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GET THOSE STONES ROLLING!

New research from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that among more than 45,000 men with no history of kidney stones, those who consumed the most calcium were least likely to form stones.Why, you ask.

Eating more calcium reduces the body's supply of a component found in kidney stones - while a diet high in animal protein seems to increase the risk.

So while an aged Mick Jagger is still out there gathering no moss, let's hope he's avoiding the burgers and fries, and drinking plenty of milk. (Sure!)

Might be a real drag to attend a Kidney Stones concert!

2 THUMBS UP FOR MINUTE MAID

By the end of the year, 1,000 Cineplex Odeon Theaters nationwide will be selling orange juice, apple juice and raspberry lemonade to moviegoers.

"Consumers are demanding greater variety and healthier alternatives," says Rick Jeter of Minute Maid Food Service. "The availability of juices is appealing to people who otherwise wouldn't drink anything."

I've always wondered about alternative beverages in movie theaters . . . drinks that don't cost more than the price of admission.

Perhaps that's the reason for all those strange "whooshing" noises in the darkened theater.

AND SPEAKING OF THEATERS . . .

The popcorn controversy continues, kids!

Check out the eye-opening photo of the inside of a microwave popcorn bag BEFORE the corn is popped. VATS O' FAT! Most microwave-packaged popcorn uses hydrogenated vegetable oil - a saturated fat that experts say might be potentially hazardous if eaten in major amounts (ISN'T EVERYTHING?).

The alternative just happens to be Felknor's Theater Stovetop Popcorn Popper. And the lovely Felknor folks just happened to send us the shocking photo.

This pristine popper uses only a single teaspoon of oil to pop the equivalent of two microwave bags. To really celebrate national popcorn month coming in October, call the Theater Popper people at 1-800-270-2705.

CULINARY QUOTE OF THE WEAK:

"Put a pot of chili on the stove to simmer. Let it simmer. Meanwhile, broil a good steak. Eat the steak. Let the chili simmer. Ignore it."

- Recipe for chili from Allan Shivers,

former governor of Texas