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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 13, 2012 by Prof. Edmund TurieUo A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Just about every old-timer I have ever met had a spe- cial cure for any ailment un- der the sun. The amazing thing is that many of their cures worked. Quite a few years ago I read an interest- ing article in one of the Bos- ton papers regarding the newly discovered healing qualities of saliva. Through another series of coinci- dences I came upon a listing of old-time cures and super- stitions, so I thought I might share my good fortune. When we come upon a dead animal in the street or in a field, we spit upon it and say "Don't pass my family." We ward off witchcraft by spitting on the person or things that suggests it to us. If we should happen to be too presumptuous in some of our hopes or desires we can tone ourselves down by spit- ting into our bosoms. The SPIT ON IT best way to insure the suc- cess of a new remedy is to first spit upon the ground three times, Doctors will be very happy to learn that the best way to get rid of a new boil is to rub it with spit three times. If you punch another per- son on the nose, you can lessen his pain and resent- ment by spitting in the palm of your own hand. Chopping wood or digging a ditch is made easier by first spiting on the hands. Sores or skin eruptions are kept in check by a continual application of spit. Fast relief for a pain in the neck is obtained by ap- plying saliva with the right hand to the right knee and then with the left hand to the left knee. Any insect that enters the ear, if spat upon, comes out (who wouldn't). It is consid- ered to bring good luck if a man spits upon urine that he has just voided. Spitting in the right shoe before put- ting it on will bring good luck (and a wet foot). Spitting in someone else's shoe is sure to bring bad luck for the spitter. If a stranger looks at a sleeping baby, whoever is attending the baby should spit upon it three times in order to avoid the evil eye. We know that saliva con- tains great amounts of bac- teria and the bite of a human being is considered to be a most serious one. The old fashioned remedy is to treat it with ear wax. The best treatment for dog bites, how- ever, was to apply some hair from an adult male after the hair has been mixed with vinegar. It sure makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? NEXT ISSUE: Aphrodisiacs, etc. Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15, 2012 Special events taking place in the City of Boston between Thursday, July 12, and Sunday, July 15, require temporary parking restric- tions and may disrupt traf- fic. Drivers should be aware of these events and seek alternate routes. THURSDAY, JULY 12 Twelve thousand runners are expected to participate in the annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Road Race which will-begin at 7:15 pm on Charles Street, between Boylston and Bea- con Streets. "Tow Zone No Stopping Thursday 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm" regulations will be posted and enforced at the following locations. • Beacon Street, south side, from Charles Street to opposite #71; north side, westerly from Charles Street to River Street; and north side, from Charles Street 85' east to the driveway. • Boylston Street, opposite the Boston Common, from Charles Street to Tremont Street. • Charles Street, west side, from Park Plaza to Boylston Street; west side, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street; west side, from Beacon Street to Chest- nut Street; east side, from Beacon Street to Branch Street. • Commomwealth Avenue, north side, north roadway, from Arlingtton Street to #3, including three metered parking spaces. FRIDAY, JULY 13 To accommodate the French Cultural Center's Bastille Day Celebration which will be taking place on Marlborough Street in the Back Bay, '~Fow Zone No Stopping, Boston Police Special Event Friday" regu- lations will be posted and enforced at the following location. • Marlborough Street, both sides, from Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street. SATURDAY, JULY 14 An event taking place at the Sacred Heart Church in the North End's North Square will require that temporary parking regula- tions be posted and enforced. "Tow Zone No Stopping, Boston Police Special Event Saturday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pro" restrictions will be in effect as follows. • Garden Court Street, both sides, from Moon Street to Prince Street. • Moon Street, both sides, from Garden Court Street to Sun Court. • Sun Court Street, both sides, from Moon Street to North Street. SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012 Circle the City will be tak- ing place on a route from Franklin Park to Jamaica Pond. The event features walking, biking, blading, running and other healthy activities. "Tow Zone No Stopping Sunday 7:00 am to 6:00 pro" parking restric- tions will be posted and enforced at the following locations. • Glen Road, both sides, from Franklin Park, near Sigourney Street, to Wash- ington Street. • Green Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Centre Street. • Myrtle Street, both sides, from Centre Street to Pond Street. • Pond Street, both sides, from Myrtle Street to the damaicaway. JOHN TOTTEN MASONRY Specializing in brick, concrete, block, stone and stucco, new construction and repair work Senior and Veteran Discounts SERVING THE COMMUNITY FOR 30 YEARS 617- 561-9516 508-280-8691 Matt4o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street • Boston, MA021 ]3 (617) 523-2100 • Fax (617) 523-3530 Publica by David Trumbull First, Do No Harm According to its promoters, the proposal to legalize physi- cian-assisted suicide in Massachusetts has been certified to appear on our November ballots. The Archdiocese of Boston has launched a website, to educate voters about this ill-considered proposal, warn- ing of doctor-prescribed death: • It facilitates the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person, • It promotes a most insidious form of discrimination, especially against the disabled. • Certain people claim for themselves the power to decide who ought to live and who ought to die. • It harms the integrity of the physician/patient relationship. I applaud Cardinal O'Malley for directing resources of the Archdiocese against this dangerous initiative. One hopes that in Massachusetts, one of the most Catholic States in the Union, voters will reject this assault on the dignity of a/l human life. Equally, I hope that opposi- tion to physician-assisted suicide not become narrowly religious. Reason, unaided by Scripture, but guided by Nature, ought to lead one to reject doctor-prescribed death. Some ancient, pre-Christian scientists and philosophers did exactly that. Ancient Roman statesman Cicero, writing in the first century before Christ, disparaged self-murder, likening the suicide to a soldier who deserts his post. In the Sixth Book of his De Re Publica, Cicero has us imagine the hero Publius Scipio Africanus the Younger (185-129 B.C.) visited, in a dream, by his dead father and grandfather. In the dream the elder Scipio (236-183 B.C.) tells his grand- son that the dead are, in truth, more alive than the living, for they "have soared away from the bonds of the body, as from a prison-house; but your life, as it is called, is really death." The younger Scipio responds to the ghost, "Why do I linger on earth? Why don't I hurry up and come to you there?" The answer is given: "Unless that God, to whom all this region that you can see belongs, has released you from the keeping of your body, the entrance to this place cannot be open to you ... So, my Publius, yoti and all good men must allow the soul to remain in the keeping of the body, nor without His command, by whom it was given to you." Even earlier, around the 5th century before Christ, physi- cian-assisted suicide was rejected as incompatible with the healing profession. "First, do no harm," is a commonly voiced summary of the eponymous oath crafted by the an- cient Greek physician, Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.). For centuries, physicians of all, and no, religious belief have recited: "I swear by Apollo the Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all [he gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that...l will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect." North End Athletic Association GOLF TOURNAMENT to Benefit the North End AthleticAssociation MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012 7:30 am (shot gun start) ANDOVER COUNTRY CLUB Canterbury Street, Andover, MA More than 144 golfers participate in this sold-out tour- nament annually. It is important that you save the date and plan on joining us Monday, August 64. GOLF, LUNCH AND RAFFLE PRIZES ... The money raised from this tournament allows the North End Athletic Association to purchase uniforms and equipment for sporting events and add to the existing prograrru The North End Athletic Association is a 56-year-old organization, which provides athletic, social, educational and civic activities within the community and the City of Boston. For more information, please contact Louie Cavagnaro at 617-523-7410