Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wednesdoy, February 28, 1973 LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M, D. f Typical tale of the male Ask Andv Pear Dr. Lamb - I am very concerned about my husband and need your advice. He is in his early 50's and a very strong-minded person. He is a big man and weighs 200 pounds which nevertheless is far too much for him and he gets hardly any exercise. When he does exercise at all, he becomes short of breath immediately and red in the face. I am more concerned now because recently he has been complaining about dizziness but I can't get him to see a doctor. He used to smoke but has quit and doesn't hardly ever drink. He eats all the wrong things and insists on having his feed fried in fat and eats two or three eggs every day and too much of everything. I've tried to tell him this but my comments don't seem to have done any good. Do I have a good reason to worry about him and how can I get him to see a doctor? Dear Reader - Obviously, he needs to see a doctor if for no other reason than to determine why he is having dizzy spells. Unfortunately, the story you tell is quite typical of many American men. Through the years they gain too much weight and their physical activity significantly decreases. Cigarettes and excessive drinking add to this problem. No wonder American men are particularly prone to have heart attacks, strokes and other problems related to fatty deposits blocking the arteries in the body. Particularly because of the dizziness and the problems with exertion, I believe your husband should see a doctor as soon as possible. Individuals who have not yet experienced any major difficulty, however, can do a lot for themselves by stopping smoking, eb'minating alcohol and most importantly, start eliminating the excess fat that they have accumulated over a period of time. The latter is best accomplished on a long-term basis with a sensible diet combined with a reasonable, light exercise program �well within the person's exercise tolerance. I've often thought about the difficulty in getting a spouse to see a doctor. There isn't any real good answer. The military sendees handle this problem in part, by periodic medical examinations. Individuals past 40 years of age must have a regular examination whether they want it or not. This limits the length of time between medi- cal examinations. Many companies have similar medical programs. The old-fashioned family physician was helpful in this regard. In small communities one family member could talk to the doctor. Later when the occasion arose the doctor might suggest he drop into his office and see how his weight was doing or any number of suggestions which would lead him to come to the office. That's not so easy today with the level of sophistication of medical practice that has been more or lass inevitable with the advanced knowledge and complexity of the practice of medicine. Even after seeing the doctor, what people often need are tilings they have to do for themselves, not what the doctor can do for them. But at least thare is a little more motivation if the individual has bad a doctor tell him that it's time he got with the program. 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. Eyes and vision Andy sends a complete 20-volume'set of the Merit students Encyclopedia to Becky Haynic, age 13, of Reedville, Virginia, for her question: Do our eyes reflect light like those of certain animals? If humans could reflect that glowing eyeshine, they could prowl around after dark hunting for mice and such. Actually, people do not care for this type of occupation. But cats and other night - prowling animals think it's just fine, perhaps because their hunting forays are successful. Eyeshine is the main reason why they succeed. Humans do not have this kind of night vision because it does not suit their particular life style. * * * The different senses gather various impressions from outside and inside our bodies - and convey them to the brain to be interpreted. For humans and for many animals, by far the most useful of the senses is sight. We depend on vision to gather perhaps 90 per cent of our impressions of the outside world. The survival of most familiar w i.l d mammals depends mainly on sight-though the dogs also have fantastic sniffers. Though the gift of sight is bestowed on humans and numerous animals, nature did not bestow a sort of standard uti- Your horoscope By JEANE DIXON THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Your birthday today: Emotional stability makes for deeper significant relationships. Home and family mean more than ever toyou. Today's natives should make a special effort to capitalize on this exceptionaflly promising year. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Be willing to meet unusual conditions. There are companions suffering personal conflicts who need your sympathy. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Start new operations, install equipment, change habits, wear new clothes. Think "success" and proceed with diligence. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Check up on what partners and competitors are doing. You will find a special opportunity in something you learn. CANCER (June 21-July 22): This is a time for thrift in household budgets. An inventory may show you're much GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN \m. Tto CNUM TtIMM North-South vulnerable. 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