Saturday March 8, 2014
Medical Marijuana Error and Paranoia in Newspapers:
Dr. Phillip Leveque, Doctor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
Dr Phillip Leveque is an expert on Cannabis use and therapies. Photo: Salem-News.com
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - I don't understand the anti-Cannabis/marijuana diatribes recurring in the major newspapers. It reminds me of the YELLOW JOURNALISM of the Hearst newspapers that everything bad and nothing good was in Cannabis. Even after knowing it has been used successfully and safely for at least 4,000 years with no deaths and rare, if any, bad reactions. Just feeling dizzy after use is not harmful. Try three martinis or smoking a strong cigar. Get a little dizzy?
The Oregonian printed its own diatribe about cannabis October 9, 2012, in an editorial stating a series of misinformation. First it decried the "medical need". Chronic pain is the most used reason for 70% of the patients. Patients use it to replace Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Morphine which are the most addicting, most lethal, of the pain killers.
Question: What's wrong with that? Previous doctors made the pain diagnosis and prescribed the strongly addicting drugs. Cannabis helps!
The Oregon legislature wrote the 9 acceptable conditions into the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program based upon results in California.
The Oregonian seems to think that medical marijuana is ONLY for serious conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS and glaucoma (which doesn't belong here, more later).
The Oregonian quotes "hoards of recreational card holders". There are NO SUCH PERSONS, at least in Oregon. California has an open view of this and their legislature made it that way. Other articles I will quote later indicate that 40% of high schoolers have used marijuana (more later).
Another article in the New York Times Nov 8 2012, decries cannabis use. The title, A Bad Trip for Democrats, by psychiatric doctor Ed Gogek in Arizona, vilifies the entire concept of marijuana use. Mainly because he is an anti-marijuana psychiatrist drumming up business in the New York Times. He prints several errors. He says "Cannabis was approved mostly for cancer".
No. Cancer is way down the list, and besides, the US government owns the patent for Cannabis treatment for cancer!
He does point out that pain is the most common disease for Cannabis therapy but he got his figures wrong. He states that men are the most common users. Men do almost all of the dangerous work-producing injuries, that's why pain is high on the list.
He also decries Cannabis use for glaucoma. I personally had about 50 of 5,000 patients who swore that Cannabis was better than any other combination of medicines.
His comments about dangers of cannabis addiction are equally foolish. He should compare Cannabis to morphine drugs, Valium drugs, alcohol, to tobacco or Starbucks latte' ---- no contest!
He quotes the noble attributes of the Food and Drug Adminstration and the DEA. There are probably no more corrupt and useless branches of the government.
Dr. Gogek quotes some source that 40% of teens use pot and heavy use is up by 80%. I ask from what? What's his baseline? These are HIS patients. (Plead guilty and take the treatments, or go to jail, and treatments cost beaucouts bucks! $$$$)
Dr. Gogek and the Oregonian editors would both profit mightily by reading some of the non-governmental research to displace some of their brain garbage.
CANNABIS ----- NOW AND FOREVER!!!!!
Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. Do you have a question, comment or story to share with Dr. Leveque?
Email him: ASK DR. LEVEQUE
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 OF WWII If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.