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Health Feedback

by Ron Kurtus

Each day readers send in questions and feedback concerning the various lessons in the School for Champions website. A total of 1013 letters have been answered.

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Unmarked saucepan needs fixing Waterless Cooking USA
Pressure points in foot reflexology Reflexology Philippines
Recommending mesothelioma resource Resources USA
Replacement lids for Mastercraft waterless cooker Waterless Cooking USA
1962 cookware needs handles Cookware Companies USA
Handles for Treasure Chest Cookware Waterless Cooking USA
Could magnetic fields be causing problems? General USA
Needs handle for Dine Rite cookware Cookware Companies USA
Resources Resources USA
Wants replacement knobs for 1985 cookware Cookware Companies USA
Cookware lid whistles Waterless Cooking USA
Getting a dental x-ray X-ray Risks Pakistan
Able to replace handles Cookware Companies USA
Breast cancer resource Resources USA
Mesothelioma Resources USA

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Waterless Cooking

Unmarked saucepan needs fixing

February 10, 2017


I have a double boiler saucepan 2-3 qt with no brand mark. It's heavy and appears to be waterless. There is a circle on inside bottom of pan. The lid is Saladmaster and fits well. Did Saladmaster make a pan not branded??
Also missing handles on both pieces and the rectangular metal stub that handle fits onto is 1/2" x 3/4". The handle from the marked Saladmaster pan that came with this unmarked one fits on either pan. Need to know a possible brand so I can order handles to replace them.

Diane - USA (27873)


It is unlikely that Saladmaster would not have a brand mark on their cookware.

You can try to order parts from Saladmaster Parts. Personally, I would check into getting a new saucepan instead of trying to fix the old one.

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Pressure points in foot reflexology

January 29, 2017


1. what are the pressure points in foot reflexology?
2. what are their functions in each pressure points?

Jesus Ramon Neopolo - Philippines (27837)


I don't have the specific pressure points. You can check the various Resources near the bottom of the Reflexology page.

Best wishes for your work in reflexology.

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Recommending mesothelioma resource

January 16, 2017


Good afternoon

My name is Virgil Anderson, and I’m a cancer patient at NCI. I saw some information on your site about mesothelioma and asbestos, and I was hoping you had room for The medical professionals behind got me into NCI, and have been responsible for my continued battle against mesothelioma. They sponsor The American Cancer Society, ALA, Make a Wish Foundation, MD Anderson and many, many more.

Please, if there’s anything you can do to help, let me know.

I appreciate your time in advance, and hope you’re off to a good start in 2017.

God bless,

Virgil - USA (27809)


Thanks for the information. I checked an saw that I already have a link to However, I moved it to a more prominent position.

Best wishes for a full recovery from your cancer.

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Waterless Cooking

Replacement lids for Mastercraft waterless cooker

January 14, 2017


Do you have a source for replacement lids for Mastercraft waterless cookers? They have the steam release valves on them. These were purchased in the 80's. Any help you can offer would be appreciated.


Teresa - USA (27804)


Mastercraft cookware has been out of business for some time now. There are various used sets available online, but I doubt you could find replacement lids. Sorry.

Best wishes in finding a solution or source.

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Cookware Companies

1962 cookware needs handles

December 2, 2016


I have waterless cookware purchased in 1962 by Future Homes. Stainless steel pan needs replacement handle. Any suggestions?

Linda - USA (27521)


You can check a local repair shop. They may be able to install generic handles. Best wishes for success in getting new handles.

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Waterless Cooking

Handles for Treasure Chest Cookware

November 29, 2016


Hi, I have a set of treasure chest cookware from the mid 70s. To the best of my memory, they were 18/8 stainless steel waterless cookware. They are still in excellent condition, except for a couple of handles. Any ideas where I can find them. Thanks

Susan - USA (27511)


Your cookware sure has lasted a long time. You can check Treasure Chest Cookware, but the company is based in England.

You can check a local repair shop. They may be able to install generic handles. Best wishes for success in getting new handles.

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Could magnetic fields be causing problems?

November 14, 2016


Hello Ron,my name is Michael G. McGovern. I am a Plumber and I was looking up info about the effects of a magnetic field on cells. I came upon your information and I found it to be excellent. Thank you.

I believe that the magnetic field from high voltage power lines caused the water in my brother in laws toilet to become hard water and ruin the toilet. I also believe that the same magnetic field caused his three daughters cells to not act according to there specific design. Two of the girls developed type 1 juvenile diabetes and the third developed thyroid problems. Both are cellular malfunctions.

I looked at the said problems from a plumbing point of view. Because the toilet looked like it had been accumulating deposit of minerals because of hard water but the water was soft I started to wonder how this could be possible. Then I looked out the window and I noticed the high voltage power lines. I believe that the power lines magnetic field caused the water to become hard. Like reversing the softening process. Which could be true.

I also started to read about power lines and their magnetic fields. One thing I did notice was that there is a higher rate of leukemia with people by the power lines. A cellular malfunction again.

Do you think it may be possible, if the magnetic field did cause the cells to not perform correctly, such as it appears to have done with the water. Could these cells which are not functioning correctly due to the effects from the magnetic field be made to in turn act accordingly. Such as we do with hard water?

Sorry if this is long and goofed up but I am trying to stay awake. I just turned 51 and I need a nap. Thank you for your time. Have a safe and positive day. Sincerely

Michael - USA (27487)


High voltage lines radiate electromagnetic fields. Some people are more sensitive to this radiation than others. However, my preference is not to live near them if possible.

Likewise, I don't think it is a good idea to sleep with an electric blanket, since the radiation is right near you, even if it is a lower power. Also, there had been studies about radiation from over-using cell phones or mobile phones. None of the studies actually proved the dangers 100%, but I prefer to be cautious.

The health problems that your nieces have may be a result of the radiation. But doctors really can't tell for sure.

As far as the water becoming hard goes, the minerals have to come from somewhere. High voltage electromagnetic fields wouldn't create those minerals. If he has a water softener, it may be on the blinks. Or maybe he needs one. Others in the neighborhood should have experienced the same problem.

Also, it would be worthwhile to see if other children in that neighborhood were having health problems.

I hope this helps, and best wishes for the health of the girls.

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Cookware Companies

Needs handle for Dine Rite cookware

October 11, 2016


Do you know where I can find long pot handle for Dine Rite waterless cookware? Bought them in 1973

Lizabeth - USA (27364)


I have no listing of the Dine Rite company. The company probably went out of business in the past 43 years.

You might try local repair shop or cookware store to see if you can use some generic handle.

Best wishes in getting your cookware fixed.

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June 5, 2016



With looming budget cuts and states slashing social service programs, I'm sure many people are turning to your site to find free health resources on a daily basis. I know the immense amount of time it can take to compile these items for your community, such as those on your Useful Links page, so I thought that you might appreciate being introduced to some of the free resources and content that we provide at

Here are a few that I believe are a good fit for your audience:
How To Choose The Best Inpatient Alcohol Rehab Center Guide (
Detoxing from Alcohol: The Definitive Guide (
Please let me know your thoughts and if there's anything that I can do for you. I'd be happy to share your resource page with our community as well.

Thanks in advance!

Nicholas Russi, LAADC, NCAC, CCS
Co-Owner & Director of Kool Living Recovery Center
Linkedin // Website

Nick - USA (27058)


Thanks for the suggested resources. I added them to the Mental health Resources page.

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Cookware Companies

Wants replacement knobs for 1985 cookware

May 12, 2016


I purchased a set of Society cookware for my daughter when she graduated from high school in 1985. the knobs on the lids broke.I need to know if I can purchase replace knobs.

Barbara - USA (26995)


Check the website. They have a link to replacement parts.

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Waterless Cooking

Cookware lid whistles

April 11, 2016


Dear Mr. Kurtus,

Thank you so very much for the educational review of this unique product. It's much appreciated.

I have inherited an old, but pristine set, from my beloved professor of 32 years ago. He may have them that long or longer. He told me he got them from United Surgical Steel Co Inc. in Montgomery ALA on a teacher's discounted plan. He taught in New Orleans.

At any rate, I did some investigation (thanks to your informative site) and it seems they were manufactured by American Cookware Inc.

Which brings me to the reason for reaching out:
The tops have a spring loaded handle. I have tried to tighten them so they would sit flush to the lid but there is a space where steam escapes from. The issue is a very loud whistling that occurs when steam escapes. It's rather irritating to say the least. If I tilt the top the steam releases that way and no whistling occurs. But then the pot's not completely covered.

Would you be able to offer any advise regarding how to manage this feature?

Other than that the cookware is phenomenal. I enjoy cooking and so did he. This, in part, is what makes my inheritance so very special, as they lasted his lifetime. I'm certain they'll last mine.

Thank you so very much,
Gigi Canales

Gigi - USA (26923)


One thing you can try is to call United Surgical Steel Co Inc. at (334) 281-3440. It is a long shot, but they may be able to help you.

You might also check American Cookware's Facebook page.

Also, you might try a local repair shop to see if they can fix the problem.

I hope this helps. Best wishes on getting your cookware lid fixed.

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X-ray Risks

Getting a dental x-ray

March 1, 2016


what is the safe way for taking dental x rays,
how to take the dental x ray?
procedure please.

Rahmat - Pakistan (26827)


Most dental x-ray machines have low dosages of radiation and are safe. However, the dental technician should provide a lead vest to protect the reproductive areas of your body.

Usually a film container or x-ray detector is held on the inside area of the teeth being examined by the x-rays.

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Cookware Companies

Able to replace handles

January 30, 2016


Thanks to your post, I'm able to replace a handle for my waterless cookware, which I've had for almost 50 years! Under waterless cooking, The Wise Site seems to no longer be valid. Thanks again!

Jamie - USA (26733)


I'm glad you were able to replace your handles.

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Breast cancer resource

January 29, 2016


I was just cruising through your list of breast cancer resources, and wanted to know if you would like to include Healthline? We have over 200 clinical, informational, and lifestyle articles that will give your readers a comprehensive overview of the condition. You can see our breast cancer topic center here: "". is the fastest growing health information website, with over 40 million monthly users. All of our content goes through a rigorous editorial process and medical review, so you can ensure our topic center will be of the upmost standards. You can read more about us here: "".

Thanks for the consideration, looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Kind Regards,

Cindy - USA (26730)


Thanks for the resource. I added a link to your site at Health Resources

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December 31, 2015


Hello friends at School for Champions,

While I was searching through several health related websites I came across the School for Champions website and was very impressed with the information provided. I can't say thank you enough for all that you are doing to provide such excellent resources for your visitors. As a Senior Awareness Coordinator for it is my job to contact those who I believe would be interested in our information to help raise awareness for Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos. Many hardworking people were exposed to asbestos in the past, and some are still being exposed to asbestos today. This could lead to Mesothelioma and other lung diseases, so the need for awareness is imperative.

I'm delighted to see that you provide some great health related resources

Like you, we also do our best to provide great quality resources to our viewers. Our supportive staff is dedicated to keeping the public aware of the dangers of asbestos while providing the necessary resources for those who are suffering from an asbestos related disease. I think your visitors will appreciate our information, would you mind including our educational resource to your page?

I appreciate your time in reviewing our resources and look forward to hearing from you, have a great day!

Christopher Hall

Senior Awareness Coordinator
Mesothelioma Symptoms

Christopher - USA (26655)


Thanks for the comments. I added a link to your information website at Health Resources.

Best wishes for success in your efforts.

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