Health & Spirit

Hurt Blocker

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Q: What percentage of the body's calcium is stored in the bones?

a) 15 percent

b) 55 percent

c) 68 percent

d) 97 percent

A: d

Medical Myths


Poinsettias have a greatly exaggerated reputation for being toxic. There has never been a confirmed death attributed to consuming poinsettia leaves (the gaudy red foliage is actually colored bracts or modified leaves; the real flowers are small and yellow) in humans and the plant is only mildly toxic to some pets. Eating the leaves may produce vomiting, drooling and diarrhea, but usually only in the most severe cases.

Final Words

"Is it not meningitis?"

--American novelist Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). The writer of "Little Women" and its sequels, Alcott had suffered chronic ill health for many years. She did not have meningitis, but may have died from mercury poisoning, the consequence of an earlier treatment for typhoid fever.


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