Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 30, 1972 · Page 8
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 8

Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, August 30, 1972
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A-8 Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, August 30, 1972 When roof repair firm vanishes, tell attorney general By Peter Weaver Consumer Writer Q Last summer we had one side of our roof repaired with a plastic coating method because we had one leak. Now we have six leaks. We got a 15-year guarantee, but when we call the company we get no answer. — Mrs. B.S.S., Lowell, Mass. A — Get in touch with your state attorney general's office. If the company is still in business you may get some action. In the Philadelphia area, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office has received more than a thousand complaints from consumers who bought a plastic roof repair job only to find more leaks than they started with. One company is under indictment and is facing criminal fraud charges. Roofing experts say that the "miracle" plastic roofing material that's sprayed on can't work well because it won't expand and contract enough during changes in temperature. Because it doesn't stay firm, It pulls seams apart and creates new leaks. The Federal Housing Administration will not guarantee loans for plastic roofing repair jobs. Have a reputable roofing contractor (or several) give you a price for properly sealing and reshingling your roof. Q — I would like to know what causes gout and what a person can do for it? — N.N., Sedalia, Mo. A — According to the Arthritis Assn., gout is caused by a defect in body chemistry that builds up more uric acid than the body can handle. A lot of famous people had gout. Henry VI had to change the date of his wedding because of an attack of gout. There's no known cure, but there are some effective new medicines to control gout. Does overindulgence cause gout? No, says the Arthritis Foundation. For an excellent, free booklet on the subject, write: Arthritis Foundation; .1212 Avenue of I he Americas; New York, N.Y. 1003B. Q — Can you help me? I'm losing my hair. — Mrs. M.C., West Salem, Ohio. A — Reforo you resort to some phony formula, send a dime to the American Medical Assn.; 535 North Dearborn St.: Chicago, 111. BOfilO. Ask for the booklet, "Man's Oldest Fallout Problem." The problem is primarily hereditary — but not always. Men are more likely to inherit the trait than women, but, as you know, women are not immune. Hair loss can be a warning of some medical problems. Get a doctor's help. Hemember, if a wig is prescribed, it's a tax-deductible medical expense. Q — Your article on food additives stated that yellow No. 5 food' coloring is uded in margarine. This is not the case. Please make a correction in your column. — S . F . R ., Association of Margarine Manufacturers, Washington, D.C. E Our information came from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology which made the error and since corrected it. The coal tar dye, tartrazlne (food color No. 5), is not used by margarine manufacturers. Carotene is used for coloring and it's a "safe" additive, being mostly made up of vitamin A. Q — You told a reader who complained about a can of beans that bulged and leaked that, she should return the can to the store. Shouldn't she report this to the Food and Drug Administration? — Mrs. A.T., Los Angeles, Calif. A — A suspicious can of food should also be reported to your local health department which, in turn, reports it to the FDA. (Peter Weaver welcomes questions from readers for possible use in his column. Please send letters to him in care of this newspaper.) Unneeded surgery Mies medical bills By Carlton Smith There is one, sample, effective way to save money on medical bills. It's similar to the way you save money on an opera hat. If you don't need one, don't buy one. This principle, applied to surgery. could save Americans the cost of at least two million operations a year, according to Herbert S. Denenberg, Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner. Estimates on the number of unnecessary operations performed range as high as three to four million, he says, citing studies and writings by physicians and surgeons. Denenberg, one of the country's fiercest protectors of the consumer's poi'ketbook, is distributing to Pennsylvania residents a "Shopper's duide to Surgery" that carries his byline. It lists 14 rules as "simple and proven ways of knowing whether proposed surgery is needed or not." and for getting high quality care, if it is needed. Most doctors, lie points out. are "honewst and humane enough" not to sell patients on unneeded surgery. But •studies indicate .sonic 15.UOII licensed doctors in the I'nhed States are unfit to practice medicine." To assume that you really need an operation simply because some surgeon prescribes it, therefore, is "placing undue trust in America's medical system." Boiling down Uenenberg's 14 rules: — Don't go. for medical treatment, directly to a surgeon — who likely has a natural prejudice in tavor of surgery- Start with your lamily physician or internist, who will arrange for you to see a surgeon if he thinks it's necessary. — Inquire whether you surgeon is board-certified as a specialist in surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons or equivalent osteopathic society. Find out tfrom the local medical society, or consult the "Directory of Medical Specialists" in your library. If he doesn't have these credentials, check out his competence very carefully. — Always get an independent opinion from another surgeon — even if your family doctor and proposed surgeon agree that an operation is needed. Studies show, says Denenberg, that consultations result in 20 to 60 per cent fewer operations. — Make sure any surgery is performed in an accredited hospital — one which meets the standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. There are about 5,400 accredited hospitals in the country — and some 1,600 that don't meet J.C.A.H. standards. — Don't "push" for surgery, yourself; if you do, • you'll certainly find some doctor who's willing to do the possibly unnecessary operation. Make sure you get a thorough discussion of the alternatives to surgery, the benefits of surgery and its possible risks and complications. — Frankly discuss fees — all K-es involved, not jut the surgeon's. Doctors aren't reluctant to do this. In fact, professional ethics require open understandings with patitnts about fees, The. Denenberg "Shopper's Guide" makes the point several times that surgeons art 1 happiest when operating. As \\uli people who, for example, like to tinker with cars. tlie\ ha\e a natural inclination tu linker with your innards in the belief that it will improve 1 tilings — even though your machinery may be running well enough to let well enough alone. THE SAVINGS CONTINUE DURING OUR Shop For These Favorite Fashions, Home- helpers and Season-spanning Buys. . .Plus Many More In our Storesl Chalk Up the Savings . . . Now Through Saturday, September 2nd! GIRLS 3-6x & 7-12 DRESSES GIRLS WASHABLE SWEATERS BOYS NO-IRON SHIRTS A bevy of washable bonded acrylic styles! Full fashion slip-ons and cardigans. Long sleeve dress or sport. Sizes 8-18. Solids, stripes, prints. 8-18 reg., 8-16 slim. ANNUAL UNIFORM SALE MISSES SMOCK TOPS MENS DOUBLE KNIT SLACKS MISSES BIKINI PANTIES Fall dresses and smocks! Wash 'n wear fabrics. . Perm press! Prints; checks and more! Stretch nylon White and pastels. 100% polyester. Washable, no-iron! MARS CANDY BARS 32 OZ. LISTERINE ANTISEPTIC MENS AND BOYS GYM SHOES MISSES GRANNY BOOTS All your favorite taste treats! Quality made in the U.S.A. Black or white crushed vinyl. MASTER COMBINATION LOCK RCA CAMDEN RECORDS PENNZCNL MOTOR OIL IT- 20 or 30W For school lockers and more! 12" x 25' ALUMINUM FOIL PACKAGE OF 3 THEME BOOKS 14 COOKIE SALE WAXER DUSTER OR SPONGE MOP Heavy duty Diamond foil! venture • ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI ... South Kingshighway & Christy Boulevard •OVERLAND, MISSOURI ... Page & Innerbelt (725) • KIRKWOOD, MISSOURI ... South Lindbergh & Big Bend • NORTH COUNTY ... Dunn Road (1-270) at West Florissant • FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS . .. U.S. Highway 50 & III. Highway 159 • ALTON, ILLINOIS .. . Beltline Highway at Washington Open Daily 9:30 AM • 10:00 PM . . . Saturday 9:00 AM -10:00 PM Sundays in Fairview Heights and Alton Noon to 6:00 PM

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