Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Ftbrimry 9, 1971 1HE lETHMIIMJi HERALD 21 By Alien Spraggett Rets some help The unexplained CMHA criticizes province tor lack of action There be more green thumb idea thai science would be prepared to acknow- ledge. Accumulating evidence, re- ported by a number of reput- able researchers, indicates that human thought and emotion can stimulate plant growth even at a distance of several hundred miles. Incredible? Well how about this experi- ment which involved my friends Olga and Ambrose Worrall. The Wonralls are well known among parapsychologists sci- entists who study psychic phe- nomena as individuals with apparent ESP powers of an un- usual kind. The Worrells aren't wild-eyed, far-out types but staid, substantial citizens of Bal- timore where Ambrose, until his recent retirement, was an executive of a large aircraft manufacturing company. Dr. Robert Miller, an Atlanta biologist who knew the Worralls and knew of their cooperation in various scientific experiments suggested a provocative test of their psychic abilities. He want- ed to find out precisely how much, if at all mind over mat- ter could influence plant growth at a distance. Mffler had a plant growing in his Atlanta laboratory under carefully controlled conditions, isolated from any outside fac- tors which could influence its growth. He was able to monitor its rate of growth with great precision. On January at approx- imately 7 p.m., Dr. Miller, from his laboratory in Atlanta, phon- Ambrose and Olga Worrall in Baltimore. He told them he had the experimental plant sta- bilized and it was growing at a steady rate day and night ol 6.25 mils per hour. (There are a thousand mils to an Miller asked the Worralls to set a time when they would concentrate postive thoughts prayers, if you like on the plant and try to stimulate its growth from several hundred miles away. The time was set for 9 p.m. that same evening. At that time Ambrose and Olga Worrall, in their comfort- able living room hi Baltimore, turned their concentration on the plant in Dr. Miller's labor- atory in Atlanta. They contin- ued "trying to beam psychic power to it for a period of five minutes. The curious results of the ex- periment were reported to the Worralls by biologist Miller in a letter dated Jan. he wrote, "is to let you know that the experiment was most successful. He enclosed a copy of the ex- perimental plant's growth rate as it had been automatically recorded. It shows that at ex- actly 9 p.m. the plant suddenly started growing faster, increas- ing from a rate of 6.25 mils per hour to 52.5 mils more thai: eight tunes faster. This accelerated growth con- fined for some 11 hours and then gradually returned to nor- mal. to the Biologist Robert Muter summed up his conclusions: "Now we have conclusive proof that your prayer really works and has been scientifically indi- cated by the increase in the rate of growth of the plant." The point, of course, is that if positive thinking or prayer can indeed influence cell growth in plants, even at a distance, it may also influence vital pro- cesses in human beings. And this experiment, curious as it may sound, is indirectly supported by similar research by other scientists, notably the praver on plant experiments of Dr. Bernard Grad of McGill University. Who was it who said that thoughts are things? _______ Papa Doc's girl to wield power WASHINGTON (Reuter) President Francois Duvalier of Haiti has now named his 19- year-old son Jean-Claude as his successor but many Wellington observers think that the real power will be wielded by a woman when the dictator's long and ruthless career comes to an The woman, who will proba- bly prefer to work behind the scenes, is Marie-Denise Domi- nique the Haitian president's 30-year-old daughter. She is said by experts here to have a thirst for power and an aptitude for using it. She is the wife of Max Domi- nique, a former army officer who now is Haiti's ambassador to France and whose own car- eer reflects the nightmare qual- ity of life in the world's oldest black republic and the home of The Haitian dictator has had a near-miraculous career, sur- viving assassinat'.n plots, inva- sions and severe illness, but is now reported to be infirm and possibly partially paralysed as a result of a stroke he suffered two months ago. The stroke, added to diabetes and heart attacks during the last few years, apparently per- suaded him that the time had arrived to put his affairs in order. Proclaimed president-foc-life in 1964, the heavy-set, bespecta- cled Duvalier. who lives an al- most isolated existence in his BANFF The Alberta din-, sion of the Canadian Mental Health Association has joined Dr W. R. N. Blair in criticiz- ing the provincial government for lack of action on the Al- berta mental health study pre- pared by Dr. Blair two years ago. Dr. Blair resigned last week as unofficial adviser on mental health matters to the provincial government. He criticized the government for failing to move on several important matters as recommended in his report during the annual meeting of the CMHA here. CMHA provincial board indi- cated the only thing the prov- ince has actually given in the field, is permission to the Leth- bridge Municipal Hospital to borrow from the Alberta Municipal Financing Corpora- tion to provide a 21-bed psy chiatric unit. The province indicated it would make the yearly repay- ments on the loan but did no) specify for how long. Although this is considered standard pro- cedure some eoaceni has been expressed that LMH might have to take over payments some time m the future if the province so decides. "There is considerable ex- pression of uneasiness about the accomplishments of plan- ning organizations and coun- the board said in a una- nimous motion. "There ST? uues- tions as to the real intent of the pcrtion of the ministerial ortor. which states 'the executive council shall grant the council funds sufficient for the achieve- ment of its purpose.' "In fact, one of the most significant aspects is that where once there was mil- lion available to build a mental health centre (in there is now only an amount in the neighborhood of to finance research, human be- havior research and develop additional facilities such as the Human Behavior Research In- stitute in Calgary (plus) the additional psychiatric beds a the Lethbridge Municipal Hos- pital." Having engaged in an exam- ination of the progress and re-1 suits relating to Dr. Blair's j study, the CMHA concludes; 'that although individual and! piecemeal undertakings have jiven the impression of Alberta's mental health jrograms operate on no sound- er basis now than in the years! aefore the submission of the study. The major reason is that there still is no stated plan or philosophy on which such pro- grams are to be based. "Inadequate follow-ups, poor] vocational preparation, lack ofi integration and the other prob- lems which beset the mental health services prior to the pre- sentation of the Alberta Mental Health Study, are still to be identified with the same fre- quency which was present prior to the study. "It would appear that the government is attempting to avoid expenditures in the men- tal health field, or else run pro- grams on such a limited scale that they do not have great in- fluence on the problems to be solved. "The hope for the mental health planning organization to make effective improvement in regional mental health sen-ices has not been realized. "There has been little indica- tion that the government ac- tually believes that the organi- zation can 'progressively as- sume responsibility for imple- mentation of mental health pro- grams' as given in the minis- terial order setting up the or- ganization." The CMHA said there has been no announcement regard- ing the future of the Alberta Hospital at Ponoka. "Such a decision is unquestionably ne- cessary if any effective plan- ning involving the hospital is to be carried out. Staffing prob- lems, particularly medic a. staff, are critically inadequate and the lack of planning for the hospital's future role is un- doubtedly partially responsible for this state of affairs. "If planning is taking place it appears it is being done in a context described by one of the Ailierta Mental Health Study committee members surveyed >y CMHA: 'Rumors run ram- >ant regarding organizational jhanges while high levels of of- icia! secrecy are maintain- ed.' The CMHA also expressed concern about the amalgama- tion of the health and social development departments, and whether it was going to delay development plans for menial health services and how much time it was going to take to bring mental health services into their proper priority posi- tion in the new department structure. The CMHA said it endorses the study and that it intends to pursue the aims and of the study. SIGNED TREATY In 1909, Canada and the United States signed a Bound- ary Waters treaty which guar- anteed the Great Lakes to be free and open to inhabitants of both countries on equal terms. He was once condemned to death by his father-in-law for al- legedly coveting the presidency but was later reprieved and named to one of Haiti's most important diplomatic posts. Duvalier, 63-year-old former country doctor known to his people and worldwide as Papa Doc, named his son after hold- ing power since 1957 with the help of the dreaded Ton-Ton Macoute, his secret police who have kept him in office by neu- tralizing the army and terroriz- ing the political opposition. Red Deer man faces charges RED DEER (CP) Leon- ard Mowat, 25, of Red Deer was charged Monday with two counts of attempted non-capi- tal murder and one of at- tempted robbery when he ap- peared in magistrate's court. Mowat had earlier been charged with attempted arm- ed robbery following a shoot- ing incident in a downtou> ho- tel Jan. 30. The attempted armed charge was dropped and replaced with the three new charges and Mowat was remanded until Wednes- day. 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There are no signs that he in- tends to abdicate or surrender anything except some of his cer- emonial duties, to which Jean- Claude now is being introduced. Observers here speculate that he will order a plebiscite to ap- prove of his son's new status March 22 or April on the 22nd day of any month he event- ually selects. SYMBOLIC DATE The date has a magic symbol- ism for the mystical Papa Doc was first elected president Sept. 22, 1957, he took office Oct. 22 of that year, and he had himself proclaimed president- for-life June There are conflicting opinions here about whether Haiti will be plunged into chaos and turmoil or remain relatively quiet when he dies. Some American experts agree with Haitian political exiles that here will be a struggle for lower which could turn the country into a bloodbath. Others, however, predict a peaceful change from one dicta- orslu'p to another, with Jean- Claude stepping into his father's shoes and permitting his sister call the shots from behind the Experts say he has a good re- lationship with Marie-Denise and is more concerned with chasing fun than with running Haiti when his father is dead. Man, wife killed at crossing DRUMHELLER Morgan, 56, and his wife, Ei- leen, 49, were killed in a car- train collision while on their way to Calgary. Two other people were in- jured, Orman Thompson, 31, and his wife, Gloria, 28. They are in serious condition in hos- pital. The Thompson's three chil- dren, ranging in age from six to nine, were uninjured hi the collision which occurred at a level crossing in heavy fog. The Morgan's and the Thompson's were on their way to Calgary from where they planned to fly to British Co- lumbia to attend a funeral. 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