Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 27, 1972 · Page 111
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 111

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 27, 1972
Page 111
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BflHUHGCTSA to the boredom of long sea voyages, one Japanese shipping firm has commissioned a new tanker equipped with bowling facilities. At a cost of $16,000, the Idemitsu Tanker Co. had its new 222,401-DWT tanker Oshima Maru fitted out with a 55-foot "bowling lane, automated pin setter and sloping ball return, all especially designed for use at sea. In their effort to rescue terminal cancer patients from a slow, painful death, doctors are resorting to hitherto forbidden drugs and chemicals. At two British "Death Clinics," St. Joseph's and St. Christopher's in London, terminal patients receive a dose of heroin (30 milligrams) mixed with alcohol, cocaine and syrup, four to five times daily. This heroin concoction lacks the disturbing side effects of morphine-nausea, loss of appetite, restlessness--and stimulates both mood and appetite. American doctors are prohibited by law from prescribing heroin, but some are experimenting with LSD and a similar hallucinogen named DPT--both permitted for clinical tests. At the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Baltimore, doctors are currently sending their terminal patients on LSD "trips," which in some medically unknown fashion relieve or kill pain outright. A psychotherapist and a specially trained nurse are in attendance during the "trip." To create a pleasant environment, the patient's room is filled with flowers, and classical music is piped in. At the end of the trip, friends and relatives are encouraged to visit. The LSD trip is successful for three out of four patients, the Psychiatric Research Center reports. For weeks, sometimes months, the -patients"' pain and depression are relieved, and they have a better perspective of both life and death. "After the trip," explains psychotherapist Dr.. Stanislas Grof, "the patients show a renewed interest in life, wanting to watch TV, listen to-music, asking friends and relatives for news of home." BIKE THE NHHK Last year A DDEHtf when DllUlli millionaire businessman Milton J. Shapp was elected Governor of Pennsylvania, he asked Ralph Nader for personnel suggestions. One of Nader's top recom- me^idations was Herbert S. Denenberg, a 42-year-old dynamo from the University of Pennsylvania's famed Wharton School of Finance. Governor Shapp asked Denenberg to give up his $65,000-a-year job ($22,000 in salary and $43,000 in consulting fees) to become Pennsylvania's Insurance Commissioner at $22,000. Denenberg consulted his pianist-wife, Naomi, and accepted. Since taking office Denenberg has generated praiso as a dedicated, ideal public servant and abuse as a publicity-mad egomaniac. The controversy surrounding the sandy-haired professor-turned-insurance commissioner is understandable, for he is the author of four revealing consumer booklets on hospital care, auto insurance, life insurance, and surgery. In his ^quartet of tremendously helpful "Shopper's Guides," Denenberg tells the public (1) how to avoid unnecessary surgery, (2) how to get the most for their life insurance premiums, (3) how to determine the best bargains in Pennsylvania auto insurance, and (4) how to shop for the best hospital care in Philadelphia. Denenberg's objective, writes his friend Ralph Nader, "is simple. He hopes that his auto, life, and health insurance guides will encourage companies to explain price differences more effectively... There is no reason similar shopper's guides cannot be produced by other insurance commissioners." One of eight children of Russian immigrant parents, Denenberg claims that, provoking criticism is part of his job. "We're doing exactly what a government official is supposed to do --correct the problems that exist and protect the consumer's interest. We think it ought to be done aggressively. Nobody else is going to do it. Either the official does it."or special interests get their way." Copies of the four shopper's guides are available free from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Finance Building, Harrisburg; Pa. 17120. Their titles are: "A Shopper's Guide to Surgery," "A Shopper's Guide to Life Insurance," "A Shopper's Guide to Hospitals in Philadelphia," and "A Shopper's Guide to Auto Insurance in Pennsyl"- vania." For non-residents of Pennsylvania the two most useful guides arc those devoted to surgery and life insurance. MRS. LORNA JOHHSTONE, 70, IS OUT FOR OLYMPIC GOLD. Although most of the contestants are under 30 years of age and some as young as 15, the Munich Olympics which began yesterday is not just for kids. Two of the senior competitors are a 70-year-old grandmother from Worcestershire, England, Mrs. Lorna Johnstone, and a 60-year- old head of one of Germany's largest mail order firms, Mr. Josef Neckermann. Both Mrs. Johnstone and Mr. Neckermann are equestrians who will compete in the dressage events in which they must guide their horses through a complex series of movements with barely perceptible use of hands, reins or legs. The event demands intense concentration and a good memory; the latter perhaps presents the greatest challenge to Mrs. Johnstone, a three-time Olympic competitor. "The course is done from memory," she says, "and mine may not be as good as it used to be. There's an increased chance that I might forget the program -- that is my nightmare." Mrs. Johnstone believes ' M that she is the eldest "by a long way" on Britain's equestrian team. "But all of the team members are my friends," she explains. "We get along very well. I give them no advice, unless they ask for it." Mr. Neckermann won a bronze medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome and gold medals at Tokyo in 1964, Mexico City in 1968. In addition to training his horses and spending time with his seven children, four of them foster, Mr. Neckermann heads the Frankfurt mail order house whose slogan, appropriately enough, reads "Neckermann makes it possible."

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