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RCMP Officer Legally Smokes Medical Marijuana for PTSD

RCMP Officer Legally Smokes Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Pot-smoking Mountie can’t smoke publicly in uniform: RCMP

Cpl. Ron Francis legally smokes marijuana daily while on duty to treat post-traumatic stress disorder

By Evan Dyer, CBC News Posted: Nov 28, 2013 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 28, 2013 3:48 PM ET

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RAW Mountie on PTSD and medical marijuana

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RAW RCMP on marijuana use on the force

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A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription thinks he should be able to smoke the drug while in uniform, but the RCMP says he can’t smoke marijuana while in red serge or while wearing his regular working uniform.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles MoreauRCMP assistant commissioner Gilles Moreau said any officer with a medical marijuana prescription can take their medication, but should not do so in while in public in their uniform. (CBC)

Cpl. Ronald Francis serves with J Division in New Brunswick, and received a prescription for medical-grade marijuana on Nov. 4.

‘There’s no policy in the RCMP that prevents me from smoking marijuana. There’s no policy in the RCMP that says I cannot smoke in public. I have the right to smoke it in my red serge.’-Cpl. Ronald Francis

Francis told CBC News marijuana has helped him to calm down and reduces his PTSD symptoms. His prescription allows for three grams a day, which he estimates to be nine to 15 joints, though he said he doesn’t typically smoke that much.

“I get up in the morning, have my coffee and the marijuana. I go at lunchtime, have a marijuana joint, and then again in the evening. That would be my medical regime. But that may change with my tolerance to THC. It may take two joints in the morning, I don’t know,” said Francis.

“I’m just building up my immunity to THC levels, if I was to smoke two I’d probably get stoned to the point that I’m just totally relaxed. I’m still functional. But your nervous system is relaxed, and that makes a big difference,” he said.

RCMP Cpl. Ronald FrancisCpl. Francis said his choice to switch to medical marijuana was a health decision. (CBC)

Francis, who is currently assigned to administrative duties, said smoking marijuana has no negative effect on his ability to be a police officer and that he intends to continue smoking on the job.

“There’s no policy in the RCMP that prevents me from smoking marijuana. There’s no policy in the RCMP that says I cannot smoke in public. I have the right to smoke it in my red serge.”

RCMP says officers ‘should not be in red serge’ while smoking marijuana

But while the RCMP accepts that Francis’s prescription gives him the right to consume marijuana, the force takes issue with members smoking in public or in uniform.

“Definitely a member that has been prescribed medicinal marijuana should not be in red serge taking his medication,” said RCMP assistant commissioner Gilles Moreau. “It would not be advisable for that member, it would not portray the right message to the general public, it’s definitely not something we would support or condone.”

Moreau said the RCMP has a duty to accommodate members’ medical needs, but also has to consider the effect on other members and on public perceptions.

“Because this is relatively new for active members of the RCMP, we are looking at the internal policies to see, how do we set it up? To say, OK, if somebody is prescribed medical marijuana and they have to take it two or three times a day and have to take it at work, where is this going to take place? If it takes place outside, it has to respect the individual but also their co-workers, and it has to respect the Canadian population at large by taking it in a respectful way.”

The RCMP has the right to challenge medical treatments it considers inappropriate, and to seek a second medical opinion, Moreau said, adding that RCMP will evaluate any member who obtains a medical marijuana prescription.

If they are found to be impaired in judgment or motor skills, the RCMP will place limits on the police functions they’re permitted to perform, he said.

Turned to marijuana after trying anti-depressants

Francis said he experienced stress on the job early in his career, while serving the First Nation in Davis Inlet and in his own community of Kingsclear First Nation. He began to seek treatment for mental distress eight years ago.

At first, his doctors prescribed anti-depressants, but he did not feel any significant improvement.

“I started to self-medicate with alcohol. And I said no, this is not me. Why am I doing this? And I was going through treatment for PTSD at the time, and the RCMP did provide treatment, and I thank the RCMP for that.”

But Francis began to read about alternative treatments, including marijuana, and he eventually left the doctor he was seeing at the occupational stress injury clinic. He switched to a different doctor, who gave him the marijuana prescription.

“When I explored it as a treatment for my PTSD, I had to really make a moral decision about it. Because the RCMP and law enforcement, they seem so anti-marijuana, and that’s a hard thing to overcome, so I had to make that decision for my own health. It wasn’t based on my career or anything.

“It was for my own health. In doing that I realized that I have to come first. The organization doesn’t come first, Ron Francis comes first. For my own health. And I’m glad I did that,” he said.

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***Reposter’s note
You will find a number of educational posts on this blog, that I researched and posted after viewing Dr.Sanjay Gupta’s eye opening documentary this summer. As you can see the tide is turning. Cannabis is proving to be the most nutritionally complete vegetable on the planet as well as one of the most beneficial natural or prescription medicine for hundreds of diseases.
As we the general public are exposed to the far reaching health benefits and understand the fact that if CANNABIS is ingested raw and not exposed to heat, there are NO PSYCHOACTIVE EFFECTS, attitude and acceptance will change. I foresee in the not to distant future, that the general public WILL DEMAND the right to grow and use this vegetable as freely as the potato or tomato.***
Below are links to some of the information that opened my eyes to the medicine that so many are denied.

Study: Sugar now linked to Dementia

Study: Sugar now linked to Dementia
Yes, eating too much sugar widens your backside.
But that’s just the beginning.
The health dangers of sugar continue to grow, and now there’s even evidence that flooding your bloodstream with sugar on a regular basis can also cause memory impairment and decline!


According to German author and neurologist Dr. Agnes Floel, elevated blood sugar levels (from regularly eating high-carb, high-sugar foods) are fast becoming significant markers for cognitive decline and dementia.
In a recent study of 141 participants performed at Charite University Medicine in Berlin, researchers measured and compared sugar levels in 2 test groups—one had normal sugar levels and the others’ were elevated.
After testing which included an MRI scan and a word test, the researchers noted that the higher blood sugar participants consistently did worse during the memory assessments than the normal blood sugar group! 
The reason why this happens is because sugar clogs the nutrient channels in all of your cells.  Not only can this weaken your bones and muscles, but it can slow down communication between your nerve cells–which can lead to mood swings, memory problems and eventually dementia.

More ways this “Sweet Poison” destroys your health:
It encourages insulin resistance
Sugar binds to the hormone receptors in your cells, jamming them up making them insensitive to the hormone insulin.
Once you’re insulin resistant, you have opened the door for Type 2 diabetes, more weight gain and even sexual dysfunction!
It ages you
Sugar stiffens the collagen in your tendons, joints and skin, which can lead to arthritis and premature wrinkling.
At the same time it interferes with the production of NEW collagen throughout your entire body, so you get a double whammy here.
It impairs your immune system functioning
Sugar alters the “sensors” that your white blood cells need in order to be able to distinguish normal, healthy tissues and cells from dangerous invaders.
This opens up the door for infections and viruses of all kinds to flourish as well as the development of cancer.
In addition, sugar also weakens your immune system by “slowing down” your white blood cells too.
White blood cells travel through your blood vessels “patrolling” and waiting for an SOS from a tissue that’s injured or inflamed.
Once they sense that their protective services are needed to help you heal and prevent infection, they wiggle out of your blood stream through little spaces between your cells (called the “matrix”) and go to the troubled area to begin their work.
But sugar can react with proteins in your body and “close off” these tiny crawl spaces, thereby preventing your white blood cells from getting where they need to go to protect you. The more of these “sugar blockages” you have, the more your immune function is impaired.

It interferes with your circulation
Your circulation and your red blood cells are affected by sugar too.
Your red blood cells sop up sugar like a sponge in your bloodstream and in doing so, they grow old, stiff and bloated. 
Now, normally your spleen can filter out these worn-out red blood cells by passing them through a series of corridors—and any that are too “puffed up with sugar” get removed from circulation.
But when your blood is consistently overloaded with sugar, your spleen can’t keep up with its fast-growing filtering job.  Eventually, the puffy red blood cells can build up and clog your capillaries.
This is what’s happening when diabetics go blind and develop numbness in their feet and gangrenous infections.
It can cause dysbiosis
Sugar also harms the important little inhabitants in your gut, and this is another sugar double whammy.
About 70% of your immune system resides in the beneficial bacteria (AKA friendly flora) in your gut.
Also residing in your gut are “bad guys”–harmful bacteria and yeasts–that you can get from your food and the environment.
In order to have a strong flora balance (and hence an effective immune system), many experts recommend that you strive to have at least 85% friendly bacteria in your gut and no more than 15% harmful.
Your friendly flora is nourished by things like vegetables, fermented foods, whole grains and legumes.
The harmful bacteria, on the other hand, LOVE sugar.
So when you give your body a regular onslaught of sugar not only are you starving your beneficial bacteria, but you’re feeding the dangerous ones.
This can cause dysbiosis (harmful bacteria overgrowth), which can not only make your immune system practically non-existent, but it also can hamper your digestion causing gas, bloating and anything-but-normal BMs.
What to do
If you suspect you are suffering the health effects of too much sugar, in addition to seeing your doctor to rule out Type 2 diabetes (among other things), it’s absolutely VITAL to change your diet to replace most of the refined sugar with healthy, complex carbs.

Having a more healthy diet can certainly help reverse your flora balance into the more healthy range, but for many people it’s not enough. This is especially true if you take medications of any kind (particularly antibiotics or acid reducers), are under a fair amount of stress, drink tap water or are exposed to pollutants in the environment or on your job.  All of these factors can also upset your flora balance.
A quality probiotic supplement can be very helpful for most people. there may be some initial discomfort but persrvere through it and experience substantial health improvements.
Speak to an expert at your local health food store or a naturopath. Get Pre-biotic and Pro-biotics with multiple strains of potent, friendly bacteria to help beef up your flora population and bring your balance to a more health-enhancing level, and help you “recover” from a long history of being a sugar-holic.
Take the necessary steps to minimize sugar’s harmful effects on your body…and I’m sure it will thank you many times over!

***Reposters Note
Thank you to Sherry Brescia for many of the paragraphs used in this post.

I am a sugar-holic. The Oxygen Spa mentioned in my previous post cleared up a 20 year yeast infection and has kept my yeast in balance for 5 years now. It also provides an excellent massage and really gets the blood moving – my flexibility and joint inflammation has definitely improved. My cold hands and feet are long gone evidencing a very significant improvement in circulation. My bowel flora balance has improved very significantly and I am free from many years of intense IBS symptoms and severe adult acne.

I suffered from Tonsillitis all through my teens. Finally as an adult, it was recommended that they be removed as the constant infections were having such negative impacts and antibiotics were becoming useless. I believe my IBS and adult acne resulted from long term antibiotic use.

Many years later I learned of Oxygen Therapies but none of the delivery methods was very pleasant. I tried them with success but due to the unpleasantness of the therapies, I could not achieve the needed level of oxygenation to recreate the proper aerobic/anaerobic bacteria balance in the bowels or the rest of my body.

The Oxygen Spa came into my life and finally IBS and Adult Acne symptoms disappeared from my life with a lot of other inconvenient minor health frustrations like yeast and bladder infections. That you get the most amazing massage in your own tub by millions of Oxygen/Ozone bubbles is a total bonus.

Pre-biotics and Pro-biotics are a huge part of the solution but an oxygen rich body that is of the appropriate PH level are also an extremely important part of the equation fro achieving true long term health.

Along with reducing sugar and carb intake, drink plenty of water and do something every day that gets your heart rate up and your blood moving. Our brains need good blood flow and oxygen just like the rest of our bodies.

This article will be very educational for some, for others of us it is a reminder of what we know but continue to ignore. For me and those of you who read this, it is a call to do better. Not only is our physical health and longevity at risk so is losing our minds.*****

Herbs for the Thyroid +

Herbs for the Thyroid

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Thanks to Herbs-info.com for this article.

Unless you suffer from a thyroid condition, it is easy to ignore the function of the thyroid gland. Although small, this endocrine gland – situated just below your neck – plays a big role in regulating metabolic processes in your body. With a dysfunctional thyroid, the functioning of almost all your organs is likewise disrupted. Thyroid disorders generally fall under 3 categories: an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism, an under-active thyroid or hypothyroidism and an enlarged thyroid characterized by the presence of nodules.

Herbs For Thyroid

Unfortunately, thyroid conditions are usually misdiagnosed as most of their symptoms (such as weight gain or loss, chronic fatigue, depression, skin and hair dryness, constipation or diarrhea and menstrual irregularities) can be quite similar to those of other disorders. To make things even more confusing – the 3 types of thyroid disorders can even have overlapping characteristics.

Therefore before embarking on any treatment, whether herbal or medicinal, it is important to have a medical professional diagnose your symptoms and identify the disorder first. Likewise, it is important to use remedies with an understanding of the mechanisms involved in promoting thyroid health. For instance, while some herbs improve overall thyroid conditions, some herbs can only benefit hyperthyroidism but conversely may be detrimental to its extreme counterpart, hypothyroidism and vice-versa.

Either way though, most herbs for thyroid are not like pharmaceutical medications that attempt to replace thyroid hormones, decrease hormone production or the size of the thyroid gland. Instead, they are regarded as being able to provide the appropriate thyroid support – acting preventative and facilitating the healing process. Although some clinical studies do not find evidence of traditional herbal medicine being able to totally treat thyroid conditions, herbs are however thought by some to contribute to lower relapse rates, less adverse effects, relief of symptoms and improvement of thyroid antibody conditions and thyroid functioning. Here are 10 herbs thought beneficial for the thyroid:

10 Herbal Remedies for Thyroid Health

Echinacea

A popular herb used to boost the immune system, echinacea is considered helpful for those suffering from hyperthyroidism or thyroiditis. One expert who has over 20 years of experience with autoimmune conditions gives the roots of echinacea to his patients and has rarely encountered any major adverse issues.

Licorice

This herb is important in maintaining a balance among glands so that thyroid patients who often suffer from fatigue have improved energy. Moreover in 2011, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Texas isolated synthetically derived constituents of triterpenoid glycyrrhetinic acid, a major component of licorice and found it to inhibit the growth of highly invasive thyroid cancer cells. This demonstrates licorice’s potential in clinical treatment of thyroid cancer and other endocrine-related disorders.

Bugle

In a 2013 study involving 403 patients with mild hyperthyroidism which assessed the effects and safety of an extract of bugle in tablet or drops form, scientists observed statistically and clinically significant improvements in the symptoms of those given the tablet. These improvements were noted without any major side effects. Because of bugleweed’s effectiveness in alleviating mild hyperthyroidism, some experts believe it can gradually replace regular taking of maintenance medications like methimazole or PTU.

Ashwaganda

This is an herb with antioxidant properties that directly works on the thyroid by producing just the right amount of hormones. Aside from hormonal balance, ashwaganda is known to help the body fight stress by improving the immune system and has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects.

Bacopa

Researchers confirm the potency of bacopa as a thyroid stimulating drug to fight hypothyroidism. It has been found to regulate thyroid hormone concentrations by as much as 41% without adverse reactions.

Eleuthero

Popular as Siberian ginseng, eleuthero is considered a wonder herb for people suffering from hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Siberian ginseng is believed to be effective in treating hypothyroidism by regulating the levels of hormones in the body. Furthermore, this potent herb contains substances that assist in the normal functioning of the thymus and adrenal glands.

Bladderwrack

Aside from hypothyroidism, bladderwrack is considered as an essential herb for many health conditions. This algae or seaweed contains high levels of natural iodine which is known to stimulate the thyroid gland. Bladderwrack contains substances that help in restoring the normal functioning of the thyroid gland as well as in reducing the size of thyroid goiters. It is thought to play a role in stimulating an increased production of thyroid hormones in order to prevent the development of thyroid diseases.

Flaxseed

Flaxseeds are known to be rich in essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids, which is thought to be good for thyroid health. In a study conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center, it was found out that consumption of foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, like flaxseed, helps in boosting the production of thyroid hormones. This results to reduced susceptibility to hypothyroidism.

Black Walnut

Aside from seafoods, black walnut is considered as one of the richest sources of iodine. Research shows, iodine is an essential nutrient that plays a vital role in optimizing the health and functioning of the thyroid glands. Furthermore, it was found out that insufficient amount of iodine usually lead to a number of conditions which include chronic fatigue, depression, mental impairment, and goiters.

Lemon Balm

Coming from the mint family, lemon balm is an amazing herb that is considered beneficial to the thyroid glands. Research shows that this herb is useful in normalizing the activities of overactive thyroid glands. It reduces the production of thyroid hormones and eases the symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.

***Reposters Note.

A friend Nina, was plagued by thyroid problems. They were unable to stabilize her thyroid function with medication so she kept swinging between hyper and hypo – hypothyroidism. She literally felt like she was losing her mind for over 5 years. A long time friend and physiotherapist sent her an oxygen spa from Hong Kong and  told her to use it twice per day. At the end of 30 days she was to send the Oxygen Spa back to Hong Kong or pay for it.

Nina did as asked and saw a remarkable stabilizing of thyroid function. As her case had been so challenging, her doctors followed her closely over the next 4 years. She continues to use the spa daily and has been asymptomatic since that first month.

So the question is what is the Oxygen Spa doing and how?

Is there an autoimmune component and are the antioxidant negative ions playing a role? Use of the oxygen spa has very significant anti-inflammatory effects on my body  – so was that part of the effectiveness? I have also noticed significant improvement in immune function – is that same effect part of Nina recovery? Was the detoxification of her body by using the spa, part of what made the difference, or was it improved and increased blood flow to the thyroid? Do increased oxygen levels in the body play a role in reducing thyroid stress and functioning? So many more questions but the result remains the same – Nina has been symptom free on no medications for 10 years and her doctor and specialists have no explanations as to how such a dramatic turnaround occurred.

That a physiotherapist in Hong Kong recommended a solution that has been so effective and it involved no medicine or nutritional intervention is interesting and exciting at the same time. Obviously that physiotherapist has seen the Oxygen Spa be effective in similar situations or she would not have sent an Oxygen Spa from Hong  Kong to Canada for Nina to try.

Can the Oxygen Spa help others correct their thyroid function? I honestly do not know but as Nina’s results show it is definitely a possibility when all other options have been explored with no resolution.*****

Top 10 Ways to Prepare Kale

Top 10 Ways to Prepare Kale

*** Reposter Note –  Thanks to Mary Crimmins of eatlocal.com for putting Top 10 Ways to Prepare Kale together. It is a terrific collection of tasty sounding recipes. When cooking these days, I replace olive oil etc. with Coconut or Graperseed oil as they handle heat much better and have higher smoke points. I have been getting both at Costco as they seem to have the best quality of both oils for the best price. We have grown Kale in our flower beds as it so visually vibrant. It is also quite hardy and  pruning allows you to use the pruned leaves in the kitchen through out the summer.  Check out your local bedding plant locations for some of the more decorative strains or grow your own from seed.***
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My body has been deprived of leafy greens this summer. It has been so hot here in Nashville, that no greens stood a chance to grow in the blazing heat. Last week, I saw a familiar friend at the Market – KALE! I couldn’t believe it. For me this marked the end of the summer, and the promise of cooler temperatures to come.

So I over zealously bought 5 bunches, which set me back about $15. I didn’t care, I had kale.

Once I got home I realized that I couldn’t really fit all 5 bunches in my refrigerator, so I needed to deal with it in the next day or so. So I decided to make up a big batch of kale pesto that I could freeze. (Recipe)

After receiving lots of messages via twitter about what else people could do with kale, I figured I’d better help ya’ll out and offer a few ways to prepare it. It’s no secret that kale is one of nature’s super foods, and getting it into your diet is worth the effort.

10 Ways to Prepare Kale

  1. Kale Chips – This simple preparation of kale will have you begging for more. A crispy salty treat that is better than popcorn or potato chips.
  2. Kale Pesto – More flavorful than basil pesto, this is a great addition to pizza, pasta, or in an omelet.
  3. Sauteed Kale – For a hearty side dish, this is a classic preparation. I saute onions and garlic before I add the kale, and add a couple dashes of hot sauce for an added kick.
  4. Kale Quiche – You can substitute any spinach quiche with kale and it offers the same great taste with the added health benefits.
  5. Kale Soup – A classic kale soup is made with white beans and ham or sausage, however I like this recipe of using acorn squash and kale to create a sweet and savory winter favorite.
  6. Kale Lasagna – The perfect “make ahead” recipe for a hearty dinner is a dish the whole family can enjoy.
  7. Kale Juice – If you own a juicer, kale is quite possibly the healthiest thing to juice. Mix it with apples, carrot and a little lemon for a drink that is better for you than liquid gold.
  8. Kale Slaw – You can substitute raw kale for raw cabbage in this recipe.
  9. Kale Pasta – One of my favorite ingredients to add to pasta. Goes with just about anything from spaghetti to sausage pasta to baked macaroni and cheese.
  10. Kale Pizza – One of the joys I’ve found with eating seasonally is changing up my grilled pizza toppings. One of my favorite combinations is sauteed kale, caramelized onions, strong white cheeses, and some crispy bacon.

Overall, kale is a delicious and hearty green. Treat it like spinach and you can substitute it in just about any recipe. Experiment and enjoy!

How to make Kale Chips

 

Author

Mary is the Farmers Market and Marketing Manager of the 12 South Farmers Market in Nashville, TN. She is also an Independent Product Consultant of doTERRA Essential Oils. The goal of Mary’s blog is to bring to light the relevant issues that we are facing in our current food system and creatively come up with ways to become more sustainable and local. She also writes on how to improve your body, mind and soul and offers advice on how to live life as naturally as possible. She focusing on natural healthcare and habits including the use of essential oils and alternative methods of healing and preventing disease.

She says “Where ever I go, I am dedicated to the local food movement and living a natural lifestyle and look forward to seeing this movement grow and become part of our everyday lives and culture!”

****** To learn more about Kale,  Kale, The Healthiest Vegetable on The Planet & How to make Kale Chips

The Importance of the Lymphatic System

The Importance of the Lymphatic System!

By: Dr. Michael L. Johnson

The lymphatic system is the garbage collection system of the body.

The majority of the fluid that is carried by the lymphatic system consists of waste deposits from the cells. Each of us has the same amount of lymph as blood in our body. The only thing difference in the lymphatic system compared to the circulatory system is that it does not have a pump.

Lymph fluid is pumped through the vessels via the contraction of our muscles, our body’s own electro-magnetic field and even breathing. This is one of the many benefits of exercise because it moves lymph. A sluggish or clogged lymphatic system doesn’t allow the body to circulate the fluids and eliminate toxic waste buildup which can decrease the body’s immune function. As a result, there is an increase in swelling, inflammation and pain along with the possibility of contracting other diseases. Think of lymph nodes as small filters that can corner bacteria and prevent other nasty ‘surprises’ from invading your body. If they fail, those nodes may become infected with secondary tumors.

The Importance of the Lymphatic System

This is why our lymph system is CRITICAL when it comes to purging our body of waste material! It’s also responsible for distributing nutrients to each and every part of our body. How does the lymph system work? As stated, it doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system’s heart so the lymph system “PUMPS” the lymph through the body when you EXERCISE!
Do you know what all of this means? It means you need to be active and exercise if you want to heal! This is why couch potatoes tend to develop chronic conditions earlier than those who exercise regularly and STICK to a healthy diet!

The lymph (which is basically recycled blood plasma) needs balanced chemistry within its structure to function properly in that system. This is why it needs to be healthy or full of the nutrients to stay fit, which is what a proper pH level can give it.

In order to maintain adequate pH levels, you need to have appropriate amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and trace elements in your soft tissues. This is what gives the lymphatic system its fluidity. In other words, balanced lymph chemistry is essential for lymph to transport the minerals needed in the cells in order to re-alkalinize or balance the chemicals in the soft tissue. This in turn allows minerals to remain in the cell solution long enough to reach the cells.

To make this scenario possible, appropriate amounts of HCL need to be supplied by the body so that you can absorb the vital minerals needed to help your lymphatic system. In other words, you need adequate amounts of stomach acid (HCL) to digest your food.

Lymph is more than just waste, it is an amalgamation of enzymes, nutrients, sugars, cytokines and a other vital chemicals that coat the cells. As my good friend, Dr. Kevin Conners, likes to say, lymph is like “a healthy river, needing a constant flow of fresh nourishments, which prevents our body from turning it into a stagnant pond.”

Lymph is normally pumped throughout the whole body in lymph vessels as the muscles in your body contract and relax. These vessels also contain check valves that permit the passage of waste in one direction only. If your lymphatic system slows down, it will prevent the circulation of necessary nutrients, thus dulling the response of the immune system at the same time!

Do you know what that means? It means you will be highly susceptible to hidden infections that a strong immune system typically nips in the bud.

As you grow old, the amount of HCL that your body produces decreases. This decrease is caused by several factors such as eating processed or junk food, using illegal and legal drugs, and excess stress. However, some researchers back in the 1930’s discovered that this acid (HCL) is not the only thing necessary to balance lymph chemistry and balance the minerals needed to alkalinize the tissue. Your body also needs a suitable NATURAL POTASSIUM ACTIVATOR.

When you combine HCL and potassium, you enable your body to create the perfect acid/base balance it needs to balance the lymph chemistry (I know I sound like a broken record, only because of how important this balance is!)
Plus, the perfect HCL-Potassium partnership can actually boost HCL’s effectiveness as a global GERMICIDE.

Basically, this means it can hunt out HIDDEN infections, which can turn chronic if they remain undetected.
What is the take away? We found out that if your stomach acid is low, HCL supplementation along with potassium synergists can:

• Balance lymph chemistry by maintaining the medium those minerals need to freely move around the solution and deliver the necessary nutrients required by the body to ward off chronic diseases.
• Make the immune system active enough to detect hidden infections that can make the pH balance go awry. This usually happens when the minerals in the body abandon their purpose (which is to re-mineralize tissue) and go to fight off those infections instead.
You need to have the right amount of HCL to make that lymph flow smoothly and efficiently, as we have just discussed. When you have too little, nothing you do will make that lymph flow faster!

When you have enough stomach acid (HCL) in your system, you can form methyl groups easily. This is VITAL. For those of you who aren’t aware, methyl groups allow cells to replicate NORMALLY. In other words, it’s because of methyl groups positively affecting your DNA that you get a NEW BODY every year. Why? As I mentioned before, your body is constantly changing cells. Methyl groups help you form HEALTHY cells. Abnormal or low levels will promote the growth of UNHEALTHY cells which can lead to serious health issues!

—Dr. Michael L. Johnson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

drjohnsonDr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist who has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983. He is a consultant to other doctors around the world (www.lifechangingcare.com) and he is the author of seven books which can be found at www.askdrjohnson.com. Dr. Johnson’s YouTube and Facebook pages can be found at “Dr. Michael Johnson.” You are welcome to email Dr. Johnson with questions and/or comments at mljohnson@askdrjohnson.com.

© 2013 Dr. Michael L. Johnson

****REPOSTERS’S NOTE

This is an excellent article.  Check out Dr. Johnson’s websites for even more good information.

Dr Johnson brings up 3 very important points that are in your control. Exercise, Balance minerals and Potassium Activator.

Below are my personal solutions. For me they are very effective in-spite of  me making some less than stellar lifestyle choices daily.  My lymph system and immune system function well so I no longer dread the annual cold and flu season. Because I was asthmatic – I have always been very susceptible to lungs and throat bugs that would persist for extended periods. A terrible cold & flu has been affecting our local area for over 2 months.  A couple of weeks ago I woke up with it at 4:00 am.  The dreaded bug had come to visit,  but because my lymph system is now functioning well and I have solutions, within 8 hours, I was fully functional and basically without symptoms.

So what do I do different that is so effective.   I drank some fresh lemon in hot water with honey and grated ginger plus I took some Echinecea and had an Oxygen Spa. By noon. I was still a bit more tired than usual and a tad stuffed up but was otherwise symptom free. 20 years ago – I would have had a high fever , horribly congested lungs and sinuses for at least 3 days followed by harsh coughing, irritated throat and a nose that would not stop running for the following 3 weeks. The cold and flu season was my Achilles heel.

My Lymph Solutions

1.) I know that I do not get enough physical activity.  Fortunately I have an Oxygen Spa and I bathe at least  twice per week in millions of Oxygen/ Ozone Bubbles in my bath tub. The bubbles colliding with my body and rupturing provide the same benefit to my lymph system as a 1 hour massage or a 1 – 3 km jog.. Using the Spa I am also exposed to significant amounts of negative ions. which provide innumerable health benefits. The Oxygen Spa also has an alkalizing effect on our bodies. It is the smartest health improvement and wellness tool I have ever purchased. As a Wellness Coach and a Consumer, it is the most effective stand alone device that I have ever used and continue to use.  Here is a short video. Should you want more info or to purchase – contact me by e-mail at allaboutwellness@mail.com or call Deb at (780) 363 – 2492 Canada.

2.)  I take an excellent liquid vitamin mineral supplement, Daily Complete, that provides 194 vitamins and minerals derived from natural and organic sources. It is  recognized by the medical community and is found in the Canadian and American Physicians Desk Reference. I have it automatically delivered to my home every month so we don’t run out because we know how important to our health it is. Here is a link to the Daily Complete information  http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete . Main website http://deb.awarenesslife.com/,

3.) We incorporate at least 1 banana per day into our diet to ensure we are getting natural source potassium.   As well we cook with a  number  of the foods found in this excellent Huffington Post article.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/potassium-foods-banana_n_1898078.html We love banana bread and this banana bar that is also a great no sugar added energy bar or breakfast bar. My husband has a very sweet tooth so I vary the recipe by adding dark chocolate chunks, dried cranberries or dates. I often make 3 or 4 base batches at once and vary the ingredients. They store well in the fridge and freezer. So when we need that pick me up or just want a sweet snack , we have a very handy tasty choice.  Here is a link to the Banana Bar recipe   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574930432528694&set=a.306733809348359.74231.113301848691557&type=1&theater

Because these are simple, easy and enjoyable, my solutions are just naturally part of our life, no big lifestyle changes needed. As a result it is easy to be consistent and benefit from significantly improved lymph and immune function. Take an Oxygen Spa bath instead of a shower, finish dinner off with a 1 oz great tasting liquid vitamin mineral and eat good for us food. You are going to eat and get clean – tweak what you are already doing and reap some pretty significant benefits

Do not use antacids for heartburn – use Apple Cider Vinegar liquid or tablets daily instead – heartburn issues disappear and HCL production becomes normalized.  We were shocked at how effective this is. Hubby is a die hard coffee drinker. Apple Cider Vinegar has got him off all OTC and prescription solutions. His digestion and bowel function are now functioning like when he was a young man. Now that everything is back on track he only takes a tablet or 2 a week when he thinks about it.

Take Care of your Lymph (your bodies garbage collection system) and  it will take care of you!

101 Uses for Coconut Oil – A True, Whole Body-Mind Anti-Aging Solution & Skin Rejuvenator

101 Uses for Coconut Oil

****Reposters Note – Thank you to for this excellent post, 101 Uses for Coconut Oil.

Coconut Oil is one of those choices that is sure to benefit everyone who chooses to add it to their diets. Coincidentally,  it is as good for us externally as internally. Add to that, it is an  excellent all natural tool for all sorts of little jobs around the home. It is truly astonishing how many (not so natural) products it can replace in your cupboard, medicine cabinets and around the home.

Our local Costco carries an excellent Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil 1.5 kg (54 oz) for around $16.00.***

Coconut 101 Uses for Coconut Oil

I’ve said before that I am with coconut oil like the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is with windex… I use it for everything. Right now, I have a five gallon bucket of it sitting next to my desk because we use so much and I don’t have anywhere else to keep it…

Today, I’m sharing my top 101 (yes 101!!) uses for coconut oil:

Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
  2. Taken supplementally for daily energy
  3. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
  4. On the skin as a basic lotion
  5. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
  6. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
  7. As an eye-makeup remover
  8. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  9. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
  10. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  11. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  12. To support healthy thyroid function
  13. In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
  14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  16. In homemade lotion recipes
  17. To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  18. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  19. As a delicious tropical massage oil
  20. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metaboism
  21. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
  22. As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
  23. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
  24. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  25. Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  26. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
  27. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
  28. On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
  29. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  30. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  31. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
  32.  With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
  33. In natural Homemade Sunscreen
  34. In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
  35. In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
  36. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  37. Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
  38. There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
  39. Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
  40. Can help improve insulin levels
  41. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
  42. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
  43. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  44. In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
  45. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
  46. Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
  47. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  48. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
  49. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
  50. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  51. As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
  52. In natural homemade diaper cream
  53. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  54. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
  55. To season cast iron skillets
  56. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  57. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  58. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
  59. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
  60. I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
  61. On split ends to de-frizz
  62. A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
  63. By itself as a great tanning oil
  64. Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  65. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
  66. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  67. Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
  68. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  69. To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
  70. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  71. Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
  72.  Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  73. By itself as a natural deodorant
  74. By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
  75. For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
  76. Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
  77. In homemade vapor rub
  78. As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
  79. A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
  80. Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
  81. As a completely natural baby lotion
  82. On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
  83. Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
  84. Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
  85. Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  86. Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
  87. Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
  88. When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
  89. When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
  90. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
  91. Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
  92. On cuticles to help nails grow
  93. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
  94. Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
  95. Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
  96. In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
  97. Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
  98. One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
  99. Naturally clears up cold sores
  100. Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
  101. Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness
You can also check out my recipe index or Start Here Page for many more recipes that use coconut oil!

 What Kind of Coconut Oil?

For external uses, expeller pressed or other types of refined coconut oil will work, but for internal use, an unrefined virgin coconut oil is best. My husband and I both take about 4 tablespoons a day and the kids get a couple tablespoons in food, smoothies, or hot herbal tea.

***REPOSTERS NOTE

Links to other  Coconut Oil posts from All About Wellness Solutions – A cornucopia of varied information

Coconut Oil Pulling Therapy – Excellent Detox & Wellness Rejuvenator

Homemade Toothpaste With Coconut Oil – Health & Heart Smart

Get Off Your Thyroid Medication And Start Consuming Coconut Oil

Why You Should Use COCONUT OIL – 9 Benefits For Skin, Body And Soul

10 health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

80 Awesome Uses For COCONUT OIL, In Your Home and Your Health

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

There Is No Mistaking The Evidence, Cannabis Cures Cancer

There Is No Mistaking The Evidence, Cannabis Cures Cancer

Cannabis is one of the most powerful healing plants in the world and it makes cancer essentially disappear. Cannabis compounds are responsible for halting the growth factors that are responsible for metastatic growth.

Although there has been scientific evidence that marijuana can shrink and even kill tumors since the 1970s, much of the recent public interest in this research has been inspired by Run From The Cure, a documentary about a Canadian man who claims that the concentrated oil from the cannabis plant has cured his skin cancer. He then tries the cure on a number of other cancer victims in his community with similar results.

There Is No Mistaking The Evidence, Cannabis Cures Cancer

Researchers have now found that the compound, called cannabidiol, has the ability to ‘switch off’ the gene responsible for metastasis in an aggressive form of breast cancer. Importantly, this substance does not produce the psychoactive properties of the cannabis plant.

A team from the California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco, first spotted its potential five years ago, after it stopped the proliferation of human breast cancer cells in the lab.

Another Spanish team, led by Dr Manuel Guzmon, wanted to see whether they could prevent a form of cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) from growing by cutting off its blood supply. Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the most difficult cancers to treat – it seldom responds to any medical intervention, especially conventional methods which poisoning and primitively destroy cells such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery.

The mice were given a cancer similar to the human brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme). The mice were then given cannabinoids and the genes examined. The genes associated with blood vessel growth in tumors through the production of a chemical called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) had their activity reduced.

Cannabinoids halt VEGF production by producing Ceramide. Ceramide controls cell death.

Dr Guzmon said: “As far as we know, this is the first report showing that ceramide depresses VEGF pathway by interfering with VEGF production.

They then wanted to see if this would also happen with humans. They selected two patients who had glioblastoma multiforme and had not responded to chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. The scientists took samples from them before and after treating them with a cannabinoids solution – this was administered directly into the tumor.

Amazingly, both patients experienced reduced VEGF levels in the tumor as a result of treatment with cannabinoids.

Why You Shouldn’t Smoke Cannabis But Drink It Instead

Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. CBD (Cannabidiol), one of the main constituents of the cannabis plant has been proven medically to relieve many diseases including the inhibition of cancer cell growth

Recent studies have shown it to be an effective atypical anti-psychotic in treating schizophrenia. CBD also interferes with the amount of THC your brain processes, balancing the psychotropic effect of marijuana. That is precisely why the power of raw cannabis is turning heads 

Cannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.

“If you heat the plant, you will decarboxylate THC-acid and you will get high, you”ll get your 10 mg. If you don’t heat it, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams & use it as a Dietary Cannabis. . . and push it up to the Anti-oxidant and Neuro-protective levels which come into play at hundreds of milligrams,” stated Dr. William Courtney.

“The amount of Cannabinoids we need would be difficult to get through smoked Cannabis without feeling the intoxicating effects,” said Kristen Courtney.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) maintains our biological systems by regulating each cell tissue. It uses Arachadonic acid/Omega 6 to make Endo-Cannabinoids: fatty molecules that communicate harm between cells. Dietary Cannabis mimics the ECS by providing Cannabinoids when there is an Arachadonic acid deficiency or Clinical Cannabinoid Deficiency.

Patients suffering from end stage Cancer need to eat buds whole. Plants sprayed with anything shouldn’t be juiced, but some pests are edible, such as Spider mites. To prepare leaves for a juicer, avoid rinsing – soak them in water for 5 minutes.

Masticating juicers are efficient for leaves, buds and sprouts; a centrifugal juicer may need additional vegetables to chop fibers. To preserve juice fill containers so that air is minimized; a dose of juice frozen in an ice cube tray retains medicinal value.

Cannabis is a Class B drug that is illegal to have, give away or sell. “If cannabis were discovered in an Amazon rainforests today, people would be clambering to make as much use as they could out of the potential benefits of the plant,” said Donald L. Abrams, MD, Chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University California. Dr. Abrams is widely known for his research on medical cannabis applications. “Unfortunately, it carries with it a long and not so long history of being a persecuted plant,” he added.

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

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REPOSTER’S NOTE***

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary on CNN this summer really opened my eyes. When someone with his reputation is willing to publicly support the use of medical marijuana, it is time to take a step back and look into what he is saying.

I put my skepticism aside and started to do my own research. I put in at least 60 hours and came away a convert.

I was shocked and angered to learn that cannabinoids are shockingly effective in the treatment of cancer and at least 150 other disease/conditions that have huge negative impacts on health and quality of life.

To find out in it’s raw form (unheated) it is the most nutritious vegetable on the planet truly astonished me.

I was dumbfounded to learn we are born with cannabinoid receptors on our cells and that we make cannabinoids, they are present in breast milk – the very first nutrition every breast fed baby receives.

I also learned that the documented side effects are beneficial,  better appetite, less stress/anxiety, health problems solved or reduced, sleep improved, cancer and other disease cured or significantly mitigated.

I was very saddened to learn – It Really Is All About The MONEY, POWER and CONTROL

WE HAVE BEEN SOLD A HUGE LIE and SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE SUFFERED OR DIED NEEDLESSLY.

My dad, uncles, aunts, in-laws and family friends have been tortured  because even our medical community and universities have been fed the same propaganda that I had believed.

Now I know differently, but am still at a disadvantage because it’s not like you can pop into a health food store and buy raw cannabis to juice. Where do we go next – how do we proceed so that not only the knowledge gets to those who need it, but a legal way to produce it in our homes or procure the fresh raw materials to juice ourselves.

Hippocrates said thousands of years ago said, “LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD.   Obviously that is as true today as it was so long ago. I also suspect that he would have a pretty big problem with GMO foods.

Please do your own research and a lot of it. More information is coming to light every day.