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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, February 16, 1973 - THE UTHBRlDGE HERALD - 23 YOUR HOROSCOPE By JEANE DIXON SATURDAY, FEB. 17 Your birthday today: Relationships at all levels read-. just, and likely many contacts arc phased out, replaced by more' meaningful ties. Today's natives include many of high achievement in music . and the arts, are noted for dry humor. ARIES (March 21 - April 19): Be explicit in all your com- ments. If you are not sure of what you want, wait for more information before asking anything. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This can be a census day for skeletons in the closets, as old questions are resurrected. Speculative moves are not favored. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Excitement amongst your fam- LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. More about coffee dangers Recently I received a letter from the Coffee Information Institute. Their letter in part is as follows: "... you describe caffeine as a drug that belongs to the same group of drugs as amphetamines, commonly called 'speed.' Since caffeine is a member of the xanthine groun of drugs and 'speed' is a name commonly applied to metham-phetamine hydrochloride, we are unable to find a scientific basis for the relationship you suggest. Could you please furnish our office with the medical documentation for your statement? "In the same column . . . you discuss an increase in 'acid pepsin juice' by the stomach as a result of consuming caffeine beverages ... we would like to obtain the medical references upon which you base your suggestions that coffee, tea or cola beverages 'may cause indigestion' and other gastrointestinal ailments." Fair enough. The public should have the references too. The American Medical Assn.'s Council on Drugs published the AMA Drug Evaluation text in 1971 and the chapter on analeptics, that group of drugs which stimulate the brain, includes caffeine and the amphetamine group. AU competent pharmacologists know that caffeine and the amphetamines belong to the group of drugs called analeptics. So much for that. "Speed" is a slang term commonly employed for amphetamine. Slang is inexact, but common usage is the rule. Time magazine (December 18, 1972) and in the same wesk, Newsweek, both use "speed" as slang for amphetamine, which eerves as one index of common usage. So much for that. The marked effect of caffeine on stimulating excessive amounts of acid pepsin juice formed by the stomach is well established. The pharmacology text written by Drs. Goodman and Gillman is often considered the Bible in medical schools. These are their quotes. ". . .in cats and humans moderate doses of caffeine result in a prolonged augmentation of gastric secretion ... in view of the responsiveness of the human gastric mucosa to caffeine, cognizance moist be taken of the ubiquitous use of coffee and cola beverages in the pathogenesis of peptic ulcer, and in the management of the ulcer patient . . . There is also evidence that individuals with a predisposition toward peptic ulcers, or patients with peptic ulcers who are in remission, exhibit an abnormal response. A patient with an active peptic ulcer should restrict his intake of caffeine-containing beverages. Individuals with peptic ulcer should consume their coffee (if at all) during meals, well diluted with cream because the buffering capacity of coffee, is negligible." And finally in referring to caffeine and other drugs of the "xanthine" group Goodman and Gilman's text states, "Overindulgence in xanthine beverages may lead to a condition which might be considered one of chronic poisoning. Central nervous stimulation results in restlessness and disturbed sleep; myocardial stimulation is reflected in cardiac irregularities, especially premature systoles, and in palpitation and tachycardia. The essential oils of coffee may cause some gastrointestinal irritation, and diarrhea is a common symptom." Enough said. iliars is catching. It is anybody's conjecture what will come next, or who will precipitate local crisis. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Asking for help, expecting cooperation in purely personal projects merely stirs confusion. Take care of routines early. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Move promptly to confirm and settle the gains and improvements of recent days. Close out uncertain details while they're fresh. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Collect, bring together for coherent presentation whatever reports of recent progress may be feasible. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Sudden insight into the nature of both problems *aind achievements comes now with prayer and quiet thought. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Let go of the past, even recent incidents you did not like, and GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN �S 117], Tht CMciH Trlbun* Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH A K6 0 Q872 * Q10 7 5 WEST EAST A J 10 9 5 2 *Q73 1804-in a captured ketch with 7 men, surprising the Moslems. Lord Nelson of Britain later described the feat as the boldest and most daring of the age. Decatur fought Britain in the War of 1812. 1959-Castro became the premier of Cuba. 1949-C h a i m Weizmann was eleced Israel's first president. 1943-A Russian counter-offensive recaptured Kharkov in the Second World War. 1933-The Canadian Pari-liament refused to allow liquor to be exported to prolu-bition countries. 1871-T h e Franco-Prussian War of 1870 ended. AKWTWIN& IMPORTANT m\i& X. \ aujav? mil, lEfo 55E.,THE ROMAN EMPIRE CCUAPSEDlTHE PAPK STARTS? IM JULY... wmg aovis convepret? "rue frames. ..the hums 6ackep OUfc VlUUA6e,, anp Your CLP PO HAP PUR� WE CAN'T CANCEITHE PINNER,' J gVElWJM: 15 ALKEAW HEKE J EVEfftWE IS ALWAW SEATED! EVEN THE GOtSTOF HONOR IS HERE!! ITS ALL WP0CRmCAL..WEl?E NOT R?ALLk,SINC�R�...U)�'R� ALL 60IN6 |T0 5A�TWN6� ABOUT CHARLIE 5gOK)N THAT UE DON'T REAlLV 86LMM5,, ANP IT'*? ALL HWXtflTlCALf I WOULD HAVE ENJCWEP EVEN A HWKXmCALPWNSe TUMBLEWEEDS-By Tom K. Ryan UMPIP LIZARP BLONDIE-By Chic Young IT SAYS THE MALE PELICAhJ CAW HOLD SIX POUMDS OF FISH IM HIS BEAK FOR THREE PAYS BEETLE BAILEY-By Mori Walker LI L ABNER-By Andy Capp ARCHIE-By Bob Montana HI AND LOIS-By Dik Browne THIS IS My GRANDFATHER'S ^ ROOM. HE KNOWS LOTS. ABOUT* EsVER/THlNc" � SHORT RIBS-By Frank O'Neal OUR MEDICINE MAtf WAS 96M CORRUPTED BY TUB YttJTg POCTORl US NO LONGER TAKES BUGS BUNNY ;