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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta IS - THI LETHBRIDCE HERALD - Thursday, January 14, 1971 Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon FRIDAY. JAN. 15 Your birthday today: This year you start to develop an interest in philosophic, psychic, and mystical subjects. Insight into popular causes may bring you to a dissenting view, which can get in the way of your welfare and self - improvement programs. Emotional links now are less clear, not always comfortable. Solitude, meditation, prayer are more needed than the buzz of intimate human contact. Today's natives would rather be right than wear the honors or a crown. ARIES (March 21-Aprll 19): A test of a business contact comes today. It is your responsibility, nobody else's, to master your inner tensions or discontent. Entertain ment becomes expensive if you experiment. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Avoid a weekend letdown in your work. Don't put off anything important; conditions are about to change and make it more awkward. Don't provide amusement for a curious bystander: discretion! GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Expected money may not ar- /rive. Promises are of little avail. Your own search turns up additional resources-which you needn't share until all your concerns are attended. CANCER (June 21 - July 22): You see faulty design, poor planning around you. What you and your community' can do about such things needs study, planning. For the moment cope with what's there now. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): Close out the workweek neatly; leave purely personal affairs until next week. Avoid promising too much to younger people. The evening is for mental stimuli. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Somehow, for all your effort to let others carry their share, you wind up carrying too much of the expenses, supplying more than your share of the energy. LIBRA (Sept. 23  Oct. 22): Intrigue, complex group relationships have to be considered today. Make allowances, keep your own intentions unsaid. Discount adverse comment as reflecting only a passing mood. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Don't let the moods of associ- LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. DJ Don't neglect hernia; correction is simple ates disturb your creative drive. Push through all the details to settle matters that should be finished by day's end. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dcc. 21): If some matter slips your attention, other people will never let your forget it. Take time, check it out. A transaction is in the works you shouldn't push to completion as yet. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Tact and "discretion are your watchwords. Neighbors, relatives seek understanding, have incomplete {acts. Con- sider the context in which they hear your comments. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): There's a gap somewhere in your arrangements. Look for it while you still have time to do something about it. Keep business tensions out of your social life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You worry needlessly about your status, while being less concerned about earnings than you should be. Friends are temperamental. Leave them alone for the moment. 1971, Newsday, Inc. Dear Dr. Lamb - I am 16( years old and have a problem which I think may be serious. I did not consult a physician or tell my parents. My problem is I think I have a hernia. It is located in my scrotum and has been there for sue years. As I grew it grew along with me. Now it is the size of an egg and is bothering me. Sometimes it hurts when I bump it against an object, then stops about five minutes later. My question is, if it is a hernia, what can it do? Can it be removed without a serious operation? Or if the possibility that it is a hernia is ruled out, what can it be? Dear Reader-The only way to find out for certain what you have is from a medical examination. You are probably right about it being a hernia, and it should receive attention soon. True, you can go a long time without difficulty but difficulty can start rather suddenly. The big danger is getting the loop of the bowel that forms the hernia caught or twisted. We call this a strangulated hernia. This obstructs the bowel, blocking normal passage of food. The loop of bowel may suffer from lack of circulation and, if untreated, develop gangrene. One can be very sick with an obstructed hernia. Correction of a hernia of the type you may have is really very simple. The operation is not difficult and one is able to be up and about very quickly. There is no danger of damage to any other part of the body from the operation I don't think you need to worry about this being a cancer. You have let it go long enough that you can fairly wefi rule out that possibility. Some- times cysts filled with water or fluid might be confused with a hernia. I would like to stress that the likelihood of your having anything serious is remote except for a hernia and that can easily be corrected. Now one more point. You have been taking an unnecessary risk with your life for some time. A strangulated hernia is nothing to regard lightly. There is absolutely no logical reason for you not to have told your parents or certainly your doctor about your problem. There is nothing to be ashamed of except having neglected to do something about it Your problem points up the danger than can occur because of fear to seek attention for a problem that is related to sex. How foolish we are when we try to ignore the normal aspects of the human body. You are not alone in this. Many an intelligent woman has allowed a tumor of the breast to advance beyond the point when treatment could have cured her problem. I wish it were possible to really impress upon everyone that any mass or tumor anywhere on the body should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible - not neglected. Many lives could be saved and much suffering avoided. Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Zenia Frantz, age 10, of Allentown, Pennsylvania for her question: How long does it take light to reach ns from Pluto? Little Pluto is invisible to unaided human eyes but it can be seen and photographed with the help of a powerful telescope. Its dim light takes about four hours to reach the earth. Actually the time scheduled varies from day to day and from year to year. This is because everything in the solar system is on the move and the distance between us and Pluto shrinks and stretches. Sometimes the travel schedule is eight minutes shorter and sometimes it is 16 minutes longer than usual. *  * In 1930, astronomers spotted a dim dot of light on a telescope photograph - and announced the discovery of the ninth planet of the solar system. It was named Pluto and its average distance from the earth was figured to be 3,660 million miles. Its light, of course, whips across space at 186,000 miles per second. At this distance, its beams travel about four hours to make that dim dot on a telescope picture. Later in the 1970s, we hope to launch a spacecraft called TOPS to relay back a closeup look at the little planet. In fact, NASA plans to launch several TOPS to explore the outer planets. This is possible because once every 177 years, these planets line up in a row. Giant Jupiter and mighty Saturn can be used to boost a spacecraft on a grand tour. A TOPS' can thus reach Pluto in about nine years, instead of taking 41 years. Naturally, no spacecraft, can match the speed of light-but even light takes years and even centuries to cross the vast oceans of space. The time, of course, depends on the distance it travels. The sunbeam that just kissed your cheek took eight minutes to travel 93 million miles from the sun. Pluto is 30 times farther from the sun than we are, so every sunbeam takes 30 times longer to get there. Some of its light is reflected out into space and we catch a few stray beams on this return trip. Our orbit is 186,000 million miles wide. When the earth and Pluto are on opposite sides of the sun, its light takes 16 minutes longer to reach us. Pluto takes 248 earth-years to complete its huge, oval-shaped orbit. When it is closest to the sun and the earth, the distance between us is 2,670 million miles. Then light from the sun takes about four hours to get to Pluto - and its pale reflected beams take about three hours and 52 minutes to bounce back to the earth. Pluto's farthest distance from the sun is 4,567 million miles. From this point it takes a beam of light 16 minutes longer to travel from Pluto to the earth. *  � This is easier to Imagine if we scale down all the sizes. Let's shrink the sun to a two-foot beach ball. The earth is a pea, 215 fe�t from our model sun. Pluto is a half-sized pea. Its closest distance to the beach ball is one and a quarter miles. Its farthest distance is one and a half miles. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beac'a, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1971) INVITATION OPEN LONDON (AP)-Queen Eli* abetb Is likely to accept i standing invitation to visit Turkey in the near future, Buck ingham Palace said here. Sleeping pills boomerang STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - A Stanford University researcher says insomniacs who try to solve their problem by popping sleeping pills actually could be making it worse. GOREN ON BRIDGE by CHARLES H. GOREN ! l�n: �� tm CMch* Trttm) Both vulnerable. North deals. _ NORTH 4�S7S