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YURA Person to Person October 2014 Vol 4 No 12

DOES ANYONE KNOW?
Does anyone know of a good gastroenterologist who does colonoscopies in a hospital, has good bedside manners, and does not over-sedate you? (Mine has just retired.) Please reply to ambert@yorku.ca
FOLLOW UP from Noel Corbett

Hi Folks,
This is a postscript to the Ride the Rideau Bikethon that took place on September 6th, and in which our daughter Kim Corbett, a cancer survivor, participated. Kim was able to raise $4,500 for cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, her team raised $490,000 and the 950 participants produced a total of $2.3 million. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation has an excellent research centre and many present and future cancer patients will benefit from this annual event.

Unfortunately, one of the cyclists---a Vice-President of the Foundation and a triathlete---was struck and killed by a truck, so the bike ride had to be cut short. Nevertheless, Kim completed 75 km of her 100 km route, much of it in the cold wind and pelting rain. She's five months pregnant, so you could call her a determined critter! You can learn more about Ride the Rideau at the following website: http://www.ridetherideau.ca/

Sincere thanks for your words of encouragement and for your support of her undertaking. I hope to see many of you again at the York University Retirees' Annual Showcase and Sale on November 4th.
All the best, Noel

AMUSING TRAVEL STORY
On a first trip to Russia and Baltic countries about 5 years ago, we stayed at very large hotels in St Petersburg, Moscow, and Minsk. I can’t recall at which hotel the following incident took place.
One evening, after dinner, it took a long time to get to my room because the corridors were endless. I opened the door to my room with a card key and, to my absolute amazement, there was a middle-aged couple sitting at the end of my bed reading a map. My jaw dropped and they looked up equally astounded. So I muttered in English, “But what are you doing in my room?” They also spoke English and it came to pass that this was their room after all. It had a 3 at the end of the number while mine had an 8, which to me looked similar.
So I apologized sheepishly and walked to my own room and opened the door with the same key card. At that point, it occurred to me, as it probably did to them, that if my key could open two doors, perhaps it could open many other doors and that other guests might be able to do the same! Just in case, I pushed a heavy chair and leaned it against my door for the night.
I am sure that some of you have amusing travel stories to share. Please send! Make our day.

POTASSIUM
From a June Johns Hopkins Health After 50: “How much potassium do you need? In general, adults should get at least 4,700 mg of potassium daily, while limiting themselves to 1,500 mg of sodium. But most Americans are not meeting either goal. Why is this? The main culprit is too many packaged and prepared foods. During processing, typically a large amount of salt (and, therefore, sodium) is added to foods, while any natural potassium may be stripped away. In contrast, many unprocessed whole foods--fruits and vegetables, in particular--contain adequate levels of potassium but little sodium.”
“Some of the biggest sources [of sodium] may surprise you: bread and rolls, prepared pasta dishes, and fresh poultry, for example. Others are less surprising--like cold cuts and cured meats, canned soups and sauces, and snack foods like chips, pretzels and popcorn. So you can optimize your potassium intake and minimize sodium intake by emphasizing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, beans, fish and lean meat in your daily diet. Here are some examples of high-potassium foods followed by healthy alternatives that you can substitute:
• High-potassium foods (at least 250 mg/serving): wholegrain breads, wheat bran and granola; peanut butter; fruits like apricots, bananas, melon, mango, oranges and pears; vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes and tomato sauces, parsnips, cooked spinach and broccoli, and raw carrots; milk and yogurt.
• Low-potassium foods (less than 250 mg/serving): White bread and rice; some fruits like apples, berries, grapes, pears and peaches; some vegetables, such as asparagus, green beans, cooked carrots and cabbage, cauliflower, corn and eggplant; poultry, tuna and eggs.”

CHUCKLES
Catholic Dog

Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, “Father, my dog is dead. Could ya' be saying' a mass for the poor creature?” Father Patrick replied, “I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.”

Muldoon said, “I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?”
Father Patrick exclaimed, “Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic?”

From Newfoundland
Telus needed to hire a team of telephone pole installers for Fort McMurray and the boss had to choose between a team of two guys from Newfoundland and a team of two Irish guys. So the boss met with both teams and said "Here's what we'll do. Each team will be installing poles out on the new road for a day. The team that installs the most phone poles gets the job."
Both teams headed right out. At end of the shift, Pat and Mike, the Irish guys, came back and the boss asked them how many they had installed. They said that it was tough going, but they'd put in twelve. Forty-five minutes later, Bud and Buddy, the Newfoundland guys came back in and they were totally exhausted. The boss asked, "Well, how many poles did you guys install?"
Bud, the team leader, wiped his brow and sighed, "Buddy and me, we got three in.”
"The boss gasped, "Three? Those two Irish guys put in twelve!"
"Yeah," said Bud, "but you should see how much they left sticking out of the ground!"

In 1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel.
Fourteen years later in New Zealand he slipped on an orange peel and died.
(Contributed by Rosemarie Nielsen)

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