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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, April 4, 3973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: I recently read your inadequate response to the reader who asked, "Is there any scien- tific evidence that marijuana is As a professor of medical physics and physi- ology at the University of California at Berkeley, may I respond to that question? Five years ago there was an ab- sence of valid information. Today we have the results of studies and clinical tion. We now know that the ac- tive ingredient in cannabis (marijuana) affects the brain. Frequent users of cannabis show a limited attention span and the ability to concentrate is sharply reduced. Many cannabis users become lethar- gic toward their studies, slip to a low level of motivation and the inclination to per- form foolish acts rises sharp- fr- it is not true that man- j u a n a smoking invariably leads to harder drugs. But heavy and frequent cannabis users DO go on to heroin more often than was previous- ly believed. The number of heroin addicts is approxi- mately 2 million and most of them graduated from pot. I conducted 454 interviews with heroin addicts and my find- ings are based on these inter- views. Cannabis users do not un- derstand what has happened to them. In the Journal of the American Medical tion, October 2, 1972, Profes- sors of Psychiatry Kolansky and Moore report on 13 con- secutive cases of adult can- nabis toxicity. All were pre- viously well adjusted, pro- ductive, responsible people. After daily use, all quit work, deserted families and be- came indolent. None could explain why. Half of these subjects recovered after total abstinence. Those who smoke cannabis three years or longer show a poor recovery rate. After three years, daily use of can- nabis in heavy doses leads to brain atrophy. DEAR ANN LANDERS: Our daughter is being mar- ried in June. She wants a small wedding, just the family and a few close friends. We plan to have it in our home and keep it intimate. Fi- nances are a problem at this particular time and although we haven't said much, our daughter knows the situation and is being sweet and con- siderate. Approximately 50 per cent of the "weekend" cannabis users progress to daily use in three or four years. The daily user rarely perceives any change in himself. Those I persuaded to try the ab- stinence test reported a "lift- ing of a improvement in memory and comprehen- sion, after a month of total abstinence. We have increasing evi- dence that cannabis causes defects in embryo develop- ment, broken chromosomes and mutations. All this por- tends some frightening pros- pects. Those who say there is no proof that cannabis is harm- ful are reading old literature or listening to light, short- term users. Dr. Hardin B. Jones, Berkely, California DEAR DR. JONES: Thank you for your comments. And now a word from another dis- tinguished authority, Dr. Dana Farnsworth, consultant on psychiatry, Harvard School of Public Heatlh: "One of the principal hazards to educat- ing youth on the dangers of marijuana is the reassurance of the young experimenter who has taken drugs briefly without any apparent ill ef- fects. He concludes that drugs are harmless if they are pure and then says physicians, psy- chiatrists, parents and pro- professional counsellors don't know what they are talking about." I am not a pharmacolog- ist, a psychiatrist, a psycholo- gist or a physician, but of this I am certain: Most users of marijuana particularly teen-agers who want to ex- pand their minds, explore the unknown, intensify their senses, or just turn on should be aware that pot, pop- ping pills and needle art are extremely risky. Whatever goes up must come down, and when you do come down, you're going to be a lot lower than you were before you started to mess with junk. So keep your bead together. It's all you have. Landers Several shirt-tail relatives have been calling, trying to invite themselves. I find it very difficult to cope with such aggressiveness. I could never do such a thing. What can I say? Va. DEAR VA.: You can say, "We are having a very inti- mate wedding because this is what our daughter wants. We hops you win understand." RUMMAGE SALE GYMN 2, CIVIC CENTRE THURSDAY, APRIL 5 p.m. Sponsored by SEWERS UNIT, McKILlOP U C W. SEE THE AMAZING 4-WAY VORWERK The cleaner that will revolutionize house cleaning FAIRFIELD APPLIANCE SERVICES LTD. 1244 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-6070 TIME FOR FUN IN THE SUN! At the Primrose Shop! That's where action is. Here's where you'll find the newest fashions in sports- wear. Hurray in! JUST ARRIVED! if Haymaker Sportswear if Golf Skirts if Sunspree Dresses Ml AT PRIMROSE SHOP LTD. ST. S. PHONE 327-2344 OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UNTIl 9 fM Rigid training required for suicide life-line volunteers By GLENNIS ZILM OTTAWA (CP) If you're a great listener, can keep a se- cret, are mature, understanding and have good common sense, then you are the ideal person to man a distress centre. Those are the ideal character- istics, Pat Delbridge of the Ot- tawa Distress Centre told a na- Doctors may be guilty of prejudice BOSTON (AP) When a woman gets nauseous during pregnancy or suffers cramps during menstruation, some doc- tors are likely to dismiss it as an "emotional thing" instead of treating the cause, a doctors' report contends. These doctors may be guilty of sexist prejudice against women, the study says, when they attribute psychological causes to ailments which are known to have organic causes. In a report in the New Eng- land Journal of Medicine, Dr. K. Jean Lennane and Dr. R. John Lennane say they have studied medical literature, in- cluding textbooks, and found the "cloudy thinking" involving women's medical problems "may be due to a form of sex- ual prejudice." The report, done at Well- ington Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand, says, fcr ex- ample, that the cause of men- strual pain is unknown, but de- pends upon the occurrence of ovulation. Studies have shown that the pain is relieved with suppres- sion of ovulation through hor- mone treatment. KNOCK DOWN BOOKJS The report says some medical textbooks include statements that the menstrual pain is caused by "faulty outlook leading to an exaggeration of minor discomfort" or "the pain is always secondary to an emo- tional problem." "There is no valid basis for this the study said. The cause of nausea during pregnancy is unknown, but medical texts say it is probably due to secretion of some sub- stance, probably a hormone, during pregnancy. Yet, the study says, this con- dition, which affects about 80 per cent of all pregnant women between the fifth and 16th week, is commonly held to be partly or wholly ting in the mind. Uonal meeting of delegates1 from such suicide prevention centres recently. However, you also have to be something else: A volunteer, willing to become involved in a low-budget but worthwhile en- terprise. "Our main problem is fund- she said. Every one of the 66 suicide prevention centres she surveyed last winter had problems raising money. One of the purposes of the fowxJay convention attended by about 400 delegates from across Canada is to find put how they can get money. Discussions to- day will centre on ways that governments might become in- volved. Despite the impressive list of characteristics of the ideal "line panelists later described the rigid training vol- unteers take before they are "put on the line" to help dis- tressed callers. OUTLINES FUNCTION David Stewart of Need, a call- in crisis centre in Victoria, de- scribed the screening of appli- cants before admission to train- ing. As well, all line-workers, as he called those who man the telephones, must have super- vision and continuing education during the time they work. Some volunteers say the screening programs and tram- ing are "worse than applying for a job." said Helen Ward of Ottawa- But "being a volunteer is no easy task." The crisis centres described by various panelists showed wide variation. The only link with the distressed caller at some was the telephone, but others had "flying squads" of workers who visit potential sui- cides. Other centres ran a variety of services, including classes in yoga or physical fitness or worked with drug addicts or prisoners. Dr. Jerome Motto of San Francisco, president of the American Association of Sui- Course planned EDMONTON (CP) The University of Alberta's exten- sion department is offering a 10-week course on improving group effectiveness and satis- factions. The course will provide theoretical and practical infor- mation on such topics as tech- niques of setting and clarifying goals, problem solving and deci- sion making, developing mem- ber motivation and commit- ment, developing and mobilizing resources, exercising power and influence and observing and evaluation group performance. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "Forget about the roasts, eggs, vegetables, fruit and milk... how many cans of beer will it BINGO MOOSE HALL 1234 3rd AVENUE NORTH WEDNESDAY at PJW. Jackpot in 53 Numbers 12 Games in 7 Numbers 4th 8th Games Doubled in 7 Numbers 5 Cards 3 FREE GAMES FREE CARDS DOOR PRIZE NO CHILDREN UNDER U SPONSORED BY THE LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE KING KOIN-KING KOIN-KING KOIN-KING KOIN SAVE THIS AD It could be worth in value in a bi-weekly draw if you bring it in with dry cleaning or laundry during attended hours of a.m. to p.m. Monday thru Friday. Of 1263-3rd Ave. Phone 3284944 Launderette Come in and the largest laundry facilities in Southern Alberta. You can't lose end besides dotbes should be drydeoned before storing so: Don't let this word of wisdom Come to you vnhcedciJ; far even if yen wear them There's Irrrie pressing needed. "ut wtiy pay for Ihe pressing, When you re putting thorn away Come in and get them drydeanpd QUICK! The King (Coin way. KING KOIN-KING KOIN-KING KOIN-KING KOIN cidology, said in the keynote ad- dress there is beginning to be a conflict about the role being filled by the volunteer. Trained volunteers "threaten" professional workers, he said. By doing some of the work done by professionals, they are a threat to the professionals' jobs and they also tend to make professionals feel insecure about the role they were trained for. Centres faced two choices: They could remain outside the health care system, but they then would lack funds and also the necessary co-ordination in referring potential suicides for psychiatric help. The other choice was to take a new trained volun- teer." This trained person al- ready is getting to be referred to as a "crisis worker" or "mental health he said. But with this new role for the centre and the volunteer comes a lessening of freedom. The workers require job de- scriptions and more defined roles, he said- The conference ends Sunday. TEMPORARY LOCATION 1315 9th AVENUE SOUTH STORE HOURS: MONDAY to SATURDAY 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. SUNDAY 11A.M. to 10 P.M. GALLONS KRAFT...................... 16 oz. 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