Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Ftbruary 11, 19.4 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I read a column by you on size, and I too am worried about it. You stated that some boys are late starters, but my problem is that I know for a fact that my children will all be short My husband is only 5 feet and I'm only 4 feet 11. There isn't a tall person on either side of the family. The tallest man is only 5 feet 7. It isn't too bad for girls, but my little boy is only 6 and he hates being small already. I know that heredity means just about everything in determining height. I'd like to know, is there anything at all that can be done to make a person taller' If so, does it have to be done at a certain age and what are the risks involved? I'd be willing to pay just about anything to have this done Dear Reader There is a normal range of height, from the small person who is a short stop to the tall guy who plays professional basketball. I don't think we know enough about changing the heredity blueprints we have at birth to justify tampering with this situation yet. Perhaps one day we will There are a number of medical problems associated with short stature that can be treated or helped. One of these is those individuals who are short because they have a decreased amount of growth hormone normally made by our pituitary gland just underneath the brain. These individuals are normally proportioned, but just small all over. It takes some careful laboratory tests to sort these people out. When this is the cause, growth hormone treatments can be given with good results. Obviously though, this treatment is not used unless there is a real decrease in growth hormone to begin with. The only way I know to find out about these problems is to have a good complete examination by an endocrinologist. Pediatricians are well-informed on expected growth rate and if your boy isn't growing fast enough as he gets older, then would be the right time to do something about it. Dr. Maurice Raben at the Tufts New England Medical Center began treating these problems with growth hormone in 1956. One of his early cases was of a 17-year- old boy only 4 feet 3 inches tall. After several years of treatment he grew to a 5'6- W, not much taller than your husband, but welL within the normal range of height. When decreased pituitary function is the cause of slow growth, the treatment can be started a little late. In these individuals the long leg bones don't calcify 'shut so early, so it is still possible to do something about the problem. In a normal, short person the bones begin to close in the later teens and by the early 20s at the latest it is usually too late to do anything about the height. However, again, if the person is normal, these kinds of hormones are not indicated In your case, I would wait until your boy is well into his teens before getting excited about his height. Meanwhile, five him plenty of protein and eep him physically active, and he will at least develop a good healthy body. 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.) Ask Andy ECHIDNA FAMILY Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Anthony Simpson, age 12, of Indianapolis, Indiana, for his question- What is the echidna's family? Rated among the world's most remarkable animals is the echidna alias the spiny anteater, alias the Australian porcupine. There are several species, most of them so much alike that it takes an expert to tell which is which. They belong to the family Tachyglossidae, a name coined from two older words meaning quick and tongue. No. the echidna is not a fast talker. Nature provided him with a long sticky tongue to whip up the scurrying termites on which he feeds. The prickly echidnas of the Tachyglossidae family enjoy life in parts of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea. Though they look somewhat like smallish porcupines, they are not related. The echidna is one of those rare, rare mammals that lay eggs. Usually the female produces only one offspring a year. She has a pouch on her tummy and there she incubates her rather soft round egg. Later the pouch shelters her helpless babe, and there he feeds on mother's milk. For many years, naturalists considered the echidna a nighttime animal and also thought that ants are among his favorite foods. Recent observers question both these notions. They report that the prickly echidna is very busy during the daytime, especially on warm afternoons. He is busy foraging for termites, tearing down their earthy buildings and lapping up the scurrying victims with his long. fast, sticky tongue. It seems that he only eats ants more-or-less by accident, when they happen to be strolling among the panic stricken termites. The average Australian echidna is 18 inches long and tips the scales at ten pounds. His head and back are covered with a forest of two-inch prickles, either plain yellow or yellow tipped with black. Coarse dark hairs grow among his prickles and also cover his undersides. His funny little furry face has a long thin snout and a tiny round mouth. Though he has no teeth, there are prickly bumps on the roof of his mouth and under his tongue. These help him to chew his termite food. The echidna is a born burrower. His extra long, strong claws tear down termite nests and also help him to dig down out of sight fast enough to fool his foes. He is also a fast runner, a clever tree climber and a good swimmer. AH the members of the Tachyglossidae Family are prickly echidnas. They are classified in two genera. The genus Tachyglossus includes two distinct species, one a native of Tasmania. The second species of this group is divided into four slightly different subspecies, at home in Australia and New Guinea. The genus Zoglossus includes the larger echidnas of New 'Guinea. There are three species. AU of them have extra long noses and one has a nose that turns down at the tip. Some of the echidnas in this group are 39 inches long and weigh as much as 21 pounds. by cMM- iwi of Htrcld FMdcra malted to Atk Andy, P.O. Box. 765. Huntington BMch, 92949. (Copyright Publishing Co. 1973) BACKS GENERAL TEL AVIV (AP) Premier Golda Meir has declared her government has the "fullest confidence" in the Israeli chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. David Elazar. Mrs. Meir issued the statement after her cabinet examined new charges that Clazar was principally responsible for Israel's initial setbacks in the October Mid- dle East war. The accusations were made by Ariel Sharon, a leader of the opposition Likud bloc. Your horoscope lyJeJmDuon TUESDAY, FEB. 12 Your birthday today: Experience and study now are useful for gaining ready cash or equivalent resources. Any sort of white elephant becomes convertible and should be unloaded. Relationships grow deep and serious, significant for the future. Today's male natives tend to strong mental traits, benevolent or intolerant as indicated by details of the individual horoscope. Today's, women are charitable, likely to strive against what seems more than their fair share of disadvantages. ARIES (March 21-April The world is your oyster and you can make progress prying it open today. Seek to uncover hidden facts; ask long suppressed questions. TAURUS (April 20 May Step right up and speak for yourself, ask for the improvements you've earned. Your sales resistance is down a bit, get a second opinion before buying. GEMINI (May 21-June Be on the alert for the subtle points, nothing is so perfect as the surface appears for the moment. Share some fun with loved ones. CANCER (June 21-July Business agreements, rearrangements of resources are endowed with good aspects today. Seek the favor and influence of important people. LEO (July 23 Aug. Teamwork is the thing now. Put yourself sincerely into the stiff going, get an old obstacle out of the way. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Phone, write letters; the necessity for involving distant people in your daily thoughts is clear Home life is better, easier going. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. Attend financial matters. Settle questions. Try to dig up special information which will be helpful to your vocation or career effort. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Social contacts are interesting, promising in more ways than meet the eye. Property improvement or dealings work to your advantage SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Get out and go, make calls, gather support among those who believe in your enterprises. Permanent commitments are strongly favored CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. New opportunity is all about you. in gently hinted or half spoken terms. It's up to you to sense the drift and make the most of your contacts AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Pursue the broad outlines of agreements in principle, then fill in details while co- operation is fluent and you can arrange satisfactory terms. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Get on the ball and do the best you can with the challenges of the day. Almost everything is near ideal, including that bright spark of romance. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Science library ceremony set OTTAWA (CP) The works department plans an official V.I.P. opening ceremony this spring for its latest new building in the capital, the National Science Library, built at a cost of million Again, the fact that about one per cent of the cost was devoted to modern Canadian artworks and sculptures, some of them far out in the view of traditionalists, may provoke controversy. Included are a welded steel sculpture by Douglas Bentham of Saskatoon, Sask.. now covered with a tarpaulin and snow; four 25-foot-long wall, murals consisting of live plants, costing designed by Robin MacKenzie of Claremont, Ont.; and two series of hanging plywood forms by Nabuo Kubota of Toronto, commissioned for The Kubota sculptures, the first to be put in place in the nearly-finished building, are painted blue and white, and give an impression of still or turbulent water waves. department was criticized for its art commis- sions last fall when it put two folded steel sculptures called Haida and Tundra, by Robert Murray of Point au Baril. Ont.. in front of the new external affairs and defence department buildings. Traditionalists said the steel shapes were junk, should be covered up or removed, and might best be sunk in the Ottawa River. Modern- minded artists said they were in keeping with contemporary life, reflecting the strength, angularity and permanence of buildings in the 1970s. TARES PRIDE For the new science library on the Montreal Road campus of the National Research Council, east of the city, the works department takes pride in the completion of its first fully-integrated building art program. From the time the design of the building was conceived by Shore. Tilbe. Henschel and Ir- win, the Toronto architects, the need for major art commissions was kept in mind. Lobbies and light wells were designed to show off the art as much as to provide their normal functions in the building. The architects suggested the artists and the kind of works they might produce for the building. An advisory committee on art in the works department was consulted and it approved, but the works department emphasizes the initiatives came mainly from the architects. Following the controversy over Haida and Tundra, Works Minister Dube announced that the advisory committee will be enlarged to include non-artist representatives of the general public. He also said the department will do more in future to explain the concepts in which new buildings are designed and decorated. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER By J. A. H. HUNTER "You look Susan exclaimed as her husband came in. "Were you on the Greg nodded. "I took the canoe for a he replied. "Paddled downstream for 20 minutes and then upstream right away for the same time, a steady speed all the way. That landed me at the bridge just two miles from here, so I had to paddle back." What was ihe speed of the current? Thanks for an idea to G. Maltais. Lachine. Quebec. (Answer tomorrow) Friday's answer: Phone number'273 4379. CLAIMS BIGGEST PIE PINE BUSH. N.Y.