Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, February 25, 2005

Big Pharma vs Grannies Special Tea

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  • At 7:40 pm, July 10, 2005, Anonymous Mother Earth News said…

    The Most Important Medicine You'll Ever Grow

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    COX-2 Inhibitors can ease pain and fight cancer - naturally. By Dr. James Duke

    We live in a painful world. An estimated 40 million people suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), and between 2 and 3 million more suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For decades the pain interventions of choice for these ailments - and a host of aches and pains - have been nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and Naproxen.

    Virtually every human being has taken one form or another of these medicines during in their lives. Moderate doses for short periods of time are effective and relatively benign, but long-term use of these medications can increase the risk of serious side effects, including kidney and liver damage and peptic ulcers. In fact, geriatrics on NSAIDs experience significantly more ulcers, gastrointestinal irritation (GI) and kidney failure than the overall population. Each year, as many as 9% of geriatric NSAID users require hospitalization due to serious GI toxicity, and RA patients who chronically use NSAIDs are believed to increase their risk of GI-related hospitalizations sixfold. An estimated 107,000 people every year are hospitalized due to problems resulting from the use of NSAIDs, and as many as 16,500 people died in 1999 from NSAID complications; approximately the same number of people died from AIDS-related complications last year.

    In addition, more than 100,000 people die every year from unanticipated reactions to prescription pharmaceuticals.


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