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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHBRIOGE HERALD Saturday, December 30, 1972 Go slow on antibiotics TH'f ecdlessly administered antibiotics killing "thousands and endanger- the lives of millions of Ameri- ,5 annually. Reports brought in by .erica's Food and Drug Adminis- ;ion biames this slaughter on the "Ive over prescription and mis- 01 drugs. Dr. Henry an infections specialist ihat U.S. doctors prescribe be- een 10 and 20 times as many an- as is meyically justified des- laci il is doubtful that the ve-'v.-p "jirSon has an illness that 6'iufrVs antibiotic treatment more cr.ce every five or 10 "fiVe threat to public health from oi antibiotics arises the fact that in killing certain trains of bacteria others are per- to flourish, some of which re- in t-eatrnent by known antibiotics, ;he stage "for possible epidera- I-i t'-r- o: penicillin epiaeiivcs _ cf dread FDA has ccuid protection iie-.v outbreaks. a iev: years ago it v.-as ne- 'ved the two" drugs, chlorampheni- ar.d ampicuiin were effective for in typhoid fever then a strain resisted chloramphen- ol ar.d one is resistant to am- picillin. This presents a gloomy warning that in future may re- vert to the 1930s when lacked ef- fective therapy for this disease and saw 10 to 15 per cent of the patients die. A committee investigating over-the- counter druas has revealed that dur- ing 1972 more than Ameri- cans were prescribed chlorampheni- col. introduced in 1949 by Parko Davis, which despite prolonged pub- lished warnings that the drug caused a fatal blocd disease had been pre- scribed to an estimated 40 million persons bv IS60. prescribing instruc- tions long have warned physicians that chlorarnphenicol is the preferred drug only against rare typhoid fever and ''must not be used in the treat- ment of trivial infections or where it is not indicated as in colds, influ- enza, infections of the throat; or as a prophylactic agent to prevent bac- terial" But despite this physicians continue to pre- scribe chlbrair.nhsnicol inappropriate- jv in an overwhelming majority of cases. the common sore throat thl'ifarnphenicol coukl be liken- cci to us ins; an elephant to kill an ant. It is tirre Dr. Dowling's warnings were heeded when he calls for dras- tic reforms to deter physicians from prescribing antibiotics for diseases against which they are ineffective and for problems for which safer therapy is available. Children's plight continues covered with flies and excretion and the Dalstiailv designed offices of the bureaucrats was sickening. So also was the knowledge that the deputy chief of welfare earns S30.000 annu- allv, comparable to S'200.000 in Cana- dian funds. Group leader, Mrs. Heike Feme, a resident of India 12 years, may have touched a sore spot when she explained ihe Canadian group were dealing with a .Muslim society in which '.vomen are not regarded as human. And there they were as Ca- nadian women not only actively engaged in seeking the release of these' unfortunate children but ac- tually demanding that something be Which ail added up to a tense situation and a general feeling of resentment. Could this be at least part of the reason the openly callous official said. "Millions have died here. Why should we care about a few thou- Would it not have been wiser to have gone to Bangladesh equipped for the delicate public relations' role inevitably necessary if Canadian wo- men are to convince Muslim bureau- crats of their philanthropic purposes? No matter how emotionally involved the Canadian women v, ere at the plight of the Bangladesh children is it possible their demanding attitude may have turned the officials off? rescue auemp's in Bangla- 'nave (Uscoursains. to say Mc-inhers oi the Gntano- Kwan-Via Foundation, an or- ganization established to finance tur- tner rescue missions, complain of un- iijlievshle stupidity on the part of ambitious bureaucrats resulting in continuing deaths of thousands of children. These Canadians, trying to get some of the 400.000 dying young- sters out report children are being h.iled bv errinire-buildirsg officials. A British Columbia housewife who spent five weeks in what once East Pakistan has reported she had acquired Canadian homes for 62 Bangladesh children but was only per- mitted to bring eight out of the coun- try. She had been loiu by a Ban- gladesh welfare official that papers more important to him than lives. The Canadian group, during their five week ste.y, received much encouragement from the prime min- ister but even his letter didn't help in the face of the bureaucrats who hold the real power and who were determined to stop the Canadian group's efforts. This was hard to take. The Cana- dians, seeing orphans dying in the streets begging for food and shelter, were unable to offer assistance be- cause of red tape. The sharp con- trast between the baby home where some 500 babies lay on mattresses Which icay are you looking? January is named after Janus, the meaning. a faith faced Roman goj prntected the door- ways gates, so January looks hack- Il v.-ard aivj forward. Four-faced Janu., De- ities were not unknown, introduces not the of tr-.c pres- ir.', o'jf. Trttr.er rr.arie the more I.ifo r.o trivial Saturday talk Doing nothing isn't easy! ?.y Norman Smith former editor, Ottawa Journal Balance cf Interest The sooner the better By Bruce HutcbHtJii, special commentator for FP Publications The grand conondnim facing Canada today involves seme- thing far more important than the future of Pierre Trudeau, Robert Stanfield or any politi- cal party. It involves the future of a nation organically divided two cultures, ur.iicd by a paper constitution ar.d un- able, for the moment, to find a government thai can truly gov- ern. Of this dilemma tfce prime minister and tr.e symbol, the pjii'.ical ics. tha temporary of And each man ex- actly the same problem, iii re- Mr. TnMeau has Its', the cru> fscience of Canada ar.d. ii h-s is n sur- vive, recapture it. All post-election manoeuvres, h i s naked confess ion of t'to'.oral at a Quebec beachhead by proving that he is not merely an agent of English speaking Can ad a but in tends i o be a truly national leader if he is ghen the chance. This fact also Is true, and has been from the Such political calculations, however, are no more than the surface of the nation's dilemma. real task is not to reunite txalt Liberal or t h e Conservative parties but to re- f-vo communities polar- 1 "j. t 1 easr, in ma them a tier; E.r.d in still doeper and more terms, by the unfortunate election of October On that task, despite their m n y disc utes of policy ar.ri their clsshln.g natures, the tv.-o !cadtrs are completely 2 Fortunately for Canada, in a time of troubles, the patriotism of t r. e.-.e men and the: r in ner are beyond all ques- Of co'jrse they will con- tend for fight the battles of Parliarnfem '.ves- pon at hand and sometimes s'X-rn to put their ambitions sbove the public welfare. Yet sr.yone kno-.vs them must realize that they fully accept their supreme responsibility not to their parties hut to the na- tion. of them have obvious defe-.ts Mr. srro his smug rerno'.eness, his for imult, r.ov; shat- terefJ ov the people's f-arr.od Mr. Uo'-: of hi.? leisurelv his hes'Urt f, e 3 i y !e. no v; i rr. p n '4 vri tv r; E u'Jd en i m orov ernen t of hi" another element of confusion familiar to ir.srjy Most, art bark-.vsrd or forv.ard just look .n 3 or. ft li'i- vay snd the tfhfcf v.i'.h th': fi.virft Js .r.lr.sj oy. 7r.': f.r.ft of the of grim r resd, situation is to Or-portuni'y !rrv-.t live program ar.d his re audienrje 0 Lie-jri EV 7.irx-' h arc to prove that he is prime mini.v.er of the '.'.he's nation, not merely the aqent of hints both cultures in his aness- tral hlood and in his current policies. This, in fa'.-t, is quite trw and has Ixren tni--: from tr.fi beginning. But the disaf- fected- national majority side Quebec ever it again? Mr, Stanfi el on the ot her hand, has never v.or- the confi- dence of Quebec and must v.'in it if he Is to govern fully. He can safely co.mt on nsv; strength can even hope to :i in tht next election. B'jt a rrediWe prt'ericc: in F" r n c h fail, as our history h-.v of Csnsdian life more clearly fnan Mr. S-.sr.fieU priority -Js to Letters to }hs editor lovers, think about this I! i.-: rihyui'in? th'r S. sho-l'I h': IvisH Ky ariy r.'.ean-, rj'jr.t f.'roplf. as at t" Ihftr'; is in rn-j. I sr.'j f.urr: thst hut to do it or let U-itm for to Wj pi': t arc ail t'.r: tikfj u.s of r.ornnvjr.i'.'.'; :n ft h that v.'ho Jirr: anfl a year of our "-.-trj r'f. r-'.--'-'r fr> rny on o-jr f-'''ri 'o orno-'jr'': i.s to anihi- r, i; r.-.. if i; btioiir slli'ji. tvir tr.-i of ir.o- If, I.'.': r.sv'r: notor.Iy or: v.as too in learning, has ElUl much to learn and, as this reporter suspects, is confused in his economic and financial thinking, Nevertheless, both men have their also Mr. Tru- dc-au's intellectual briliiance, his pragmatic flexibility, h i to admit error and make a fresh start; Mr. Stan- field's simple integrity, his will- ingness to listen ar.d take ad- vice, his modesty on the of and his deep, in- articulate love of Canada. P'or what it's worth, I doubt, all the same, that either man has a workable economic plan for Canada, or has yet fully grasped Canada's harsh, chang- ing circumstances in a chang- ing world-. But that is another story to be discussed here later, and it stancis apart from the impending strode of gut pol- itics which will soon fill the front pages and temporarily tlis- guise the permanent facts. In politics, anyhow, the na- tion has only tv.o alternatives for the time being, it must c h oos e bet-.v een M r. T rurieau and Mr. Stanfield. the symbols snd the mechanics, with all their faults ar.rl virtues, simply because no other choices are available, Since there can be no effec- tive national management, no solution of any great problem, no end of paralysis in Ottav.a until create a fit to govern, the sooner the choice is made decisively in an election the better. For surely nothing could rx; v.orse, m a dual nation, than a government largely based on one commun- ity, an opposition excluded from it arid a people who re- fu.s-jd, so far, to accept either alternative. Tn short, Canadians must Tnake up a coHecti'.e rninri frac- tured so tragically on October 30 before they will he ready to do anything of importance in practical policy or in the of the two Tn a way, starting a Satur- day column is like starting a New Year: neither I nor you have any idea what it will he like. I know, I retired as editor Nov. 1 because of the increas- ing threat of an old health problem, and the docs said "do nothing" for six months. But I've discovered that learning to do nothing is much like learn- ing to do something: you've got to work at it. A fellow's got to take it easy slowly 1 I see better now what Aga- tha Christie meant when she said "man was forced to in- vent work in order to escape the strain of having to A column about what and how often? Well, we'll see, and you have a say in both. It won't zero in on politics or economics, but I like to think it will be a hit of a mirror to our life and times. Without using a blindfold to ignore hardship, wrong ar.d dis- sension. I would like to argue, cis way or another ar.d from time to time, that a people we are the luckiest in the world. That's goin? to be tricky, for it could become treacly. A let- ter I got over Christmas wound up shrewdly: "AH the happi- ness you can tolerate in '73." A nice point! But I doubt that press, radio ar.d TV endanger our toleration level of gorxl news or good cheer. It's n ot that lrve got a to sing-o, but that lots of others have and this column hopes to be a kind of listening post for them. I've been a pack-rat all my life of scraps of poetry or man's wit ar.d wisdom, ar.d the mar- gins of my books are alive with markings. I hope looking at these occasionally may make our daily lives le-35 so. And certainly there is refreshment and guidance to be found in the memoirs of great Canadians, one of whom we are thinking or just now in sad yet lively grati- tude. I'd like to try to set down here next week something of Lester Pearson's light touch in a heavy world. Then there's music, or TV at its best as in the Pickwick Pa- pers cr taking us to the mwn. I like the dimension of NASA's chief scientist who said we may never knew how the rnoon v.as created arid musingly admitted that Apollo data might make it easier to disprove the existence of the moon than to prove it' That's a more piquant thought than that the moon made of cheese. It has just that touch of going "start, raving that the man had in "Elosericranu and Guildenstern Are Dead" who grieved ''Eternity Is a ter- rible mean, where1 s it to By the way, Ml bet the Am- erican astronauts wiU go to the noon again in ou- Simply a case of "I can't take it but I can't leave it alone." Awl may they po enough so the wise and un-chattering Waiter Cronkite reports it. Evil to return to earth and tomorrow, let's look at the or- dinary man's anxiety about next week's renewal of firing on The Hill. I'll do so despite the remark my friend Jack Preston made when he phoned from Brant- ford to wish me well in "re- tirement" and assure me he was enjoying his. "I'll be fine, I replied, "hut I'm worrying about how those fellows in Parliament arc going to ran the country without my advice." he fired back, "they can't do worse than they did with your Even so, I'd like to lei! them it will honor neither a new Par- liament nor a new year if they play games with their poli- tics and our democracy. I think again of E. B, White's great memo fin the New York- er) to American delegates set- ting out for the first UX as- sembly in "Do not bring home any bacon: it will have turned ran- c-d on the journey The purpose of the meeting is to make common cause Will our representatives please go info the Commons not Libs, Cons, Ndps, Socreds but as Members of Parliament, or, as is (heir title, Honorable Members oi Parliament? There are known values and glories to the vaunted cut and thrust of political warfare. But the aim of all should be a coun- t ry" s we If are. not its f rustra- tion. Canadians don't regard this Session as just another super- bowl. We'd like our Members to go in there listening as well as spea'-iing. th: nkin g and not just plotting, giving some thought to the possibility they wrong. One can't say now whether th; gr.-trr.r.ier.'f will conduct H- so that it should be turned out or given a .good trial But we can urge that front and hacV: benchers on boih sides be ma- turely aware that their country needs not only good govern- ment hut good Parliament. One day Ust week a report- er talking to Lister Sinclair, the new CKC executive vice pres- ident, said ina: speaks fondly of the late John Grier- Eon, gerius of the National Film Board, who used to make pro- eager to do better, sim- ply by asking them quietly: ''Is this the best you can It could bs a question we will be asking of our MPs in a week or so. But it is also a question may ail have to ask ourselves, iu.it as to our own lives but as to our political and parlia- mentary affairs. Are we doing the beit we can to get the facts that must be used to weigh the and the men? Ah well, neither you nor I want column to preach. IS it does, I'll have to go back to the orders and have another go at doing nothing. Pressure pays oil A-JAtrian t.orn.'riand a fi.T.rnn- for the fjity kr.'.-.'. r.'.t "the fjay stating, "The situation is of r.r-.r bv. not serious" Either of these ;j ChriMroa; has to yo i the prflioarnent of most j- v.iS mo4r.t that r.o'. lor.i-ing for tr.e chance to make a v.'e shouirt r.o'. in a glrir.ing, to have another chance. 7he Lest (Vivtn like 'i'jtrvo cs'Tc. advice is found in the v.or'.'s of Si. Paul of -in of lii'hi arr! si.-.r! '-.'r. 't, C: V for the ot Ir. r.-.y r': .r, r.i V Ltsliir.tfi' aM c.f CLFO EdSiif PijhiiiHr THOMAS H. Osrtril DCn HAY Editw E-lilcr ROY F WILES DOUGLAS K. Edilcx- "THE HERALD THE ;