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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE UETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, December 9, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb First of all, I want to thank you for the information you sent me deal- ing with diverticulosis. My mother has followed the instructions in the booklet instead of the bland diet she had been on. The results are truly fantastic. Now, I would like to ask you about my son. He is 14 and had a skull fracture three years ago. How dangerous is this sort of fracture and should he be allowed to participate in activities such as football? Could this kind of fracture cause damage to the brain? His doctor said he could par- ticipate in football. I'm very concerned. Dear Reader I'm glad your mother has done so well by changing her diet. The bland diet that she was on was commonly recommended a few years ago. A British sur- geon pointed out the value of cereal fiber in providing bulk in the diet, essential to normal bowel function, and since then there has been a small revolu- tion in diets for bowel problems. Others who need this infor- mation can write to me at P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019 and ask for the booklet on diverticulosis. Send 50 cents to cover costs. There are many types of skull fractures. If broken bone is not depressed into the brain or other injury present, the brain may not have any significant permanent injury. Small fractures that have healed well without brain damage may have no further influence on a person's life. I presume that is the case since your doctor has told you your son can play football. You will get many different opinions about the safety of football, particularly for school boys. It depends a lot on the conditions. Dear Dr. Lamb Recently I read in your column that sit ups and leg lifts would help reduce one's waistline. Would exercising by standing still and flexing the abdominal muscles by themselves be of any benefit in reducing the waistline? It is possible that this type could be harmful, if not helpful? Dear Reader I assume you mean pulling in your ab- dominal muscles and contracting them as much as you reasonably can. If so, it will help. The best approach is to "suck in your muscles" and hold them in this contracted position for at least 15 seconds. Then relax and repeat the procedure. You can do this either while standing or while seated in a chair. You can get sore muscles by overdoing it if you have poor muscle tone to start with. So, take it easy. You can also get results by more rapidly contracting and relaxing the abdominal muscles in a repetitive fashion. These exercises are not harmful, and they are very useful for people who cannot lie down to exercise. I am thinking here of the patients with hiatal hernia who are instructed to have the head of the bed elevated and avoid bending over. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 197< South, vulnerable, you hold: VAK10942 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 V Pass 1 Pass T What do you bid now? hearts. While you have a good band, your singleton spade is not necessarily an it might prove to be a liability, since it suggests the possibility of a misfit. Thus, for the moment we suggest you go along quietly. If partner passes two hearts, you are un- likely to have missed anything. vulnerable, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 Pass 1 Pass 1 Pass What do you bid now? have a weak hand and should get out of the auction as quickly as possible, once you have found a playable spot. North's rebid was not forcing, so there is no need for you to bid again. You should not give a pre- ference to two clubs, for that would raise the level of the con- tract. vulnerable, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 Pass 1 NT Pass 2 Pass What do you bid now? spades. Though you are not compelled to bid. you should give preference to partner's first-bid suit. As a general rule, you should presume that part- ner's first suit is the longer, so despite the fact that your hearts are stronger than your spades, it is your duty to return to his first- bid suit if you can do so without raising the level of the contract. vulner- able, as South you hold: WJ832 49 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 Pass 1 Pass 9 What do you bid now? hearts. Now thai vou have found a fit. there is no point in jump rebidding your diamond suit. That action would not be forcing, and runs the risk that partner might pass when your side has game in hearts. While a jump raise to three hearts is also not forcing, the knowledge that a trump fit exists might en- courage partner to continue. vulnerable, as South you hold: fK82 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 Pass 1 Pass 2 Pass What do you bid now? spades. Once partner supports your suit, your hand re- values to 12 points, and your side's combined assets should be in the game range. To invite game by raising to three spades places undue pressure on your partner, who might pass on a hand that would easily produce ten tricks. vulnerable, as South you hold: 48 VAK10872 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 Pass 2 Pass 9 What do you bid'now? hearts. After partner announces heart support, your hand revalues to 17 points. ('You add 1 point for the fifth trump and 2 points for each additional trump.) Since partner could have 9 to 10 points for his raise, you have the values to issue a game invitation, which partner should accept if he is maximum for his raise. Q.7-North-South vulner- able, as South you hold: 410954 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 Pass 1 Pass INT Pass 2 NT Pass 9 What do you bid now? You started with a minimum opening hid, and noth- ing has happened to improve your hand. Partner's raise to two no trump shows about 11 points, .so your side appears to be short of the assets required to make game. vulnerable, as South you hold: 1087543 472 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 Pass 1 Pass 2 Pass What