Dogmatic docs

May 4 1981

Dogmatic docs

May 4 1981

Dogmatic docs


Your story Quest for a Cure (Cover, April 20) revives my frustration with traditional medicine. Several years ago I had to go “underground” to find sensible answers to the health problems of my family. I have become a responsible health consumer who, as a result, would no more take Valium for depression than blame my misinformed doctor for prescribing it. Unfortunately, our doctors are still more interested in defending their rank and status than they are cognizant of the changing mood of the public. In spite of whatever good things traditional medicine has to offer, it is losing credibility by taking such a defensive stand against non-drug alternatives. No health modality is a perfect science. No modality by itself can provide all the answers. We require them all, working together.


The so-called alternative treatments that are not worth trying have saved many people’s lives. Can we afford such dogmatic certainty? Your article doesn’t do much to help change the view on alternatives since it labels the unorthodox methods and their advocates as “underground,” a stigma with negative connotations. However, after watching five close friends lose a parent to cancer in the past three years, and now praying myself for my father who is losing ground to liver cancer while on chemotherapy, I’m frustrated indeed.

— BRAD McFADYEN, Mississauga, Ont.

Interests in turmoil

It was encouraging to read David North’s article, Pawns in a Cold War Battleground (Podium, April 20). Unlike most of the press coverage, North hacks his way through mounds of East/West posturing, fabricated “evidence” and anti-Communist rhetoric to reveal the essence of the struggle in El Salvador and other Central American nations. Despite statements to the contrary made by External Affairs Minister Mark MacGuigan, Canada does have interests in the region. Inco’s Guatemalan mine is Canada’s largest foreign investment in Central America, and other Canadian corporations also have investments there. The government appears to have succumbed to U.S. pressure. Canadians must take a strong stand in support of human rights.


Out in the cold to stay

With regard to who should make the decision in corporate take-overs {The Happy Cold Warriors, Column, April 20), Mr. McQueen offered three options. He forgot to mention the fourth, which is all of those suggestions. If the selfinterested owners and greedy bidders strike a bargain, what is wrong with that? Since the only members of the market involved in a deal are the same owners and bidders, what do we care if they are ill informed? Let them learn from their own mistakes or benefit from their own wisdom like the rest of us. — M.A. SILLAMAA,


Smiles from frozen Atlantis

I grasped my copy of Maclean's in my hot little hands and devoured each page with relish until Fotheringham {Walk of the Town, Column, April 20), which became the bitter aftertaste. In his chronicles of cities he omitted one of the most pleasant cities in Canada—Winnipeg. I find the city comparable to most, but the big thing is the people who can manage smiles despite road work, —40° temperatures and inflation.



Man’s genius for technological improvement has soared to a new plateau.

Missing the Marx

I read with interest your profile on Dave Broadfoot (The Sound of One Man's Laughing, Profile, March 30). As it turned out, the debut of Royal Canadian Air• Farce was a rather poor imitation of the Marx brothers. My opinion? Frankly, it stunk. —ROBERT BREDIN,

Niagara Falls, Ont.

Dave Broadfoot may be a great comic genius, however, I am fed up with reading an article such as this or watching a mock-heroic Mountie only to have him depicted with the unusual long growth of hair and sloppy dress in uniform. Humor in uniform is fine, but surely the true image of a Mountie in correct dress lives on. —M.G. GARDNER,

Fort St. James, B.C.

Fractured flickers

As a respected senior statesman of the Canadian film industry, Budge Crawley’s vicious attack on tax-shelterfinanced feature films (A Slick Way to Skin the Public, Podium, April 13) must be taken seriously, but dare we suggest that the news is not all bad? Our members have produced both critical and financial winners. Obviously many films have failed both tests, but tax shelters are a government’s way of recognizing that, despite cost, only one hole in 100 will produce oil or gas. Canada’s feature-film industry is still young, yet already tax-shelter finance has provided hundreds of new jobs, given Canadian culture a boost and even managed healthy profits for a few investors. We would like to reassure Mr. Crawley and Maclean's readers that we share many concerns about our industry, but to state that it has “failed miserably” must be challenged unless we believe in throwing out the barrel for sake of a few bad apples.

—SAMUEL C. JEPHCOTT, Secretary, Canadian Association of Motion Picture Producers, Toronto

The best

I was appalled by the article on the infant deaths at the Hospital for Sick Children ( The Bough Breaks, the Cradle Falls, Canada, April 6). I was particularly dismayed by the picture caption, “the best place?” I find it difficult to believe that this tragedy has diminished people’s trust in this fine hospital. —ANNE MILLAR,

Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.

A kaleidoscope

Apart from showing his frustration, old Froth-in-ham showed his true colors (.Keeping the Premises, Column, March 30) when clawing madly at Ontario Premier William Davis and his government. Mr. F’s colors are pale green for envy with odd splashes of yellow. When he recognizes the longevity of the Ontario Conservatives as stemming from good management based on solid principles he will urge the other premiers, including Trudeau, to take a leaf from the Big Blues. Fotheringham misses more than he recognizes and will likely continue to make inane statements.

—ROSS MALTBY, Duncan, B.C.

Coffee, tea or...

Shame on you Maclean ’s! I thought we were getting away from the coffee, tea or me image. In your article A Ward of Merit (Business, April 6) you included a picture caption, “Max Ward and stewardesses.” Calling us stewardesses is not only unfair, especially to the two men in the group, but is a title that has become obsolete except in the world of cheap fiction. Help us get sexism out of our vocabulary—we are flight attendants!


Le grand déjeuner

I am puzzled and annoyed by North Americans who love to make cracks at the French custom of long lunch breaks, without in the same breath reporting that shops and offices are open till 7 p.m. and later, six days a week and most of them Sunday morning as well (Life in the Fast-Food Lane, World, March 16). Frenchmen work as hard and as long, if not longer, as Canadians. Sadly, I report their comparative economies at this time show it. — J.R. BACH,

Grasse, France

Fools rush in

The Toronto realtor is basically correct in blaming vendors, not real estate people, for escalating prices (Hunger for Housing, Cover, March 30). Unfortunately, we are all capitalists at heart. However, each time a property is sold, just to meet the agent’s commission, the price must be marked up depending upon whether we choose an “exclusive” or “multiple” listing. I’m not suggesting that there is anything wrong with this, but I do suggest that it must contribute in a small way to spiralling prices, especially when a property changes hands several times. — J. LANGLEY,

Shawnigan Lake, B.C.

Fools! The demise of the Canadian middle class is near. Not at the hands of invaders, communists, anarchists or liberals, but at the hands of realtors.

—PHILLIP SHELTON, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

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