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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, February 14, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Recently I read that tensing the muscles is bad for the heart as it decreases the blood flow. I have been using isometric exercises for my legs as they are very thin, and I want to firm the muscles of my inner thighs. If this is bad for me, please let me know. I have a cholesterol count of 330.1 am very thin. My weight is 103 Ibs. I'm 5-foot.3-inches tall, 60 years old, and my blood pressure is I can't understand this high cholesterol count as I thought only obese people had that problem. My doctor does not have me on any medication. I am just supposed to watch my diet. I am trying to gam weight, but the foods that are high in calories are also high in cholesterol. Is there a medication I can take that will lower my cholesterol." Dear Reader First about isometric exercises or muscle tensing. A firmly contracted muscle, as occurs in squeezing the hand or holding the arm in a stiffened contracted state, will raise the blood pressure. In some people this can trigger off irregularities of the heart, too. These are ususally of the harmless skipped beat variety. If a person had heart trouble, and particularly if they were prone to irregularities of the heart, or had high blood pressure, then I think isometric exercises might be harmful if overdone. Otherwise, in the reasonably healthy person I don't think they are really dangerous. They can be beneficial in building body strength and in developing muscles. I prefer a combination of isometric and isotonic exercises. These are those that move the muscle through its range of motion while having it under tension. You can do this with the arm, bending and straightening the elbow while keeping the muscles partially contracted. In a similar fashion, you can work almost any muscle ufthe body. While it is true that overeating and obesity are the most common causes of elevated cholesterol in our society, there are thin people who produce an excess amount of cholesterol. This problem is often more difficult to treat. There are medicines that can be used for this purpose. Most doctors usually like to try diet and weight control first. You can be eating a fairly low calorie diet and still have a high choleste-ol intake. A couple of eggs don't have a lot of calories, but they contain 500 milligrams of cholesterol, far more than most heart specialists recommend. It's not true that all high calorie foods are high in cholesterol. Sugar and margarine from vegetable oils, contain no cholesterol. Margarine is high in fat, of course, and, too much fat in the diet stimulates the body to produce excess amounts of cholesterol. The only weight gain I approve of is muscle weight. Added calories that result in fat are not conducive to optimal health. And, for a person with a cholesterol problem, it is a hazard. You need a lot better diet instruction than you apparently have received. May I suggest that you go to the library and read my book "What You Need to Know About Food and Cooking for published by Viking. It will give you all the information you need to plan a diet directed toward controlling your cholesterol level. 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 cholesterol, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Cholesterol" booklet. Flashback 1950 The Com- monwealth's first woman speaker, Mrs. Nancy Hodges, presided over the opening of the British Columbia legislature. 1912 Arizona became the 48th state of the United States. 1890 Fire caused damage at University of Toronto 1859 Oregon became the 33rd state of the United States. Goran on Bridge BT CHARLES H. GOREN 0 im, TM North-South vulnerable. East deals. NORTH 4k 73 A Q WEASELS EVEN STURDY U ACTUALLY BUSINESS CANT GET MUCH WORSEi I HOPE NOT] ItU NEVER MAKE THE GRAVE WBGBKS HAU.OFFAMEAT ;