Pubdate: Wed, 01 Mar 2017
Source: Penticton Western (CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 Penticton Western
Author: Mark Billesberger


This is in response to the letter entitled Not in a position to
practice medicine (Martyn Lewis,Western News, Feb 24). It does not
surprise me to see someone from the pharmaceutical industry spewing
forth his verbal diarrhea slamming marijuana dispensaries, considering
the dent pot is putting in their industry.

First of all, I would like to correct Mr. Lewis on his choice of
words; pot is a herb, not a drug. A drug is man-made in a lab; pot is
an organic plant that can be grown in your backyard.

I find it hard to justify taking any pharmaceutical drug in this day
and age,considering all the possible side effects that go along with
these wonder cures; swelling of the throat and tongue, difficulty
breathing,nausea and vomiting, new or worsening lymphoma that can be
fatal. Why in my God's name would I take the chance of contracting one
of these side effects? And, if I do contract a side effect then I have
to take another medication to counteract it, risking more side effects
from the second medication. Before you know it, you are on ten
medications full-time, spending who knows how much money on your meds,
and walking around like a zombie half the time. Next time you see a
commercial for one of these medications,listen to the pleasant music
and watch doves flying around as they tell you that you may die from
this medication.

To the pharmaceutical industry, I say no thanks. If my arthritis
flares up or I tweak my back doing yard work, I will be using a
natural organic plant to cure my ailments, whether it is smoked or
consumed. It was instrumental in helping me heal from my motorcycle
accident last September, and I am now back to doing full insane
workouts at the gym.

I believe it is my right as a free Canadian to treat my ailments in
the manner that I choose. I turned 58 about a month ago and have never
felt better or been in better physical shape, even better than I was
in my thirties. Just something to ponder, ladies and gentlemen; there
are alternatives to stuffing yourself with pills and parting with your

Mark Billesberger

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