Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD Thursday, September 6, 1973 YOUR HOROSCOPE By JEANE DIXON FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 Your birthday today: Opens a lively year of sudden breaks, sweeping changes of external conditions, the chal- lenge of ending an obsolete enterprise while originating one which is an awkward leap ahead of present gen- eral acceptance. Your inia- tive is tested, likewise the depth of your understanding Ask Andy Skin-shedding Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of thejVlerit Stu- dents Encyclopedia to Joanne La George, age 13, of Ro- chester, New York, for her question: 3ow often does a snake shed his skin? The average snake sheds his papery top skin at least once a year and sometimes as often as six times. It depends upon where he lives and hew busy he is. also upan the weather and perhaps on the size of a major meal. A pet snake who lives a rather lazy life may be expect- ed to shed" once or maybe twice a year. A snake lives close to the ground, where his skin gets a lot of wear and tear. To some extent, it is protected by a pap- ery thin epidermis of dead cells that fits like a tight stock- ing. Under this is his true skin, a thick waterproof hide cover- ed with scales which help him to grip the ground. His one- piece epidermis covers the scales from end to end and even covers the glassy lids which are sealed over his star- ing eyes. When he glides through scratchy grasses and slithers over scratchy stones, his epi- dermis becomes scuffed and shabby. Meantime a new lay- er of dead cells forms on the surface of the true skin. When this is complete, it is time for the snake to shed his s'Abby old epidermis and emerge in a new one. How often this happens de- pends upon his living conditions, If he does a lot of travelling over rough ground, he may need to replace his top-skin every month or so. If he has to hibernate through a long cold winter, he may not shed for several months. Sometimes a snake devours an enormofis meal and goes into quiet retire- ment to digest it. He may rest as long as a year without shedding. Usually, however, even an inactive snake needs to shed at least once a year. When the time comes to change, the old epidermis be- comes dull and very dry. The snake's eyes are blurred, his skin feels tight. He becomes un- comfortable and irritable. He tries to find a sharp stone or a tuft of grass to help him wrig- gle out of that miserable old skin. Shedding is a very difficult problem because the epider- in the past. Today's natives are serious minded, prefer conservative methods. ARIES (March 21-April Extend yourself to do a com- plete and tidy job, wind up your workweek in good style. Accept any opportunity to in- crease your skills, particularly in directions not part of your normal work. I TAURUS (April 20-May I Start early to devise plans for expansive changes, with de- tours around those who insist on things remaining as they are. Unexpected assistance is available, but diverst yvur main efforts; choose. GEMIN7! (May 21-June Move now to close a good deal, collect earnings. Responsibility taken on now should reflect in improvements later, but keep your resources in readily avail- able form. CANCER (June 21-July Go ahead with the local team, enjoy whatever pastimes and sports you're able to find. You can get included in many things by asking. There's much news to discuss rtiis evening. LEO (July Any- i j re 1-1 VJIUV mis is peeled off like a s.ock- Thjn enaL-o nnc Tin i ing and the snake has no hands or limbs to help him. It makes him very nervous because until the task is finished, he is more- or-less helpless and at the mer- cy of his enemies. He begins by rubbing his head against a stone or some other rough object. This loosens the papery skin around his mouth. With more rubbing and wriggling, he manages to peel it back over his head. Now the dull old epidermis is removed from his eyelids and he can see again. Inch by inch he rolls the shabby old stocking further and further back toward his i tail. At last he wriggles free, j M If you have a pet snake, pro- vide assistance but kindly let i him do his own peeling. Aud some rough stones to his ter rarium, also a large dish of wa- ter. Some snakes like to soak before shedding. If all goes v.eil, he should wriggle free in about half an hour. If the job takes an hour or more, he may need to rub against a larger, rough- er stone. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765. Hnnticgton Beach. California (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) to come to the immediate at- tention of people whose opini- ons are important to you. Com- petitors are ready to talk, so go ahead with your best effort, regardless. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. Personal projects progress quite well if you will put in a reasonable effort. If you change your mind as to what you want, allow plenty of time for people to switch their plans about. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. Many issues teeter on a critical balance today. You can turn everything around in your favor by a forthright effort, some clear expression of your person- al ideals. Find time for prayer. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Extra rewards attend almost any consistent effort toward constructive goals. Don't be sur- prised when others reverse their plans. Distribute any surplus among those you feel need it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. Press forward on career- building moves; you can sell almost anything now, including good ideas. Announce your re- cent achievements. Gifts for loved ones are in order. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Today's appearances are is more to any transaction than first appears. Watch to see what happens next; count yourself in for a share. Seek changes which make life more comfortable. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Do the essentials of your regu- lar work quietly, avoiding dis- sension. Bringing neglected pro- jects up to date brings higher compensation, generally. Long- term benefits can begin now. PISCES (Feb. ]9-March Include friends and family in your plans; ask for the chance to show what you can do. Clear your working space of clutter. Find a new home for objects which are of no further use. Thurs., Sept. 6 GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN 1973, The Chicago Tritium East-West vulnerable. South deals. NORTH A 7 6 3 VA7 05 WEST EAST A Void A K 3 8 5 2 10 9652 OK 10 942 OQ87 Q J 9 A K 10 SOUTH A Q J 10 4 K 8 4 3 0 A J 6 3 The bidding: !South West North East ,1 A Pass 4 A Dble. iPass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen of The surest way to defend 'against a potential crossruff is to lead trumps at every opportunity. East had tfte right idea, but his execution was slightly faulty. South was somewhat weak ifor his first-seat opening bid. lAlthough the hand counts up 13 points, it does not in- clude the two defensive tricks required for a doubt- ful opening bid. However, the vulnerability was in his favor and he did hold both major suits. Despite the fact that he held only four trumps, North decided to into four spades be- cause of his distribution and two aces. East not believe his ears, and expressed strong doubts that the opponents -would be able to make ten tricks in his longest suit. j West's choice of the queen of clubs fop bis opening lead gave the defenders a chance to beat the contract. East realized that, as South was surely short in clubs, there was the possibility of a crossruff. Accordingly, he overtook the queen with the king and, after South fol- lowed suit, shifted to a low trump. South's ten of spades won the trick and he set about scoring his trumps separate- ly. The ace of diamonds was cashed and a diamond ruffed. Declarer returned to his hand with a club ri'ff and ruffed another diamond. After cashing the king and ace of hearts, another club- was ruffed. Declarer led' a heart and ruffed with the ace of trumps as East helplessly underruffed. A club was led from and declarer had to score his queen of trumps: If East ruffed low, declarer would overruffr if East ruffed with the king, de- clarer would discard and his trump queen would become a winner. In all, declarer scored one trump trick, two hearts, a diamond and six ruffs. East had the opportunity for a brilliant defensive play. Instead of leading a low trump at trick two, East should return the king of trumps, apparently sacrific- ing the monarch. However, the trick will return. Later in the play, when declarer tries to score his third ruff in dummy with the seven of trumps, East can overruff with the eight and declarer can maneuver no more than nine -tricks. LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Reader -suffers rare disease Dear Dr. Lamb After a month in tha hospital, the doc- tors diagnosed my problem as myasthenia gravis. I am 26 years old and am now taking Prostigmine, which relieves ihe symptoms for the most part. Energy wise, I have very little, "i would appreciate it if you would explain what this di- sease is and what it does. I there is no cure, but when I ask my doctor questions he is pretty vague. The doctor said apparently I've had this for about five years. It started with double vision and a tingling in my legs and arms. Now the double vision is worse, and there is quite a bit of weakness in my hands, arms and legs. Also, my eyelids tend to droop. I really would appreciate it if you could explain this disease for me. Dear Reader There is a lot about this disease that's not understood. The main feature is muscular weakness. Weak- ness of the muscles around the eyes allows them to get out of line causing double vision. The weak muscles cause the droop- ing eyelids. The weakness may come and go, and can affect other muscles in the body, in- cluding those involved in lift- ing the arms and legs. The disease affects the body very much like the nerve poi- son curare used on the tips of poison darts. In fact, medicines like that which you are taking are the same ones used to treat curare poisoning. The cause of the disease is not known. In a number of patients it seems to be tied in with the thymus gland that rests over the heart in the center of the chest. Nearly a third of the in- dividuals with myasthenia gra- vis have tumor-like formations within the thymus gland. Some doctors advise surgery on the thymus gland. Surgical treatment has improved mar- kedly in recent years. Whether or not an operation is indicated literally depends on how well a patient is doing with medical management and the availabi- lity of an experienced surgical team. This results in some uncertain- ty in deciding who should be operated on, I would like to assure you, however, that when it's carried out within a medical center large enough to have frequent exeprience -with these types of problems that the surgery does not carry an excessively high risk. Surgery doesn't always result in a marked cure, although there is a high percentage of patients who get significant relief from surgery. A patient may live a rela- tively long life span with inter- mittent periods of weakness and remission and may be success- fully managed medically. Rare- ly a patient may have sudden respiratory crises and lose his ability to breathe related to weakness of muscles in the throat area. Such episodes are often unpredictable and can occur without previous warning. There are a number of things that can be done. You have al- ready started on one of them, proper medical therapy. Your doctors will probably want to observe you for a while to see how you get along with medical treatment before they consider anything else. While I realize it's a disappointment and a handicap, I hope you will be abje to live with your problem without becoming too disturbed about it. I would hope that everyone who has fatigue will not assume that they have this fascinating disease. The causes of fatigue are numerous and usually far less exotic. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this news- paper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 30019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on cholester- ol, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Choles- terol" booklet. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Each letter stands for a dif- ferent digit. No great problem! You only have to discover the value of ICICLES. ESKIMO MISS MISSES ICE ICICLES Thanks for an idea to D. L. Bond, Coaldale, Alberta. 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