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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 11-THI LITHMIDQI HMALD-Tuoocfey, February I, 1174 Lamb M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB How should one express a person's mental illness? Should one be ridiculed for having a nerve condition? Should ethers go around reminding people of what has happened to them? Or, should they try to help one to forget and live a normal life? Can a person be cured from a mental illness as well as he can be cured from a physical handicap? Should one refer to one as being crazy? Don't you think this word should be eliminated? Do you think that a person who constantly calls another crazy has a mental problem himself? Can prayer help a mental instability? Discussing problems with interesting people can make one feel better, don't you think? DEAR READER Let's take a simple example. If a person- has fatty deposits in the arteries to the brain, causing poor circulation, he may develop mental changes, or in slang terms may even be crazy because his brain is not functioning right. Another person can have the same disease in the arteries to his heart and have a heart attack. Now it's pretty obvious that you wouldn't ridicule the person who has a heart attack. So, why in the world would you ridicule a person with the .same disease when it is his brain that is affected instead of his heart? To the best of my knowledge there is no form of illness that .is benefited by ridicule. Sometimes you can overdo the sympathy and helpfulness in a person who may enjoy illness or need it for psychological gains. I'm not very fond of labels. They are often misleading or even harmful. A proper way of referring to a mental disorder is to call it just that, a mental illness, a psychological problem, or if it is more clearly described as a depression, call it a depression. My reaction to labels is related to the point that the name caller is usually poorly informed and often has preju- dicial attitudes. The person being called the name, for example crazy, can be upset because he has not yet accepted a mental disorder as just another illness. Yes, many mental problems can be cured. Others can be greatly benefited, and some are difficult to do anything about. It depends entirely on what the problem is. A situational maladjustment refers to psychological problems that are brought about because of certain situations. Let's say a man loses his family in a car accident and develops a drinking problem to cope with his grief. That is situational, and with help and time his problem can usually be resolved so that he is a normally functioning, happy person again. If a person has poor circulation to the brain, and other changes associated with aging, his personality and functioning can sometimes be markedly! improved by various' medicines. The underlying problem often can't be cured but his condition can be improved. Yes, prayer does help some people who are religious. It .gives them confidence and security which often helps relieve anxiety. Time, good friends, and a loving family also help in many instances. 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. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Pun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Each distinct letter in tnis addition stands for a particular but different digit. It's so very easy! You only have to discover the value of our CLOCK. Thanks for an idea to D. L. Katz, Sharon, Ohio. (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: was left over. Flashback By The CANADIAN PRESS 1954 The most northerly group of islands in Canada was named Queen Elizabeth Islands. 1936 President Roosevelt proposed six more judges for the United States Supreme Court. 1920 The Royal Air Force College was founded at Cranwell, England. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN im, TrtNWI Neither vulnerable. South deals. NORTH AAQ AJ1942 WEST EAST 4 2 4 J1063 North 3NT East Pass OA1S852 OQ7 K85 SOUTH 4K754 OKJ3 The bidding: Smrth West INT Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Five of 0 It is a natural instinct to win a trick when you can. However, at tunes yon should curb your instincts and lock deeper into the sit- uation. luO wOtEtu W9NB flUDflttVflft for his opening bid of one no tramp, no other bid should really be considered. Tne band is perfectly balanced, and there is no alternate way to describe this type of holding accurately. North bad a little in reserve for bis raise to game, and be cer- tainly bad BO reason to aas- pert that the contract might be m jeopardy. West's opening lead gave declarer Us seventh trick, and it.was obvious that the club suit would nave to be developed for the two extra tricks. Accordingly, declarer captured East's queen of dia- monds with the king and ran the queen of dubs. East took the king and returned a diamond, and since West bad the ace-ten over Sooth's jack, toe defenders took four more tricks for a one-trick set. Bad tack? No, faulty execution! Declarer was in too much of a hurry to win the first diamond. Consider what would happen if South allowed East's queen of dia- monds to win the first trick. Declarer would play an honor on the diamond re- turn, West could win the ace and play another diamond to clear the suit, but be would have no immediate entry. After the club finesse loses, declarer will come to ten tricks. But suppose East bat three diamonds, and West allows declarer to win the second round of the colt. Then East wOl nave a dia- mond to ictui'u Mter win- ning the kmg of dubs and West wffl be aWe to take Ms tricks in the suit True, but in that event West will have started with only four diamonds. The de- fenders wfll score three dia- mond lilcu aan the king of dubs, but declarer wffl be assured of one Your horoscope WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Your birthday today: Coincides with a full moon, complete at p.m. EST. Your coming year should bring you general public notice for whatever you achieve in your vocation, probably favorable. Relationships tend to fresh starts. Those which end are without regret or bitterness. Your pride increases, your temper is a little shorter; self- discipline is needed. Today's natives are versatile, may master several vocations, and are often advanced or set back in unexpected ways. ARIES (March 21 April Emotions are out on top today, and it's all too easy to begin arguments but not to finish them. Your patience with loved ones makes all the difference. TAURUS (April 20 May Your personal affairs tend to spread into your work plans. Your effort to untangle things could be misunderstood if it is the least bit complex. GEMINI (May 21 June Think what you are doing and you will make it thru the day learning much before nightfall. For later hours, reflect and get details straight in your mind. CANCER (June 21 July Your friends invite you into speculative deals which are highly unlikely to work out as promoted. Be prepared to state your views plainly. LEO (July 23 Aftg. Questions arise, including some you had thought were answered long ago. With poise and as little emotional stress as possible, restate your views. VIRGO (Aug. Chickens now come home to roost. Where you are vindicated, don't crow. Where not, begin to understand 'where you got off the track. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Tidy up long standing conditions about you. Stay out of the endless rounds of discussion. Expect no favors from those in authority. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Tact and tolerance turn the tide, .with little cooperation available. Conflict between personal and business obligations seems likely. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Antagonism is your natural approach, and it must be contained, disciplined, particularly during any sort of travel or experimentation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. The quantity or number of anything gets to be a focal point for disagreements. Have your facts and figures ready, abstain from new departures. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Concentrate on work which you can do alone. Stay out of the middle by minding your own business. Your ideas, where they are known, attract opposition. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Whatsoever else you do, avoid overdoing anything. Asking favors or assistance merely adds to your workload, one way or another. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy EARLY-DAY WOLVES Andy sends a complete 20- volurne set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Guy Kilby, age 12, of Surrey, B.C., for his question: What were prehistoric wolf ancestors like? If you saw a Pekingese and a Great Dane for the first time, you might not suspect that both belong to the same' animal family. Chances are, the various dogs that live on your street come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Paleontologists have traced their family fossils back through 40 million years. Considering the array of modern dogs, we would expect to unearth a wide range of variations in the family tree. The earliest ancestor of the dogs was a smallish, tree- climbing carnivore with a long bray and short legs, sharp claws and a very long furry tail. The paleontologists who studied his fossilized remains named him Miacis. He lived some 40 million years ago, when herds of sheep- sized horse ancestors roamed in North America. There also were herds of humpiess camels, like small graceful gazelles and frisky horse- sized rhinos. As millions of years rolled by, the offspring of those ancestral animals improved to keep pace with the times. The horses ran faster, the rhinos grew bigger. The family tree of Miacis produced two branches of quite different descendants. The ancestor of one branch has been named Daphaenus. He was a large, heavy hunter with a huge head, short legs and bushy tail. He is called the bear-dog because his descendants gave rise to the bear family. We must count Daphaenus among the dog ancestors because he too descended from the original Miacis. Meantime, a more dog-like branch of the original family developed. His ancestor is named Cynodictus. At first, this branch resembled the slender furry civets that now live in of the Old World. However the civets are not related to the dogs. And during the next few millics years, the Cynodictus branch separated into several quite different strains. During the 12 million years of the Miocene Period, the canine family was represented by wolfish dogs, foxy dogs and a scavenger somewhat like the modern hyena, though not related. A wild dog named Temnocyon was the ancestor of the large spotted hunting dogs of modern Africa and India. In North America, there lived a bull-dog type with a huge skull and massive bone crushing jaws. For a time he filled the role of a scavenging hyena and later his line became extinct. Meantime a canine named Cynodesmus thrived in North America. He was a runner, learning to hunt. Scientists tell us that he was a direct ancestor of the wolves, the foxes and the coyotes. And about 15 million years ago, one branch of his family gave rise to a very dog-like type named Tomarctus. Old Tom was a sturdy, wolfish fellow with a long, low body, a thick coat and an extra long bushy tail. He was the direct ancestor of our wondrous assortment of modern dogs. Some of his descendants! were adopted and domesticated by our early ancestors, more than years ago. For a long time it was assumed that these first partly tame dogs came from wild wolves and perhaps jack- als. But more recent evidence suggests that our domestic dogs came from a different line, neither wolf nor jackal. Later their wild relatives diappeared. It's nice to know that mankind saved his first and best animal friend from extinction. ntnofl to Aak Amfe Ce, Food riot NEW DELHI (AP) Mobs rioting over food shortages and high prices looted more than 100 shops and set several ablate Sunday in the central Indian city of Abmedabad. Police fired on a crowd looting a foodgrain shop, killing a 10- year-old boy and wounding another lad, authorities reported. OUDGIM'FUM HESUPW1P HlSFELi-A- INOUWS, I WANT TO KNOU) RECEIVE? SUCH ON tW PAPER... FURTHER QUESTIONS, HONOR.' SHOOT IBS byfrrtt'rml LOOK, PEAR, VOU'RE THAN I EACH WEEK.' HOMEY ON' LIKE 1HIS.V CONf WORRY. HAVE ID DO IS RAISE MY DEBT HANDIOIS (DO >OU THINK GENERAL MOTORS TO CONTACT US DRIVING HOME.MV SEAT BELT THE DOOR BUZZER, AND THE LEFT-TURN SIGNAL BUGS BUNNY THAT JACKET LOOKS LIKE IT VtAS AAAPE PER YA, FUPPSVJ Z THINK IT'S TOO WIPE IN THE SHOULPBRS AMP TOO NARROW IN THE WAIST! IK'S FACE IT, THAT U'L BOPV 0 YOURS AIN'T FIT! VA WIN SOME.' BLONDS by chk young WELL, HOW DO you THINK I FEEL? DAGWOOD, YOU ATE ALL OF DAISY'S DOG AND GOOD, HEY--A NICE BIG BOWL OF FRESH SAW HIM THROUGH WHAT DO flHE WINDOW YOU AAEAN J IN VDUR ...AWV I GIVING THE ATRAINING ''YOU DON'T SUSPECT JUGHEAD WAS BREATHING INTO it A BALLOON OF USING- MGM THE HOMBLE SMUT DANS TO ME A DOZEN ANP x !eHTKJL SURPRISE FOR Y00, OUT OF SHEER SELFLESS I'VE PEDPEPTD DONATE TDTHErTOHAWK TRIBAL MUSEUM! THE ONE ID PULP ID HOUSE MY PRONZEP ;