Drug-Feasting Face-Eating Zombies Attack!

Sensationalistic reporting has helped to create misleading perceptions about psychedelic drugs.

On May 27th in Miami, a naked 31-year-old Rudy Eugene tried to eat the face off of another man. Eugene was largely successful in his efforts, mauling off 80% of his victim’s face.

It was a gruesome spectacle that baffled police officers, ending with the attacker dead, and the victim virtually faceless.

For those who witnessed this disturbing and puzzling attack--which would surely have grossed out even Hannibal Lecter--it appeared as though the zombie apocalypse had begun.

When this incident originally appeared in the news, the words “bath salts” and “LSD” were almost always included in the headlines, suggesting that dangerous or hallucinogenic drugs were the real culprits behind the attack. 

However, toxicology lab reports later indicated that the only drugs that Eugene had in his system at the time of the attack were traces of cannabis, and this may be from using the herb days or even weeks earlier. 

Despite the fact that cannabis can increase hunger, it’s highly unlikely that the cannabis had even the slightest effect on Eugene’s strange feeding behavior that day.

Nonetheless, some misguided journalists have actually tried to blame cannabis for this tragic event, by suggesting an association between cannabis use and schizophrenia onset--which, according to scientific studies, is extremely weak, at best.

Why do so many people in the media try to find a drug to blame whenever someone acts bizarre and violent? 

More importantly, why are psychedelic drugs so often demonized in the media, and why are they even illegal to begin with, when in reality, they generally cause very little harm or unruly behavior?

There are a number of important reasons why world governments are so genuinely frightened of psychedelic substances, and why there is a strong cultural taboo around them. 

All of the scientific evidence supports the fact that the draconian prohibition currently being practiced is most definitely not because of the danger of physical or psychological harm, especially since they are known to be so physically safe, and so many medical benefits are now being discovered for them. 

Not to mention the fact that, no where in the U.S. Constitution does it say that the federal government is allowed to “protect us” from the consequences of own free and informed choices that don’t harm others. 

Hidden under the guise of protecting people from a nonexistent health menace, their true agenda--conscious or not--appears to be to suppress people from activating states of consciousness that allow them to transcend cultural value systems, to think for themselves, and to question the authority of their culture’s values. 

Psychedelics dissolve personal and conceptual boundaries, and they put one in touch with something deeper than culture, a primordial genetic awareness, and the flaws of an antiquated culture, and the ways that it can be improved become obvious. 

It’s very hard for someone who has tasted the cultural transcendence that psychedelics offer to ever fall for the deceptive manipulations of the corporate-controlled media, and there are unquestionably government officials who are aware of this.

Psychedelics often motivate people to examine unquestioned beliefs, and to view cultural assumptions with a more skeptical eye. 

This is precisely the opposite of what organized religions--one of the strongest cultural trances--encourage us to do, as, by their very nature, they require us to have blind faith in their remarkable claims.

Doing psychedelic drugs or plants can be dangerous--no one will argue with that. They can overpower an unprepared mind, and sometimes cause lasting psychological harm. 

However, this is rare, and not doing psychedelic drugs or plants can also be dangerous, as psychedelic virginity tends to make one more vulnerable to accepting unexamined cultural assumptions as fact.

Eugene reportedly traveled around with a Bible close at hand, and he attended church services with his mother. 

His girlfriend, Yovonka Bryant, said that she and Eugene often read from the Bible and the Qur’an together, and that they regularly watched a religious television program in the mornings. 

Is it possible that the Bible is really more to blame for Eugene’s strange behavior than any drug? Perhaps Eugene was actually suffering from a psychedelic drug deficiency?

With its attempt to manipulate human behavior, by blending spiritual teachings with the agendas of the ruling class, one could reasonably argue that many organized religions are at the heart of much of the bizarre and violent behavior that we regularly witness in the world today.

Regardless, when it comes to reporting on psychedelic drugs, here’s my plea to fellow writers and journalists the world over--let’s stick to the scientific facts, please!

And let’s also hope that Eugene’s faceless victim doesn’t transform a face-eating zombie now himself!

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Maria Grusauskas July 09, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Stick to the scientific facts and the truth!
debonair music July 09, 2012 at 01:50 PM
i agree with a lot of what was said here, and before I continue this next sentence let me say im atheist/agnostic. however, even though religion can make some people pretty coo coo, i sincerely doubt that the prersence of religion would/could invoke something that serious. I sincerely believe you lost any credibility with that statement. You basically made your entire article null and void with one sentence. acid and weed are basically harmless, your right, but consider the ramifications of the other sentence. Your already on a losing side of a battle with trying to convince people that drugs arent as bad as made to believe. Now your bringing the religion into it, making your case harder for yourself. also, saying that something like religion caused that is outrageous. No more acceptable than blaming it on drugs. Just sayin, think before you just post some article, theirs better ways to convey your message.
Cassandra Micasa July 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This article is intellectual BS. As a young person in the 60's I experimented which became an addiction. I lost my two closest cousins to LSD trips,who never came back. I have no idea where you got your faulty "facts" but your article is certainly getting you attention. Today I have a young family member who is consistently in and out of mental institutions and jails because they started experimenting at a very young age. It doesn't just affect them, it affects loving family and friends, and taxpayers. Ths person has been actively been in recovery for short periods of and helped many people. This person is now in a hell he doesn't think he can get out of. All I can say to you is: Really?
Brian July 09, 2012 at 07:40 PM
i think the real question aside from all the bs in this article is mephredrone aka bath salts being sold in head shops in santa cruz, and has a lot of the craziness around here including the shannon murder attributable to it?
David Jay Brown July 10, 2012 at 08:10 AM
Thank you for your thoughtful comment, and helpful criticism. My speculation about organized religion was partially meant to be tongue-in-check, as a parody of what many journalists do with drugs. In this case, it sounds like psychosis was at the root cause of this attack--you're right--but I do think that much of the violence in the world has been caused by organized religion. Religion is at the root cause of many wars. The point of my comment was to get people thinking about their unquestioned assumptions.
David Jay Brown July 10, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Cassandra, I'm very sorry to hear about your cousins. I did make the following statement in my column: "Doing psychedelic drugs or plants can be dangerous--no one will argue with that. They can overpower an unprepared mind, and sometimes cause lasting psychological harm." However, this is rare, and the scientific facts clearly support me in this. This is far too huge a subject for me to address here, but if you're sincerely interested in the scientific facts, then a good place to start is: www.maps.org, where you can learn about how many people have safely experienced the therapeutic effects of psychedelics, and how they have helped many people overcome serious traumas in numerous scientific studies--many hundreds! Also, please look into the recent psilocybin studies by Roland Griffiths at Johns Hopkins University, which clearly demonstrate psychological and spiritual improvement. For more information see: http://www.bpru.org/bio/griffiths.html. I think that what's needed is better education--and not sensationalistic demonizing--to prevent future tragedies.
David Jay Brown July 10, 2012 at 08:47 AM
Thanks for the helpful feedback, Maria. I thought that I did clearly state the scientific facts in my column. What was missing? Speculation beyond the scientific facts is what moves thought forward. It also enhances controversy and expands one's readership. I'm not a journalist, and I'm not reporting--this is an opinion piece. Also, the speculation was meant to be partially tongue-in-cheek--but only partially! It was really meant to help make people question their assumptions.
RB Love July 10, 2012 at 01:41 PM
See Ty Love's "Why We Don't Need to Worry About the Zombie Apocalypse" from June 6th.
kate keesler July 10, 2012 at 04:18 PM
therapeatic effects of psychedelics. spiritual beings communicate wth sound minds on LSD. there is a communication that takes place we the free of guilt free from fear are play mates curious to learn why we fight deprive others of human rights food water freedom a bad trip may very well be a result of fear. a person of peace & love will be welcomed to the doors of afine mind expanding TRIP. colors pleasant music are HEAVEN. ask your dog your cat thinks your stupid your dog believes in you!
Dervish Mad Whirler July 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
It isnt farfetched at all to connect religion with people's psychotic behaviour. Religions, practically ALL of them, demonize our carnal Nature, causing people to repress their Natural impulses. As we all know by now, repressing basic instincts will cause them to pop up with a vengeance years later in people's lives, at moments when stress pushes them to the limits, causing them to express them in a violent and warped way. The more you repress thoughts and impulses, the more they will disappear into the subconscious, where we cannot consciously access and control them. Fear-based programming, where trauma is used to stop people from becoming conscious of their own minds and potential, as is practiced in religions, is the most prominent cause of mental problems.
Ferg Dergen July 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM
dont complain cause your family has low IQ's and can't handle their drugs
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