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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thurtday, February 13, 1975 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I would like to ask you about vitamin C. Just how much vitamin C is considered an overdose? I have been giving my three sons, ages and 15, a 500 milligram tablet plus a regular multiple vitamin which contains 60 milligrams of vitamin C every morning. Unless they are just slowly outgrowing colds and respiratory problems, it seems they get fewer and less severe colds and other ailments now. Also my mother, age 62, was told by a doctor to take vitamin C because of frequent colds, but she is confused as to whether to take 250 milligrams or 500 milligrams. Dear Reader Both the statements about how harm- ful vitamin C could be and how helpful it is have been grossly overdone in typical human excess. At this date some studies suggest that vitamin C does help prevent the severity of colds and similar ailments, but there is serious doubt that large doses actually prevent colds. Most people would be happy with anything that shortened the duration of such illnesses and made them less severe. Once the body becomes saturated with the water solu- ble vitamins the excess just runs out. It is like filling a cup with water. Once it is full the rest runs over. In general, to use vitamin C for colds and similar il- lnesses, I think you need from 250 to 1000 milligrams a day. Less than 250 probably won't help much and more than 1000 won't give any added benefit. Even 250 milligrams a day is far above the recommended daily amounts needed for sound nutrition. I don't think anyone is going to have any 1 trouble from doses of 1000 milligrams a day or less. The amounts you are using for your boys are fine. I think it is better to give vitamin C in divided doses each day if that isn't too inconvenient; say 250 milligrams twice a day or, if an adult wants to take, large doses, perhaps 250 milligrams four times a day or even 500 milligrams twice a day. I am not convinced that those huge doses of three or four grams (3000 to 4000 milligrams) at the onset of an illness are either beneficial or wise. Most people have already had the infection for several days before they have symptoms of a cold, so you can't really start these large doses at the onset of the illness. A daily dose of 250 milligrams is probably enough for most people in terms of decreasing the severity of colds and infec- tious illnesses. Remember, colds are infec- tious diseases, meaning they are caused by germs, and are contagious. It is true that as children get older their tendency to get such illnesses is decreased. They develop some natural immunity and that helps a lot. Parents of young school children have far more colds than parents who no longer have school children living at home. All public contact is a means of spreading colds. I'd also like to say a few words that may seem old fashioned, but there is nothing wrong with fresh orange juice and other fresh fruits and vegetables as sources of vitamin C if they are used in sufficient quantity. I kind of like food and think it is a good way to get your vitamins. It also tastes better than pills. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, 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 and a long self addressed stamped envelope to the same address and ask for the "Balanced Diet" booklet. Astrological Forecast by Sydney Omarr Pun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter This could mean much more than a mere headache! Each letter stands for a different digit. What do you make of the FLAMES? WA STE FAT S MAKE F LAMES Thanks to J. A. McCallum, Ralston, Alberta. (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: 18 pears at 40 cents a dozen. Mr. Hunter answers all letters: ideas welcomed. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Feb. 13, 1975 Canada's most costly strike in terms of time lost was settl- ed when General Motors agreed to a wage increase for its five Ontario plants 19 years ago in 1956. The 148- day strike cost more than 1.6 million man-days. 1689 William III and Mary proclaimed joint monarchs of the United Kingdom. 1772 Yves de Kerguelen discovered the Kerguelen Islands. 1868 The first session of the New Brunswick legislature opened. FEBRUARY 14 Libra can be the master mediator, capable of bringing together persons of opposing views. Libra is Venus and compromise to a certain point. After that, Libra becomes the Seventh House and a fighter. Libra can be marriage and a blending of various factions. The native is not always easy to under- 'stand, but the charm and grace here is legendary. Libra would rather win with diplomacy but When force is necessary the native is very capable. Don't underestimate Libra! ARIES ( Moon in your sign emphasizes direct action, personality, salesmanship. This day finds you moving about, restless, curious, asking and answering questions. Judgment and in- tuition are on target. Make hew start in new direction. TAURUS (April 20-May Refuse to be painted into cor- ner. Study Aries message. There is no need to fear the unknown. Be specific, direct. Closed-door meeting could be on agenda. Aquarius, Leo and Scorpio persons are in pic- 'ture. GEMINI (May 21-June Accent on romance, creativity, significant changes. You could come into your own in sense that ideas, writings gain more recognition. A friend has something of importance to disclose. Stand still long enough to listen! CANCER (June El-July Family discussion may be on agenda with regard to special assignment, promotion possibility. Be receptive to suggestions without abandon- ing principles. Taurus, Libra could figure prominently. One in authority is impressed and shows it. LEO (July 23-Aug. Good lunar aspect coincides now with journey, com- munication, special submis- sion of manuscript. Your inner feelings mean more than in recent past. Heed them! Pisces, Virgo persons could be in picture. You gain fresh, spiritual views. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Delve beneath surface in- dications. What you seek is available if you reject superficialities. Responsibili- ty and reward combine and are on the line. Get inventory, responsible appraisal. Capricorn is likely to be in- volved. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Spotlight is on challenge, co- operation with one who attracts but disagrees with you. Be willing to shake off some personal, traditional beliefs. There is room for doubt and change. You'll understand! Legal document needs more attention. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Practical matters dominate. Health resolutions need review. You may be stretching rules to an extent "out of bounds." New contact proves refreshing. You'll get news of project which appeals. Be independent enough to personally investigate. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. You gain satisfac- tion from knowing that a "special" person cares and has your best interests at heart. Gain shown by sharing. knowledge means learn by teaching. Member of opposite sex confides in you. Don't cast first stone. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Family member could be restless, make calls and begin travel plans. Be flexible. Ride with tide. .Give advice only if it is requested. You'll find that sense of humor is now your greatest ally. And don't worry about that restless in- dividual! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Obtain valid hint from Capricorn message. Emphasis is on communica- tion with neighbor, relative. You change some views, take a more obstinate position on others. Specifically, you receive call which forces a decision. Key is to be aware of all ramifications before com- mitting yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Unique question could provide unusual answer which puts money in your account. Your written words result in gain. Express yourself. Analysis must be done do it your way. Gemini, Sagittarius and Virgo are likely to be in picture. IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY you are analytical, draw Gemini and Virgo persons to you and will find June your most important month of 1975. You are idealistic, capable of perceiv- ing what is going to happen, willing to back your hunches. You have talent for writing and should not ignore it. The year will see your con- solidating assets. You are go- ing to be more secure. ITS NEVER TOO EARlY TO CHECK MAIL80X KR VALENTINES. FOR SAFETY'S A 6000 IDEA TO STAMP UttY BACK CASE A FCOOP Of fflMK (WRiNSODT. HI AND LOIS I CAN'T MAKE THE PTA MEETIN6 TONIGHT. MR. FOOFRAM QAVE ME 3 ITS A NOTE FROM LOIS EXCUSING ME FROM DOING THE HOMEWORK YOU BUGS BUNNY Ask Andy Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H.GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 1975. The Chicago Tribune North-South vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 473 AQ7532 49432 WEST EAST 4K108 4J96 VQJ984 V10632 10 4J875 4Q10 SOUTH 4AQ542 4K6 4AK6 The bidding: North East South West Pass Pass 1 4 Pass 2 Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen of V. Cassandra would have been a bridge star. There is no harm in foreseeing the worst if you take the steps necessary to protect your- self. Despite his strong hand. South was not interested in a slam when his partner responded two diamonds to his one spade opening bid. North was, after all, a passed hand, and since Smith's hand was devoid of intermediate cards to give it even a maximum response would have yielded dubious play for slam. So South contented himself with a jump to three no trump, which North passed. West led the queen of hearts, and those among us with perpetually high spirits would have viewed dummy with considerable delight. They would count six dia- mond tricks, two hearts, two clubs and the ace of spades, for a total of eleven tricks, start cashing their winners and then find that they can- not make the contract. Our declarer was made of sterner stuff. He would have been quite happy to make two overtricks, but he knew that the last time the fates had been kind to him was back in the golden fifties. He decided to see what he could do to neutralize a 4-1 dia- mond break, for the lead had taken out the only side-suit entry to dummy's long suit. A study of the layout re- vealed that dummy had a hidden asset in the club suit, and declarer saw a line that gave him an additional chance. He decided to test the club suit before tackling diamonds. After winning the king of hearts, he immedi- ately played ace-king and another club. If clubs divided 3-3, dummy's fourth club would set up. Though this didn't materalize, declarer still emerged with an extra club trick because East's two honors fell under the ace-king. Thus, after West won the third club, dummy's nine was high. When the dia- mond suit divided badly, de- clarer's caution paid a huge dividend in the form of nine tricks via a spade, two hearts, three diamonds and .three clubs. CATFISH Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Keith Buddemeyer, age 11, of Washington, Mo., for his question: Is there an upside down cat- fish? The numerous catfishes are full of surprises, and various species have tried almost everything possible in their watery world. And a few have ventured onto the dry land. There is a walking catfish, a talking catfish and, yes, there is an upside down catfish. There are more than different catfishes of assorted sizes ranging from giants to midgets. Most live lazy lives, grubbing for food in freshwater streams and channels. A few prefer the sal- ty sea, where several gaudy midgets live in coral reefs. All catfish have whiskery barbels, usually three pairs of assorted lengths, which they use to feel around for food in the mud or silty sand. None of them has fishy scales, though some species wear bony plates. This armor may be smooth or adorned with decorative bumps. Some have spikes which may be painfully poisonous. Some types are' drabbish gray, others bedeck- ed with vivid spots, stripes and speckles. Many of the smaller species are favorite aquarium showoffs. Aside from sharing a few catfish features, each species has his own ideas snld nothing about them should surprise us. The squeaker, alias the up- side down catfish, is at home in certain tropical streams of Africa. From lime to time, this fellow amuses himself by turning over and swimming upside down for a while. Nobody knows why he does this or quite how he manages to do it. But he does it very fast and quite often. He is call- ed the squeaker because he makes squeaky grunting noises. This is thought to be done by rotating his special spinal joints. Africa's spotted upside down catfish also has some odd ideas about courting procedures. The handsome pair dash at each other from opposite directions .and bash their heads together, they repeat their fast dash and bash routine every 30 seconds. Fortunately they have very hard, bony heads. In certain European rivers lives the giant of the clan, said to reach 13 feet and weigh 650 pounds. He is said to grab lambs when they come down to drink. But most likely this charge against him is false. For he does most of his feeding at night, when the lambs are supposed to be sleeping in their woolly folds. ulnd by ehll- dnn of raadart should bo milltd to Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntlngton Boich, CilHornli (Copyright Chronlclo PuMWtlng Co. Canadian dog best NEW YORK (CP) Sir Lancelot of Barvan, a huge old English sheepdog bred in Canada and owned by a New- market, Ont., housewife, won best in show Tuesday night at Westminster, something no other Canadian dog has been able to do in 57 years. But his owner, Barbara Vanword, indicated that the Westminster Kennel Club vic- tory might have been the swan song for the new champion as far as all breed competition is concerned. OKAY, WOVEK, I'LL STOP ON MY CORNET IF YOU'LL LET-OO OP MY ft) 1975 Bl wiw S'n THAT POOCH O' YERS HAS GOT A REAL EAK. PER. MUSIC, BLONDIE WE GIRLS FORMED A SROUP CALLED "GOSSIPS ANONYMOUS'' AT ANY TIME IFA MEMBER HAS AN URGE TO GOSSIP, SHE CALLS A NUMBER IP THE PHONE RINSS IN THE MIDDLE OP THE WGHT, DON'T BE'SURPRISED AND TONIGMT I'M ON THE J HOT LINE REG___I HAVE FUZZ IN MY MY WATCH YOU MEAN MY MUSTACHE? WHAT'S" THAT ON YOUR UPPER LIP? ...KISSING A MAN WITHOUT A MUSTACHE IS LIKE EATING A HARD- EGG WITHOUT SALT WELL, SHE MAY HAVE THE SALT, HER EGG WON'T BE HARD-BOILED FOR, TWO YEARS H4GAR THE HORRIBLE OKAY, GOT A LEAK. ir-1 OUR HOW LONG LT. FUZZ SEEN ON. BIVOUAC, SIR Z A LITTLE TOO I'M AFKAIP FURTIVE WHAT ARE VtHJ AFKAIP OF? FOR1HE6UMT OPSONU6HT WA RIFLE PARREL? eOTTA KEEPMVEVES MIL-LYUWS, PROB'Ly ANY MOPS BUT AH DOUBT IF IT LIKE THEM 1W A PDFDOLAR J LOWEST 2- SPOT- KM VO' IMAGINE ANY RED-BLOODED AMERICAN WIPES LBTTIN' THAR MENFOLK SO WHAR LADIES LIKE THEM is OUITTIN' YORE TRAVEL AGENCY JOS RIGHT NOWff ;