Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Medical Marijuana: Cure For Cancer Denied To The Poor; Prescribing Drs. Threatened By DEA
Marijuana has been proven time and again to shrink cancerous tumors dramatically, and one study - in addition to mountains of anecdotal evidence and the testimony of cancer survivors - shows that it can even cure brain cancer.
So why is Marijuana still a Schedule I drug? That designation prevents researchers in the United States from even investigating the properties of marijuana to determine how the medicine can be refined and standardized for use in patients of all kinds. In addition to its cancer-curing properties, medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective pain reliever, a treatment for glaucoma, depression, HIV, vomiting, Hepatitis C, Chron's Disease, Tourette's Syndrome, epilepsy, arthritis, and a host of other illnesses.
Medical marijuana has been recognized as a legitimate medical treatment by twenty of the fifty states, and with a prescription or recommendation from a doctor patients can avail themselves of a treatment that has the distinction of being the only drug that has never killed a single person. There's a problem though...
Despite his promises to leave the issue of medical marijuana to the states as is proper, Barack Obama has ordered the DEA to crack down on MMJ dispensaries and those compassionate doctors that want nothing more than to ease the suffering of their patients.
For example, although medical marijuana is legal in the State of Michigan, any doctor who actually prescribes or recommends it to a patient faces the seizure of his license to prescribe Federally controlled medications. States regulate the license to practice medicine that doctors need to hang their shingle; but the ability to write a prescription for medicine comes from the Federal government.
If a doctor in Michigan has the temerity to go against the Federal government to prescribe marijuana to a patient - even the terminally ill - the DEA will yank that doctor's license so fast it makes their heads spin. There is, in fact, only one doctor in Northern Michigan who will write a prescription for medical marijuana, and that is the only medication he can legally prescribe. Got a toenail fungus? You'll have to see a different doctor for an anti-fugal cream.
Even though medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, Medicaid, the state insurance program for the poor, will not pay for it. A tube of the popular cancer cure "Rick Simpson's Oil" can cost more than $2,000, putting it out of reach for poor cancer victims.
This episode of The Truth Is Viral is part of a three episode series that was shot at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life that was held at the Alpena County Fairground on August 17th 2013. At first I had intended on simply covering the event and doing a couple of stand-ups; but once I got there I knew that I had to participate on behalf of my wife and mother who are both suffering from Colo-rectal and Liver cancer, and my father who died in 1976 from lung cancer.
I ended up walking 8 miles, raising (so far) almost $50. That's not too bad when you consider that I entered at the last moment; and 10 years ago I was in a wheelchair unable to walk at all. I'm not done raising money yet either. Every penny of ad revenue generated by this series of videos will be donated to the Alpena Regional Medical Center's Cancer Center in appreciation for the great care they have given my wife.
The two other episodes will be uploaded as soon as I can get them finished. I just wanted to get this one up to let everyone know the status of my wife's illness: barring a miracle, I am going to lose the woman with whom I have spent more than half of my life; my heart, my soul mate, the one great love of my life.
Those who have been with me for a while know that my wife DeLynn has been fighting a courageous battle against Stage IV Colo-rectal and Liver cancer. It tears at my soul to have to admit it, but I need to tell you that her fight is just about over.
As I'm uploading this episode, I'm also trying to convince her to go to the hospital. She is so sick and weak that it is scaring the daylights out of me; but she's afraid if she goes into the hospital she'll never come out. She wants to die at home.
Well I'M NOT READY for her to die at all! During our 25 years together I can count on one hand the number of times we've been apart for more than 12 hours. I would take this cancer on myself if I could, trade my life for hers, ANYTHING to stop this!
Please ask Father to be with us, comforting us, covering us with blessings and protection, and giving us the strength we (I especially) will need to deal with her passing if that is His will. Better yet, ask Him to HEAL her. I absolutely believe in miracles and if we ever needed one the time is now!
Maybe we'll get lucky.
God bless and Semper Fi,