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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, June 28, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I wonder if you could give me some information on diabetes. I am a diabetic and am trying to find foods that contain insulin, such as artichokes and sweet- breads. Could you help me or tell me where to write for the information? Dear Reader I don't know where you got the idea, but you might as well forget about it. Insulin is a complex protein. That means it is formed by hooking together over 50 amino acids. All proteins are formed by hooking together various combinations of amino acids, just as words are formed by hooking together letters in the alphabet. The rub is that your digestive system is designed to break down proteins into the original building blocks of amino acids. Just as the protein in milk, beef, fish, eggs and other foods is broken down, so are any protein medicines you swallow. The acid pepsin juice in the stomach starts the process. The rest is accomplished in the small intestine as a result of enzymes from the pancreas and intestinal wall. What gets through the intestinal wall into the body then is just the building blocks and these are all the same whether they come from meat, milk, wheat or other sources. This is just like breaking down a lot of words. The letter "A" is the same "a" whether it comes from one word or another word. So. insulin has to be given by injection. This way the protein avoids being broken down by digestion into its common building blocks. The insulin can then be active in the body. Digested insulin is just a collection of disconnected amino acids and has no effect on diabetes or the blood sugar. Dear Dr. Lamb I sent for a book advertised in the Farmer's Almanac titled "Stale Food Vs. Fresh Food" and was really shocked at some of the things they said were bad for your arteries, like flour and cereals and ham and bacon and you should drink raw milk. Is there any truth in a diet like that, and wouldn't you get some other disease drinking raw milk? Would like your opinion on this diet as I do have trouble with arthritis and my husband has trouble with his arteries. I just wondered by eating all fresh food and raw milk whether it really would improve your arteries. Dear Reader In a word "GHASLY." Raw milk wnt out with the dark ages. Happily we do have pasteurized milk and in most places it is required. As a result our children are not exposed to many diseases that are milk borne. Widespread areas of the Midwest once had cattle with brucellosis, a disease they then transmitted to humans who drank the raw. infected milk. That is only one disease that milk can carry. Milk is good food, even for growing germs. You don't need to tell me anything else about that diet. If it is as far off the truth as the bit about raw milk indicates, it is probably a public health menace. Throw it away and save yourself the doctor bills it could cause you. 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 balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Balanced Diet" booklet. Fun with figures Today we have a Magic Square. That's a sequence of consecutive positive numbers arranged in a checkerboard style array so that each row, each column, and each of the two diagonals will add up to the same magic total. Our magic total is only 50, so you shouldn't find it dif- ficult to discover what the smallest and greatest numbers in this Magic Square must be. (Answer Monday) Yesterday's PEPYS was 10189 Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN TIM Ckicne Trlbun. Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH A J62 y J732 0 AKJ WEST EAST 10 9754 C7854 O 8 3 2 0 10 96 5 K J 10 6 5 3 4.4 SOUTH AAKQ V K 10 9 6 0 Q74 4 A92 The bidding: South West North East 1 NT Pass 2 4 Pass 2 V Pass 4