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Feb-19-2009 11:15printcomments

PTSD Therapists: Amateur, Charlatans or Outright Frauds

Dr. Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician, Pharmacologist and Forensic Toxicologist.

Army Security Forces on patrol in Afghanistan
Army Security Forces on patrol in Afghanistan
Salem-News.com photo by Tim King

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I presume most of my readers know that I write a lot about PTSD and the miserable record of the Army and the VA for PTSD diagnosis and treatment.

For example there is supposed to be a backlog of 300 thousand PTSD Veteran victims either waiting for service or have given up with the miserable ineffective treatment by both Army/Navy and the VA.

The victims have to resort to alcohol, illegal and/or addictive drugs like Heroin, Cocaine, Meth or the lucky ones who manage to get access to marijuana which actually is most likely better than anything else. At least this is what my email correspondents relay to me.

The craziest thing about this is the new apparently lucrative cottage industry which has sprung up like mushrooms in the dark with piggyback side bar advertisements on my articles with psychologists, sociologists and other charlatans offering to “cure” veterans of marijuana addiction or PTSD etc “by talking to them”. They should be put in their place and de-licensed if applicable.

They are a hazard to the psychological and physical health of these PTSD victims.

Another bunch of fakers are those for example who “think” that adrenaline blockers will erase “bad memories”. Yes maybe, but they would also erase good memories! To give such drugs before battle would diminish the normal “flight or fight” response necessary for arousal and survival.

The Army (and Marines) supposedly have already tried anti-depressant drugs before battles which make users drugged and stupid; a sure problem on the front lines in battle where one has only microseconds to decide whether to shoot to kill or die.

Infantrymen NEVER get enough sleep and anything more which would decrease their effectiveness can be and is lethal.

I have had hundreds, maybe thousands of email responses telling me that marijuana works well. None praising any other medicine.

I read that many places are trying Virtual Reality Therapy. I ask this, “Who in Hell who has gone through even one heavy artillery barrage would/could tolerate a repeat in Virtual Reality”?

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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
Order the book by mail by following this link: Dogface Soldier

If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.

Watch for more streaming video question and answer segments about medical marijuana with Bonnie King and Dr. Phil Leveque.

Click on this link for other articles and video segments about PTSD and medical marijuana on Salem-News.com:
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