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Medical Marijuana and the Monstrous Marijuana Doctor from MolallaDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
PTSD cares not about its victims, anguish and/or depression the ongoing result.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - After Medical Marijuana was legalized in Oregon in 1998, I breathed a sigh of relief – now the Feds will quit harassing us. I knew many people were using it for legitimate medical reasons and why not. It works better and is cheaper than almost any pharmaceutical prescription.
My elation was short-lived and the specter of Devil Weed and Reefer Madness reared its ugly head. According to the U.S. Government, which not only grows Marijuana that it gives to several patients but it also had the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approve the use of the major chemical – THC – for several diseases, along with this came the outrageous rhetoric that it was dangerous and addictive. It’s about as dangerous and addictive as decaffeinated coffee. Enough of this! Although Marijuana, known as Cannabis, was at one time, about 1910, the safest and most widely used medicine in the United States and elsewhere, Latinos and African Americans were smoking it- and enjoying it- so it “MUST” be bad for Caucasians! ...or, so the U.S. Government said.
It became a well established “folk medicine” but as far as the U.S. Government was concerned it was more dangerous than Hillbilly Moonshine and must be stomped out. This came with the Devil Weed and Reefer Madness propaganda. The worst part of this was the concurrent government sponsored medical anti-Marijuana propaganda.
Our combat troops, especially in Viet Nam, found it to be effective against “battle terrors” and PTSD. In fact it was more effective and safer than a whole bunch of drugs such as morphine and others called anti-depressants which in fact are brain depressants and hallucinogens. The troops rejected these in favor of Marijuana. Many combat troops used it.
The Army and the VA called PTSD DEPRESSION, which it is not. It is more like ANGUISH: seeing ones friends and oneself constantly being exposed to death by artillery, gunfire, devilish booby traps and jungle rot.
Depression or Anguish, whatever the name, IS PTSD and is widespread amongst the civilians and pandemic amongst our military combat troops. For the military it is not SADNESS (which is another name for depression). Hell no, we were frustrated and angry enough to kill anyone who got in our way in front and even behind us and for the same reason.
I checked out PTSD on my computer and found about 150 postings which were mine or about me. I also checked military PTSD. I found 704 displays and 7,260,000 hits. In the last search, I even found that at least one general, General Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. Army Europe has PTSD. I’ll bet there are more. They just won’t admit it.
PTSD IS ANGUISH NOT DEPRESSION!!
Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.
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?
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.
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