Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
24-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Juno 7, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Would you please explain adrenal insufficiency Some years back I was in poor health, losing weight, no appetite and exhausted. When I stood motionless I passed out. This led my doctor to suspect that it was caused by adrenal insufficiency. He gave me shots of ACTH. I was a new person. I took shots for about six years and regained my health. In fact, life took on a new meaning for me. I haven't had to take any medication, but I had gall bladder surgery, and I knew I'd be in trouble again. In the past I'd always had trouble after surgery. My nerves were a real problem for at least seven months after any operation. I contacted my former doctor, and the night before my surgery I was given intravenous medication. I assume ACTH It was such a different recuperation, none of the problems I had had previously. If I'd only known this years before I could have earned children. My question is, "Why does the gland function at times and at other times it needs I am 49 and going through the menopause beautifully. Dear Reader Adrenal insufficiency occurs when the outer shell of the adrenal gland fails to produce enough hormones. This outer shell is called the adrenal cortex Its normal function depends on stimulation by a hormone from the pituitary gland that rests underneath the brain. That hormone is the adreno- cortiotropic hormone, abbreviated ACTH. The term ACTH then means a hormone that stimulates the adrenal cortex. There are two ways that you can have adrenal insufficiency One would be simple failure of the adrenal cortex itself because of some disease or disorder within the gland The other cause would be a failure of the pituitary gland to form enough ACTH. In your case apparently the doctor felt that your problem was inadequate stimulation of the adrenal gland and so he gave you ACTH This in turn stimulated the adrenal cortex to produce more adrenal hormones and cause the changes in symptoms that you have noted. If the fault lies in the adrenal gland itself, it's necessary to give adrenal cortical hormones, rather than ACTH, to replace the deficiency. Patients with adrenal insufficiency usually have weakness, fatigue, weight loss, tendency to faint (which you've anemia, problems with their digestive tract and sometimes emotional and mental changes. When the adrenal gland itself is the cause, there is sometimes bronzing of the skin. This does not occur when the pituitary gland is the cause. In more recent years it has been more generally accepted that mild forms of adrenal insufficiency can occur. In mild forms, you can have period when the adrenal gland is not meeting the needs, periods when the adrenal gland is not meeting the needs. Periods of stress, such as a surgical operation as you mentioned, may also place a greater demand on the adrenal gland. The important point is that almost all cases of adrenal insufficiency can be handled and treated to provide a normal, healthy life expectancy. symptoms associated with adrenal insufficiency are the same general type of symptoms that occur from anxiety neuroses and other problems. Fatigue, for example, has many causes, including depression and anemia, to mention just two. The proper diagnosis and treatment depend on careful tests to identify the real problem. This is particularly true if you are going to make an early diagnosis before the disease progresses to the stage of presenting all of the classic signs 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 menopause, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Menopause" booklet. Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Your birthday today: Brings on a rush to cash in on the potentials you've developed lately. Inclination is to pursue conflicting avocations which build up more activity than your original profession, forcing simplification mid- year. Success is promised at moderately high cost. Relationships are tense, tight for time, tested abruptly. Today's natives are versatile, given to sharp opinions. ARIES (March 21-April Competitive, contradictory moods beset you and your associates all morning. Afternoon clears the air if you let it. You'll do best just riding this ore out. TAURUS (April 20-May Leave business matters alone pursue personal changes, improvements. Later hours find you in unaccustomed circumstances make the most of them while they last! GEMINI (May 21-June Promotion of your schemes becomes intricate, complicated. A good idea is taken too far, so revision is needed, using the results as a guideline. Proceed in a gracious manner. CANCER (June 21-JuIy Family enterprises are d'scussed and experiments tried. Be conservative in your own approach, whatever the situation may be. Romance beckons, unexpectedly. LEO (July 23 Aug. Separative influences exist in nearly all activities. Avoid dissension ordinary tact and special arrangements aren't quite enough. Mechanical accuracy improves. VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept What you choose to say now makes a great deal of difference in your share of community experience. Special care in driving and any physical sports is advised. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. Speculative ventures are costly, even where they pay out financially in the end. Pursue relationships without special regard for financial factors. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Favorable conditions exist for recovery of hidden or lost objects, investigation of unknown facts. Check on health maintenance habits and changing requirements. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Deal with close friends, settle old scores nearby. Avoid disputes any exchange of wisecracks generates a quarrel. There is time and the need for prayer tonight CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Financial matters are at critical susceptibility; impulse is apt to be wide of the mark. Pursue proven business methods to beef up your resources. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. A skeptical question for which you have no reply makes you stop and think, realize the inadequacy of personal plans. Distant people and facts support business projects. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Pitch in and do the best you can with the situation at hand. Reconcile those in conflict, taking neither side of any disagreement. Attend needs of younger people. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREX S 1774, Tilt Chicago Tribune Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH A K J85 T 10 8 5 4 2 Q6 AK WEST EAST 62 A73 '3 K J 9 Q 6 J 10 9 5 8 7 1 3 2 Q J 10 6 4 9 7 5 3 SOUTH A A Q 10 9 B 4 A 7 3 AK The bidding: South West North East 1 Pass 3 A Pass 4 NT Pass 5 r. Pass 5 NT Pass fi T Pass 6 A Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen of One of the first things we are taught about play is to win tricks as cheaply as pos- sible. West learned that lesson too well, and allowed his op- ponents to score a slam. Normally, South's Black- wood bid of four no trump is should avoid checking for aces when you have a weak doubleton in your hand. In this case, however. South had a certain margin of safety, for it was unlikely that North had enough for a jump raise in spades without either the ace or king of clubs. When he discovered that his side had all the aces but was missing a king. South elected to play six spades. West led the queen of clubs, and dummy was a great dis- appointment The queen of diamonds was a wasted card. and it seemed that there was no way to avoid two heart losers unless declarer could maneuver an endplay. To ex- ploit that possibility, declarer won the club and drew trumps in two rounds. The remaining high club and the ace and king of diamonds were cashed, to strip the North and South hands of minor suit cards. Now, declarer cashed the ace of hearts, on which both defenders played low, and exited with a low heart. West saw no reason to play anything other than the jack of hearts, and East had to win the trick with the queen. He had nothing but minor suit cards left, and whatever he returned would permit de- clarer to discard his last heart while ruffing in dummy, thus holding his losers to one heart. Both East and West were at fault in allowing declarer to make his contract. East could have made things easy for his partner by jettisoning his queen of hearts under the ace. However, West could still have saved the day by going up with the king of hearts on the second lead of the suit, picking up the queen and so allowing him to score his jack. What if declarer holds the queen of hearts? Most unlike- ly, in view of the way that play has progressed. With that card, declarer would prob- ably have taken the heart finesse. Because West's play of the king "swallows" his partner's queen, it has become known as the Crocodile Coup. CORK Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Cathy Shurie, age 12, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, for her question: How is cork made? Cork, real cork is a gift from the plant world. The ancient Romans used it to seal bottles and made sandals and in the modern world it has countless other uses. We also have synthetic corks but none of these man-made materials have all the good qualities of the real thing. For that, we must go to certain sturdy old oak trees that prefer to grow in sunny parts of Europe. Chances are. there is a slim lining of cork under a bottle cap and maybe a layer of cork in the sole of your shoe. There is cork inside the walls of most refrigerators and often it is used to line entire rooms. For cork is used to make materials used to cover floors, insulate walls and soundproof ceilings. Some is used to make bottle stoppers and. of course, cork is the most dependable material you can use to stuff a life belt. And all of these corky materials are made from the bark of the cork tree. The sturdy old tree is an evergreen oak that keeps its lively green leaves all year. Obviously we would like this valuable tree to grow around the world. But it does best in Spain. Portugal and the Algerian region of North Africa. There, every summer, they harvest thousands of tons of thick porous bark from the cork trees. For the first 20 years of its life, a cultivated cork tree produces nothing more useful than shade. Meantime, it gradually grows a layer of remarkable outer bark around its trunk and branches. All trees, of course, grow a rough layer of outer bark, built from boxy cells of dead wood. But the cork tree's outer bark is something special Its thin wojody cell walls are thickened with waxy material and tilled with air There may be 100 million of these tiny cells in a cork bottle stopper. Because of the porous pockets, the total weight is only one quarter as heavy as water Because of this porous quality, cork floats on water, keeps out moisture and tends to insulate against heat and cold. After 20 years, cork strippers arrive with long handled knives' They make careful slices down the trunk and along the main boughs and peel back the valuable outer bark. The job must be done with great care, for if the inner bark is bruised, the next crop of outer bark will fail to cover the wound. If all goes well, the patient cork tree will spend the next ten years or so re-building outer bark over the stripped area. The best quality cork begins with the third harvest, when the tree is 40 years old. Ten years seems a long time to wait between harvests, but cultivated cork trees live and keep on yielding through three or four centuries. And usually the growers arrange to strip about one tenth of their trees every year. Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Sam was alone in his little store when I dropped in to look around. "That's a real bargain ?t I commented, noting the sturdy construction and fine finish of an electric scroller standing on the counter. "Not much profit at that price." "Enough for me, and I'll make a sale." The old chap chuckled. "But it's something for you. My mark up on that scroller is exactly the same percentage as what it cost me in dollars." Neat! What had it cost him? (Answer Monday) Yesterday's answer: STREAK was 153487 OKAV, LUCILLE, JUST TO SHOlO IM NOT AFKAlP, I'LL 6O FIRST! 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