Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
26 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I was interested in a column by you dealing with personality changes and weight loss. I am a man, 24, and weigh about 175 pounds. At 15 I weighed over 200 pounds 1 lost almost 70 pounds. 25 pounds in about seven weeks and the remaining weight over an eight-month period. I cut out all sweets and almost all milk and ate eggs, meat and plenty of greens and vegetables. I tried to watch proper nutrition and exercise. The more weight I lost the better I felt. The problem started about two months after I had stopped dieting. Gradually I began to slip into a state of fatigue, depression and anxiety. School work became almost impossible, and I slept almost 14 hours a day. I went to our family doctor and he prescribed vitamin shots for fatigue and penicillin. After a couple of months of that and not feeling much better, I went to another doctor with the same results. Since that time I've had a couple of thorough physicals tor college and jobs and received a clean bill of health. Not realizing for a time that the problem may be emotional instead of physical, I've just kind of lived with the situation over the past few years and while the anxiety and depression isn't as bad as before, it would be nice to really feel good again. I'm at a loss as to dealing with this situation now What type of treatment would you suggest? Dear Reader Although I don't recommend such crash efforts to lose weight, particularly during the growth years, I doubt your problems are caused by the diet you were on. Usually depression from dieting occurs during the diet, not afterward. Many people do feel better when they are losing weight, particularly if it is from a combination of an exercise program and diet. The increased physical activity stimulates them That is one good reason to exercise while dieting sensibly. Typical of most crash dieters, you have apparently gained back a good bit of your weight That may not be all bad. depending on your height. I suspect that 130 pounds after your 70 pound weight loss might have meant you lost some muscle mass as well as fat. For details on my recommendations for losing weight, write to me in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551. Radio City Station, New York, N.Y., and ask for the "Losing Weight" booklet. Send 50 cents to cover costs. Your continued depression and anxiety indicates that you have an emotional problem. Fatigue is often a symptom of depression. Vitamins won't help much unless you are on a deficient diet. What you really need is some professional counselling to try to find out why you have depressions.. This is quite important. Many people with a tendency to depressions can be greatly helped by psychiatric counselling. There are some medicines that are also useful. You are a young man, and your best years of life are still before you. It is time to do something about this now and not put it off It can indeed make the difference in your feeling great, leading a normal life, and being a productive member of society, as opposed to never feeling up to par and not realizing your full life's potential. You state you are at a loss to deal with the problem now yourself. My advice is to make arrangements as soon as possible to get psychiatric help, and you will be on your way to a definitely improved situation. Yes, it is expensive, but it is a necessary and worthwhile investment for you. Dr. Lamb welcomes ques- tions from his readers, but because of the volume of mail he cannot answer personally. Questions of general interest will be discussed in future columns. Write to Dr. Lamb in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. Your horoscope By Jeam Dixon SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Your birthday today: In the future, this coining year will be remembered as one of extremes, of busy searches for the best of everything, with mixed results. Unusual contacts build into strong relationships unexpectedly, while some seemingly excellent introductions lead nowhere. Generally speaking, this promises to be a rather happy year for you. Today's natives tend to plunge headlong into whatever interests them, are sometimes called "erratic" for doing so. ARIES (March 21-Aprii If you can be discreet and considerate in your manner, you have it made despite quite an agenda of things to do and in a very short time. TAURUS (April 20-May While not a difficult day, there are a few ill-assorted situations to stay out of, a few sensible habits to follow. Deal with people you can see face- to-face GEMINI (May 21-June Do what is clearly your responsibility to take care of, in as quiet a fashion as you can Watch how you spend your money where it goes and for what CANCER (June 21-July Your tact makes the difference in this day of complex personal encounter. Even the simplest meeting carries subtle'implications for the future LEO (July 23-Aug. Working conditions are Flashback 1948 Prime Minister Clement Attlee ordered expulsion of all alien Communists from Britain. 1939 Britain made a million grant in aid to Newfoundland. 1871 The first session of the Manitoba legislature opened. 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN e Tkt CMCMO Trikra Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH 10 7 4 V 33 0 A98762 WEST EAST 4k93 A652 Q 10 8 5 2 A 9 7 043 0 KQJ AQ765 AK1098 SOUTH AKQJ8 K64 0 105 AJ2 The bidding: South West North East 1 Pass 2 4 Pass 4 4k Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Five of Don't let those pleasant people seated to your right and left at the bridge table fool are your ene- mies whose every play is de- signed to defeat you. But there is no reason why you should permit them unmo- lested to perpetrate their dastardly plots. North's raise to two spades with only three trumps was imaginative and well reasoned. While a raise on three to the 10 is not always recommended, the alternatives of one no trump or pass both left something to be desired. North allowed his raffing values in hearts and clubs to subject to improvement, but it's your initiative that does it. Take on no more than you are sure you can finish. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Enough of anything is plenty for the moment. Prudence is natural for you but does not quite help your current need for exploration of nearby potentials. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Your own daydreams blend with the program of the organization or group, although not all of what you had hoped for can happen. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. A great deal can be brought to tulfillment by persistent endeavor. Travel and communications over distances tend to encounter heavy going at every turn. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Caution today seems very difficult for you to achieve, but make a good stab at it Social activities invite possible conflicts. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Give others an adequate chance to do their best. If travelling, you should also extend courtesy on the road. Late hours bring a minor pleasant surprise AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Avoid involvement in tormalities and legal affairs, except where you clearly have some principle to uphold or something to gain. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Joint ventures encounter failures of understanding and may better be adjourned temporarily. Concentrate on your regular weekend habits. Ask Andy sway him towards the raise, and South needed no further encouragement to contract for game. West led a low heart and East won the ace. Had he returned a heart, declarer would have had time to duck a club and make his con- tract by ruffing a heart and a club in dummy. Unfortu- nately, East was not that co- operative. He could see ruff- ing possibilities in dummy, so he returned a trump. De- clarer could trump a heart if he wanted to, but before he could score a dub ruff as well he would have to sur- render the lead, and another trump lead from the defend- ers would eliminate the sec- ond ruff in dummy. Nevertheless, declarer managed to make his con- tract by setting up dummy's diamond suit and using the 10 of spades as an entry. After winning the jack of spades, he led the 10 of dia- monds and ran it to East's jack. No matter what the de- fenders did, declarer was in charge. He would win any return, cross to the ace of diamonds and set up the rest of the suit by ruffing a dia- mond high. Declarer draws trumps ending in dummy with the ten, and the dia- monds take care of his re- maining five- odd. AARDVARKS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Sue Knsta Estey, age 13, of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, for her question: Is there such an animal as the aardvark? Though hard to believe and seldom seen, nevertheless the aardvark is indeed a real live animal. Alphabetically, of course, his name entitles him to head the list of all nature's animals. What's more, zoologists report that he has no relatives in the animal kingdom. And, though fossil aardvarks have been found, nobody knows what his earliest ancestors were like. The Dutch settlers of South Africa named him Aardvark, the earth-pig. The "earth" part of his name suits him fine, for he is a champion digger and dirt mover. In fact, he can burrow below faster than six strong men can spade him out. He also can tear open tall tough termite nests. His only piggish features are a long blunt snout and a very tough skin, naked except for a few bristles. He is a greyish color and his long slender head is topped with a pair of donkey-type ears. His bulky body is about four feet long, plus a two-foot-long kangaroo-type tail. His digging tools are sturdy claws and his average weight is around 140 pounds. Some people refer to the aardvark as an ant eater, which is hardly accurate. His main food is termites and these soft bodied insects are not true ants. Besides, the aardvark also enjoys a few vegetable items and happens to be especially fond of wild cucumbers. The odd aardvark is a mammal and Junior is born in a cozy nest at the bottom of his mother's private burrow. At the age of six months he leaves home to live a solitary life. He is seldom seen because he spends the day dozing in a burrow and comes out to forage when most of the world is fast asleep. During the night, he may toddle several miles hunting for termite nests. When morning comes, he may find I'M L05IN6 PATIENCE WITH WE HAVE TO 60 TO SCHOOL if COME DOWN FROM THERE fl6HT NOW, ANP LETS 60 TO MAKCIE, MAS ANYONE EVER TJLP WO THAT WHEN WR6 MAP, kOi; LOOK JV5T LIKE glLLIE JEAN SHORT MBS by frank o'neal f VOUMISHT SUMMER! I SAY THAT. WE CALL IT A IN OVER TMCffe. HI AND LOIS by dik brownc himself far from his original home. So he simply digs himself another burrow. A grown aardvark may have several burrows in widely separated parts of his territory Each is wide enough to hold a boy and is 9 to 12 feet long. The bedroom at the bottom is large enough for the bulky aardvark to turn around. His night's prowl is rewarded when he comes upon a termite nest made of rocky, impacted dirt, perhaps several feet high. The termite walls can withstand a pick-axe but not the tough claws of the hungry aardvark. He rips out a smallish hole and pokes his long snout inside. Naturally the termites scuttle around in panic which suits the aardvark just fine. Out through his tubular snout he pokes a remarkable tongue, like 18 inches-of sticky ribbon. In no time at all, he mops up the scuttling termites by the dozen. ttkvd by child- ren of readers should mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) I'D REALLY RATHER SEE THE MOVIE AT THE PLAZA WHAT'S THAT? I'VE BEEN WORKIN6 ON MOM ALL WEEK AND I THINK I'VE CONVINCED HER THERE'S ONLY ONE PROBLEM CAN YOU TALK YOUR FATHER INTO LETTING YOU SEE THAT MOVIE AT THE CINEMAX? BUGS BUNNY ONE OF MY MOST PERSISTENT CREDITORS IS PURSUING ME...WHEEE CAN I WIPE? LOOKS LIKE THAT SCRAWNY DEAPBEAT HAS GIVEN THE SLIP BLONME by chic young COULD YOU LET ME HAVE A DIME FOR THE I HAVE TO CALL MY STOCK- BROKER YOU HAVE A STOCK- BROKER WELL, IT CERTAINLY SOUNDS BETTER THAN PAROLE OFFICER ARCHIE by bob montana IT WAS FULL DID YOU OF CRIME. WATCH AND TV 7 VIOLENCE N LAST AND BAD NEWS LAST NIGHT I WENT TO BED AND READ SOMETHING FULL OF HAPPINESS FOR THE FUTURE.' WHAT DID YOU READ? NEW SEED I CATALOG HAGAR TK HORRIBLE akbrowne REMEMBER, HAMLET-rfe VERY inAFDSTAMT TrUT KbU 3RUSM YOUR TEETrJ ALWAYS WEAR UNPERWEAP. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER asked Tom. finding Roy busy at the table. "Not really, the boy replied. "It's this number 4519876 on that old lira bill you gave me. It's the square of 2126. and there's that funny ending 9876." Tom nodded. "That's really he said. "Do you think there can be a smaller perfect square with that same Well? (Answer Monday) Yesterday's answer: CRIES was 63942. 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