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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 TH8 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Monday, February Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Will you write some explanation of osteoporosis? I had considerable back pain, and my doctor ordered X-rays. The report doesn't help me understand what my problem is. I'm 67 years old. My doctor was very busy and squeezed my appointment in. That's why I didn't get a full explanation. Should I do some exercises? Is there any effective medicine besides aspirin? My docotor gave me Formatrix. When the druggist said it would cost I refused to buy it because he had said that it could have unfavorable side effects. Now my back is improved, without medicine I said to myself, "For I'll make believe it's psychosomatic." I do have arthritis in some parts of my body Is osteoporosis related to arthritis or just a degeneration of the bones? Dear Reader Osteopor- osis comes from two words, oseo meaning bones and porosis meaning porous, or simply porous bones. It commonly occurs in women' aftsr the menopause and causes the bones to lose calcium and literally dissolve. The vertebrae are a favorite location for the changes, and they can lose their height, fracture or become deformed. That "buffalo hump" or "dowager hump" in the back of many older women is the result of softened or degenerated vertebrae. Other bones are also affected. This is one reason many older people are prone to fractures. Often the bone changes do not cause pain. When they cause the vertebrae to pinch a spinal nerve from the deformity, then painful back problems occur. The pain can go away even though the bones continue to degenerate. That is important to you. The disease can still progress affecting how well you.can expand your ribs and this way affect your ability to breathe deeply. This in turn limits your ability to exercise. We know that women on a calcium poor diet are more prone to this problem. Most doctors agree that treatment should include at least a quart of milk a day in your diet, and I recommend fortified skim milk because it contains more calcium, more protein and less fat than whole milk. Often hormone replacement is important. The Formatrix contains both male and female hormones for the purpose of slowing down the bone degeneration. Osteoporosis is not the same thing as ordinary arthritis of older years. I think it is very important that you be treated adequately. Your improvement does not mean that the problem is not progressing. You may need some medicine to slow or stop the process and prevent future problems. Exercises are useful but need to be planned on an individual basis, depending on the amount and nature of your problem. Those exercises designed to strengthen the back muscles betweeen the shoulders and help you keep your back straight are particularly important. Don't neglect your problem or it will get worse. Go back and see your doctor when he has time to see you and take the medicine he prescribes for you regularly. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, 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 "Balanced Diet" booklet. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN e TM trout BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 V Pass 1 A Pass 1 NT Pass What do you bid now? spades. This hind Is not the no trump type, and pref- erence should be given to re- bidding a good six-card salt over supporting partner's salt Dont make the error of jumping the bidding. Your hand isnt strong enough and further action is up to partner. Q. 2. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: 4Q109743 062 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 Dole. 44 5 S> 5 5 NT Pass 6 Pass Pass What do you bid now? spades. Your spade length strongly suggests that no tricks can be taken in that suit the opponents' slam. Your partner's failure to indicates that he has few de- fensive values on the side. The save should not be expensive. Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: 4AQJWC SPSS 4 OKQ7 The bidding has proceeded: Soith West North East 1 Pass 2 0 Pass 3 0 Pass 3 Pass 4 4k Pass 4 Pass What do you bid now? spades. Since partner was strong enough first to bid his own suit at the two-level and then raise yours, yon should not give up nope of slam Your main concern Is the heart suit, and by bidding over the fame level after the other suits have been men- tioned, you ask partner to bid on If he has no more than one heart loser. Q. "vulnerable, as South you hold: OAQ72 The bidding has proceeded: West NMth East Sootk Pass I Pass What do you no trump. This hand H not strong enough to respond at the for yon should not count your void in partner's snit as worth three distributional p6tnto. Yet some action most be taken, and the suggested bid shows a range of 6-10 points. As a response, one no trump does not necessarily describe a bal- anced hand. Q. 5 Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: North East Sooth West 1 Pass 2 4 Pass 2 Pass 2 NT Pass 3 Pass What do you bid now? spades. We do not recommend proceeding to three no trump. You have already an- nounced your diamond guard, and it might be critical to In- form partner of your moderate spade support. Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: 4AK10932 OJ6 4KJ72 The bidding has proceeded: Sooth West North East 1 Dole. Rdbl. Pass Pass 2V 2 Pass What do you bid now? spades. On the sur- face, this hand is worth only IS points, but once spades have been supported its value increases by 3 for the fifth spade and 2 for the sixth. Partner's re- double followed by a raise shows at least 10 points and a fit. Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: 4AQ82 Pass 3 4 Pass 4 4> Pass t What do you bid now? Your Jump raise promised 13-15 points, and that's exactly what yon have. If part- ner had additional values and was Interested in a slam, he would have made some move other than simply continuing on to game. Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: