Thursday, May 11, 2006

I am Angry

Ok. It's rant day and I might get a little random here you've been warned.

First the FDA.

The FDA routinely and quite vigorously denies the use of anything that (to my eyes)isn't corporately controlled. Consider their ruling about medical marijuana. Their findings in a nutshell are that marijuana has no medicinal use. However, if you read not only the article I linked but any other number of articles the FDA's decision is blatantly political rather than medical.

The FDA doesn't give a SHIT about your health. I might not be college educated but I know that if you are going to make such pronouncements you would think someone in this agency would've actually done a study. Not read a study, not ignored studies, not read FBI and drug war propaganda (the so called Drug War..go read some of that site. ) then I believe their statements would be credible.

Another example. For the last decade or so the health benefits of being a green tea have filtered into Western awareness. However yet again the FDA has decided that after reading some articles green tea isn't good for you.

This is SUCH a typical ugly American behaviour it makes me feel ashamed. The FDA and many others in the medical machine have for decades denied the benefits of medicine that is not of the Western World. All things outside the world of "science" (that term is used loosely here) is deemed fraudulent and dangerous.

Instead the FDA wants you to take lots and lots of "safe" drugs. Drugs manufactured by huge companies who are not in it for your health but for the big bucks pharmaceuticals makes.

Granted there are a lot of us who would die without these drugs. A lot of us who for various reasons need medications daily to keep ourselves living. I don't have a problem with that. What I have a serious issue with is that anything deemed "alternative medacine" is too frequently deemed "dangerous" "ineffective" and the health benefits of way too many other options (aside from the manufactured madness) are taken away.

What bothers me is that contemporary medicine too quickly and easily dismisses thousands of years of medical history. Entire cultures (many of whom have been and are far healthier than a lot of us) are discounted whole.

What I would like to see is an FDA that doesn't just read some studies and call it a day. I want an agency that regardless of the political pressure of the day, and whomevers political agenda, etc. I want fair and non partisan research. I want an agency that is not funded, fueled or in any other way overly connected to big money drug industry.

I want an agency that is interested primarily in my health and the health of my fellow Americans. Whether they are interested in "alternative" or natural remedies or if they want to trust the drug companies. I want my and my fellow Americans health care to be safe and informative. I want it to be accessible to every one. I want for all of us to be able to understand what our doctors are saying, how things we are prescribed and given to take or advised to take, I want us all to be able to understand what is going on and if it is all safe.

After saying all that I realized a few things. First off I don't think those things are going to happen in my lifetime. Mainly because we Americans tend not to worry overmuch until we are personally offended or it's something that hits too close to home. It's sad. I wish I had more faith in my brethren to actively and seriously support and seek change. But I don't.

There are a couple of spelling mistakes up there but screw it I'm tired.

Anyhow.

Why am I so fucking cranky lately? Well tonight I have a migraine. It started yesterday on my way home and has gotten worse. My stomach is upset and I have no good drugs.,

And because I"m a nice girl I just let my coworker go home early because she has to drive home and I take the bus.

So yeah.

I just ran out of steam entirely.

Love poetry for Busty Rusty

I'm fresh up out my comaI got my momma and my daddy and my homies in my corner
It's gonna take a miracle they say
For me to walk again and talk again but anyway
I get, fronted some keys, to get, back on my feet
And everything that nigga said, came to reality
Livin like a baller loc

Homo Out
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