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Daily Times Herald _ EDITORIALS Thursday, May 2, 1974 Data to Help Who says it's hard (so the old joke goes) to quit smoking? I've done it dozens of times. That big of humor capsulizes the big problem of the fellow who wants to shake off a habit which threatens his health: backsliding. The backsliders now have been provided with some new timbers to shore up their eroding determination. New data from the Boston University Medical Center's renowned Framingham Heart Study bring a special message to middle-aged men: those of them who daily smoke a pack or more of cigarets are six times as likely as non-smokers to have a stroke. In the most common type of stroke, arteries supplying blood to the brain are blocked and part of the brain dies. High blood pressure is the major cause of such stroke. But in Framingham research, which studied the health of 5.184 men and women over an 18-year period, also found that in males heavy cigaret smoking was a significant stroke risk factor. The report found that "the impact of cigaret smoking is strongest" among middle-aged males — in the 45 to 54 age range. Since that is a time of life when a lot of men begin to think more seriously about not smoking any more, the study is right on target. It offers one more of many reasons, an especially persuasive one. for quitting the habit. Britain's Beer The Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood finds it cause for sober joy that the British government is undertaking to pass official judgment as to what consitutes beer. The SPBW people stoutly maintain that beer is beer is beer — and that beer's only proper ingredients are barley, malt and water. They champion draft beer., which kept in wooden casks and served at room temperature — and which takes a lot of babying. They scorn keg beer, brewed with more chemical exactitude and according to its detractors sometimes infused with vile preservatives. So now the government has set about to define beer, and mayhap to require ultimately that brewers state just what's gone into their brew. Which is not a bad idea, considering the wide range in quality the beer purists find. Help for Aged I'm Not Filling the Machine - Just Putting in a Larger Money Box!" Washington Notebook ~ Oil into Swords Ry Rny Cromley Cromley Dear Abby He'd Like to Exorcise P.E. Fears By Abigail Van Buren Abby Waukon is an Iowa town with about 4.000 residents. It seems rather an unlikely place to point the way to new medical developments. One expects these to emerge from those great complexes of medical facilities in urban centers. A program that originated in Waukon is nevertheless making a kind of medical history. Those responsible have shown that, given the good will and cooperation of the right people, a basic medical need of the aged can be met at minimal cost. This need is examination — complete physicals, thorough enough to reveal health problems in time to permit appropriate care. Those words, "minimal cost," are the key to what has been happening in the Iowa community. Even under Medicare and Medicaid, the elderly must pay some of the cost of an examination. Though the amount is small in relation to the total charge, it may be a serious deterrent to having a needed examination. Waukon's "Operation Health Saving" got around this by charging the aged only a dollar for the full range of diagnostic services. This was made possible by the collaboration of numerous people and agencies. Among those participating were the town hospital's medical staff, several dentists, various specialized medical personnel, volunteers from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and townspeople who provided transportation and Helped in other way. The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society of Sioux Falls, S.D., which manages the hospital where services were provided, paid laboratory and X-ray charges. More than 200 of the town's elderly have- received examinations. Some are receiving treatment for ailments not previously discovered, some critical in nature. The program is a great success, all the more so because it was made possible by generous cooperative effort at almost no cost to those who benefited. It is a heartening example of what communities can do to implement their concern for those in their declining years. Hire a plumber and you'll have to pay the piper. Add to your dictionary of collective nouns: A spirit of mediums. DEAR ABBY: You have got to help me before I do something really dumb. I am a 12-year-old boy and this is my first year in junior high and I have to take physical education whether I like it or not and I just hate it. I am no good at sports, and I am scared to death to play football or basketball and even baseball. I've tried and my coordination is lousy. Is there any way I can get out of taking P. E. I am a good student but I am what people call a "sissy." I have been thinking that maybe if I accidentally cut off my finger of poked a hole in my ear I could get out of taking P. E. (I wear glasses, but that won't get me off.) Please help me. Abby. but don't use my right name or school. Thank you. HATES P.E. DEAR HATES: Honesty is the best policy. Have a frank talk with your favorite teacher or a counselor at school, and come right out with the truth. It's nothing to be ashamed of. But sometimes the easiest way to get around something is to go right through it. So if you have to take P.E.. remember, it's no disgrace to fail if you do your best. At least you'll have tried. DEAR ABBY: What do you think about this new streaking craze? SAN DIEGO SUE DEAR SUE: I think it's overbaring. DEAR ABBY: My husband used to refer to me as "the old lady" when speaking to his friends. I disliked that very much and told him so. but it HiHn't nenetrate. . • :. One day one of his friends asked my husband if he wanted to go fishing.' and I heard him say: "I'll have to ask the old lady." I said "I don't think your mother would care if you went, darling!" He hasn't called me "the old lady" since. OKIE DEAR OKIE: Maybe his mother wouldn't care to be called "old" either. In my book, a person isn't old until he thinks he is. DEAR ABBY: This has been on my chest for two years, and now I am going to get it off. My husband has always liked those great big bath towels so I keep them ^n hand for him. Well, my husband had to go back to his hometown for a funeral, so I packed two of his favorite bath towels because I've often heard him say that nothing does the job for him like they do. 1 suppose I should mention that my husband stayed at his mother's. When he came home he said: "I have a message for your from my mother. She said to tell you that you had better not send another towel to her house." Abby. was I wrong to have packed those towels? I always thought a person could, pack, .anything, thisy^ wanted as long as it wasn't against the law. ; ' '.""..' MEANT: WELL DEAR MEANT: Don't let it bother you. The next time your husband goes to visit his mother, let him do his own packing. And if he packs his favorite towels, his mother can blame him— not vou. WASHINGTON (NEA) - A friend quietly left the other day for Teheran with State Department and Pentagon approval to arrango for supplying Iran with new, high- technology weaspons systems. These were specially designed to handle querrilla infiltration. What Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is doing to end the Middle East was has been highly publicizied. But even more important in the long run are the behind-the-scenes missions, how being carried out whereby the United States hopes to build up island of strength in the Moslem world. The objectives are: — To insure that no Russian-backed armies or guerrillas are able to overthrow friendly governments and replace them with Moscow-oriented client regimes. — To build closer relationships with traditional allies and thus insure regular deliveries of petroleum. In part, this requires providing our friends with the strength they need to keep vital sea lanes open for the shipment ot oil. The dollars earned from this considerable American assistance and cooperation will make it possible in part to pay for the increasingly expensive oil. To date, the closest relationships have been built, or are in the process or being built, with Iran, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Equally quiet, persistent but unpublicized talks have been going on with Egypt. As with the Saudis and the Iranians, the approaches to Egypt's President Sadat have frequently been made through unofficial channels. The wide extent of these American relationships with Iran and Saudi Arabia have not been publicized. An estimated 3,500 American military and civilian advisers are in Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Air Force is understood to be actively advising in Iran. Iranian. British and U.S. joint naval exercises have been carried out in the Gulf of Oman. It is estimated 11.000 Iranian officers and men have had training in the United States. And it is believed military and civilian missions in both Saudi Arabia and Iran :will be increased in the near future: ' The extent of this American cooperation is little known. But here are revealing examples explored by Dale Tahitnen for the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington. A company jointly owned by Iran and Northrop Corporation is building a plant to train Iranians to handle advanced aerospace technologies. A contract with Hughes Aircraft provides for joint U.S.-Iranian participation in missile development. It is understood two American companies and Iran are to jointly develop a plant for maintaining TOW missiles. Teheran is now working on plans for a factory to maintain anti-tank missiles and other sophisticated air-to-ground weapons. American firms are building a $600 million coastal military base for the Iranian air force, army and navy. All in all, Iran, with heavy amounts of U.S. technical advice and equipment, is rapidly building a formidable defense industry, says Tehtinen, able to supply the spare parts and maintenance for an important chunk of its advanced weapons systems. By 1980 Iran should be able to build small warships. Equipment already in Iranian hands — air, land and sea — make it the strongest power in the Persian Gulf area, outstipping Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Teheran has on order numbers of advanced aircraft, helicopters, tanks and other weapons. Iranian officers and enlisted men are rated well above average for the area, and its air force pilots and ground crews are said to be approaching the efficiency of the Israeli forces. Barbs The difference between a typhoon and a tycoon is in the amount of hot air it 'generates. For once, our secretary has something on her mind — a cold in the head. A clean desk is a sign you've learned how to shove your work off on the other fellow. What's sauce for the goose usually winds up on our clean necktie. There's only one way to fly—thirst- class. •-••• Polly's Pointers ——•—_—. Mildew Has No Friends Your Health Cold Fingers Serious Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. By DEAR DR. LAMB — Will you please write something about the condition where the blood circulation to one's fingers is constricted. My fingers seem to be severely affected by cold and turn white for a short time after being exposed to cold. LAMB Recently one of my fingers became very numb and cold for a couple of weeks. After about two weeks it became extremely sore and blood seemed to appear under the skin. The soreness is now gone, but my finger is discolored on the end. My doctor gave the condition a name, which I now forget, and is giving me a circulatory medication (priscoline). He explains there was actually a blood clot in the finger and if the condition does not 'clear, or if I have another oc- curence, there is an operation (a type of sympathectomy) which is the best solution. DEAR READER — You are describing Raynaud's disease. Typically on cold exposure the hands or fingers of both hands turn white and may be painful. Later as the attack wears off they may turn red or leave red spots. The circulation through the arteries to hands shuts off. Without blood the color goes out of the fingers. • There are several theories about why the circulation to the fingers is shut off. The arteries may contract to the point that very little blood flows through them, or because of chemical factors the red blood cells may clump together as small clots blocking the flow of blood. After the attack the ai 1 - tr-rii.-, overdilate causing the red- dening. This is a rebound response to catch up on need for blood to the hands. As the problem persists, in time small clots do form in the tips of the finger and. when severe, cause the type of problem you describe. The natural result is the loss of tissue or gangrene because of permanent blockage of circulation to the' tips of the fingers. One of the treatments for such problems is sympathectomy, involving the neck region. I am sorry to say that usually the benefits of such surgery do not last long, perhaps only six months or two years. Medicines to dilate the arteries or prevent arterial spasm are also commonly used. Some medicines work better than others. Reserpine often decreases the attacks. There are certain living habits that influence the problem. Cold is the main precipitating factor. It's just smart, then, never to get cold. That means don't get the hands cold — wear gloves at all times, don't touch anything cold, including a cold steering wheel, and keep the body warm. General body coldness can precipitate an attack. Keep warm at night and consider wearing gloves to bed. Don't smoke, tobacco aggravates the problem. I note you live in a cold climate. You may want to consider living in a warmer climate where exposure to cold is easier to control. Regardless of the climate you choose, be sure to keep the body, the hands, and the feet warm at all times, day and night. I would recommend wearing warm socks to bed to keep your feet warm. You can also have this problem involving the feet, ears and nose. With good living patterns you can often do a lot to control the problem. Timely Quotes — "The age of petroleum is a limited age...it is my opinion that the present value of petroleum in the next decade is much greater than its future value 30 years from now." —William A. Vogely. acting U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Energy and Minerals commenting on future plans for offshore oil exploration. "The voice is a very delicate instrument — an instrument that is the closest to one's soul of any instrument there is and because of that, it is the most sensitive and delicate." —Opera singer Evelyn Lear. "...People are finally putting the blame where it belongs — on the pliticians rather than on all the old scapegoats that the politicians have been offering us for 25 years." —Editorial appearing in a New Delhi newspaper concerning India's severe food shortage. "There's not one politician who will risk involvement with our proposal for sovereignty. It would mean that someone would 'have to start explaining why- treaties between the United States and the Indian Nation haven't been kept." — American Indian Movement spokesman Dennis Banks currently on trial for organizing last year's seizure of Wounded Knee, S.D. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is that our paper does not always print your column in its entirety. Often I miss the answer to a problem I am really interested in and am watching for everyday s. — MRS. N.E.H. DEAR POLLY — Bonnie wanted to know how to remove scorch from her navy blue blouse. I always have removed it by- hanging the garment in the brightest sunshine possible and find it may take from 10 minutes to a couple of days depending upon the intensity of the sun. — MRS. C.L.M. DEAR POLLY AND Bonnie — If I scorch something I wet the scorched spot all over and cover with corn- POLLY — By Polly Cramer starch, let stand a few minutes and then brush powder off. DEAR GIRLS — Mrs. A.L.M.'s suggestion would have to be carefully- watched when the article is colored but it has been an old standby for remo.ving scorch from white things. Severe scorch that has damaged fibers cannot be removed. Peroxide is also a favorite scorch remover but it may affect some colors. Test first. There are two ways to use it. Dampen a white cloth with the peroxide, lay this on the stain and then put a dry cloth on top. Press top cloth with a medium warm iron, always keeping the top cloth dry. The second way is to soak the stains in a mixture of two tablespoons peroxide and one gallon of water for a half hour or more. On dark blue, or any color, testing must always be done first as both color and our many new materials make this absolutely necessary. - POLLY Daily Times Herald •> 5UH North Court Street Carroll. ltiw;i |);iil\ K.M-cpl Sundays and Holidays iithi'r than Washing(mi s Hirlhilax mill Veteran s Day. by the Herald Publishing Cmiipaii) JAMKS W WILSON. 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