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Marijuana: Good for SeizuresDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
And the Oregonian Bumbling Again.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I must thank the Oregonian, even with my left hand. Thy supply me with medical marijuana stories I could not dream up by myself.
On June 17th 2009 they published that now EMT’s could inject anti-seizure drugs, which are valium type drugs Lorazepam and Midazolam which given soon enough will stop the seizure and save the life, into seizure victims without permission from anybody.
Well, yes, this is a good idea because seizures can be lethal and otherwise very dangerous for the powerful thrashing of the patient and helpers and bystanders. We have 50,000 + cases per year.
The Oregonian has been continually insidiously skeptical about medical marijuana despite the fact that Oregon has the MOST successful program in the U.S. with about 22 thousand patients using it successfully for every kind of disease they can think of which obviously isn’t many. Their snide remarks about “JUST GETTING HIGH” no longer has any validity. Besides that 3000 doctors in Oregon are signing applications – marijuana works very well for seizures.
Their SEIZURE remarks require positive debate and correction. All of the standard drugs are brain depressants. In other words they make a patient slow where good brain function is necessary.
Marijuana was discovered to be effective against seizures more than one hundred years ago and it doesn’t make victims feel stupid as do most anti-seizure drugs. One of the most important features of marijuana is that if the victim inhales the VAPOR or smoke the good effects are within seconds. This is very important.
All epilepsy/seizure patients will know before they have a seizure. There is a medical poem which tells them. The poem goes like this:
The aura ---------- Flashes of light
The cry ---------- Involuntary call
The fall ---------- They fall down
The fit ---------- They struggle
The tonus ---------- Stiff arms and legs
The clonus ---------- Flapping of arms and legs
The p**s ---------- Urination
The s**t ---------- Defecation
If the patient is using or uses marijuana with the Aura, it is likely they will not have the rest of the seizure.
Skeptics, like the Oregonian, will ask what is the proof of this benefit?
In Oregon about 600 seizure patients are using medical marijuana successfully. They are even willing to pay the State of Oregon and the marijuana clinics about $300 per year for the PRIVELEGE of using a medication which really works.
SHAME ON THE OREGONIAN FOR BUMBLING THIS IMPORTANT STORY!!
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