Hi there, I’m Phil Monk, the founder of WTU, husband, father of 3 and non-practising college teacher of Adult Literacy, numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages and Spanish. I am now disabled by constant chronic myofascial pain from joint hypermobility syndrome, bilateral ulnar impaction syndrome, childhood PTSD and the subsequent depression disability generally causes.
Prescribed drugs have nearly killed me thrice with horrendous hospitalising side effects, including a TIA mini stroke episode from Citalopram, a brain haemorrhage scare from Beta Blockers, a bowel /bladder cancer / nerve damage scare from tramadol and a liver/bile duct cancer scare from Zomorph and Omeprazole. Consequently, I am now terrified of taking any more prescribed synthetic drugs. The only relief I have been able to get has been achieved through herbalism and the therapeutic practise of natural herbal cannabis. Without this herbal remedy, I am like Dorothy’s Tin Man, all seized up with crunchingly painful toes, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck, shoulders, wrists and knuckles robbing me of my strength and mobility, positivity, connectivity and creativity.
Natural herbal cannabis remedies are like oil to my joints, releasing the shackles of pain which bind me, lifting my mind above the pain, enabling me to better function in my life, with my family and community and empowers me to achieve the best quality of life and well-being possible, in the face of my conditions.