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HOME & FAMILY The Des Moines Register » Tuesday, Aug. 26,1975 / Page 7 Photo by LARRY NEIBERGALL Starting him off young Roki Dodd, a senior corner back on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) fcotball team, hands off the pigskin to his 4-month- old son, Joshua, during Press Day at the Cedar Falls campus last week. Dodd, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 190-pound, three-year letterman from Ackley, expects to see duty as a member of the UNI starting defensive backfield and also plans to double as a kickoff and punt returner. That's his wife, Mary, between him and the Panther prospect for 1995. The best sentry: A 2-year old "At wit's end" By ERMA BOMBECK There isn't a week goes by but that some ingenious American doesn't come up with a way to ward off would- be robbers. The owner of a lumberyard rented a vicious German shepherd dog to patrol his business and a station _manager._disgusted with being robbed too many times, rented a python snake to cruise around at night and keep people honest. The latest is;a< jewelry store in San Francisco that hired a tarantula called Henrietta to patrol a window of gems for $10 a month. My friend Mayva probably has the most ingenious plan yet. She leaves her front door unlocked, her garden hose and bicycles in plain view, the keys in her car and still goes to bed with a feeling of safety. Mayva had a sign in her window that reads, "THIS HOUSE IS PATROLLED REGULARLY BY A TWO-YEAR-OLD." Not only does the sign discourage burglars, but Mayva hasn't had a door-to-door salesman in six months. The last visitor to brave Baby Peggy was a man who sharpened knives. He knocked on the door and asked, "Is Mommy home?" !'I want to see her." "Why?" "I have something to show her." "Why?" Forty-five "whys?" later, the poor devil was barely inside the door when the dog was^wearing his hat, the contents of his bag were spread all over the floor and Peggy was flashing a movie on his teeth and giggling. She then proceeded to drag out all of her Christmas toys, drop his car keys down the commode, sell him yesterday's paper for 5 cents and hand him a book upside down and demand he read her a story. She changed her clothes, had a monster follow him around the room until his batteries ran down (the knife sharpener, not the monster) and insisted he sharpen a plastic letter opener. He was ordered to guess how many nnies were in her bank (he was up to 438) "sat on her muffin tin from her little oven and broke it, talked with Grandma whom she had just dialed direct in California while she sat on his lap and cooed, "I got measles." Mayva has suggested many times that she is willing to rent Peggy out to guard other houses. We agreed we'd take our chances with organized crime. Zoo keepers seek to band together to protect animals By DAVID ANABLE © Tht Christian telenet Monitor Niwi Strvlc* NEW YORK, N.Y. - Some American zoo keepers are getting together' to form a union — for the sake of the animals, not for themselves. "United Animal Keepers," says cofounder Anthony Bila, a keeper at the San Francisco Zoo, "is a humane organization of animal keepers designed to correct abuses (of animals in zoos)." Bila and three other founding board members from the San Francisco and Los Angeles zoos aim to recruit zoo keepers across the U.S. They hope to bring pressure on zoo administrations treatment. "We want to see pressures used at a subtle level to begin with," said Bila in a telephone interview. If, however", the new organization is not able to prompt the desired change quietly it plans to pass information along to its affiliate, the New York-based Fund for Animals, Inc., for a more public protest. Raise zoo standards The Fund for Animals president, Cleveland Amory, is enthusiastic about the new organization and its potential for raising zoo standards. "Our hope is that these very able people with wide knowledge, long tenure, and unassailable credentials will be able to form a powerful group to protect zoo animals," he said. The Fund for Animals feels that zoo problems originate largely from poor administrations rather than keepers. Bila says that "outrageous things" go on in "just about every zoo." He cites two examples from California: • Two adult orangutans were kept by the Los Angeles Zoo in a barn-like structure where they never saw the sun for 7 years. • A gnu, said to be dangerous, was kept by the San Francisco Zoo in total isolation for 5 years. "With the shape of the world today," says Bila, "the zoo is basically a school, and unless you show animals in environments which are natural for them you might just as well have a photo." • While zoo keepers spend every day i* touch with their animals, he point| out, administrators seldom do so. As a result, he says, administrators very often are unaware of the animals' needs and sensibilities. Competition hurts Similarly, although some zoos are making a greater effort to preserve animals — there are more Siberian tigers in captivity than in the wild — many zoos still do compete with each other for more and different animals. "Inexcusable," says keeper Bila. What's more, he adds, there still is a good deal of "horse trading" among zoos, for instance, with animals that are less desirable because they have been operated upon. And, he adds, there is very little effort being made to return rare animals to their natural environments. 7cn keepers say ammals — like this resident of the San Diego, Calif, /oo — have rishts, too. Two build tepee at Nevada By BONNIE WITTENBURG Rtflittr tuff Writir NEVADA, IA. — A longtime fascination with Indian cultures prompted Bob Dawson, 23, to build an Indian tepee in the backyard of his family home here. Dawson, and a friend, Joan Harpham, 21, constructed the tepee of lodgepole pine from Montana and of canvas sewn in bias strips. A deerskin Jias been placed across the doorway. "There's something magical about a tepee," said Dawson. "It's something hard for me to verbalize, but I feel it." The tepee is fashioned after those used by Sioux Indians, a tribe which once Inhabited most of western Iowa. But there are variations,, Dawson said. He said the long, pointy poles are typical of the Crow Indians. And, the tepee painted canvas — done in blue, red, black and yellow and sporting a drawing of an eagle on Its rear side — is typical of a tepee used by a medicine man. A horse's tail flying from the top of one of the poles would, in some tribes, indicate the tepee belongs to an Indian chief, Dawson said. Creates draft A liner — an approximate three- foot-deep strip of canvas — has been placed around the interior of the tepee to act as an Insulator and to create a draft for fires built inside the tepee. Above the doorway, the canvas folds back to let in light and to let out smoke from fires built inside. During rainy weather, the flaps can be closed, Dawson said. The tepee has created an attraction for the youngsters in town, Dawson said, explaining that a small group of boys camped overnight in the tepee recently before Dawson and Harpham moved the portable home to an area on the edge of town. Dawson said he plans to "live" In the tepee — spending his nights there but saying he likely would eat most of his meals elsewhere. It took Dawson and Harpham about two months this summer to build the tepee, starting with a tripod of poles "anTThen adding 12 Othir-poles-ani topping it with a canvas. If everything goes well, Dawson said he may stay in the tepee during some of the winter months. Photo by DAVID FINCH Bob Dawson, Joan Harpbam and their tepee. How to leave sand at beach Hints from Heloise By HELOISE CRUSE Dear Heloise: For two or three years now, my husband and I have enjoyed the wonderful beaches — collecting shells, walking in the surf, etc. Only problem was sandy feet! Usually, we have no place to wash or rinse the sand off them before getting in the car and putting our shoes on. The sand was a little uncomfortable, besides being messy. One day, I was just ready to throw away a plastic dish detergent bottle with a pop-up top, when an idea came to me. I saved the bottle (you can collect two or three if necessary), and the next time we went to the beach, T filled the bottles with water and put them in the car. After the walk on the beach, we sat on the car seat sideways and hung our feet out the car, and just let the water from the squeeze bottle ooze over our feet. It's wonderful! The water goes all over and between the toes. A quick dry and baby oil or cream and we're on our way. Our feet feel like a million. I tell you, we're never without our bottle. M. K. • Dear Heloise: This is not much of a hint, undoubtedly appreciated only by us ladies who work elsewhere, as well as in our homes. I discovered, for our tightly capped bottles sues as nail polish, perfume, etc. that we carry in our purses (when no male strength is available), a rubber band (at lea:;t one-eighth wide) tightly wound around the cap, gives surprisingly good leverage. Thank you for ali the excellent hints that I have utilized from your column over the years. Mrs. Marge Hatch « Dear Heloise: My mother-in-law once told me a time-saving ironing tip. She told me to iron only the collar and front of my husband's shirts, because that's all that's seen when wearing a suit. I tried it once when ironing a shirt at the last minute, and he was forced to wear it to work. He accidentally forgot and took his jacket off. One of the men he worked with asked how he managed to sleep on just the two sides and back of his shirt all night! Mrs. A. I. \V. To fast or not to fast-get facts first By BESS WINAKOR © Chicago Sun-Tlmo CHICAGO, ILL. — There is a way you can lose up to 5 pounds in a day, 10 pounds in a weekend, 20 pounds in a week. Don't eat — at all. But drink lots of water. That's the subject of "Fasting! The Ultimate Diet" (Bantam Books, $1.75), by Dr. Allan Cott, a psychiatrist. But is it healthy? Or even safe? Dr. Philip L. White, secretary of the American Medical Association's Council on Foods and Nutrition, believes: "It's ill-advised to recommend to the general public something as drastic as fasting for weight control. One of the many hazards is people will go onto a starvation diet and not know when to get off it." Cott says he doesn't know of people who were unable to stop fasting and brushes off the possibility except for people who have had a previous problem, such as anorexia nervosa, a psychological disease where people begin a cosmetically motivated fast and don't stop. But Dr. John, Laucr, attending psychiatrist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and assistant professor at Northwestern University Medical School, whose speciality is anorexia nervosa, warns that some people without, a history of the condition should not fast. Lauer also says he doesn't see any reason for Colt's writing the book. "There arc many truths stated, but they are so obvious," he says. One-day safe Cott says: "If a person has no physical ailments and sees a doctor even at infrequent intervals, he may safely do a one-day fast." But he advises consulting a physician and having regular blood-pressure checks for a fast lasting more than five days. After 10 or 12 days of fasting, have a biomedical profile done, including blood count, calcium level, phosphorus level. total protein and such. And anyone planning to fast more than two weeks should do it in a hospital, Cott adds. Cott says one's appetite returns sometimes between the 20th and Ij2nd fast day, and that means it's time to end the fast. If you don't stop then, you begin to "starve" and use muscle tissue, he emphasizes. Yet he maintains the body will hold onto its vitamins and minerals, including bone calcium, up to that time. Dr. Edward A. Newman, senior ai- tcnding physician in the department (if medicine ;it Michael Kee.se Hospital and clinical associate professor at the University of Chicago's department of medicine, brushes off Colt's differentiation between fasting and starving as "semantics." Newman says: "The only time weight loss due to starvation is effective is when Ihe body is totally handicapped from malnutrition and it can no longer physically readjust due to permanent damage." But most of the time, Newman says: "The patient will overeat as soon as he comes off the restricted diet. The body ovcrcompcnsatcs. This is time-proven, from the concentration camps to the water diet. The body absolutely requires taking in food at periodic cyclic intervals of six to eight hours. That's why people eat three times a day." Drink mixture Cott says to resume eating after a fast with a mixture of two quarts of water and one quart of orange or apricot juice the first day. On succeeding days, he gradually adds food in a regimen that lasts as long as the fast. Then he recommends a diet based mostly on vegetables, fruits, nuts and dairy products. Cott specifically cautions people not to go from fasting to their former eating habits without the gradual process. Eating steak the day after a fast could cause nausea. Cott, who fasts one or two days each month, says it makes him feel better. He believes fasting benefits urban dwellers by relieving the body of toxins that enter through poluted air or the food they cat. Cott, who continues to work while he fasts, says one may continue a regular work schedule throughout a fast of one to four days. In fact, during a fast — even a hospitalized fast — Cott recommends three hours of exercise a day, ranging from walking briskly (possibly with rests between one-hour walks) to inure strenuous exercise, providing the person is used to it. "Kxereise eiiN down on the flow of insulin, which slunulalrs the appetite." he explains. Ami what if one feels we:ik ' "< ieneralh' one does nol fuel weak if he drinks enough water." But a teehni; oi weakness may signal a problem in ^lueose- metabolism. Cott s.iecities that people with conditions sueh as heart diseases, cancer, gnut ami a niiiiibiT ui other problems should not ta.M Neither should pregnant women And very thin people should nol u.-t more than two days a we'.,!;.