Sunday, June 08, 2014

And now for a little levity from "Rockford Files"

Big Pharma enlists New England Journal of Medicine AND Christian Science Monitor

At first blush this seems like a strange pairing. The Christian Science Monitor has an article titled "The real marijuana story."

 It starts off with this:
"The narrative has been firmly established: Marijuana use is innocent, a pleasurable pastime with few if any harmful effects. Those who caution that making pot legal might create significant problems have been laughed off as alarmists or old fuddy-duddies. A sobering new article in today’s New England Journal of Medicine may startle some people out of this hazy-dazy reverie. A report titled “Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use” from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health, summarizes the latest research into marijuana use."
To recap, the Christian Science Monitor is quoting the New England Journal of Medicine to buttress its anti-marijuana position. Where does Christian Science stand on western medicine? From the Christian Science website regarding their position on western medicine (emphasis mine):
"It’s up to each person who practices Christian Science to choose the form of health care he or she wants. Many Christian Scientists decide to pray first about every challenge—including health issues—and find it effective. Many health care professionals today are recognizing options outside of conventional medicine. Christian Scientists recognize and respect the interests of medical professionals and don't oppose them. We all care about the preventive and curative aspects of health care. Like all systems of healing, the track record for Christian Science isn’t perfect. But, over 80,000 Christian Science healings have been published throughout the past 140 years, including severe cases."
Did CSM pray first before accepting the help of a representative of western medicine to combat marijuana? Did the press arm of the church note their positions on alcohol and tobacco in this article? They do, obliquely, right at the end of the article.
"As with alcohol and tobacco, the two most popular legal drugs, the supposed pleasures of marijuana are ephemeral, the lasting effects most often dissatisfying and destructive. Alcohol and tobacco have been trying to take hold of their users for centuries, long before the kind of studies now beginning to be made on marijuana were possible. The fact that both alcohol and tobacco are still legal – and still harming society – does nothing to enhance the case for adding a third ruinous partner in marijuana."
Regrettably, no mention that the church prohibits use of alcohol and tobacco. Shouldn't they just add marijuana to the list instead of roping in the New England Journal of Medicine to support their position, which is NOT based on western medicine concerns?