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Pure, Natural Coca Leaf – A Healing Gift Of The Divine Plant

A Respectful Suggestion For President Evo Morales

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Dear Mr. President:

Your strong support for the indigenous people of Bolivia is well-known, as is your courageous stand against antagonistic outside political forces. You are also respected by millions worldwide for your practical and honest approach to the so-called “drug problem”, and your dedication to economic development and broad economic prosperity. Further, it is well-known that you are working hard to improve the health and quality of life of the Bolivian people.

May I suggest that all of these strengths that you bring to the service of your country can be combined in a way that is uniquely Bolivian and that will bring substantial new economic benefits to your country? I am speaking of the worldwide phenomenon of “Medical Tourism” and a plan for Bolivia to benefit greatly from the willingness of people to travel to wherever they can get the best and least expensive medical treatment for a wide range of diseases and conditions.

The global Medical Tourism market is estimated at $30 Billion as of 2013 and is growing at approximately 17% a year. By far the greatest concentration of Medical Tourism is in Asia, and most Medical Tourists are seeking high-tech medical treatments at low cost in hospital settings.

However, I believe that Bolivia is in a position to develop and capture a new area of Medical Tourism that will be worth many times more to Bolivia than the entire current Medical Tourism market of $30 Billion worldwide. I am speaking of the remarkable healing power of pure, natural Coca Leaf – not Cocaine – and the fact that this healing power is fully documented and validated by hundreds of years of medical and scientific research.

I propose that Bolivia is in a unique position to provide Medical Tourists not with hospital-based services that require expensive medical technology infrastructure but with a network of simple, comfortable, pleasant Spas where people can come from around the world to be given Coca Leaf teas and tonics under medical supervision for conditions that cannot be effectively treated by any other kind of therapy.

Let me offer just one example. In the US alone, approximately $270 Billion is spent annually on Obesity treatments, medications, surgeries, and diets. This $270 Billion is only what is spent on medically-defined obesity. When you take into account the wealth that is spent on simple cosmetic & vanity weight loss, the total is staggering. And this in only what is being spent annually in the US. When you consider that overweight conditions up to and including obesity are a worldwide problem, it is easy to see that expenditures on this one issue alone probably exceed $500 Billion. A large proportion of this spending could be attracted to the network of Bolivian Coca Leaf Spas that I am proposing.

As you know, Coca Leaf has been illegal in most countries for many generations, and there is no need to go into the reasons why this is so. However, as I am sure you also know prior to becoming a banned substance Coca Leaf teas and tonics were in use with great success worldwide as a completely safe, non-addictive, and very effective weight loss treatment.

There is no reason at all why Bolivia, as one of the few countries in the world where Coca Leaf is understood as a great gift of nature and not as an evil drug, could not initiate a nationwide network of Spas for weight loss treatments based on this simple principle. When you consider that people who need to lose 50-100 Kilograms of body weight could do so at such Spas without any risk, and without the unpleasantness of restricted diets and dangerous surgeries, perhaps you will agree that this represents great economic potential for Bolivia.

When you further consider that these Spas would, in many cases, be located at traditional hot springs that are located on land owned by the indigenous people, and that for the most part it is Bolivia’s indigenous people who have the traditions and skills to produce high quality Coca Leaf, it is clear that Bolivia’s indigenous people would be among the greatest beneficiaries of such a program.

And please, Mr. President, note that so far I have only been discussing Coca Leaf Spas as centers for the treatment of body weight problems. As I am sure you and your medical advisors know, Coca Leaf teas and tonics have been proven to effectively and safely treat and cure a wide range of conditions and diseases on which hundreds of billions of dollars are spent annually without results and, in many cases, with dangerous side-effects. The same Coca Leaf Spa network that would treat obesity and simple cosmetic weight loss could also treat this extensive range of diseases and conditions.

The potential Medical Tourism market for services that could be offered by a Bolivian network of Coca Leaf Spas includes:
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Finally Mr. President, may I suggest that a Coca Leaf Spa/Medical Tourism program would offer Bolivia an opportunity to end or at least greatly diminish Bolivian involvement in the international drug trade? Under your leadership the criminal cartels that dominate the illegal drug trade could be offered the opportunity to become minority shareholder/investors in the network of Coca leaf Spas, which I suggest could be majority owned by cooperatives controlled by indigenous peoples. The condition for allowing this investment would be that these cartels turn away from the international drug trade, which brings AT MOST $20-30 Billion a year, and turn their considerable business know-how and innovative energies to assisting indigenous people in operating the Coca leaf Spa network – under close supervision to prevent any abuses on the part of these Cartel members who are accustomed to getting their own way – then they would have an opportunity to make more money than they are currently making risking their lives in armed combat against the forces of the governments of North America and Europe, and they would be able to do so in a safe and entrepreneurial environment.

Is this proposal naïve? Am I deluded about the possibility that the operators of the Cocaine trade could “come in from the cold”? Could I be mistaken to think that Medical Tourists would choose Bolivian Coca Leaf spas over high-tech hospitals in Asia? Perhaps. But then again, perhaps not.

Mr. President, you are a man of vision – that is clear. I urge you to look carefully at this proposal and to consider what could happen if it were not a naïve delusion but instead a practical plan for Bolivia to take advantage of a unique resource for the benefit of both the Bolivian people and of people worldwide who presently are at the mercy of the industrial medical/pharmaceutical complex, with its limited success and unlimited greed.

Author: panaceachronicles

I am moving to Portland, Oregon in Fall/Winter of 2017/18 & am looking for opportunities to contribute to the Cannabis revolution that I helped to start with my 1969 "Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana", written in Eugene, Oregon and self-published with the indispensable help of the Eugene Augur news collective . I have a few new Cannabis & Coca-related ideas that are pretty revolutionary and as part of a team of good people I am confident that we can shake things up a little in a positive way. I am especially interested in working with companies and/or organizations that want to help motivate Seniors to get past any fears they may have regarding Cannabis and take advantage of the tremendous health benefits of this simple, powerful natural source of treatment and healing. Milestone Achievements The Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana, Agrarian Reform Press, Eugene, Oregon, 1969. The first US grower’s guide Self-published in the face of active FBI interference. Managed initial West Coast distribution. Published worldwide in six languages. 3+ million copies sold. Still in print in 2017. No longer the best – but still the first in its genre. Marijuana Foods, Simon & Schuster, 1981. The first full-length medicinal Cannabis extract cookbook in the US, offering unique extraction options and techniques for creating edible Cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. The first Medical Cannabis book to focus specifically on the needs of Seniors. Still in print in 2017. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. 1980-82. Conceived, founded & developed the company & its flagship brand “American Spirit™”. Worked with Native American groups to develop a market for native, natural tobacco produced by Native Americans on tribal lands. Initiated organic growers program. Lost company through bad choice of outside investors – lesson learned. Writer/Producer of “International Straight Talk” video/CBT series. 1995-97. Sponsored by US/SBA, Texas Instruments, Texas Utilities and GTE. Ten full-length country-specific videos with accompanying Computer-based interactive training app. Focus on practical cross-cultural skills for Americans doing business with, or operating on teams with people from other countries. National & international distribution 100,000+ copies. Still used in Graduate Schools of Business & International Management. Blogger & Social Media Fanatic: 2012 – Present. 175+ full-length posts on the historical and contemporary medical and spiritual uses of Cannabis, Coca and Opium, advocating for the full legalization of Coca Leaf as a natural medicinal plant to complement the emerging range of medical applications of Cannabis and the historically validated importance of Opium as a natural medicine. (Plus, the occasional political ranting and utopian dreaming.) https://panaceachronicles.com Other Relevant Publications The Connoisseur’s Handbook of Marijuana, Rolling Stone/Straight Arrow Books, San Francisco & NY, 1971. Best-selling history of Cannabis as recreational, inspirational and medical drug. International Cultivators Handbook of Hashish, Opium and Coca, Wingbow Press, Berkeley, 1975. First US book to link & document the medicinal and spiritual uses of the three great natural drugs. The Cultivators Handbook of Natural Tobacco, Cultural Dimensions Press, 1982- 2010. The first grower’s manual for natural tobacco as grown by Native Americans for thousands of years before this powerful spiritual herb become corrupted by the modern cigarette industry. The Coca Leaf Papers, 2012. Medical and scientific research from 1750-1900 on the therapeutic uses of Coca Leaf in the form of extracts and tonics. Extensive bibliography hyperlinked to original historical resources. Advocates for acceptance of Coca Leaf alongside medical Cannabis as a powerful, natural medicine that cannot be co-opted by the Pharmaceutical industry.

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