Also, I know everyone, just about, has computers, flat screens, iPods, whatever, but I have three small television sets. They all work, I just hate taking them to the dump. Do you know any clubs, etc. that would like them, especially within a 50-mile redius of Peru? Thanks a lot. — Mrs. Pulp Man, Peru.

ANSWER:  Sun Spots read a news article written by Derrick Santos on NewEnglandOne.com that stated: “Meteorologist A.J. Burnett is leaving television news to become a high school science and math teacher. He had been a substitute math and science teacher for Beverly Public Schools in Beverly, MA during the 2013-2014 school year, and will now take on a full-time position.” In that same news article, A.J. is quoted as stating on his Facebook page: “I am not saying goodbye completely, however. I will hopefully be filling in from time to time on TV, perhaps on a station near you!”

Readers often query about where to dispose of old electronics but Sun Spots has not heard of any organizations seeking television sets specifically. Let’s hope one writes in.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: One morning on a Dr. Oz show he had a lady on who was explaining how to remove a callus. I have one on the bottom of my foot and it feels like I’m walking on a tack. Do you think you could find out something about it for me? Thank you. — No Name in Auburn.

ANSWER: Sun Spots can not recommend specific medical advice for you to follow not being a doctor and not knowing your medical history. How do you know you have a callus and not something else? For those who don’t know what a callus is, the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains: “Calluses are thick layers of skin. They are caused by repeated pressure or friction at the spot where the callus develops. Calluses often occur due to excess pressure placed on the skin because of another problem such as bunions or hammertoes.

“If an infection or ulcer occurs in an area of a callus or corn, the tissue may need to be removed by a health care provider. You may need to take antibiotics. People with diabetes are prone to ulcers and infections and should regularly examine their feet to identify any problems right away.”

The difference between corns and calluses? “A corn is thickened skin on the top or side of a toe. A callus is thickened skin on your hands or the soles of your feet.”

Sun Spots found that Dr. Oz has had several guests on his show who have talked about home remedies for calluses.  One woman said to mix 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar with five or six crushed aspirins to make a paste which is then massaged on the callus(es). Rub the calluses with a pumice stone. Wash off and rub coconut oil into the area for moisture. Someone else on his show talked about Epsom salt foot baths to treat calluses. Were either of these home treatments what you remember seeing on the show?

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