October 5, 2017
Medical Marijuana in Action
Alex Martin, a 4-year-old was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, autism, and epilepsy. With his illnesses he has become unresponsive to the normal treatment causing him to endure about 15 seizures per day. With little hope left they came to the idea of using cannabis oil. Once Alex started taking the cannabis oil, the seizures immediately ceased(Galvin). Writer Jessica Firger reports on the desirable effects that medical marijuana can have on children such as Alex. With her article, “Cancer and Kids: Is Medical Marijuana the Answer?” Firger focuses on Landon, a four-year-old diagnosed with a chronic case of leukemia his battle through getting the medication. Jessica effectively uses pathos, ethos, and logos to prove that more research should be conducted on the appropriate use of cannabis oil so children are given a better chance at survival.
Firger’s compelling use of pathos displays the reality behind chemotherapy and further states why cannabis oil should be further researched as an alternate medication. One example of the use of pathos is when Jessica addresses the harsh reality behind chemo by explaining the hardships Landon has to endure. “The chemo caused him to vomit 50 times a day which made it difficult for him to speak”...The chemo has also compromised his immune system causing him to catch every bug from stomach viruses, to influenza causing a downward spiral until he was so weak he could no longer walk (Firger 3). This paragraph exposes the truth about how chemo can be more harmful to some children than what most people make it out to be. Vomiting 50 times a day is very strenuous on your esophagus burning it up making it possible to catch any illness located in the hospital. Because of this, and the constant vomiting, Landon quickly lost half of his body weight, which wasn’t much to begin with because of his young age. By using these aggressive words to describe his illness it infuriates the reader, drawing them to the harsh reality of how much damage chemo can have on someone, inclining that other research methods should be looked into so that young children will not have to continue to endure such pain.
Jessica also effectively displayed the use of pathos by using powerful imagery when describing Landon’s 90 day treatment plan with chemotherapy further proving that medical marijuana should be research in depth. “He’s dying, it’s very apparent that he’s dying.” Landon kicked and screamed when the nurses tried to force the pills into his mouth eventually leading them to be administered with an IV. After 30 days of treatment children usually go into remissions, but that was not the case with Landon. His doctor’s insisted on several more years of chemotherapy but by that time Riddle stated Landon was on the brink of death. The doctor’s even arranged to send a hospice nurse with them proving to Riddle that he did not have much time(Firger 3). What makes the...