Anyone who has ever observed the reaction of a dog or cat five minutes after its having eaten grass can understand that phytogenics (plant-based compounds) generate healthy gut flora, protect animals from pathogens – pathogens that they typically expel by vomiting on your living room carpet. The use of phytogenics – plant-based compounds – in animal feed similarly, then, eliminates the need for expensive anti-fungals, de-worming agents, parasiticides, and anti-biotics in livestock. This point is particularly poignant when we recognize the fact that the USDA and the EU Livestock Feeding For Health In A New Era have now nearly banned all use of non-essential and especially growth-promoting anti-biotics on farm animals.
The level of paranoia over a plant with a four-thousand year history of serving as a curative – while being cheap as dirt, not requiring pesticides to grow in a range of climates, that can be used to make more than 50,000 items, and that can be woven with resins to become more than 20 times stronger than steel, is downright laughable. Any country that has started at least a medical marijuana tourism industry is laughing all the way to the bank, however.
Sheesha, shysha, shisha.
No matter how you smell it, you know what it is: a fascinating conduit for convivial socialization that has been used for centuries particularly in Arab countries, Persia, and north India. And although there may be something seductive about the ritual involved in smoking from a sheesha (as I spell it) water-pipe — from its evocative hour-glass shape, gurgle of water, and obvious oral fixative — there is little that can be considered sensuous about the confirmed dangers to health that are associated with it.