Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 23, 1967, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Sunday, April 23, 1967 Gazette Telegraph—5-B Colorado Springs, Colo.
By Etc and Walt Dulanay
There’s nothing brave or courageous about gossip. How can there be when we’re attacking from the rear, snipping from under cover, and indulging in hit-and-run slander? Called by its honest name, gossip stands I revealed as nothing less than j“character assassination.” We’re a long way from our goal, but we’re trying hard these days to shake a personal addiction to gossip. To this end, we’ve devised some techniques I for ourselves.
tongue. If we’ve any degree et showboat in us (and who hasn’t?), sooner or later well be seduced by crowd intoxication into capturing the spotlight by revealing the juicy little tidbit.
Knowing ourselves, Isn’t it better to avoid receiving any gossip’s tale? Why tempt our control when we know it’s so weak? Here’s dialogue to cool the most ardent tale-teller?
“I don’t want to bear any more about that unless John is here to defend himself.”
“Let’s be our age. We’re not going to sit bere and chatter about that kind of thing are we?”
“I don’t listen to hearsay. Eh, it’s a fact? Then you don’t mind if I ask Dr. Brown himself*”’
Marlene Dietrich says, “No
one will tell you gossip if you
Whenever we start to say,.don’t listen.” If we can’t derail “There may not be any truth'the vomiting of gossip in our in this. . .” or, “Don’t tell any- presence, let’s have the guts to one I told you this,” it’s time leave the scene before the story to leave the room. Whatever makes an imprint in our mind was going to follow shouldn't! Baste to the American Dream Other exit lines? W e 11, is the belief that all men are count, “I hate to be the one tomnocent until proven guilty, say this about John . .” or “I That’s justice In our country promised not to tell a soul but OK, if we allow stories to be . .” and, “Isn’t it awful what whispered in our eys. it seems they’re saying about Jill?” we can't fairly ckftge a" second Granted this leads to some responsibility, and that’s to fol-
abrupt fadeouts, but that’s far latter than a load of later re gret and embarrassment. When
low up with the person Involved.
lf we’re going to hear gossip, we must go en to get the facts
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ever we repeat a tale and share We can’t allow whispers, inuen-it with new people, we’re as dos, hints. etc. to shadow the
guilt as the originator.
It’s helpful at this point to recognize that gossip seldom stops with the people we confide in Instead, it snowballs, only now it has her name at-
person’s image. He must have the opportunity to erase t h e untruths, correct the misinterpretations, etc. Again American justice insists: “Each man
must have the right to hear his
tached. (“Do you know what accusers and defend himself.” Walt told me about Mark*”’) In In feudal Japan the warriors all likelihood details will get operated under a stringent code twisted along the way, words of behavior. A Samurai was will he misunderstood, and sup-; personally dishonored if he am-positions become statements bushed an enemy, attacked him And then? Well, just how do you from the rear, or charged with-feel when an irate victim con- out giving a warning cry.
fronts you with a slander you have helped circulate? Pushed further, would you be willing or proud to go on the witness stand with this story?
Its very hard to keep a spicy story in our head and off our
We’d like to adopt this face-to-face standard for our life. If we’ve tales to tell that diminish another person’s reputation, let us tell him to his face first or not at all! (A Bell-McClure Syndicate Feature)
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ALCOHOL ABSORPTION (run a temperature for a long
When the Volstead act was period of time’.’ repealed many Americans con- REPLY
eluded that drinking was here Temperature no, fever yes, to stay. But research on its ben- especially if the cause is a dis-efits or harm has not kept pace order such as tuberculosis, ty-with our consumption. The lat- phoid. brucellosis, or kidney est reports cite the damaging abscess. On the other hand, effects lit overindulgence on the some persons have , higher heart muscle. The effect of al-;. , . 4 .. .
cohol on the liver and brain is ^ temperature than do well known. Small amounts of others and in this respect, a liquor also aggravate the pain slight rise could be normal. in certain types of cancer. -
In a recent study on 79 can- NAVEL KNOT
cor patients, the majority ab- m. IL writes: I have a friend stained completely and dared who has a knot above Ws nave| not resume drinking. This maybe of practical significance, as
a test perhaps leading to earlier diagnosis. It may also suggest inadequate treatment when intolerance persists following surgery or radiation therapy.
and I would like to find out what it is. When he baa a few
drinks it bothers him. He won't go to a physician. What might
REPLY I assume this is a hernia or
Assuming that alcohol is bere a weakness of the upper ab-to stay, we should learn howldominal wall (diastasis recti). or how not to drink. It is a It is not serious.
tricky drug, and most of us -
should abstain periodically to HEMOGLOBIN AND find out who is boss. We know: PRESSURE
that on an empty stomach 90 S. T. writes: Will eating per cent of a single dose of foods rich in iron elevate the liquor is absorbed by the end blood pressure. of an hour. The more rapid the REPLY
absorption, the higher the No. Many individuals with bl(kkJ level and the more in- high blood pressure have an toxicated the drinker becomes, overabundance of blood and
The rate of absorption is reduced when alcohol is taken I after drinking a glass of milk or a tablespoon of cream or olive oil. It is believed that fat tends to inhibit absorption. A helping of mashed potatoes will do the same. Beer or a can of Metrecal also has some retardant effect. This is not mentioned to encourage drinking but to warn those who might get into trouble if they imbibe on an empty stomach.
Ten adults were given an ounce of alcohol after drinking I'2 pints of milk. The concentration in the blood was reduced 50 per cent. Five were sober'
coloring matter. This Is the result rather than the cause of
Mrs. M. O’H. writes: Can a person have scarlet fever twice?
REPLY Yes, but second attacks are rare. There always is the possibility that the diagnosis in either instance was in error.
CRAVES NAPHTHA ODOR Mrs. S. wtites: What is wrong with a person who
craves the smell of naphtha? REPLY
and three mildly sleepy. Without; Odd cravings are not un
milk the blood level was much common, even in sane persons.
higher, and eight showed signs® --
of inebriation. Today’s Health Hint—
Dr. Van Dellen will answer- A little idleness provides time questions on medical topics if to think.
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lope accompanies request. j Henri Dunant, Swiss, and
-Frederick Passy, French, were
PERSISTENT FEVER the first two men to win the G R writes: Is at serious to Nobel Peace Prize.