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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Id 1Mb LtlMBMIUUC fltHALU MOnony, Mpiu o, Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb My husband and I were very grateful for the discussion of hiatal hernia in our newspaper My husband had this, and we elevate the bed eight inches We are both 65 I'm an R N and have had three children, and have the usual hemorrhoid and varicose vein problems from being on my feet all my life I'm concerned about the eight-inch elevation of the head of the bed continuously Will this be harmful to our circulation'' Should pillows used at troublesome times for elevation be better and sufficient help' Dear Reader Pillows just won't do for elevation of the head in hiatal hernia Too often they will only raise the upper chest, actually bending the> chest over the abdomen This compresses the abdominal cavity and the increased pressure tends to push the hernia through the diaphragm If any thing, the back should be arched and the chest held up to create as little compression of the abdominal contents as possible You can see that pillows could even make matters worse The upright position does increase pressure in the veins below the heart which does affect hemorrhoids and varicose veins The effect is proportional to the increased pressure from the body's postion An eight-inch elevation will not have the same degree of effect as you get from being upright. I guess if you wanted a comparison, that small amount of elevation is more like being on the moon with one-sixth the force of gravity as compared to standing on earth The minimal increase in pressure then will not greatly influence varicose veins or hemorrhoids For more information on hiatal hernia (hernia through the diaphragm) write to me in care of this newspaper, P 0 Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019, and ask for the booklet on hiatal hernia Send 50 cents to cover Of course, if you were really worried about it, you might use twin beds Elevate your husband's bed and leave yours flat Dear Dr. Lamb I am a 16-year-old junior. Recently while playing basketball in gym, I felt something happen in my head I went up for a rebound and when I came down I felt a kink in the left back part of my head A second after that happened I felt a burning sensation start at the area of the kink. The burning sensation began to spread throughout most of the left side of my head Although my head felt a little funny for about one-and-a-half hours after it happened, since that time I have felt OK What was it that happened, and do you feel that it is necessary to see a doctor9 Dear Reader You probably turned your head as you went up for the rebound and part of the muscle at the back of the neck went into spasm or a cramp. Many people produce the same cramp reaction by contracting the calf muscle tightly and holding it contracted for a little while The cramped neck muscle will cause the type of sensation you describe As the cramp wears off the sensation goes away As long as you don t have a stiff neck and have good movement of your head without pain, I would guess you will be just fine 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 olumns. 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 c The Chicuo Tribune BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q. South, vulnerable, you hold. AA A 7 6 3 QJ 9 3 872 The bidding has proceeded: North East South I Pass What do you havf an awkward hand, too good for one no trump yet with neither the shape nor strength for a bid of two no trump Therefore, you have to bid a suit at the two level, and we favor a bid of two diamonds. We reject clubs because we don't like bidding suit headed by nothing, and two hearts Is dan might jump to game with three card support Q. vulnerable, as South you hold- AK 9 2 6 S 0 K 5 4 3 8 The bidding has proceeded" North East South West 1 V Pass 2 NT Pass 3 0 Pass What do you bid now' hearts There is no need for more drastic action at this juncture We prefer a return to the major suit rather than a diamond raise because, if partner has a weak distributional open Ing, 10 tricks should be easier to make than 11 Q. vulnerable, as South you hold. AJ109854 VA106 OK 5 AA 6 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 4k Pass 3 Pass 3 A Pass 4 A Pass What do you bid now' spades. Opposite a jump ihlft you have a very fine hand Indeed Once partner supports spades your hand revalues to con- slderabl> more than 14 points in view of your long suit, so there doesn't to be much point in beating around the bush You shouldn't consider a grand slam partner had enough values for 13 trlcKs, he would have taken stronger action than merely raising to four spades Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: AA8 OKQJ982 The bidding has proceeded: East South 4 What action do you take? diamonds This could turn out badly, but It Is a calcu- lated risk iVere is no way to explore scientifically after East's preempt, and to pass would be opponents might steal the hand from you, or, what's worse, make four spades while you have five diamonds Q vulnerable, as South you hold: 2 C7AQ1092 OAQ10 The bidding has proceeded. South West North East 1 Pass 1 20 What do you bid now? Your hand should produce at least the equivalent at the defensive book, and anything partner can add Is gravy. The more partner has, the bigger the expected dividend, so take big demerit if >ou bid two no trump Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: AJ VQ982 The bidding has proceeded- North East South West 1 A Pass 2 A Pass 2 V Pass What do you bid now? diamonds An imme- diate bid of four hearts would not do justice to this powerful hand You Intend bidding an ap- propriate number of hearts at your next turn Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: AA65 0103 AJ6542 The bidding has proceeded- South West North East Pass Pass 1 NT Pass What do you bid? While It is our prac lice on occasion to raise to two no trump with seven points and a five-card suit, we hesitate to do so with such a shabby suit Partner would need a maximum and a good club fit to make game a reasonable proposition Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: AJ8743 06 The bidding has proceeded: West North East South Pass 10 1 Pass Pass 2 A Pass What do you bid now? Suffer In silence, and hope the opponents will ball you out. Had partner wanted to hear about your spades, he could have reopened the bidding with a double Therefore, his ham) Is limited and distributional. Your horoscope By tarn Dixon TUESDAY, APRIL 30 Your birthday today: In a slow-starting year, it's a while before anything new comes along either to divert your path upward or to jeopardize your progress. Be a little more diligent if you have been at less than prosperous levels lately, don't switch into unfamiliar fields out of sheer panic Relationships take their own leisurely course, but still cannot be taken for granted. Today's natives are original types who exercise more influence on local society than they realize. ARIES (March 21-April There are so many great- sounding ideas around that most of the enthusiasm goes into talk. Not much will be done It's all pleasant enough, so have fun1 TAURUS (April 20-May Make adjustments only very late, when it is finally clear just what is wanted or needed Dealing with close relatives can bring lasting agreements. Persevere! GEMINI (May 21-June The mind leaps with interest over new contacts, but the time to see them arrives late today or tomorrow. Get prepared by moving regular routines out of the road. CANCER (June 21-July Just a tiny nudge sends you off on a spending spree with little- to show for it later Check things out, be sure of what you're getting LEO (July 23-Aug. ideas are for discussion all day, their application only very late or some time in the future Meanwhile, quietly keep up with your established schedule. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. By lending a hand without quibbling, you not only can be helpful to others, you can acquire an inside track on a long future program. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Letting others run the show today insures you against undeserved criticism, responsibility for matters which are beyond your control anyway SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Where others do not volunteer comment, watch their actions. At the same time be sure your share of the usual work is done'without complaint SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Your friends are in a swivel, sincerely trying to be helpful, succeeding in making mischief with the best intentions in the world CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Self-improvement measures interest you more than ever, just when you need to take into account more distant and theoretical factors than usual AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. The toward perfection may lead you to overlook perfectly practical solutions right under your nose Take the occasion to learn something from others PISCES (Feb. 19-March Being original only complicates matters today. Give others what you normally offer in the way of cues, suggestions, where possible, avoid meddling with set rules. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy SNAILS Andy sends a comlete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Linda Burleson, age 10, of Gary, ladiana, for her question. What do snails eat? We share our lovely world with about different kinds of snail, and most of them live in the sea Naturally, the little slowpokes must eat whatever is right the menu of a land snail is not the same as the menu of a sea snail However, both land and sea snails go about dining in the same unusual style If you grow flowers or vegetables, you soon find out what the average garden snail likes for dinner He helps himself to your pansy plants and dives into your dahlias, he chews into your lettuce leaves and samples all the salad greenery Whatever he chooses, almost certainly it will be your favorite this or that However, about 50 000 other snails are not such pests. Many of them live quiet lives in woods and meadows and since they sleep during the day, we hardly ever see them At night, when the air is cool and moist, they come out to dine. All these land- dwelling snails are vegetarians, but unlike the pesky garden snail they do not insist on fresh greenery. In fact, they usually prefer plant food that has started to decay. The snails of the woods and meadows feast on last year's fallen leaves This is one reason why the old leaves disappear. They are devoured by secretive snails. The ground in the wild woods contains sleeping mushrooms and toadstools These and other fungus plants are masses of rooty fibers called mycelium. The snails of the wild woods enjoy mycelium as much as you enjoy ice cream Land snails have lungs for breathing air but sea snails have gills for taking dissolved oxygen from the water All snails need moisture and the land snails must hide from the heat During dry spells, they seal themselves inside their shells and wait for a may be a long time. The sea snails have no such problems. But often their favorite foods are harder to find Most sea snails dine almost entirely on alga plants The large algae float around as great gobs of seaweed But there are zillions of tiny one- celled alga plants also They are too small for your eyes to snails thrive on them A few sea snails also eat a little meat, either fresh or partly decayed One of these is the large graceful whelk He sifts bits of rotting fish and other meaty seafood from the water. A snail seems to chew bites from his vegetable, though actually the little muncher has no teeth. Whal he has is a remarkable tongue called a radula This radula is a long supple ribbon and its skin is jam packed with tiny sharp bumps When a snail rubs his radula over his vegetables, it acts like a saw Most garden snails wear brownish shells to match the earth and the fallen leaves A few have orange or other bright stripes on their shells The sea snails are more gaudy and their shells tend to be much tougher 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) Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Linda looked at the dimes in her brother's hand "Is that all you she asked "You had nearly a dollar this morning "That's right, but I spent the rest, "Greg told her "Two thirds of what I spent is just three quarters of what I've got." How much had he spent' Thanks for an idea to G Barton, Coaldale, Alberta. (Answer tomorrow) Friday's answer: Sam's number, 373124. LOT I OF "MOWING UP I'M NOT 60IN6 TO W GOOP MONEf JUST TO HUTCH SOME STUPlPACrOR THROUJ UP! IF I WANT TO WATCH SOMEONE THKCW UP, I CAN WATCH KID WHO LIVES NEXT POOR TO U5 HE MAS THE FLU I'M HOME ALL ;