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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 11 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, January 9, 074 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Why am I writing on lined paper to a famous doctor when there are hundreds of doctors in the United States? First, I am in such pain cannot write legibly otherwise. Second, there seems to be no help. This sounds unusual in the United States. But doctors don't have much time, and I am sorry to say, very little help. Doctor, I am a "hypochondriac." My two most recent operations were for cancer. How I imagined them, the pathologist and I have not decided for sure. I do have some stress, of course, for cancer is not an easily understood malady, but the pain I have the most trou- ble with is what doctors dis- miss as a painless ailment, diverticulosis. X-rays do not show cancer there. Diet does not help. I've tried them all, and each doctor seems to have a different idea. Medications do not help. Nothing relieves the pain. Now doctor, what would you do if you had an inoperable pain for which nothing can be done? How would you deal with a problem that doctors say (many do) is not there? I've tried to find some simple food to exist on, something that wouldn't increase the cramps. When one is desperate, what does he do? Dear Reader Of course you have pain. It doesn't matter whether a pain is caus- ed by a broken bone, from ner- vous tension or some other problem, it is still pain and needs to be relieved if possible. No doubt your bowel problems are what we call a functional disorder. Which really means an abnormal function, but one that can't be attributed to an infection, a tumor or a dietary deficiency. That doesn't make the problem any less real. Many people do have diver- and have no symp- toms along with the problem that is from an associated spactic colon. In fact, many authorities now believe that one cause of diverticulosis is a long history of spastic colon problems of cramps and gas. This being the case, often the treatment for both problems is the same. What you need, of course, is a good program in bowel training to develop regular bowel habits. Probably the newer concepts of providing adequate bulk in the diet would be a help. There remains the possibili- ty that you may be one of the individuals who have cram- ping, bloating and real pain because of a food intolerance, such as intolerance to the milk sugar lactose. The treatment, then would be to eliminate all milk products from your diet. You might try it. I can't cover the entire problem in one column. But, I have prepared two booklets, one on spastic colon and one on diverticulosis that outline my ideas on the management of these problems. (You can obtain these for 50 cents each from P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. Meanwhile, you can see if stopping milk and milk products helps and also you should stop coffee, tea, colas, or any beverage containing caffeine, if you use them. Trudeau car gets 8.3 miles per gallon OTTAWA (CP) The Cadillac Fleetwood limousine assigned Prime Minister Trudeau by the RCMP gets 8.3 miles per gallon of gas, Mr. Trudeau says. In a written reply to a Commons question by Frank Howard (NDP the prime minister said he uses the car when requested to by the RCMP. A spokesman for Mr. Trudeau said the fuel con- sumption figure is based mainly on city driving because the limousine seldom is used the highway. The prime minister uses other vehicles assigned by the RCMP. The limousine, with special security stan- dards, also is used by the Queen and heads of state and government visiting Canada. Mr.ATrudeau said he often Drives in a Ford police-car or drives his own car when he is not on of- ficial business or when there is no need for the special security. The spokesman said Mr. Trudeau still drives the Mercedes sports car he owned before becoming prime minister in 1968. BEGIN OIL PROGRAM NEW DELHI (AP) Soviet Oil Minister V.D. Shashin says India and the Soviet Union will jointly launch a long-term pro- gram of oil exploration in an effort to make India self- reliant in petroleum products. India at present consumes 23 million tons of crude, but produces only seven million tons a year. Your horoscope tyJtMtDuon THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 Your birthday today: Nor- mal progress is the theme of the coming year. Much of your assumed status turns out to be just that, and you must do something positive about it. Economy and efficiency come to be regular features of your enterprises. Relationships tend toward calm and steady sharing. Today's natives often prefer vocations requiring much physical activity, are usually very persistent. ARIES (March 21-April Another day with a touch of the magic or romance and possible novel short cuts in the work. Be on the alert for brief moments of great oppor- tunity. TAURUS (April 20-May Home and its concerns tend to occupy much of your atten- tion. Check facts and figures to catch any discrepancy at the start. GEMINI (May 21-June Just as you begin to prevail in your campaign, subtle changes of conditions require rearrangements, flexibility in steering a different course. CANCER (June 21-July Now that you're at the turn of your annual growth cycle, look about you and collect useful resources. Present bills for what is owed you. LEO (July 23-Aug. It is time to be specific as to what you really want, and then whether you are willing to do the necessary hard work to get it. By evening you will be on the move. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept A commonplace incident carries for you special meaning. Per- sonal goals seem, for the moment, distant, Keep the faith and continue work. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Find some other place to go if that is the only way to avoid inadvertently taking sides in some controversy in which you have little or no stake. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Take a good look at the situa- tion very early. Assign some order of priority to the several things you are expected to do and then get busy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Healthy self- interest remains in style, as always. The question is whether some luxuries or status symbols are really part of your well-being. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. The nearest expedient is good enough for the day. For the near future, somewhat more coherent planning is ad- vised. Think in terms of con- tingency. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Favorable changes arise spontaneously in the later hours. Share the comfort of your situation with all who have proved themselves friendly. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Theory goes quite a dis- tance, but leaves a gap in which personal pragmatism and judgments based on faith beyond logic become essen- tial. 1974, The Chicago Tribune MjfwiTH AVH' 16 SOMEONE TO PC I THEUXJRK FOR WC1 THAT'S EDUCATION, ISN'T SHORT MBS by frank o'neal THIS ate of SOLO ae, ME A PUKE. 'MQ SiSS, THIS iS A' CQHmtUflWJO 50VAL WELFARE PUMP. HI AND LOIS by dik browne HERE'S HORNS SHE POESN'T EAT CORN FLAKTES AT WHERE CAN X HIPE? BUGS BUNNY Ask Andy Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN C TritMt East-West vulnerable. North deals. NORTH AQJ52 VA 0 AK53 Q J 10 7 WEST EAST A3 10 76543 0 J62 0 Q4 AK98 SOUTH 4k K 109 8 7 0 10987 65 The bidding: North East South West 1 0 Pass 1 A Pass 4 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: King of A cardinal rule for suc- cessful defense is- Keep your cool. Don't get rattled and make a hasty play, or like West in today's hand, you might lighten your wal- let unnecessarily. North made the technical- ly correct opening bid of the suit below his singleton. When South responded one spade. North realized that game might be made even if partner was minimum for his bid, so he raised to the level he thought his side could make. West led the king of clubs, and hit the panic button when he saw dummy. He was afraid of establishing dummy's club suit, so he -de- cided to shift. In an effort to cut down dummy's ruffs, West played the ace of spades and another. Declarer won and led a second club, and the ace of clubs was the last trick for the defenders. Two of de- clarer's diamonds, could be discarded on dummy's clubs. Had West retained his composure, he might have found the winning defense. He could account for three tricks in his own hand, and unless partner held the king of spades, the only source of a fourth trick was in the dia- mond suit. For this to ma- terialize, East would have to hold the queen of diamonds. West should have concentrated on making sure that declarer had no place to get rid of his diamond los- ers. Clubs represented a threat of discards, so West's task was to neutralize that suit. After winning the king of clubs, West should continue with ace and another club. Declarer can take one dia- mond discard, but that is all. When declarer leads a trump, West rises with the ace and returns a fourth club. East ruffs and tho de- clarer can overruff, he is de- prived of his second discard. However he tries, he has no way to avoid a diamond los- er. THE SUPERNOVA Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Kel- ly Anderson, age 12, of Moab, Utah, for her question: What exactly is a supernova? A supernova is a superior nova and when astronomers refer to more than one of each, they call them super- novae and novae. These en- dings are Latin plurals. However, the Big Dictionary says that we ordinary folk may refer to numbers of these razzle-dazzle stars as novas and supernovas. Actually the novas are very rare events and a stupendous supernova appears only once in several centuries. The word "nova" means a new star and it was coined ages ago when early astronomers thought that a bright new star had appeared in the heavens. We now know that a nova is actually a fairly ordinary star that suddenly explodes like a celestial firecracker. The blazing gases in its outer shell shoot out at fantastic speeds and continue to expand through space. Suddenly the dim, distant ob- ject becomes or perhaps times brighter. For a time, the brilliant nova may outshine all the other visible stars in our sky. One would think that such a dazzling display would shatter Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER "How did you make out in the asked Joe, seeing the twins come in from school. "The usual twenty questions, "Not that many this time, replied Jack. "I got two thirds of them right, but between us we had all but three right." The other boy shook his head. he said. "Idfd get more than half right, but I was way out on the other eight." How many questions? (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: COMET was 10635. Mr. Hunter answers all letters: ideas welcomed. the star'beyond repair. But astronomers suspect that it loses only about a hundred- thousandth part of its total gaseous material. Several stars have been known to sur- vive and become novas again and again. But so far as we know, a star can become a super-duper supernova only once. When a starry supernova ex- plodes, it may become a billion times brighter in just a few days. Phase one happens suddenly, as shells of gases explode outward almost as fast as the speed of light. In a few days, the supernova may become as bright as a 100 billion suns brighter than the total stars in our Galaxy. This dazzling Phase One may last weeks or months. But when it subsides, the erupted gases continue to stream out through vast regions of space for many cen- turies. Astronomers suspect that a star that becomes a supernova loses as much as ten per cent of its gaseous material. During the past 000 years only about 14 super- novas have occurred in our en- tire Galaxy, most of them beyond our range of vision. In 1054 A.D., Chinese astronomers reported a dazzl- ing new star in the constella- tion Taurus, the Bull. Modern telescopes reveal the great halo of its glowing, gaseous debris which astronomers estimate still is expanding at some 70 million miles a day. We call it the Crab Nebula. Someday, no doubt, we shall know exactly what causes a supernova and also what happens to the original star after the catastrophe. Some astronomers suspect extra massive stars tend to explode. After the dazzling explosion, the remainig material seems to collapse into a tiny, high- energy star called a pulsar. Several pulsars have been detected within the debris of old supernovas. The remains of such a star appear to be crushed into a tight little ball with a core perhaps five miles wide. It is made of densely packed neutrons that weigh hundreds of thousands of tons per thimbleful. For years, a fast spinning pulsar may emit more energy than suns and gradually subside through perhaps 000 years. Questions asfced by child- ren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1t73) I HATE STAREP AT I HERE'S A PIAAE FOR A NEWSPAPER, SHE'S COMIN' OUT... AT LAST! WHILE I'M BLOMME by chic young HEY SHOULP PUT) APS ON BOTHf I HAPPEN TO LIKE TO START AT THE TOP AND SQUEEZE MY WAY I YOU SMOULP START AT THE BOTTOM AND SQUEEZE TO ,S THE TOP j BEEN SQUEEZING THE TOOTHPASTE WRONG AGAIN ENDS OF OOTM PASTE by bob montana ASK THE IF YOU CAN RETURN THEM ARCHIE WANTS PERMISSION DOCTOR ANNE TICKWITTY THESE WELL IS IT HAGAR THE HORRIBLE dik browne seoser Of GOOD by mort walker BEETLE BAILEY WELL, i LEAPNEP WMICM END BEETLE, WILL you START IT OFF? I'D LltfE TO REVIEW WE LEARNED IN TRAINING TODAY ON TME FLAME THROWER byalcapp TUMBLEWEEDS YOU'RE STILL NUMPER ONE ON MY HUPPY CHART, KJLLJ A TEM NAIULIOM DOU-AK Dl UNER OHC YOU LOOK LIKE YOU COULP USE A PRINK YK, A CUP OF WOUUPHITTHESTOT ;