Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THE IETH3RIDGE HERAlD Monday, Juno 18, 1973 Big city dudes hit town Toronto ccmedians Johnny Wayne and Frank Shyster, in Lethbridge to promote the official open- ing of a station, took in the sights at Fort Whoop-Up at Indian Batrle Park Saturday and were presented with a little chunk of Whoop-Up country (so little it came in a small glass The two donned railroad duds and Johnny engineered the fort's train while partner Frank rode shotgun. Ric'" Ervir Addiction cause probed By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Heroin addiction may in part be caused by a physical deficiency which is corrected by use of the narcotic, a Lethbridge psychiatrist be- lieves. Based on informal research, the doctor, who asked not to be named, feels that heroin may help correct poor ab- sorption of nutrients by the intestinal tract. knew from informal re- search in practice of the im- portance of nutrition in the treatment of drug addiction and the widespread practice of using large doses of vita- mins, particularity during the doctor said in an interview. To confirm his theory, he cited the fact that during withdrawal heroin addicts suf- fer from diarrhea, indicating that nutrients may be pass- ing through the bowel too quickly to be properly ab- sorbed. The doctor also said that an opium-related drug, Lomo- til, can be prescribed for persons in withdrawal. Lomo- til is also used for treatment of diarrhea. At one time, an opium-alcohol solution was used to treat diarrhea. Large doses of vitamins and minerals reduce the crav- ing for heroin and alleviate withdrawal symptoms, he said. His research is based on nu- trient-blood level studies done over a period of four years, with the study group includ- ing several heroin addicts in withdrawal. Tests done on a few outpa- tient addicts showed their nutrient levels to be lower fen normal, but no follow-up testing was done. Results from these few tests were confirmed, the psychiatrist said, when he tested about 16 people on m e t h a done maintenance. Melhadone is a synthetic nar- cotic which, when given to heroin addicts instead of her- oin, satisfies the addict's hun- ger for heroin However, he added that with the methadone patients he only did a blood-iron test which showed abnormally low levels of the mineral In blocd. This, he said, reflected general deficiency in absorp- tion. His research was restricted when the hospital informed him that because of the cost involved in doing nutrient- blood level tests, he should stop. "I was lucky they let me do it as long as they did. I think they were justified." For instance, a test to de- termine the amount of caro- tene (a vitamin A building block) in the blood costs about "There is a possibility that part of the action of heroin is to slow down absorption of nutrients in the bowel. "During withdrawal, an ad- dict gets bowel spasms and abdominal cramps as the bowel action becomes faster and harsher "But when he uses the drug, an addict gets consti- pated, perhaps because he uses too he said. When an addict is on a low dcse of methadone, he said, there is no abnormal inci- dence of either diarrhea or constipation. Bowel malabsorption Is probably not the primary cause of heroin addiction, the psychiatrist said, but it's an important link in the process leading to drug dependency. A high percentage of peo- ple who become addicts are ill. he said. Most of them have under-active thyroid flonds and they get depress- ed An under-active thyroid gland causes a slow-down of the metabolic rate and the body 15 unable to produce enough of the substance (nor- adrenalin) which transmits nsnc impulses. Consequently the brain doesn't function prnnerly They then start to look for something to make them feel better and in some cases, they turn to heroin, the doc- tor said 'My research isn't hard enough to prove it conclu- sively'1 but there is a possi- bility that heroin addiction may have its roots in the failure of the human body to function properly. Fire destroys Kipp home About damage was caused Saturday afternoon when fire destroyed a house and garage belonging to Richard Thompson, of Kipp. eight miles west of Leth- bridge Stampede parade July 9 The Calgary Stampede pai- ade marches out July 9 in Calgary with the assurances of parade officials that Jl will be one of the longest in Stampede history. A Salute to the RCMP is the theme of the parade which begins early this year, at a.m. A large congin- gent of the force and more musical bands distinguish its organization from former years'. The usual kick-off parade has been cancelled since it conflicted with Queen Eliza- beth's July 5 visit to Calgary. Entries for the kick-off par- ade are included for July 9 and for this reason Len Hoi- man, parade chairman, sug- gests floats be entered early to ensure consideration. LeLhbridge fire units an- M-.ercd the call but their ef- iorls to extinguish the blaze were hampered by a short- age of water. Firefighters had to lay feet of hose to a nearby irrigation ditch in order to fight the fire. It is believed to have start- ed when some gasoline in the all ached garage ignited. The only injury reported was to Mr Thompson's son, w h o burned his hand trying to put out the fire Five minutes before the Kipp came in, Leth- bridge fire department an- swered a false alarm at the Lethbridge Community Col- lege, but Deputy Chief Ernie Holberton told The Hera-'d that the false alarm did not affect the fire units which answered the Kipp alarm. University seeks city council endorsement of theatre University of Lethbridge president Dr. Bill Eeckel has gone to Mayor Andy Ander- son and city aldermen for support of a proposed million theatre auditorium on the local campus. In a letter to Mayor Ander- son, expected to be discussed by council at its meeting to- night, Dr. Bcckel said city support "would assist in ob- taining approval for con- struction from, the provincial government." Earlier this month, Ad- vanced Education Mmist e r Jim Fester indicated provin- cial backing for the new ccmplex is not likely. Mr. Foster, in an interview with The Herald, said no new construction will be approv- ed for the U of L until two conditions are met univer- sity enrolment increases and joint university community usa for any new building is proven to his department. Dr. Bcckel said the com- plex can be paid for by the U of L (about and the provincial government (about He said the campus the- atre auditorium, to be lo- cated about nine miles from, downtown Lethbridge, will benefit the total community. "We have checked this proposal with the city man- ager and the superintendent of culture and recreation. Both see no conflict between our project and the Yatcs Memorial Centre. "On the contrary, they see them complementing each Dr. Beckel said. He said the U of L complex will also benefit the city- sponsored West Lethbridge housing development. "This facility will have considerable value for the local community, for the City of Lethbridge and particular- ly the west side residential population, as well as for other communities in South- ern Dr. Ecckcl said. He said an official endorse- ment of the project is needed from Lethbridge aldermen to strengthen the U of L's posi- tion with the provincial gov- ernment. would like an official endorsement of our project by Lethbridge council. This would assist in obtaining ap- proval from the provincial government. "We sincerely hope council will officially and enthusias- tically endorse this Dr. Beckel said. The theatre auditorium is planned to accommodate 350 to 400 persons. Dr Beckcl said its purpose is three-fold, all aligned to the university: "To accommodate teach- ing and production by our de- partment of dramatic arts, for teaching and recitals by our department of music, lectures or film, presentation to classes in our credit and noiv-credit programs." Dr. Beckcl said use of the facility "might" be made by local drama groups "where an intimate theatre with a small audience u desirable." Patersoii meeting 2 weeks away Tt will be at least another two weeks before public school trustees call a special meeting Ui discuss a project- ed construction deficit at Gil- bert Paterson School. Board members were told June 12 renovations and ex- pansion at Paterson could run in the red if plans continue as scheduled. At that time, board chair- man Dr. Doug McPherson promised a special meeting of trustees before June 30 to discuss possible solutions to the deficit. A special committee of has been named to travel to Edmonton, where the problem will be brought to the attention of education department officials. No date for the Edmonton trip has yet been set. A spokesman for the board said today the issue is nol likely to be aired until early July.