Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
26 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, February 1, 1975 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb When I was 14 our family doctor found that I had an "adolescent" goiter. He prescribed iodine drops, but nothing changed so I stopped. A few years later a different doctor prescribed a black iodine salve that was to be rubbed into my throat. Needless to say, after trying that for awhile it was discon- tinued. My goiter was hardly noticeable, so I did nothing: After several more years a new doctor prescribed thyroid pills. I did not feel a need for thyroid and the goiter was un- noticeable, so I was not very faithful about taking the pills. I was careful to use iodized salt. At age 24 I had been married for four years. We couldn't have a child, and I was declared a sterility case. A gynecologist decided I need- ed thyroid and put me on 25 micrograms of Cytpmel. Within three months I became pregnant. Sterility was a thing of the past for me! I have been taking Cytomel since. Now I am 39 and have been taking thyroid all this time. Recently I could not sit down without dropping off to sleep. In fact, all I wanted to do was sit down. I have always been extremely energetic, so I thought age was making me slow down. When I went for my yearly physical I asked for a thyroid test. I hpd doubled my thyroid to two tablets, 50 micrograms of Cytomel, for three weeks. Even so, the test was borderline. Since then I have added another Cytomel tablet, so I'm taking 75 micrograms each day. I'm beginning to feel normal again. I'm puzzled why I need three times as much Cytomel suddenly. Also, one doctor told me that Cytomel was a synthetic thyroid and another told me that it was .the real thing. Could you give me some information about this? Dear Reader Cytomel is a synthetic preparation, but it has all the same actions as thyroid hormone extracted from animal thyroid glands. A 25-microgram tablet is equivalent to one grain of whole thyroid. One major difference is that Cytomel is not bound to any protein as whole thyroid is. That characteristic enables it to act much faster. Some noticeable responses can he observed within a few hours after taking jt, and within a few days its maximum effect is obtained. It takes two or three weeks for good effects from whole thyroid. Because the Cytomel is not bound to protein, some of the standard thyroid tests are tricky when you are taking it. The best way to tell when the patient is getting enough is by the response. Your low-thyroid problems may not have been as sudden as you think. People can gradually feel worse so slowly they don't notice the change until they are treated apd feel better. This is true of many il- ls. The thyroid normally puts out more than three grains a day, or equivalent to over 75 micrograms of Cytpmel. Even 100 micrograms is needed in some severe cases, so your dosage, is not unusual. Thyroid is often very helpful in sterility problems when one or both partners has even moderately low thyroid func- tion. It is also commonly used in young, girls with a small goiter. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this news- paper, P.O. Box 1591, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Losing Weight" booklet. Dear Dr. Lamb If a child using toothpaste doesn't spit it out afterwards, but swallows it, can it be harmful to her stomach or her health? This' worries me. Dear Reader The astronauts swallowed, their toothpaste during space flight. The paste, however, was specially prepared so that it contained no flavor oil. It is the flavor oils that can be irritating to the digestive tract. While I don't recommend the practice, small amounts are not likely to be harmful. The most serious effect would be to cause an upset stomach or perhaps mild diarrhea. 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The means, not the results, are most Important. Relationships are active and provide many tense moments. Today's natives are generally restless, with tendencies toward extremes. ARIES (March 21-April Do your fair share of Sunday customs without making a big deal of it.-Spend the afternoc i pursuing favorite sports, hob- bies and contacts. TAURUS (April 2fl-May Take action rather than talk about it. Give yourself plenty of time and room in which to develop your own creative ideas. GEMINI Outdoor activities, if feasible, are preferable to staying in. Take sensible precautions in dealing with the unfamiliar. Bring companions who know the route. CANCER (June 21-July Don't insist upon any limited plan. Change things so that you're free to accept challenges or an invitation. You have an advantage you don't fully realize. LEO (July23-Aug. It's time you took the initiative. Set goals'and priorities early. Pursue social or experimental enterprise. Avoid business and shoptalk. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Don't expect ceremony or even a "thank you" for 'your help, Do the best you qan for the issues and people you en- dorse. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Ocl. Be gracious and grant favors wherever possible. Start early to attend to details and to make connections en route. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Lively people are ideal com- panions this Sunday. Give in to a healthy impulse; speak up and express your deeper feelings. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. You give and receive personal benefits today. Put aside commercial transactions. Encourage friends to join forces for new goals. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Gather your best friends for open air pastimes, public entertainment. Take care to avoid overdoing anything. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. You're expected to par- ticipate in group action. Choose competitive sports or recreation that you can handle. Show off your best qualities. PISCES (Feb. 19-March This Sunday promises fun, entertainment and co operation among people you've managed to get together. Enjoy a busy and happy evening. Ask Andy (Look for answers on Monday) THE MAGNETIC POLE Andy sends a complete 20- volurrie set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Shawn C. Young, age 10, of East Lansing, Mich., for his question: Does the magnetic pole move? Since the Middle Ages, travelers have depended on the magnetic compass because its needle points faithfully, to the north magnetic pole. All this time, the magnetic pole has stayed fairly close to the geographic North Pole. We now know that through the long ages it has wandered all over the globe. Actually the earth has four poles, two north and two south. The geographic poles are at the opposite ends of the axis, the central line around which the globe rotates. The magnetic poles are at opposite ends of what seems to be a huge magnet through 'the center of the planet. It is tilted at an angle to the rotation ax- is. Its two ends, the magnetic poles, are some distance from the geographic For centuries the four poles have stayed more or less where they are, though lately scientists have detected slight wanderings in the magnetic poles. However, a few cen- turies are a mere moment in the long history of our restless planet. And we now know that through the vast ages the poles have traveled on long global tours .True, they are not speedy travelers and it takes a million years or more to detect many changes in their positions. Nevertheless, the evidence is there in rocks and ancient shells. For example, 500 million years ago, the two north poles were submerged under the ocean, near what is now the island of Hawaii. From there, scientists have traced their slow journey toward the northeast, and some 330 million years ago they were near Japan. Then their long, slow journey inch- ed toward Asia and reached Siberia about 50 million years ago. From there the two poles crept to their present location in the Arctic. Or so it seems. Actually the earth's axis does not change but its crust slithers around like a loose overcoat. As it moves, first one area of global geography, then another glides over the axis and magnetic poles. Naturally the opposite south poles go on global tours to match the north poles. During the past half billion years, various crustal areas of the South Atlantic and Antarctica have glided over the geographic and magnetic south poles. QuMtioni by chil- dren of Herald should be mailed to Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Flashback Vidkun Quisling was named minister president of Norway by the occupying German army 33 years ago in 1942. Within a week, he dis- solved the constitution and ruled as a personal dictator, attempting to Nazify the country and shipping Jews to concentration camps. He was executed for treason after the Second World War. 1900 Le Regiment du Saguenay was organized as 18th Infantry Battalion. 1908 King Carlos lot Por- tugal was assassinated. 1924 Britain recognized the Soviet government of Russia. 1946 Trygve Lie of Norway was named sec- retary general of the United Nations. 1952 West Germany join- ed five other powers in the European Coal and Steel Com- munity. PUSH WOMEN'S YEAR MONTREAL (CP) The United Nurses Inc. launched a program Thursday to promote Inter- national Women's Year, say- ing women can help solve world problems. Marie Mullally, editor oftte group's newspaper, Dialogue, told a news conference that the group hopes more women will become involved in politics at all levels in 1975. THE FIRST THINS THEY TEACH YOU IN LAW SCHOOL THE JOKE ABOUT THE FARMER ANP THE THREE H06S! IP THE JURf THE JOKE ABOUT THE FARMER ANPTHE THREE we SMS IF SEND HER A BILL, SHE'LL TAKE WTO COURT; SUNFLOWER WITH A VENUS'S FLY TRAP.' HI AND LOIS HANG SWENSON WANTS 1 FOR PLOWINS OUT OUR DRIVEWAY. u u BUGS BUNNY ANNCVIN' Lit NOT T KIP, RAVEL, TH1 BRISTLES ARE MADE FROM TH' HAIR O' 6LAVIAN MOUNTAIN I FEEL 50 MISERABLE WITH THIS COLD I HAVEN'T SLEPT A WINK.' BLONDIE CAN'T YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT 1 IT? ARCHIE YOU COME DOWN I THINK YOU'LL A BE SURPRISED.' J OH. I DON'T, KNOW HOW A.BOUT SEA- THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN FLIES IN A KJTCHEN.' YES, AND THEY NOTICED "iCU TOO MISS BEA2LY, I NOTICED A LOT OF FLIES HAGAR THE HORRIBLE ANP STEP OUT TbUR HEPEfe A PERFECT VACATIOM COTTAGE YOU'VB THE MOLJMTAlhi AIR... AMP TbU'PE BEETLE BAILEY ITOIP. I. PIPN'T TELL YOU1 TO TAkte. A NAP.'.' LI'LAMER POSFOTCH IS UNAWARE THAT A CELEBRITY DWELLS IM ITS TUMBLEWEEDS BLIf THE NATIONAL COMPUTER CENTER AT WASHINGTON KNOWS. IT usrs Evesy U.S.A. RESIDENT BY THE HIGHEST TO THE LOWEST-- THE HIGHEST IS HELD JOINTLY RALPH NADER AND RALPH BUT THERE ARE NO CHALLENSERS TOTHS3OLE HOLDER OP THE LOWEST I.Q.