your 31st birthday, ized or receiving outpatient If you are a spouse, benefits medical care, services, or treatment; and is likely to be service-connected (S/C) dis- discharged or released from abled veteran (0 percent or service for this S/C disabili- more); ty. Have a spouse who is S/C In addition to the above deceased or rated 100 percent federal benefits, the state of- disabled; fers the following through Be a child earning less than the assistance of the Califor- $11,702 per year (student's in- nia Department of Veterans come). There is no income Affairs (CDVA): limit for a spouse or children The dependent child, of S/C deceased or 100 per- spouse or unmarried surviv- cent S/C disabled veterans. ing spouse of a service-con- Attend a California com- nected disabled or service- munity college, California connected deceased veteran state university or a Univer- may be entitIed to tuition and sity of California; and fee waiver benefits at any Provide proof of the stu- campus of the California dent's relationship to the vet- State University system, Uni- eran, such as a copy of a birth versity of California or Call- or marriage certificate. fornia Community College With the cost of tuition and system. To be eligible, the classes, these are some great student mUst'. ~ " benefits to take adv~ntageof, Have a parent'who is a ,if you qualify..:,. LAW, from page 2B was ill and very weak. The call was transferred to SLEMS. Indian Valley fire transferred to SIFC. was paged. Airway: In Portola, a caller requested an ambulance for his wife who was having dif- ficulty breathing. The call CHP REPORT was transferred to EPHC. Portola fire was paged and responded. Collision, Aug. 29 At approximately 12:20 p.m., Unknown malady: In Quin- Wallace Hardin Jr., 62, of cy, a caller requested an am- Sacramento, was driving his bulance for a female who 2012 Honda Fit westbound on had passed out and was un- Highway 70 just east of the responsive. The call was Greenville Wye. Hardin came transferred to PDH. PDH to a stop at a controlled bridge and Quincy fire were paged construction traffic zone and and responded, was waiting to proceed west- bound. At the same time, Cathy Unknown malady: In Blairs- Miller, 38, of Twain, was dri- den, a caller requested anving her 1996 Jeep Grand ambulance for her mother Cherokee weStbound on High- who was ill. The call was transferred to EPHC. Graea- way 70, approaching the stopped traffic in the con- gle/Plumas Eureka fire wasstruction zone just east of the paged and responded. Wye. Miller attempted to stop her vehicle as she came upon Cardiac: In Quincy, a caller the stopped traffic in front of requested an ambulance forher. a patient at a clinic who was According to the CHP having chest pain. The call report, Miller couldn't apply was transferred to EPDH. the brakes because a juice Portola fire was paged, bottle became wedged directly behind her vehicle's brake Weakness: In Greenville, apedal. caller requested an ambu- The front of the Jeep collid- lance for her husband who ed with the rear of Hardin's Honda. Both parties pulled their vehicles to the shoulder and waited for the arrival of emergency personnel. The col- lision remains under investi- gation at this time. No in- juries were reported by any of the parties involved. 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