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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Friday, March 1, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb In all my life I made three or four flights by plane, all a short distance of about 600 miles. Each time when the plane got airborne, I felt as if my ears were getting plugged, then a sort of a zoom vibrates in my head. Finally, when the flight is over, I get off the plane, and I am completely out of shape. A sort of dizziness follows me, ears still plugged and this condition lasts a week or more until I finally feel normal I have plans to go to the West Coast and to Europe, but, frankly, I am afraid to do it because if I feel so bad in. one hour of flight, then six to 10 hours in the plane may kill me. Can you tell me what is wrong with me? Thousands of people fly around the globe, and they are okay I am absolutely one healthy man. My heart, my lungs, my stomach are all in perfect shape. Travelling by bus, by train, or other means of transportation on the surface of the earth does not bother me. Dear Reader You are having trouble with changes in air pressure. Inside your ear is a closed space. It is like a hollow drum. A hollow tube connects the hollow space with the back of your throat. When you go up in the plane, the air in your hollow space expands and tends to blow out your ear drum While you are at altitude the air pressure should gradually leak out Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS March 1, 1974 The Zimmerman telegram was published in the United States 57 years ago today in 1917 and pressure for the nation to enter the First World War against Germany increased immediately. Arthur Zimmerman, the German secretary of state, had wired his Mexican ambassador to sound out Mexicans over attacking the United States. Zimmerman promised Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as the reward. British intelligence intercepted and decoded the message. In April, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war. through the tube to the back of your mouth. Then as you descend and the air pressure gets heavier closer to earth, the increased pressure outside the ear drum tends to push it into the ear. Chewing gum, opening the mouth, yawning all help to improve the situation by causing air to move through the hollow tube connecting this space inside the ear with the back of your mouth. You can also gently blow against a closed nostril and the increased pressure will help to blow out your ear drums to normal. Pilots often have this problem, particularly if they are flying in aircraft that is not as well pressurized as passenger airlines are. I've been with pilots in military aircraft and had to go back up to altitude to relieve their ear pain from the increased pressure during the descent. The repeated changes in pressure against the ear drum can cause injury to the ear. We have a fancy name for it called barotrauma, meaning injury from barametric pressure It can be readily treated by your doctor. The small hollow tube sometimes remains stuck in a closed position after flights, and the doctor has to blow pressure through your nose to get it open again As disagreeable as your symptoms may be, they are not dangerous. If possible, you might see an ear, nose and throat specialist. Perhaps he can check you to see if you have any mechanical reason in the ear to cause you to be more likely to have this problem. He might give you some medicine to keep your sinuses open to help some during a flight. Incidentally, don't blow your nose forcefully if you have a cold. This may infect your ear as well. Colds and sinus infections make these problems worse for flying. With a stopped up nose and a cold you are often better off not to fly. 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 ulcers, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Ulcers" booklet. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN e TIM East-West vulnerable. South deals. NORTH 4AK83 01062 4 J M 7 5 WEST EAST 4k J 10742 VQ1MS3 OQ.S4 053 SOUTH 4.QS 0 AKJ97 AC The bidding: SMth West NMth East 1 O Pass 1 4 Pats INT Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Five of V The holdup play is part of the arsenal of every declar- er. Today's hand is an ex- ample of when that weapon should not be employed! The auction was simple but effective. With an open- ing bid facing an opening bid. and no particular dis- tributional assets, a contract of three no trump was reached after South selected the descriptive rebid of one no trump. West led the five of hearts. and let us see what would happen if declarer decides to bold up. East would win the jack with the king and re- turn a heart, knocking out the ace. When West gets in with the queen of diamonds, in he can cash three more heart tricks for down one. Unfortunately for the de- fense, declarer went up with the dummy's ace of hearts, and the game was assured. If East unblocked the king, South's nine of hearts would become a stopper. There- fore, East played low. But now when declarer tost the diamond finesse to West, the heart return was won by East and there was no quick way to get back to West to cash the hearts. Declarer won the club return and took his nine tricks in the form of four diamonds, three spades and the aces of hearts and clubs. How did declarer know to take dummy's ace of hearts at trick one? If the diamond queen were with East, de- clarer would always come to nine tricks, so he presumed that West held that card. His efforts were bent on prevent- ing the defenders from de- f e a 11 n g him with heart tricks. If the hearts were 4-3, the defenders could never get more than three heart tricks and the queen of diamonds. What if the hearts were 5-2? The only dangerous holding would be if West started with five hearts headed by K-Q-IO. But in that case, he would probably have ted the king. All signs pointed to East holding one of those three cards, and whichever it was, the defenders would be unable to run the suit if declarer wins the first trick with the ace. -X EMUGHTtHiO HM5 Ks SLAUfiMTEftlin N LEAKMHJ? THAT TO, vith provisional or tentative answers, a few that are final. Brief travel is favored, along with an easy-does-it approach. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. Take all the time and space you can manage for your personal interests, explore, intriguing possibilities, invest in your favorite pastimes. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. Think what you're doing, and see if there isn't some less strenuous way of getting results. A steady pace brings you out a long way ahead. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Anxiety over matters you cannot control is quite normal. Inspiration arises from insight, eventually. Give-and-take in practical affairs is available. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Friends' advice on commercial deals or business decisions is not to be followed exactly as given, but does stire some very useful thought. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. In reviewing your current enterprises, look for activity that can be abandoned without repercussions, any refinement you can adopt without undue effort. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Upward is the direction for your thinking. Use the existing facilities for your specialty instead of waiting for something different or theoretically better. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Silent partners, people who want to help without being brought into direct public view become a large factor in what happens today. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy THE MISTLETOE Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Sherri Berbereia, age 10, of Visalia, California, for her question: Why does mistletoe grow on trees? Ages ago, people thought that mistletoe was a lucky plant. If a boy saw a girl standing under a bunch of its pretty leaves, he claimed the right to a kiss. This was during the merry Christmas season, when bunches of mistletoe were hung over the doors. Some people still practice this merry old mistletoe custom. Most plants poke their roots into the soil and lift their leaves in the sunshine to manufacture their own food. Most, but not all plants make their own livings, so to speak. The dainty mistletoe is one of the plants that cannot make do for itself. It must feed on the nourishing sap manufactured by other plants. We call such a plant a parasite and the plant it feeds upon is called a host. The roots of the tufty, pale green mistletoe dig down through the bark of a tree. They reach the woody cells that carry the sap and soak up this nourishing mixture of dissolved plant foods. The mistletoe is unable to make this necessary food for itself However, its pale green leaves can and do manufacture some of the food it needs. But to do this they must have air and sunshine. This is why mistletoe perches on boughs high above the ground, where there is sunshine and circulating air. The tree on which the parasite plant lives provides most of its food, plus a perch where its pale leaves can manufacture the rest. Some people think that mistletoe grows only on sturdy oak trees. Actually it flourishes on many different trees, both evergreen and those that lose their leaves in winter. In the American woodlands it may grow on poplar and sycamore, on willow and maple and mountain ash, on evergreen firs and sometimes on the boughs of smallish hawthorn and locust. Sometimes it grows on wild crab apple and on orchard apple trees. Everything in this pale green parasite seems to grow in pairs The main stalk sprouts a pair of twigs, a twig sprouts a pair of stems and a stem sprouts a pair of fat oval leaves. Even the round milky white berries tend to cluster in twos. In winter, the waxy white mistletoe berries are greatly enjoyed by the birds, especially by certain thrushes. The berries tend to be rather tacky and often stick to a bird's bill. Chances are, he flies off and cleans his bill on some other tree. A few seeds are wiped off onto the rough bark. A lucky seed may fall into a crevice, where it can set down root suckers into the wood and start a new plant. If the bird returns later, he finds a new feast of berries. A tuft or two of mistletoe doesn't do a great deal of harm to a strong healthy tree. But, after all, the little plant is a parasite that takes plant food manufactured for the host. Sometimes the mistletoe spreads from bough to bough, stealing quantities of plant food and shutting out light and air. An overgrowth of mistletoe of this sort sooner or later kills the host tree. QuMtions askedby cMM- of Herald readers should mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 799, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER "Look at this triangle I've said Bill. "Its area is exactly three times its perimeter." Tom looked. "Okay, if you say so, but how's that? be asked. "Feet, inches, or "Centimetres, the boy replied. "The long side is 2 centimetres more than twice the short side, and that's just 8 centimetres less than the middle side" What were those three lengths? (Answer Monday) Yesterday's answer: STICKS was 143061 (STICK, HE SAIP i AT PAMN6 ATTENTION.. ATTENTION COULP KILL WU.' SHORT MBS by frank o'neal SNTIKE COLOSSEUM OP PEOPLE _AUSMINe AT ME SWT :M TME MIDDLE OP MV HICCUPS. HAND LOIS by