First, do no harm.
That’s the pledge that doctors take when they graduate from medical school, at
least according to popular lore.
Yet get this: Through medical errors, doctors in the United States are killing 400,000 people every year, according to a 2016 study authored by Martin Makary, M.D., Ph.D., and research assistant Michael Daniel of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The study, published in The BMJ (formerly The British Medical Journal), points to surgical complications, as well as mix-ups in the dosages and types of medications that people receive.
“We have estimated that medical error is the third biggest cause of death in the U.S. and therefore requires greater attention,” the authors write.
At the same time, the medical profession has acknowledged that highly addictive opiates have been massively overprescribed. Doctors are finally cutting back these prescriptions in reaction to the deadly health crisis caused by these drugs, and federal guidelines to limit their use.
On top of this, antipsychotic medications are being overprescribed for young people, and we’ve reached a tipping point in which medical researchers are warning that antibiotic medicines may no longer work.
Hold on. What if there were an organic, plant-based medicine that helped the body stay in homeostatic balance, and was being used to effectively treat epilepsy, cancer, PTSD and many other conditions? There, is of course. It’s hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), and in 4,000 years, no one has ever died from ingesting it.
In the war against disease, we are killing ourselves through friendly fire. Instead of haphazardly poisoning ourselves with toxic drugs, isn’t it time we take a rational, test-and-learn approach? At a time when 400,000 people are dying every year through medical mistakes and mishaps, isn’t it time we focus creating greater acceptance — in the medical profession, the legal system and society at large — on what works, and has always worked?
What can you do? Talk with your friends and neighbors. Go to events, sign petitions. Become an activist, let your elected officials know where you stand on this — it’s literally a life-and-death issue. Removing cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 drugs would be a big step forward to saving hundreds of thousands of lives and ending needless suffering.