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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8-THE LETHBRIDGE Augutt Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Would you explain the difference between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout? What can one do to help or relive these'.' I have swelling of my finger joints and I don't know which one this is. My doctor says there is no known cure, just to keep active. Dear Reader In general, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease, with red. swollen, tender joints. It can be mild or severe. By contrast, osteoarthritis is a wear and tear process or degeneration of the joints, usually with overuse or increasing age. In your case you might be able to tell the difference by which joints of your fingers are involved. In osteoarthritis the end joints of the fingers are involved. But, in rheumatoid arthritis the knuckle joint and the second joint are usually involved, causing the fingers to have a spike-like appearance. (lout usually involves single joints to start with, and is caused by the gradual deposit of a salty-like material from uric acid. I think if you were having acute attacks of gout you would know it and your doctor would be treating it. There are a lot of things that can be done for arthritis. When the involvement is minimal, as sometimes oc- curs with osteoarthritis. the sensible approach is to main- tain motion and relieve pain. But. for more serious problems, even reconstruc- tion of damaged joints is possible. For more informa- tion you will want to get a copy of the book "There's Help for Arthritis." that I co-wrote with LaRue Stone, an arthritis suffer of many years. Send one dollar plus 25 cents postage and handling to in care of this newspaper. P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York. N.Y. 10019. Dear Dr. Lamb I am 22 and my husband is 29. This is his second marriage, my first. He has three children, of which we have custody. 1 would give anything to have a child of my own. but my husband had a vasectomy during his first marriage. I have heard of artificial insemination but don't really know anything about it. Would you please send me all the in- formation you can about the subject, the process, the danger involved, if any, etc.? Dear Reader You might have a lot of trouble getting that done. The procedure is simply one of mechanically in- jecting semen into the birth canal where the sperm cells can then migrate up the uterus to the tube and fertilize the ovum The problem is related to obtaining the donor semen and doing the procedure when the woman is able to get pregnant. It often takes a long time and many trials. The best advice I can give you is to write to the obstetrical and gynecology department of the nearest university medical center and ask their advice. Most doctors are neitner equipped nor wish to provide this type of service. There is another possibility you may have overlooked. Some vasectomies can be reversed. Vasectomies are usually considered per- manent. However, it may be that the ends of the vas that were cut and tied in your hus- band could be cut again and sewed together. He is a young man and he might have at least one chance in four of be- ing able to regain his capacity to father children. It is worth considering. He would need to see a urologist for such reconstructive surgery. Dr. Lamb welcomes questions from his readers, but because of the volume of mail he cannot answer per- sonally. Questions of general interest will be discussed in future columns. Write to Dr. Lamb in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Your birthday today: The sun enters Virgo at a.m. EDT. Today's natives, both Leo and Virgo, face special challenges, must depend on their own resources to meet it. Affluence has no bearing on emotional growth: something intangible reaches critical level. Today's Leos favor long-range ventures; Virgoans. intellectual literary interests. ARIES March 21-April Place emphasis on your work regardless of labels of ego- tism or ambition. Make an extra effort to reconcile with close associates or mate. TAURUS (April 20-May Cooperation flows and you are productive once the day gets underway. Prepare con- tingent projects to absorb extra production level and special assistance. GEMINI (May 21-June Get busy to settle outstand- ing questions. Be emphatic in finishing the week's work to give undivided attention in other directions t'.iis week- end. CANCER (June 21- July Mental and physical effort now coordinate quite smooth- ly. Finish a reasonable quota of your work. Stay free for a change in both methods and directions. GEMINI (June 21-July Mental and physical effort now co-ordinate quite smoothly. Finish a reasonable quota of your work. Stay free for a change in both methods and directions. LEO (July 23-Aag. Clear space around yourself to see what's happening and how to respond Whether in Study or spent alnne is VIRGO i Aug. 23-Sept. Be willing to shelve personal LI'L ABNER Ask Andy plans or pet projects for more important activities or the well-being of people close to you. Devote the evening to serious study. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Conservative financial moves turn out well. Avoid excess to preserve your health; pace yourself to prevent fatigue. Some excellent purchases may be made now. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Perform the formal amenities, give full co- operation. Personal interests of your own and others benefit from agreements. Repay an outstanding favor. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Public attention isn't essential to the success of today's important work. Settle final details, prepare to let the past lie beyond ready reference. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Formal contacts yield sensible results. Compare notes and theories. Offer energetic assistance where you see mutually tangible benefits. Quit and rest early. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Business performed in a moderate or traditional manner thrives today. Accept co-operation gracefully. Give thought to your savings and their uses, add to them where possible. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Increase your earnings by learning further skills, seeking fresh markets or con- nections. Family situations should become quieter and happier. CROWDED CORRIDOR Sixty per cent of Canada's nrniiiptir-ri in a 600-mile iv'weon Quebec City and Windsor. Ont.. in less than two per cent of the country's area. RAINBOWS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Matt Groth, age 11, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin for his question: Is it possible to see two rainbows at once? Usually we see only one rainbow and often the glimmering arch is incomplete. But it is possible to see two rainbows, one outside the other. Even three or four rainbows are possible, one outside the other. Some people claim to have seen as many as five rainbows at the same time. This too is possible, though very rare. Some experts regard a single rainbow as incomplete, even when the arch of colored ribbons is unbroken. A second rainbow is needed to complete the picture. The lowest and brightest one is called the primary bow. The blue bands are on the underside and the red band outlines the outside of the arch. The secondary bow is placed neatly outside the primary. Its colored ribbons are reversed to show the reds on the inside and the blues on the outside. A lot of dramatic stage scenery is necessary to create one or more rainbows in the heavens. And you must be there, at just the right place to behold it. The morning or evening sun must be fairly low in a clear patch of sky. No rainbows are visible from the earth when the sun is higher than about 40 degrees above the horizon. Meantime on the opposite side of the sky there must be a curtain of weeping clouds. The gorgeous display is possible because invisible sunlight is actually a blend of rainbow colored rays. When it passes through a glass prism, the different rays are refracted, or bent, and spread apart to display the separate colors of the rainbow spectrum. These refracted colors can be reflected by a shiny mirror. In that weeping cloud, millions of falling raindrops act as both prisms and mirrors. When a sunbeam strikes the shiny surface of a raindrop it is refracted and its colors are separated. As it passes through, these refracted rainbow colors are reflected from inside the raindrop. This reflection bounces right out again and more light is refracted as it leaves. The refraction and reflection from millions of raindrops is scattered at precise angles to arrange an orderly rainbow in the sky. Light is an assortment of longer and shorter wavelengths. The shorter waves are angled least and display the blue bands of color. The longest waves are angled more sharply and display the reds. These different angles arrange the colors of the primary bow in precise order, with the blues on the inside and the reds on the outside. Some of the radiant sunbeams take different paths through the falling prisms and mirrors. Some bounce around and reflect twice from the inside of the raindrops. This reverses the angles of the spectrum to form the secondary bow. Here the longer red rays appear at the bottom and the shorter blue waves rim the outside edge Of the arch. The colored spectrum may be reflected several times to show three, four or even five rainbows at a time. All of them appear at precise angles, one outside the other. The angle of the primary bow is always 42 degrees, the second bow is 50 degrees. The rare extras appear at larger and still larger angles measured from where you stand in relation to the view. 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) UDOUID SIT IN A TREE PRETENPIN6 TO BE A SHOULD 60 TO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST! KNOU) THAT WLTURES ALMOST NEVER 6070 MOW DO 4tKJ KEEP THE CORD LIKF vims WILL DO MVSRXWl. ANVTHING- BROOM CAN DO, IN HALF THE UM AWAY OBSOLETE OLD BROOM GOOOMORNINQI f ME RE6AL VACUUM CLEANER COMPANV. HI AND LOIS BUT THE FROZEN FOODS MAKE IT ALL IT'S NO FUN BEIN6 STUCK IN MERE WITH ALL THESE CEREAL BOXES ANP CANNEP FOOPS. BUGS BUNNY FOR THAT PWICE THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT' AN' LISTEN. ..ST1LU THIS WATCH IS ABSOLUTELY INDESTRUCTIBLE 6OOO- WATCH Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter Here's something to stir up the old taste buds! Each letter stands for a different digit. What's this PEPPER to you? PETER PIPER LIKED RED RED BLONDIE MAY I HAVE ANOTHER GLASS OF WATER. PLEASE? IF WE START GIVING YOU EXTRA NEXT THING YOULL BE ASKING FOR FREE TOOTHPICKS IT'S THE PRINCIPLE OF THE THING WHY NOT DRINKING WATER COSTS PRACTICALLY NOTHING PEPPER (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: 15 posts, 78 inches spacing. ARCHIE Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN c, CHieaio Tribune Neither vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 6 3 K Q J 2 4 2 WEST EAST 10 8 4 2 109742 9 3 8 6 5 873 K 6 SOUTH Q5 8 74 J 10 9 5 The bidding: North East South West 1 Pass 2 Pass Pass 2 NT Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Two of V There are a number of safe bits of advice about the play of the hand that have been handed down to us from the days of Whist. While these are sound enough and have withstood the test of time, they are generalizations, and do not always cover specific situations. Consider this hand. North-South reached a not unreasonable contract of five clubs, though three no trump rpiKht hav a Het'er iurhp c'luh0 was somewhat aggressive. v especially since it tonk the tul defense. partnership beyond the no trump game. As it was, it required intelligent defense to defeat the minor-suit game. West led the two of spades, and Kast's first thought was to play the king, in keeping with the Whist adage: "Never finesse against your partner." However, before committing himself, he looked deeper into the matter. His-king of clubs was a certain trick, hut the solid diamond suit in dummy made it imperative that the defenders take their tricks as quickly as possible. The opening lead marked West with a four-card spade suit: thus, declarer had started with three cards in the suit If West held the queen ot spades, the defenders could take two spade tricks to defeat the contract. But what if West's spades were not headed by the queen? In that case, the only hope for the defense was that they could cash two heart t ricks Without looking at the cards, how could East discover what his partner held? The solution was simple. To the first trick East played the jack of spades! South won the queen and ran the queen of clubs to East's king. With the spade position cleared up. it was ,i routine matter tor Fast ANOTHER OF HIS LAMEBRAINED EXCUSES TO HANG AROUND LONGER WHAT YOU LOOKING FOR YOUR CHOICE.----TAKE THEM ALL......ct JUST HOME.'- HAGAR THE HORRIBLE COMBS TrAAT HANDSOME IF YOU'RE SMART YoU'UU PLAY IT cool... ANP I COOL BEETLE BAILEY ALL VWASTEPAPEK MUST TAKEN PlfZeCTLY TO RECYCLING C6MT6R we THLWIP DRUMS UK6 COMRAPESf FIVE YEARS YOU HAVE? 6TUPIEP TH6 AMP CUSTOMS OF INDIANS MEAT LIKE IN A CERTAIN CAP1TAU OF A C6PTAIM COUNTRY THAT CERTAINLY TUMBLEWEEDS ROLL THE SCOOP THE OPPOSITION, 90VI WAIT! STOP THE PRESSES I RUSH THIS COPY ID KJ5WKITE.' x USE A PRESCRIPTION FOR MY ARTHRITIS] POCTOR PRESUME ;