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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGt HERALD Monday, May 11, 1970 YOUR HOROSCOPE TUESDAY, WAY 12 birthday today: Con- tinued striving for healthy self fulfilment i n f 1 u e nces you to try many things that have been beyond your reach until now. You need consider- able time alone, and may concentrate on work that must be done single handed just to get the chance to prove yourself. A11IES (March 21-April You run into some natural limits and personal qualifica- tions. Promises and purchases THE DOCTOR'S MAILBAG Haphazard X-Raying Should Be Avoided By WAYNE G. BHANDSTADT, M.D. Written for Enterprises Assn. DEAR DR. LAWRENCE: Please go into some detail about X rays. Our dentist X rays our teeth every six months. Doctor Says PiU Here To Stay OTTAWA (CP) The birth control pill is here to stay i.. spite of publicity about its dan gers, says Dr. Robert B. Green- blatt, inventor of one of the va- rieties now in common use. Dr. Greenblatt is so sure about that that he is pressing ahead with a new six- month variety which a Cana- dian company now is working on. It involves implantation just under the skin of the abdomen of four tiny pellets of estradiol, a natural female hormone which suppresses ovulation. He told the Ontario Medical Association here about the six- month pill, another one-month variety undergoing extensive trials in the United States and other developments hi birth control measures. Dr. Greenbiatt said Friday all the fuss about the dangers of the pill obscures the facts that the death rate for pregnancies is 228 per against a death rate for the pill of about 30 per And that, he said, fails to take into account the number of women who die from criminal abortions of unwanted pregnan- cies. He believes in legal abor- tion as a right. Cancer Society Awards Made TORONTO (CP) The Cana- dian Cancer Society announced today the five winners of the McEachern Awards fel- lowships, allowing doctors one year of training abroad starting July 1. The awards are named after the late Dr. John S. McEachern of Edmonton, first president of the society. They went to Dr. R. C. Fra- ser, 34, of Dalhousie University, Halifax, who will do cancer re- search at the University of Texas; Dr. Y. A. Drolet, 30, of Quebec City, who will study in Paris; and Dr. P. N. Madarnas, 36, of Montreal, who will work at the University of Chicago. The two others are Dr. Brian Weinerman, 26, of Winnipeg, for studies in St. Louis, and Dr. R. C. Lohmann, 33, of Montreal, for work in Houston. This includes my two children 5 and 3 years. Are X rays harm- ful for children? And are X rays necessary every six months? Carol J. ANSWER: Much has been written, here and elsewhere, about possible harm from den- tal X rays But because of con- tinued interest, let's review cur- rent beliefs. Two "prestigious scientists" at the AECs Lawrence Radia- tional Laboratory at Livermore, Calif., have only this week pub- licly stated that and level "f radiation poses health prob- Therefore, "no X ray s acceptable since the fiise can produce mut- atioiit, "irreversible crtanges) in the body cells." Beginning with that controver- sial, but widely held belief, here are some suggested guidelines for use of dental X rays 1. Patients should not be rou- tinely X rayed. And, fuUmouth multiple X rays should be lim- ited to special situations. 2. Children and pregnant women should not be exposed to dental X rays unless shown to be vital to their health. And then patients should be protect- ed with a leaded apron. This is required by law in California and Wisconsin. But. it also must be recogniz- ed that dental X rays are impor- tant diagnostic tools in prevent- ing dental disease and in main- taining dental health. Therefore, use of X rays cannot for the present be entirely eliminated. Many molecular biophysi- cists are unequivocal concern- ing danger from exposure to even the smallest amount of dental X rays and often refuse them, sometimes unwisely, for themselves and then- families Yet they are often little con- cerned with radiation which they themselves produce and to which many an innocent per- son is exposed. For instance, it was recently revealed that a nuclear exper- imental lab located on the edge of a large university had 'sprung a leak." The leak was of a magnitude large enough to disrupt unrelated experiments in other labs at least as far away as a few hundred yards. Thus, the "leak" exposed peo- ple living and working within this radius to radiation over and above the amounts they are usually exposed to from bomb- testing, atmosphere, diagnostic- medical and dental X rays, TV sets, etc. Officially, the "leak was only 5 per cent of the minimal dose harmful to whatever that means. Was it, in fact, harmful to people living in the area? No, say the scientists, but they hur- riedly added a few hundred tons of concrete to the already-thick walls of the leaky laboratory. These "leaks" also interfered with TV reception in the area and that's less scary but more of a nuisance. alike fall short of expectations. TAU11US (April 20-itlay Your strength comes to the surface and is available for some fairly heavy going. The stresses of the day can be turned to bring high achieve- ments with just a bit more effort and thought. GEMINI (May 21-June You make surprisingly good progress by keeping calm and continuing a consistent per- formance. Older people slow things up, but it does no good to fret about them. CANCER (June 21-JuIy Your sympathies go out to others with insoluble problems. Have the self discipline to see your own limitations, and re- frain from attempting the im- possible. LEO (July 23 Aug. Greater effort than usual is needed to keep your program on the tracks and rolling. Do what you can to escape dis- tractions. Your more energetic friends are all ready to pitch in just when you've come to the end of your working day. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. Private schemes are liable to sudden disclosure. You can render a great service by con- centrating on details, being ac- curate and conscientious in their recording and interpreta- tion. ..LIBRA (Sept., 23 Oct. Pick up whatever has been botched or simply neglected and do what you can to straigh- ten it out. Nobody is going to be enthusiastic about anything you do, so you may as well work to suit your own stan- dards. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Your partner does something that slows everything up until you get better balance estab- lished. SAGITTARUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 2: Buckle down to definite details and get them fixed. While respecting others and their passing moods, remem- ber to be considerate to your- self. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Your sense of personal responsibility is alive and fret- ful. Be sure you have reason- ably thorough in whatever mat- ters you cire involved with, then put them aside. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Whatever you can do to- day to avoid disagreement, do it. The stress tapers off by HERE ARE RECENT WINNERS of a Sony Portable Radio. Mr. Earl Ailken 1416 2nd Ave. S., Uthbridge 7. Mr, Art Bedster Box 144, lelhbridge 3. Mr. Bob Coupeland, 218 25lh St. South, lelhbridge 4. Mr. Tony Yonder Beek 532 20th St. South, 5. Mr. Bob Shearer Box 303, Barons 6. Mr. Ken Hall Box 368, Cardtton 7. Mrs. Lily Quon Box 629, Cardslon 8. Mrs. B. Wondorff Box 296, Raymond 9. Mrs. A. Hemmaway 1013 14th St. North, lelhbridga 10. Mr. Wayne McMdnus, P.O. Box 53, Picture Butte il. Mrs. Korrt Lew Quon P.O. Box 629, Cardston You may be a winner too! See contest details at participating dealers in the area served by PURITY BOTTLING (1967) LTD. IETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Authorized Bottler of Coca-Cola under Contract with Coca-Cola Ltd. Bclh Ccca-Cc'a arrf Coke flr: rezilterrd trirfe marts identify th? crodifcl of Ccca CoU IM, Gets War Medal 52 Years Later MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) Fifty-twojears after he was wounded in France during the First World War, Robert E. Bell, finally received his Purple Heart medal, awarded hr wounded American soldiers. The retired watchmaker re- cently received a package from the U.S. Army containing his medal. The delay was not ex- plained. By Jeane Dixon evening, so you can put things back together again if you have kept a constructive altitude. PISCES (Feb. ID-March Early delays create interesting complications later. If you keep your sense of humor, this will be a day to talk aboul later on. 1970, Ncwsday, Inc. Better Trained Orderlies Demanded TORONTO (CP) A male nurse has called for better edu cation for orderlies to end a "double standard" in nursing care training. Writing in the May issue o The Canadian Nurse, Albert Wedgery, former associate director of the College of Nurses of Ontario, says an orderly needs a stable role "instead of being just another piece of flot- sam in the constant ebb anc flow of personnel." Of orderlies employee full- or part-time in Canadian hospitals in 1968, he says, there were only 698 registered male nursing assistants. "The generally poor quality o orderly care, which often re- sults from lack of professiona instruction, supervision a n guidance, demands the develop- ment of a more respected, more responsible and more secure male auxiliary worker to meel the needs of the male patient." Premiums Tied To Accidents TORONTO (CP) Automo- bile insurance officials say pre- mium rates could soar if the number of car accidents con- tinues to increase in 1970. A report in Canadian Insur- ance magazine says general, in- surance companies recorded an underwriting loss of in 1969. In 1968, they had a profit of Industry spokesmen blame the difference on rising car re- pair costs, "fragile" car body construction and an "unprece- dented" rapid rise in the num- ber of accidents ia the streets. Ron H. Stevens, president oi the Canadian Universities As- sociation, said in an interview the accident rate this year is running about 10 per cent high- er than expected and motorists can expect "rate increases of up to 20 per cent in 1971 if the accident trend continues in the last six months of the year." COVERED IN ICE Roughly two-thirds of the Arc- tic ocean, is covered by drifting pack ice, summer and winter. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN 10 1OT: B Tke CtkM Tritel ANSWERS TO BRIDGE QUIZ