Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
t THE IFTHBRIDOE HERALD Thgnrlnv, Soplombor 28, 1971 ._------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. The sensuous male chest Bear Dr. Lamb I am a groung man of 35, and have never developed any chest hair. I have hair oil the regular areas of ray body, arms, legs, public area; however, none on the chest. Are there any hor- mone treatments I could take in order to become hairy in this region and if so is it pos- sible for a doctor to give this treatment? Nowadays, it seems a man loses some of his sex ap- peal if lie is hairless in this re- gion and I am starting to worry that I may never develop hair on my chest. Also, I would like to know if there is such a thing as self-treatment; lhat is, could I take vitamins o- any other items that could he obtained without a prescription to solve my problem. Dear Reader The best thing to do is to forget about it. For years a well-muscled hair- less chest was considered as the prototype of a good-looking young man. This is why the earlier male movie stars never had hair on their chest. In fact, the movie directors made men with hair on their chests shave it off before filming. Look at Paul Newman's movies or. cur- may seem, after divorce sev- eral years ago, I simply gave the idea of sex since I am nil the type to seek it for its own sake and Iwve no wish to remarry. I have had no sexual coi.tact for at least 10 years. Still, hygience is necessary and for the past several months retraction of the foreskin has been 'Very painful, aud for the past several weeks, almost im- possible since it is swollen and will not stretch without break- ing. Only the foreskin is in- volved. What personal treatment will restore this condition to normal. It doesn't seem that circumcision in the 60s would make much sense, yet is it pos- sible (hat it ever occurs at this age? If so. is it dangerous and very painful, aud how long would one be hospitalized? Dear Header This prob- lem is not so uncommon in un- circumcised men. It is caused by the loss of normal skin elas- ticity. One way to help pre- vent it originally is by apply- ing a small amount of lubricant daily, which can be a common petroleum-base jelly or any oil preparation. This helps to re- Hibernation Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of Uie Merit Stu- dents Encyclopedia to Ernes- tine Levcsque, age 11. of Ni- Ihird muscle squeezes Iliem to expel stale air. Even when agara Falls, question: Ont. for her 'cheloivan is out and about, his How ilocs a hibernating turtle breathing and other body pro- breathe? cesses go on in a slow motion. Turtles and tortoises are After a period of feasting, it slow breathers at all times, j may take several montlis to When they sink into the deep digest his stores of food and coma of hiberation, they need water during which time he very little air and breathing> fasts. slows down almost to a stop. This talent helps him to solve They hibernate to escape Ihe j the serious handicap of being a inter cold and estimate to 05- creature, wi'th ape the hot droughts of sum- i no built-in thermostat. He is er. Usually their hideaways busiest and possibly most corn- re burrows or earthy dens in fortable at ordinary room tem- irt, sand or mud. There is not pcratures. But he has no way luch space lo spare, but there j to cope with the cold dry win- re enough air pockets to sup- ter or with exposure to the iy their limited breathing. These gentle creatures do ev- j-ything in slow motion. Per- rently, Mick Jagger they too tain the skin oils and the skin arc hairless. elasticity. If the condition haf There isn't any hormone treatment to grow hair on the chest for Individuals who have all of the other normal charac- teristics of masculinity. The only way hormones would help would be in an individual who truly was deficient in male hor- mone and then there would be more problems than just lack of hair on the chest. Taking ad- ditional hormones might even cause problems. Vitamins won't help cither. The only sen- sible course is to accept the way nature made you and ac- cept yourself as you are. You will never have the problem of having the hair on your chest turn, gray, which might prove to be an asset. Dear Dr. Lamb This is an embarrassing subject but be- lieve me I am not putting you on and actually it must have happened to ether men. I am in my 60s and never have been circumcised. Incredible as it already been neglected too long, this will not be adequate and it is necessary then to see a doctor. When the foreskin is too tight and presents problems with hygiene, even in older peo- ple it is a good idea to per form a "dorsal slit." This is no a complete circumcision but i merely a straight line incision from 'the edge of the foreskin backward. This frees the skin and is no more of an operation than any other simple skin In cision. It heals rapidly and cai be done on almost any male. I is not particularly painful. Ol course, anesthesia is used but i most circumstances it shoul not require any lengthy pitalization. hoj> SHORT DAY Every place on the equator o Saturn has only five hours an seven minutes of light and fh hours and seven minutes of darkness. aps this is the secret of their ong life spans and also the ge-old success of their family Their ancestors were here 'hen the first dinosaurs ar- TUMBlEWEEDS-By Tom K. Ryan WHAT ARE YER VIEWS ON WOMAN ITS EXTREMELY PEFT.ORAW.E AN? AP5URPJ CANT STAMP TO see A WOMAN CRYi BLONDIE-By Chic Young dry sun. Hence, he must hiber- nate lo avoid the cold and titi- vate to avoid a long spell of hot drought. Before going into hiding, he usually cats extra food and grows" fat. He also drinks extra water to fill his built-in storage flasks. He is a born digger and ived, long before the birds and j his hiding place is an under- mammals. Fossil records prov- j ground den at the end of a bur- that at least 250 turtles and ortoiscs became extinct dur- ng the past 100 million years. Jut the Z50 surviving species have not changed their shapes or their life styles very much during the past 200 million ears. Tortoises spend much of their time on land and turtles arc adapted to life in the water, :hough all of them must breathe air. They are reptiles classed as chelonians and their basic plan poses a breathing problem. It has both a bony in- ternal skeleton and an outer sliell or armor. The ribs arc more or less sealed to the roof of the shell. They cannot help the lungs to expand and con- tract. This problem, however, was solved ages ago by cbelonian an- cestors. Two side muscles en- large the chest cavity to suck in fresh air and a complex row. The air down there may be somewhat stale, but there is enough to supply him during his long rest period. One of the best diggers i? the gopher turtle, who is really a tortoise. He lives in the South where winters are mild and summers are often too hot and dry for his comfort. When time comes to estivate, his long burrow may shared by frogs and mice, crickets, beetles and various other small tenants. They too need lo escape the drought and the turtle's sleep- ing quarters nrovide enough air tor them all. CJuestliHis asRen of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box (65, Hunllngton Beaen, California 'J2M8. 'Copyright Chronicle Publishing Cn. 1972) Your horoscope By JEANE DIXON GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHABLES 11. GOREN Br cbictta Trioons vulnerable. Soulh deals. 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