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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20-THI OeloMr Uunb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb: I read your column about tampering with height. Our son WAI snort as youngster. We are' both tall., At 18 or so he took some "iodine" pills, and in a year he grew two inches andjater two inches more. He was six- feet-three at What do you say about this? <4 Dear Reader Not much. I grew more than three inches after I was 17, without iodine pills or any other medicine. Your son must not have been below the normal range in height at 18 if he grew four more inches and ended up at six feet three.-There are a lot of normal people who never pass the five-foot-nine level. Growth usually stops, or nearly'so, when the long bones in the lep calcify. There is a zone of cartilage near the end of the bones which grows and grows until then. When the usual endocrine sequence oc- curs and male or female hor- mone is formed in sufficient amounts, or extra amounts are given artificially, these areas calcify and growth stops. The age _ that this occurs varies. -A late bloomer may still be growing in the early 20s. However, for abnormally short people one shouldn't wait beyond the age of 16 to see if they need some growth hormone. Adequate amounts of thyroid hormone are essential to growth. Thyroid hormone and growth hormone work together'to do" this. And, iodine is essential to normal thyroid function. However, I must honestly tell you that un- less your son had an iodine deficiency, which I doubt, I suspect that he would have grown to six-feet-three without the iodine tablets. One of the biggest problems people have in their thinking is the apparent failure to app- ly simple principles of logic. Just because two events occur simultaneously does not mean one event caused the other. How often people make that mistake. Doctors do it, too. A good example is the treatment of a common cold. Penicillin has no effect at all on viruses, but if the doctor gives the patient a shot of penicillin and the patient's cold ends soon, the patient, and sometimes .the floe tor, thinks the penicillin did the trick. The v truth Is the patient would have gotten well anyway. -We see this over and over. A person takes a vitamin pill for some illness and recovers. He credits the vitamin. The il- lness may, by its own nature, have been limited to a three- or four-day illness. Many long term disorders likewise have remissions. You could be tak- ing flour pill? and have a remission and that would be wrongly interpreted by faulty logic as proving that il- lness is helped by flour pills. And so, we hear of arthritis being cured, when we know it is not, by vitamins. This is why testimonials in medicine are just plain worthless. The best they do is to suggest an area for useful and proper investigation. They prove nothing. This same problem of failure to use good logic also causes problems in many aspects of our daily lives. You can't assume that because there was a hurricane in Florida and a power failure in New York that the hurricane blew out the lights. When peo- ple learn to appreciate this fact of logic they will be less likely to be victimized by a host of near-fraudulent health fads and by many other wild claims made in all sectors of our modern life. Don't be gullible, be logical. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN C TM "V North-South vulnerable. East deals. NORTH AQJ54 VAK1092 4J5 WEST EAST VJ74 VQ853 A943 487643 4AK1092 SOUTH 41098732 V6 4Q The bidding: East South West North 14 Pus 24 Dble. 34 34 44 44 54 Pass Pass 54 Pass Pus Pass Opening lead: Four of 4. There is nothing my good friend Omar Sharif likes better than to take time off from film-making for a good horse race or a rubber of bridge. At the recent Deau- ville Bridge Festival, he partnered American inter- nationalist, Harold Ogust, in the feature event, and they came up with a sparkling de- fense on this deal. Despite a competitive auction, North-South bought the hand at five spades, a contract that was made at most tables. Holding the West cards, Sharif took ad- vantage of the vulnerability to make two bids on minimal values, to suggest a sacri- fice should his partner be so inclined. Holding fair defen- sive values, however, Ogust elected to try to beat the opponents. I Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Oct. 11, 1974 The South African War began 75 years ago in 1899. From the start of the Boer in- vasion to the ratification of peace in Pretoria May 31, 1902, the British suffered killed and wounded, while the Boers lost about 000 killed. By war's end, Boers were in prison camps and in concentration camps. 1779 General Casimir Pulaski, exiled Polish patriot, was killed fighting with the Continental Army hi Georgia during the American revolution. Your horoscope Your today: You are proceeding largely on your own basic resources and developing more as you go. 1'rogress is now mainly uphill and headed into new con- ditions. Relationships require real acceptance of the people 93 they are, faults as well as virtues. Today's natives select special, usually technical fields, and become masters. ARIES (March 21 April Discipline yourself. You have a tendency to be both im- petuous and careless.. Spending a little extra money to save on physical exertion is a good investment. TAURUS (April 20 May Everybody to his own opi- nion let others back theirs with their own cash. You speak out about something for the first time and clear the air. GEMINI (May 21 June Divide your time fairly. Real interest on your part shows you can't fake it. Creative ventures gain impetus with added effort. CANCER (June 21 July Financial factors are dif- ficult to estimate. Get a general understanding on what money has to be shared. Later hours promise memorable moments. LEO (July 23 Aug. The urge to speculate is stronger than usual and just as un- wise. You can spend a minimum and still look great. Neither lend or borrow today. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. Important changes are as yet small and within control. Coax them past people who may be in the way. Romantic jour- neys succeed if they're sincere. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. An early trend toward confu- sion can be corrected by letting matters be settled one at a time, in proper sequence. You learn much today.' SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Travel, visits, social connections from which no gain is expected, all thrive. Be on the go early. Evening hours are expensive but enjoyable. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Business demands attention although little com- es of it Take time for family and personal pursuits. Long range plans advance another notch CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Contacts with relatives, rarely seen friends run into extra expense. Close associates have excellent perspective; ask for their opinions. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Don't mix business with pleasure. Concentrate on es- tablished facts. On the other hand, recreation is not to be spoiled with shoptalk. PISCES (Feb. 19 March You are afflicted with passing doubts; ask good questions. Partnership plans may be incomplete. You have progress later on personal goals. Ask Andy The opening club lead was won by the king, and de- clarer ruffed the ace of clubs f continuation. The contract hung on declarer's ability to bring in the spade suit with- out and the odds slightly favor trying to drop the k'ng over the two missing cards will divide 1-1 52 percent of the time. However, before tackling trumps, declarer decided to see if he could glean any further knowledge about his opponents' holdings. Declarer crossed to the ace of hearts and led dum- my's singleton diamond., Ogust stole the limelight by making the fine play of the king of diamonds. When this won the trick, he continued his excellent defensive work by returning a low diamond. Now it was declarer's turn to make a good in- serted his queen. Sharif realized that de- clarer's problem had to be locating the king of trumps. It was also apparent that if West revealed that he held the ace of diamonds, it would surely mark his partner for the king of spades. So he found the brilliant defense of ducking smoothly, allow- ing declarer to win a useless trick with the queen of dia- monds. From declarer's view, East was now marked with the ace-king of both minor suits. West had bid twice, apparently without a high honor in either minor and. at most, two secondary honors in hearts. Logically, there- fore, he had to have the king of spades. So declarer ran tbe ten of spades, and was greatly shocked when East won the king for down one. MAGGOTS Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to James Johnson, age 10, of Spokane, Wash., for his ques- tion: Where do maggots come from? This pesky problem is a haz- ard to human health and hap- piness. The maggots that thrive in neglected trash piles and lidless garbage cans tend to spread germs. Other maggots appear mysteriously inside innocent looking apples and other foods. These greedy midgets ruin countless tons of our precious crops every year. We must rate most of the maggots among our enemies. The wormy maggots come in assorted sizes and various colors and all of them are children of the teeming insect world. Their parents are wing- ed insects, usually flies or beetles. These critters grow up through four stages, progressing from egg to larva to pupa to winged adult. The winged adult produces mul- titudes of eggs to start the next generation on its way We share our earth with thousands and thousands of different flies and beetles. And each different species has its own lifestyle, plus its own favorite food. Most of the feeding is done by the wormy Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Greg put down his pen. "I've been working on the number of your he declared. "It's rather special, you know." "Come on. You and your figures." Fred chuckled. "A regular 3-digit number." "Sure, but what about replied Greg. "It lias just two prime factors, different and both with two digits. And each of them differs by unity from a power of a third prime number." Well? Thanks for an idea to F. C. Asbury, Toronto, Ontario. (Answer Monday) Yesterday's answer: MADAM was ME SAVE HIM FO' LAST JT- T'OTHER HAWK 2.73 GOTTA BE UWT TO OW6R ANOTHER FIRST ONE TREE ...THIS LAfT ONE THKWN DOJN A UfcNTTMESAME A5 AME ...y TAKE VttUR TIME ON SHORT MIS HI AND LOIS IPO LIKE VfoUR IS DIP VOU SEE THAT NEAT SHO ON TV? BOX If WASREALLV ALL TME TIME PoNT CVtNl KNOW WWATIT MEANS. BUGS BUNNY maggots in the larva stage of life. Hence, the adult insect lays her eggs in or near a suitable food supply. There the famished maggots usually stuff themselves with enough- food to last a lifetime. Then they turn into pupas, either encased in stiff chrysalises or 'wrapped in soft cocoons. During the pupa stage, the grubby old maggot body is remodeled completely. The insect that emerges is a wing- ed adult, ready to lay eggs for a new life cycle. We notice the winged adults and also the creepy crawly maggots. But usually the pupas are careful- ly concealed, and almost always the eggs are so tiny that we never find them un- less we know just where to look. In spring and summer, doz- ens of different flies and beetles, moths and butterflies hide their packages of eggs in our fields, gardens and orchards. The grubs from the eggs of several beetles tunnel into the bark of trees. Other bettle maggots tunnel into apples, plums or peaches where they feast on the fruit. The grubs of various flies at- tack wheat, soybeans and many other valuable crops. Some maggots even tunnel into the skins of cattle, creating itches and sores. Our world is attacked by hundreds of destructive maggots and all of them hatch from the eggs of various insects. But the type we know best comes very close to home. This grubby pest is the maggot of the pesky housefly, who is known to spread ger- ms. Her grubby maggots feed on decaying material, so she lays her eggs in rotting gar- bage. However, we can out- smart this pest by covering all the trash and keeping well fitting lids on our garbage cans. The eggs that hatch into maggots are tiny, but they certainly come in enormous numbers. Most of the eggs, larvas and pupas are eaten by other creatures or die from various causes. But suppose they did not In one summer, a pair of honseflies could produce 200 million million million maggots. That ghastly figure is 2 plus 20 zeros, which is 200 quintillian. DO MOD THE FLUCTUATION OF INTEREST KATES IS INVERSELY PROFORTIONAl. TO THE INCREMENTAL. VAUUE OF THE AVERAGE COMMON STOCK: