Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 LtiHBRIDut HcRALu iiietday, September 3, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Ask Dear Dr. Lamb I don't know whether I am fortunate or unfortunate to have read your column I refer to your column about the 17-year-old girl who had been dieting and developed menstrual trouble, falling hair and personality problems. My 16-year-old daughter was experiencing the same symptoms and is also conscious of her weight. I took her to a physician, he had her tested and, lo and behold, found her to be suffering from hypothyroidism. Now, I don't know whether you are right and it was her diet or the doctor I took her to was right and she has a low- thyroid problem. I have received several phone calls from relatives who read your articles avidly, advising me that my daughter's problem is only one of poor eating habits. Tell me, doctor, and tell them. Dear Reader Many of the ills people have can be caused by more than one thing. This is the problem when one sees only part of the picture. To illustrate, the flu can cause a fever, but so can tuberculosis, cancer, leukemia and a host of other problems. The fact that tuberculosis can cause a fever in no way proves that the flu can't cause a fever. This is a common problem people have in understanding illnesses. What happens in one person is not necessarily the same thing in another person. In my earlier column that you read, I responded to a girl who was on a semistarvation diet. I replied concerning the things such starvation diets can do to a person. It is important that young girls appreciate this so they won't do these things to their bodies in the interest of having a slimmer figure. Semistarvation is not healthy. When you have a very low thyroid function it can also affect the menstruation and cause falling hair and personality changes. So, both problems can induce similar symptoms. Now, here is the interesting point. When you go on a semistarvation diet the metabolism slows down markedly. By slowing down the body's function, the body conserves its limited energy. It is- like turning down the thermostat because there is a shortage of fuel energy. This is nature's protective device to help man survive periods of starvation, a problem in primitive man but not much of a problem in modern society, except in those who willfully starve themselves in unhealthy ways. I don't know whether your daughter has a low metabolism because she has been starving herself or whether she has an overweight problem because of low thyroid function. To properly assess the thyroid function she would need to be on a proper, balanced diet. In any case, even if she has low thyroid function she will need to eat a proper diet, not a semistarvation diet. If she does not have a low thyroid problem, then taking thyroid will not really help her control her weight. You'll find this out in time. Many people are fooled into thinking they need thyroid from the reaction they have when they stop the medicine. The body will adjust to taking thyroid and normal thyroid production will slow down. Then when we stop the thyroid medicine the gland will not produce enough thyroid hormone for awhile and symptoms of thyroid deficiency occur. These are doctor-made, and do not prove the thyroid was low to begin with. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN 1f74. TM CMcato BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q. 1 East-West vulner- able, as South you hold: OA76324J107 The bidding has proceeded: North East South 1 V Dble. What action do you take? A. Bid one no trump. Take this opportunity to describe a bal- anced hand with moderate values. This might enable partner to con- tinue the fight should the opposi- tion show a desire to compete. Q. 2 Neither vulnerable, East-West have 40, as South you hold: vA107 OAQ872 4652 Your right-hand opponent opens with one spade What action do you take? A. Double. We would not nor- mally endorse a takeout double of one spade on such meager values, since you are forcing partner to show a suit at the two-level. How- ever, considerations of score dic- tate a strategic bid at this point. If you pass and West raises to wo spades, you could then be faced with the decision of forcing partner to bid at the three-level. and if he is broke, that might prove expensive. Q. 3 North-South vulner- able. as South you hold: 4JI0654 7QI0932 The bidding has proceeded: West North East South 30 3 NT Pass What action do you take? A. Pass. Don't be a nursemaid. Partner's overcall puts him strict- ly on his own. Had he been Inter- ested in the major suits, he could have doubled for takeout Q. Both vulnerable, as oouth you hold: OAJ1092 The bidding has proceeded: Sooth West North East 1 0 Pass I Pass 2 A Pass 3 T' Pass What do you bid now? Three no trump You have in awkward bid to make because of year void in partner's smli. and your spade holding Is by no raeans idea] for a no trump con- tract. Partner's bid is, of course. forcing, and we hesitate to sag- felt an JJ -trtck contract because of the mlnlman nature of the opening bid. The scientist's bid of three spades is also acceptable. Q. 5 East-West vulner- able, as South you hold: AA5 'J'A8762 OAJ743 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 V Pass 1 4 Pass 2 0 Pass 2 Pass What do you bid now? A. Three spades. You have good distribution and three aces. Since partner has bid his suit twice in the face of a possible misfit, your doubleton ace is good support and you should give him one more chance. Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: 4K1092 7QJ8 OQ98 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East Pass Pass 1 Pass 1 A Pass 3 A Pass 3 Pass 4 Pass What do you bid now? A. Five clubs. Thus far, you have done little to reveal the strength of your hand. Your re- sponse of a new suit and simple preference to partner's first-bid suit could have been made with 6-7 points. It is time you came out of the bushes and showed your values, for your hand could eas- ily produce slam. Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: 710654 The bidding has proceeded: East South West North Pass Pass Pass I Pass 1 NT Pass Pass 2 What do you bid now? You are maximum for your no trump response and have reasonable prospects of win- nine four tricks on defense. A penalty of at least 200 is in and it couid be substantially jf the cards lie wcJl for your side. Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: 483 vA8 OAJ10982 4.KQ6 The bidding has proceeded. East South West North Pass 10 15" Dble. 1 What do you bid now? A. While you certainly have the values for a free rebld. we suggest you refrain from any ac- tion and five partner Uie cour- tesy of the road. His double of the opponents at the one-Iev-il shortness In your suit, and be might be able to handle the rrncae bid as wen. MOJAVE Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Kenneth Gourd, age 11, of West Warwick, Rhode Island, for his question: Does it ever snow in the Mo- jave Desert? Most visitors to the wondrous Mojave arrive dur- ing the summer. Then the sun beats down from the vast blue sky, with no more than one wispy white cloud in sight. Oust devils dance where the toasty colored ground swoops down the dips and up the slopes. True, the nights are much cooler, when the glitter- ing stars stare down from a blue-black velvet sky. But most summer visitors suspect the sizzling Mojave never gets cold enough or damp enough to snow. But it does. This year, on January 3, two inches of snow fell on the town of Barstow. Barstow is right out there in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Victorville, near the edge of the desert, had three or four inches of snow during January. Old Andy knows first hand that snow does indeed fall en the Mojave Desert. Some years ago. he paid a midwinter visit to a desert resort called Twen- ty Nine Palms. And what do you know! He woke up one morning to find the ground covered with genuine snow. These particular regions are fairly flat and the snow there is never very deep. What's more, usually it disappears before the sun climbs very high in the blue, blue sky. Some evaporates into the air. Some melts and the moisture sinks into the thirsty ground. But there are other parts of the great desert where snow- falls hang on for days and days. One of these places is a foot peak called Mount Baden- Powell. Naturally, every Boy Scout knows for whom it was named. Actually, the Mojave is a bumpy place of ups and downs. And everywhere the rare winter snowfalls tend to linger for a while on the crests. Deserts, like other places, have winter and summer seasons. However, low lying deserts in tropical zones have very mild winters, with little frost and perhaps no snows at all. The Mojave Desert of southeastern California is just outside the tropics and its average height above sea level is feet. Here the winter brings frosts, often white frosts that add a snowy icing to the morning scenery. Officially, the precipitation of a region includes rain, hail, snow and whatever other moisture falls from the clouds. The Mojave's average annual precipitation is only a few inches. And in some areas, no moisture falls for years and years. Most of it arrives in winter, in the form of cold, driving rain storms. But here and there, once in a while, conditions are just right for snowflakes to fall on the Mojave. This arid, sun-drenched region, with its toasted dips and its toasted hills, is a place of great scenic beauty. If you visit it in summer or winter, you might see it as a lifeless wasteland. But this is far from true. The low-growing bushes shelter birds and burrowing animals. Countless seeds sleep in the arid sand. There are tall, stiff Joshua trees looking like the bearded, desert-dwelling prophets of Bible Days. They have lived and thrived for centuries, there in the great Mojave. After a spell of early spring rains, the great desert changes almost over night from a wasteland to a wonderland. The dry lakes and streams fill with water populated with shrimps and little fishes. The sleeping seeds wake up and don a variety of blossoms cheek to cheek. For a short while, the desert scenery, high and low, is carpeted with flowery colors that rival the rainbow. QuMtions by chil- dren of Hvrald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Detroit known as capital' DETROIT (AP) Charley Mathis took off his shoes last week and was shot to death when a friend didn't like the smell of his feet. It went down on police records as a fatal shooting prompted by "allegedly odi- ferous feet." Joe Peoples, 64, tried to stop a man stabbing a mongrel dog on an inner-city sidewalk. "Shut up old man, or I'll kill the stranger said. An Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Sept. 3, 1974 The Battle of Worcester, fought 323 years ago today in 1651 confirmed Oliver Cromwell as the strongest man in England and crushed royalist resistance in his lifetime. Two years later Cromwell dissolved Parlia- ment and was installed as Lord Protector, ruling England until his death 4'2 years later. 590 Gregory the Great was consecrated as Pope. 1609 Henry Hudson entered New York harbor, seeking the Northwest Passage to China. 1894 Labor Day was first celebrated in the United Stales. 1940 President Franklin Roosevelt gave Britain 50 over-age destroyers in ex- change for leases on British naval and air bases. 1943 British and Canadian troops crossed the Strait of Messina from SiciJy to Uie Italian mainland. hour later Peoples was dead, knifed in the back. These two cases were among 516 homicides com- mitted in Detroit thus far in 1974, 27 more than last year's record pace, police said. In 1973 there were 751 killings in this city of 1.5 million that has come to be known as the United States murder capital. Slayings involving out-of- towners have been rare, and convention officials say business is up. Police statistics show that of the 432 homicides through July of this year, three- quarters were committed with guns and half of the killers knew their victims. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Each distinct letter in this addition alphametic stands for a particular but different digit. It's really very easy to get that LOOK. BOB BOB DO LOOK Thanks for an idea to T. R. Benson. Lethbridge. Alberta. Answer tomorrow 1 Yesterday's answer: 13 at 32 at 75 at 75 rents ]Q T THINK OF ALL THE WU'VE POE3MT BOTHER SHORT MBS PLACING A ON TEA. HAVE KNOW. ALSO PL.ACING- A HEAVV TAX ON RUM.' 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