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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Columnists

Caught in the Middle Dear Caught: While we understand your reluctance to accept this man, we urge you to reconsider. Registering your disapproval is justified, but at some point, it can become counterproductive. Sheila is not going to come without him, so your choice is to see both of them or neither. Not seeing Sheila is one option. However, if Sheila marries this man, it will help your nephew enormously if he can learn to tolerate the guy’s presence. And it will be easier to do if he has the rest of his supportive family nearby, showing him how to be civil without necessarily being friendly. It will also help Sheila. If this man is as controlling as you fear, someone needs to keep an eye on the situation. Dear Annie: My younger sister, “Linda,” age 50, is getting

married for the fifth time. She is planning a wedding in the town where I grew up, about 400 miles away. My wife refuses to attend the wedding because she says it’s tacky and narcissistic to have such an affair for the fifth time, plus it’s a long drive. I agree that Linda is rather self-absorbed, and I can only imagine what the guests may be thinking when my sister vows to love and to hold until death do you part. Again. I agree with my wife on principle, but Linda is my only sister. I could attend without my wife, but I don’t want to tell my sister why I’m by myself. How should I handle this? — Big Brother Dear Big Brother: We think you should go, even if it means going without your wife, although it would be nice if she would attend for your sake. If Linda should ask about your wife’s absence, simply say she has other commitments. You don’t owe anyone more of an explanation than that. WRITE: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Probiotics help restore balance

DR. ANTHONY L. KOMAROFF Columnist

bacteria that you ingest to improve the balance of bacteria in your gut. One thing that commonly throws off the balance of bacteria in the gut is taking antibiotics for some kind of infection elsewhere in the body. Along with killing that infection, the antibiotics often kill good bacteria. This can lead to gas, cramping or diarrhea. Probiotics can help offset the bacterial imbalance caused by taking antibiotics. Probiotics may also help break down protein and fat in the digestive tract. This can be good for patients who need to build strength during and after an illness. So far, the research on probiotics has been promising. Potential benefits have been seen in the treatment or prevention of: — diarrhea — irritable bowel syndrome — ulcerative colitis — Crohn’s disease

— H. pylori (the cause of ulcers) — vaginal infections — urinary tract infections — recurrence of bladder cancer — infection of the gut caused by C. difficile -- eczema in children We have more detailed information on probiotics in our Special Health Report, “The Truth About Your Immune System.” (Learn more about this report at AskDoctorK.com, or call 877-649-9457 toll-free to order it.) If you decide to try probiotics, fermented or cultured dairy products are a good source. These include yogurt and buttermilk. Other sources include miso, tempeh and soy beverages. The bacteria occur naturally in some of these foods or have been added during preparation. Probiotics are also available as dietary supplements. If you have a problem that might benefit from probiotics, you should consider them. Based on what we know so far, they won’t hurt, and they may help. Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Go to his website to send questions and get additional information: www.AskDoctorK.com.

HOROSCOPE

IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: It would be to your advantage in the year ahead to establish as many new social relationships with business contacts as you can. Not only will you have much in common to enjoy in one another, you could do each other some good. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Your instincts for spotting conditions that could produce gains for you are sharper than usual. You might not make a killing, but the more you find, the more it’ll add up. CANCER ( June 21-July 22) — Having marvelous leadership qualities allows you to quickly instill optimism and enthusiasm in others. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting everybody working for a common cause. LEO ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Although you might be the major topic of discussion among your friends, there’s no reason to be disturbed. If you could hear what they’re saying, you’d be flattered. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — One secret to success is to give others what you desire, which would be a good course

BERNICE BEDE OSOL Columnist

for you today. You’ve heard it before: If you want friends, be friendly. If you need help, strive to aid others. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Something unusual might transpire that will be of enormous importance to you but not necessarily to anybody else — but don’t let that stop you. You’ll recognize it for its worth. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Bonds can be strengthened if you allow your companions the same freedom of expression that you expect from them. This simple rule has multiple benefits. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Some of the time you spend with friends should be devoted to them instead of to you and your interests. If you make your friends feel important, they’ll repay you in kind.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — In order to do something successfully, you must first convince yourself that you’re capable of it. Your limitations will only be as strong as you allow them to be. AQUARIUS ( Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — A pending project can easily be concluded to your satisfaction if and when you develop a plan to do so. For positive results, utilize all of your bright ideas. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — If you want to go out on the town with friends tonight, don’t wait until the last minute. Contact your pals as early as possible to make the arrangements, before they have a chance to make other plans. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Don’t grab the first item you see when shopping without first comparing prices and quality. Those small differences between one item and another could quickly add up. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You’re endowed with a winning combination of sound ideas and plenty of energy, but things won’t just happen to you by chance. Have a game plan in hand.

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DEAR DOCTOR K: Lately I’ve noticed a lot of TV ads for probiotic products, especially yogurt. What do they do? Should I start eating them? DEAR READER: Our bodies are home to a mix of “good” and “bad” bacteria. Most of them live in our intestines, but there are bacteria flourishing in many parts of our bodies. You can’t see them — they’re just along for the ride. Sometimes bad bacteria that do not normally live in our gut gain entrance, usually in the foods we eat or liquids we drink. These invaders can rapidly cause diseases such as “turista,” cholera, typhoid fever and C. difficile infection. Unlike the invaders, the bad bacteria that probiotics are designed to fight normally live in the gut. Hundreds of different species of good bacteria help digest your food. Underbalanced conditions, these friendly bacteria outnumber the bad bacteria. We’re beginning to learn that the bad bacteria living in our gut may help cause a number of different diseases if they are able to throw the bacterial balance out of whack. Infection, for example, can make your gut more vulnerable to unfriendly bacteria. Probiotics are “good” living

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Dear Annie: A year ago, my sister, “Sheila,” had an affair. She is now living with the Other Man. Sheila and her husband have a 23-year-old son who has been devastated by this. My family believes the boyfriend is simply using Sheila for her money and to have someone around to help raise his teenage daughter. In addition, he seems very controlling. Needless to say, we all object to what my sister has done, but she is stubbornly standing by her decision. I will soon be traveling cross-country to visit. I have requested that Sheila not bring the boyfriend to any family gettogethers. Although I wouldn’t be so insensitive as to invite her soon-to-be ex, I’m not comfortable welcoming the boyfriend with open arms. My nephew will be at these gatherings, and his wounds are still fresh. I am trying to be considerate of his feelings. Sheila says I shouldn’t force her to choose and that her boyfriend is her family now. I say that my nephew has been my family for 23 years. At what point do we have to include the boyfriend? Should I back down and let her bring the guy? —

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