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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

Mountie can't smoke pot in uniform in public

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RAW Mountie on PTSD and medical marijuana

RAW Mountie on PTSD and medical marijuana 3:10

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.

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

 

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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

9 All-Natural Tummy Ache Remedies

9 All-Natural Tummy Ache Remedies

Tummy troubles? We have natural stomach-ache remedies to cure and soothe your child.

By Amy Capetta – Thanks to Parents.com for this article. These remedies can be used by adults as well.

          • stomach problems

            Heather Weston

            Your little one has probably come to you with hands wrapped around the waist while crying, “My tummy hurts!” Abdominal pain has many different characteristics — it can be dull, sharp, or crampy — and doctors judge severity based on when children stop playing and on how their eating and bowel habits change. “Tummy aches are extremely common in children, especially around the ages of four to eight,” says Deborah Lonzer, M.D., a pediatrician and the Chair of the Department of Community Pediatrics for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. The main reasons: diet, stress, and growing pains. “The pain is usually not due to an irritation inside the stomach but from the cramping or stretching of muscles on the outside,” says James M. Sears, M.D., a pediatrician and cohost on the CBS daytime talk show The Doctors. The next time your kid complains of an upset tummy, consider these nine natural remedies.

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            Sip Chamomile Tea

            Give your child a cup of chamomile tea (one cup of water per teabag), suggests Andrew Weil, M.D., a leader in the field of integrative medicine, whose books include Spontaneous Healing. “Chamomile tea is an excellent home remedy for uncomplicated stomach upsets because it possesses…anti-inflammatory and sedative properties, all of which may contribute to a lessening of abdominal discomfort,” says Dr. Weil. Chamomile relaxes the muscle of the upper digestive tract, easing the contractions that move food through the stomach and small intestines; this will relieve spasms and tummy cramps.

          • Ginger ale

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            Drink Ginger

            It’s okay to give your child soda when his stomach is hurting, as long as the soda is ginger ale, but fresh ginger tea is even better because it’s chock-full of ginger (and healthier). Ginger’s main ingredient is gingerol, a strong antioxidant that helps decrease the production of free radicals and their potential damage to the body; it also decreases nausea and discomfort. Plus, ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties increase digestive juices and neutralize stomach acids.

          • Peppermint candy

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            Reach for Peppermint

            Peppermint tea is also refreshing and can ease the pain of a tummy ache. “Peppermint has been shown to have a calming effect on the stomach muscles,” says Dr. Sears. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, peppermint has the ability to improve the flow of bile, which the body uses for digestion. If your child refuses to drink tea, a peppermint candy, while not as potent, may settle her stomach.

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            Apply Heat

            Placing a hot water bottle or heating pad on your little one’s tummy while he’s sitting or lying down should relieve some of the pain, says Robyn Strosaker, M.D., a pediatrician at the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. The reason: “Heat increases the blood flow to the skin surface, which can diminish the perception of pain coming from deeper in the abdomen,” she explains.

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            Rub the Foot, Using Reflexology

            “There are thousands of nerves in the feet and hands that, when specific techniques are applied, can cause the entire body to relax and feel calmer,” says Laura Norman, a reflexology practitioner and author of Feet First: A Guide to Food Reflexology. The tummy region corresponds with the center arch of the left foot. Using a reflexology technique, hold your child’s left foot with the palm of your right hand and with your left hand under the ball of the foot, apply a steady, even pressure with your thumb.

            Use a forward, caterpillar-like motion (press one spot, move a little forward, and repeat) to go across the foot. Switch hands and repeat from right to left, with the thumb of your right hand, and continue until you cover the center of the arch. “The child will respond positively to her mom’s loving touch, the parent feels wonderful for being able to help their child, and the parent-child connection is strengthened,” Norman adds.

          • Plate of toast

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            Serve Bland Foods

            If your child still has an appetite despite the tummy ache, let him eat small amounts of plain foods, like toast, pasta, oatmeal, yogurt, rice, and applesauce. Avoid sauces, condiments, or seasonings. “Bland foods are less irritating to the stomach and more easily digested than spicy or greasy foods,” says Dr. Strosaker. “These foods are not only less likely to induce vomiting, but they will help the gastrointestinal (GI) tract return to normal function more quickly.”

          • Yogurt in bowl

            Robyn Lehr

            Snack on Yogurt

            Yogurt is effective for basic tummy cramps, and it’s a popular healing food for diarrhea, Dr. Sears says. “Normally, ‘good’ bacteria live in your intestines that help with digestion,” he explains. “If you have an intestinal virus or diarrhea, good bacteria can get flushed out, which can prolong the duration of the symptoms.” Eating yogurt with live cultures provides the active bacteria that can help get digestion back to normal, especially if your little one is going to the bathroom too often.

          • Dried fruit

            Kristada Panichgul

            Follow the CRAP Diet

            Is your child’s tummy hurting because of constipation? Michael Roizen, M.D., co-author of YOU: Raising Your Child, along with his colleagues Ellen Rome, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D., came up with an easy (and memorable!) acronym to remember how to help your kid. “Appropriately named the CRAP diet, it stands for fruits with fiber that can act to naturally ‘loosen things up’: cherries, rraisins, apricots, and prunes,” says Dr. Roizen. If your school-age child is getting less than five servings of fruit a day, give her a half cup of any of these fruits, three to five times a day. “For kids under four, it’s smart to puree these foods to decrease the risk of choking,” he adds. Toddlers should be eating a half cup.

            • boys running

              Encourage Outdoor Activities

              If your child is suffering from constipation, Dr. Roizen says it’s the perfect time to hit the playground. “Physical activity can aid movement through the GI tract, whereas lying in bed can actually induce constipation,” he explains. “And while this treatment is less scientific-mechanism-based than others, it works!” Acceptable activities include walking, moderate running, playing outside, or playing an “active” Wii game. Advise your child to hold off on the more “tummy turning” activities, such as twirling, hanging on the monkey bars, and doing cartwheels.

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              Know When to Seek Help

              Home remedies can work wonders, but it’s necessary to know when it’s time to call the doctor. Dr. Lonzer says that pain around the belly button is often the least concern. “Loss of appetite is more serious and would concern me after a few days,” she adds. “Constipation should be addressed within a week if a change in diet is not helping.” As a general rule, if your child is vomiting, has a fever, has blood in his stool, is not thriving, or looks worn-out all the time, it’s best to take him to the pediatrician.

              All content on this Web site, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Use of this site and the information contained herein does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

WEED: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special + Additional Food for Thought

 A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special

Quite an education that is long overdue. I have added a lot more information for you to chew on. Thank You for bringing the gift of your open mind.

If the video is unavailable above just follow this link to you tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z68q-bwGGTg

Dr. Gupta has my appreciation and gratitude for broaching this topic in such methodical well researched documentary.

Ricki Lake also hi-lighted this topic earlier this year and showed us real lives, extremely changed for the better by appropriate use of Cannabis.

Ricki Lake Show Mykayla Comstock Parents BraveMykayla.com – Meet the Martha Stewart of Marijuana

Cannabis is a complex issue. Here is some additional information that really opened my eyes.

THE PARENTS/PEOPLE  IN THESE VIDEOS COULD BE ANY OF US. They were desperate, they listened, learned, took action.

It was information and education that opened their eyes and changed their whole world. THEY ARE NOT CRAZY – THEY ARE JUST MORE EDUCATED IN THE FACTS ABOUT CANNABIS.

What follows is some of the information available out there that really opened my eyes.

A must watch is found at the end of this post is The Best Marijuana Documentary (Canadian)

There is a lot of support in the Medical Community that can not be voiced due to retribution and loss of livelihood. Lets free our Medical Community to use this tool sooner rather than later. There is a lot of support also found in the Policing community as well, and they for the same reasons can not voice it.

The generation graduating today will change this if we do not. They are not afraid of Cannabis and believe it is safe. They will be reaping the legacy of huge health care deficits. They will force the issue out of financial necessity but from the basis of knowledge and science.

Your body makes cannabinoids naturally. It is in mothers milk to help make new born babies become hungry and learn to suckle.

A great article from Natural News, read the full article here,   Cannabinoids, like those found in marijuana, occur naturally in human breast milk

“Cell membranes in the body are naturally equipped with these cannabinoid receptors which, when activated by cannabinoids and various other nutritive substances, protect cells against viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies. And human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, a specific type of neuromodulatory lipid that basically teaches a newborn child how to eat by stimulating the suckling process.”

Don’t you find it interesting that the human body comes equipped with cannabinoid receptors and that when they are activated, they protect cells against viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies

Isn’t it also interesting that human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids? We know most babies, when born, are endowed with the benefits of it’s mothers immunities for the first few months allowing the baby a chance to develop it’s own immune system more fully. Does it then,  not also make sense that these cannabinoids might need augmenting when our bodies are stressed by certain conditions like cancer?

We, all human beings come with built in equipment so our bodies can defend and repair itself through the use of cannabinoids.

HMMMMM!

So it would be logical to anticipate that if the body is unable to repair itself due  to being overwhelmed by viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies – giving this substance to the body would enable it to revitalize that defense mechanism ?

Wouldn’t that then  explain the results of many studies over many decades showing a wide range of medicinal benefits to people who suffer from Parkinson’s to Cancer and pretty much every thing in between?.

Yet Marijuana/Cannabis has been criminalized and demonized, denying the public at large a safe effective medicinal solution with no horribly detrimental side effects when used appropriately.

Also very interestingly  – No one has ever died from a Cannabis overdose. The same cannot be said for many of the man made pharmaceuticals which treat the same health concerns.

Cannabis is a VEGTABLE

Raw Cannabis IS NOT PSYCHO-ACTIVE

Cannabis provides highly digestible globular protein, which is balanced for all of the Essential Amino Acids. Cannabis provides the ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids. Critically, cannabis is the only known source of the Essential Cannabinoid Acids. It is clear that all 7 billion individuals would benefit from access to cannabis as a unique functional food.

Alcohol, a large portion of pharmaceuticals, glue, certain permanent markers, various hallucinogenic herbs, aspartame, tobacco etc. are all legal or legal but controlled.

Most street drugs and Cannabis/ Marijuana are illegal.

Of this group only Marijuana/Cannabis can be categorized as non lethal in all dosages.

What do the majority of these substances have in common WHEN NOT USED IN MODERATION:

  • can be addictive ,
  • impact brain development in the frontal cortex in people under  25,
  • cause panic attacks and paranoia.

Addiction Rates

  • Cannabis 9%
  • Heroin 23%
  • Cocaine 17%
  • Alcohol 15%

Deaths

0 attributable to cannabis use in the US in 2005. (http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000145)
79,000 attributable to excessive alcohol use in the US in 2005. (http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/ardi.htm)
22,400 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2005, (http://www.drugfreeworld.org/about-us/about-the-foundation.html)
106,000 of those are the result of prescription drug use  (w.activistpost.com/2013/05/death-by-prescription-drugs-is-growing.html)
 
Drug overdose breakdown
  • Prescription Drugs 45% (Depressants, opioids and antidepressants)
  • Street Drugs Combined 39% (Amphetamine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine)

Conclusions

  • Alcohol is the  second most deadly and the most accessible
  • Prescription Drugs are the most deadly and second most accessible
  • Street Drugs are third most deadly and accessible
  • Cannabis does not cause death
  • Cannabis is less addictive than street drugs or alcohol (no numbers readily available for prescription drug addiction)
  • Cannabis has numerous studies to support use as a medical alternative for numerous more dangerous pharmaceuticals.
  • Billions annually could be reallocated if cannabis was regulated, marketed and controlled similar to alcohol or tobacco.
  • Low THC – high Cannabinoid  strains could be grown without any more oversight than crops like wheat.
  • High THC – high Cannabinoid  strains could be grown with appropriate monitoring and security engaged during late growth stages and processing .
  • A legalized cannabis industry could create billions of dollars in income and a significant boost to jobs. This industry  properly handled could be a huge source of tax income.
  • We would solve many issues and have a multi billion dollar hemp economy as it can be used for 1000’s of products.
  • Proper education programs for young people could be created – give them the whole picture. Regulate high THC content Marijuana/Cannabis just like alcohol and tobacco
  • More youth in the United States drink alcohol than smoke tobacco or marijuana, making Alcohol the drug most used by American young people. (http://www.camy.org/factsheets/sheets/prevalence_of_underage_drinking.html)
  • Alcohol is the most used substance by young people and it has the highest death rate.
  • We are focusing on the wrong substance if the goal is to protect our people, young or older from themselves as alcohol has  much higher death and addiction rates and is consumed by a much larger segment of the population. It does not scientifically show many medical benefits.
  • Only a small minority would abuse Cannabis/Marijuana – they will do that whether it is legal or illegal.
  • Decriminalizing Cannabis would remove the criminal element from profiting, while freeing up resources that could be much better used elsewhere.  Just think how many less jail cells would be needed – the financial windfall from that alone would be staggering.

I, like most of you, have watched people use the recreational substances of alcohol and cannabis. Almost everyone has seen the nicest, smartest people become idiots when they drink more than moderate amounts.

People on an alcohol high (drunk)

  • Engage in riskier behavior
  • Show more dramatic emotional responses ( crying, fighting, are less easy to reason with, become agitated far more readily,
  • Are less coherent, often are unable to follow direct commands
  • Much more likely to have a physical reaction, vomiting, stumbling, falling, unconsciousness,
  • Addiction is very difficult to overcome, severe relapses can pose a huge threat to others

People on a cannabis high(stoned)

  • Are typically happy and easy to get along with
  • May seem more lethargic but in control of their faculties and bodies
  • May not show any noticeable physical reaction
  • Can follow direct commands
  • Addiction can be difficult to overcome, severe relapses typically only  pose a threat to themselves and that threat is the relapse into use.

In the event of a life threatening event, I would much prefer my children be in the hands of someone high on cannabis than someone who is drunk.

It is time to start really looking at the facts.

None of the above mind altering substances are toys for fun and games, whether they are legal or not. It is obvious and incontrovertible through scientific investigation and anecdotal experience that Cannabis causes the least negative impact socially and financially to society and the individual.

When juiced raw it is an unparalleled nutritional powerhouse with no hallucinogenic effects

Scientific studies of cannabis, some dating back decades show very significant medical efficacy.

The US government holds patents cannabinoids.

How is it any longer acceptable and accepted that a more realistic and practical categorization of Cannabis  be denied the populace at large?

How is it that we, as a civilized society continue to allow;

  • Billions upon Billions of wasted tax dollars and man hours on something that has never killed anyone.
  • Millions of patients to be subjected to Pharmaceuticals that further endanger their lives or quality of life due to destructive side effects, but continue to deny them access to a scientifically safer alternative.

THESE ARE QUESTIONS WE EACH NEED TO ASK OURSELVES.

I charge each and every one of you to ask any first responders you know, who they would rather deal have to deal with:

Someone who is using:

  • Cannabis
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription Drugs  (Depressants, opioids and antidepressants)
  • Street Drugs Combined  (Amphetamine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine)
  • Or is not using anything but is in a heightened mental state like anger or psychosis.

I suspect you will get he same answer as I did. It was unanimous – the person using Cannabis.

There will always be those who will abuse substances, from mouth washes and aftershaves that contain alcohol to glue and gasoline that you can sniff. People have died from abusing each of those substances. Yet we didn’t make those substances unobtainable legally to the rest of the population. We the general public would never be in a position to compete and take any of that  business away.

On the other hand, if Cannabis were re-categorized, you could grow a marijuana plant in a pot in your apartment window and reap the health benefits. If everybody grew a few plants to juice and keep themselves healthy, that could cut into the profits derived from a lot of different products marketed commercially today,  Other companies would create  legal cannabis products like leaf juice that would still put most of that same money into the economy and health care legally.

If we were so inclined – we could make a number of alcohols in our homes  and grow their main in ingredients without breaking any laws.  Most of us choose not to. I believe the same would true of Cannabis. It being illegal makes it more attractive to the criminal element for it’s profitability.

Prohibition created a huge underground economy, large government enforcement agencies and made would be criminals out of  the general public.  The same has occurred with Cannabis and as you can see from the statistics above, it does a lot less harm. It is long past time to move forward.

Not so long ago many OTC drugs were mainly in the domain pharmacists. There were huge fears what  would happen out here in the real world. The reality is most of us use them as intended and a the few abuse them. Should we really expect anything different from Cannabis.

It clearly is not a cocaine. opium, heroin or ecstasy. Without the cachet and the profit, the criminal element would loose interest.

There could be huge business with so many spin off jobs and businesses. Only a bit of barley, wheat, corn etc goes into  making alcohol. Only a bit of certain plants at a certain point in maturation contain the THC which only becomes psychoactive when heated.

That is why it didn’t warrant the attention of the general public before 1937 and was in the hands of farmers and businesses.

One person, Henry J. Ainslinger, made it his mission to change this and make a name for himself. Others saw an opportunity to protect their interests and got on that bandwagon. Those interests are just as real today so the funding and support of the bandwagon continues.

Today we know so much more – Cannabis is no longer the big scary beast we were told it was. Due to the internet, that knowledge is out here for us all to see. The wheels are starting to fall off this bandwagon state by state and special interests and agendas can no longer keep up.

Soon it will translate to the Federal level as the old guard and their alliances are replaced. As the groundswell grows it will be interesting to see how it is dealt with by leadership candidates.

The various parts of Cannabis being sold through appropriate retailers would allow regulation and control. Pharmacies or liquor stores for the part that contains THC actives. The leaves which contain no THC could be harvested and be handled like wheat grass. The cold pressed oil and the hemp hearts  would go on the grocery shelves and the fiber would go out to industry to make canvas, rope, bio-fuel, pulp and paper fiber, cloth and 1000’s of everyday products.

There is no question, we have to start reducing health care costs. We as a society don’t have the resources to support the needs of our aging society without some major changes. More of us will be needing the solutions cannabis can provide. Many current pharmaceuticals come with costly negative side effects that require even further intervention.  Where possible, we must move to use the most effective, cost effective, responsible, least detrimental solutions. Cannabis is the only possible solution on the horizon that offers major change with an affordable price tag.

Cannabis could put as much legal employment and money into the economy as commodities like corn, wheat. soy,  canola or forest products.  You and I could grow any of these but we don’t bother too unless we have a market or a purpose.  We do buy the end products of these crops from retailers like department stores. liquor stores, grocery stores, pharmacies etc.

Marijuana/Cannabis was once a medicine available to our doctors. It was also a cash crop for the fiber. I know of European Immigrants who came to our area early last century who grew Hemp/Cannabis . Everything  was put to use, People made tea or incorporated Marijuana/Cannabis oil into foods including desserts. The leaf of the plant has no THC but has been shown to have huge stores of beneficial nutrients. THC concentrations were much lower but the cannabinoids were likely similar. The Hemp fiber portion was put to use in so many ways. The crops left the soil in very good condition for the next crop.

How can we get back to where this can be grown in gardens by you and all your neighbors.  Farmers can farm it freely. We can go back to using in our everyday life as a vegetable. Millions of trees could be saved every year, keeping our planet greener. Hemp/Cannabis being an annual crop is a very renewable resource and an excellent bio fuel source. Oil is not a renewable resource – we are using something we can not replace for future generations.

It is time to start considering the legacy we as a society are choosing to leave behind. When our actions serve only ourselves today – we serve no one. When our actions serve others – we provide service to everyone today and in the future.

Forward movement is happening as evidenced by the following article and the Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Ricki Lake and PBS broadcasts.

Note that industrial Marijuana contains very little if any THC – YET IT IS ALSO ILLEGAL TO GROW.

First major hemp crop in 60 years planted in Colorado

“Springfield, Colo., farmer Ryan Loflin on Monday planted the nation’s first industrial hemp crop (Cannabis Sativa) in almost 60 years,” The Denver Post reports.

Suck it, prohibition!

The United States banned the food, fuel and fiber in 1937, and we currently import tons of it, mostly from China. Below, Hemp for Victory, a piece of American propaganda during World War II detailing hemp’s rich history, which goes back thousands of years.

Uploaded on Aug 15, 2010 – Comments that followed the video

Produced by the US Government in 1942…Interesting to learn that Dupont Chemical funded the anti- hemp / marijuana effort. This is because they had patents on new synthetic fibers and Hemp had a new machine that would put them out of business if hemp were to be used for clothes. Dupont also sold – and still does many of the chemicals to wood pulp producers… so we continue to cut down forests… when Hemp could save millions of trees, be used as an alternative bio fuel and the US could easily grow enough hemp to eliminate the need for oil… so Big oil does not want hemp legal either. Neither do the drug companies… they can’t patent it. They would rather keep selling you their drugs. By keeping it illegal the lawyers, courts etc… also make a buck. You can only get high from the female flower – nobody has ever died from smoking a joint. Of course the alcohol and tobacco companies would prefer to keep their monopoly as well. So we have all the BIG Corporate players… against legalizing it. Yet if it were legalized – we would solve many issues and have a multi billion dollar hemp economy as it can be used for 1000’s of products. A few other good films to watch are run from the cure & hemp conspiracy – Google it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kybQTt…

I watched helplessly as my father, uncle, mother in law and father in law died very painfully wasting away from cancer. My great grandmother was tortured by Parkinson’s in her later years. I have an epileptic cousin,  whose life is a nightmare due to epilepsy induced by head trauma.  My husband has to use Oxycontin for pain from damage caused by 3 separate back injuries.

From what I have learned – each and every one of them could have been or could be spared so much agony. It angers me greatly, that we the masses have been and continue to be so duped and denied this natural medicine, this natural herb, this natural fiber and this natural oil,

I have 1 mother, I husband,  5 siblings, 4 children, 5 grandchildren. By today’s statistics, 1 in 3 of us will get cancer – that is 5 of us. I want us to have cannabis as a choice for our therapy so we don’t have to experience the nightmare medical choices for treatment currently available, most of which don’t work any better than they did 50 years ago. I want  the cannabis therapies to be legal, accessible and affordable. Our bodies are made to use cannabinoids – our newborns thrive on them in our breast milk. our bodies use them everyday to keep our brains, bodies and immune functions operating well.

Watching all these people in these videos regain their health and ability to function fully as contributing members of society,  removing them from needing so much of the health care budget, shows not only can they benefit, but potentially every single one of us.

From Diabetes to Alzheimer’s, from Parkinson’s to COPD, from MS to Cancer, from Lupus to Crohn’s, almost every imaginable condition including malnutrition and pregnancy would alleviated or improved by Cannabis in one of it’s various consumable forms. There is now the science from all over the world to show this.

Doesn’t It boggle your my mind, that we as a society, can all get brain washed against our best interest by a few with special interest agendas?

How is it that BIG BUSINESS and individual agendas have run our countries and promoted their twisted version of the facts AND WE LET THEM? Especially, when from all appearances, we the masses are THE BIGGEST LOSERS in this whole scenario.

We as North Americans need to support the Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s, Dr Shakefords and all of the other researchers who are bringing old and new information to light.

Our fore-bearers must be rolling in their graves constantly – watching us fall for the Propaganda – HOOK, LINE and SINKER.

My grandfather was a soldier after WWI, My father and uncles fought in WW11. That is a statement that true for many of us. Cannabis Sativa was grown to support the WW11 war effort.

My father got cancer and the cancer eventually killed him after putting him through extended torture. His brothers all but one died of various cancers – they too suffered unmercifully.

Yet when, they, my family  were dying horrible agonizing deaths from cancer – Cannabis was not a choice. The knowledge of it’s efficacy as a cancer cure and a pain medication were purposely hidden from us under the guise of Cannabis being a horrible drug.  A few involved in GOVERNMENTS, LAW and BIG BUSINESS not just the Pharmaceutical Giants were and continue to be complicit in the effort. That too will change as public opinion forces it to.

There are many effective cancer cures –  you can’t patent them. They are natural to this planet and should be available to every inhabitant. Prevention really is the key. Our bodies create aberrant cells every day. We have multiple defense mechanisms that prevent proliferation and cause those cells to die. Cannabinoids play a very large and crucial role in defending our bodies.

Exercise, hydration, nutrition oxygenation, circulation, detoxification, PH balance, adequate quality sleep, a positive attitude, a supportive belief system are tools for a optimally functioning Immune System. Cannabinoids dramatically improve functioning of a compromised immune system. THC plays a huge role in pain control, aberrant brain function, mood and anxiety reduction.

This blog was created to share information on simple choices that can provide the body what it needs to create better health and wellness. It would be irresponsible for me to ignore Cannabis, when it is clearly a is a scientifically supported solution.

One of those choices for some people will be cannabis in various forms. For Cannabis to be available to everyone who is in need, regulation and laws need to change as well as false beliefs. Education and research will pave the way  for change. Thanks to Dr.Sanjay Gupta and his approach, the lines of communication will be expanded on this topic, getting this message into the mainstream.

Research shows us:

“Cell membranes in the body are naturally equipped with these cannabinoid receptors which, when activated by cannabinoids and various other nutritive substances, protect cells against viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies.  Human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, a specific type of neuromodulatory lipid that basically teaches a newborn child how to eat by stimulating the suckling process.”

Through lies and false propaganda – THIS CHOICE HAS BEEN STOLEN FROM US. WE NEED TO CORRECT THAT SITUATION sooner rather than later – we owe it to our for-bearers, ourselves and our children.

Get educated, active and involved – no matter your age, race, color, creed, sex, or religion – no matter who you are, this affects your future choices in so many areas.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, stated over a thousand years ago  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

We need to start embracing his wisdom and reclaiming this treasure from nature for the use and benefit of everyone. On an individual health basis, good natural nutrient rich food, herbs and spices have been a mainstay and remain so.

The list of diseases and conditions that see beneficial results from cannabis therapy in one of it’s various forms is truly staggering. The most effective results are obtained from the real plant.

We, every mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, niece or nephew who has someone in our life who has or is suffering needlessly are the ones who need to speak up and do our part for change to occur.

Change that is long overdue and much needed. It can come about and it will as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow. 100 years from now this prohibition will be looked back upon much like the Alcohol Prohibition. That was changed because of the masses speaking up, so will this situation.

Pharmaceutical companies have created some synthetic drugs but the efficacy is not there and likely never will be.

Illnesses Treatable with Medical Cannabis Therapy

Pain relief

Glaucoma

Spasticity in multiple sclerosis

Alzheimer’s disease

Breast cancer

HIV/AIDS

Brain cancer

Opioid dependence

Controlling ALS symptoms

Crohn’s Disease

Diabetes

http://www.unitedpatientsgroup.com/resources/illnesses-treatable

Below is a general list of ailments with symptoms or ailments that proponents claim can be treated with medical marijuana.

There may be some duplication from the list above
Acquired Hypothyroidism Hepatitis C,
Acute Gastritis HIV/AIDS ,
Agoraphobia Hospice Patients,
AIDS Related Illness Huntington’s Disease,
Alcohol Abuse Hypertension,
Alcoholism Hyperventilation,
Alopecia Areata Hypoglycemia,
Alzheimer’s Disease Impotence,
Amphetamine Dependency Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis,
Amyloidosis Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD),
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Insomnia,
Angina Pectoris Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED),
Ankylosis Intractable Vomitting,
Anorexia Lipomatosis,
Anorexia Nervosa Lou Gehrig’s Disease,
Anxiety Disorders  Lyme Disease,
Any Chronic Medical Symptom that Limits Major Life Activities Lymphoma,
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease Major Depression,
Arthritis  Malignant Melanoma,
Arthritis (Rheumatoid) Mania,
Arthropathy, Gout Melorheostosis,
Aspergers Meniere’s Disease,
Asthma Motion Sickness,
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS),
Autism Multiple Sclerosis (MS),
Autoimmune Disease Muscle Spasms,
Back Pain  Muscular Dystrophy,
Back Sprain Myeloid Leukemia,
Bell’s Palsy Nail-Patella Syndrome,
Bipolar Disorder Nightmares,
Brain Tumor, Malignant Obesity,
Bruxism Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,
Bulimia Opiate Dependence,
Cachexia Osteoarthritis,
Cancer  Panic Disorder,
Cancer, Adrenal Cortical  Parkinson’s Disease,
Cancer, Endometrial  Peripheral Neuropathy,
Cancer, Prostate Peritoneal Pain,
Cancer, Testicular Persistent Insomnia,
Cancer, Uterine  Porphyria
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Post Polio Syndrome (PPS),
Cerebral Palsy Post-traumatic Arthritis,
Cervical Disk Disease Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
Cervicobrachial Syndrome Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS),
Chemotherapy Prostatitis,
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Psoriasis,
Chronic Pain  Pulmonary Fibrosis,
Chronic renal failure Quadriplegia,
Cocaine Dependence Radiation Therapy, (Learn more)
Colitis Raynaud’s Disease,
Conjunctivitis Reiter’s Syndrome,
Constipation Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS),
Crohn’s Disease Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Cystic Fibrosis Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue Rosacea,
Darier’s Disease Schizoaffective Disorder,
Degenerative Arthritis Schizophrenia,
Degenerative Arthropathy Scoliosis,
Delirium Tremens Sedative Dependence,
Dermatomyositis Seizures,
Diabetes, Adult Onset Senile Dementia,
Diabetes, Insulin Dependent Severe Nausea,
Diabetic Neuropathy Shingles (Herpes Zoster),
Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease Sinusitis,
Diarrhea Skeletal Muscular Spasticity,
Diverticulitis Sleep Apnea,
Dysthymic Disorder Sleep Disorders,
Eczema, Spasticity,
Emphysema, Spinal Stenosis,
Emphysema, Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS),
Endometriosis, Stuttering,
Epidermolysis Bullosa, Tardive Dyskinesia (TD),
Epididymitis, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ),
Epilepsy, Tenosynovitis,
Felty’s Syndrome, Terminal Illness,
Fibromyalgia, Thyroiditis,
Friedreich’s Ataxia, Tic Douloureux,
Gastritis, Tietze’s Syndrome,
Genital Herpes, Tinnitus,
Glaucoma, Tobacco Dependence,
Glioblastoma Multiforme, Tourette’s Syndrome,
Graves Disease, Trichotillomania,
Headaches, Cluster, Viral Hepatitis,
Headaches, Migraine, Wasting Syndrome,
Headaches, Tension, Whiplash,
Hemophilia A, Wittmaack-Ekbom’s Syndrome,
Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, Writers’ Cramp,

Here are few links to some very informative offerings – but there is so much more.

PBS DOCUMENTARY – Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis

http://watch.montanapbs.org/video/1825223761/

The Best Marijuana Documentary (Canadian)

LEAF

The Power of RAW Cannabis..avi

Cannabis Facts – Nutrition, (Hemp Oil, Hemp Hearts)

Cannabis International Foundation – A Resource For The Dietary And Medicinal Study And Use Of Cannabis

Learn about the amazing health benefits of juicing raw cannabis (marijuana) leaves

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035759_cannabis_juicing_health.html#ixzz2c3zuVndQ

Kale, The Healthiest Vegetable on The Planet & How to make Kale Chips

Kale, The Healthiest Vegetable on The Planet  & How to make Kale Chips

Kale is nowadays considered as one of the best vegetables to eat due to all the amazing benefits in it, it is part of the Brassica family that also includes cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, this vegetable is the key to a healthy and nutritious diet. **Kale is easy to grow and and is quite decorative , so add it to your flower beds or plant pots not just your garden for interest and as food.  It will also grow indoors in window planters or pots in the winter. Kale has a few different plants so can really provided a variety in appearance and flavor. I have included a few articles here as well as recipes and how to use so this post is a bit of a read..
Whats in Kale?

One cup of chopped kale contains:
1. 33 calories
2. 9% of the daily value of calcium,
3. 206% of vitamin A
4. 134% of vitamin C
5. 684% of vitamin K
6. Good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

kale the healthiest vegetable

BENEFITS:
-Helps lower blood cholesterol levels
-reduce the risk of heart disease
-zero fat
-high in fiber so it helps clean the digestive system
– it has more iron than some meats like beef
-can help protect against various cancers
– helps with the prevention of blood clotting
– can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
-help fight other diseases like arthritis and asthma
– helps improve eyesight

kale health benefits

How to select it at the store?

Look for kale with firm, deeply colored leaves and moist hardy stems.

How to eat it?
Here are some ideas to start a new green Kale diet.

Kale salad:
Mix the greens! You can make a salad bowl by using other greens like lettuce, kale and spinach adding fresh squeezed lime to it will make it richer and tastier.

Kale tastes great! But if you don’t like the leafy flavor, a smart idea is to make it combined in a smoothie.
Smoothie idea:
-2 bananas
-1 handful of kale leaves,
-½ cup of water
-2 ice cubes.

Sources
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/kale-recipes-00412000074204/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/low_concept/2012/05/the_all_kale_diet_how_i_stopped_eating_anything_else_.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-kale

Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale
By Alison Lewis
April 2, 2012 3:30 PM EDT
Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Here are ten great benefits of adding more kale to your diet:
 
1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.
 
2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
 
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
 
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
 
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
 
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
 
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
 
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
 
9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
 
10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
 

The Truth About Kale

By
WebMD Expert Column
 Move over Popeye and make room for the “queen of greens,” kale. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.

Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can do wonders for your health, but choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

curly green kale and beets

Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. A leafy green, kale is available in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur varieties. It belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

What makes kale so exceptional? Here is why it’s a superstar vegetable — and ways to work it into your diet.

Kale is a Nutritional Powerhouse

One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.

Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.

Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.

Super-Rich in Vitamin K

Eating a diet rich in the powerful antioxidant vitamin K can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vitamin K is abundant in kale but also found in parsley, spinach, collard greens, and animal products such as cheese.

Vitamin K is necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions, including normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity, and bone health.

But too much vitamin K can pose problems for some people. Anyone taking anticoagulants such as warfarin should avoid kale because the high level of vitamin K may interfere with the drugs. Consult your doctor before adding kale to your diet.

Kale might be a powerhouse of nutrients but is also contains oxalates, naturally occurring substances that can interfere with the absorption of calcium. Avoid eating calcium-rich foods like dairy at the same time as kale to prevent any problems.

Eat More Kale

In summer, vegetable choices abound. But during the cooler months, there are fewer in-season choices — with the exception of kale and other dark, leafy greens that thrive in cooler weather.

To find the freshest kale, look for firm, deeply colored leaves with hardy stems. Smaller leaves will be more tender and milder in flavor. Leaves range from dark green to purple to deep red in color.  

Store kale, unwashed, in an air-tight zipped plastic bag for up to five days in the refrigerator. ** Use the Fruit and Berry wash I posted earlier this year and it will last much longer**

 

Easy Ways to Prepare Kale

Quick cooking preserves kale’s nutrients, texture, color, and flavor. Rinse kale, chop it finely, and add it soups, stews, stir-frys, salads, egg dishes, or casseroles. Or top pizzas with kale for added nutritional goodness. Steam kale for five minutes to make it more tender or eat it raw. You can also substitute it for spinach or collard greens in recipes.

Other fast and easy ways to prepare kale:

  • Make a simple salad with a bunch of thinly sliced kale, red pepper, onion, raisins, and your favorite salad dressing.
  • Braise chopped kale and apples, garnish with chopped walnuts, and add a splash of balsamic vinegar.
  • Toss whole-grain pasta with chopped kale, pine nuts, feta cheese, and a little olive oil.
  • Cover and cook a pound of chopped kale with a few garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons olive oil for 5 minutes; season with salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar.
  • Make kale chips by slicing kale into bite-size pieces, toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt, and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees in the oven.

All vegetables are rich in nutrients and fiber, fat-free, and low in calories and are intended to be the cornerstone of all healthy diets. Toss kale into your grocery cart to enrich the nutritional goodness of your diet and help you eat the recommended 4-5 servings of vegetables every day.

 Following is a great recipe for Kale Chips BUT IT ALSO WORKS FOR MANY OTHER VEGTABLES like Carrots Rutabagas, Kohl Rabi, Potatoes, Beets, Mushrooms or whatever you can think of from you garden that dries well and crispy.
If I am going to have the oven on,  I fill all the racks with a variety of veggies and then we have a few days of very tasty, healthy snacks. ENJOY!(Home Garden or Organic veggies are always the tastiest.) Awesome after school or lunch snacks that the kids can help prepare too.
 

 

God’s Pharmacy ~ & ~ 1 Ounce Powehouse!

GOD’S PHARMACY

God left us a great clues as to what foods help which part of our body!

The human body responds best to nutrition in the form of Natural Whole Foods. Food such as plants and herbs were recognized for their curative powers and were the original source for early medicine.

The wisdom of the ages still holds as true for today as it did all those thousands of years ago when it was first taught by Hippocrates  – The Father of Western Medicine.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

 

Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are most nutritious & most powerful when eaten raw.
When raw  doesn’t work, the next best choice to get the most nutritional value is to lightly steam.
Grains and rice typically require the most cooking and moisture to make them digestible – I have an awesome 3 level steamer/rice cooker that is a joy to work with. It saves energy and space too.
No more boiling the nutrition out of vegetables and pouring it down the drain.

 Thank You to Present-truth.org and Herb Workshop for a lot of this information.

It’s Magical how each food  below resembles the part of the body that it benefits the most.

Writing this today, the Irony of it all struck me and I couldn’t help but chuckle.

20 years ago,  Bottled and Water were not commonly found in the same sentence nor were the words Obesity and Epidemic.  Today they are predominant word pairs.  Nutritional insufficiency and dehydration underlay almost all disease in a time when there is more food and water available.

More and more we receive our food as processed, packaged in bags and boxes ~ So much of what is eaten today is not whole foods and when it is it a whole food, it is likely over processed.  We see more people now, than ever before have  box or bag like shapes.  Dieting has become BIG BUSINESS.  It is consistently pointed out that fast and processed foods are playing a “huge” role in the size, shape and health of North Americans. The universe has the last laugh  – too many of us are now the shape of those foods containers.

Too funny~ pun intended – we are the BIG BUTT of Universal Irony!

What we choose to eat shapes us. PUN & TRUTH

Shape your food choices well, because they shape you.

I am so proud of myself – last night I chose to snack on the leftover mixed veggies rather than the absolutely creamy yummy Cherry loaded ice-cream. NOT!  Our freezer is in the garage and it was too cold to go out there and freeze my buns off in my slippers and jammies.  The steamed veggies drizzled in a bit of butter, sprinkled with ground peppercorns and sea salt were in the fridge. I chose  the easy route – and it was definitely the better choice for my BUTT and my Health. It tasted pretty darn good too.

Big life lesson that I get is – always make the better choices the easier ones so we just naturally opt for them.

No matter who you are,  when you are hungry or tired – fast, easy and tasty always wins over inconvenient and  time consuming. So set your self up so that fast, easy and tasty is always the best choice.  That is why ice cream will always live in the the freezer in the garage not the fridge in the house.  I set myself up so the fast, easy, tasty choice just also happened to be the better SELF CARE choice.

Now to the IMPORTANT PARTS OF THIS POST

It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden.
He made animals and fish… all before making a human.
He made and provided what we’d need before we were born.
~

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

 

A Tomato has chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

 

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

 

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.  Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuro-transmitters for brain function.

 

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

 

Celery, Bok Choy and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

 

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers.

And how profound is this?  It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

 

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

  

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

 

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries

 

 Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

 

Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

 

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

Make sure to take a peek at the Food Value Chart below also.

Of all the foods above, Figs and Eggplant are the only ones I don’t recall using.

I am a great believer in Prevention. Often we are not be able practice it as fully as we would like to. I have seen first hand  the huge difference nutrition makes in overall health and well-being. Myself and family members have faced challenges such as severe ADHD, IBS and Crohn’s. Nutrition and complimentary medicine solutions, rather than prescriptions and surgeries have allowed our children all of the opportunities life had to offer.

Was it a pain – OH YES – but our lives and bodies are intact and functioning.  That is not the case for so many others we have met on this journey who face the same challenges. Rather than feel helpless and powerless, we chose to take action and it paid off.  Growing our own garden, making all meals and snacks from scratch, reading anything and everything I could get my hands on ~ then making my family take the next promising solution.

Nutrition hands down is what made the biggest difference to everyone.

It is not always easy to get the nutrition we would like to have so we supplement.

We use a 1 ounce powerhouse Daily Complete to fill any gaps. It is a SIMPLE SOLUTION that was not around when our kids were little. It saves us time and money & ensures daily we are get all those crucial micro-nutrients  in the form of whole foods that our bodies need to perform it’s best and heal itself.

Daily Complete hits all of the really important points for smart SELF CARE.  It is effective, affordable, convenient, really good for us and something our family doctor can recommend.

If you need to fill nutritional gaps – Daily Complete is really worth looking into because……

  • It tastes really good 
  • It is liquid and it is very bio-available
  • It has 194  Essential Vitamins and Major Minerals, Super Food Greens, Phytoplankton,  Omega Fatty Acids, Essential Fatty Acids plus much more in a  natural botanical base  – IT IS REAL FOOD!
  • 100% RDA of Key Vitamins & Minerals
  • Listed in the Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceuticals & Specialties
  • It provides the basic micro-nutrient nutrition we need whether we are 6, 26, 66 or 96 years old.
  • It does not have Dairy(whey), Soy, Gluten, Aspartame, Sucrose,  Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • We no longer need a cupboard full of costly supplements.
  • No more expensive trips to the health food store that empty the wallet.
  • No more hands full of pills to take every day
  • We are getting far more nutrition for a much better price.
  • 1 oz a day  – So simple to take.
  • It’s delivered to our door every month.
  • I love that it, like my Oxygen Spa is Natural and every side effect is better heath.

Go check it outhttp://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete

Be sure to take a look at the study ~ “The Efficacy & Safety of Daily Complete For Energy & Overall Well-Being

For the FUN of IT  ~ Check out the Celebrity Fans of Daily Complete who love it enough to do UNPAID endorsements.

I especially wanted everyone to hear about it this month specifically because when  you order and go on auto-ship, you get an awesome gift so check out Synergy Defense too.

It is not just me, or the Celebs,  These folks say it all and more too ~ real customer reviews

I had a skin problem for a long time, and my doctor told me there was nothing he could do about it. I tried Daily Complete, and I’ve noticed my skin is getting better and better each day. — Henry, in BC

I had tried everything to relieve my allergies for two years, after using the Daily Complete for three weeks I no longer take any other products. It’s a miracle! — Carol, in ON

This product gives me the energy to keep me going through the day. My cravings disappear completely since my body is satisfied with this nutritional supplement. — kathy forbes, in ON

My hair was falling out,  after using the product within 30 days my hair was no longer falling out in clumps.— Susan, ON

No vitamin capsule or pill comes close to this! — Lisa Hanson, in MB

Complete is better then taking hard pills, a delightful orange taste to it. Complete mixes well in bottled water or juice and even in the Pure Trim Wellness shakes. — Doug, in SK

Its great to find one product that offers SO much. I was tired of taking 16 different vitamins a day, every day. Complete gives me all I need in a small serving. — Jason, in MB

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Daily Complete will be available in Europe and Asia later this year. The parent company and Daily Complete have a great long term history. It will be terrific when it is available to even more of us.

If you use Daily Complete and the foods listed below – YOU WILL BE PRACTICING EXCELLENT SELF CARE!

I  firmly believe DAILY COMPLETE is The Superman of Nutrition for Today!

Don’t forget to check out the FOOD VALUE CHART at the end of the post.

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Celebrities Shine with AwarenessLife Products!
 

After seeing the health benefits for themselves, many of these celebrities have agreed to reveal themselves to the public!

These are NOT paid endorsements, but real celebrity fans of the AwarenessLife® products!



Lindsey Vonn is the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winner and a 5-time world champion in downhill skiing!

Overall, Lindsey Vonn is the most successful American female skier in history.



She has appeared in many television series, including Alias, Firefly, Angel,and The Shield.

She is currently starring on the USA Network show Suits as Jessica Pearson.



Alexis is best known for her appearances in the hit comedy films Project X and Pitch Perfect.


Joe currently stars in the CBS series Criminal Minds as FBI Special Agent David Rossi.

He has also starred in hits like The Godfather and The Simpsons.



Arielle is known for roles in films such as American Pie, John Tucker Must Die, and Vampires Suck.

She has also starred in TV series including The Vampire Diaries, Life Unexpected, and 90210.



Alicia is best known for her roles on hit TV shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Mentalist.


All of these celebrities have two important things in common. None of them have been paid for this, and they love the AwarenessLife® products!

AwarenessLife® products are being noticed because they work.

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FOOD VALUE CHART

 Apples

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Blocks diarrhea

Improves lung capacity

Cushions joints

Apricots

Combats cancer

Controls blood pressure

Saves your eyesight

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Slows aging process

Artichokes

Aids digestion

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Guards against liver disease

Avocados

Battles diabetes

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Bananas

Protects your heart

Quiets a cough

Strengthens bones

Controls blood pressure

Blocks diarrhea

Beans

Prevents constipation

Helps hemorrhoids

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Stabilizes blood sugar

Beets

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Protects your heart

Aids weight loss

Blueberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Boosts memory

Prevents constipation

Broccoli

Strengthens bones

Saves eyesight

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Cabbage

Combats cancer

Prevents constipation

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Helps hemorrhoids

Cantaloupe

Saves eyesight

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Supports immune system

Carrots

Saves eyesight

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Promotes weight loss

Cauliflower

Protects against Prostate Cancer

Combats Breast Cancer

Strengthens bones

Banishes bruises

Guards against heart disease

Cherries

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Ends insomnia

Slows aging process

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Chestnuts

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Chili Peppers

Aids digestion

Soothes sore throat

Clears sinuses

Combats Cancer

Boosts immune system

Figs

Promotes weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Fish

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Supports immune system

Flax

Aids digestion

Battles diabetes

Protects your heart

Improves mental health

Boosts immune system

Garlic

Lowers cholesterol

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

kills bacteria

Fights fungus

Grapefruit

Protects against heart attacks

Promotes Weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Grapes

saves eyesight

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Enhances blood flow

Protects your heart

Green tea

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps stops strokes

Promotes Weight loss

Kills bacteria

Honey

Heals wounds

Aids digestion

Guards against ulcers

Increases energy

Fights allergies

Lemons

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Stops scurvy

Limes

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Stops scurvy

Mangoes

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Regulates thyroid

Aids digestion

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Mushrooms

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Kills bacteria

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Oats

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Prevents constipation

  Smooths skin

Olive oil

Protects your heart

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

  Smooths skin

Onions

Reduce risk of heart attack

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Lowers cholesterol

Fights fungus

Oranges

Supports immune systems

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps respiration

 Antioxidant

Peaches

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Aids digestion

Helps hemorrhoids

Peanuts

Protects against heart disease

Promotes Weight loss

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Aggravates
Diverticulitis

Pineapple

Strengthens bones

Relieves colds

Aids digestion

Dissolves warts

  Reduces Inflammation

Prunes

Slows aging process

Prevents constipation

Boosts memory

Lowers cholesterol

Protects against heart disease

Rice

Protects your heart

Battles diabetes

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Strawberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Calms stress

 Promotes normal urination

Sweet potatoes

Saves your eyesight

Lifts mood

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

 Very Nutritious

Tomatoes

Protects prostate

Combats cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

 Good for immune system

Walnuts

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Lifts mood

Protects against heart disease

Water

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Conquers kidney stones

  Smooths skin

Helps Brain Function and memory

Watermelon

Protects prostate

Promotes Weight loss

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Wheat germ

Combats Colon Cancer

Prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Improves digestion

Wheat bran

Combats Colon Cancer

Prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Improves digestion

Yogurt

Guards against ulcers

Strengthens bones

Lowers cholesterol

Supports immune systems

Aids digestion