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Dear Editor:

I was a long-time resident of Rockaway Beach, and have since moved to North Carolina. Much of my family and friends are still living in the Rockaways. I look forward to your online issues, it keeps me up-to-date on the goings-on of the Rockaways. I'm enjoying the articles and news stories. Even the advertisers are interesting! Rockaway Beach has sure grown a lot......and I enjoy reading about them. The regular features (especially the photos) bring back so many beautiful memories of my Rockaway life. May your success continue! Thank you for sharing this great "newspaper."

Bonita Rose,

Holly Springs, NC

 

 

From Doc to Doc

 

Dear Editor:

Dr.Galvin’s informative article on marijuana usage deserves much attention.

As a gastroenterologist, I am continuously faced with answering questions regarding its use in Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel disorder.

Being rather conservative in my approach to treating patients, I explain how it is important to use criteria which we use to measure outcomes of disease treatments, which we have with our current management of and treatment for Crohn's, ulcerative colitis and in some instances the irritable bowel disorders.

With the use of cannabis, there are so many products that are available to either smoke, eat or apply as a cream or oil and being unregulated, it can be hard to determine the right dose that may be beneficial or potentially harmful.

What we need are large and well-designed studies to examine the efficacy and potential harm cannabis products have in the treatment of the digestive diseases that I treat and to date there are no such studies.

I do encourage my patients to stay vigilant in reporting the positive and negative effects of using cannabis and let me know about the results.

Until then, I remain extremely cautious in my approach to recommending either starting or continuing to use cannabis.

 William Erber MD

 

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