Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
28-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, February 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 gain 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 in the 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 cholesterol 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. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN C> TM North-South vulnerable. East deals. NORTH A 73 KJ4 0 WEST EAST 4 IV 98652 A KJ4 0 873 0 K4 A 109 8 SOUTH AQ V A93 0 QJ6 K7543 The bidding: East South West North 1 1 NT 2 3 NT Pass Pass Pan Opening lead: Ten of With tiw location of every picture card revealed by the auction. South had no trou- ble making his game con- tract in today's hand. South's overcall of one no trump showed the equivalent of a no trump opening 16-18 points. West's bid of two spades was an attempt to shut North out of the auction, but with 11 points and a five-card suit there was no way North was going to keep quiet Since his points were an out- side of West's suit. North knew his partner had to have values in spades for his overcall, so the no trump game seemed tbe best shot for a big score. West led the ten of spades, and declarer could see 27 high-card points in his hand a-xi dummy. Therefore, East to have every misting card for Mi opening bkL South could count five fast tricks, and it would be easy to develop four more in the minors if he had tbe tune. The problem was that the opening lead removed one of his two spade stoppers. If declarer gave up the lead, his second stopper would be removed and he would not be able to surrender the lead again, for then the defenders would be able to take enough tricks in spades to defeat him. The diamond finesse was bound to lose, so if declarer attacked that suit his total would be only eight tricks. Also, a club to the queen was unlikely to be success- ful. East would win the ace and almost certainly would have another stopper in the suit. It seemed that, no mat- ter what declarer did, he would have to bow the knee and settle for down one. After careful considera- t i o n, however, declarer found a way of combining his chances in the club and diamond suits. He captured the king of spades with the ace at trick one, crossed to dummy with the king of hearts and ted a low club! East could not afford to rise with the ace, for that would give declarer four club tricks together with two hearts, two spades and the ace of diamonds. Therefore, he played low and declarer's king won. With a club trick in the bag, declarer shifted his at- tack to diamonds. East won the king and cleared spades, but declarer was home with four tricks in the major suits, one dab and four dia- monds'. Your horoscope ly JetteDuon FRIDAY, FEB. 15 Your birthday today: Starts you on the path of putting to use other people's resources in order to build larger potentials and to expand your operations. Experience in sharing comes now to be a prime improvement in your level of skills. Personal relationships need steady devotion, cannot be taken for granted. Today's natives include many who pursue unchanging near-impossible goals for so long and so diligently that they achieve most of them. ARIES (March 21-April See where you are headed and what you have on hand to meet anticipated needs. Then get busy to clear up backlog of unfinished business with zest. TAURUS (April 20-May The perspective you gain casually today is much clearer than what you struggled to see a short while back. Go over your progress to date. GEMINI (May 21-June Theory soars today, but ordinary routines can be pushed very far, too, if you are so minded and willing to work hard to clear off the load. CANCER (June 21-July Career and personal projects tend to thrive. Share the serene trust in the ultimate good with your loved ones, tell them simply how you feel, positively. LEO (July 23-Aug. If you will explain exactly what you have in mind, nearly everybody will help you troubleshoot, locate and correct errors of all sorts. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. There is a tendency to get bogged down in an endless number of details, particularly if you're trying to reconcile the differing views of several people. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Your power of concentration rises, and you can advance readily in many directions your choice of which to follow is cntical today. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Your actions should be low- key, mainly directed at clearing your space and schedule for more important projects yet to be started. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Pressure is off and you can half-drift through the day. An extra push will get you greater results, but running in circles adds nothing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Aside from some occasional pauses for thought and perhaps rest, the day offers a good chance for correcting recent errors, poor adjustments. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. New projects are best left waiting since more rigorous planning seems indicated, some added idea needed. Give yourself time to dream something up. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Ongoing enterprises slow a little, need your drive to maintain momentum. There are many preparations to be organized for coming changes. (1974, The Chicago Tribune) Ask Andy MAGNETIC POLES Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Jean Marchand, age 10, of Kingston, Ontario, for her question: Why are the magnetic poles at the rotation axis? The earth, as we well know, spins around like a top, once every 24 hours. It spins around an imaginary line that runs straight through the centre of the globe. This is the axis of rotation. The North and South Geographic poles are situated where the two opposite ends of the axis come to the surface. Actually the two magnetic poles are some distance from the geographic poles, which makes them some distance from the ends of the axis. We are told that the needle of a magnetic compass points to the North Pole. It is natural to assume that this is the geographic North Pole at one end of the earth's axis. The truth is that the compass needle points to the North Magnetic Pole, which is about miles away from the Geographic North Pole at one axis North Pole is a pinpoint under the Arctic Ocean. The Magnetic North Pole is a sizeable oval area around Prince of Wales Island in Northern Canada. The two poles in the southern Antarctic are even farther apart. The South Magnetic Pole is about miles from the axis South Pole. What's more, the axis poles and the magnetic poles tend to drift closer and then farther apart In the past 25 years, the two north poles have crept 70 miles closer and half a century ago they were 200 miles farther apart Our planet behaves as if a giant magnet were buried in the bowels of the earth. It is surrounded by an enormous magnetic field and its two opposite poles surface near, but not at the axis poles. Scientists suspect that the earth's magnet may run like a mighty dynamo, powered by tremendous magnetic and electrical energies. At present, nobody can explain exactly how it works. But we do know that our earth's mighty magnet misbehaves. Through the ages it grows weaker and then strongpr. And for some mysterious reason, once in a great while it flip-flops and the north and south poles switch places. But this is by no means all of the strange polar story. Though the axis and magnetic poles stay within a few hundred miles of each other, the two pairs go on global tours. Or so it seems. About half a million years ago, the two north poles were on the map near Hawaii. About 350 million years ago they were near Japan. From there they wandered across the North Pacific toward their present location in the Arctic. Meantime the south axis and magnetic poles wandered from the Atlantic toward the Antarctic. This is even more mysterious when we are told that the axis does not change. The North and South Pole continue to point to the same spots in the sky. What happens is this. The earth has a restless crust that slithers around like a loose jacket. As it moves, different parts of the world map pass over the polar regions and through the ages the polar regions seem to go on global tours. tiiMattom askad by chtttf- wi of Herald roadora showM malted to Art Andy, P.O Box. 765. Huntingtofi Botch, California 92648. (Copyright Chrontelo Publishing Co. 1673) WHAT MNP OF A TVPIST AK J YOi; PIPNt WE WHAT I WROTE AT ALL II YOU'VE KUINEPM6! I60TA THAT WAS SUPPOSE? 1DBEM? teRM PAPER! POOR LASS ..SHE SHORT by frank o'neal SO la TAKE TMiS BOX OP crHocoLATes OVER TO "US NEW SCHOOLMAKM. "THAT OC CHIEF CRAZ> HORSE. 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