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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Monday, Jimmy 27, 1975 -The HeraU- Family of Family Planning Association says: New pill version safer to use, 100% effective WINNIPEG (CP) Recent surveys show that a new version of the oral contraceptive pill is safer to use and completely effective, Dr. Earl Plunkett of London, Ont., said last week at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons annual meeting. The new pill; which has an estrogen dosage of 30 rnicrograms compared with 50 migrograms for the more traditional prepa- rations, is just as effective and apparently free from many ad- verse side effects, Dr. Plunkett said in an interview. Use of oral contraceptives can lead to complications such as depression and weight gain in some women. The new pill, put on sale by several pharmaceutical firms within the last eight months, also contains a new synthetic progestin known as dl-norgestrol. This can apparently lower the cholesterol of fatty acid levels in the blood. The new piii's only apparent side-effect is mid-cycle bleeding in between 10 and 15 per cent of the women taking it during the first three months, said Dr. Plunkett, an obstetrics professor at University of Western Ontario. The findings on the new pill's effectiveness are based on a study of 60 women in Britain and 23 more in Canada. Lower cholesterol levels were found in the British study. Patients with pre-medication counts of 170 milligrams per 100 millilitres used to get cholesterol elevations to 195 on the older pills, but the levels dropped to as little as 150 once the new preparation was used. Dr. Plunkett said progestin could theoretically be used to lower cholesterol levels in men. He also said there has been a noticeable return to use of oral contraceptives, following several years during which skeptic- ism about side-effects led to a decline in their use. Moreover, doctors no longer caution about oral con- traceptives or advise women to discontinue the medication periodically. The pill may be entering a new era of further refinement said Dr. Plunkett. "It is apparently possible by minor adjustments to the mole- cule of the progestin to alter its effects considerably, and it may be possible to find even better combinations." 4BCIC meeting needs in vital areas' By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor The Lethbridge Birth Control and Information Centre appears to be doing an excellent job fulfilling its role within the com- munity, says the director of the Alberta Family Planning Association. Dorothy Zolf of Edmonton, here on the weekend for the BCIC open house, says the centre is meeting needs in three vital areas of family planning: providing birth control informa- tion so women will know what alternatives are available to them; referring clients to doc- tors if problems arise and providing pre-natal courses for women expecting babies. "I'm favorably commented Ms. Zolf. "I don't think either the Calgary or the Edmonton centres conduct programs based on such a com- prehensive over-view of the whole family planning spectrum." She said that although the Alberta Family Planning Association has been in existence for over a year, the public "hasn't heard anything from us yet" because the body is still in the throes of organization, with the drafting of its constitution and bylaws Hearing completion. The AFPA, funded in part by the family planning division of the federal department of health and welfare, is responsible for co-ordination of the services of the three family planning and birth control centres currently operating in the province (Lethbridge, Edmonton, Through public educa-, tion programs and contacts at grass roots levels within other communities, the association hopes to foster additional similar agencies in other centres. "Once we're fully will be in February, after we've been registered as a be doing more than just letting the community come to us. We hope to be contacting them said Ms. Zolf. She said the association wanted to establish contacts in smaller communities through co- operation with and referral from preventive social service direc- tors. In addition, Ms. Zolf hopes eventually to establish 3 zenith number through which family planning queries from ail areas of the province could be handled. The AFPA director said one of her jobs was to make the wide array of statistics, research and development available throughout the province and serve as a focal point for family planning interaction at all levels! said Ms. Zolf, "the woman living in a small town or rural area should have the same access to family plann- ing data as a woman in a large centre." She said the majority of birth control information is still received through physicians, so naturally .the smaller more remote communities who do not have regular access to doctors suffer the least information. "Getting grass roots support is what's hard to work she added. "Winning professional support is easy because professionals recognize the cry- ing need for family planning. We hope use of volunteers is one way to win wider support." Ms. Zolf said the provincial government should promote family planning 'concepts and should long ago have articulated a firm policy on family planning. Despite its wealth, she added, Alberta is one of the more backward regions when it came to family planning. She said her association could provide "effective and accep- table programs" as it was independent of government, a private non-profit entity which "could stick its neck out" if it had to, while government departments had of necessity to move more cautiously. A mother of three teenagers, Ms. Zolf decries the parental at- titude which assumes that ignor- ing sex and giving children no in- formation will prevent young people from curiosity on the sub- ject or subsequent experimen- tation. "Sticking our heads in the sand is no solution at she says. "We don't have control over our children's behavior past i a cer- tain age. Thus we must give them factual, honest information so they will develop healthy attitude towards sex. Youth today is be- ing bombarded with sexual stimuli via the media whether we like it or not, we have got to accept it and give our children some data, so they can cope with it. My generation never had such stimuli, but we have to change with the times and admit they ex- ist Ms. Zolf said that 1973 statistics indicate that 38 per cent of the abortions conducted in Alberta were performed on adolescent girls. "Obviously, not talking about sex just doesn't prevent young people from trying She said attitudes towards family planning and family life education are so slow in changing because they are emotional, not rational issues. "Family plann- 'ing involves attitudes, values, morality and religious not something peo- ple react to very However, she added, though change is slow in coming, public attitudes will gradually progress. BCIC sponsoring informative series The Lethbridge Birth Control and Information Centre is sponsoring a series of four information evenings, with the first to be held Tuesday. Open to the public, the Tues- day and Thursday evening- presentations will be held WON., JAN. 27 in 57 NUMBERS 11 Gold Pay Double boor Carda Regular Carda 25t or 5 for SI 13th SI. and 6th AM. "A" N. No Children under 16 allowed from to p.m., with a different topic of discussion featured at each session. The centre's policy and programs will be discussed at the Tuesday meeting when BCIC Director Pauline Hoskin will be the guest speaker. On Thursday, U of L Biology Professor Paul Lewis will speak on anatomy, physiology and venereal disease. On Feb. 4, Dr. Evelyn Hardin of the Haig Clinic will discuss birth control and abor- tion. Dr. Enid Melville, a counsellor with Alberta Men- tal Health Services, will speak on communication at the Feb. 6 presentation. The sessions are free of charge, no registration is necessary. The BCIC is located at 542 7th St. So. Winter in Hong Kong often spells doom for many dogs Five generations Five generations are brought together in Courtenay, B.C., as Leona Farthing left, her eight-months-old son Norman, and her mother, Marilyn Poole are visited by grandmother Nary Standard of Lethbridge, far right and great grandmother Glenna Klingelhofer, centre, of Pelly, Sask. It's the first time all five generations have been together. HONG KONG (Reuter) Winter in Hong Korig spells doom for many of the col- ony's stray dogs, snakes and rare animals from China. Many end up in cooking pots. The winter season is a time for marty Chinese restaurants to display imported live ani- mals and snakes in cages and cooked-food stalls put up signs indicating that dog meat is available. The most popular delicacies are dog stew and snake broth, both cheap enough for the av- erage worker. Also slaughtered during the cold spell are pangolins, (sca- ly leopard foxes and civet cats. They are costly and customers must tell the restaurant in advance to prepare the meal. In the colony, Chinese change their eating habits in winter preparing meals that help to keep them warm. Dogs, some- rare animals and snakes are considered to have all the necessary in- gredients. There is no law banning the butchering of rare creatures for restaurant kitchens. But there are provisions that al- low the authorities to prose- cute anyone caught ill-treat- ing The slaughter of cats and dogs is illegal and anyone found killing them for food is liable to be fined a maximum of Hong Kong dollars (about but the lucrative business goes on illicitly ev- ery winter. Food-stall owners have found a canny.way to try to beat the law enforcers. They put up signs in Chinese which bear the figures 6 and 3, which add up to nine. In Cantonese the words nine and dog sound the same. The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ani- mals (SPCA) recently led po- lice to a major dog dis- tribution centre in a rural dis- trict. They seized 100 live dogs. A few slaughtered animals were found strewn on the PUBLIC BINGO (Played Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Up.l.ki) EVERY SMI. DINGO RAINBOW HALL -14015 Ave. N." TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 P.M. JACKPOT IN 52 NUMBERS 4th-Nn and 12th GAMES DOUBLED IN 7 NUMBERS OR LESS Free Carda Card! and QamM, 25t par Card, 5 Card! Door Prize No Children under 1C Ytara Spornorad by A.u.u.c. Aaeociallon Women priests appointed to well-known seminary NEW YORK (AP) Two women, or- dained Episcopal priests in defiance of church rules last week, were appointed to the faculty of one of the denomination's best known seminaries, with full priestly rights accorded them. Episcopal Divinity School .of Cambridge, Mass., said in a statement the appointments were regular faculty positions "with all the privileges of other ordained members of the seminary faculty." A spokesman said the women would their like other professors, in celebrating holy com- munion. In the Episcopal Church, only ordained priests can fill that role. The church's house of bishops has termed invalid the or- dination of 11 women last July, including the two named to the seminary faculty. They are Rev. Susan Hiatt of Philadelphia, who will serve as an assis- tant professor of pastoral theology, and Rev. Carter Heyward of New York, an as- sistant professor of theology. The seminary, widely regarded as the leading academic centre of the church, said the appointments were approved by an 8-to-5 vote of the board of trustees. The seminary's action came as a grow- ing list of policy-making Episcopal dioceses recommended that women be ac- cepted as priests. This has happened in the dioceses of Boston, Ohio, Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y., and Washington, D.C., but none of the bishops in those areas have given approval. The recommendation in Rochester last week came after a special theological committee had looked into the Philadelphia ordinations and found them valid. Community calendar The Whirl A Ways will square and round dance at 8 tonight in the Moose Hall. All square dancers welcome. Women are asked to bring a box lunch. McKillop Church UCW will meet at p.m. Wednesday in the committee room. Preceptor Eta, Beta Sigma Phi, will meet at p.m Wednesday at the home of Anne Chanda, 318 24th St. S Tau Chapter will be enter- tained. Hostesses will be Delores Christie, Cathy Khan, Vi Shore and Phyllis Hall. The program, What is Friendship, will be presented by Marge Sanford and Bev Perkins. Tau Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, will meet at 8 p.m. Tues- day at the home of Leslee' Martin, 2908 South Parkside Drive. floor, flies swarming over them. A man was arrested, prose- cuted and fined a total of 000 Hong Kong dollars. A week earlier, another po- lice raid in the city area un- covered seven live dogs in a hut. The executive secretary of the SPCA, Mrs. C. Nutt, said the raids were made fol- lowing tipoffs. "We went with police to these places where we were told dogs were she said. 'They were full of disease and I wished that people who eat them were there to see for themselves that what they buy from the stalls could affect their health. "These dogs were not fit to stay alive and had to be hu- manely destroyed." Fred Chen, known as the colony's snake king, and the owner of the China Wildlife Co., said he buys nearly snakes every month from China, and nearly of them from Bangkok in winter. Housewives can buy snake flesh at eight Hong Kong dol- lars a pound. Chinese believe a snake's gall bladder can cure rheu- matism. They can walk into a snake shop, order a glass of snake gall at 30 Hong Kong dollars and wash it down with Chinese wine. The Lethbridge Chapter of the Sweet Adelines meets from 8 to p.m. Wednesdays in the church basement, 420 12th St. S. Women interested in singing four part harmony and good fellowship are invited to attend. Take it to the leader. Let Singer put your sewing machine in its best working order with Our 7-Point Tune-Up Program. Our experts will 1. Adjust, balance tensions 2. Adjust fabric handling mechanism 3. De-lint threading mechariism Visitor Callus today 4. Adjust belt tension 5. Inspect wiring 6. Lubricate machine 7. Inspect, lubricate motor 95 Alto ivillaMe at all SINGER CENTERS in-ilon repair eetlmetet on all makta of Sewing Machines. SINGER Consull Ihe yellow pages of your directory for the address ol Itw Singer Sewing Ccnlre or participaiing Approved Dealer ncaresl you, 'Practicing what you preach gets college teacher suspended New York Times Service DEL MAR, Calif. .A teacher who instructed college students in her child development class that breast feeding is a beautiful ex- perience has been suspended by the college for practicing what she preached. Rosanne Holliday was suspended by officials at Southwestern College in Chula Vista because she brought her daughter, Katherine, then two months old, to campus with her last year to nurse her. Mrs. Holliday breast-fed the baby in the woman's faculty lounge between classes. She finally had to resort to sneak- ing the child into the rest room of a nearby filling sta- tion when the college's board of trustees passed a regula- tion barring the children of employees from campus dur- ing working hours. "I felt as though I were fighting phantoms in a Kafka novel because nobody at the college would say outright that they objected to breast said the 35 year old mother of two, whose fight against the suspension is be- ing aided by the American Federation Teachers. Mrs. Holliday "they argued that the presence of employees' children might disrupt the academic atmosphere or in- volve the college in an expen- sive law suit if a child were At a hearing earlier this month, Chester Devore, presi- dent of the junior college, which also is known as Sweetwater Community' College District, said he and the board of trustees objected, because they feared it would set a bad precedent. He said the feeling was that such employees as secretaries, clerks and cleaning women might desert their duties to breast feed and that the ef- ficiency of the school would suffer. However, according to Mrs. Holliday, Devore ad- mitted that no one had ob- jected to him about her breast feeding. FINED FOR FUN PARIS (AP) A Paris court has fined a man and his wife and given them suspended four-month prison sentences for making love on the stage twice a day for three months. Rene Gaucher, 37 and his wife Micheline, 48, denied charges of offending Ladies of the Lethbridge Public morals by their perfor- Order of the Royal Purple will mances at the Saints In- hold initiation at their regular sex theatre. .meeting at 8 tonight. Lunch_______________________. will follow. Officers and Drill Team are asked to wear long white dresses. The newly formed LaLeche League of Lethbridge, a group open to all women interested in the womanly art of breast feeding, will hold its monthly meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Gerald Nordstrom, 624 18th St. S. For further information call Mrs. Nordstrom at 328-1881 or Mrs F. Papp at 327-6308. Canadian Citizenship Court will be held at a.m Tuesday. Judge G. V. Sinclair will be presiding. Guest speaker will be Dr. W. G. Cousins. Hosting is Sir Alex- ander Gait Chapter, IODE Xi Nu Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi; will hold its regular meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Leslee Martin, 2908 South Parkside Drive. Membere and Invited QUMM In Ihe Ciubroome JACKPOT RMMn If MB MTMMf HH MMMI 16 Games Jackpot All Bingos Doubled on Children under 16 years >f age. WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT Friday SMurdiy, 31 and Fib. i tiiterliliimenl M the Canteen Saturday For Metribeis ana tneir mvneo quests vmy ;