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Letters Give Ayahuasca a fair review for drug recovery

Give Ayahuasca

a fair review

Regarding your article, “Opioid overdose deaths double,” (Monday), Ayahuasca as one possible solution to the problem of heroin addiction is a subject I have not seen written about. The tea, made from plants found in the Amazon rain forest, has been used by the natives of Peru for thousands of years and is known to relieve people’s cravings for drugs such as heroin, cocaine and alcohol, allowing them to stop using. It is said to help physically, spiritually and emotionally. Military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) say drinking the tea even once or twice has helped them more than 10 years of psychotherapy. If someone I cared about was addicted to heroin, I would at least consider exploring this as an option since rehab often does not work. With more than 590 deaths in Palm Beach County last year, it is hard to see what there is to lose by trying it.


Facts for caregivers

are daunting

I read the article, “Caretakers ponder: Is killing mercy?” (Sunday), on being a caregiver with empathy. My wonderful, brilliant husband suffers from dementia — Lewy body, Parkinson’s. He is 77 years old and was diagnosed almost seven years ago. His dementia is complicated by the fact that he received 13 concussions over the years playing sports, mainly football in high school and college. I am 75 years old, and it was extremely difficult for me to place him in an assisted living facility. He continues to be the love of my life. But this was done almost a year ago, with support from our six children and our primary care physician who urged me to do this for my own health.

For years my husband, Jack, and I had worked for the Alzheimer’s Association and we were aware of the difficulties that arise when a spouse has dementia. We ran workshops and supervised trips to Tallahassee and Washington to talk about this issue with legislators. But no amount of knowledge prepares one for the actuality. We are lucky that we have long-term care insurance policies that cover most of the expense of the assisted living facility. If Jack had not had the foresight to get these policies many years ago it would have been financially impossible for him to be in his current placement. Many senior citizens face not only the psychological problems that accompany being a caregiver for a spouse with dementia but also financial ruin. As we live longer, this problem will be an increasing burden for society.


Russian influence?

How about Soros?

There are some who believe that the Russian government or others influenced our November 2016 presidential election. That influence may have been verbal, via the internet or financial or more. None has been proven, and probably will never be. Then The Palm Beach Post tells us George Soros, Norman Lear and Jane Fonda are supporting a candidate for the Democratic governor’s nomination in Florida, “Soros, Jane Fonda, Lear give big bucks to Democrat Gillum governor bid,” (April 4). While this is legal, I do not believe any of these people are registered voters in our state but would like to influence our primary election.


Putin gave new gas

after old was dumped

Re the letter, “Ask Obama about chemical weapons,” (Sunday): Your wife tells you to throw away all the old underwear in your drawer, and you can’t go out and buy more?

Maybe not old but new. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the administration assured us there were no more chemical weapons to the best of their knowledge. More than likely, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad some new ones. I rest my case, sir.


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