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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 LETHBBIDGE HERALD Friday, February 21, 1175 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lumb I read a column by you about the person with back trouble. One thing you didn't explain, when the doctor told him it was a degenerated disk and he saw It on the x-ray. Isn't it true you can't see a disk from an x- ray, that it takes a myelogram? I had the same problem, and I had to have a myelogram and found 1 had a bulged disk, not a ruptured one as the first doctor told me from just an x- ray I've been taking Valium and Darvon for seven months, but it's not doing me much good lately. The physical therapy, hot packs and exer- cises have helped. Dear Reader On an or- dinary x-ray of the spine you can see the nature of the vertebrae and the spaces between them. The disks are between the vertebrae. When (hey begin to break down the space between the involved vertebra gets narrow and in advanced stages can be obliterated When the doctor sees this he can be certain that the disk is degenerating or ruptured. The disk is really a tiny sac filled with special fluid to form a cushion between the vertebrae. When the fluid begins to leak out, the little pillow The material leaked out can irritate the nerve, or a more solid part may protrude, creating pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord. There are several ways the nerves may be involved from irritation, to muscle spasm, to pressure even from parts of the vertebrae when they are forced out of usual alignment. To tell what is happening to the cord and surrounding nerves, an opaque dye is in- jected into the spinal column so the cord is outlined. If there is pressure on the cord or nerve area, the structure (bone or disk) can be seen pressing on that area. You can have a disk degenerate and Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter We have a Magic Square today. That's a sequence of consecutive numbers, arrang- ed in a checkerboard style square so that each column, each row, and each diagonal will add up to the same magic total. Our Magic Square is unique, because its magic total is ex- actly twice the square of the difference between the greatest and smallest numbers in the sequence. So what is that magic total? (Answer Monday) Yesterday's answer: HOMAN- was 17568. have little happen other than narrowing of the space between the involved vertebrae. The proper treatment of problems related to a rup- tured or degenerated disk depends upon the individual circumstances in each case. Sometimes simple conser- vative measures are suf- ficient. Heat and exercises are often of great benefit. In other instances, where there is a significant pressure on the nerve roots or cord area, it is important to relieve the pressure before any per- manent nerve damage occurs. Since back problems are so common, I think that a good preventive program is impor- tant. The ruptured disk or bulging disk is the result of repeated injury or wear and tear. You can help prevent it by being kind to your back. That means starting early in life to develop and maintain good muscle tone of your ab- dominal muscles. Strong ab- dominal muscles help to splint the back and relieve "strain." Good posture is important, too. That includes standing and silting with your ab- dominal muscles slightly tens- ed to provide back support. Sitting is perhaps more im- portant than standing since many people do not tighten their abdominal muscles while sitting and force the spine to bear the full stress of Hie upright position. A large pot is obviously an invitation to back trouble sooner or iater. Dear Dr. Lamb I'm 10 years old. I would like for you to explain what convulsions are. Dear Reader They usual- ly occur after you have lost consciousness (passed The brain has centers in it lhat control the contraction of your muscles. These start causing your muscles to contract on their own. The result is the sudden contrac- tion and movement of the arms, legs and other parts of the body. The contractions can be irregular with no rhythm or they can occur in a rhythmic fashion Convulsions can occur with a deep faint from any cause, or in the presence'of a fever or a variety of disorders that may affect the brain. They are more common in children during illness with fever than in adults. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this news- paper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents and a .ong self addressed stamped envelope to the same address and ask for the "Losing Weight" booklet. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF Both vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 432 QJ102 K65 If CM WEST EAST AK76 K 9 953 Q J 1043 982 49832 4 J1075 SOUTH 10 9 5 A8764 A 7 A6 The bidding: North East South West Pass PUBS 1 f Piss 3 V Pass 4 Pass Pan Pass Opening lead: Queen of 4. U.S. internationalist Ed- win Kantar's new book, "Complete Defensive Bridge Play" (Wilshire Pub., paper- bound, is an excellent clear and comprehen- sive. There is, however, one flaw. Since the book was re- produced from double- spaced typed copy, it is al- most twice the size it need be (528 which in- flates its price. It is not always easy for the defenders to unscramble their tricks and get all they are entitled to. Ability to count out the hands is often a key factor, as Kanlar illustrates with this ex- ample. As the cards lie, three no trump is an unbeatable con- tract. However, North-South cannot be blamed for elect- ing to play in their 5-4 major fit. Once North jumped raised as a passed hand, South had sufficient extra values to go on to game. Let us consider the hand from East's point of view. Declarer wins the first dia- mond trick in dummy, and at this point East knows little about the distribution. The queen of hearts loses to the king and the jack of dia- monds lo the ace, and East still does not know whether declarer has a dia- mond loser or not. Now declarer leads a heart to dummy on which West plays the nine-the highest missing heart. Thus, de- clarer has become marked with five hearts. Next he ruffs a diamond in his hand, then takes three high clubs, discarding a spade from his hand. Declarer is now mark- ed with five hearts and two cards in each minor suit, so he started with four spades. When declarer leads a spade from dummy, East must play low. Since partner has only two spades, East must hope that he has either J-x, in which case declarer might misgucss and finesse the ten, or Q-x. If East wins the first spade and then con- tinues a spade to partner's queen, West will be cnd- playcd and have to concede a ruff and sluff, allowing de- clarer to make the contract. Isn't it simple if you witch the cards and count? Astrological Forecast by Sydney Omarr Aries can be fooled once, but usually is smart enough, inventive enough to ward off second attempts. Aries is naturally aggressive and en- joys competition. But Aries does not believe in any adage which states it doesn't matter whether you win or lose but how you play the game. Aries .wants to be first and plays to win. Losing is not part of the Aries makeup. The native can be caught off balance once. Any second attempt to dis- lodge Aries can result in mar- tian fireworks. Erase all, however, when it comes to the Aries woman and affairs of the heart. The Aries woman eternally seeks love and will [all once, twice and any number of times in her quest for this objective. ARIES (March 21-April Don't feel the world is against you merely because pace has slowed. Legal red tape must be untangled. Family respon- sibility should not be ignored. Capricorn, Cancer persons figure in picture. TAURUS (April JO-May Enlarge horizons. Find outlet for urge to imprint style and ideas. Postpone trip which in- volves confrontation with relative. Leave "heavy stuff" for another time. Your judg- ment is clouded by emotion. Seek relaxation, not challenge. GEMINI (May 21-June Money picture is confused. Key is to find ways of improv- ing cash flow. For now, do some planning. Details are available if you are per- sistent. Aquarius, Leo and Scorpio figure prominently. Do some revising for purpose of rebuilding. CANCER (June 21-July Heavier responsibility becomes evident. Young person has tendency to lay burdens on your shoulders Know when to draw line. Ac- cent is on making your own views crystal clear. Someone may be writing and speaking and claiming your en- dorsement. Get to this right now! LEO (July 23-Aug. Home situation commands attention. If you depend on others, you will be disap- pointed. Key is to change your own heart. Make amends to one who loves you. Also, make some neighborly gestures! You'll be amazed at results! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Friends are involved in tangled, clandestine web. Refuse to be drawn into trou- ble not your own. Be sym- pathetic, not foolish. Pisces is in picture so, too, are Virgo and Gemini. Romantic interlude might be highlighted. Protect yourself in clinches! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Promotion, more harmonious dealings with executives these are indicated. You also can expect member of op- posite sex to pay compliment make demands. You will learn to be skeptical about existence of "tooth fairy." SCORPIO (Oct. ZJ-Nov. Finish rather than initiate ac- tion. Deal with persons who have ambitions and goals. Stop being dragged down by those who constantly sing, blues. Accent now is on far ranging cycles, trends. You may be called on to represent hospital or charitable situation. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. New start is in- dicated. Chance exists for proverbial "second chance." Leo and Aquarius could be in picture. Hard facts concern- ing costs, expenditures and credits come to light. Bring forth creative resources. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. One who means plenty to you is going through emotional hades. Know it and be helpful by being patient. Refuse to cast first stone. If mature, you'll be rewarded. Otherwise, you could throw home life into turmoil. The choice is your own. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Avoid scattering efforts. Social life accelerates. People enjoy your humor and com- pany and they say so. But do remember diet, health resolutions. Gemini, Sagit- tarius and Virgo persons could play significant roles. PISCES (Feb. 19-March What appeared a certain- ty has tendency to "slide away." There are loopholes there also is fine print and you should read between the lines. Affair of heart is here, too. Lovers' quarrel rains on your parade. IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY you broke from pattern early, were on your own in literal or psychological sense. Parents were divorced, separated or had great dif- ficulty communicating with you. You get new chance for success this year and July will be most significant. Scorpio plays key role in your life. Ask Andy SHALE Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Pamela Gladwin, age II, of Utica, N.Y., for her question: What exactly is oil producing shale? Most of us heard about oil producing shale during the energy crisis. It is mentioned as a sort of last resort in the urgent business of extracting petroleum from impossible places. It is true that gasoline and other petroleum products can be processed from certain stubborn shale rocks, but at present the project is not very feasible. Our present supplies of petroleum are extracted from very porous sedimentary rocks, such as sands and silts, corals and other limestones. The oily deposits are thought to be the fossil remains of countless creatures that lived and died in shallow seas within the past one million to 300 million years. And as we all know these world supplies are running low. However, we are told that far greater supplies of un- derground petroleum are trapped in certain deposits of tough shales. This is partly true. These hard shales are dense, compressed layers of heavy clays and silts. The so- called oil trapped In their tiny pores is a solid substance call- ed kerogen. It is true that kerogen, like petroleum, is a rich mixture of fossilized hydrocarbons. But we cannot drill down to supply and expect the oily liquid to gush to the surface, as it does in our present oil fields. Extracting and processing petroleum from so-called oil shales is enor- mously difficult and costly. First the stubborn shale must be dug out and crushed. Then the mixture must be heated to about 900 deg. At this temperature its hydrocarbon molecules break apart into the usual oils and gases extracted from other petroleums. The heating process uses vast amounts of energy and the unused ore would be left to disfigure the landscape with huge piles of barren slag. Some experts estimate a trillion barrels of petroleum could be recovered from the so-called oil shales of North America. But at present these experts cannot explain how this promising daydream can be done at a. price we can af- ford to pay. nkMl by chil- dren of Herald milled to Aik Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntlngton Beach, HERE COMES MQWOSS BACK FROM THE I HE BROKE HIS CHAIN, MNT Htf WAKE PEDAL, RAN INTO A WWBALE SNAfTEPAREAR KX, HAP TUW RAT Wit ANP BLEU HIS EN6INE.' HE ALSO BL00PIEP NOSE, BRMSEP HIS ELBOWS AND LOST THREE TEETH... BUT I WON A TROPHY.'.' HI WO LOIS WE HAVE A BABV SISTER AT HOME. HERE'S A COUPLE OF LOLLIPOPS -FQR BEIMS SUCH NICE CHILDREN. OKAY, MERE'S ONE FOR VOLIR BABY SISTER HEM HiH 1 BUGS BUNNY THIS BABY'S GOT EVERYTHIN'... INCLLON' HOT AN1 COLD rojNNIN' _ WATER IM NOT GOING TO PAY FOR. ALL THOSE EXTWAS.' I WANT TO SEE ONE OF YOLK STWIPPED NOW ARE YA READY T'TALK ,_, BUSINESS? BLONDIE (CopyrlflM PuMtaMng Co. 1B73) Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Feb. 21, 1175 The world's bloodiest battle began 59 years ago in 1918 as concealed German guns opened fire on 25 miles of French lines around Verdun. The German High Command knew the ring of fortresses was crucial to French morale and hoped to bleed the French Army white by drawing more and more troops into the conflict. However, almost as many German troops were drawn in as well as the battle dragged on for months. Post- war estimates found men killed and wound- ed in 1918 and 1917 at Verdun. More than unidentified bodies were found on the battlefield after the war. IM JUST GOISI6 TO BUY WHATEVER STRIKES MY FAMCV SHOPPING, SOIMS DEAR TO BUY? MISS E.EAZI: HAD HIM WHERE'S VON ATHREE- THE DAY DIET PRINCIPAL? THE FIRST DAY HE CUT OUT ALL SWEETS THE SECOND DAY HE. CUT OUT STARCHES. TODAY HE CUT OUT. HAGAR THE HORRIBLE AMP YOU, MP. SIOMUMp BUSINESS I JUST TriE BOYS WOLJLP HIT IT I HEAR YOU LOST tOUR ROULETTE RAU-, LOTSA LUCK SUPFDSE VOU'RE EVERYWHERE LTLAMfR WHY DOMDLJ. THINK i :BROUGHT YOU ALONG Z. AH T- ITS UP HERE .'-ITS IF Yd' STEPS INTO THIS SWAMP YOU- BE DROWNDED, PROFESSOR, ON ACCOUNT OF; YO' SUCH A RUNT- ;