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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Thursday, October 24, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Or. Lamb Would you please explain what caus- ed my problem? I am a male in my 50s and have atherosclerotic heart disease. The doctor took four tubes of blood to be tested and then gave me a breathing test. I couldn't complete the breathing test because I had chest pains and my left arm went numb. I got weak all over and everything went dark for a little while. That was three days ago. I'm still weak and my head swims when I raise up too fast. Could this have been from the blood he took or the breathing test with my heart disease? My blood pressure is normal. I take Isordil, Atarax, Zyloprim and nitroglycerin. Any information you can give will help. Dear Reader The first problem is deciding just what the chest pain and arm numbness really was. Since you already have heart dis- ease it is tempting to assume that the pain was caused from insufficient blood to your heart muscle or, specifically, heart pain related to heart at- tacks. The doctor would need to have tests to be sure about this. You can have discomfort in the chest without having a heart attack. Overbreathing can sometimes cause a faint like reaction and numbness in the arm. This is not dangerous, but can be downright disconcerting. Also, an episode of heart pain or insufficient blood to the heart muscle can cause a faint like reaction as you describe. The blood drawing should not have caused this problem. If your level of anxiety was very high that could have been a factor. However, I'm sure with your diagnosis and the other medical problems you have, in view of your medicines, that you have had blood drawn on many oc- casions before. Some breathing tests are fairly strenuous and may have precipitated the problem for you. In that case it is likely that you already were close enough to such a problem that it was just waiting to happen, and it was a good thing you were in the doctor's office when it occurred. In short, it will require a bit more knowledge than you have to decide just what has caused your problem. But, I doubt that you can really blame it on your tests. Rather, you were pretty lucky to be where you could have immediate medical attention when the problem arose. Dear Dr. Lamb Is diethylstilbesterol, which is often prescribed for women as a female hormone, the same as the hormone that is given to cattle to fatten them? Will it cause women to put on weight? Is it the same as es- trogen? Dear Reader It is the same hormone, sometimes called DES. It is used in fattening cattle, particularly steers, being readied for market. These neutered males will get fatter while on the hormone since it feminizes them. The same hormone, called stilbesterol, is used for women, but since it is used to replace needed hormone in most cases it does not cause fattening. It may be regarded as a synthetic estrogen, somewhat different chemical- ly from the real thing, but having the same effect. 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 menopause, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Menopause" booklet. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS 1836 Alonzo Philips of Springfield, Mass., patented matches. 1848 Samuel F. B. Morse patented telegraph. 1936 Mussolini sent a message of peace to the world from a Fascist meeting. 1943 The carrier USS Princeton exploded and Jap- anese battleship Musashi sunk by US. aircraft in battle of Leyte Gulf. 1945 The United Nations was created. Your horoscope lyJemMion Friday, October 25 Your birthday today: After initial and perhaps enough experiments and tran- sitions, you turn to a different field and specialty which re- quires overhauling your per- sonal values and life style. Relationships are revised by mutual consent. Today's natives are strong minded, often determined, professional travelers or scientists, seldom likely to take the easy way. ARIES (March 21 April Once you are past a rather mixed morning; you rush to close the work week. Unplanned benefits of all sorts fall into place with judicious negotiations. TAURUS (April 20 May A late start helps, rather than hinders, for once. Various chores can be con- solidated into one; new approaches come naturally. Later hours deserve celebration, music, fun. GEMINI (May 21 June It's time you offered news of yourself, particularly your positive feelings. If you're not sure about an issue or person, keep quiet. Loved ones need your sympathy. CANCER (June 21 July Everyone speaks up and communicates, and current family problems are vastly improved. Re evaluate your basic expenses; set up new budgets. LEO (July 23 Aug. Make peace all around, beginning with those you love. Reach out, via cor- respondence or visits, to those at a distance in late afternoon. Business is encouraging. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Your financial climate changes for the better. Teamwork is emphasized; be ready to join in enthusiastically. Even a small compromise is a major gain. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Clear the air and backtrack a bit to dispel current dissen- sion and find the reason for previous dissatisfaction. Do your homework to be ready for further maneuvers. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Everybody wants to get into the act now. Let them do so if you want their coopera- tion later. Creative enterprises thrive and attract major support. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Stop trying to "se- cond guess the reason why events are happening, and try to correct what went wrong. Call group or family together. Make that reply you've been postponing. CAPRICORN (Dec.22-Jan. Figure out the best way to present your work, then make a definite sales pitch. Important outsiders and old allies contribute to your success today. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Common sense begins to tip the scales toward normal. Persist and don't take anything for granted. Late day favors personal projects. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Cheerfully assume that with guidance all questions will eventually have construc- tive answers. A possible wind- fall calls for celebration this evening. Ask Andy Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN Tkt Tritnt North-South vulnerable East deals. NORTH AQ3 A62 4 J 10 9 7 WEST EAST 10876 99732 10987 46543 SOUTH 952 AQJ106 QJ4 The bidding: East South West North INT 29 Pass 4V Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Ten of As of Tuesday, there will he .a change in this column. Appearing on the masthead with me as co-author will be Omar Sharif. All of you know Omar the actor. His achievements in the world of bridge are equally impressive: Chief Commentator of the World Bridge Federation: marn times an internationalist in world championship com- petition: a member of the champion Lancia team: and an ambassador for bridge wherever he goes. Sharif held the East hand in a rubber bridge game in England. Since the English are great enthusiasts of the weak no trump opening. Sharif naturally accommo- dated his hosts, which ac- counts for his initial action. North-South quickly reached game in hearts, and West made his natural lead of the ten of diamonds. Declarer played low from dummy and Sharif won the king. It was obvious that West was unlikely to contribute anything to the defense, and Sharif could see two club tricks in addition to the dia- mond trick. But where was the setting trick? It could not be in trumps, so spades represented the only practi- cal chance. Having worked this out. Sharif smartly shifted to his low spade. He was hoping his partner had the ten. but even the nine would do if de- clarer held the ten and did not play it. Declarer won the queen, drew trumps and led the queen of clubs. East won. and forced out the ace of spades, and when he regain- ed the lead with the ace of clubs, he cashed the jack of spa'des for the setting trick. By any standards, this was exceptionally fine defense. However, it was a slight slip by declarer that allowed Sharif to beat the contract. Notice what would have happened had declarer grabbed the ace of diamonds at trick one and played a club. This would have given declarer a vitaJ tempo and enabled him to establish the club suit for whatever spade discards he might need be- fore Sharif could set up a spade trick. Had this occurred, however. She Jopic of this column would have been declarer's thoughtful play instead of Sharifs masterly defense. MEXICAN JUMPING BEANS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Tony Mathis, age 11, of High Point, N.C., for his question: What causes a Mexican bean to jump? It is customary, of course, for a grown plant to remain rooted to the spot. However, various seeds do tend to travel to new locations. Dandelion seeds are wafted far and wide by the breezes and certain lily seeds are shipped afar by flowing streams. Grass seeds often hitch rides on -passing animals. Many ripe bean pods pop open like pistols and shoot their seeds to new locations. But the famous Mexican bean seems to leap from here to there under its own power. This is the story of a one- sided partnership between a plant and an animal. The so- called arrow plant is a five- foot shrub with long, pointed leaves. It grows in parts of Mexico and got its name because, in bygone days, its milky sap was used to poison the tips of arrows. This hardy desert plant is a member of the spurge family and a cousin of our lovely Christmas poinsettias. After the spring rains, the arrow plant sprouts spikes of small flowers. At about this time, a drab little moth arrives on the sandy scene. Her fancy name is Laspeyresia saltitans, and she is related to the pesky coddl- ing moth which hides maggots in our apples. As the arrow plant loses its petals, the moth places an egg in this and that seed pod. When an egg hatches, a tiny grub bores into a growing bean. There he feeds, eating out a hollow to serve as a home as he grows bigger. When the bean is a mere shell, he lines it with silken thread. At last the ripe pods on toe plant pop open and scatter their seeds. Some will sprout roots and become new plants. But not the one with a hollow inside. If this bean happens to fall where the sand is very warm, the grubby caterpillar inside is uncomfortable. So be grips the silken webbing, coils like a spring and lets go with a sudden jerk. This is enough to move the hollow, lightweight bean. It may roll or jump in short hops, hopefully to shady cool- er spot. That is how and why the jumping bean jumps. The frisky bean may be captured and sold as a novelty item. When placed in a warm place, perhaps near a radiator, the caterpillar inside the little brown bean will try to move to a cooler spot. He will coil like a spring, let go with a jerk and the jumping bean is forced to jump. Left in the wilds, the grub eats a round hole partway through his pantry wall. Then he becomes a pupa and his jumping days are gone. Come spring, when the arrow plants bloom again, he emerges through his prepared escape hatch as a winged adult moth. asked by chil- dren of Herald should be malted to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntlngton Beach, Callfomie 92648. (Copyright Chronicle IT WASN'T EVEN AW FAULT.. THE TEACHER THOU6HT I WAS TALKING, SUTJ WASN'T, ANP SHE WOOLPN'T SHORT MBS ANP I MAP TO WRITE, "I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS" A TUOUSf.HO TIMES, AND NOW All IW FIN6EK5 ARE WLLINS OFF.. WELL, TOCAV IS ASA 1EXL-TAKER ROME. HI AND LOIS RUNNINS OVER CENTAUR LIME.' j Wt trf HU lac TM Uj W. Of WWVARE VOU CARRV1NS THE BECAUSE -ACCEPTABLE. TELL THE YOU'RE TO THE PARK TO PLAV CHECKERS, AMP YOU'RE GOING THE PARK Tl THE CHICK'S BUGS BUNNY DO YOU HAVE ANY HOBBIES, RJDDSY? I GOT JUST TH' HOUSE FEK. YA I LIKE TO PUTTER. AWDUND ...WORK WITH MY THIS PLACE'LL KEEP YA BUSY PER. YEARS...AN' IS BLONME I'M JUST TOO I INTELLIGENT FOR A Y SILLY GAME LIKE V SACKGAMMQN 1s- TMATS WHAT 1C, HE SAID WHEN I BEAT HIM AT MAID" _J II ARCHIE THOU6HT Y SERVES I WAS A N THE FRENCH, RUSSIAN HAGAR THE HOMHBU ng Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Each letter stands for a different digit You must remember YEMEN is truly odd Then what must it be? S EE MANY MANY MEN I N MAVE COME To PJ2EACM TO YES, KNOW... LOST KETUBNLEY YEMEN (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: Time, p.m. Ul BELIEVE TriEY HAVE RECEIV6P WTEUI6ENT FROM ANOTHER TUWUWEEDS ;