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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIOGE April Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I would like io know what "vaso-vagal ivilex" moans. A couple of ago. alter eating ..MKT, 1 si.iru-i! to gel up ilio uii.u', iiid I pasM-d ii 1 was mil minutes. 1> blood pros.-.ire at that tin.' was i 1 am 12 and have very good health and have never fainted before. After I came out of this fainting spell I felt as good as I ever have. Next day I went to my doctor and he gave me a checkup and said everything was fine. My blood pressure then was and that's what it usually is. He said I had overeaten, but I'm not a big eater. He explained this to me. but I didn't understand all of it. He said it probably wouldn't happen again, as it doesn't happen very often. Would like to know what you think. Dear Reader Many people faint without it having any significance. This is particularly true in young people. A common cause of fainting is the "vaso-vagal reflex." Through reflex mechanisms involving the vagus nerve, the blood tends to accumulate in ihe lower part of the body. The arteries overdilate, and the veins fill with too much blood. When this happens there simply isn't enough blood to flow uphill to the brain. When you lie down the blood flows normally to the brain, and you recover. The catch is what causes the reflex. In young people standing, as in parade formation, it is usually not medically important. You may remember a few years back pictures of the Air Force Academy cadets flaked out on the ground after fainting while in formation. People can have 'his reflex triggered from the sight of blood, a shot, a variety of emotional stimuli. Every unexplained faint does deserve a careful examination. In people over 50 it is more often an indication of some medical problem. Its exact nature may not be apparent at first. It can be caused from changes in the arteries in the neck or even in the brain. In rare cases it is a sign of a heart attack. About the only thing the doctor can do if the medical examination is normal is to wait and see if anything else shows up later. I'm doubtful that your faint was simply nothing. I have made a special study of fainting problems. When I used to see the Air Force pilots and the astronauts, fainting was a big problem because it isn't a good idea to have a pilot fainting while flying je; aircraft. After seeing several hundred cases. I was impressed that tainting in the older person was not often just nothing, and. quite significantly, fainting seldom occurred in a person who was seated. The only major exceptions were those young men seeing a particularly gory movie on aircraft accidents a film that induced a high faint rate. I think you should go back to your doctor soon for a follow- up examination. It could be that you had gotten up too soon and were standing longer than you thought. In any case, it won't hurt to have a follow- up for a while to be sure that nothing else develops. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on ulcers, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Ulcers" booklet. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER "Don't forget you're meeting my mother this afternoon." said Susan. "What time's her train John smiled. "You should know he told her. "Well, three quarters of the time from then till midnight will equal six sevenths of the time from noon till then." What time was it? (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: SAUCY was 10284. TB ON DECLINE ATLANTA. Ga. (AP) Centre for Disease Control (CDC) says reports cf new cases of tuberculosis declined 5.7 per cent in the United States last year. The CDC said 31.015 new cases were reported, a rate of 14.8 cases in persons, a drop of 5.7 per cent from 1972. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN f 1174. TK. Both vulnerable. East deals. NORTH 873 KJ5 v Q 9 8 5 4 72 WEST EAST 4fi-l AKQ1092 9? 8 7 6 4 '-932 0 K 6 2 0 A 3 1085.') K 9 6 SOUTH A J5 v A Q in C J 10 7 A Q J 4 The bidding: East South West North 1 Dhle. Pass 2 0 Pass 2 NT Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Six of "Nothing we could do about it, partner. We are out- remarked East as he entered 130 below the line and 500 above the line for the opponents. South felt that his hand was too good for a direct one no trump overcall, since the ace- jack of spades behind the opening bidder and the two tens made his hand worth more than 19 points. He showed his extra values by first doubling and then bid- ding no trump at his next opportunity. With 6 points and a five-card suit, North's raise to game was fully war- ranted. West led his top spade and East played the queen. De- clarer held up the ace, and East continued with a low spade to declarer's jack. The jack of diamonds was taken by West's king, and the ef- fect of the holdup play at the first trick now became obvi- did not have an- other spade to lead. His heart return was won by declarer's ace, and the ten of diamonds forced Ihe ace. Declarer won the ace of spades, cashed his red-suit winners and took the club finesse to score an over- trick. While North-South did have the values to contract for game, the contract should have been defeated. East shattered the defensive pros- pects when he allowed declar- er to hold off winning the first spade. Consider the dif- ference had East played the nine of spades at trick one! Now declarer cannot afford to hold up, for that would cost him his second spade stop- per. He must win the jack, and when he now plays a dia- mond, West grabs the king and still has a spade to re- turn. The defenders can drive out South's second spade top- per before the diamond suit is established and while East still has the ace of diamonds as an entry. Even if declar- er uses dummy's two heart entries to finesse clubs twice, he can come to no more than eight tricks. LI'L ABNER Your horoscope By Dixon THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Your birthday today: Simplicity becomes a goal in your daily living. Unproductive activities and habits run their course, come now to choice or cirisis. Regular meditation brings the guidance for making transitions to a better way of life. Relationships are tested so that you know where you stand. Today's natives are active workers of the sort who set particular goals and pursue them consistently. ARIES (March 2l-April Recovery from recent stress begins. Be wary of continuing impatience the basic situation has changed a bit. give everybody a chance to respond. TAURUS (April 20-May Reach agreement before joint ventures are launched. If you submit a thriving enterprise, you win a point of encouragement from usually hard-to-reach people. GEMINI (May 21-June Pay little attention to words, a great deal to actions. Allow time for patterns to emerge. Your work should stand regardless of unsolicited opinions. CANCER (June Come directly to terms. See precisely where you are in the scheme of things. Opposition, where you find it, has a real basis you need to know about. LEO (July Original ideas pop up, along with new formulations of very- old ones. Social activity is clouded by momentary dissension; you needn't involve yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Today's incidents promise drama, crisp memories for future reference. Postpone social events where they conflict with business. LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct Your easiest path today runs to temperament, extremes of demand. Take a more austere approach for better effects, favorable hearings at all levels. SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov Opportunity for greater earning power is at hand. Do not boast of your backers. Let your reputation rest on the visible result of your own work. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec Expect a contrary opinion, prepare to cope with it without animosity. Powerful friends are helping you behind the scenes don't let them down! CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan There's much to do and little time for the doing, high rewards for good work. Caution with appliances, anything mechanical is indicated. AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb Don't get involved in speculative schemes provided by associates as matters of special privilege. Seek new personal and professional contacts where you can find them. PISCES (Feb 19-March Financial improvement is feasible today. Family and individual projects tend to compete with career; little is achieved by interrupting serious work. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy ALABASTERS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Derek Anderson, age 11, of St. Catharines. Ontario. Canada, for his question: Are the colors of alabaster real or artificial? Natural alabaster comes in lily white and several gentle pastel shades. It is much paler than those pretty little carvings that capture the colors of vivid violets and bold forest leaves. In most cases these charming art objects have been tinted with various dyes. This is not hard to do because alabaster is a soft, rather porous mineral. Alabaster may be one of two marble type minerals, but neither of these natural stones comes in very brilliant colors. The alabaster of ancient times usually was a form of calcium carbonate, the same chemical from which marble is made. As a rule, the alabaster of modern times is a compacted form of the mineral gypsum, which is calcium sulfate. Both alabasters are milky while stones, usually tinted with streaks or blotches of pearly greys or yellowish browns or pale petal pinks. In most cases, these soft colors were added by traces of iron that got mixed with the original ingredients. Alabasters are lightweight stones, so soft that you can scratch them with your fingernail. All alabaster is made from impacted minerals mixed with a high percentage of water. When the pure white mineral is dumped into boiling water, it loses its clear translucence and becomes opaque. It is thought that this happens because the mineral loses water and becomes dehydrated. And, since the water can be removed, it also can be replaced. When alabaster is soaked in certain dyes, the liquid seeps through its pores and changes the natural colors to artificial colors. Natural alabaster is a very beautiful stone, especially when its surface is polished to a waxy luster. Some people think that changing its gentle colors is rather like gilding the lily. What's more, the artificial dyes may eventually fade and when the stone is washed, they may dissolve and disappear with the drain water. However, those art objects of tinted alabaster are very pretty and it's nice to own one. They are extra lovely for two reasons. Alabaster is somewhat translucent, which enables you to see below the smooth shiny surface. And the colors appear in patches of deeper and paler tones. Dyed alabaster may look like a mass of pink and red rose petals, yellow or orange primroses, blue and purple pansies or pale buds mixed with dark green leaves. Just remember that your alabaster is a fragile stone, easily scratched or shattered. f The old style calcite alabaster was formed with deposits of marble and limestone. The basic ingredients in all these minerals came from shells of tiny sea creatures that lived in the ancient seas. Gypsum alabaster also is a gift from the sea. It was deposited in places where the water evaporated, leaving its dissolved chemicals high and dry. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1974) Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS April 10, 1974 Britain's Catholic Relief Act was passed 145 years ago today in 1829 when the Duke of Wellington was convinced nothing else would prevent civil war. Through the act, Roman Catholics were allowed to work for the government, sit in Parliament and to own and inherit property. 1959 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito married commoner Michiko Shoda. 1894 The United States, Russia, Japan and Britain signed a seal conservation treaty. VOU ARE HOME, ESTEEMED I HARRIDAN AsiD VJHEN YOU GET TO JAPAN, YOU'LL STILL BE NOT ONLY DID WE GiT A GOOD PRICE FO'DOGPATCH -BUT WE GITS A FREE, TRIP TO BUT HOW'LL WE GIT HOME? JISE (415 PAP yAiOro Hi.H, rON, I HAVS SHOVEL AMP ifcHPcD POOR A0E'5 ENGLISH WELL, IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.'! 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