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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 20-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, October 24. 1973 Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb About eight months ago I was placed on a low sodium diet after having a heart attack. I now find that my hair seems to be falling out and wonder if this is because of the limited amount of protein in my diet? If this is the cause, could you suggest a remedy? Dear Reader I doubt it is really the cause. Loss of hair is caused by many things, dis- turbance in hormone balance, inherited tendencies, recent illnesses, a temporary loss from pregnancy and even ner- vousness can cause it. It is true, however, that a good nutritional program, which includes all the important proteins and vitamins, is es- sential to hair growth. Hair is specialized protein. I decided to answer your letter in part because of the very real problem people have in obtaining enough good pro- tein on very strict low salt diets. If you have to severely limit your intake of milk. meat and animal products, all of which contain sodium salt, you could supplement your protein intake with mature soybean seed products. In their dry uncooked state they contain only five milligrams of sodium in 100 grams (3Vz That is the same amount you find in rice, well known to be very low in salt. This amount of soybeans will provide 34 grams of good protein. You can eat them dry roasted, being sure they have not been roasted in oil, and you can add a salt substitute to them if you wish. If you buy them already roasted, be sure they are the unsalted variety. You can also use gelatin to supplement your total protein intake. I know that many nutritionists think gelatin is a poor protein. It certainly is not a very good source for es- sential amino acids, BUT it is a good source for general pro- tein needed for the body to manufacture other proteins. One of the classic nutritional experiments that every nutritionist worth his salt (if I may use that expression in this column) should know about is the early demonstra- tion by Osborne and Mendel that rats cannot live or grow on either wheat or gelatin alone, but when fed both together they grew and thrived. So. I don't recom- mend gelatin as a sole source by any means, but in in- dividuals who must avoid pro- tein sources that also contain salt, or even fat, it is useful, provided the rest of the diet includes enough of the essen- tial amino acids. Gf course, gelatin comes from animal protein meat, poultry, and fish. Wheat protein is deficient in lysine. an essen- tial amino acid, and although gelatin is low in many amino acids it is high in lysine. Between the two they did the job. Dear Dr. Lamb I am a 15- year-old girl and have burned my face severely three times with a sun lamp. I was wondering if the damage to my skin could cause me to wrinkle at an early age? Also, I have heard that ultra violet rays from the lamp can cause types of cancer. Do they? Dear Reader Sunburn and lamps for ultraviolet rays do induce changes in the skin, besides, a tan. that are believ- ed by most dermatologists to prematurely age the skin. If you want the hide of an alligator, become a sun worshipper and you'll make it. Excessive exposure to sun and weather not only ages the skin prematurely, but increases the likelihood of skin cancer. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) 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 low blood sugar, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Blood Sugar" booklet. Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Betty bit into one of the can- dies. "They're good." she said. "How many did you "Figure it out if you really want to know. replied her husband. "I'd have got eight more for the dollar I paid if they had been a nickel a dozen less." How many? Thanks for an idea to J. D. Holtby. Toronto. Ontario. (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: LOOK was 7990. Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN c Thi TrikuM Both vulnerable. South NORTH A 842 ;