Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
it _ TW ini II, Your horoscope By Oixon FRIDAY, FEB. 1Z Your Birthday Your coming year is man or less an active search for funda- mental truth. Material inter- ests thrive. Today's natives seek original ideas, are tire- less intellectual workers once started. ARIES (March 21 April nose the workweek with a min- imum of fuss. Your money has wings and takes off around any shopping area. Handle tools with care. TAURUS (April 20 May You begin planning more effi- cient use of your working place and equipment now. Include time for study, prayer in your home life. GEMINI (May 21 Juni Impatience now is prevalent. Hold your comments. Routine is about all that should be ex- pected in your work. CANCER (June 21 July Disregard gossip, and be sure that you don't start a story in- advertently. Pursue established projects. The evening promises Jiscussion. LEO (July 23- Aug. Noth- ing comes easily today, and your impulses aren't much help. Avoid both complex schemes and shortcuts. Turn in early for extra rest. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. Sensible answers are rare. Your own comments have a second impact later. Be direct, accur- ate and considerate. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. This is not the day to settle business deals. If you drive or travel, caution is advised. Per- sonal consideration includes self-discipline and meditation. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Inquire what old-timers think about today's problems. An extra demand is made on your ready cash and some misunder- standing is likely. Be nonchal- ant impersonal to strangers, graceful to those who know you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. Put things together netbth] dfcally; check the minor points. Where money is owed you, make an effort to collect it. CAPRICORN (Dee. B JaB. You are not able to man- age all you'd staked out to achieve, but what you do will be constructive. Have a festive evening. AQUARIUS (Jia. M-Ftk. There arc of opinion at preaot; you needn't seek extra OHM. Inmtmenti in equipment, property, land art favored. PISCES (Fek. It Marck Benefits unexpected- ly from put efforts. Old friends return from journeys with com- ical and dramatic stories. In- tuition you.________ LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. No simple solution to 'simple anemia' Dear Dr. Lamb Please comment on the question of simple anemia, iron defiaeocy, as it pertains to taking various pills to "build up" to a normal blood test. A difference of opin- ion exists; it is claimed that race a blood test is normal again pills should be discon- tinued until the blood count again gets down to below nor- mal, then "build it up again. It is also claimed that once a normal blood count is reached a reduced dose of pills should be continued at all times to maintain normalcy. Dear Reader Anemia is only one manifestation of the body's lack of iron. To replen- ish the body's store of iron, medicine must be continued for several months after the ane- mia is corrected. Of course, if the cause of the iron deficiency can be correct- ed that should be done, too. In many parts of the world intes- tinal parasites and poor nuta- tion are at fault. More often iron deficiency anemia occurs in chfldbearing age women. The only satisfactory way to manage this problem is by con- tinuous iron replacement. The amount will vary with the in- dividual. Dear Dr. Lamb I wonder if you could give me some information on thyroid condi- tions. I have been told I have low thyroid and have been giv- en pills. The doctor says I must take this medicine indefinitely. Is this condition common, and does it lead to anything more serious, or will it activate un- wanted hormones? Dear Reader The thyroic gland is a remarkable organ Within limits, when you give a normal person thyroid pills, the gland just quits putting out af much thyroid hormone. The end result is that the pill, plus the decreased secretion of thyroid xrrnone, just meets body re- quirements. This means that small doses of thyroid hormone usually do not cause any harm. They can do a lot of good. Decreased thyroid function leads to a large number of symptoms, including oily hair and skin, constipation, intoler- ance to coM and "inward ner- vousness." It is often blamed for obesity but, in fact, over- weight problems are usually caused by over-eating and in- sufficient activity or both. Nev- ertheless, decreased thyroid function can, contribute to, or cause obesity in some cases. Low thyroid function can cause mid anemias and seriously af- fect function of the reproduc- ive organs in both men and women. Low thyroid function can be caused by a problem in the thy- roid gland or sometimes by a ailure of the small master 'land under the brain, the pit- uitary gland, that tends to reg- ulate' all the endocrine glands, [n a few cases there is an ab- normality in the body cells that makes it impossible for them to use thyroid hormone effici- ently in metabolism. These dif- ferent causes often require dif- ferent kinds of treatment. It is usually true that a per- son who really needs addition- al thyroid hormone will con- tinue to need it the rest of Ms life. Failure to continue to take the mediciro the doctor pre- scribes results in a return of the original problems. Microwaves Andy sends a complete SO- volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Cindy Wilks, age 11, of Horsham, Pennsyl- vania, for her question: What exactly are micrtwaTMT For years we have been using microwaves in radar, to carry TV and to perform doz- ens of other useful duties. But recently they have stirred up quite a controversy to toe news We are warned to sit six feet or more from our TV jets be- cause the microwaves that bring their programs could emit hazardous radiation at close range. This warning alert- ed the world of science. Right now, research teams are pin- pointing the possible dangers and seeking ways to make the useful energy of microwaves safe for people and. all other earthlings. Microwaves are related to fight and to radio. All these and other radiant energies are ar- ranged on the electromagnetic spectrum, according to the lengths of their pulsing waves. All of them travel through, space in straight lines at miles per second. They behave differently because of their var- ious wave lengths and pulsing frequencies per second. The wave length, at white light are as the raiabow eokrsof red this range on the e c ipectrum longer infrared wave otest Plan welfare appeal boards across Alberta The simultaneous use of tran- quilizers and alcohol can be dangerous. True, tranquilizers are sometimes used in treating alcoholics, but they are to be used in place of with! GOREN ON BRIDGE BT CHARtES H. GOREN lr TM CtMm TrtUrt Both vulnerable. East deals. NORTH 4 Q J It J 4 087 4KIS WEST EAST A3! 9JHUII OK95J3 OflJI SOUTH AKICI hws from Kght and tures from radio. Like beams of lieht, they can be focused and rdleked and most of the-nare stopped by solid substances. They also can be used like radio beams. How- ever, their shorter waves make it possible for them to cany more about 90 per cent ol our broadcasting is done by microwaves. They also carry most of our long dis- tance telephone conversations and all our satellite communi- cations. They power our radar systems and run our giant radio Their particular wave lengths agitate molecules and generate beat. For this ventions have put microwaves to work in industry. They are used to dry plastics, textiles and lumber, and even in tains to bake ceramics. Their ntat- producing quality led to the mic- rowave ovens now used si homes and restaurants. In hos- pitals, the diathermy marchine is used to generate deep heat inside the humarn body. Some experts dream that microwaves may be used to transmit elec- tric power and perhaps even harness the radiant energy we Name cancer services head for Alberta EDMONTON (CP) Dr. Neil MacDonald of Montreal has been appointed executive director of cancer services for Alberta, it was announed here. T. D. Baker, chairman of the provincial cancer hospitals board, announced the appoint- ment to fill the position, which has been vacant several months, in a news release. A native of Calgary, Dr. MacDonald attended the univer- sity of Toronto and McGil] where he graduated in medi- cine. He joined the faculty ol McGill and now is associate dean of medicine. Dr. MacDonald also is direc- tor of the oncology centre at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hos pital and his new position here is effective in May. get from the sun. But these future possibilities must wait while serious-mmded scientists explore the possible dangers in these dynamic mic- rowaves. It stands to reason that energy that can cook also can harm .living tissues. We know that they can be danger- ous But at present we are not certain of the possible hazards. Until we know for sure, natur- ally the sensible decision is to proceed with caution. e Andy sends a World Book A11 a s to Jeff ery Schneider, age 11, of Milwaukee, Wiscon- sin, for his question: Is It true that Uw year kas days? For three years in a row, our calendar has 3S5 days. Then it has a leap year with 366 days. This should give us a hint that there is something rather odd about the number of days in a year. Actually there are many ways to measure the year, but the one that concerns us most is the number of days in tha calendar. This is based on the Tropical Year, the period of time it takes our orbiting earth o travel around from one spring equinox to the next. Its actual length is 365 days, five lours, 48 minutes and 45 sec- onds This is about 12% minutes shorter than days. The calendar year starts after midnight of December 31st and we need an even number of days to complete it. Thhe orbit- ing earth, however, does not fit a neat number of whole days into each year. So we make al- lowances. Our calendar saves up the quarter days until there are four of them. For three years we count off 365 days, then use the four quarter days to add an extra day to a leap year with 366 days. Questions asued by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntlngton Beac'a, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co ml) Here are the ANSWERS for your NEWS QUIZ PART I: 1-b; ?-false; 3-would; 5-Canoda PART II: 1-b; 2-t; 3-a; 4-e; S-d PART III: 1-b; 2-e; 3-a; 4-e; 5-d CHALLENGE: leroy Lindblad AT RR5T! HAS A LITTLE TO CO, KIT HERE IT 15...... IANCKOT-BT cttnr CAN NEVER TEU.WHEM 6H6 WILL TURN UP HONfHC-By Chic Young OH, NQ I AUWVS WSOFP OH, US. 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