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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta I - THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD - Monday, January 14, 1974 DEAR DR. LAMB - Kindly explain so a layman can understand what these medical terms mean, C.O.P.D. with Cor Pulmonale and myocardial infarction. Also, how can wieners, lunch meat, and bacon inspected by the U.S.D.A. be passed on to the consumer and the label reads: "contains sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite," two preservatives the FDA says cause cancer? DEAR READER - Almost ail special groups have their own language. This is true of the drug world, the hippie culture, engineers, lawyers atid even doctors. It is frustrating and confusing. But, don't expect human nature to change. The abbreviation C.O.P.D. means chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. That theans a longstanding condition where the air passages in the lung are partially obstructed. A type of this problem is emphysema. It causes shortness of breath , Mfhen it is severe and in this way limits physical capacity. : The blue low oxygenated venous blood is pumped to the lungs by the right side of the |v heart. When there are changes ^ in the lung of this nature, the resistance to blood flow to the lungs is increased, like closing down a water faucet. As a result, the right side of the heart has to pump harder to force blood through the narrowed arteries. The right heart then enlarges. The term cor pulmonale refers to this problem. Cor is a Latin term for the heart, so it is the problem of changes in the right heart because of lung disease, the pulmonale referring to the lungs. When this is severe, the right heart can fail and cause swelling of the liver, feet and ankles. There are a lot of other types of heart disease, though, that can cause the right heart to fail and cause swelling problems. Myocardial infarction refers to a heart attack where part of the heart muscle called the mycardium is destroyed or infarcted. The usual cause is from disease in the coronary arteries to the heart muscle. About the meat question. The Food and Drug Administration is still in the process of evaluating this problem. The nitrate and nitrite preservatives are there to prevent the deadly botulism organisms from growing and causing serious illness or even death. In limited amounts it is claimed that nitrates won't have a role in causing cancer. The situation revolves around the safe amount not likely to increase the risk of cancer and the need amount to prevent botulism. While the debate rages on this issue amongst authorities, other means of preventing the changes from nitrates are under study. At present there is some information that large amounts of vitamin C in the meat will prevent the chemical changes from nitrates that are suspected of being related to cancer. If true, it is not unreasonable to presume that in the future the meat will be loaded with vitamin C. Incidentally, there are no proved cases of cancer from the cured meats caused by nitrates yet. And, there is no evidence then, quite obviously, that large doses of vitamin C taken by mouth, as opposed to being injected into the meat, will prevent this problem. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care ot 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 SO cents to the same address and ask for "Cholesterol" booklet. SETS DAYUGHT TIME ROME (AP) - Italy goes on daylight time from May 26 through Sept. 29, it was announced here Thursday. Qoren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN e m*, Vm CMcua Tittww BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q. 1-As South, vulnerable, you hold: . 4Q873 ^J6S2 08 4AJSS The bidding has proceeded: South West North East Pats Pan I 4k 10 Pais 2 0 Dble. Pan f What action do you fake? A. Three diamond!. Partner's double It for takeout and thowi  strong hand. You coutd hardly hold a better hand In view of your two paiiei, and the cue-bid In the opponenti' milt not only howi your strength, but allows partner to select a suit. If partner bids three of a major, you Should, of course, raise to game. Q. 2-As South, vulnerable, you hold: 4AJ7 ^8743 OK764 *�2 � The bidding has proceeded: North Eait South Wett i l AlVt 1 S TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 Your birthday today: Finds you in a flurry of sustained excitement. Interesting but difficult choices, which are often suddenly thrust upon you, settle into a firm pattern of energetic progress about halfway through the coming year. New habits come naturally, but it's up to you to drop unconstructive or wasteful old ones. Today's natives tend toward scholarly achievements, persistent search for the deeper truth in daily living. ARIES (March 21-April 19) : Insight into the resources of the other fellow is forthcoming today - if you care. Competitors and partners are both apt to make sudden changes. TAURUS (April 20-Mav 20): Impulse is great, within limits of self-discipline, that is. Long-simmering discontents rise to the surface and must be expressed somehow. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Today brings another in a lengthy series of small incidents which shape your future according to what you do in response- to stimulus, provocation. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your friends are active, likely faster and further ahead than you can manage. There's no sense in trying to keep even with them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Stand on your convictions and bear witness for what you really believe. What you find out now leads to major dis- coveries, improvements. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A short cut today proves to be quite unwise. This is a season for research, effort, to apply the knowledge you have acquired. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): While others dither, you are promised somewhat more sereiiity. Take full advantage of opportunity; make the niost of it short-term, as more will follow. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): This is no day to discuss in detail your plans. Do only those things which must be done now to ensure success SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your friends are useful guides to what comes next. Simply watch what they are about, then do something else when it is your turn. CAPRICORN (Dec. 2^Jan. 19): Creativity is favored. What is very novel to yoix is very old to others. The subtle differences you find are all-important. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Whatever you do should be well advertised, announced where it counts. You may find that what has been difficult in the past is now suddenly easier. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Again, there is something important to learn, and some special progress available once you've mastered it. Recognition and reward follow eventually. 1974, The Chicago Tribune ^ i finally founpthat book: iveseen u)ANTIN6 to "�?ARa)IN ANP THe BeA6Le" ----