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Thursday, May 16, 2019

* Sun-Times

Pro-pot legislators are still hoping to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana by the end of the month, but they are heading back to the negotiating table in hopes of stubbing out a flurry of objections.

Opponents of the wide-ranging bill had free rein to voice their displeasure at a lengthy Senate committee hearing in Springfield on Wednesday — and they aired concerns about everything from how law enforcement will measure impairment in drivers to which marijuana offenses should be expunged to whether or not weed causes erectile dysfunction.

* Dr. Albert Mensah said more than that about ED. Check out this testimony

What also isn’t brought up, the American Academy of Family Practice, the actual pamphlet that was brought out last month, showed that individuals have erectile dysfunction, impotency, immotile sperm and a lack of capacity to enjoy sexual intercourse, to achieve orgasm. And these erectile dysfunctions are not reversible with treatments like Viagra or any of these other remedies.

Um, OK. I couldn’t find that pamphlet online. Maybe one of you commenters can continue the search.

* Dr. Mensah told the committee he looks at the “underlying cause” of various ailments and has several patients with schizophrenia. His website says he’s “board certified in integrative pediatrics by the American Association of Integrative Medicine.” That association is listed on QuackWatch.org under “Non-Recognized Accrediting/Credentialing/Licensing Agencies.”

Mensah runs Mensah Medical, a clinic that uses “targeted Advanced Nutrient Therapy, an effective and natural alternative to prescription medication” to treat a variety of things

ADD/ADHD
Anxiety
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Behavior/Learning disorders
Bipolar Disorders
Depression (including Postpartum Depression)
Eating Disorders
Mood Swings
Panic disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder
Alzheimer’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease

They also conveniently sell their products online.

It’s very possible he could be a genius and way ahead of his time. But I can tell you that if smoking weed commonly caused irreversible and untreatable ED, few men would ever so much as touch it.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

44 Comments
  1. - Just a guy - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:19 am:

    If using marijuana resulted in ED, I would’ve noticed by now.


  2. - Truthteller - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    Smoking weed causues ED? That’s a new scare tactic.


  3. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    Pretty sure the good Doctor was not part of our social group in the late 70s. I could say more but Rich runs a family blog you know.


  4. - Alrighty then - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:22 am:

    So many of the objections to legal weed come straight from “Reefer Madness.” Boggles the mind.


  5. - Al - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:23 am:

    Motel owners and restaunteurs all over Michigan are praying SB00007 fails to pass.


  6. - JS Mill - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:25 am:

    Cuckoo.


  7. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:25 am:

    I don’t think so, and millions would probably agree. For many it is an enhancement. Reefer Madness is out of control.


  8. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:28 am:

    The good doctor’s ED conspiracies seemed to wilt and couldn’t really stand on their own.


  9. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:30 am:

    ===What also isn’t brought up…===

    That was a spitcheck for me. Thanks doc.


  10. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:30 am:

    This doctor got a 5 star rating from U.S. News and World Report? Am I reading that right?


  11. - @misterjayem - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:33 am:

    Counterpoint: Bob Marley had at least 11 children.

    #LegalizeIt

    – MrJM


  12. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:33 am:

    I have a bone to pick with this study, it’s truly hard to believe.

    Male experience with weed is long and solid. I’d encourage study of Dr. Johnson’s research at the Kinsey Institute.


  13. - Groucho - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:34 am:

    Well now, a new birth control product.


  14. - Chunga - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:36 am:

    He may not look like a duck or walki like a duck but it seems the quack is there


  15. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:38 am:

    “I have a bone to pick with this study, it’s truly hard to believe.”

    There’s lots of hard evidence to the contrary of the pamphlet.


  16. - Huh? - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    With all the things that pot is supposed to help, I was wondering if it will bring you breakfast in bed.


  17. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:40 am:

    I don’t think the Doctor’s data will Stand the test of time.


  18. - XonXoff - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:40 am:

    Quite the opposite in my experience but I realize we’re not all wired the same. If people start talking about the orgasms Rich will be on moderator overload.


  19. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:41 am:

    Sorry for the double post. Picked a day to give up snorting glue.


  20. - @misterjayem - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:43 am:


  21. - Henry Francis - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:43 am:

    Just like whiskey. Which is why I never touch any of that stuff. /s


  22. - Never tried it - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:45 am:

    Just pass the bill then he could have more patients. Lol


  23. - Fixer - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:50 am:

    The good doctor oversimplifies the topic way too much. The issue with marijuana and ED has more to do with damage to blood vessels than whatever it is he’s spouting. Alcohol and burgers can also damage blood vessels. Guess we better ban those next, doc…


  24. - Flapdoodle - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 10:58 am:

    CapFax commenters are in peak form in this thread — great stuff


  25. - BerryOG - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 11:08 am:

    i did urology residency….we specialize in erectile dysfunction

    marijuana DOES NOT cause ED

    sigh…


  26. - 4200 - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 11:15 am:

    This may be hard for the good doctor to swallow, but there is no conclusive data to firm up his assertions. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317104.php


  27. - a drop in - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 11:19 am:

    Rich, you might have better luck if you google his real name: Dr. Meshuggeneh.


  28. - Vole - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 11:43 am:

    Measure impairment in Menash …


  29. - Generic Drone - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 11:50 am:

    I thibk the good doctor is mistaking wacky weed to flacid acid.


  30. - Johnnie F. - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:01 pm:

    If anything cannabis reduces the anxiety that makes ED worse, also allows one to relax, focus and enjoy the moment…so I’ve been told.


  31. - Illinois Resident - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:09 pm:

    That’s funny. Actually cannabis does the opposite.


  32. - Illinois Resident - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:12 pm:

    Very disappointed with stalled bills in places like New Jersey, New York, etc. Ultimately cannabis legalization will happen everywhere but legislatures need to wake up and start serving the majority of citizens that want cannabis legalized.


  33. - theq - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:22 pm:

    im thinking the good doctor is more worried about losing clients than he is ED. It seems many of the conditions he “treats” are also treatable by cannabis


  34. - RNUG - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:25 pm:

    I’m just going to note Willie Nelson has 7 kids … and leave it at that.


  35. - Kippax Blue - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:28 pm:

    Quackery of the highest order.


  36. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:38 pm:

    I’d be more interested in finding out who on the committee thought this guy was the right medical professional to give testimony. A “doctor” who deals in “alternative nutrient therapy”? What, the essential oils people were unavailable? I look forward to next week’s pseudoscience testimony on the dangers of cannabis from two crystal therapists and an astrologer.


  37. - Kentucky Bluegrass x Featherbed Bent x Northern California Sinsemilla - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:42 pm:

    While his comments were a below the belt blow, the crazy from the IL NAACP lady accusing lawmakers of passing this just to profit from it was the real fireworks of the hearing (Sen. Van Pelt aside of course).

    You’d think some of these opponents were high on the stuff the way paranoia and absurd logic comes out of them.


  38. - 47th Ward - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:52 pm:

    ===who on the committee thought this guy was the right medical professional to give testimony===

    Exactly right. I hope we find out.


  39. - zatoichi - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 1:28 pm:

    The American Association of Integrative Medicine was founded in 2000. From their Facebook page:

    “This association was in business for many years and provided a valuable service for practitioners and consumers alike. Unfortunately they went bankrupt.”
    March 21, 2018


  40. - I Miss Bentohs - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 1:57 pm:

    So this Dr. Albert Mensah is saying that if we get drug users to smoke a lot of pot, they will not have children? OK, now I have two reasons to support legalization: I want the revenue, I want children to be the children of responsible parents


  41. - A guy - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 2:09 pm:

    ==I have a bone to pick with this study, it’s truly hard to believe.

    Male experience with weed is long and solid. I’d encourage study of Dr. Johnson’s research at the Kinsey Institute.==

    Pretty stiff argument from Sling.


  42. - A guy - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 2:13 pm:

    It’s suddenly much easier to tell who the males are on this blog. lol


  43. - revvedup - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 5:33 pm:

    Uh huh. All we need to do is hear from Dr. Nick from the Simpsons next. I’m not for legalization, but this scientifically unproven propaganda irks me to no end.


  44. - Stayshard - Friday, May 17, 19 @ 1:06 am:

    get an External Penile Support Device
    (Just Google) Makes the Impossible ,Possible once more


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