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Nick Burgin Discusses Iraq, PTSD, and Med. Maryjane

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  • Nick Burgin Discusses Iraq, PTSD, and Med. Maryjane

    Salem-News.com (Jun-11-2007 00:20)
    Marine Combat Vet Discusses Iraq, PTSD and Medical Marijuana
    Nicholas Burgin Special for Salem-News.com

    The courage of an Iraq War veteran continues in his honesty about PTSD.
    Nick Burgin

    Nick Burgin in Kuwait

    (SALEM, Ore.) - Salem-News.com is a unique organization, as the two primary news reporters; Tim King and Kevin Hays, are both military veterans who became journalists.

    Kevin served in Desert Storm, Tim was a marine and recently returned from covering the war in Afghanistan as an embedded reporter. Dr. Phillip is a leading expert on medical marijuana in Oregon and was an Army Combat Infantryman who fought in WWII.

    Along with others here, we are a group that undeniably, knows a few things about war and life and death and all of the things that coexist in between those factors.

    At the end of the day, we know that our nation and our society itself is not keeping up with the increasing demands and needs of our veterans.....

    Rest of article and Nick's story here
    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/j...arine_ptsd.php
    Last edited by widow1; 06-15-2007, 05:00.
    Deborah

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    More on MaryJane and PTSD

    Salem-News.com (Jun-14-2007 00:02)
    Medical Marijuana: PTSD Medical Malpractice
    Dr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com

    For those afflicted, there is no escaping PTSD, but sufferers may have some relief in sight.
    old soldier artwork

    PTSD has afflicted trauma victims, especially in war, forever.
    "Wounded, soldiers" by ROCK-Salt! Art Proctor
    authorsden.com

    (MOLALLA, Ore.) - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is like a camouflaged elephant in the living room. Those who want to see it do so; those who don’t want to see it, do not.

    Even officials of the Veterans Administration admit to seeing the “elephant” and have stated that probably 300,000 veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan war have PTSD or will develop it.

    PTSD is an insidious mental disease. Hold on now, we who have it or have had it aren’t “crazy” but we do wonder why most of our doctors seem to think it might be “home-sickness” from playing “cowboys and indians” far from home. One afternoon in an artillery barrage would probably change their minds but physicians and psychologists are not likely to have had the privilege of being in an artillery barrage or anything like it....

    ...During this post-trauma time some caregiver will say to himself “let’s treat this patients PTSD” and here come a mélange of medications. Here is a list of some of the more commonly used medications. This list is from the article “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among Military Returnees from Afghanistan and Iraq” by Matthew J. Friedman in the April 2006 edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry: (This listing is ridiculous and unbelievable.)

    Paroxetine – antidepressant Phenetzinel – enzyme blocker prolonging antidepressant Elavil – antidepressant Propanalol – anti-adrenergic Gabapentin – powerful anti-convulsant Risperidone – antipsychotic

    (Why these weird medicines should work, or are supposed to work, is really a medical mystery. The adverse side effects of almost all of these makes one wonder why they should be forced onto a psychologically fragile PTSD patient.)

    Others medications are common sedatives, strong analgesics, muscle relaxants, etc. almost all of which make the patient groggy, stupefied and more non-functional than possibly PTSD itself.

    Many veterans with PTSD, especially those from Viet Nam, discovered that marijuana was better than any of the aforementioned medications. However, the official position of V.A. doctors under government regulations are not even allowed to discuss with patients that marijuana might help....

    ....The country of Israel, which has been in near constant warfare for fifty plus years, has recognized the benefits of medical marijuana for the treatment of PTSD. It is hopeful that their experience will soon get to the U.S. Of course, the Israelis have the Hebrew bible to fall back on. Kaneh bosum (cannabis) was used in biblical times as medicine.


    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/j...eque_61407.php
    Deborah

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