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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta i. H74 rm Dear Dr. Lunfc For a number of I hive shown an extremely low white cell count in my yearly check-up such as 3100 compared to 7000, which I understand is normal. Usually I am given the six B-12 and calcium shots for a but, even so, the count does not go up. I am very healthy (age 69) and extremely resistant to disease such as the common cold, flu, infection, etc. 1 understand the low count indicates non-resistance to such illnesses, but in my case this is not so. My doctor said last year that he frankly does not know what else to do and, if I feel all right, to not worry about the low. count, Is this your opinion? Is it an indication of anything else? What do you think causes such a low count? I take about four aspirin a day for occasional aches and pains or muscular stress, and ani on medicine lor high blood pressure (which is well under control) Dear Reader That is a low count. Usually we consider'anything below 5000 as too low. There are individual exceptions, and it is possible that your count is normal for you. Such a finding certainly warrants careful investigation Your doctor knows about your red blood cells and other'findings which may help him know just how important the finding is in your case. Sometimes the spleen is overactive and literally digests too many white blood cells Usually in this case the spleen can be felt on physical examination. Often it destroys an excess amount of red blood cells too, but not always In other instances the blood forming organs just quit producing enough cells. You can tell more about this by special tests, such as examination of the bone marrow and looking at lymph glands with a microscope. Some medicines do affect .the number of blood cells 'formed, and It is possible that one of the medicines you are taking for Mood pressure could be affecting this. If .you are worried about this, auk the doctor to get a consultation with a specialist in and let him evaluate the possible causes of your problem. Dear Dr. Lamb I have arthritis which began in my finger joints so far not spread to other joints. I always thought lots of orange juice and other fresh fruits were, advisable, and then a doctor out of state told an acquaintance that she should never drink orange juice Her finger joints are showing the swelling and stiffness. Can this be right? I'd like your opinion. It should be of help to all so afflicted. Dear Reader Utter nonsense. There is no reason why patients with arthritis can't drink all the orange juice they want. The only exception would be if they had an additional problem, like an acid stomach, an ulcer or sijiiilar problems. While I favor using orange juice and fresh fruits in the diet, I must add that they do not cure arthritis, but merely help anyone to have a good nutritious diet. For more information on arthritis you might like to send for "There's Help for a book I co-wrote with LaRue Stone. Send plus 25 cents postage and handling to in care of this newspaper, P.O Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y 10019. Dr. Lamb welcomes questions from his readers, but because of the volume of mail he cannot answer personally. Questions of general interest will be discussed in future columns. Write to Dr. Lamb in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN V VJt. THMW BRIDGE QUiZ ANSWERS vulnerable, as South you hold: AS O10J543 The bidding has proceeded: North East South 1 A Dfale. What action do you take? A It Is poor Uctlcs to presume the double will be left In and that you should baU out partner with a bid of two Besides, that contract mlchl not be any better. It U best to pass and let nature take Its course Q. vulner- able, as South you hold: 6K10S4 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East PMS Pass 1 C? PMC What do you bid? you were not a passed hand, we would recommend a bid or one spade But now, that call would not be forclnc and It does not represent the lull value -of your hand We suggest a jump to two no trump, even tho you lack a full diamond stopper Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: AA97G2 VK87432 OA What is your opening bid? spade On distribution- al hands or this type. It It very likely that there will be conild. erable bidding around the table You should attempt to ihow both your suits, and the most economical way to do thli li to treat the heart suit at being the same length the spade! and bid your In tne natural order Q. i North-South vulner- able, as South you hold: AK7I OA54 The bidding has proceeded: North East South 1 0 What do you bid? thU hand has the textbook requirements for a Jump to three no trump, we hesitate to take this action with a single stopper in the enemy suit Our preference Is for a cue-bid Of two diamonds, which Is forcing to and might lead to a slam In clubs IT hand Is unbalanced. LTl d. vulnerable, you hold: AKQIt The bidding has proceeded: Swrth West North Eatt 1 4 DMe. RdM. 2 S> Patt Put 2 4 Pus What do you bid now? spades. There U no sense In dUly-dallying. Once part- ner your hind re- values to 16 points (14 In high cards, I for the doubleton heart and l for the fifth Since partner's redouble marks him with at least 10, you are In the game zone Q. "vulnerable, as South you hold: 4 3 4543 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 4 l 4 Past 2 NT Pass 3 PMC 4 4 Pats What do you bid now? A spades, and i. u should be able to claim the hand after the opening lead. North could hardly have combined a two no trump rebld with a Jump preference with leas than both major suit kings and either ace- king-queen of clubs or ace-king of clubs and of diamonds. Q. 7 Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: 4K10763 Vt OK7S2 4842 The bidding has proceeded: North East Sooth 1 4 DMe. What do you bid? spades. After the double, this bid preemptive, the possibilities of an opposing heart game are real, and you should do all you can to stop the opponents from getting together Had you held a good hand, you would, of course, first redouble. Q. as South you hold: OltSZ 4J Your partner opens with one no trump. What is your response? hand belongs to your and anything you cut do to make It more difficult for them to enter the auction could be to your advantage Your hand probably uadeea to part- ner at one no trump, but In you should be able to take a couple of ruffs at least, to bid two spades now. Do not probe for a 4-4 heart fit with two clubs. Your horoscope TUESDAY, APRIL t Yfir hrlth.ay te.xy: Begins a year of direct progress in which ventures prosper while complei schemes merely become more so. You learn now to do no moie than situations justify and to lake into account the needs of others. Today's natives prefer people and equipment to function- swiftly, are prone to take delight in speeding up normal activities. ARIES (March 21-April What you do now goes immediately into effect to improve your public image. Personal enterprises claim extra attention. Romance brings happiness. TAURUS (April It-May Do the necessary to increase the comfort of your hoine. Entertaining is desirable and brings pleasure, admiration if you do it right. GEMINI (May Zl-June While making fye rounds finding out all sorts of interesting things, keep your purse well-buttoned you'll find better uses for your cash. CANCER (June 21-Jnly Where you have a favor coming to you, ask for it. Such matters do not remain accessible for ve'rysjong, as a rule. Confidential arrangements turn out well. LEO (July 23-Aug. Press on with what you had previously organized, adding nothing very different or distracting. Ideas-from near at hand are quite useful VIRGO IMtat Unusual work 'better then expected. Be ready to let got the past and move with the times. Unprofitable courses saould be dropped TtotpHe optimism. LIBRA (Sept. O-Oet Friends continue u helpful as ever. Fresh ideas readily and succeed where boldly put into action. New wearing apparel meets general approval. SCORPIO (Oct. 2J-Nov. Go ahead with what you've started it may not always be so easy to function as it now is the opportunity is subject to changes soon. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Go right on with routines within reach. This frees you for a more involved, very promising enterprise as soon as you're ready for it. CAPRICORN (Dec. Bring order where there has been confusion. Convert whatever is at hand to liquid cash or exchange for something more useful than what you have. AQUARIUS (Jan. 2t-Feb. Invite influential people merely to consider your situation, leaving it up to them to see the need to help. They will do so in ways you hadn't thought about. PISCES (Feb. It-March Demonstrate your special qualities and skills. Reconsider joint or group financial arrangements, make terms for changes if they're clearly required. 1974, The Chicago Tribune poor Contributor, We think journew story if magnificent. RS. April fcd! mnm LOIS DON'T BOTHER DADDY NOW, DITTO. HE MADE SOME IMPORTANT NOTTS AT WORK TOCrtV HE WANTS TO STUCV I THOUGHT DAP WAS IN SALES. SHORT RACKSWINS BUGSBUMY Ask Andy MARBLE Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Aaron Zitner, -age 11, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for his question: How is marble formed? Today is April Fool's Day, when schemes to fool friends are permitted and even expectedijlowever, according to tradition, the fiolly game -eitarat-flbOn. So don't expect forgiveness for any merry nonsense that occurs after lunch. Meantime, there is no trickery in today's Andy question. The formation of marble is a long patient business, with no shortcuts or fooling around. Marble is just about, the loveliest mineral found in the earth's crust. It comes in a wide range of blended flowery colors that remind you of waxy white lilies, rose petals and smiling pansies, primroses and glossy black tulips. Many of the earth's rocks were compressed from inorganic minerals that never were associated with living things. Marble is an organic mineral formed with the of the earth and the living world of nature. What's more, the patient recipe was performed in two distinct stages, which is why geologists rate it as a metamorphic or altered rock As a rule, a thick deposit of useable marble is found in a mountainous reg- ion But the recipe started eons ago in some ancient sea that teemed with tiny shell builders. Through the ages, these living creatures' extracted dissolved limy chemical's from the salty sea and used them to create their crusty Shells. As countless generations lived and died, their shells sifted down and spread massive layers of calcium type minerals on the floor of the sea. Eventually, the restless old earth set about remodeling this part of her crust. The salty sea receded and its old floor was lifted high and dry. Its massive carpet of limy shells became a massive layer of limestone rock. There is nothing special, about this pasty pale-chalky material, though we need it to manufacture iron and steel. However, here and there a limestone deposit was destined to become marble. This reprocessing occurred when a deposit of limestone was involved in a mountain making project. Here, 'with stupendous drama, massive crustal layers were heaved and hoisted like piles of toy building blocks. Great slabs were bent, cracked and stacked in rocky sandwiches. During these super upheavals, shuddering earthquakes shook the ground and 'fiery voldanos erupted rivers of lava. Naturally, this mountainous activity created enormous heat and pressure in the crustal slabs. Our deposit of old limestone found itself in a sort of planetary pressure cooker. During the process, its mineral ingredients were changed, rearranged and completely remodeled The chalky old limestone became a beauteous layer of waxy marble. WHAT ARE MOO SO HAPPV ABOUT, SYLVESTER LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, AS I LOOK AT THIS MOUNTAIN OF SUDS, TrtEV ARE TRANSFORMED INTO WHITECAPSONA IYIIMG FRINGED ISLAND SOUTH TU' LV FFUNF .1 .CARRYING ISLAND IN TME SOUTH SEAS TH' SILLY FELINE. FINALLY DID IT... HE'S ;