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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD FrMay, January 4, 1974 Ask Andy SALT BLOCKS Andy sends a complete 20- voluine set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Mike Mac-key, age 12. of Mundelem. Illinois tor his question Why do farmers provide salt blocks for the cattle? Living animal tissues need a variety of chemicals to stay in good condition. Among them are sodium and chlorine Both play vital roles in the delicate balance of body fluids and both are needed to carry electrical nerve signals We get these two chemicals from the salt we use to season our food Most wild animals get their salt by licking cer- tain stones The farmer serves salt to his domestic animals in the form of salt licks, or salt-bearing rocks Most books about animals torget to mention the impor- tance of salt, Maybe the observers don't notice this, but the deer and other wild anima's must know where to find salt or they sicken and die Usually they return again and again to lick a slab of halite or rock salt They take only a taste, just as we take only a small pinch with our tood But the entire ecology of a region' may depend upon whether or not the wild animals can find a little salt In most regions there are enough natural salt licks lying around to meet the need, though sometimes the deer walk miles to find them But domestic cattle are limited to their home pasture If there were salt licks around, in time the cattle would use them all up. A good farmer knows this and takes no chances He places a few chunks of rock salt or borne other salt bearing rock in the pasture. Usually he half buries them so that the cattle can lick them more comfortably They take as much as is good for them, no more and no less. Animals have a deep hunger for salt because it regulates a number of very vital body processes Ordinary salt, alias sodium chloride, is a chemical compound of sodium and chlorine These elements are dissolved and separated inside the body and each is used to perform its special duties. Chlorine is a very active halogen chemical found in all plants except-the comfets In animals, its atoms are In the form of charged ions. These ions must be present in the delicate chemical mixture present in the body fluids They also help to build the im- portant mucus materials that line the internal organs. Sodium plays an even more vital role in the body fluids. If the amount is not just right, it will shrivel the tissues, or swamp the body fluids through the cell walls where they do not belong. Both sodium and chlorine are needed in precise proportions to maintain the electrical balance of the body's biochemistry Sometimes the deer and other vegetarians can get salt from plants that grow near old salt marshes. Often a por- cupine chews the handle of an or some other man-made tool Observers suspect that his is eager to get the salt left there by a man's perspiring hand. Qumtiona by child- ran of Htrald reactors should mailtd to Andy, P.O 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Publishing Co. 1973) Your horoscope By Jeane Oixon SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 Your birthday today: Opens a year in which your thinking runs ahead of current con- ditions and your philosophy broadens Business ventures run to diversification, addition of1 sidelines, specialties. Strive tor the simplest course through these tendencies: concentrate on the meaningful Today's natives have a flair for statistics, management of property and related vocations ARIES (March 21 April Short-range travel is tavored. should prove interesting and rewarding, particularly during probable side trips from planned pathways TAURUS (April 20 May Use tools and appliances u ith great care, or not at all It is time to show your creative works, present Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Can a person go back to a normal diet after having an ulcer7 I was hospitalized in January for three weeks and had three blood transfusions In April tin were negative 1 have asked my doctor, who is a very busy man, what I can eat and he hands me the same diet sheet I had before I love rough foods wheat, vegetables, but have been us- ing baby food as I can afford to use, only certain of the vegetables allowed I started taking vitamins B and C I'm 74 years old and afraid to eat as I understand an ulcer is easily triggered to start again Deaf Reader It's impor- tant to know where you bled from and your current status before advising you about a diet. Tell your doctor how worried you are about this It's not good for your ulcer to be worried Many doctors believe worry is a major fac- tor in causing ulcers Try to get your doctor to resolve this problem with you, even if he is busy It is now more than six .since you had your problem and at least four months since vour were normal I would think that if you are having no symptoms ami soui tests and are normal that you could certain- ly be eating a nearly normal diet My only hesitancy is not knowing exactly what caused Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN e TM TrttaM Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH 4k 10 C 5 2 9K7 0 AS QJ1083 WEST EAST AQI873 4K4 10 4 J 9 8 5 3 OJt4 019S72 4K2 SOUTH 4AJ V AQ62 0 KQ63 The bidding: South West North East 1 NT Pass 2 4 Pass 2