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why cannabis has to be made legal

I thought I’d start occasionally adding my personal musings to my blog. Today something came up  about which I thought I’d add my tuppence worth.

In the last few days the results of the US Government’s own funded research has appeared in the mainstream media. Although about a year after the research was first published, the government sponsored researchers have finally acknowledged that cannabis kills cancer cells (something the scientific community have known for decades). So I’m wondering how the US Government can continue to justify cannabis being listed as a Schedule 1 drug.

Schedule 1 drugs have to satisfy 3 criteria under the US Controlled Substances Act:

1. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

Well that just about covers anything from chocolates and doughnuts to coffee, alcohol and tobacco – none of which are classed as Schedule 1 drugs despite the fact that, globally, 6 million people die every year from tobacco and a further 2.5 million people die every year from alcohol. Deaths from cannabis abuse = zero!

2. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

There are hundreds of published scientific papers going back decades proving the medicinal value of the compounds in cannabis – only last year scientists discovered that it prevents and reverses Alzheimer’s disease.

Alcohol and tobacco, on the other hand, have no medicinal use other than to cause liver and kidney disease and cancer.

3. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Seeing as there hasn’t been a single death attributed to cannabis use and in all animal studies the LS-50 dose – i.e. the amount required to kill 50{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a} of the animals – was found to be so ridiculously high as to be meaningless, I’m not sure how much safer any substance could be.

 

 

Roman Gladiators were NOT meat-eaters!

Meat and fish played no part in the diet of Roman Gladiators! They ate a plant-based diet made up largely of pulses, grains, vegetables and fruits.  This is confirmed not only from historical documents but also from chemical analysis of the gladiators’ skeletal remains. The gladiators were vegans!

Sources:

Gladiators – plant-based diet:
https://archive.archaeology.org/0811/abstracts/gladiator.html

Ten Secrets Hit Best Seller List in Korea

Delighted to receive news that the Ten Secrets of Abundance series has hit the best-seller list in Korea.
Thanks so much to ThinkBank Publishing and 강용구 for doing such a magnificent job in production and marketing. 정말 고맙습니다!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Game Changers

Looking forward to the release of The Game Changers later this year. Premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, the documentary feature film explodes the commonly accepted myth that eating meat is necessary to be an elite athlete and reveals that the optimum diet for health and fitness at any level is a plant-based diet.

Global Warming – Look in the mirror

As the world lambasts Donald Trump (and rightly so) for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, I can’t help but wonder just how many of those protesting are prepared to make a stand in their own lives. Governments can sign up to as many Accords as they like but, if we continue to support animal farming, it is all just empty words. Check out the infographic below taken from the superb ‘must-see’ documentary ‘Cowspiracy’:

The Ten Secrets of Abundant Love – The Musical

Today I was stunned, delighted and honoured to discover wonderful people in Chacao, Venezuela have created an incredible dance show based upon my book ‘The Ten Secrets of Abundant Love’.  I have embedded some highlights as well as short clips from what appear to be rehearsals. Congratulations to everyone involved. Absolutely beautiful performances. I would have loved to have been there.

Sources: teatrex.com.ve | @codigodanza

What is The Life Journal?

The Life Journal is the story of one of the most powerful and least known self-help tools – Journal Writing. Researchers have demonstrated that writing a journal can lead to dramatic improvements in virtually every area of our lives.

In terms of personal growth, the techniques described in The Life Journal have been shown to improve your memory by a factor of 7, boost your productivity by 30{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a} and increase the likelihood of achieving your dreams by 50{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a}.  

Students attain higher grades at school, athletes better their performances in sport, and in the world of business, sales men and women achieve increased sales using these simple writing strategies.

In relation to physical health and well-being, journal writing techniques are equally amazing. Medical researchers have discovered that they are as effective – and, in some cases, more effective – than many commonly prescribed medical drugs in alleviating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

Scientists have demonstrated that journal writing exercises can be as effective as counselling, group therapy and even anti-depressants in helping people cope during times of intense stress, trauma, loss and grief in addition to boosting our self-esteem.  

Controlled clinical studies have revealed that keeping a journal can have an almost magical effect on the mind and body; it has been shown to improve liver function, stimulate the production of T-cells creating a stronger immune system, alleviate stress, reduce high blood pressure and strengthen lung function.

The astounding health benefits associated with journal writing inspired researchers to investigate the benefits it might offer to patients battling chronic, degenerative and life-threatening illnesses. Asthma, alcohol and drug addiction, arthritis, cancer, eating disorders, HIV infection, cystic fibrosis, chronic pain, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression as well as post-operative healing were just some of the conditions that were shown to respond positively to the journal writing exercises outlined in The Life Journal. Symptoms were alleviated, recovery quickened and quality of life improved, all through a notebook and a pen and a willingness to spend 15 or so minutes each day writing.

The essential component of The Life Journal is incorporating specific writing techniques within a personal journal. Despite the proven benefits of these techniques and the emerging body of published research in scientific literature, the subject has not yet reached the public consciousness nor been reported in the mainstream media.  

The book took me over five years to research and write. I hope you’ll like it!