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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tuttday, October 22.1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I have had several attacks of hic- cups. The last was about three weeks ago. It lasted for one week while I was placed in hospital. The treatment I received was not specific, but consisted of tranquilizers and sleeping pills. I would like to know if there is any rather direct treatment for hiccups. I have stopped drinking any effervescent drinks and colas and pop. Dear Reader There are many cures for hiccups. Most work best if done just at the time the hiccups were going to stop anyway, in spite of what you do. Then you can say, wisely, that you cured your hiccups. Breathing into a brown paper bag I have always wondered why it must be brown standing on your head, holding your breath, or' having someone scare you all work provided you do it just when the hiccups are ready to stop anyway. Timing is very important because if you use these and many other remedies before the hiccups are ready to stop anyway, your treatment will be a failure. Treating many hiccups is much like treating a cold. A cold may last a week if you don't treat it and will only last seven days if you do. Some hiccups are caused by distention of-the stomach and factors that irritate the diaphragm just above the stomach. Hence, overeating, gas on the stomach, and hiatal hernia of part of the stomach through the diaphragm can be factors. You are wise to avoid the soda drinks. Hiccups can also be caused by irritation of an area in the brain. Finally, they seem to be related to a reflex that in- volves the back of the throat. Other than the passage of tune and the use of sedatives or similar methods, I know of two direct methods that are helpful in some cases. The first is done by taking a teaspoon and putting some vinegar on the back side of the spoon. Then open the mouth and rub the spoon at the area, near the uvula in the back of' the throat. The uvula is the lobe of tissue hanging down from the midline at the back of the throat. The uvula should be touched. The vinegar or the mechanical action may stop the hiccups at once in some people. Apparently this local action interferes with the hic- cup reflex and effects a cure. Still another cure was reported about three years ago by Dr. Edgar Engleman and colleagues, then from the Miami School of Medicine. They found that the old treat- ment of swallowing a teas- poon of dry, granulated sugar stopped the hiccups in 19 of 20 cases. In some instances the hiccups had been present over 24 hours before treatment was attempted. In those that had a recurrence of the hiccup, repeating the simple treat- ment stopped them im- mediately. The sugar treatment is not because of the glucose or anything like that. It may be closely related to the spoon and vinegar treatment and by mechanically stimulating the back of the throat with the granular material, it may interrupt the hiccup reflex mechanism. Neither of these treatments are so the next time you have hiccups, try either one and see if it works. It could be a sweet way to avoid spending a week in the hospital. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on spastic colon, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Spastic Colon" booklet. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Oct. 22, 1974 1721 Peter the Great became Czar of Russia. 1746 A charter was granted for the College of New Jersey which became Princeton University in 1896. 1883 Opening night of New York Metropolitan Opera House. Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN Tkt CMCMt Trikra Both vulnerable. West deals. NORTH 47 1J542 4A8743 4AQ6 WEST EAST 4J2 4Q85 KQJ9 4KJ94 48532 SOUTH AK109643 VK8 102 4107 The bidding: West North East South 1 4 Pass Pass 2 Pass 2NT Pass 44 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: King of Over the years there has been a tremendous improve- ment in the bidding of the average bridge player, and I like to think that my works had something to do with this. In the play of the cards, however, there is still a large gap between expert and ordinary player In my new book. "Goren on Play and I have tried to rectify this inequity. This deal is taken from a quiz on "Defending agnnst trump contracts." South's bid of two spades in balancing position shows a moderately good hand. It is not a forcing bid, but is de- signed to show a hand that is better than a mere com- petitive bid of one spade, which might be made on scanty values in fourth seat. North made a move toward game, and South decided, correctly, that the hand should be played in spades and nowhere else and opti- mistically leaped to four spades. West leads the king of dia- monds, and declarer allows him to win the trick. Now is the time for West to plan his campaign. From the fact that declarer ducked in dummy, which risks having dummy's ace ruffed away, West can assume that declarei cannot count ten tricks. The duck also tends to suggest that de- clarer hopes to establish dummy's fifth diamond as a parking place for one of his losers. If that is the case. West would only help de- clarer if he continued with another diamond. South would win the second dia- mond and ruff a diamond. A club finesse puts him back in dummy for a second diamond ruff, setting up the long card. Declarer would then draw two rounds of trump, leaving the high trump out- standing, enter dummy with the ace of clubs and discard a heart on the fifth diamond. He -A-ould lose a trump, a heart and a diamond. To thwart declarer. West must attack dummy's entries in the club suit. Thus, at trick two it is correct to shift to a club. But to lead a low club is not good enough, for declarer can allow this to run to his ten, and then discard one of his heart losers on the club suit by simply finessing West for the king. West must shift to the jack of clubs, and declarer can come to no more than nine tricks. Your horoscope .WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23 Your birthday today: The Sun enters Scorpio at p.m. EOT (in other years the hour is Those of you born earlier are Librans. For both, the year ahead is selective, in which you keep only what is productive or useful, a situation that is easy1 for Scorpions. Today's Librans have a poetic streak; the Scorpions tend to have a sense of humor and strive for personal power. ARIES (March 21 April Friends are well meaning, but don't let them meddle in your financial arrangements. Late hours favor long range deals for approval tomorrow. TAURUS (April 20 May Luck turns your way in business and career. Move with confidence and vigor; use all available co operation. Add something to savings if possible. GEMINI (May 21 June Take advantage of an upward trend in routine matters. Straighten out details ahead of tune; be ready to act at the right moment. New theories sound good, but need further development. CANCER (June 21 July You have a chance to smooth out family or-group activities. Get important items settled to everyone's liking; Revise your budget and your schedule. LEO (July 23 Aug. Arguing with mate or partner is the path of least resistance now. Recognize why you're inclined to do so and pray for guidance. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Stick close to home base. At- tend to essentials. You're stuck with whatever you sign, for today take a good look first. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Concentrate on a creative ef- fort you can handle alone or nearly so. Imagination soars with the least amount of stimulation. Bring a notebook to jot down ideas. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. If a storm is brewing, some hint of it should show this morning. settles back normal this evening. Relax, sh.ire pastimes with others. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec, You're off the hook and free to move. Be alert for all the fine details to do things right the first time. You have reason to celebrate by evening! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Self control pays off once specialized, bard won knowledge comes into good use. Refine routines rather than experiment today. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Talk if you must, but don't get pinned down to anything definite yet. Almost any incident sets off dis- cussion. Be generous, but ride this one out. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Your intuition is a better guide than any technical ad- vice. Pursue an opportunity to increase earnings. Ask Andy SLOWPOKE TURTLES Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Sondra Weigand, age 11, of Delmar, N.Y., for her ques- tion. What is the turtle family? The slowpoke turtle can take his time because his ar- mor plating protects him from most of his hungry foes. His relatives nave dawdled through some 200 million years, making hardly any changes in their way of life. Of all the backboned animals, their family tree is the oldest, older even than the long-gone dinosaurs. In everyday language, we might expect the family to include all the 200 or so different turtle species. But scientists classify this sizable group of armor-plated reptiles as an order. To them, the an- cient and durable turtles and land-dwelling tortoises belong in the Order Chelonia. The fancy name is coined from the Greek word for the tortoise. As usual, the large order is subdivided into smaller fami- ly groups. Each family has several genera or genus groups; and each individual species belongs in its own genus. All of these 200 or so coldblooded creatures belong in