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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 40- THK LETHMIQOE HMALD WfflfMtday, FttftMry 1974 World's worst postal system in Italy Steady Premier Peter Lougheed displayed a firm and steady hand as he did the honors for a delegate at the Alberta Progressive Conservative Association's annual meeting in Edmonton. Smoking cure For you can get full treatment London Observer Service SAN FRANCISCO An hour's drive from San Francisco, deep in the beautiful Napa Valley wine country, lies one answer to cigarette smoking. The St. Helena Health Centre, a luxurious hotel-like clinic with a swimming pool and a large staff of physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, physical therapists and clergymen, is doing a splendid business curing nicotine addicts at apiece.' Despite the massive assault on smoking since 1964, when the U.S. Surgeon General's report warned that cigarettes were linked to lung cancer and heart ailments, some 50 million Americans just cannot give it up. In fact, they're smoking more than ever: each year, domestic tobacco consumption rises by 2 per cent, and the barrage of anti- smoking commercials on television and radio even the revelation that actor Tony Curtis' sex life improved when he quit the weed apparently does little to stem the tide. NO GUARANTEE Treatment at the Centre lasts from Sunday to Friday, and although the doctors guarantee nothing, they claim that the odds on a smoker quitting are the best available in the nation. "Surveyes have shown that we do have one of the highest success rates in the says Dr. Alan Rice, the program director. "We help people over the worst of their addiction, but they still have to work to combat their neuromuscular smoking habits" by which he means that automatic reaching for the cigarette that's become an integral part of existence. About 40 per cent of St. Helena patients are cored, and if you think that tow you are unfamiliar with tbe addictive capacities of tobacco, which some experts have described as harder to kick then heroin. The body cells make a working agreement with nicotine: first they tolerate, then accept, and finally demand their daily dose of poison. How is the craving beaten? A stay at this clinic, one of scores across tbe country, when the patient dumps his cigarettes at tbe door, under a notice reading: "You are entering a non- smoking area: deposit smoking materials here." People come from all over the West: retired military types from Arizona, businessmen fnirr. the Bay area, from San Jose, from Los Angeles, Roman Catholic priests. DAILY PROGRAM Their day starts with a a.m. call and pre-breakfast exercise calisthenics in the gym, or a brisk walk through the woods. Then come lectures and films describing the fearful things nicotine does to the body (one movie shows a moose being killed by a single and providing information on techniques to combat the craving. The threat of the program is three-fold: a protective environment wtiere ootbing can interfere with tbe goal no family crises, no work problems, no parties, and no trace of tobacco for miles; medical care from experts in the field; and the pressure of a like-minded group going through the same sufferings. Without a tobacco fix, there are withdrawal symptoms headaches, a feeling of exhaustion, a fierce craving for food, which the clinic meets by having plenty of fresh fruit around. All meals are vegetarian, since a bland diet is supposed to reduce the hunger for tobacco, and 10 glasses of water or fruit juice must be drunk daily. Steam and sauna baths relieve the withdrawal pains; bathing, walking, and other forms of exercise relieve the boredom. Doctors at the centre explain that the craving, like pain, comes in waves and usually lasts for about three minutes: if you do something practical for those minutes, the craving will subside, and the smoker is over one more hurdle. If you're a believer, say the doctors, pray. (The clinic is run by the Seventh Day Adventist If you're a stoic, stare fiercely at your watch for three minutes: master your own fate. The crucial test, of course, is one's re-emergence into the everyday world of tension and temptation. Here the experts can recommend only that you avoid alcohol, coffee, over- eating and over-working, since these are associated in the mind with smoking. A different regimen will help you to make the break with tobacco final. HARSHER CURE However, should you fail, there is an even harsher to which more and more Californians are turning. Aversion therapy is highly controversial in medical circles, but its use is increasing rapidly here against a wide range of sexual, mental and drag addiction problems. The first major commercial application of aversive conditioning comes courtesy of Schick Laboratories, a division of the Los Angeles based Frawley Enterprises, which has dotted tbe West with anti-smoking clinics. The Schick technique is simple and nasty: hard-core smokers, puffing away in a fetid haze of tobacco fames, are given repeated electric shocks every tune they reach for another cigarette; next they gather in a small, sealed room full of fellow-addicts and produce together an atmosphere so dense as to make eyes water and throats rasp. Finally, there is expert counselling, and a coarse of free extra shocks for those who fall from grace within a year. Tbe cost, for five one-boor sessions, is and tbe Snick people claim that 86 per cent of clients become non- smokers after the year, a figure regarded with scepticism by some doctors and behavioral psychologists. "It really works well only when tbe patient is highly- motivated to stop performing the unwanted says one San Francisco psychiatrist. ROME (Reuter) The prize for the understatement of the year must surely go to the Italian journalist who wrote that his country's postal service "leaves something to be desired." Chiefly, it leaves letters to be desired. For in what is widely considered here one of the Western world's most inefficient postal systems they are rarely delivered within two weeks of being sent, if they are ever seen at all. Horror stories of more extreme cases abound. The Vatican newspaper published a Christmas message 13 days after the holiday apologizing for the delay with the following editorial note: "Because of the irregular postal service, the article which Cardinal Pellegrini Archbishop of Turin sent us for Christmas suffered a long detour. We trust the author and our readers will understand." The kidnappers of young Paul Getty sent his severed ear in an express letter from Naples which took 20 days to arrive at its destination a Rome newspaper. Since the package contained a threat of further mutilation if ransom demands were not met immediately, young Paul's family had serious fears that the boy might already have suffered more. Italians are often threatened with having their telephones or water supply cut off because they have not paid their bills. But the reason is often that the bills have not arrived. The reason for the partly that there are not enough staff to run the system and partly, postal workers say, that their regular wages are so low that they are forced to increase these by massive overtime. Hence a ban on overtime which is a frequent occurrence has almost the same effect as a strike. The last major strike ended in May, 1973, after 23 days without mail had put an extra burden on the telex and telephone system and caused complete disruption of the country's communications. Pullover 13 Turtleneck casual Casual elegance- versatile and easy- care yet super chic! All from Pans Star and all polyester double- knit...all except the short-sleeved's acrylic knit. Not shown is a mock turtleneck pullover. All machine-wash-dry. Predom. solid colors are navy, champagne, coral, cornflower blue- prints and checks are combinations of the colors. Sizes 10-18 in group. Turtlenecks only in sizes S, M, L. fleg'd Can. T.M. 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