Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana July 27 2011

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Dr Oz Marijuana July 27 2011

Dr Oz’s Show on July 27, 2011 is all about Medical Marijuana.  Very rarely does Doctor Oz devote an entire show to just one topic, but Medical Marijuana is so controversial that the whole hour was spent debating and discussing the pros and the cons of using it.  I was shocked to learn that Medical Marijuana is actually already legal in 15 states (here is the list of which states have legalized it: States Marijuana Is Legal In).

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  1. says

    I am a single mother of 4,I am a functioning working mother in the medical field and was diagnosed over 5 years ago with Fibromyalgia,which has become worse since diagnosed.recently i lost my job and also lost all medical benefits and i am unable to afford to see my doctors or afford my medications and have had no meds since Jan.of this year.Needless to say with my unemployment i am ineligible to receive any medical assitance through the state of Pa. I watched your show in regards to medical marijuania, I have tried marijuania and it does help greatly with all the pain,stiffness , and inability to be able to grasp and hold objects and to be able to maintain when the pain is so great and severe. I don’t understand why doctor’s think the more they prescribe medications in the pill form which are very addicitv and continue to want to send people to pain clinics over and over then turn around and treat you like a addict after they are the ones that pump us full of pain medications that they know are highly addictive, which also habe a tendendy to be very hard on the liver and other bodily organs. I research medications as well as marijuania and its uses from back to the western days. it really makes no snese how the government gets to pick and choose who is able to receive healthcare benifits. In my eyes the rich get richer and have all access to all medical benefits,While the poor get poorer and are unable to get affordable medical help. I have worked since i was 16 years old 2 and 3 jobs at a time,I have bettered myself and continue my education as much as possible. When I really need the help the government completely shuts the blue collar working people down and leave us without any affordable way to care for ourselves as well as children.

  2. says

    I am a single mother of 4,I am a functioning working mother in the medical field and was diagnosed over 5 years ago with Fibromyalgia,which has become worse since diagnosed.recently i lost my job and also lost all medical benefits and i am unable to afford to see my doctors or afford my medications and have had no meds since Jan.of this year.Needless to say with my unemployment i am ineligible to receive any medical assitance through the state of Pa. I watched your show in regards to medical marijuania, I have tried marijuania and it does help greatly with all the pain,stiffness , and inability to be able to grasp and hold objects and to be able to maintain when the pain is so great and severe. I don’t understand why doctor’s think the more they prescribe medications in the pill form which are very addicitve and continue to want to send people to pain clinics over and over then turn around and treat you like a addict after they are the ones that pump us full of pain medications that they know are highly addictive, which also have a tendency to be very hard on the liver and other bodily organs. I research medications as well as marijuania and its uses from back to the western days. it really makes no snese how the government gets to pick and choose who is able to receive healthcare benifits. In my eyes the rich get richer and have all access to all medical benefits,While the poor get poorer and are unable to get affordable medical help. I have worked since i was 16 years old 2 and 3 jobs at a time,I have bettered myself and continue my education as much as possible. When I really need the help the government completely shuts the blue collar working people down and leave us without any affordable way to care for ourselves as well as children.

  3. raymond teed says

    i think it people have no idea what we go throught and dont understand what is going on and dont know how we realy feel

  4. Sheila Borton says

    I’m a Medicinal Marijuana smoker and has been for 15 yrs Plus I’m HIV/AIDS.I have been diagnosed for 5 years now.I get Medical Marijuana to help me eat and give me exercise.I helps me every day of my life so far.I also have my card to purchase my Medical Marijuana and have the licence to have it.

  5. M says

    There is such a negative stigma on marijuana. Legalize it, tax it, regulate it. Teens drink alcohol, take prescription drugs that are not their own as well as illegal drugs. Why is it ok to take Xanax, anti-depressants, vidicon etc but not marijuana? It’s ridiculous and for some reason it scares adults. 60% of California prisons are prisoners that have a marijuana conviction. We can’t afford to criminalize this drug.

  6. grandma of 5 says

    I believe it should be legalized for those that need it. I have watched two responsible documentarys where they were able to save a 6 year old child from being institutionalized after trying everything modern medicine could try – as well as a woman in her 50’s who was dying of cancer – but was able to eat her food without vomiting – keep her weight on and cope with her pain. It has already been admitted years ago that it should never have been listed in the drug war – but was added to get one of the old guys to sign (he would not do so unless signed) – he is long gone now – one man should never have been able to force a stop of the hemp business to begin with – let alone put it in the same category as pills, herioin, cocaine, crack, meth – etc…. It should be available to all persons with a legal prescription and it should be removed completely from the drug war list – period! In fact, if people were able to get it in a pill form or another form besides smoking it – there has really never been a single danger proven from it. Other countries who use herbs have used it successfully – medicinally for thousands of years – while we insist on synthetic drugs with side effects that aren’t nearly as efficient.

  7. says

    I have been sent to or spoke with so many doctors since 1990 that I am to the point of no return.
    I fell on concrete at a service station in 1990 and my back started hurtinng as I was trying to get up. Was taken to the ER. and of course had 2 herniated disc in my lumbar region. I started going to a ortho surgeion. I put surgery off for 2 years (trying to keep on working), thinking the pain might ease up to where I could stand it. Of course my thinking was wrong. It just kept making matters worse. I finally gave in and had a laminectomy in 1992. Then after that the pain kept getting worse to where I could hardly work or take care of

  8. says

    I have been sent to or spoke with so many doctors since 1990 that I am to the point of no return.
    I fell on concrete at a service station in 1990 and my back started hurtinng as I was trying to get up. Was taken to the ER. and of course had 2 herniated disc in my lumbar region. I started going to a ortho surgeion. I put surgery off for 2 years (trying to keep on working), thinking the pain might ease up to where I could stand it. Of course my thinking was wrong. It just kept making matters worse. I finally gave in and had a laminectomy in 1992. Then after that the pain kept getting worse to where I could hardly work or take care of my husband and two small children. I did not let anything go. I have been thru every surgery the doctors reccommended.
    In 1995 I was put on oxycontin. This would releive the pain enough to contiune my life (or what I called a life). In 2004 my Ortho doctor started cutting his patient load back. I was sent to a pain clinic. My doses kept increasing and my mind started going. At this point I was not myself. I did not care if I lived or died. In 9/10 I started noticing an entire pill would sometimes show up in my stool. I kept telling the pain clinic that I was not getting the same relief as I had for years. After telling them this for months I was told the compounding had changed. This change was to keep the addicts from buying them off the streets. The coating was so hard you could not break it with a hammer. I tried researching this and talking with drug reps. from the manufracturing company. I received a letter from them that there was no difference in the medication.
    Then they took me off oxycontin cold turkey. I was given several different drugs the next few months that really made me out of my mind. I had to stay with my sister (in restraints) for over a month. I had even ask the doctor to have me committed. He said “NO”.
    I ask about detox centers or meds from out of the US that would help me get over this. I was never given any thing that changed what that drug did to me.
    As of today I am waiting to have a nerve stimulator placed in my back (for a trail period).
    I am a 64 yo grandmother who has no life, no sense of the future, hardly sense of where I am. And I need help bad. But when your life gets so dependant on drugs to go from one day to the next, What are you to do?
    Yes I have had many thoughts of how much easier my family would have it if I was not here anymore.
    Do you have any idea of how I can keep on getting out of bed each morning or what I can do to make my body and mind go on?

  9. SLBrown says

    I really enjoyed the debate yesterday on the show. I would like to share my story. I have been in Law Enforcement for the past 12 years and have sworn to uphold the laws including the fight against unlawful Drugs of this world. Just like everyone else I never imagined that this sort of thing could happen to me. I always assumed that it just happens to others. But in 2009 after several years of trips to the doctors and pain medicine and prescribed steroid treatments. The MRI’s found that I have Multiple Sclerosis I am Secondary Progressive at this point with no remission in the past 7 years. I have had to leave my Law Enforcement Career due to my lack of ability to walk. I was advised by doctors that I would just have to endure the pain unless I took my pain medicine and steroids. The doctors have also advised me that the medicines that I have been on would eventually harm my liver and kidneys. I have three small boys at home and I want to spend and have a life with them. Taking the pain meds and muscle relaxers kept me ill and sleeping most of the time and my wife and children would just be understanding. I stopped taking my meds after finding that none of the meds I was taking was helping me live my life. All I was getting out of the treatments were very bad side effects and children growing up without there father and a wife without a coherent husband. I have in the past couple of months decided to choose life with my family and stopped taking the meds and tried marijuana and life has been great. I am back enjoying life and spending much lost time with my kids and wife. My wife was against it at first now she is more acceptive because she see’s that we are a family again and she does not have to go at this life alone. I have been on all sides of the fence. Because I saw that I was headed toward an addiction to the meds. And I now choose my family not an addiction. The only problem I have is that getting it from a street vendor and not knowing how safe it is. If the government could just regulate it just as they do Alcohol and Tobacco they would take the customers from the streets and make it safer for the ones who deserve to live life to the fullest without pain.

  10. M says

    @Brenda – your pain sounds unbearable! There is something my mom just started using (a friend told her about it) called Gabapentin. For her it helps with her arthritis pain and fibromyalgia aches in her joint. Plus it has really helped her sleep through the night. She is 71 and has tried celebrex, naproxen, excedrin ….rotating those meds as needed. Just thought I’d pass this along….hope it helps!

  11. monica hernandez says

    I am a single mother of two kids 8 an 4 I am dealing with fact that I have a medical marijuana licence for chronic Pain from Migraines daily, Slipped disks in my neck, broken collar bone injury, back labor and slipped disks in lower back, pinched nerves, spasms, bulging disks, charlie horses, cramps everywhere sporadically, a callus on the bottom left foot from 9 years ago when a careless room mate left the bottom of a beer bottle out side and I stepped on it going though my foot and messed my foot up for life I have to pop it daily just to walk but it hurt bad! Plus depression, insomnia, bi-polar. One blunt solves all that and suppresses me through my day happy as if I have no problems for my children so that don’t worrie about me and they can live there life doing what makes them happy! I love my children more than life itself! Everything I do I do for them and their future. I also help other children and people in my life so much to the point where I ended up losing my life. My children went to my sister just so I could get some things together for them but now that I have things together for them she wont give them back to me because I still use cannabis? And she said that is not excusable and i need to find another alternative to my pain management that doesn’t include narcotics, or drugs that alter my mind like weed weather I have a licence or not? I’m going crazy with out my children and I need them back with in the next month or so what do I do? I don’t want my children to be away from me ever again I need them and they need me and I am willing to try any other method that works and quit smoking weed for my children but then what?

  12. Shannon Macri-Meriden,ct says

    I never smoke marijuana but feel anyone has the right to live pain free. Our government needs to worry about more important issues like heroin and other deadly drugs that kill people of all ages and walks of life.
    From what I can tell…Medical Marijuans will be legal in 7-10 years all over the USA.

  13. John Smith says

    I have had chronic back pain since 2003 after I was diagnosed with bone spurs. I have seen first hand the damage that prescription narcotic pain medication does to others I know well and how much it has destroyed their lives. As a result, I have refused to take any pill form of prescription medication for my chronic pain condition. There is no legal medical marijuana in my state, so I have been forced to purchase it illegally for years now to relieve my pain and allow me to conduct regular, daily activities. What they don’t advertise about this ongoing, ridiculous war on marijuana, is that it’s not about public safety at all but rather about preserving the profit margins of our nation’s big drug companies. They aren’t able to fully control the production and distribution of marijuana, so they outlaw it instead. Thousands of jobs and millions in revenue has been generated for years enforcing the prohibition on marijuana, so it’s a numbers game. Research has indicated in states where marijuana has been leaglized for medicinal use that the profits of big drug companies in those states has dropped by approximately 3-7% since medical marijuana was introduced there. The drug companies quickly figured out that it’s much more cost effective for them to lobby our nation’s politicians, business leaders and etc. to keep marijuana prohibition. Other but less influential reasons for the continuation of federal marijuana prohibition are based on the public’s lack of awareness regarding marijuana, so they contunue to oppose it’s legalization on a large scale, due to lack of knowledge. Clinical trials on the effects of marijuana are scarce because of the difficulty the researchers encounter trying to secure funding for the research due to marijuana prohibition. The viable studies of marijuana that have been conducted indicate that it is a much safer drug than previouly assumed to be and that THC, one of the primary active ingedients in marijuana, may actually inhibit various forms of cancer by causing malignant cells to consume themselves while leaving healthy cells alone. They have concluded there is no evidence whatsoever of any link between any type of cancer and marijuana. Quite the contrary in fact. So, there you have it. Ignorance and greed continue to dominate the debate on this topic and as a result, impede the health of thousands if not millions of people with the continued prohibition of an herb which was used safely and leagally for thousands of years all over the world, until it’s prohibition in the 1930’s by agenda driven politicians and powerful business interests. There’s never been one recorded death in the history of mankind due to marijuana use but they still tell us it’s safer using very potent prescription narcotics used to treat the same conditions despite the many negative side effects, toxicity and deaths caused by their use. It’s sad really.

  14. 22 year old college student says

    I REALLY HOPE DR. OZ WILL TAKE TIME TO READ THIS IF HE CAN. From my experience through high school and also in college is that so many teenagers use marijuana because it is so easy to get. I used to have the hardest time getting alcohol, i would always have to find someone to buy it for me and a lot of the time i wouldn’t be able to get any. There for i would just go buy some pot instead. The drug dealers never asked for an ID and don’t care in the first place of what your age is. Along with dealing marijuana, they also dealt other drugs such as Vicodin, adderall and cocaine. So of course marijuana is a gate way drug when they are sold at the same place with convincing peer pressure from the dealer. But the point is that it doesn’t matter if medical marijuana is legal or not, its still gonna be imported illegally and sold to anyone with money in their hands, which a totally different problem we need to deal with. We don’t take away pain killers from patients because kids are using them, so why are we saying no to marijuana patients.

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