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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 LETHBRIDGE November 13, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Will you please explain Many people seem to suffer from it and to become involv- ed in all sorts of unnecessary and futile efforts at diagnosis and treatment. Dear Header Lumbago is not n medical term. It is used to label pain in the lumbar spine or muscular region. The lumbar spine is that small section of the spine between the bottom of the chest and the pelvis. It is the "small of the back." fain in this area is usually from cramped or contracted muscles. This can be from a muscular "strain" or from an abnormality in the spine itself. A careful examination has to be done to find out why there is pain. This can vary from having a short leg. caus- ing abnormal posture and muscular strain, to a protruding (slipped) disk. Degeneration of the spine with new abnormal bone growth or spur formation may cause pressure on nerves resulting in pain. There is no way to tell what the cause is without a searching examination. Then the next step is to correct the underlying cause. You can get immediate relief in some cases with heat and medicines to relax muscle spasm, but this is only temporary. Unless the underlying cause is deter- mined and steps taken to cor- rect it, the problem is apt to occur again. I'd like to mention that not ail back pain is from the muscles or the spine. Even spastic colon can cause back pain. Don't just assume that back pain means "lumbago." Dear Dr. Lamb I am 36 and have been married for several years. We don't have any children but would love to. I'm overweight but am trying desperately to lose. What I want to know is, am I too old to have my first child? If not. what is the oldest age you would suggest for having a first child? Dear Reader No, you are not too old. I have known women who had their first child when they were past 40. It's true that there is some increase in chances of having a baby with some problems as you get older. A woman has all the cells that will form ova and enable pregnancy when she is first born. It is said that the older the cells the more likely there will be a problem. However, many women have babies even at the menopause age, and the babies are perfectly normal. So there is no set rule. A woman does have more difficulty too with a pregnancy as she gets older. There is no hard and fast rule on that either. One woman may be in better health than the next so that has to be determined individually. You should find out if you are able to get pregnant by letting your doctor examine you and perhaps run some tests. But. if you and your hus- band are able to have a child you certainly are not too old. Good luck. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Losing Weight" booklet. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Nov. 13, 1974 The scientific study of meteors began 141 years ago in 1833 when more than 200.000 shooting stars were sighted over eastern North America. The spectacle prompted many to believe that the end of the world had come. 376 Pope Nicholas died. 1460 King Henry of Por- tugal died. 1942 British 8th Army retook Tobruk in North Africa in a counter-offensive. 1945 Gen. Charles de Gaulle was elected interim president of the French provisional government. 1950 A Canadian chartered airliner crashed in flames on Mount Obiou in the French Alps, killing all 58 57 of them Canadians. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 1974 Roth vulnerable. South deals. NORTH 963 WAQ106 A84 K94 WEST EAST Q10874 K J5 K74 SOUTH A 2 J93 K J 9 6 3 A62 The bidding: South West North East 1 Pass 1 Pass INT Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Pass Opening load: of 4. with a choice of finesses, it is not always easy to deride which one to take. At times, however, there is an overwhelming reason for preferring one finesse over another. Consider declarer's problem on :his hand. Aithrvigh lour heart? is a belter game contract. North and South landed reason ably enouirh in three no trump on a direct auction. North correct ]v responded in his four earn major suit and. his partner showed r. b.'ii.'iT-i-d minimum hv one no trump. he proceeded '-.Iraisiht the no trump Eas' plavrd It ITU; of jack. South could count six fast tricks, and a success- ful finesse in either red suit rated to produce the three additional tricks needed to fulfill the contract. Since either finesse stood a 50% chance of success, declarer elected to try to bring in the suit where he held eight cards. He crossed to dummy with the ace of diamonds and finessed the jack. West took the queen and three more spade tricks for a one- trick set. A glance at the diagram shows that the heart finesse would also have failed. Thus, it would appear that declarer was going to go down no matter what he did. How- ever, that is not quite true, for declarer can increase his chances considerably by electing to finesse in hearts instead of diamonds. No. I'm not trying to tell you that the heart finesse is a better percentage chance than the diamond, although it does cater to the possi- bility that East may have started with only two spades. What makes the heart finesse so superior is that declarer can first cash the ace king of diamonds before trying the heart finesse. There is a fair that one of the de fenders rniijhi hold a double 'on diamond If the ijiieen drops, as happens declarer has nine rim tricks without having to on a at all. And. if the lady doesn't oblige. <'an still tall back on the finesse his Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon THURSDAY, NOV. 14 Your birthday today: After early, trial-arid-error tran- sitional phases you settle into a steady, prosperous pattern of achievement this year. Reasonable ventures pay off fairly promptly. Relationships need watching growth and change of individuals does not show on the surface. Today'? natives are impulsive, restless, often gifted in poetry, philosophy or mysticism. ARIES (March Tackle the most extreme challenge first; push to get the bigger jobs underway. Technical guidance includes useful surprises. You have a clear path, so travel! TAURUS (April 20-May It's up to you to take the first step to supply needed energy. Attend to property and possessions. Contact with of- ficials and experts yields fair- ly good results. GEMINI (May Your personal life brightens up. Recent disagreements are open to resolution. Routines slow down, so push your job enough to prevent a backlog from piling up. CANCER (June 21-July It's a great time for fine ad- justments, troubleshooting and settling details of long- existing negotiations. Drop an old habit; anything you do to- day starts a new good one. LEO (July 23-Aug. Once over lightly is sufficient at work. Give people a chance to get used to you; build sound relationships that will with- stand later stress. Younger people expect your attention. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. A calm surface overrides everything during this decep- tively simple day. Small cor- rections are important. Tidy up. Make sure letters that have been put off are written and mailed. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. There are no serious dif- ficulties, and you are not the target of any destructive ef- fort, so avoid the temptation to stir up conflict. Errands produce an extra bonus. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Planning with the latest infor- mation you can get is favored. Confine actual moves to minor issues and to correcting recent errors. Take it steady and easy! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Since there are no major obstacles presently in your way, think of future enterprises. Your energy should be near its maximum level. Get ready for a strong effort tomorrow. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. You've been pro- crastinating too long about certain matters. Clear your schedule and keep it open for important changes. Seek hidden or special information. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Gather friends and ad- ditional team members to map out and agree upon a full plan for coming events. Per- sonal hopes rise as pet pro- jects develop encouraging aspects. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Attend to your business or regular work promptly and efficiently. Make your breaks short and your day long. There is a subtle as well as an ob- vious benefit. Ask Andy CAT'S EYES Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Ronna Dittman, age 10, of Gassaway, W. Va.. for her question: What causes a cat's eye pupils to change? Her big, bright beautiful eyes may be heavenly blue or olive green, golden yellow or some other shade that blends or contrasts with her furry color scheme. But the black pupil in the center of a cat's eye is not always round, as yours is. Sometimes it is a tiny slit: sometimes it is shaped like an almond; sometimes it is round and almost big enough to hide all the color. Some people say that a cat can see in the dark, which is not quite so. True, she can see when the light is very dim much better than you can. But neither you nor Miss Puss can see in total darkness. The cat is one animal that likes to stare steadily into your face. This gives you a chance to study her pupils, which is one reason why her eyes are different from yours. Your pupils are those round black dots in the center of the colored irises. Actually they are small windows that let the light shine through onto the retinas in the back of your eyeballs. The light carries pic- tures of the scenery: the retinas are a sort of movie screen that flashes the pic- tures to your brain. When the light is very dim, your eye muscles cause the pupils to open wider to let in as much as possible. When the light is dazzling bright, your pupils shrink to smallish dots to shut out the glare. A cat's eye pupils are not round like yours. They are up-and-down slits. In brilliant sunshine, the sides of her slit pupils can squeeze together, leaving just tiny pinpoints. This means that she can shut out far more of the glare than your round pupils can Her pupils also can open up much wider than yours can This is what happens when she sneaks out to go hunting after dark. The sides of her slit pupils open up into huge black circles that cover most of the color. This means that her eyes can capture more of the dim light. But it is not the only reason why she sees better at night than you do. No doubt you have noticed that her eyes shine in the dark. This eye shine is caused by a layer of glassy cells behind her retinas, which act as mirrors to reflect the light so that it bounces back. In this way she gets a double picture of the scenery, making the dark patches darker and the light patches lighter. These contrasts help her to see better than you can in the dusky darkness. Her eyes can shut out more glare and also see better in dim light than yours can. But you would not want to trade with her. She cannot admire the pretty flowers or appreciate color TV. For Miss Puss is colorblind. She sees the world only in black and white and shades of gray. Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter Sam swore when he slipped on a marble and nearly fell. "One of he asked his son. holding up the offending object. "I guess so. Dad." Doug nodded. Yesterday I had 45 in all. Hods, blues, and greens. If the blues had been red I would have had twice as many reds as greens, but if the reds had been green I'd have had one more green than blues." Sam figured it out. You try. (Answer tomorrow i Yesterday's answer: was 14697 POUfJlE-KM THAT'S TOO MA'AM HOU) ABOUT .MS LITTLE FRlENP MERE COUP MAKE ME A NEAT DKE5f OUT OF PON'T FEU) IN A SHORT RIBS MOW DO YOU BOYS FEEL ABOUT SEASON? PICKING you TO WIN THE HI HI AND LOIS BUT SHE DOESN'T KNOW IT VET. TIME TO FEED YOU TWO AGAIN IT SEEMS LlKfe You JUST BUGS BUNNY SO YOU WANT A RAISE, BUSSf DO YOU REALIZE THE UNEMPLOYMENT KATE IS UP SIX PER CENT AND CORPORATIONS ARE GOING BANKRUPT rl EVERY CAY YOU OUGHT TO GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES AND THANK THAT YOU'VE STILL GOT A BE CAREFUL ABOUT SCUFFING THE RU6 ON YOUR. WAY BLONDIE AT THAT (5ATP, I'D DEAD BEFORE IT EVER GOT PAID I CAM YOU MAVS TMIS FOP ONLY IP THAT HAPPENS. BELIEVE ME, OUR CREDIT MANAGER GOES WITH YOU MOW ABOUT w ___( FOUR DOLLARS A WEEK? 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