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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, March 16, 1973 LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Milk irritates ulcer colitis Dear Dr. Lamb - Five months ago I had severe pains in my lower left side and went to the hospital as an emergency. After x-rays, I was diagnosed as having ulcerative colitis and put on a bland, low-residue diet which I've been on since and lost 30 pounds. Four weeks later at a checkup I was found to have low blood pressure and my doctor started me on B-12 shots but my pressure has been up to 110 one week and then down to 100 the next. This has been going on like this for several months. Will these B-12 shots do any good? After five months, I had another attack of pain more severe than the previous one and was told there was nothing I could do but stay on the diet. The doctor also said that this will occur again. I can't understand this. Can you please give me some information. Dear Reader - Ulcerative colitis is not a very pleasant illness. It is an inflammation causing ulceration of the lining of the colon. The bowel becomes very irritable causing pain. The marked diarrhea that frequently accompanies ulcerative colitis can result in severe weight loss. Sometimes the ulceration causes severe bleeding as well. It is not known what really causes ulcerative colitis. It doesn't seem to be caused by a bacterial infection of any type. Patients require different forms of treatment depending on what their problem really is, but Dr. Louis Zetzel of Harvard, who is an authority on this problem, does not feel that a low-residue diet is necessarily useful. It is advisable, however, to restrict cold liquids and any foods or drinks that are known to stimulate or irritate the colon. The diet should eliminate all milk products. Milk seems to stimulate recurrence of attacks in patients with ulcerative colitis. If you have not already discontinued the use of milk and all products containing milk, I'd strongly recommend that you do so. Medicines are sometimes given which will help to relax the j colon and alleviate pain. In severe cases, hormonal therapy is sometimes indicated, however, it should not be used unless absolutely necessary. With attention to diet, taking medicines to help relieve the spasm, and elimination of as much of life's stresses as possible, many individuals remain fairly comfortable with minimal difficulty for long periods of time. There are, however, individuals who do have serious complications that develop in the course of the illness and require more vigorous teatment or even surgery. Concerning your blood pressure, I think your weight loss is adequate explanation for that. Many normal people have blood pressures no higher than 100 or 110. I have been repeatedly impressed by the effect of weight loss on blood pressure and am just sorry that more people who have elevated blood pressure and are overweight don't get rid of any excess fat they have. Your doctor may be giving you B-12 for a variety of reasons, but I doubt that it will have any significant effect on your blood pressure unless you have an associated anemia that responds to B-12 treatment. 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 new booklet on ulcers, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Ulcers" booklet. Loses lawsuit NEW YORK (AP) - Zsa Zsa Gabor lost a $300,000 lawsuit against the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, whore she was robbed, of $253,000 in jewels nearly three years ago. A jury of eight women and four men decided, after 36 minutes of deliberation, that the actress could have put her jewels in the safe at the Waldorf office. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN 6 mi, Tbt CMcin Trltm Both vulnerable. West deals. NORTH AKQJ J94 O QJ8  A J98 WEST EAST AA9 *82 S7KQ1078 Put Pais Pass Opening lead: King of 5> A shrewd diagnosis of the declarer's predicament enabled West to pin a defeat on South'* four spade contract, by pressing home a lethal assault against which the latter had no effective counter measure. When West's opening bid of one heart was doubled by North for takeout, East took advantage of the cheap opportunity presented to show his seven card suit. South new entered the proceedings by jumping to three spades to designate a good hand. Observe that his holding is worth 11 points, counting high cards and distribution and a mere call of two spades, even tho it comes as a free bid, is apt to be passed, since he might have acted on 7 or 8 points just to take the pressure off his partner. North carried on to game, and it may be noted that he would have been hard pressed to find another call if South had bid only two spades. West opened the king of hearts against four spades, and East followed with the eight as the beginning of an echo to show a doubleton. South realized that if he won the trick, West would put up the 'ace of spades when trumps were led and* then give his partner a heart ruff. In an attempt to disrupt his opponent's line of communications, declarer followed with the deuce of hearts, permitting West to hold the trick. Now it was the letter's turn to deliberate. South was more or less marked with both of the missing aces to warrant his jump to three spades in response to North's double. AI-tho a heart continuation would ostensibly present the declarer with a trick, West might still give his partner a ruff on the third round- provided that he made the correct lead at trick two. West continued with the queen of hearts, not a small one, and South was in with the ace. A spade was led and West put up the ace to lead a third heart. East ruffed and returned a dla-mond. South played the deuce from his hand and West scored the setting trick with the king. Observe that, If West had led a small heart at trick two, declarer could have put up North's jack and then discarded the ace of hearts on the ace of clubs. When West gets in with the ace of spades to lead a third heart, South is out of that suit himself and Is in position to ov-erruff East if necessary. Ha limits his losses to one spade, one heart and one diamond. By continuing with the queen of hearts, West placed the lead in declarer's hand and, inasmuch as the latter had no quick entry to the dummy for a discard on the ace of clubs, he was unable to prevent the ruff. Your horoscope By JEANE DIXON SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Your birthday today: Opens a time of turbulent adventure in your evolvement toward spiritual fulfillment. Today's natives are industrious, usually of rather profound mind, prone to making strong friends and bitter enemies. ARIES (March 21  April 19): There's more than enough to do picking up the pieces without getting into important new projects. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Leave speculation out of the picture today. Shopping tends to leave you loaded with things you can't really use. GEMINI (May 21  June 20): Almost anything that passes in conversation is a shock to somebody, or is unexpected. Any secret project may emerge into public view. CANCER (June 21  July 22): Due caution with all mechanical things is advised. You will be satisfied with your poise while encountering unfamiliar, somewhat harsh comments. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): Money deals tend to complications. Younger people seem determined to pose obstacles, difficulties. VIRGO (Aug. 23  Sept. 22): Personal relations are tested, especially among family members. Stick to business concerns during busines hours, leave the job at the office. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Have a care for both your ready cash and for long-range obligations. Social activities thrive. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Think twice before acting -~ There are many wild stories and strange figures available, but you needn't be gullible. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. 21): Moderate expectations are less likely to encounter disappointments. Be quiet and gentle towards those you love. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Whatevr you do, wherever you go, travel light. Extra burdens, pets, etc., are not favored in connection with journeys. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20  Feb. 18): Partners and competitors offer an incomplete story. Your urge to provide an immediate solution only causes difficulties later. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One thing at a time is good enough for the moment. Give people freedom to change their minds, and to change them again. (1973, The Chicago Tribune) _....._I Ask Andy HAGAR the HORRIBLE-By Dik Brown* I!� EMOT TiTTHT!!"'! "iTil'Sir Poison fangs Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Steven Eadie, age 11, of Pierrefonds, Quebec, for his question: How does poison get into a snakes fangs? A snake's poison is a special kind of saliva, or spit. Its purpose is to paralyze protesting victims and the deadly stuff calls for very careful handling. One, it must be kept where it cannot harm the snake. Two, a fool-proof tystem must be used to inject it into the proper party. How venomous snakes succeed is a remarkable story of adaptation - which means solving problems by making adjustments.    This story began ages ago, when ancestral snakes embarked on a different life style. Scientists suspect they were long, low - down lizards with stubby legs. For reasons known only to themselves, they took to living in burrows and crawling on their stomachs. As usual in such cases, their neglected legs gradually withered and disappeared. ' The snakes were prepared for legless locomotion, but eating became a problem. Their menu is meat, swallowed alive. With to claws, hands or arms it was quite a challenge to grab and swallow a squirming dinner. All snakes developed remarkable stretchable jaws. This made it possible to swallow enormous helpings. But it did not help to hold a sprightly victim who refused to co-operate. Various species solved this problem in different ways. The boa type learned to coil around his captive. A little pressure made it impossible for the poor creature to inhale and he soon suffocated. Another group of snakey characters developed venoms to subdue their protesting victims. Maybe the first one started with stinging, corrosive saliva. However, strong, poisonous mixtures brought more success, though only to the snake with a built - in system to poison his victim - without hurting himself. The rattler manufactures and stores his deadly venom in glandular sacs, located in the jaws just above his fangs. Each fang is a highly specialized hollow tooth, rooted in a venom sac and having a tiny hole in the tip. The set - up resembles a hollow hypodermic needle attached to a syringe. When the rattler strikes, the fangs sink deep and the pressure pushes venom down the tubes, to be injected into the fleshy bite. One more adjustment was needed to save the rattler from himself. His fangs are long and .""fTi very sharp. If they hung straight down, old buzzy - tail might bite himself accidentally. This does not happen because the fangs are mounted on moveable hinges of bone. They move down to strike and fold up into the roof of the mouth when not in use. - * * * The coral snake has a simpler system to deal his deadly venom. This fellow wears gaudy garters of red, yellow and black and inhabits the southern shores and borders of the United States. His toothy fangs are not long, hollow needles. They are rather stubby and each has a groove down the back. When he strikes, venom oozes along the grooves and some may enter the jab wounds. However, some of the deadly stuff often oozes away- and the coral snake has to nag and knead it into the victim's flesh. Obviously this system is clumsy and inefficient. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765. Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Today history By THE CANADIAN PRESS March 16, 1973 . . . Hitler announced 38 years ago t o d a y -i n 1935-that Germany was returning to compulsory military conscription with the aim of creating a peacetime army of 35 divisions. This constituted an open repudiation of  the Versailles Treaty, but all the other powers did was protest. 1959-The Dalai Lama fled Tibet as anti-Communist uprisings spread throughout the country. 1951-Mrs. Arthur Pitre was convicted at Quebec of murder in an airliner time-bomb case and was sentenced to hang July 20. 1938-Former vice-chancellor Emil Fey killed himself and his family as a wave of suicides swept Austria is the wake of Germany's takeover. 1918-The German Army occupied Kiev. 1802-U.S. military academy, Weit Point, was founded. VOU OUSHTA DO SOMETWU& ABOUT THOSE FLBAS VBffS WHAT? HOW ABOUT 6ETTIM6 A FUEA COLLAR? TUMBIEWEEDS-By Tern K. Ryan you'll 0e gkatif-iep 10 note THAT,.' pespite the many-honors heapep upon me, i still possess those smngf unspoilep, Mce-gih qualities that have SO enpearep me to you/the BLONDIE-By Chic Young caa. ARCHIE-By Bob Montana DO VOU MIND , TURNtNS OFF ,X3-J6 j THE BA. SYSTEM? ^~ HI AND lOIS-By Dik Brown* SHORT RIBS-By Frank O'Neal BUGS BUNNY ;