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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDQE Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I would like to know what the Wolff Parkinson White syndrome is? My heart specialist said that is what is wrong with me. I have been having a lot of heart palpitation. I'm a 36 year old woman, and last winter I was under a great strain. One night I felt extra tired, suddenly my whole body went numb. 1 felt like I was dying. The only thing I could feel was my heart. It was beating so loud and fast I couldn't keep count. It slowed down and then before they got me to the hospital. I had seven more spells. There was no pain. My heart went back to normal six hours laer. Since then I have had about eight spells, not as bad though. The spells are quite frightening. Dr. Lamb, any advice or light you can lend on this situation would be appreciated. I stay afraid that my heart is going to stop when I have one of these spells. Dear Reader As bad as those attacks are, you can relax about them. They are unlikely to cause you any serious harm. A number of years ago my colleagues and I collected 100 cases of this problem from pilots in the U.S. Air Force. We followed all of them for five years. They did as well as the pilots of equal age who had nothing wrong with them at all Ours was a selected population since pilots were in better health than the general pop- ulation, but it does indicate that it is frequently more of an annoyance than a danger to your health. Those attacks of rapid heart action are part of the general picture; although many peo- ple have the same defect you have and never have them at all. You may be surprised to know that you have had this same defect all your life. You were born with it. The cause 3f the problem is literally a short circuit between the top and bottom of your heart, rhere is an extra connection ,o pass the normal electrical mpuise from the top to the of your heart. Most of is have only one between the op and bottom of our heart. The extra connection can be ietected with an electrocar- liogram Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter If Jack's hourly rate were as many cents as the number of dollars Jill would earn in three weeks if Jill earned as many dollars per week as Jack earns in thirty hours, Jack's hourly rate would be just 29 cents less than it is. What is his rate then? (Answer Monday) Yesterday's answer: TREES was 78113 Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN Tkt CkiuM Triknt North-South vulnerable. South deals NORTH 752 AQ9 7 6 4 3 WEST EAST VJ10874 A1082 SOUTH A K 8 3 VK65 A Q J 10 The bidding: South West North East Pass Pess 2 NT Pass 3 NT PASS Pass Pass Opening lead: Jack of V Declarer took advantage of the opening lead to create an extra entry to move that was a vital element in his campaign to bring home an aggressive game. Despite the fact that he held 6 points. North might have passed his partner's two no trump rebid. His 4-3-3-3 distribution was unattractive, and his suit was hardly the sort that could be established with any degree of ease. Fortunately, his partner had the skill to seize the oppor- tunity offered at the first trick. West's opening lead of the jack of hearts is the text-book lead from his holding, but his choice had disastrous con- sequences. The sight of dummy brought no joy to declarer. There were only six fast tricks to be taken, and he could not afford to surrender the lead, for the opponents could then take at least four diamond tricks. The only place to develop three more tricks was in clubs with the help of a finesse. Since six missing cards rate to divide 4-2, there was a distinct possibility that declarer might have to finesse three times. The trouble with that was that there were only two obvious entries to dummy. From the opening lead, declarer assumed that West held the ten of hearts. Thus, dummy's nine in the suit offered the chance to conjure up the third entry. Declarer grabbed dummy's ace at trick one. and dropped the king from his hand! A dub was led to the ten and. when that held, the rest was easy. South led a low heart and. when West played low. con- fidently finessed the nine. After repeating the dub finesse, dummy was re- entered with the queen of hearts and a third dub finesse allowed declarer to score his nine tricks. Note that it is not good enough to win the first trick with the queen of hearts. After the dub finesse succeeds, if declarer then leads a low heart with the intention of finessing the nine. West can wreck declarer's scheme by going up with the ten. which forces the ace and leaves declarer stuck with the king in his hand. That would limit to two his entries to dummy. Ul Ask Andy That extra connection nakes it possible for an electrical impulse to pass at a rapid rate to he lower part of your heart. This causes the lower or tumping part of your heart to >eat too fast and causes the ittacks you described. Often he attacks will disappear on heir own. If not, the doctor usually terminate them vith medicine. If you have frequent attacks doctor can prescribe nedicines that usually pre- their recurrence. For nild attacks you might take a leep breath and hold it as long s you can without too much iscomfort. Sometimes this maneuver will stop he attack. But in any case, orget about that idea that our heart will stop during one f these attacks. The fact that ou have already had several f these without any damage hould give you some con- idence. Trust your doctor and ake the medicine he rescribes. If you still have at- acks he can change the ledication to suit your par- icular problem. You'll robably outlive him. Send your questions to Dr. amb, in care of this new- paper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio ity Station, New York, N.Y. J019. For a copy of Dr. amb's booklet on balanced iet, send 50 cents to the same ddress and ask for the Balanced Diet" booklet. Newspaper Enterprise ORANGES Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Jerry Weikle, age 10, of New- port News, Virginia for his question: How do seedless oranges reproduce? Oak trees grow from acorns and beans produce bean plants. In nature, seeds are expected to produce plants like their parents. This is how nature worked for billions of years to clothe our world with greenery, flowers and fruits. Then came mankind, the patient gardener. He worked in partnership with nature. Together they produced and reproduced an endless variety of improved plants. Seedless oranges are possi- ble because gardeners found ways to improve nature's wild oranges. The original varieties bore sour little fruit called bitter oranges. However, those sturdy wild trees could survive a lot of hardship in the-wilds. Gardeners selected the best types, pampered them and cross pollinated them to produce better fruit. But their pampered trees were less sturdy and sometimes the seeds were useless. However, they discovered a faster, surer way to reproduce their biggest oranges. The miraculous method is called grafting and grafting does not depend upon seeds to produce seedless oranges. It depends upon an amazing layer of plant cells called the cambium- No doubt you have wondered how a tree adds new rings of wood around its trunk. They are created by the cam- bium, a thin layer of growth cells that lies just below the bark. And it so happens that the cambium layer around one tree can unite with the cam- bium around a twig or trunk of another tree. This is the secret of grafting. A grafted tree is actually two in one. It grows together from a rootstock and a scion. As a rule, the root- stock of a seedless orange tree came from a bitter orange tree, similar to its sturdy wild ancestors. The scion is a twig, taken from the boughs of a pampered seedless orange tree. To make the graft, the stem of a young rootstock tree is cut down. The bark is tenderly sliced and peeled back to ex- pose the layer of cambium. The scion twig is sliced so that cambium cells are exposed at the cut surface. Then the twig is placed so that its cambium is in close contact with the cambium of the rootstock. The grafted surgery is sealed in place and the two layers of cambium grow together as one. In time, the grafted twig becomes the trunk and boughs of an orange tree. Because it grows from a twig taken from a seedless orange tree, it too will produce seedless oranges. Meantime the rootstock grows the strong sturdy root system that feeds and supports the seedless tree.Maybe the root- stock grew from the seed of a bitter orange. But no seed was needed to grow the top of the grafted tree, which produces the seedless oranges. As a rule, the seeds of our pampered orchard trees produce stringy little fruits, like their wild ancestors. For this reason, most of them are grafted trees. Their root- stocks come from sturdy trees that bear poor fruit. Their trunks and boughs grow from grafted scions taken from trees that bear big, juicy fruit. And all this is possible because patient gardeners work in partnership to im- prove Nature's plants. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Sept. 6, 1974 Seventy-four men and 28 women, members of John Robinson's church, sailed from Plymouth, England, aboard the Mayflower 354 years ago today in 1620 to seek freedom of worship in the New World. The shipload of Puritans landed at Plymouth Rock in December of the same year and their settlement later formed part of the state of Massachusetts. 1900 A. C. Bennett, former Social Credit premier of British Columbia, was born. 1940 King Carol of Romania abdicated in favor of his son Michael. 1952 The first CBC televi- sion station opened at Montreal. 1953 Thirty Canadians were freed in the final prisoner exchange in Korea. 1958 Former premier Nikolai Bulgamn was remov- ed from the Soviet Communist party presidium. HI AND LOIS BUGS BUNNY Andy sends a seven-volume set of The Chronicles of Narnia, to Andrew Forestell, age 10, of Fredericton, N.B., for his question: How long do butterflies live? All the beauteous butterflies have four life stages. They start out as tiny eggs that hatch into hungry caterpillars. The caterpillars turn into quiet chrysalises and at last the adult winged butterflies come forth. All the many butterflies go through these four stages. But not quite in the same way. Some eggs hatch in a few days, others stay in the egg stage all winter. Some chrysalises hatch in a few days and some stay put all winter. The same thing happens in the butterfly stage. Some adults live just a few days and other types survive the winter. Winged butterflies are in the last of their four life stages. Their only duties are to mate and produce eggs for the next generation Most of the many butterfly types flutter gracefully around for a few days or maybe a couple of weeks. Then they wither and die. However, a few types live until next summer. Some fly far southward to warmer weather and fly all the way back in the spring. A few others shelter in woody crevices and often come forth on a sunny winter day to air their velvety wings. Questions asksd by chil- dren of Herald should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Besch, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Rare cat gives birth CINCINNATI