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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, THE LCTHMIDOe HERALD 5 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I have pernicious anemia and have been taking vitamin B-12 injections for the pait two years. Got tired of going to the doctor for the injections, so I' stopped going. When I went to him the other day he gave me a good scolding and told me how important it was to take these injections for the rest of my life. Would you enlighten me on pernicious anemia? Is it serious? Really don't feel any better after taking these injections, only a black and blue 'arm. I'm an older women, so I'd like to know more about this blood- condition that I must take injections the rest of my life for. Dear Reader Your doctor should have scolded you. You had better believe that pernicious anemia is serious What happens is that you don't absorb vitamin B-12 from your food. You need this vitamin in the vital process of producing new body cells which we all must do as long as we live. We destroy and replace millions of new red blood cells each minute. To make new red cells you need the B-12. If you don't have it, you don't form the new red blood cells and you get a severe anemia. The lack of B-12 can cause changes in other cells in the body even affecting the way the brain functions. There can be gradual changes in the important nerve cells in your spinal cord, leading to serious problems even in walking. So, weakness, changes in your brain and nerves, changes in, your digestive system, and generalized serious problems can result. Some of these develop gradually, and you may not notice them until you have already caused serious damage. Be a good patient and get the most out of your doctor's good advice. Dear Dr. Lamb For a person who should eat liver occasionally but doesn't care for it, would you say that liver extract or liver pills would do just as well? Dear Reader Liver is a good food. It is a good source of iron and a number of important vitamins. It is also moderately high in cholesterol and for those needing to limit their cholesterol, which certainly includes most men, it should be eaten in small amounts, if at all. There is nothing in liver you can't get from other good foods. The vitamin enrichment and mineral supplements of our foods provide a lot of our vitamin needs that would be met by liver. Recently it has been decided to increase the iron in bread and similar products. So, I'm not really impressed that a person who doesn't like liver has to eat it today to be sure they are getting all the vitamins or minerals they need. You can use liver extract in pill and you will absorb it as long as your stomach generates a substance needed to absorb vitamin B-12. If you have lost the ability to absorb B-12, as occurs in pernicious anemia, then you would need to take shots to get vitamin B- 12 in the body. 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 cholesterol, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Cholesterol" booklet. 'Dive record PORTLAND, England (AP) Five Britons, two Royal Navy officers and three civilians, have claimed a world diving record with a flexible suit in a foot descent off England's south coast, the navy said. Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN im, Tftt CNOta BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS 4. Your partner, vulner- able, has opened the bidding with one spade and you hold: 482 OKJIOS43 4KJS What is your response? One no trump. With only t high-card points, the band is not quite good enough to respond at the two-level. It is true that, at a diamond contract, your hand Is worth 10 points, but It Is wiser not to make a forcing bid at the two-level with fewer than 9 or 10 HCP Q. Both vulnerable, as South you hold: 4A43 OAQ42 492 The bidding has proceeded: SMth West North East 1 Pass 2