Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Demented? Hope You Asked Your Family When You Were Still With it, to Get You Some Cannabis!

Disclaimer: Though I lived for 20 years in Amsterdam, I never had one piece of hash cake or joint, among other things I never partook in.

After lots of medical claims that drinking alcohol “in moderation” would be healthy (forget it), a new study now suggests not just that old mice with dementia were less miserable when administered pot – they became like young mice once more. They could learn again, their brains grew new neural connections. This did not just prevent dementia – it cured it – in old mice.

This is not therapy as with antibiotics where a poison (anti-bio) is brought into the system to do some specific work. With dementia, natural receptors in the brain and the natural cannabinoids targeting them, diminish. The active ingredient in grass works these receptors. If this therapy would work for people, the older we get, the more weed supply we should need to keep up good brain function. Just as, once one develops diabetes, one may need more insulin.

No, people with dementia then are not demented – they have a dope deficiency. Let’s make the demented stoned out of their minds. Let’s blur all distinction between medical and recreational drugs!

This reminds me of people who claim to reach new highs when drunk or stoned. The poems written under influence though look less impressive when sober again. I don’t believe this study (“A chronic low dose of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) restores cognitive function in old mice“) although it’s published in a medical journal that uses peer review. I don’t know where it went wrong, and I could be wrong, but I don’t believe that just ending a “marihuana depletion in the brain” may reverse such a complex and destructive illness as dementia in people, simply turning back the clock on brain aging, as if nothing had happened.

This very much treats the human physique as a test tube. You pour in a certain molecule and the whole system suddenly works better. This is what modern psychiatry preaches and which is bogus and hurtful.

If this news were true, older people, instead of slowly losing their physical brain, can cure that, but then would lose their humanly brain instead, because increasingly, they won’t be able to think straight again.

This kind of “science” seems better described by the term: wishful thinking; which has very little to do with thinking. More with tripping. The geriatric ward will swing as never before. Science gone to pot.

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To subscribe to his daily blog posts, click on the circle next to the blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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