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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Nursing home plans spurred by Ulrich *.......-mi '"'^Z^-^Tr. THEY'RE CALLED DATS - London pet shop owner Roy Tutt says these ball* of fluff are something zoologists said could never ha ppen - dats, half dog and half cat. He claims he bred them from a black cat and a Scottish terrior. They look like dogs at the front and cats at the back. These two have heads like dogs but cat fur, whiskers and claws. By Allen Spraggett The unexplained A Roman Catholic nun with a Ph.D. in biochemistry has uncovered evidence in her laboratory that some people do have healing hands. {Aster M. Justa Smith, chair- man of the chemistry department at Rosary Hill College in Buffalo, New York, told me about her off-the-beaten-track research in a recent conversation. CORRECTION he BIGGEST January Sale EVER TO HIT LETHBRIDGE The Quality Goes In Before The Name Goes On! If You Want The VERY BEST  1971 model  Walnut cabinet  Automatic fino tuning  Serviced by professionals SMITH'S SALE PRICE...... WITH APPROVED TRADE SMITH'S Ed Smith Mike Miskulin Gerard PUttell Conrad Pletlell fMlTrtS COLOR TV Phone 328-2235 LETHBRIDGE or 345-3272 OPEN THURS. AND FRI. TILL 9 P.M. CLOSED ALL DAY MONDAY She started on it, she said, after studying the.work of Dr Bernard Grad a McGill University biologist. Grad had found that a retired Hungarian army colonel now living in Montreal, Oskar Estebany, was apparently able to speed up the sprouting of damaged seeds and the healing of wounds in mice by holding his hands close to them while he was in a "prayerful" state of mind. Intrigued by such a re p o r t from a reputable scientific colleague, Sister Justa developed a hypothesis of her own. Her theory derived from the fact that all metabolic reactions of every cell are regulated - speeded up or slowed down - by specific body chemicals called enzymes. So important are enzymes that they are referred to by biochemists as the "brains" of the cells. It would seem to follow, or so Sister Justa felt, that any disease proceeds from a lack of, or from the malfunctioning of, some enzyme. And any change from sickness to health would require a prior change in the catalysts - the enzymes. Sister Justa's hypothesis, then was that; "Any healing force channelled through or activated by the hands or presence of an unorthodox healer must affect enzyme activity if healing is to take place." To test the hypothesis she conducted a series of experiments with the man with the healing hands, Col. Estebany. The model of the experiments was simple: Choosing a common enzyme called trypsin. Sister Justa proposed to compare any effects from Estebany's hands with those produced by ultraviolet light and magnetic fieds. Every day during the period of expeimentation four bottles of trypsin solution were prepared. The first received no treatment whatsoever. The second was held in Estebany's hands for 75 minutes. The third was irradiated by ultrav i o I e t light, which is known to reduce the enzyme's activity by 60 to 80 per cent, and then held by Estebany. The fourth solution was exposed to a strong magnetic field for periods up to four hours. The results? "Well," says Sister Justa, "the experiments indicated greatly increased activity- of the treated enzymes over the untreated or control solution." The stepped up activity of the enzyme in the bottle held by Col. Estebany was comparable with that obtained in the strong magnetic field. Also, the rate of activity in the "damaged" enzymes which had been exposed to ultraviolet radiation returned to normal after being held by him. "It is interesting to note," said &ster Justa, "that the qualitative effect of a high magnetic field and of the hands of this man are the same. They are also quantitatively similar." In other words, not only did enzyme activity increase after both magnetic radiation and exposure to Oskar Estebany's hands but the rate of increase was almost identical. What's the significance of these findings? Well, if malfunctioning enzymes do play an important role in disease, the fact that a strong magnetic field can restore normal enzyme function suggests a possible new treatment for some disorders. Further, the research suggests that so - called faith healing may be, at least in part, a physical phenomenon based on the ability of some people to generate their own magnetic or quasi-magnetic field. If such human magnets with healing hands could be discovered in large numbers they might be useful allies for doctors. Questions concerning psychic phenomena may be directed to Mr. Spraggett in care of this newspaper. By VERN DECOUX Crowsnest Pass Bureau BLAIRMORE - John Ulrich, Bialrmcrc - Crowsnest Pass Hospital board member and Charles Drain, MLA, were pre-ent at a Blairmore council meeting recently to discuss the possibility of a nursing home for the Crowsnest Pass. Mr. Ulrich advised the hospital was filled to capacity at the present time. Many of the patients were chronic cases that should be in a nursing home. It was proposed by the hospital board that a nursing home be built adjoining the hospital so many of the hospital facilities could be utilized. A 30-bed unit was suggested. Cost of the nursing home would be borne by the towns in the hospital district. It was felt the project would be self-liquid-ting. Council made a motion the proposal by the hospital board be approved in principal. John Ulrich will represent Blairmore on the nursing home board to be reorganized. Councillor Don Dececco reported the village of Bellevue has approved the preventive social service contract for 1971. He also advised Coleman has withdrawn from the service. The Thrift Shop at Coleman will continue for the present. A delegation from the Old Man River Regional Planning Commission was present to discuss the 10-acre subdivision taken over by the town from Canada Cement in soutteast Blairmore. Tentative plans for the sub-division will be submitted to the town by the Commission. Mr. Drain discussed the dredging of the Crows nest River at Blairmore. Many gravel bars have formed and could pose a flood threat. Mr. Drain advised the water resources branch felt the work should be done and the cost' would be about $4,000 half of which would have to be borne by the town. The matter will be discussed at next council meeting. New Dayton UCW serves NEW DAYTON (HNS) - The I year 1970 proved to be a busy year for the New Dayton UCW. Ten meetings were held with 12 members and an average attendance of seven members each meeting. Two members, Mrs. Stewart S'Keith and Mrs. Donald Skeith had perfect attendance. Some members attended all Presbyterial meetings and the World Day of Prayer. Suppers were served to the AOTS in March and November and a spring tea was held in April. Various projects for the year: collection of used stamps for leper patients; greeting cards, handicraft items and used nylons for the Dorothy Gooder School, Lethbridge; used cloth- ing for the Unitarian Service Committee, Lethbridge; pocket books and magazines for the Lethbridge provincial jail. The quota of 24 knitted bandages, woollen sweaters and 20 plastic bags was sent to the hospital in Angola. The usual donations were made to the Naramata Training School, St. S'cephens College, the Bible Society, Canyon Church Camp and the Alma Reynolds Bursary Fund. Members supplied baked goods for a tea held at the Ridgeview Lodge, Raymond. Saturday, January 16, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 29 FIRST LEGISLATURE The first legislative assembly of British Columbia opened Feb. 15, 1872, and prorogued April 11, 1872. ESCORTED TO PRISON - A handcuffed Bobby Baker wearing dark glasses is escorted into the Lewisburg, Pa. Federal Penitentary by U.S. Marshals to start a one-three year sentence. Baker was sentenced on tax evasion, conspiracy and larceny. Baker is former U.S. Senate Democratic aide. AGT, part of Trm-CMafc TtfcpfKmt SyttM It seems that only yesterday he bought your first skates, signed your report cards and iixed a broken bike. " LONG DISTANCE makes the^grow fonder So don't let another day slip by. Phone. ;