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PTSD Causes Heart Disease: Marijuana Helps Prevent it!Dr. Phil Leveque Professor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
What's good for the heart muscle, is good to know
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - The Journal of the American College of Cardiology just printed an article that PTSD more than doubled the likelihood of heart disease such as heart attacks, had a heart procedure or has been hospitalized for a heart problem. Those with PTSD had 22% problems those without 9%. The cause was less blood flow to the heart muscle. A leading doctor in the study was Dr. Viola Vaccarino of Emery University who studied that it was known that PTSD victims had higher levels of stress hormones. The leading, most important one was Epinephrine sometimes called Adrenalin causing heart vasoconstriction.
I have interviewed about 1,000 PTSD veterans and others who have found that Cannabis/Marijuana (C/MJ) alleviates PTSD symptoms. Although this action is mainly on the brain, C/MJ is also an excellent vasodilator which would increase heart blood flow.
While taking medical histories of my 1,000 PTSD patients, none of them reported any cardiac dysfunction such as arrhythmias which are the most common manifestation of heart disease. These 1,000 PTSD victims, as well as 4,000 other patients, were actual users of medical marijuana and none of them reported heart problems.
In addition to my 5,000 patients, my organization has had about 150,000 medical marijuana patients in 6 states. And all of these patients are using marijuana currently, and about 95% were actually using it before they came in to become legalized for its use. This article about PTSD is very interesting in that it is about Vietnam veterans who were twins. There were 281 twin pairs or 562 patients, 137 of them had PTSD and were compared to the others who did not have PTSD.
I had previously suggested C/MJ preparations such as those placed under the tongue like nitroglycerin for angina which is another heart disease.
With this new report by Dr. Viola Vaccarino, it should be interesting to find out if any of her cardiac patients were actually using C/MJ. All she had to do was ask a few questions with patients responding anonymously. After all, she is living in Georgia in a violently anti-marijuana state.
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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".
If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
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