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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE August Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb My father is 79 and has been in the hospital for prostate trouble. He had a catheter tube put in place to drain his bladder. When the catheter was removed he developed a bacterial infection. After six weeks in the hospital he was brought home to recuperate so he would be strong enough for prostate surgery. However, he has no appetite and his weight has gone from 135 to 90 pounds. He has gotten so weak that he can no longer walk without the support of two people. He is on antibiotics, vitamin pills and an appetite stimulant of iron and vitamin B-12. Dr. Lamb, what do you recommend that would build up his body and strength to normal? Dear Reader Any infectious illness can take away a person's appetite. The first step in his recovery is elimination of the infection, which, incidentally, occurs all too often with catheterization. You have to do the catheterization to drain the bladder, but you often have to pay a price for it. The infection and the lack of eating combined are sufficient to cause weakness. Starvation from any cause will do this even in a healthy person. Of course, I have no way of knowing what other problems might be present in a man of your father's age and history. The problem of loss of appetite in older people is fairly common. Sometimes this is related to loss of taste, which can be helped part of the time with zinc. Other times it is related to the general health and age condition. It is important to pay attention to it if you want to keep these people healthy. When this problem arises it is wise to consider just what the person really likes to eat. Many older people get so they don't like meat or vegetables and have a sweet tooth. If you are not careful they won't be getting enough protein. But you can satisfy their sweet tooth and slip good protein to them at the same time. A good milk shake is fine. The milk provides excellent protein. You can prepare desserts fortified with added amounts of skim milk powder for additional protein and calcium. Then you can get protein powder and add it to foods as a supplement. These can be included in a milk shake type of mixture. Add the protein powder to milk, add an egg if you like, flavor it with whatever appeals to the patient and sweeten it to taste. Desserts are not all bad. You can construct them to provide all the protein and calcium a person needs. This, combined with needed vitamins, will go a long way toward restoring the nutrition for older people who don't like to eat anything but sweets. Of course, if the kidneys are not working properly then you might have to go easy on the protein. But, your doctor could easily tell you about this. With good nutrition, regular light physical activity is wise if the health will permit it. That may be walking short distances, even with help, to restore normal body function. It is important that your father have adequate drainage from the bladder. If he has advanced obstruction from the prostate I'm curious about how this is being managed without a catheter. Without adequate drainage his health will not improve. Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Your birthday today: Features a full rnoon at 2.46 a.m. EOT. Emotional expres- sion is intense all year, colors all relationships, attracts ex- tra personal support. The theme of the year is facing facts, making the best of them for material and spiritual growth. Today's natives are generally pleasant, sociable people who rely on intuition and speak plainly. ARIES (March 21 April Accept co-operation from those on hand, never mind dis- tant celebrities or departing friends. Expect little progress in speculative ventures. Even- ing brings sudden insight. TAURUS (April 20 May Turnover of personnel is typical of today. Take a look at the new faces, give as good as you get. There's much trou- ble shooting to do today and tonight. GEMINI (May 21 June Wind up your work week smoothly and swiftly, adding no extra refinements. Just moving about doesn't serve any useful purpose stay put and think! CANCER (June 21 July Mend your home ties, make peace elsewhere, where feasible. You're on your own resources in any financial ven- ture or improvement program: be thrifty accor- dingly. LEO (July 23 Aug. Ex- tra work is normal for today. Be sure you have enough time to finish what you accept, as you'll get very little help with it. Avoid people who quibble. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Get your sense of humor into the open, convert the day's stress into strength for adven- ture. Even routines can be fun. Quit early for a change of pace. LIBRA (Sept. 23- Oct. Old problems must be solved as you face new challenges. Some associates are helpfui, some have different ideas. Meditate as best you can, but get going on your own. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Use your imagination to evade argument while you prepare further plans. Family incidents require more than your first reaction. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. If you relate well to those within sight and cope with here-and-now conditions, you'll be way ahead. Lump- sum transactions are favored. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Close out a long-term obligation, clear your space for something new. In dis- putes, state your case simply. It's a very brisk evening of lively talk. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Nobody is satisfied with the way personal situations develop today, as conse- quences of past actions come to crisis. Work with what you have toward a fresh start. PISCES (Feb. 19 March All sorts of long- concealed information comes to light, surprises you. Expect heavier work, but conserve your energy with regular pauses for rest. Ask Andy MOSS Andy sends a Complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Kit- ty Azar, age 11, of Montgomery, Alabama for her question: How does moss get started on a tree trunk? Most of the shy little mosses grow on the ground. It is easy to imagine how they can spread from one patch of shady moist soil to the next one. But some of them start life above the ground, perhaps high on a tree trunk. How they get there seems most mysterious. Actually it is possible because the mosses have an unusual life style which is somewhat com- plicated. Most plants grow from seeds that produce plants like their parents. A dandelion, for instance, grows a feathery round ball. When the breezes scatter the fluff, they also spread around the attached seeds. The same breezes can help a new moss plant to get started on the trunk of a tree. However, in the world ef mosses, seeding is more com- plicated than it is among oak trees and dandelions. It seems that parent mosses go to a lot more trouble to launch their offspring. The mosses are big enough to be seen as small patches of velvety greenery. With Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Aug. 1, 1974 Slavery was abolished in all British possessions 140 years ago today in 1834. It was not until the victory of the Union over the South in the American Civil War in 1865 that slaves were freed in the United States. Opening up of the West In- dies and the southern states of America had made slavery a lucrative trade in the New World. Public conscience was aroused in the latter part of the 18th century and the early years of the 19th century at the horror and suffering in- volved in this traffic of the slave ships from West Africa but internal trade continued in the United States. 1498 Columbus anchored at Trinidad on his third voyage to the New World and discovered South America a few days later. 1589 Henry III of France was murdered. 1715 The Doggett's Coat and Badge was rowed at London for the first time. 1914 Germany declared war on Russia and invaded Luxembourg. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Each letter stands for a different digit. WAGGLE WAGGLE WAGGLE W I G G L Y E ARWI G It could be quite elusive, but see if you can get this EARWIG. patience and know-how we could count hundreds of different species. But reproduction occurs on a very small scale. We need a hand lens or a magnifying glass to observe the details. When the time comes, a parent moss sprouts a forest of tiny green stems. Each stem is topped with a mini-package of mini- mini egg cells. Meantime, another parent moss sprouts a forest of stems, each topped with a package of tiny male sperm cells. The first reproductive stage depends on the merging of one male cell and one female egg cell. Such meetings are possi- ble if the ripened sperm cells pop open when the velevety moss is slippery with dewy moisture. The sperm cells have hairy little tails to swim around through the fine film of moisture. Now and then, a lucky one manages to reach an egg capsule and merge with an egg cell. In most plants, a merging of this sort would produce a fertilized seed, all set to produce a new plant. The mosses go through an extra stage. Actually the tiny fertilized moss cell is a true embryo seed. It settles on its soft velvety parent and sprouts a small stem. At the top is a tiny capsule, sealed with a neat lid. The capsule is stuffed with powdery seedlets called spores, finer than fine dust. When the spores are ripe, the capsule lid pops open. The dusty spores blow away on the breezes. Most of them are lost. A few land on suitable moist patches of soil. Once in a while a moss spore is wafted aloft and lands in a moist crevice of bark, high on a tree trunk. The lofty little spore does not need chemical rich soil, as most plants do. For it has no true roots. All it needs is a pocket of dependable moisture and something solid in which to hook its fingers. It is not a parasite plant, which takes nourishment from a host plant. The tree-growing moss will manufacture its own supplies, using the energy of sunlight to make its food from air and water. Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) CIA said involved in coup UNITED NATIONS (Reuter) President Idi Amin Of Uganda has sent out telegrams accusing the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of masterminding the Cyprus coup. His charge that the CIA was behind the coup which ousted Archbishop Makarios came in telegrams to the Greek and Turkish premiers and the archbishop, and distributed by the Ugandan UN mission. Amin said: "The facts lead- ing to the success of last week's coup appear to in- dicate that CIA intelligence was very much involved in the planning of it." Amin, who several times recently has alleged that Uganda was about to be in- vaded by its neighboring Afri- can country of Tanzania, did not elaborate on his charge. DON'T TME 6AME UNTIL I GET THINK THAT'S J g TO ME TO GET TEETH, UOULP 40U 1 iPWW SHORT MBS ON WHAT GROUNDS YOUR HONOR, 1 DEMAND A EVERY TIME I TRY TO ESTABLISH MV CLIENT'S INNOCENCE... HI AND LOIS I LOVE I LOVE SANP BETTER THAN PO YOU LIKE SANP? I LIKE SAND A LOT I LOVE IT BETTER THAN MUP. I LOVE SANP MORE THAN PUST. OH, THERE GOES THE CONVERSATION, BUGS BUNNY I HIT SOMETHING DO I WIN A PRIZE KNOCK OVER TH' BOTTLES WIN A PRIZE, PETUNIA OH, GOODY, I WANT TO TRY BLONDIE NOW YOU WOM'T MAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU DON'T EVENJ KMOW THAT YOU HAVEM'T BUMSTEAD, i THINK THE ENERGY CRISIS PINALUY HIT YOUR BOSS, I FORGOT WHAT IT WAS YOU ASKED ME TO BRING YOU ARCHIE UBEAUTY AND IT'S THE OH "BEAUTY I THOUGHT OF THE VYOU SAID. BEACH" ARCHIE, I'M READY FOR YOU TO DRIVE ME. TO THE BEACH FOR THE CONTEST! I BROUGHT JUG-HEAD JUSHEAD! TO ENTER WITH THE HAGAR THE HORRIBLE AGAINST WITH1 DPlMKINlO SOLI P. BEETLE BAILEY LI'L ABNER A. RAVEN NUTLEV'S 3RAIW 0ALAWC6 IS PERFECr- J HE sees C SHAPED C LIKE" A THEM HE BECOMES SAVASE H! IT TOOK FOUR LIVES SJ2OQOOO CO ID CAPTURE THIS RARE r 6ROUSE FOR THfc" WiS'LL APP IT TO 6 HOUSEHOLD T----- THE THERE'S A FfiWHBR GROUSE ON YOU KNOW IS .A? HOW I FEEL APOUT YOU 5MELL LIKE CALAMI OH1, YOU'RE TOO SENSITIVE ALL i PIP WA5 A SALAMI TO t PIPNT EVEN EAT ANY WELL, OP IT MAVE YOUE "L CAN'T IT' TUMBLEWEEDS ORP0R IN THE COURT! MORE OUTBURST LIKE THAT AMP I'LL CLEAR THIS ;