Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
16-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD May 1974 Controversy raised over broad uses of valium NEW YORK a multi-purpose drug unknown 15 years has become the No. 1 prescribed drug in the United States and perhaps the world. The yellow or blue pills the color varies with the dose in the tablet have so broad a spectrum of medical uses and are so frequently prescribed that many are born and die with valium in their and controversy has been raised about the extent of its use. Last according to sources in the drug one in 10 Americans aged 18 and older took valium at one time or another for a wide variety of such as sleep even painful sexual intercourse. But its use as a minor tranquilizer for symptoms of anxiety accounted for a large share of the estimated 57-million prescriptions written last year. Millions of people government among others keep the tranquilizer at hand to swallow in periods of stress. Rather than take valium regularly over long most such patients are advised by the doctor to take it as they feel it is needed to relieve their anxiety symptoms. Many tense patients with heart disease take valium as an adjunct to digitalis and other regular cardiac therapies. Vallum's mysterious powers to act on the brain and thereby relax muscles has reportedly made it the drug that professional football players with Charley horses and other muscle sprains take most often. Other people take it to help relieve pain from back sprains and slipped disks. Many obstetricians inject valium into mothers' veins in labor to help make delivery easier. Dentists often prescribe it to calm anxieties before they drill or pull teeth. The drug's phenomenal use has led to controversies about such topics possible misuse of the doctors'- prescription pads. real in human and economic that the disruptive effects of anxiety impose upon the individual and and just where is the trade off between risk and benefit in drug therapy to keep people functioning. potential merits and dangers of treating a large segment of the population with one mood altering drug. possible influence of such a medication on the minds of those in public and private life whose decisions affect other people's affairs. the results of an international study on the use of anti-anxiety published in The New England Journal of Medicine last has put a new perspective on the use in the United States of valium and its close pharmacologic librium. Librium reportedly is third in prescription sales in this country. Both valium and which belong to a class of drugs called' were discovered by Hoffman the drug's sole manufacturer. The study found that the proportion of people who used such drugs on one or more occasions during a one year period ranged from a high oi 17 per cent in Belgium and to 16 per cent in 15 per cent in 14 per cent in Germany and the United 13 per cent in the 11 per cent in Italy and 10 per cent in Spain. OCTOGENARIAN Caraston resident celebrates 80th birthday Thursday. May 23rd. Margaretha Meyer celebrated her 80th birthday Mrs Meyer was born in the Netherlands May 23 1894 She immigrated to Canada with her husband Abraham Meyer 1925 first settling in Al- berta later moving to Calgary in 1926 where rjcth worked for Caldwell Knitting helping this well known name in Western Canada get established in the knitting business They returned to Hillspnng in 1931 and established their own knitting factory April 23 1932 her husband died Mrs Meyer however continued the knitting business for a lively- hood In the winter of 1936 a fire destroyed the combined house and factory and much of the machinery was damaged or burned Enough of the machinery was salvaged how- ever and was taken to Cardston where the business was again started Other than 6 years in Calgary with Caldwell Knitting Company from 1943 to 1949 Mrs Meyer has lived in Cardston She has three sons. Ernest of Taber Casper of Taber. and Wiiliam of Cardston There are 13 grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren A family and friend reception was held in Cardston Thursday. May 23rd at the A W Meyer residence 'Sneakers best for the feet9 Mass. A United States Air Force doctor has put himself at odds with many other foot specialists by contending that traditional firm support shoes may not be as good for the feet as sneakers Dr. John Barrett says shoes should fit the not the feet fit the shoes. And he says that people are too concerned about flat don't have to be as bad as we make them out to be.1' In an interview before speaking today at a seminar on foot medicine sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Dr Barrett said his research shows that supple shoes are to the feet than those with rigid support. While soft footware often is Dr. Barrett said the foot needs no artificial support in most cases for normal functioning. supports aren't as important as some people Dr. Barrett said. He is chief of orthopedic services at the Loring Air Force Base hospital near Md. people in other countries who don't wear there is almost no such thing as painful flat feet in and they do get flat he said. flat feet seem confined to the shoe wearing an indication that the shoe may aggravate the Dr Barrett said a study shows that a person's feet are three to four per cent larger at the end of a day because of increasing pressure from blood and other fluids that accompanies activity. And he said the study showed feet were eight to 15 per cent larger at the end of a week than at the beginning He recommended that people buy shoes at the end of the or preferably at the end of the when their feet are largest. Tight besides being can damage cartilage and lead to he said. YIELDS WATER If the Antarctic ice- cap would yield about six mil- lion cubic miles of water. FINAL WEEK OF OUR GREAT m You could be the winner of in Fabrics of your choice just come in and enter your name for the draw purchase necessary Draw will be made June -The Herald Family Wife switches takes over roofing business Rayon Knits polyester rayon 60' prints fZ99 yard 1 -5 yard pieces A A 45' wide solid shades IK V yard Ov Assorted Fabrics Polyesters Acrylics etc I V9 vard Tie dye look. wide 4 QQ polyester. cotton 199 yard Poly-Cotton Knits 60 blue only fk tn A T-shirt weight V yard Tricot 108-. 4 QQ solid shades 199 vard A Suiting Acrylic plaid Ideal for slacks skirts etc M99 vnrrl Assorted shades-Draylon I SfSf Acrylic. Fishnet Fibreglas w w yard Cotton Dan River Pink Plaid. 4 QQ cotton 199 yard Batts each 100 w Corduroy cotton QQ solid shades I 99 yard thick yard W Brushed Acrylic tOQ plaids 4T99 vard and Q Q plains wide 4T99 yard fj 1 Club corner notes j Xi Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at p m. Tuesday at the home of Jean 1625 Lakeside Road Co hostess is Gladys Simons. The program will be presented by Joan Erdman. The Aileen Walker Unit of Southminster Church will meet at 8 p m. Tuesday at the home of Mary 529 26th St. S. Kappa Beta Sigma Phi. will hold its last meeting the year and wind up party at 8.15 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Lucelle .Thompson. Program will be given by Dorothy Matheson. The Lethbridge Rural Early Childhood Society will be WeeWhimsy holding registrations for kindergarten age children in the district for classes beginning in September. Please register your child at the school in your Hardieville to 9 McNally to 9 p.m and Sunnyside 7-30 to 9 p.m. Horsing around as the days get a little youngsters start heading for the play- grounds to enjoy the sun- ny weather. Four-year-old Sandy Bartlett is having the time of her life on swinging horse at the Lions on 19th Avenue S. TORONTO Alicia Shafer is certain she would baffle the panel of What's My Line if she had ever had time to leave her roofing and go to New York to chal- lenge them. She claims to have been only woman roo- registered and bonded and as efficient as any during the 1930s and '40s. Mrs. Shafer. now got into the roofing business in Toronto in the late after her first husband developed a heart condition which made him incapable of running the business was nothing for it but for us to switch Mrs Shafer said. stayed at home keeping an eye on the children. I took over the The company's profit had dwindled to almost nothing. worked out that our workers were making more than we were. One or two were moonlighting at our ex- pense Like it or I de- cided I had to be there all every Roofing being a seasonal the hours were long and Mrs. Shafer and her employees often worked six days a week from April to late October. Mrs. Shafer would be up by 4am. to do housekeeping chores and by 5 a.m would be out in the picking up the workers to take them to the job. worked on the roofs of office buildings and houses. Often the people be- low us looked like ants. Be- fore I could do anything the guys could rolling out the felt and dipping my mop into a pail of Alicia twice found herself in hospital after accidents on the job fell 16 feet on one job and woke up with an arm in a cast and my hips out of action. The worst time was when I slipped on the roof of a Church Street clothing store and dropped a pail of boiling pitch over right foot. guys rushed me to hos- pital with the injured foot dangling out the window of the truck. The doctors thought of amputating but I kicked up such a fuss they changed their minds. I was in there for weeks The job had its humorous moments. There was the time she almost forgot to draw the weekly wage packets and had to rush into the bank with her employees just before it closed manager thought it was a holdup by Ma Barker and her boys. There I straight off a face black with wearing shirt and a man's cap pulled down to keep the hair out of my eyes one of the tellers recognized me when I took my hat Mrs. Shafer worked in the roofing business because she had to support a husband and four young but there were times when she would have preferred to be at home. are not built for really physical work I had to work that way out of but there were many times when I yearned to be at home with my pots and dishes Alicia Shafer retired from the roofing business in after the eldest son who she had hoped would take over the business was killed in a car crash. Alicia the liberated woman m the '30s and thinks today's women's liber- ation movement is for the and looks with distaste on some of what she considers its excesses. Arnold the family thinks Alicia sym- bolized the spirit of the De- pression days. those days welfare was a he said. was this wiry little woman doing the work of a man rather than ask anyone for help. 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