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October 02, 1992 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-10-02

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class if my alarm does not go
off or if I get a cold just like
`anyone else," she said.
"In another class, we have
a quiz that we can make up
but the instructor is going to
choose the format of the quiz
and we will not know ahead
of time. We should be getting
the same multiple choice test
1, as everyone else and not be
excluded because we are
"I just don't understand
what's going on here. These
professors have been teaching
for some time. By now they
should know the Jewish
holidays are in the fall. For
the first time in my life I feel
like I am choosing between
being in school and being
home with my family for the
holidays," she said.
Lawrence Robins is a senior
from East Lansing. He is also
fed up with the situation. "It
makes me feel as if these
educators have little respect
for us. They are not accom-
modating and they seem to be
one-sided. They make us feel
like we are second-class
[ citizens.
• seems to take back seat with
some professors at the univer-
sity which supposedly thrives

on diversity," he said.
When university officials
became aware of the problem,
Dr. Lou Anna Kimsey Simon,
the interim provost, sent out
a memo reminding all facul-
ty members of the university
policy on religious obser-
vances, which says: "It has
always been the policy of the
university to permit students
and faculty to observe
holidays set aside by their
chosen religious faith."
Dr. Simon attributes the
problem to the standard
calendars which indicate that
Rosh Hashanah is only one
"The faculty, in good faith,
has been using printed calen-
dars which have caused a
great deal of confusion. Next
year, we need to sit down at
the beginning of the year in
order to clarify any confu-
sion," she said. On Sept. 23,
Dr. Simon sent out a memo
alerting faculty: "There are
actually two days associated
with the observance, and so it
is reasonable to expect re-
quests that cover both days."
Neither memo mentioned
Yom Kippur, but Dr. Simon
said she is also aware of the
date. 0


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Our Bodies Learn Quickly
During The Holiday Fast


Special to The Jewish News


asting can stress the
bodies of even the
healthiest individuals,
bringing about some
changes within 24 hours.
For example, glucose, the
body's main fuel source of
energy, is stored in the liver
as glycogen for a mere 24
hours. When people fast, the
body quickly depletes the
glycogen supply and starts
to break down protein in
muscles to meet its basic
_., need for energy.
That's not all. The kidneys
) must also handle increased
amounts of protein by-
--' products that are excreted
when the body burns protein
for fuel. Fasting is hard on
the cardiovascular system as
well, sometimes creating an
imbalance of the minerals so
critical for the heart muscle
,-, to contract normally.
"A healthy person not
taking any medication is
unlikely to have problems
, -J during a 25-hour fast," said
Dr. Sander Paul of Michigan
Endocrine Consultants.

Marilyn Citron is a medical
freelance writer based in Birm-

"Healthy people have an
adequate reservoir of
glycogen in the liver, suffi-
cient amounts of protein and
therefore should have no
"However, a person who is
malnourished or ill will not
have good glycogen and pro-
tein storage and probably
will not tolerate a fast as
well as a healthy person," he
continued. "This person
might experience headaches,
nausea, generalized
weakness and, if they
become dehydrated, find
their heart beating fast."

Dehydration may become
a serious medical problem
during a fast, especially for
older people, because the
body's natural mechanism
for preserving fluids is not as
reliable as in the young.
Normal kidneys concentrate
the urine, preventing an ex-
cessive loss of body fluids.
However, in the aged, the
kidneys often lose their con-
centrating ability and people
lose lots of fluid because they
urinate more frequently.
Unless the fluids are
replenished by drinking
water and other liquids,
people become dehydrated
and feel weak and light-
headed. Extreme cases of

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