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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, October 3, Lawrence Lamb M.D Ask Andy Dear Dr. Lamb I know back problems are the subject of great controversy and hate to admit to having one, but it's there and I don't know how to handle it. In dates back to three years ago when I was changing a tire. Something snapped, and I couldn't stand up. I panicked, and the pain was something that defies description. Someone helped me back home where I whimpered and shuddered, trying to figure out what happened. After a few days it got better, and I more or less ignored it. There have been several episodes since, triggered by dumb things like bending over to tie my shoe laces. It seems like every time I have another "attack" the getting better process takes longer. I'm never without pain, and every day is a "let's see how it's going -to-be today" situation. My normal routine has been greatly cur- tailed. I went to an orthopedic sur- geon (highly He reached around and hit the sore spot. When I yelled he chuckled and said it's a degenerative disk with low back sprain (he had already looked at the He gave me a cortisone injection and sent me to his physical therapist who went through exercises. I've done them, more or less, regularly, and the condition is definitely worse. An hour on my feet is about all I can take. Two and a half sends me home to booze, which is the only thing that relieves the pain. If this was your back what would you do with the darn thing? Dear Reader You have lots of company among my readers, I'm sure. The first and most impor- tant thing to do about a bad back is to find out the cause. Some are muscular spasms and can be relieved with good exercise programs. Some of these are caused by underly- ing problems putting an un- usual strain on the muscles along the spine. One example is the short leg problem. If you have a short leg, it tilts the pelvis, this causes the spine to shift like a crooked stack of dominoes.. Even the shoulders change position and finally the head sits to one side or the other. Although the immediate muscular spasm can be relieved by injections and various techniques, it will return unless the underlying problem is corrected. You can have the same problem with sitting if one side of your pelvis is smaller than the other. Bad beds and bad chairs, usually the too- soft variety, can also put a strain on weak back muscles. When a disc is the problem you can sometimes get results with conservative management, and your doctor has taken this approach. Since you state it has not worked you need to see the orthopedic surgeon again. He needs to know this. It might be impor- tant in deciding if you need an operation. If it were my back I would go back to the orthopedic surgeon and let him know that I still needed help. There is a lesson in this for all people. If your doctor starts you on a program and you don't get results, don't go doctor shopping immediately. He may have needed this in- formation to decide what is the best treatment for you. Go back and give him a chance to use this information to help you. 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 THE CANADIAN PRESS Oct. 3, 1974 Italy invaded Ethiopia as the first step in Mussolini's plans for a new Roman em- pire in Africa 39 years ago in 1935. Ethiopia appealed to the League of Nations for help even before invasion but all that happened was that some countries applied sanctions excluding vital oil. Invasion cemented German alliance with Italy and disintegration of the league. Ethiopia was conquered in eight months by air bombing and poison gas. The emperor was reinstalled by British arms in 1941. 1226 St. Francis of Assisi died. 1914 The First Canadian Contingent sailed from Gaspe during the First World War. They landed at Plymouth, England. GLASS SNAKES Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to, Amy Guttery, age 10, of Hamlet, North Carolina for her question: la there really a glass snake? Several animals are called glass snakes. They look for all the world like ordinary snakes. And sometimes they behave as if they are made of But actually they are "not" genuine snakes. And naturally no living animal is rtaliy made of glass. The so- called glass snakes are really legless lizards that tend to break apart, somewhat like shattered glass. The glass snakes, or glass lizards, have snaky bodies and scaly skins, often marked with colorful stripes and spots. The largest one enjoys life in cer- tain' warm, dry regions of Europe and Asia. He is four feet long and two inches wide. Some of his cousins are two feet long and one js only 15 inches. And three medium- sized glass lizards belong to North Americans. They look so much like snakes that no ordinary person would guess that they are lizards. But the experts assure us that they are really lizards without legs. For one' thing, they do not travel like the swift, graceful snakes. True, their long bodies wave from side to side to side, but in a rather clumsy fashion. What's more, after two or three wriggly yards, a legless lizard must pause to rest. He cannot climb trees or swim and he tries to avoid the water. Reptile experts tell us that his eyelids and ear openings disqualify him as a snake. And certainly he does not have a snake-type mouth. A snake's mouth is a stretchable contraption of loose jaw bones. He can swallow a whole egg without cracking the shell. A glass lizard breaks open the shell and uses his flat, forked tongue to spoon out the contents. But the most outstanding difference is the tail. A snake has a long-long body and a short-short tail. The body of a glass snake is only one third of his total length, the rest is tail. And what a tail it is. When its owner gets into trouble, it breaks off. often in several pieces like bits of shattered glass. A lizard has a break-away tail that often saves his life. When grabbed by a hungry enemy, the victim escapes, leaving his tail behind him. Later, the lizard grows a new tail, usually shorter than the original. The glass lizard has an even bigger surprise for his hungry enemies. When alarmed, he sheds his tail which may break apart into two or three pieces. His tail is so long and his body so short that he seems to shatter apart. What's more some of the broken bits may wriggle. This distracts his hungry enemy and gives the tailless victim plenty of time to es- cape. In time, he grows a new tail. Our native glass lizards are two or three feet long and their favorite food is grasshopper meat. The average female lays eight or ten soft-shelled eggs, under mosses or fallen leaves. She stays fairly close to her brood until the five-inch babies hatch. They are dusky grey and usually marked with spots or stripes. Glass lizards grow slowly but, barring accidents they may live to be 60-years old. Questions asked by chll- of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Your horoscope ByJeaneDixon Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN TM ChicMO Tribnot Neither vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 743 VQJ8 A9652 A6 4QJ982 SOUTH AQJ A5 QJ1073 The bidding: North East South West Pass Pass INT Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen of Faced with a choice of finesses for his contract, de- clarer took the obvious one-with disastrous con- sequences. Since North had a near opening bid, he could not imagine that his partner would be in any difficulty when he raised the opening no trump bid to game. West made the textbook lead of the queen of clubs, and de- darer, noting that a success- ful diamond finesse would give him nine running tricks, won in hand and ran the queen of diamonds. The finesse lost and East return- ed a club. When the ace was forced