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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Is there an insulin pill7 I have been getting shots It's painful getting the needle every morning, year after year I would like to take pills instead of insulin shots Dear Reader No, there are no insulin pills Insulin is a complex protein built by hooking together a string of ammo acids All body proteins are made up of combinations of ammo acids Piotems. such as in your food, are broken down in the stomach by acid pepsin juice. They are broken down further bv enzymes in the small intestine These enzymes come from the pancreas and the intestine The same thing happens to insulin The final result is that meat, insulin, vegetable protein, milk protein and all sources of protein inside the digestive tract are broken down into the same building blocks of ammo acids The mixture that is ready for absorption then is about the same The broken- down insulin then is no different from the broken- down protein in your milk or meat And as you know, they do not help diabetes The magic of insulin is the way those building blocks are hooked together So you can t swallow protein medicines and have them enter the bloodstream in their original state Insulin by mouth would not end up in the bloodstream as insulin The way to avoid this problem is to circumvent the action of the digestive tract to break it down Hence insulin is given by injection There are pills sometimes used to lower blood sugar, but thev are not insulin and their use is limited Many doctors think they are not useful since the cases they can lower blood sugar in are often just as well controlled by diet There is also some question about their safety I'm sure your doctor is doing the right thing for you to try to keep you on insulin Dear Dr. Lamb What time during the day is it best to eat one prune so that the process of elimination can take place within the privacy of my own home9 Dear Reader A lot of people would like to solve their problem with just one prune a day any time of the day Seriously the time isn't all that important More important for your purpose is to develop a habit For this purpose, I would suggest going to the bathroom whether you need to or not each morning just after a good breakfast containing at least two glasses of something liquid Don't worry if you don't have a bowel movement the first day, or the second, or later at that time of day If you follow this routine, soon you will start having them at that time of day For more information write to me in care of this newspaper, P 0 Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, NY 10019, and ask for the booklet on constipation Enclose 50 cents to cover costs A lot of people tend to get up. wash, have a fast cup of coffee and a roll or piece of toast then dash to the office In this way they miss the opportunity to develop good habits Nature provides a strong bowel reflex normally about 15 to 30 minutes after an adequate breakfast 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 impotence, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Impotence" booklet. Fun with figures By J A H HUNTER Intelligence tests for drivers would cut down the fearful slaughter on our roads, but what about adverse effects on the national economy9 Each letter stands for a different digit Just evaluate this CRASH SMASH SMASH SMASH CARS CRASH (Answer tomorrow) Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN ic, Ttt Cticaw Tnkw North- South vulnerable South deals NORTH A962 KJ5 0 J852 104 WEST EAST AK8 ;