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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 UTHMIDCE HIIAID, 13, 1973 LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Laxatives no cure for constipation Your horoscope By JEANE DIXON Yesterday I began a discus- sion of what simple constipa- tion really is. Much of the prob- lem can be managed by the individual. After a medical examination to be sure that there is no oth- er Important problem, the usual approach to simple constipa- tion is to change one's habits. High on this list is Hie elimina- tion of ths use of laxative med- icines. Almost all of these ag- gravate the problem. Indivi- duals who take enemas or lax- atives will empty cut the colon f.nd it normally takes two or three days for the food to pro- vide sufficient residue for an- olijer bowel movement. If an individual has slopped eating foods that contain an appreci- able amount of bulk and de- creased the total amount of food they cat, which is com- mon in older people, the lime may even be longer. Thus, it is not a new record to go three or foui' days without a movement after you have elim- inated all of the residue in your bowel by laxatives or enemas. The first thing to do is stop taking all laxatives. The next step is changing the diet. Try to inclade more bulk aKd fluid in the diet. Dry foods suid foods that don't leave much residue tend to move slowly through the colon; for exam- ple, concei'itrated sweats, even lean meats, most desserts, and many bakery products. Whal you need are more cereals, veg- etables, and fruits in the diet and adequate fluids. Develop some regular exer- cise pattern. Exercises that in- volve the abdomen are parti- cularly helpful in eliminating th? problem of constipation. Most people with this prob- lem need to develop a regular towel habit, even though this may not mean daily elimina- tion. This is done by having a good breakfast containing con- siderable bulk; for example, 10! oatmeal, some fniit (prunes are excellent for ir.ost people this regard) and pcssib'-y some fruit juice, plus some oth- er beverages, or if yon don't vant to drink anything else, you might drink two cups of warm water. Ten to 15 min- utes after the morning mwl is over, or sower if you feel the urge, you should go to the bath- rocm and sit comfortably fov a period of tune. Thero is a normal reflex that is stimulated, particularly af- ter breakfast, called the gastro- cclic reflex. Basically, when the stomach is filled after it's been empty all night, it ini- stiimlates elimination. If you do this every morning, in the corn-EC of time, this reflex pat- tern Rill bsccine a habit and it will go a long in ellmi- the constipation prob- lem. Individuals with longstand- ing constipation may nscd to use a little mineral oil or a tap water enema for tlie first or three weeks while the bowel habit is being framed. These should only be used as a last resort jad the; infrequently because the loni. ci one rescrts to these habits the more trouble there will be in developing a regular towel habit. By following this program, most problems of simple con- stipation csu be corXrolled. The individual who persists in tak- ing laxatives will continue to i have trouble and will eveutual- I ly luva other problems caused by abnormal function of the colon as a result of harmful laxatives and poor habits. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of (his news- paper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's new booklet on hem- orrhoids, send 50 cents ta the same address and ask for "Hemorrhoids" WEDNESDAY, MAF.Cll 14 Your birthday today: Afier a premature push, your scramble for personal suc- cess gear. To- day's natives are not always practical, pursue mixed phil- osophies, frequently enjoy di- vine inspiration. ARIES (March 21 Ajril Sducational effort, both sludy- ng and teaching, should he your main channel for expres- sion. TAURUS (April 20 May Wtet seoms to be ordinary be- ior on your part comes across to others as obstinacy. Those who love you are also a little weary of coping with your attitixles. GEMINI (May 'Jl How you present yourself and your work makes all the dif- ference showmanship over- comes flaws. CANCER (Jmw 21 July Getting out of nits is both healthy and satisfying, but doesn't justify rash behavior Meeting the other fellow half way is your latent talent. LEO (July 33 Aug. Be- gin early to make an intense effort on any interrupted pro- ject, tackling fta heavier por ion of the work first. i VIUGO (Aug. 23 Sept. New is tho tin'i; to get minor j symptoms checked before any- thing worse develops. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. expression inieusifies ex- ceptionally. You may be faced jvtth a difficult choice in se- lecting your companions. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. j Fun and romance can founi' amid the routines of this busy I day. People imagine tilings about you. Stay in middle of' road while they chsek you out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dcc, Doing nothing solves noih- i ing. Get busy and settle things. Short term projects are favored, i CAPItlCOKN (Di'c. 22 Jan. i Whatever yea Imve, be I willing to share it. or keen it i safely out of sight for the time being. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Progress at present is strictly uphill, requiring unre- nkitting diligence. usual sources cf heln seem diminish- ed temporarily. (Fell. ID-March Official or officious people tend to get into the act. They may inspire you to delay for a tinis. (1673, The Chicago Tribune) THEY'VE ANNoiwcsc" 'THE WINNER OF THE'PA KILL Tom K. Ryan FOR YOUR WEEK MARKS MY SILVER ANNIVERSARY AS CHIEF OF THE POOHAWKTrWEJ.... 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