Kava ban

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Dor­sami Naidu, Nadi

The ban on kava, in one form or an­other in the UK, smacks of dou­ble stan­dards. I do not con­sume this brown la­bel of the South Pa­cific, ex­cept on cer­e­mo­nial oc­ca­sions, but I am to­tally against the ban placed against it by the UK au­thor­i­ties.

Kava in rea­son­able quan­ti­ties is a great re­lax­ant just like a few glasses of beer, wine or spir­its. But con­sumed in un­con­trolled quan­ti­ties, they harm the health of the user as well as their im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

In the case of spir­its, wine and beer, greater harm oc­curs to so­ci­ety in eco­nomic and hu­man terms through med­i­cal con­di­tions like di­a­betes, cir­rho­sis of the liver, heart dis­ease, vi­o­lence and ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents.

One thing that can be said for kava is that it does not make the user vi­o­lent, but quite the op­po­site. Even Aus­tralia and New Zealand placed re­stric­tions on the im­por­ta­tion of kava into their coun­tries. It ap­pears to be a case of who has more eco­nomic clout.

The so called third world coun­tries like those in the South Pa­cific in­clud­ing Fiji are treated with dis­dain. These de­vel­oped coun­tries dump their well­pack­aged and pre­sented items in­clud­ing plonk wine, spir­its beer, to­bacco, sug­ary fizzy drinks and junk food into our back­yard, but when our peo­ple who have mi­grated there im­port the things like kava, they are told no there are lim­i­ta­tions. One won­ders at these dou­ble stan­dards.

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