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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 6-THELETHBRIPGE HERALD Thursday, October Lawrence Lamb M.D. Ask Andy Dear Dr. Lamb Could you please write an article on hypoglycemia low blood sugar? A friend of mine has Had it tor over a year and even though he is on a sugar free. high protein diet, he feels no better. He sleeps only three or four hours a night and feels so drained of energy he can hard- ly move. Do you publish any material on it? Is there any hope for his recovery at all? He is ready to try anything. He cannot go on much longer feeling so bad. Dear Reader Yes, I have written several columns on the subject. Perhaps it would be helpful to point out that there are many other factors that cause low blood sugar (glucose) besides the diet. The blood glucose level is kept within narrow ranges by the action of the liver, which is a k.nd of blood glucose ther- mostat. Whenever the blood glucose gets too low the stores of animal starch or even body protein from muscles and other cells, are simply processed to form more blood glucose. That is why a person in a starvation situation doesn't collapse or die immediately from low blood sugar. Through the action of the liver and fat cells excess amounts of blood glucose are converted to fat. If the build- up or absorption of sugar is faster than the body can process, the excess is eliminated through the kidneys. All of these mechanisms are then controll- ed by other glands in the body. Whenever the liver is damaged there may be a low blood glucose level. Simply put, the liver loses its ability to release glucose into the blood. Any factor that causes liver damage can be responsi- ble for this. Other people have true hyperinsulinism where the pancreas regularly forms ex- cess insulin unrelated to the food they eat. Rare in- dividuals with disease of the adrenal glands, sometimes called Addison's disease, also have a tendency to low blood sugar. Add to that the point that fatigue is a symptom of many things, not a diagnosis of low-blood sugar. It can be caused by anemia, tuber- culosis, and a host of medical problems as well as being caused by pshychological fac- tors. Because many of the symptoms of low blood sugar are the same as those caused by anxiety reactions, many in- dividuals with psychological problems end up being told they have low blood sugar or thinking that is their problem when they really need help in the psychological area. You can see why I can't really tell you what to expect for your friend. If he has faithfully followed a proper diet which may include more than avoiding sugar then it is hard to see how his problem could be a diet related one. If he is still eating lots of starches (breads, rolls, potatoes) he should stop these and limit his carbohydrates to bulky vegetables and use tomatoes to replace citrus fruit. He could also try eating small meals at more frequent intervals. To this I would add eliminating tobacco, coffee, alcohol, and developing a good fitness program. That could help him unless he has some problem more com- plicated than simple low blood sugar related to diet. 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 "Low Blood Sugar" booklet. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS 1958 Thirty people were injured when a blast rocked Ottawa's business district causing million worth of damage. 1938 Japanese forces cap- tured Hankow, provisional capital of China. 1920 Prohibition was approved in Nova Scotia. Manitoba. Saskatchewan and Alberta. 1913 The Calgary Stock Exchange was incorporated. ATLANTIS REAL? Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Thomas Brown, ge 11, of High Point. North Carolina, for his question: Did Atlantis really exist? Scholars have been arguing about this for 2.000 years. Now at last the age-old question may be answered. Based on some recent evidence, many scholars agree that Atlantis almost certainly existed. It now seems that Atlantis was less ancient, less remote and far more important to the history of civilization than anyone imagined. The Greek philosopher Plato told the story of Atlantis in great detail. He described it as an ideal society that declin- ed into a corrupt military state and tried to enslave the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. Then sudden- ly the ocean island of Atlantis sank into the sea. According to Plato, this all happened 000 years ago, somewhere beyond the Pillars of Her- cules, which would have been out in the Atlantic Ocean. Many people searched for evidence to back up Plato's story and found nothing. Meantime, other scholars were searching the ruins of early peoples that flourished around the eastern Mediterra- nean between and years ago. They traced the civilizations of Greece and an- cient Egypt back to still earlier peoples. One of these was the mysterious Minoan peoples, who left evidence of a once splendid civilization on Crete, in Greece and on a few Aegean islands. Until very recently, nobody associated the Minoans with lost Atlan- tis. Then certain scholars suggested that the Atlantis story makes more sense if placed in a different time and place, in about 1500 B.C. in the Eastern Mediterranean. Meantime, oceanographers had found proof that a catastrophic volcanic erup- tion had occurred in this region in 1450 B.C. If the revised estimates are correct, the place to look is among a group of small volcanic islands between Crete and Greece. Certainly the evidence proves that this region was buried and most likely swamped by a disaster three times greater than the devastating explosion of Krakatoa. which happened in 1883. The early Mediterranean civilizations were great sailors and traders, always swapping and exchanging their ideas and their creations. If Atlantis once thrived in these parts, evidence would be left in other ancient Aegean cities just where we find traces of the mysterious Minoan civiliza- tion that also disappeared suddenly. Certain scholars now think that the Minoan and Atlantis civilizations were one and the same. The story, they say, is of great importance because our civilization sprang from that of ancient Greece which arose from the Minoans. who may have originated in Atlantis. Geologists point to the small island of Thera as near the centre of the eruption of 1450 B.C There, buried below volcanic debris, archeologists have found artistic murals and other evidence of the brilliant civilization that could have been Atlantis. Questions asked by child- ren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) by charlis schulz ARE THERE AV3R6 0AP PEOPLE IN THE UORLPOR ARE THERE MORE PEOPLE? SHORT RIBS by frank o'ntil Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H, GOREN to Chicago Trihotw Neither vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 4 A974 V AJ6 0 A 109 953 WEST EAST 63 AS V 10 9842 0 J73 A 10 4 contract Note that, unless the defenders can take five fast club tricks, North-South have nine tricks on top at a no trump contract. After a heart opening lead declarer saw that, left to his ARIES (March 21-April The routine of yesterday con- tinues. 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DOESN'T SCORE FOR T.HE OTHER SIDE, LIKE LAST YEAR CAPTAIN SWAIN, DO VOU THINK THE TEAM WILL HAVE A GOOD SEASON OH, HE'S ON THE TEAM ALL RISHT.' DO YOU THINK THE COACH WILL PUT HIM IN MUCH THIS YEAR? ASK ARCHIE HE'S DOWN HI AND LOIS by dik browne TRIXIE, STOP THAT YOU MI6HT BREAK I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT YOU MieHT BREAK" A LAMP OR A PICTURE OR THE BEDSPRINOS I THOUGHT SHE MEANT MY ARM OR MV LEG OK TUMBLEWEEDS THE HEARTY G-IVE ANP TAKE OF MASCULINE CAMARAPERIEJ AH! THIS IS WHAT I RELISHi'THE CONVIVIAL WARMTH Of 0YTHE JUP6E, SHUT UP! I HAVE THE FLOOR! I SHOULD THINK A D HANPSONAE L.AD LIKE VOU-- by il capp BUGS BUNNY -WOULD AVOID DO6PATCH, DOWM6 SADIE PACE TIME- ON, AH BIN MARRIED FO'Y'ARS.AH DON'T HAFTA GO THROUGH TH' HORROR AN'AGONY O' WJNNIM' NO MORE OH, ITS you, WHAT'S YEK I'VE HAP THIS TOY TRUCK POt? THREE WKSKS AN' HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO OUST IT! SCHNOOGLE DEPARTMENT STORE COMPLAINTS ;