Tulsi, “elixir of life”, is key to both health care and drug policy reform

An herb called tulsi, or “holy basil”, has been used for millennia throughout South Asia; worshiped for its remarkable healing powers.  Modern science has confirmed the plant’s legendary properties and identified a wide array of health benefits.  Some of which include pain relief, helping overcome anxiety and stress, protecting the immune system and improving mental focus.  It has even been shown to fight certain types of cancer.

One other function of note is tulsi’s anti-depressant effect, which probably has something to do with the subtle feeling of euphoria I get after drinking it (in tea.)  This “high” is nowhere close to the intensity medical cannabis is capable of producing, however it is profound enough to be habit-forming.  It could even be considered addictive, to those unfamiliar with the real definition of the word — a classification requiring the substance in question to cause the user some type of harm.  Bringing me to the point of this exercise:  health care and drug policies need to be grounded in reality and based on scientific principles, or they are doomed to failure.

Unlike most pharmaceuticals, tulsi and its distant relative cannabis have a very long, well-established history of safety.

Drinking alcohol, even in moderation, ‘a dementia risk’

“..Drinking alcohol can cause your blood pressure and blood cholesterol to rise which, in turn, can damage the blood vessels supplying the brain, causing problems like vascular dementia.

“Many people will drink to relax and it’s important to keep an eye on the amount of alcohol we consume.”

She said that the best advice was to keep alcohol consumption light throughout life to reap some benefits and protect against the risks of over-indulging.”

understanding the real problems with our health care is very enlightening

While researching a story on health care for the new YouTube political talk show DUBPOLITICS, I found myself laughing at a debate which occurred in a discussion board on a site called NewBuddhist.com two years ago.  Not only does it give valuable insight on our health care reform issues, it calls into question the very basic freedoms we enjoy as Americans and provides a fascinating window through which to view our evolving internet culture.

It began innocently enough, with someone asking the discussion forum a relatively simple question:  Did Buddha really eat nothing but hemp seeds?  A number of sources claim  Buddha ate only hemp, or only hemp and rice, for six years before his enlightenment.  Science has proven hemp to contain all the nutrients we need for optimal health, including Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids (which have also, much more recently, been proven to increase brain function.)  But the site moderator dismisses any notion of truth to these claims whatsoever.

Furthermore, as the conversation somehow expands to include hemp’s “cousin”, the moderator makes a remarkable claim:  she questions whether or not its legal for someone to even passively encourage ‘drug’ use in an online forum — because, in her mind, it is akin to pedophilia and terrorism.  Which is kinda funny and a little bit frightening.

A lengthy conversation ensues regarding the THC content of hemp now versus hemp in Buddha’s day, over twenty-four hundred years ago.  The idea that Buddha might have gotten slightly stoned from eating hemp seeds with a significantly higher THC content than today’s variety was harshly dismissed by a few veterans of the forum.  So much so, that after they’d chased off whoever asked the question, the conversation turned to them remarking on their unenlightened harshness.

Then somebody new comes along and picks up roughly where the original protagonist left off, wondering if it’s true hemp is the most complete source of nutrition known to man.  After doing more research, the new agitator posts a link discussing how hemp is the most complete food known to humanity.  Moderator promptly closes the thread to further comments.

What fascinates me about this discussion is the notion that better physical and mental health, even perhaps real enlightenment can be achieved through ingesting some form of cannabis.  A claim very similar to the now scientifically-verified assertions of Hindus and Ayurvedic practitioners who worship the herb tulsi for both its healing and enlightening properties.

If there is ever going to be a working health care system in our country, all of this insanity must be addressed properly.  A feat that will require us, the citizens of this once great nation, to stand up and take control of this presently defunct federal government.  No easy task, but we unfortunately have no other choice.  There can be no doubt anymore, for anyone who’s bothered paying attention, that power corrupts absolutely.  Representative government, in a land where corporations enjoy the same rights as citizens, is nothing but a bad joke.

Oakland Marijuana Crackdown:  City Officials Slam U.S. Government

“..U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag, in announcing the civil forfeiture actions on Wednesday, called them part of her office’s ‘measured effort to address the proliferation of marijuana businesses’ in her district.

‘The larger the operation, the greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state’s medical marijuana laws and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need,’ Haag said in a statement…”



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