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Ethical Vegetarianism You might like to know that seeing articles dealing with the ethical aspects of vegetarianism (especially animal rights and the alleviation of world hunger) are very inspiring to a fiveyear vegetarian and animal-rights advocate such as myself. As you can probably imagine, vegetarianism and animal rights have yet to achieve popularity in my country. For someone with my beliefs, living here can be pretty frustrating at times. Knowing that there are others out there who, like me, are doing what they can to help animals and reduce world hunger (and help the environment as well), makes me hopeful that ideals still mean something in this world. Eduardo Enriquez Las Pinas City, Philippines

Heading Off Migraines

Thank you, thank you, thank you for "Heading Off Migraines" (April, p. 86). Finally an article that expresses what migraine pain really feels like. I was diagnosed with complicated chronic migraine 13 years ago, and this is the first article that I've seen that has correctly described the pain. Unless a person has experienced a migraine, they can't possibly understand the agonizing pain and the misery a sufferer feels. Articles such as this help people like me more than you can imagine. Our pain is real, and it's finally getting recognized. Danielle Dore-Hodgkins Rochester, N.H.

Marijuana and Glaucoma

Thank you for your coverage on the medical use of marijuana in "Fired Up" (In the News, March, p.18).

You listed glaucoma among the conditions that can be treated with marijuana. To date, no studies have shown that marijuana can safely and effectively lower intraocular pressure as well as the variety of drugs currently available to treat glaucoma or reduce it sufficiently to prevent optic-nerve damage. In addition, side effects, such as increased heart rate and low blood pressure, have been reported in patients using marijuana. …

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