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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE June Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb My mother had a blood sugar test that showed low blood sugar about five years ago She said the doctor told her to keep some food near all the time She has gained at least 100 pounds She won t have another test, because she said she knew she still had it Does it ever correct itself She gets mad because we are concerned about her weight She falls a lot, has to push herself up out of a chair, can't buy clothes to fit and has shortness of breath and choking If she were to break a leg or hip one person could not take care of her, because she must weigh close to 300 pounds I m an only daughter She said she has to eat to live I say she has to drop 500 calories a week to condition her body so it won't go through a state of shock, then diet with plenty of protein to live Please tell us who is wrong I worry about her all the time She said that she didn t want to be fat that she couldn't help it she had to eat to live Dear Reader It sounds to me like your mother really doesn t want to go on a diet and change her eating habits When people are grossly overweight there is often some underlying reason for it Psychological factors may be important and then a basic endocrine problem can be a factor When low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is really present it can stimulate obesity A tumor of the pancreas that causes an overproduction of insulin and hypoglycemia often results in gross obesity, from overeating m response to the excess insulin Of course vour mother should have another medical evaluation If she really has hypoglycemia (a the cause needs to be determined and steps taken to correct it or control it If she has hypoglycemia on a basis of diet habits alone, then she needs to change her eating habits These people need to be on a diet that is essentially free of starch (bread potatoes, desserts) and sweets of all kinds They should avoid all sweet liquids, such as sweet coffee The foods they eat should be lean meats, poultry, fish and leafy and bulky vegetables On such a diet it is often necessary to take vitamins and minerals to be sure they are sufficient to protect the body For more information about the details of what causes low blood sugar, write to me in care of this newspaper, P 0 Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, NY 10019, and ask for the booklet on low blood sugar Send 50 cents to cover costs If you understand the problem, you can usually design a program that will make living easier Now, should your mother have a tumor of the pancreas that is producing too much insulin and I doubt it the only sensible treatment is surgical removal After successful surgery, the obesity is easily managed and soon disappears That shortness of breath and choking your mother is experiencing can be a result of her obesity or it can be from associated heart or vascular disease that has developed because of her obesity It is a sign that she must get on with doing something about her problem now Incidentally, if she smokes or drinks alcohol she must stop both They are no-nos for people with low blood sugar problems I Flashback 1604 The French founded Acadia colony 1758 The French sur- rendered Louisburg to the British after a seige 1900 Walter Reed began his campaign against yellow fever 1945 The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN e cwctM TrfkMt Both vulnerable South deals NORTH 10 8 6 4 2 V 104 0 A Q J 10 WEST EAST 086432 SOUTH A AKQJ7 OK The bidding: South West North East 1 4k 2 24 Pass 4 4k Paw Pais Pass Opening lead: King of 4> In the best circles, cards are not played haphazardly on defense. East's card to the first trick "told" West what the best defense would be, and be paid need to defeat a close game Despite the fact that be held five-card trump support, North saw no reason to blast into four spades after West had shown values by over- calling A simple free raise to two spades adequately expressed North's values, and was enough to convince South that there had to be reason- able play for game. West made his natural lead of the long of dubs, and took due notice of East's deuce, as South followed with the four. Had East held three clubs to the queen, he would un- doubtedly have played Us higher club spot to encourage a continuation. Similarly, bad East held a donbleton club, he would have started an echo, playing the higher spot- Ul card first and saving the deuce for the second lead of the suit. Thus, by a process of elim- ination, East had to have one of two holdings in clubs, either a singleton or, specifi- cally, Q-2 doubleton. The two is the correct play from the latter combination Since West wanted to get East on lead to piay a heart thru declarer, the information he had available about the club suit gave him a sure-fire entry. At trick two, West con- tinued with the nine of clubs! No matter which of the two club holdings East possessed, be would be able to win the trick. If it was a ooubleton queen, the queen would win. If the deuce of clubs was singleton. East would be able to ruff the second club. West's choice of the nine of clubs was by no means accidental That card was a suit-preference signal, re- questing partner to lead back the higher of the two side this case, hearts. East obliged, and West took the ace-queen of hearts for down one Note that this particular line of defense is vital if the contract is to be defeated. Should West adopt any other line, declarer will be able to get all the discards be needs on dummy's diamonds- However, declarer could have created a problem for West had be dropped the queen of clubs under the king. This might have persuaded West that it was South, and not Us partner, who held a lone club, and that to con- tinue with the nine of dubs was ptcjgnUng declarer with gift trick. Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Your birthday today. Finds you clearing obstacles out of your path discarding old habits and getting rid of deadwood more easily than you d thought possible Relationships run on impetus, may falter if you fail to express your deeper feelings or if you simply take matters for granted Today's natives are versatile, often unconventional or eccentric ARIES (March 21-April For once there seems to be a fairly direct approach to all immediate problems Enjoy every minute of the day for all it s worth, including lively events at home TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Get moving early clear off outstanding routines first, keep up the momentum to get a great deal done while conditions are favorable Troubleshooting goes well GEMINI Theorizing isn't enough You have to add some actual experience check out for yourself the matters you've been assuming Family contacts romance bring happy moments CANCER (June 21-July For you it's all together now, so put forth an extra effort to establish co-operation Bring your confidants up to date, arrange public events, promotions, declarations LEO (July 23-Aug. Travels, even brief errands are favored Be conscientious with correspondence, with see that routines proceed fully while you pursue your favorite enterprises VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. You can use all the help available today Intermediaries can pull things out for you that you cannot do for yourself Avoid being impersonal toward those you really cherish LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Use today s surge of energy to get your career activity up to a more visible phase Group endeavors thrive, don't be the only one who turns the wheels SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Business deals are made more readily Take initiative, seek expert advice Stay ahead of the crowd, enjoy the extra freedom of choice it affords you SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Make this a healthy day of moderate effort in conservative directions Be sure that whatever you do is open to view Evening hours should be cheerful CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Stay on schedule, fill in the details well so you won't have to go back over anything later An old obligation lapses let it' There's more to come from new directions AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Go along with the enthusiasm of others your own theories need adjustment It s a day for co- operative practical experience Take notes for later study PISCES (Feb. 19-March Greater earning power is promised by following your intuition today and from the application of what you learn The bigger the project the better it seems to go Ask Andy SUPERNOVA Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Alvin Dawd Williamson, age 12 of Gary. Indiana, for his question How fast did the largest supernova expand? Through the ages astronomers observed sudden beacons among the stars For a few weeks or months they outshone the brightest stars, then faded away These spec- tacles were called novas, or new stars Later astronomers discovered that a few were outstanding They are called supernovas and these stupendous events are very very rare Telescopes keep an eye on thousands of galaxies far beyond our Milky Way And every year they photograph catastrophic explosions in a few of these remote star systems An event of this sort is a supernova, a star that ex- plodes with enough blazing radiance to outshine the billions of stars in an entire galaxy It has been estimated that the average galaxy can expect one supernova explosion in about four centuries During the past thousand years, three have been observed in our own Milky Way galaxy And without a doubt, the biggest one occurred in the year A D 1054 It was recorded by Chinese astronomers as a super-brilliant new star that suddenly appeared in the constellation Taurus, the Bull They called it the Guest Star, for it faded and soon was forgotten In the 1700s astronomers understood that novas and supernovas are ordinary stars that explode, shooting out shells of blazing gases at fan- tastic speeds In exploring an- cient records, they found the old report of the Guest Star and searched for its remains found a most remarkable nebula, a pale patch of glowing, hazy light Its filmv gases, still expan- ding spread outward somewhat like crab legs And it is agreed that this famous Crab Nebula in Taurus resulted from the Star explosion of 1054 AD The width of the stupendous nebular is some 400 million million miles Those ex- ploding gases have spread that far during the past nine centuries Astronomers can estimate the rate at which a celestial object is approaching or receding from the earth Filaments of the Crab Nebula have been checked and rechecked Those approaching the earth still are expanding at faster than 600 miles a second However, we have no need to worry about being engulfed for our safe dis- tance from the Crab Nebula is estimated to be around light years Even if its gases spread at the speed of light, they could not reach us for at least 4 000 years We might assume that, nine centuries ago, the gases of the Crab expanded outward at even higher speeds Obser- vations of supernovas in other galaxies suggest that this is possible In some cases, they expand at 1.000 miles per second Maybe this is at or near the top speed of ex- panding supernovas 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 "You know said Peggy "You're six times as old as the total of the digits of my age That makes you quite old. Paul Paul smiled "It all depends he told her "And don't forget when you're my age I'll be only three times as old as you are now How old was Thanks for an idea to Margaret LaPraine. Toronto. Ontario (answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer BILL was 1309' WONDER UKH I j SOME READINC3S EPPCATgP TC> KAPKA-0R J U'VE WIF J A RECITAL. OP__ 'TSELIOT2 T[ RMOyoReseup A P MOTHER PCX5 THAT I PC7WN" THEV ACCEPTEP APPLICATION NOT TO 60 TO CAMP.' HOW ABOUT t, ib I CAN THE ALL SUMMER ANP PSTEKlORATE' SHORT MBS SIGNAL WILL BE ONE LIGHT IN THE NORTH CHURCH TOWER IP WE ENEMV COME BV LAND YOU NEVER KNOW WMEN A WITCH MIGHT FLY IN FROM SALEM .____- HI AND LOIS I THINK I'LL BE A SCIENTIST WHEN I SET BIS ILL START WITH WHY LITTLE KIDS HAVE TO TO BEP WHEN IT'S STILL LISHT OUT I'LL SOLVE ALL THE RIDDLES OF THE UNIVERSE BUGS BUNNY LAST OF THE NINTH, SCORE TIED 17 ALL TWO OUT TWO STRIKES ON THE YEAH BATTER..' YEAH I WOUND UP AN THREW HIM MY BEST CURVE' HE SLUGGED IT OUT OF TH' PARK FDR A HOME RUN BLONDIE WHEN I COME HOME FROM WORK Bi_ONDIE AL.WAVS GREETS ME AT THE DOOR ALEXANDERS FRIENDS TRACKED ALLTMIS DIRT IN THE FRONT HALL. WELL. AMVWAV SHE MET HIM AT THE DOOR -I ARCHIE THIS IS MY OLD SUIT FROM THE THIRTIES' IT WAS IN THE ATTIC WITH THE NEW "GATSBY" LOOK, ALL US HUSBANDS WILL BE RIGHT IN STYLE.' THE JACKET MAY 6E "GATSBY" BUT WHEN YOU TRY THE HAGM THE HORRIBLE HAP A 23 BEETLE MilEY TUMBlfWEEDS MY NEXT ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNS THE CRITICAL MATTER OF MY ATTIRE: yotfa NOTE MY HAS A MJTE TACKY! J HEHEPY MOVE THAT WAMPUM APPROPRIATE? TO 20Y YOUR CHIEF A NEW SOVET1H1N6 IN A COTTON WAFFLE FKJD rtHJTNfr PRESERVE THAT AURA OF MYSTIQUE SO CRUCIAL TO MY CHARISMA J ALL IN PY THE "AYES" HAVE IT, MOTION CARRIED ;