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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, February 9, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB In 1961 I had a suprapubic prostatectomy. As in the case of one of your correspondents, the urologist performed a vasectomy without informing me that he was doing it. Shouldn't he at least have told me that he was going to do it? He did tell me that the seminal fluid would be discharged backward into the bladder instead of being ejaculated normally For about a year the sexual act proceeded as the urologist told me From then on I have had the frustrating experience of not being able to carry the to a climax I would have an erection and the desire to proceed However. I have not been able to proceed to a com-JuMon My general phvMca! condition has been I did not return to the uinlogist with this problem. since my family doctor felt th.it it would be rather futile I do wonder what happened VVfic nerves damaged in the process of the operation so tli.it this situation resulted7 IlKAR KKADKR Your doctor probably routinely does ,i vasectomv during a prostate operation Many urologists do with the thought thai this will help prevent a post opei alive infection of the testicles Since he considers it p.nl of the operation, he didn't it to you He pioh.iblv should have Me also ptohcihlv believed that you were not interested in fathcnng .HIV more children ,ind even if voti were, without .1 forward discharge of semen it likelv The nerve endings and the linv muscles ;il the outlet of the bl.iddei ,it the prostate .11 c.i .ire (I, imaged with the rii.il is why vou li.ive the backward flow of semen However. nerves .mil this muscular valve have nothing to do with the ability to have an erection N mi i ,ise history establishes the fact that the operation did not affect your ability to have sexual relations. Your subsequent loss of the ability to sustain an erection is from other causes You didn't say how old you are. This problem does increase with increasing years However, many older men are capable of continued sexual activity. It varies a lot In general, unless a person is past 75 years of age. I don't think becoming impotent should be simply regarded as inevitable. Again, I would like to add that some men are still active after 90 years of age Sometimes the problem in older men is from changes in their circulation, usually due to fatty deposits blocking the arteries that supply this region This may be more common than is generally realized. In any case, I think vou could go to the urologist who did your surgery and find out what he thinks about your condition Most patients can return to an active sex life after prostate operations Often when the man does not, it is because of factors other than the operation It may fall at the time in his life when his sexual activity is decreased Or. it may provide a basis for discontinuing an activity that was no longer as pleasurable or meaningful as it once was to him Then sometimes the mate is not really interested and discourages his recovery But. each case deserves being looked at carefully before deciding that nothing can be done about the situation Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio Citv Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on impotence, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Impotence" booklet. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Ask Andy HEAVY WATER Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Ber- nard Houde, age 12, of Montreal, Quebec, for his question. How does water differ from heavy water? The basic difference is weight As you no doubt suspect, heavy water is heavier than ordinary water. Its extra weight is contributed by extra particles in some of the atoms in some of its molecules. Heavy water may contain isotope atoms of ox- ygen that have extra neutrons. However, most heavy water contains hydrogen isotopes with extra neutrons The extra weight of heavy water makes it behave somewhat different- ly from ordinary water. The quality of heavy water depends upon the percentage of heavy isotopes in its molecules. It may weigh a lit- tle more or a whole lot more than ordinary water. But it looks and pours like ordinary water and like ordinary water it is odorless and tasteless. However, the freezing and boiling points of the two are different and certain living things react to them in different ways. Ordinary water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. On the same temperature scale, heavy water freezes at 38 88 degrees and boils at 214.56 degrees. It takes a little more neat to boil heavy water and less cold to freeze it Seeds, as we know, require moisture from ordinary water in order to germinate. For reasons unknown, they cannot germinate in heavy water. Tadpoles and certain other creatures cannot survive in a concentration of heavy water Biologists are investigating these oddities and also using heavy water to study various biological activities in other living things. The unusual behavior of heavy water also makes it useful in atomic reactors. In some reactors, it is used as a 111 moderator. In this important safety role it moderates the high energy neutrons created in the radioactive chain reac- tion. Some reactors use heavy water as a coolant. In this role it absorbs and carries away heat from fit core. This operation prevents the core from overheating and also transports the absorbed heat to where it can be used to create steam and electric power. Heavy water has been used for only a couple of decades and creating it is quite expen- sive. However, there is nothing new about it, for it always existed in nature in infinitesimal amounts. There are a few molecules of heavy water in every drop of ordinary water. It is es- timated that in about every 000 molecules of ordinary water there is one molecule of heavy water. The extra weight in most heavy water is contributed by isotopes of heavy nitrogen. The nucleus of the ordinary hydrogen atom contains one proton. The nucleus of heavy hydrogen is twice as heavy because it contains the usual proton plus a neutron. Heavy hydrogen is called deuterium. And when heavy water gets its extra weight from deuterium isotopes it is called deuterium oxide. Mkwl by child- ren ef Herald readers should maiiad tc Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright PuMWring Co. 1973) MORK WKNT TO ISRAKI, Theralr of Jewish immigration from Jhc Tnnn lo Israel increased sharplv since October. Jhr month of the Middle war A .frwish agencv spokesman said nrw setllers arrived from the Soviet Union in the final three months of last vear. an average of 3.675 a month Your horoscope By Jeane Diiori SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Your birthday today: Your perceptiveness rises this year in response to general .challenge so much of today's world seems out-of- focus, presented with surface glamour or overemphasis Meditation brings you tran- quility, inspnation Relationships evolve swiftly from present forms into closer communion. Personal responsibility increases, along with the means to cope with it. Today's natives do their finest work in personal isolation. ARIES (March 21 April Take the time to check through your facts and figures File away anything needed for future reference, clear the waj for further plans. TAURUS (April 20 May Make this a relaxed, carefree Sunday Avoid strenuous effort, last minute haste Social contacts should be kept to a few impersonal ones GEMINI (May 21 June Your imagination tends to run well ahead of the current situation, with no ready way of drawing a line along the edge of reality Project positive attitudes. CANCER (June 21 July The past is still much with you Forgive the rough spots, remember the moments of excitement as you drift through the relatively light going of the day LEO (July 23 Aug. This shouldn't be a .very eventful day. although you do have a range of delicate choices to make Idealistic, sentimental directions are favored VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. The calm of this Sunday makes possible the gathering in of results of recent endeavors, counting of personal blessings and advances LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct. In clearing up neglected orrespondence. there's the opening for creative touches, inspiration for further progress in unexpected directions SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. The less drama you try to put into this Sunday, the better Have the patience to let the wheels of relationship turn at their own pace SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. There is little in the way of plans which should be left open for last minute changes Knjoy discussions of the day with people you seldom see CAPRICORN Dec. 22 Jan. In the quiet pleasure of this Sunday, do not neglect communications with those who await for word from you Invest some time in your favorite hobbies AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Pursue a neutral course through the amenities of this fairly quiet Sunday Redeem minor social obligations gracefully, briefly PISCKS (Feb. 19 March New programs should be modest, taking into account the goals .shared by those around vou. reconciling differences where they come to view 1974. The Chicago Tribune MONDAY, FEB. 11 Your birthday today: Life swings so well early in the coming year that you are tempted into many experiments Results are mixed (you can't win all the time) until you hit a more coherent pattern of daily living the last quarter of the year Relationships sustain the impact rather .well; none of your adventures is likely to lose any friends for you Today's natives are original thinkers prone to impersonal moods, willing to work, able to concentrate intensely on the job at hand ARIES (March 21-April Neither relatives nor co- workers are disposed to go along with your plans Strangers and casual acquaintances however, co- operate readily TAURUS (April 20-May With no more than normal confusion, details on any sort of job get complicated. Unexpected interference may give you an out if you want it GEMINI (May 21-June Younger people may pull a surprise on you The last half of the day ranges from bothersome to exciting, with late hours turning out quite well CANCER (June 21-July Some people try to be helpful with finances, but not those close to you Special care with all things mechanical or electrical is advised LEO (July 23-Aug. Interruptions in routines are .commonplace, normal for this mixed day. and should not be allowed to cause changes of direction or basic policy VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Earlv hours include much' outlay for relatively little result Later hours bring unexpectedly better returns on some trivial past deal LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Quick decisions generate inconvenience in matters that were going smoothly, think' others (urn the wheels a while, give yourself an even break SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Confidential information is very helpful Nothing, however, goes well in haste Absence makes the heart fonder and. might avert a rift today SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Casual spending provokes dissent vou needn't for too much either way Let your mate know vour gentlest side, express yourself CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Pressing questions or forcing issues drifts into recriminations Whichever side you find yourself holding, ahsiain from strong expressions AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Take up an old task, neglected or unfinished, clear it off once and for all with consistent effort Experiments are better left for another opportunity PISCES (Feb. 19 March You have unrealized assets, intangibles which cannot be taken from you or used bv another Friends and loved ones are full of vague projects 1973. The Chicago Tribune 'Featherfool' boon in energy crisis LOS ANGKLES (APi When it comes to driving eco- noirwvillv. -lean Calvin is a fcallierfoot jnstann .lean .inhered a driver in the Line next to her by refusing to slow down or .speed up .so he nnilcl change lanes He gut stuck behind a line of parked cars l.ater. a man in a small foreign car became so frus tratrd he resorted to driving on the of the road to her ,1 "fcvtherfoot." a pro- fessional rconomv-run driver. -Iran has worked as a driver in oil-company economy runs. And the tactics which in- furiate the drivers around her arr saving her money "You can't be in a .IfMTisaid 'You've got to steel vwrself 1" ignore the feelings of anyone else on the road Jean recently took a 1971 Chevrolet Vega station wagon and drove it 124 miles around Angeles t'nder her a car which had been getting 19 98 miles to the gallon got 2874 43-ner-cent improve- ment How did she do if primary rule reflects why drivers like -lean are called fealherfoots "Drive as if you haft a raw egg under the accelerator pedal and your foot weighed no more Uian a feaUirr." But the practice has its drawbacks. Jean admitted "IWvmg for fuel economy is one of the dullest, most ex- asperating methods for get- ting from Point A to Point B tihat exists." she said PO wv REALW THINK THAT WILL GET A BETTER GRAPE, AFTER AIL, I f'e YOU THAT z-y NEATNESS MARCIE! TEACHERS AUMtfS FREAK OUT OVER NEATNESS fOL' YW CAN UTOf HOW CAN I THAT TYPE UJlTM ALL A6AIN, I M6 THI5 TALKING SOIN50N? SHORT MBS by frank o'neal DOING 55.'V ril AND LOIS by dik browne LAYING IN-A OF WARA1W I FDR THE FUEL V SHORTAGE? DIFFERENT STROKES J FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS BUGS BUNNY VOU CAN PUT YOUR CLOTHES I IN MY ROOM! HEY, WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? TH' TV SET AT ROSCDE'S HOUSE IS BUSTER, SO HE'S MOVIN' IN WITH US 'TIL IT 6BTS BLONDIE by chic young OH BOY i M SLEEPY I M GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE NAP BEFORE LUNCH MOT ON THE SOFA PAGVVOOD -IM ABOUT TO VACUUM IN THERE' NOT THE BED, EITHER DEAR I WANT TO CHANGE THE SHEETS ARCHIE by bob montana WELL, X'VE HUNTED IN THE CAFETERIA, UP IN THE COOKING ROCWV.THE FOOD SALE AT THE COFFEE MACHINE IN THE TEACHERS' ,-----AND HE ISN'T IN OFFICE? HAGAR THE HORRIBLE dik brownt rlAVE PUTOJ ELM BEETLE BAILEY tllVl l byalcapp TUMBLEWEEDS ptot-i BIGGEST FRIFO J 01A1U 1W I AtJD Or SKV OF CALLED USA IN CO! OtJFl DRUMSTICK ASO41T O1 OUW 1. 1? VJ5 RF TOO SV'WVIWG OURSELVES OUTSIDE, INS.1D5L, I lUMMfi INJUN VOO CAM WATCH PALEFACES DIE IN GOOD HEALTH 70 ANY FURTHER PJSSENT, I'VE APflDJNTEJ? WffAlO HEriE TO SV5TEMATJCAIIY CALL ON EACH TRIBESMAN ANP WORK HIM OVERi ttWTA WO THINK OF WAT? SQUNRS LIKE A GOOP IPEA ;