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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, August 2, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 5 Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lanb I'm sure that you've heard this problem many times before, but I still need help in finding an answer. I'm a male, 19, and completely healthy except I'm skinny as a rail. Well, not quite but I'm five-feet seven and only weight 120 pounds. I eat three full meals a day. I literally eat more than anyone else in my dorm but I just can't seem to gain a pound. I'm active, I play sports regularly. What's wrong? Ann Landers said that most thin people inherit their frames, and there is absolutely nothing they can do about it. However, both of my parents were on a diet to lose excess weight! I'm sick of stuffing myself and seeing no results. Do you have any suggestions' I've seen advertisements for pills that are guaranteed to help you gain weight but I find it hard to believe. Do you know of any pills that really work? Dear Reader Yes, I seem to have heard that story somewhere before. And, Ann Landers not withstanding, you can do something about it. It is true that you inherit a tendency to be thin or heavy. You can see this in the animal kingdom, too. Just look at the basic difference in a beef cow and a dairy cow One is heavy and the other fine boned without so much muscle. But, you can grow muscles in spite of your heredity. But, first let me say that your parents' overweight problem may be due to their age. At their age their bodies are not as active as yours is, and it is a somewhat different problem. It is more important how thin they were when they were your age, not what is go- ing on now. And, I'm not im- pressed that you are so skin- ny. For your height you can't expect to weight a lot with a normal life style, unless you get fat. I don't think much of being fat, for either appearance or health Part of your problem is your physical activity. It is fine to be active, and it helps keep your body in a good state of health. But, you won't grow heavy muscles with most types of sports, such as tennis, swimming, running or hand- ball, to mention a few. These will all build some muscle and are good for body endurance. Most people apparently don't understand that endurance ex- ercise (most sports and runn- ing) does NOT de- velop large muscles. The only way to grow even bigger muscles is to progressively load the muscles to near maximum ability. These are the weight lifting type of exercises. Each time you make the muscle contract under an increased load it grows a little bigger. The bigger the cross sec- tional area of the muscle, the stronger it is. Eating excess food without strength training will only make you fat. You need strength-type exercises then you will stimulate your muscles to grow. Those pills are another "rip- off" of people who are interested in their health. Most of them are vitamins or proteins, and you can get those in sufficient abaundance for good muscle growth from a normal diet. All that extra i protein is used by your body as so many calories. It won't build a muscle or help it get stronger without a combined training program. Many of these products are sold with a plan or an exercise device. You would do just as well in most instances with the exer- cise program and not taking the pills at all. You might try the local YMCA for help in instruction on strength-type exercise and weight training. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Balanc- ed Diet" booklet. Flashback 1923 United States Presi- dent Warren G. Harding died in office. 1941 Nazi Germany open- ed its offensive to capture the Ukraine. 1945 Eight hundred U.S. B-29s bombed Japan. Qoren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN The Chicago Tribune Neither vulnerable. South deals. NORTH 8 3 3 A Q K 7 6 2 WEST EAST AQ75 J 9 7 6 K 10 5 4 3 J9 SOUTH A A K J 10 4 2 5 8 2 The bidding: South West North East 1 A Pass 2 Pass 2 A Pass 4 A Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen of V Perhaps the trait that distinguishes most bridge experts from the ordinary player is their pessimism. The average playei approaches most hands with rose-colored spectacles; the expert believes in Murphy's Law: "If any- thing can go wrong, it Watch the technique of Lew Mathe of Los Angeles, one of the world's great players, as he handles an apparently simple four spade contract in a championship team game. Joe Smith would look at the hand and say: "If the queen of spades drops, the diamond finesse wins and the clubs spli t 3-3, I'll make seven." Mathe's line is predicated on the fact that none of these possibilities succeed! Declarer won the opening heart lead with his ace and Ul led a low club to the king. He returned to his hand with the king of spades and led a club to the ace. This was to protect against the possibility that West held a singleton club. When both defenders followed to the second club, Mathe continued with a low club from dummy and ruffed with the jack of spades. It would not have helped West to overruff with the queen, cash "two hearts and shift to a diamond, for dummy's nine-eight of trumps would then have been two entries, enabling Mathe to set up the fifth club for a diamond discard. Therefore, he elected to discard a diamond. However, this proved to be no better, for Mathe's next play was a low spade! West was forced to win the queen; otherwise he would lose his trump trick. A heart to the king and a heart back allowed the defenders to cash their two heart tricks and left West on lead to play a diamond through dummy's ace-queen. Mathe rose with the ace of diamonds and ruffed a dub with the ten of trumps, setting up dummy's fifth club. A low spade to the nine drew West's last trump and provided the entry to cash the long club, on which declarer discarded his losing diamond. Note that had declarer cashed the ace and king of spades, he would have been defeated. There would have been no way to set up the fifth club and get back to dummy to enjoy it, and in the fullness of time declarer would have lost a trump, two hearts and a diamond Your horoscope ByJeamDixon SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Your birthday today: Sharp personal negotiations and progress on several self improvement programs characterize a varied year ahead. Individual relationships intensify. Today's natives organize well, usually have several projects going at once and are solidly partisan in advocating them, no matter how diverse. ARIES (March 21-April Although there's much to do, you have what it takes. Call your shots, avoid gambling or speculation, put in no more than needed. Information is brought up to date; romance, lively. TAURUS (April 20-May Personal plans are rough- going; proceed cautiously. Consider the needs of older people; avoid quibbling. Preparations for the coming week should begin today. GEMINI (May 21-June Stay out of secret deals; they don't stay secret for long. Your choices lack perspective. One decision at a time is the only reliable method. Friends compete with you CANCER (June 21-July Facts about finances are stressed, but first see how your budget enables you to participate. You compete with others in shared pastimes Quit while you're ahead, avoid over-exertion. LEO (July 23-Aug. Those with official responsibility tend to be formal, unco-operative. Seek help from less formidable people. There's no excuse for haste or carelessness. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Do what you can expect to achieve, speculate about things beyond your control. Travel is subject to delay. Have something at hand to do while you wait. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Take on a minimum in your own or anyone else's business Check out a story, no matter how interesting, before you pass it on. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Personal interests compete with business demands. The less you comment, the more likely you are to resolve the conflict. Invite good friends for a social evening. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Get your own work done right before criticizing that of others. Finanqes turn favorable A special bargain or means of economy is within reach. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Now is a good time to cut off extra involvement and to rely on your own resources. Make sure you clearly express your gentler feelings to those you cherish. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Endless rounds of talk solve little or nothing. Pitch in and do your work without grumbling Research into new career opportunity is informative, beneficial. PISCES (Feb. 19-March You wind up working extra today. Be on guard for errors, misunderstandings. Home life improves. Advance personal ventures along with the usual weekend routines. Ask Andy DIAMONDS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Janet Pritchard, age 12, of Wichita, Kansas for her question: Why are diamonds so valuable? Some things are valuable because they are useful. Others are worth cherishing for their beauty Others are worth looking at because they are so rare. It so happens that the diamond rates tops in all these categories. Its sparkling crystals are among the earth's most beautiful minerals. Many industrial jobs depend upon its usefulness and diamonds are rare, very rare and hard to find. The total area of the earth's surface is almost 197 million square miles. And througout this enormous area, worthwhile quantities of diamonds have been found in only about half a dozen small spots. What's more, even in the richest mines, diamonds are few and far between and the stones come in very small sizes. On the average, 100 tons of rocky dirt must be sifted to yield one pound of diamonds. And of this precious haul, only a few may be suitable for sparkling gem stones. Naturally, all this toilsome labor must be paid for, which adds a great deal to the price. But if rarity were the whole story, most likely nobody would go to all the trouble of digging out diamonds. Ac- tually, these remarkable stones have two other qualities that make them so costly. Some are dazzlingly beautiful, others are outstan- dingly useful. We are told that a diamond is made of common carbon, which rates high on the list of plentiful elements in the earth's crust. Coal is mostly carbon, the graphite in a so- called lead pencil is a form of carbon. Diamond is a crystal form of carbon atoms that happens to be the hardest of the earth's natural minerals. Therein lies the secret of its usefulness. On the scale of mineral hardness, diamond occupies Class Ten all by itself. This means that it can cut and scratch all the other natural minerals, and not a one of them can scratch it back. It can cut down through the hardest rocks to the earth's deepest buried treasure. Dia- mond chips are set into the revolving disks that drill for oil. Diamond grit and diamond dust are used for sharpening and polishing jobs that no other substance can do. No, they don't use glittering diamond gems for these work a day chores. Most diamonds are stained with dirty colors and flawed with internal cracks. Nevertheless, their super-hard crystal structure is the same They are industrial diamonds, costly because they are rare and can do valuable work. A rare gem diamond comes from the earth looking somewhat like a chunk of frosted glass It may be a bumpy lump or shaped like a pair of roundish pyramids with their bases joined together. In any case, the glittering glassy sparkle is hidden under a misty skin. Questions by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntlngton Beach. California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures "My Old Charlie chuckled. "You'll have to figure it out yourself." Doug grabbed a pencil from the table. he said. "Try me, Grandpa." Charlie thought a moment. "Well, if you add it to its two digits you'll get the total of the squares of those two he told the boy. How old was he? (Answer Monday) Yesterday's answer: EARWIG was 539142. THAT -uerr A OM THe (5ROUSE! OKAV, HERE COMES THE 6I66IE! THE WAS A 5MAIUE! NOBODV SAID BEING- ON A LITTLE LEAGUE FARM TEAM WAS EASY. r AND MY UNIFORM IS WORN OUT .THE BAT HAS A SPLIT IN IT THERE'S NO THIS BALL- IS FLAT ON ONE SIDE... THUMB IN MV GLOVE...-. HI AND LOIS IS THERE ANYTHlNe BFTTER THAN A CUP OF COFFEE OUTSIPE, EARLY ON A SUMMER MORNING AS FAR AS THIRSTY IS CONCERNED THERE IS ONE THING BUGS BUNNY SCRQUNGIN' GARBAGE CANS AGAIN, HEY, SYLVESTER PLEASE, CSUV'NOR LEAVE US NOT BE (SAMS IGROTIO SALVAGING IS THE MOKE POLITE WHAT'S THAT, YER, ReADlN1.1? THE RESTAURANT NAENU, I'M HOPING TO RECOVER. A TIDBIT OF FILET OF SOLE ...IT'S "TODAY'S BLONME JUST BE PATIENT; HAVE IT HEMMED INI A BOY'AM I EVER GLAD IM MOT MARRIED TO THAT AMAZON ARCHIE THAT'S HE WANTED TO DROP THEM YEAH WHERE YOU'D I..BUT.. FIND I THINK HE WAS BRINGING ME THE DEAD MICE OF EVERY CAT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD I USED TO REWARD HOW'S I HIM YOUR TIME HE CAT CAUGHT A "IRON 0V MOUSE CLAW HAGAR THE HORRIBLE TO OUR TROUBLES WIUL WMEPE THEY ARE i BEETLE BAMY I ZERO; I FOC6OT I MAD THE ON DID You NOW TO BLOW A BUBBLE? TUMBLEWEEDS FOR 5 NWH15 BECAUSE OF TrlAT PLASTEP COYOTE HOWJ.IN6J.. 8-2 I OFFICIALLY SENTEMCEP THAT PRUTE TO PE BXECOTEPJ... 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