Sunday, September 21, 2008

Epilepsy and Medicinal Marijuana

I was researching Epilepsy and found two videos on youtube, and I would like to share them. They were able to embed, so I placed them here.

The first shows the importance of medicinal marijuana. It is very graphic; shows a grand mal seizure taking place. The announcer explains in perfect detail what is happening.

She will turn blue, at which point, she is deprived of oxygen. Epilepsy is frightening, because you can't predict when the seizures will overcome you. They can be deadly. You can crack your head on something, you could choke on your tongue, the electric spasms could be overwhelming enough that they kill you, you could have one in a pool/bathtub and drown, etc.

You will read different opinions on what is proper treatment during a seizure. In my opinion, whoever is their caretaker/roommate/family member/sister, etc .. must know CPR. People can go braindead as soon as four minutes without oxygen transpires.

I have mixed views about calling an ambulance. They charge $80 for oxygen, $60 for the disposable blanket (and damn straight, I will take that blanket with me), and $500 for a five mile transport. Follow that with a $2500 emergency room fee, and the $250 doctor's hourly rate. That is in the US. Where we do not yet have universal health coverage. Because we are idiots.

So, not only can you narrowly pass being comatose for life, but your congratulations is going at least another $3000 in debt. Oh joy.

An excerpt from the 2001 filing from the American Public Health Association lists:

Marijuana is effective in controlling seizures

Clinical experience and emerging research further indicate that marijuana can help control epileptic seizures.(45) Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the primary (and nonpsychoactive) cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, appears to be of particular benefit, allowing patients who ingest it at certain times to avoid seizure activity. Some epileptics who cannot tolerate other antiseizure medications have been able to use marijuana to successfully control their seizures, without experiencing debilitating side effects.

We need to conduct more research on medicinal marijuana, we must most certainly industrialize hemp, allowing us to generate green fuels so we can finally exit the war over oil and the petro dollar, and we need to do this without anyone's lives getting ruined because our government's prohibition. Another educating site that helps us move forward (and is tax deductible should you donate):

The second shows some inbred kids pulling a prank: faking a siezure at a crowded mall. The comments they receive are very interesting to track. They are dipshits. Funny is shouting in a library, not faking an episode in a crowded mall. It's enjoyable to watch, because you see all the people who care enough come to his rescue. Nowadays its hard to even smile when you walk by someone on the street.

I understand wanting to push the envelope. I don't care if you want to make fun of someone who flails around and piss themselves. What matters is that a paramedic had shown to the site. That medic was needed elsewhere for a legitimate call.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Get your memorial hotcomments graphics ready! That's right. It's nine eleven.

Some seven years after our govment’s inside job on the World Trade Center. Let’s make a big stink, shall we, trudging up old ghosts of anted deaths. We needed 9/11 to wage our war over oil, oops, I mean oil. Oops, what I meant to say was oil. Argh! I did it again. I mean to say we needed this homeland tragedy so we could wage war over weapons of mass destruction and have citizen support.

Let's have a candle holding ceremony and close business so we can remember the victims and their families. That sounds swell. As if they are not remembering for themselves. I am sure they remember with all the overplayed footage of the buildings rumbling down, or watching their significant other jump out the 65th floor window. Perhaps the funeral bills, and the eerie silence around the house could suffice.

What about the girl shot to death by a group of men hired by her parents? She was nine when they arranged her marriage to a 45-year-old man. She grew to an adult age and went to court to have the marriage annulled. She walked out of court, was surrounded by the group of men, and killed, needlessly, and foolishly. All in the name of tradition.

Or what about the three women buried alive because they wanted to choose who they could marry? Can we light a candle for them and crowd the media with their stories?

No. No, we can't. For the same reasons we can’t find green fuels, and non genetically modified food. Because we are busy wasting our resources keeping two men or two women who are very much in love from marrying each other. Because we are busy dumbing down the nation with fascinating stories of which celebrity is too thin, horror stories of which strand of spinach somehow has mad cow disease, what's Brittney doing now, "hook your friend up with my momma" (the new reality tv show), did Obama make a sexist attack on Palin by using an old adage about a pig wearing lipstick? ....

Just because Palin does resemble a pig does not mean that the comment was a strike at her. Though it was. Obama is savvy enough to have pulled Hillary's chair out and offer her a seat, as a heroic gentleman, reinforcing that he is a brawny man and she is a dainty little woman.

As far as the tidbit with Palin - she herself, is a sexist. She is knowingly playing the role of the token woman as a strategic ploy to win the crossover states' Hillary fans. She knows she was not nominated for her accomplishments, but because Alaska is somewhat mysterious and disconnected from the continental-US, and more importantly, because she has a poon-any.

If I were to make a sexist remark about a candidate using the word "lipstick", it would have little to do with a pig. It would have more to do with what can be performed while wearing lipstick, and in reference to the subject matter, probably performed poorly.

This world is a ball of shit. Sorry, offend you, I might. That usually is my intention. But, I am just voicing what we are all thinking but are too pussy to do anything about.

Now go do the right thing.

Monday, September 1, 2008

I absolutely love optical illusions. This one had me do a second take. Believe it or not, I found it in a webpage that gives free graphics for social networks, et al. And, thus, I will embed it.

Optical Illusion
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