06 July, 2008

Curing Cancer?

Yesterday we had our twice monthly meeting of the Corozal Men's Group. A quite laid-back group promoting fellowship, discussion and mutual help among a dozen or so men in and around the Corozal area.

It usually involves "checking in", where each member, as they see fit, tells the rest of the group how they are doing, in whatever detail they want. After checking in has been completed, any issues needing discussion that were identified during check-in are brought up during the course of a free-wheeling bull-session. Topics can be virtually anything, although we do tend to stay light on politics and religion - other than the usual round of jokes and re-hash of the headlines. Any problems, etc., that were identified during check-in are dealt with some time during the bull-session. We don't follow a more specific agenda than that.

Everyone brings some snacks and beverages of their choice (beer, rum, soda, scotch, water have all been in evidence) to consume during the bull-session - which makes up the bulk of the meeting time. It's an enjoyable and relaxing activity, that promotes a true feeling of fellowship, belonging and community.

Yesterday, during the meetings bull-session, Roger, who also hosted the meeting, played a DVD he had recorded of RUN FROM THE CURE: The Rick Simpson Story, a documentary by Christian Laurette, Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. It's about Rick Simpson's quest to encourage and legalize the use of hemp oil as a cancer cure.

Phoenix Tears (http://www.phoenixtears.ca/index.html) is a not for profit entity dedicated to the production of Hemp medicines and providing information about the use of natural Hemp oil, (not Hemp Seed oil) as an effective treatment for cancer and other serious illnesses. You too, can download the documentary from the website or stream it and watch it in real time, depending on your connection, of course.

Well, it was a very interesting and encouraging video, although more than a bit discouraging at the same time due to government intransigence to allow meaningful use and testing of hemp oil. But it was encouraging from the testimonials of the many people featured in the video.

I encourage you to visit the website, watch the video, and reach your own conclusions. And then hopefully to take whatever action you can to encourage some official recognition of the possible benefits of hemp oil I think we all know and have known enough people afflicted with cancer to realize the financial game that is really going on with government and big medicine. And they are certainly not looking out for the patient's welfare above all else.

Anyway, Rick's website has a lot of information on it, with ideas of how to contact legislators, etc. Since he's Canadian, it is focused on contacting Canadian government officials, but it shouldn't be too hard to find who you need to contact in the States or in other countries to begin reconsideration of some ill-considered laws.

As someone said yesterday, even if it only helped five percent of the population, wouldn't it be worth it?

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