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Brain Teasers:

A Ping-Pong Ball in a Hole

Your last good ping-pong ball fell down into a narrow metal pipe imbedded in concrete one foot

How can you get it out undamaged, if all the tools you have are your tennis paddle, your shoe-
laces, and your plastic water bottle, which does not fit into the pipe?

The Ball

How can you throw a ball as hard as you can and have it come back to you, even if it doesn't
bounce off anything? There is nothing attached to it, and no one else catches or throws it back to

Virile Microbes

A Petri dish hosts a healthy colony of bacteria. Once a minute every bacterium divides into two.
The colony was founded by a single cell at noon. At exactly 12:43 (43 minutes later) the Petri
dish was half full.

At what time will the dish be full?


Your Way True Friend

I remember the first time You’re my best friend
The time when you hardly try That God has sent
To make-up some stupid lies Swear not to lend
And I really wanna sigh ‘Till the end
But you surprise me one day Exchange stories
Holding a cute teddy bear With no worries
In a very special way Laugh and laugh
I felt happy can’t bear ‘Till our pants drop
And just on my way back home When I’m with you
You came, together we roam I feel secure
And at home while I’m alone With your gestures
I feel happy through my bone And that is true
And before I sleep soundly And you’re the one
I wanna see my teddy I roam around
And hug it to get ready To hear the sound
To my sweet dream merrily Of our friendship now
The Philippines is known for having the world’s longest Christmas season. The four
months that end with the syllable –ber are considered Christmas months, which is why
stores and households start playing carols on the first day of September! And the holiday
season extends beyond December 31st. It doesn’t end until the Feast of the Epiphany or
Three Kings (Tatlong Hari) which falls around January 6.

And of course, parols are always present in every homes when September comes. It is a
Christmas lantern, most commonly in the shape of a five-pointed star. The bamboo or
rattan frame is covered with rice paper, tissue or cellophane. Almost every family either
builds or buys one to hang by the window or door. Shopping malls construct giant
versions of parol. Traditionally, a candle was placed inside for light to shine through; for
safety reasons, people now use bulbs or even a flashlight. Families, schools and other
places also display a creche or nativity scene called belen. Christmas trees made of
plastic are decorated with lights, tinsel and balls.

By: Nicole Pauline L. Ereno

I-St. James the Great

Dr. Bruce West, DC

Treat the, cause of the problem, not the symptoms.

Dr. West is known as the most innovative doctor in America today. Instead of treating the
symptoms of disease with drugs and surgery, Dr. West treats and corrects the underlying causes of
disease—without drugs and surgery.

Over 3 decades Dr. West has been credited with one breakthrough after another—all based upon
the fact that in order to get well, you have to address and cure the underlying cause of disease.

In 1984 Dr. West founded the health newsletter industry by publishing Health Alert—the first
holistic health newsletter in America. Dr. West has developed phytonutrient treatments and
protocols that are currently in use by physicians around the world. In fact over 2,000 Health Alert
subscribers are doctors.

Dr. West is considered the world’s leading expert on the clinical use of therapeutic foods, plant and
animal extracts, glandular extracts, and phytonutrients. He has helped and cured more patients than
any other physician or doctor of any kind, living or dead.

Dr. West is an expert in clinical nutrition, kinesiology, pain control, and rehabilitation. His
protocols for heart disease patients are world-renowned. And his success and results with heart
patients are the best in the world. He has been trusted by more than 70,000 patients since 1974, and
has written every word of Health Alert since it's inception in 1984—all based on his 30-plus years
of research.
Do-it-yourself health care

Health: Vicky Butler mortgaged her house to travel to Mexico for controversial treatment

By ALEX WEBER The London Free Press

Feeling abandoned by Canada’s health-care system, a St. Thomas woman has mortgaged her
house so she can travel to Mexico for a controversial medical procedure she hopes will relieve
her multiple sclerosis (MS).

“I hope it will give me some of my life back,” Vicky Butler said of the angioplasty she’ll have at
the Sanoviv Medical Institute on Mexico’s Baja Coast.

While the operation is available to most Canadians, provincial health-care plans in Canada won’t
fund it for patients with MS, arguing there needs to be more research.

According to maverick Italian doctor Paolo Zamboni, angioplasties help reduce MS symptoms.
MS patients worldwide have sworn by the treatment.

Butler, a mother of three who has had MS for 17 years, said her doctor said it could be several
years before the procedure is approved for use in Canadian MS patients.

“I don’t have several years,” Butler said, so she’s heading to Mexico with her sister, and a friend
with MS, to Mexico next week.

The trip will cost her $18,000 — money she raised by mortgaging her house and through
fundraising efforts by family and friends.

She’s not alone. Butler said that of the Canadian MS patients she’s connected with online,
between 100 and 150 have travelled abroad to countries, like India, Poland and Germany for the

She said the government needs to do more to help people with MS — a disabling disease of the
central nervous system — especially those without the means to travel internationally.

“There’s people out there that don’t have a house they can mortgage or a strong circle of friends,”
she said . . . Our health-care system is failing us.”

Living with MS hasn’t been easy for the 53-year-old Butler.

Because of fatigue, she can’t stay on one task for more than a few minutes. And her lack of
balance makes her prone to falls, often marking her skin with deep bruises.

She said her condition has deteriorated drastically the last two years, forcing her to quit her job,
stop driving and limit her physical activity.

“I’m degrading slowly and quietly. . .I can’t do anything,” she said.

But Butler said she’s confident the angioplasty will help her gain control of her life.

“Almost instantly, people feel relief from many of their symptoms . . . I’m hoping that will
happen to me, too,” she said.


According to research conducted by Italian doctor Paolo Zamboni, angioplasties help reduce
multiple scleroris symptoms because the disease is linked to a condition called chronic
cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI).

In people with the condition, the jugular veins in the neck and chest that drain blood from the
central nervous system are narrowed. This narrowing makes it difficult for blood to drain from
the brain and spine and collateral veins are created as a result.

Because these collateral veins have such thin walls they leak blood into the tissues of the brain
and spine. And as the blood leaks into the tissues it deposits iron. The build-up of iron triggers the
immune system attacks associated with MS.

In an angioplasty, the veins are opened up, allowing a more normal blood flow, which leads to
improved blood drainage.