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8B Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Authentic tr00tclitional aromas also have ne,00lth benefits So much of our experience of the holiday season has to do with the infusion of pleasing smells associated with this time of year. These scents of the holidays have become a part of our sensory vocabulary. Just the smell of the pine needles from a newly cut Christmas tree, of cinnamon and peppermint, and of cloves and orange can trigger wonderful memories for people the world over. It is said that smell is the most immediate of our senses, that memories are evoked by smell more quickly than by sight or touch. It is no wonder that a common thread among those who celebrate our traditional holidays is to fill the home with these scents as a means of getting us all in the holiday spirit. "Aromas can take us anywhere," says Mandy Aftel in her newly published book, "Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent." "They are a magic carpet we can ride to hidden worlds, not only to other times and places but deep within ourselves, beneath the surface of daffy life," she adds. For more than two decades, Aftel has built a career as an artisan perfumer, selling her growingly popular exclusive blends of scents crafted from natural ingredients. In her extensively researched book, she profiles what she believes to be the key natural landmark scents: cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris and jasmine. What she may well have accomplished in her literary journey is to put the multibillion-dollar fragrance industry in a much-needed nosedive. Her book is an important reminder of the enormous and well-documented power of everyday ancient natural ingredients and their i C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com Take peppermint. William Wrigley Jr. stumbled upon its power when he added its essential oil to chewing gum. Its introduction to toothpaste soon followed. People liked the taste. They felt invigorated by it. But something more was occurring than taste, as science would later suggest. In several ancient cultures, mint was commonly used as an aid to calm an upset stomach. In ancient Rome, it was believed that wearing a crown of fresh mint could stimulate the mind. A 2013 study pul01ished in the International Journal of Neuroscience confrned that peppermint is good for soothing the stomach and even dealing with irritable bowel syndrome. You can also reap its benefits simply by smelling it. In the 1990s, researchers at the University of Cincinnat i found that just a whiff of peppermint helped test subjects concentrate and do better on tasks that required sustained concentration. According to research from Wheeling Jesuit University, the smell or flavor of peppermint can help cognitive functions such as reasoning, problem-solving, concept formation, judgment, attention span and memory. At the time Jesus was born, frankincense and myrrh had a long history for their proven antiseptic and inflammatory properties and were considered effective remedies considered gifts fit for a king. These plant-derived treasures were of such value that, at the time, they may have been worth as much as their weight in the third gift, gold. Researchers are drawing more and more on this centuries-old knowledge to develop modern treatments for a variety of disorders. Frankincense has been investigated as a possible treatment for some cancers, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, anxiety and asthma, among other conditions. Yet frankincense may still be best-known for its use as an essence in rituals. This is something also covered in Aftel's book. She notes the biblical descriptions of its usage and the specific instructions for compounding it given to Moses by God. When people light incense today, it is generally just to cover a smell. When you look at it burn, know that smoke a rising toward the skies once was used to communicate messages to heaven. As if we needed any more proof of the truth of the benefits of even some of the oldest customs, a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows that the smoke of frankincense may help in relieving depression and anxiety. Rather than bombard ourselves with artificial scents concocted in some laboratory, let's use the natural scents of the holidays, the ones we hold so dear, to move us to return to something more natural-- something authentic. Let's return to something that feeds our imagination and memory, that restores our health. well-deserved place as . fragrances -- the natur : : for everything from .... about health anflqt: ::: ..... smells, not any candied toothaches to leprosy. The o.. ,:.:" ..... o:: , " replicas -- as well as in wise men brought gifts to the Copyright 2014 Chuck Norris health, well-being and ritual, baby Jesus that they Distributed by creators.corn i Write to Chuck Norris (info@creators.om) with questions ? / KNIGHT, f,om page 6B built into th document: if the newly minted freemen and citizens were fundamentally unable to rule themselves with equity, the order would be a monolithic central government and we would see the slow erosion of rights or the devolvennent of those rights into the privileges we now take for granted as so-called rights. Thi s is exmtly what I believe has happened and is with us today. It happened because the United State,s became a fascist nation in the early 19th century. Before yoq start writing angry hate naail at me for using the "F" word, let's defme it; fascism is, according to the dictiohary, "a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting: all industry, commerce, e.tc., and emphasizing, an aggressive nationalism and often racism:" Let's begin1 with the complicity of industry, otherwise khown as corporate interest; the colonial and later the state governments of the United Stats were verifiably infiltrated by corporate-minded individuals and organizations starting about 1780, r'eaching critical mass just prior to the Civil War. This is uslaally referred to as the industrial revolution in textbooks. The synthesis of this effort to wield absolute control over the populace has only been erhanced by the advent of mgdern technology and the use of psychological techniques tlpon the masses to sell this lie, otherwise known as modern-day advertising, a science perfected in America. If you don't buy that (no pun intended), turn on your TV or radio ... you will see corporatism in living color and stereo, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As to dictators, I don't know about you, but no one dictates anything to me, ever. If I choose to adhere, I will adhere. If not, sorry. I am free and it is my state of mind. Another thing to consider: since 1988, the United States of America has been ruled by two Bushes and nearly a pair of Clintons. Turns out blood may be thicker than water in the hallowed halls of leadership in Washington and our dictators are apparently selected every four years by the Electoral College. Ask yourself this: When is the last time a common man or woman was elected as the governor of California or to the presidency? In the presidency you have Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower. All three of them were career Army officers. Taylor is, in fact, somewhat of a hero of mine. The University of Virginia's Miller Center think-tank wrote this of his presidency. "He believed that the President should not and could not use the veto unless a law was unconstitutional. Taylor also felt that the President should not interfere with Congress. A strong cabinet and collective decision making were also important to him." What a far cry from any president we have known in modern times. As a journalist I have been lucky to work for publishers that supported my free thought and expression in editorial content, no matter how many letter bombs or death threats we were presented with. That said, there are a great many writers and researchers on the cutting edge of modern news and world politics that . have met with condemnation' and, occasionally, strong-arm silencing by governments. As to the racist component of fascist America, let me ask- you two questions. One will require a feeling, the other asking for research: Would you say this nation is more , racist now, in the reflection of media, than 20 or 30 years ago? Second, how is it that the death of Michael Brown in Missouri becomes a media sensation; yet the death of Dillon Taylor at the hands of a Salt Lake City Unified Police : Department officer has gone unnoticed in the mainstream media? You might want to Google Dillon Taylor just for fun. Moreover, why is each and every criticism of Barack Obama, whether honest or nonsensical, considered racist, and those of Hillary Clinton sexist? This is the topsy-turvy "democracy" we live in today, folks. It is one part Orwell's "1984" and another part "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey. The bottom line, for me, is this: My goal in life is to tell the truth and help people. Built into that is the desire to live free. I hope that each of us can live truly free because without freedom, we are merely the walking dead of America and eventually the world. Please z for the love of God, study your Constitution. , Whether you believe it is God-given or not, it is the blank slate upon which true and absolute freedom is constructed. If you study it .... and believe.., it will protect you well and offer hope for this nation going forward. HAMILTON. f,om page 7B mind the next time you see a news story 0r commentary hyping a Pe.simistic view of our future. The world around u- ]t turnnofl,.under  enormvus aad even volcanic pressures that explode most every morning somewhere, yet we remain an island of stability. We may be disenchanted with our government, yet we've come out of the downturn stronger than any other country in the world -- a testament not just to our private sector, but to the public policies that: .... supported it. We have a long way to go, there's no doubt about it. But I'm reminded of a young woman a few years ago who asked me, after a bleak speech I'd given laying out the problems of the world, "Is there any hope?" My answer now is the same as it was then: Yes,ofcourse there is. Lee Hamilton is director of the " Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. THE GARDEN SALON & SPA 125 Main Street, Chester : ImPmmml :,:1 Kaitlyn, Owner/Stylist ] - Manicure Pedictre . 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Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA Greenville, CA 832-4646 258-3115 i i COUNTY OF PLUMAS NOTICE OF SOLICITATION FOR REQUEST FOR BIDS The Plumas County Department of Social Services (PCDSS) is soliciting bids from automobile dealerships for two (2) new or late model, low mileage used, mid to full sized SUVs with on-demand, driver-initiated four wheel drive or full time all-wheel drive. PCDSS is seeking vehicles that either meet or exceed the specifications provided below. The full Solicitation for Request for Bids is available from PCDSS, 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 207, Quincy, CA 95971, 530-283-6350, FAX 530-283-6368. PCDSS will accept sealed bids through January 6, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Bids may either be delivered in person or via US mail to the following address: Plumas County Department of Social Sm'vices, ATN: Janell Sommer, 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 207, Quincy, CA 95971. It is PCDS's intent to review bid documents by the close of business January 9, 2015. It is expected therefore that any successful bidder(s) would be notified by January 12, 2015. The proje.cted time period for delivery of selected vehicles is by January 23, 2015. Sincerely.; Elliott Snaart, Director, Plumas County Department of Social Services Vehicle pecifications: New or late model used (under 25,000 miles) Automatic transmission Driver initiated four-wheel drive or full time all-wheel drive Four door Air conditioning Child safety rear door locks Child safety seat lock down Tilt down rear seats for additional cargo capacity Drivers side air bag (passenger and side impact are preferred, if available) Radio I i t t