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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, HE LETHBRIDut Ann Landers Your Problem Girl is writing from behind the Bam- boo Curtain, a member of the American Medical Association's delegation travelling through mainland China. We are visiting Shanghai's largest hospital, where outpatients are treated daily about 500 with acupuncture. These people are not being operated on. They are receiv- ing needles for everything from stuttering to bed-wetting to arthritis and cancer. After visiting hospitals in Peking, Shenyang, Darlien, and Tient- sin, I've seen enough acupunc- ture so that I could set up a clinic and insert the needles personally. (If I lived in Nevada, it would be perfectly legal for me to do so. Heaven help us if other states pass such Dr. Don Wood, internist of Indianapolis, and Dr. Claude Welch, Harvard Prof, of Surgery and President of the American College of Surgeons, were busily photographing the acupunc- ture patients. Fourteen procedures were in progress in a single room. We were first shown a toddler with six needles protruding from his forehead. "He was brain- damaged at the doctor said. His mother proudly boasted, "My son can walk a few steps now. When we carried him in he could barely move his little legs." A nine-year-old girl was ly- ing flat on her back with one needle in her lower'afidomen and two needles in her ankles. "Frequent urination is her the nurse told our Urologists, Dr. Charles Hoffman of Huntington. W. Va., and Dr. Russell Roth of Erie, Penn. (both past presidents of They winced. A pretty 11-year-old child with epilepsy sat quietly with two needles in her elbows as we watched a nurse jab a third needle into her neck. "Does it I asked. she smiled. "It is making me well." Dr. Jay Arena, the famous pediatrician from Duke University, asked if the child was receiving any medication. (He thought she might be getting Dilantin, a drug which has proven very was the reply. "She is doing well." Dr. Kenneth Sawyer of Denver called my attention to a plumpish. middle-aged woman who sat quietly with 1 BLOCK NORTH OF WATER TOWER MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE 328-2732 W I L D E R HQMES S E Singles. Doubles and Modular Mobile Homes Outstanding Values 2x4 Walls Double Insulation in Ceilings 2x12 ROOT Joist 2l02-2nd Are. N. two needles sticking out of her face, one at the corner of each eye. he said, as he reached for his camera. "I've got to get a picture of this one." The most startling sight was a man in his mid-50s, lying face down. He looked like a human porcupine with at least 30 needles protruding from his back and buttocks. Some of the needles were 12 inches long. explained the doctor. "He will feel much better soon." Dr. James Sam- mons, Executive Vice President-Designate of the A.M.A., whispered to me, "No doubt. Just getting those damn needles out would help a lot." As we left the the patients applauded their customary manner of greeting foreign visitors and bidding them farewell. Joe Miller, A.M.A. staff member from Chicago, noted that not a single patient showed signs of discomfort. Moreover, they all seemed confident that the acupuncture treatments were helping. At dinner that evening, our delegation discussed what we had seen. Dr. Malcolm Todd of Long Beach, Calif. (Presi- dent of the A.M.A.) summed it up: "Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of complaints, but there is no scientific evidence that it has much value as a cure." Dr. Richard Palmer, pathologist from Alexandria, Va., added, "Unfortunately, when people are in pain they'll try anything. We must make sure that acupuncture doesn't become quackupuncture. It must be regarded in the Western world as experimen- tal and used only by licensed physicians, dentists, and research scientists." To which I added, "Amen, brothers." Project aids retarded TORONTO (CP) Only the parents of a child who is re- tarded know what it is like to discover that the child is not the same as other children. This is why Pilot Parents came into being last May. "I've always had this feeling in my mind I'd like to help new said Zelda Gorlick. founder of the group. Mrs. Gorlick's four-year-old daughter Rachel was diagnos- ed as retarded at birth. "It was like the end of the world." Mrs. Gorlick said. ignorance and fear and not knowing what's happening.'" At the time, her pediatri- cian referred her to Surrey Place, then known as the Men- tal Retardation Centre, where a social worker arranged an evening workshop with several other parents. "Just meeting those parents helped us become aware of all the things Mrs. Gorlick said. She decided then to find a way to help others like herself. The 20-member group, part of the northern division of the Metropolitan Toronto Associ- ation for the Mentally Re- tarded, has a brochure con- cerning the project which is distributed to hospitals, public health nurses and family doc- tors. One of the group is Maureen Cullcn. who was living in Ban- croft. Ont.. when her son Tony, now 6. was born. She knew nothing about retarda- tion at the time and there was no one she could turn to for help. Doctors gave her no assistance, she said. When Tony was 3. the family moved to Toronto and she was able to place him in one of the 10 half-day nursery schools run bv the association. Scottish children lose teeth EDINBURGH