Amblin' Alameda: Renewal time
Amblin' Alameda: Renewal time
It's that time of year for me again - renewal time for my medical marijuana card! Buying marijuana at a (semi)legitimate outlet is so much easier and less expensive than the old way of meeting my dealer in a dark alley and handing over cash for who knows what that I'm sure to renew my access to my sleep-aid of choice. For me this entails a trip to Oakland and a visit to a “prescribing” facility.
Ever the American way. Every step toward liberalization of anything is forced into an unholy pairing with details designed to discourage. The forces of anti-liberalization in our society have never learned to accept the desires of the majority as legitimate and strive to undermine and countervail them wherever and however they can. The intolerant can be so wearing and tiresome.
For marijuana this attempt to deny the obvious forces us all into a charade of hypocrisy where the doctor, a legitimate MD who perhaps doesn't like dealing with sick people, asks a few questions to which we give canned answers and signs off on our access to the herb. I hesitate to call it a drug and place it in the same arena as cocaine and heroin and prescription opiates. So be it. You pay your money and you get your card.
But there was a half hour wait to see the doc and in the waiting room they were playing a CD of a program about two doctors who separately were working on the causes and preventions and treatment of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases of human life. There were vignettes about different patients and the inevitable resistance from the medical community as well as details of the science they used.
Both researchers reached the conclusion that the American diet was the main culprit in these diseases as well as the cause of the epidemic of obesity we live with. Their findings proved conclusively that a diet of whole, unprocessed foods like grains and fruits and vegetables and a concomitant reduction in red meats, highly processed foods loaded with salt and sugar and deep fried foods would, by itself, reduce the incidences of heart attacks and diabetes and obesity and hypertension to nearly zero.
Now, this research was done in the late seventies and was well known to me from aspects of my previous professional life, but for some reason I found myself more receptive than ever to its message. It seemed sort of strange to be waiting for access to my personal indulgence and viewing the program as a captive audience it would have the impact it did, but it did.
I left the facility with my renewal papers in hand and a resolve to reform my diet in my head. I hope it sticks this time. I hope I can overcome my addiction to sweets and fried foods and finally turn to a diet of whole foods. Even at this late date in my life I know that ending the ingestion of crap foods and replacing them with simply prepared veggies followed by a dessert of fruit will make me feel better and probably prolong my health.
I hope my mind has been prepared enough to receive and act upon this wisdom. Based on past experiences where I nearly always indulged myself this will be more a siege than a short battle but I hope to persevere and finally turn my diet around.
My stomach and the rest of my organs will, I am sure, thank me for it.