A 4/20 Post. Crohn’s Disease Origin Stories. Sponsored by Big Pharma and Cannabis Prohibition.

As I have continued to educate myself on the horrors of Crohn’s disease and the experiences of Crohn’s patients I have found that the discussions on the Crohn’s patient forums and message boards have been the most helpful.  The patients there discuss openly and honestly what is going on with them, how they are feeling, how this disease has affected their lives.  In reading their accounts, I noticed that four general themes arose again and again: firstly, that Crohn’s treatments are not effective at all, or if they work at first the relief doesn’t last, and in any case cause disabling side effects that are often even worse than the disease itself; secondly, that Crohn’s patients — having found no relief from conventional doctors or conventional treatment which often makes them worse — are often crippled from their illness and wish that friends and family were more understanding about how disabling Crohn’s can be and that it’s not just a “poop problem” but a systemic, chronic, incurable inflammatory autoimmune disease that often manifests outside the gut as well; thirdly, that even on their best days, Crohn’s patients still feel significantly ill and negative test results do not always correlate with decreased symptoms or decreased pain or increased ability; and lastly, and perhaps unsurprisingly considering the first 3, that there is a high depression and suicide rate among Crohn’s patients.

Please watch the following Crohn’s origin stories and see if it doesn’t make perfect sense that Crohn’s patients would tend to talk about the topics above again and again and again and again and again.  And all this suffering, every bit of it, is due to iatrogenic illness and injuries resulting from Big Pharma voodoo and medical interventions themselves, including medical mistakes; the utter failure of the capitalistic patriarchal medical machine to relieve their suffering one bit; and cannabis restriction and prohibition, where the only substance on Earth known to reliably treat either chronic pain or chronic inflammation (and this does both) is cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana.  And speaking of iatrogenic illness and injury (including so-called side effects) cannabis does it with literally zero risk of death and a relatively high risk of “euphoria” otherwise known as a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.

Yes, it seems that in the case of using medical cannabis to treat chronic inflammation, which it is known to do reliably and well, the most common “side effect” is to also simultaneously treat acute and chronic physical and mental pain.  Now there’s a thought.  Listen to their stories and see for yourself if you think these people deserve better.  See for yourself if you think these people deserve the option — just the option! — of trying medical cannabis to treat this horrible, horrible disease and everything that comes with it.

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How Can a “Tummy Ache” Be So Disabling? Sh*t Friends and Family Members Say to Crohn’s Patients. Part II. The Treatment.

In Part I of this series, I described the mind- and body-shattering symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a crippling autoimmune disease of the digestive tract that also causes systemic effects like joint pain, skin eruptions and fevers.  Since getting my Crohn’s diagnosis, friends and family members have spoken and acted in such ignorant and hurtful ways towards me and my situation that I have unapologetically cut off contact with almost everyone I know.  I just didn’t have the physical or mental stamina to deal with their hatred or to correct their misperceptions about me, my disease or my “new” life complicated by serious and debilitating chronic illness.  When I say “hatred” I am referring to hate as a verb: the process and practice of othering me, my body, my experiences, my needs and my life.  I am sure if anyone asked them if they hated me they would say they didn’t, not in the noun-sense of feeling hateful emotions towards me.  But in the political, material sense, othering is hatred — the kind of hatred that civil rights groups have actively resisted and sought to eradicate because othering causes disenfranchised people to suffer and die when their needs, desires, interests, perspectives, histories and calls for justice are roundly ignored.

In this Part II, I will describe the horror of Crohn’s treatment which apparently one has to actually experience in order to understand or empathize with.  In my experience, which I have seen mirrored in many online support groups for Crohn’s patients, the accepted treatments for Crohn’s are often brutal and offer minimal or no relief.  Furthermore, with its toxic Big Pharma poisons, invasive tests and risky surgeries, Crohn’s treatment often causes “side-effects” that are as bad as or worse than the disease.  For example, an immune-system obliterating series of infusions was the next weapon in my gastroenterologists’ arsenal and is known to cause opportunistic infections, cancer and even death.

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