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84-Lancaatar Farming, Saturday, April 30, 1994
Live and)let live, I say.
News headlines aside. I still
believe that a large majority of
mankind is basically law abiding
and peaceloving. Most want to
live their lives in freedom, provid
ing for their and their families’
basic needs, maintaining friend
ships, and in the proverbial pursuit
of happiness. Most, 1 think, will
avoid conflict when possible.
Reality being what it is, conflict
of some degree and of some sort is
Thai’s whal 1 thought when 1
looked in the strawberry bed.
In addition to spending most of
our waking hours in efforts
directed toward the well-being of
the dairy herd and the land that
supports them, we enjoy animals
in general. Thus the dog is allow
ed to sprawl on the basement
couch during rainy weather, the
house cal provided with on
demand, in-and-out door service,
and the bam cats granted a share
of fresh, warm milk after morning
and evening chores.
We maintain assorted bird
houses, hand-carry to the creek the
occasional frog that turns up in the
milkhouse and risk cold-weather
dunkings repairing the goose nest
in the middle of the pond. A high
rise osprey nest platform towers
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over the water for the rare visits
they make; the resident red tail
hawks favors it for soying across
If a deer appears in the alfalfa
field, we drop whatever We’re
doing to watch. Fox kits playing
along the woods send us for the
field glasses —through one of last
year’s probably dined on a neigh
bor’s escaped chukkar partridge
that turned up in a comer of our
yard recently then promptly
And the sunflower seed supply
is plummenting due to the mother
squirrel that sits on the feeder and
stuffs her face for a half an hour,
every hour. She needs the nourish
ment since she appears to be nurs
ing three, maybe four, baby squir
rels. (What’s a baby squirrel
called? A squirrcl-ette?)
Then, there’s The Snake.
Garter snakes, milk snakes,
black snakes, water snakes, have
lived here far longer than we have
and have always resided with us in
closer proximity than we usually
dwell upon. They’re never heard
and usually only rarely seen. An
occasional shed skin left behind
here or there is usually all we see
as evidence of their existence.
Except for The Snake.
The Snake is a long, chubby,
If your local (tore
doea not have it,
unusually tame water snake which
lives in the stone walls of our
springhouse during warmer
months. During the winter, she
hibernates on an edge of the cov
ered spring itself muph to the
dismay of our dairy inspectors
when they take water Samples.
On'sunny days. The snake will
drape herself over the nooks and
crannies of the stone wall. Or
across a multiflora rosebush on
the bank of the adjacent pond. Or
stretch out across the old cattails
and algae along the water’s edge.
We know she’s generally there,
so we watch for her.
Reason we think she’s a she is
that other, smaller versions have
turned up in recent years. Nice
summer mornings, as many as
four variable sizes of Snake may
be curled together. Now, I’ve
found another. Or one that
This one, a youngster, prefers
the side of the springhouse toward
the yard, in a comer I just put into
use as a temporary strawberry bed.
Due to an unexpected and untime
ly renovations of the patch, sec
tions of old plants had to be lifted
and relocated in hopes of salvag
ing at least part of the berry crop.
And, Snake, Jr. has taken to sun
ning itself smack in the middle of
my make-do berry bed.
Live and let live, I say. We’re
gonna’ continue to live here.
And Snake Jr. will continue to
live here. A quarter-mile away. In
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common and yet little understood
diseases of middle and old age. Its
impact on one’s health status,
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can be devastating.
Some health professionals feel
that osteoporosis • a major form of
bone loss in post-menopausal
women - has reached epidemic
proportions. Approximately one
in four of these individuals will
suffer at least one fracture by the
age of 65.
But what causes osteoporosis
and how can it be treated effec
tively? While the development of
osteoporosis is a complex process
with nutritional, physical, hor
monal. genetic and racial factors
involved, three of the major con
tributors to osteoporosis include
Calcium deficiency may be
caused by two major factors
inadequate intake of calcium-rich
foods or decreased availability of
calcium. Low calcium intake
accelerates bone loss, while an
increased intake slows that
Lack of regular exercise
causes individuals to lose bone at
a high rate. Conversely, individu
als who exercise regularly seem to
be better protected against bone
Sex differences and the corres
ponding hormones play a role in
maintaining strong bones. As die
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bones contribute a larger share of
calcium to meet the body’s need.
This is the main reason that
women are eight times more likely
to develop osteoporosis than men.
“Men are less likely to develop
osteoporosis because of their grea
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Lawrence J. Anastasi, D. 0., an
osteopathic family physician.
‘Men also typically consume
more calcium-rich foods than
Although much research on the
treatment of osteoporosis is in
progress, physicians have not yet
established the most beneficial
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The following measures may
help decrease a person’s risk for
■ consume adequate calcium
and vitamin D daily. Post
menopausal women may need
more daily calcium;
• get plenty of exercise;
• replace estrogen (upon physi
• avoid smoking.
“As research on osteoporosis
continues to unfold, future indivi
duals may be spared this suffering
in later years,” said Dr. Anastasi.
“But until then, prevention
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