New Medical Uses For Oil From Cannabis Plant

New Medical Uses For Oil From Cannabis Plant

     To fulfill the commitment I have to my patients I believe I must be a student as well as a teacher.  There is more knowledge and more information about the science of medicine than any one person can ever hope to know, so I feel I should always be learning.  My intention is to consistently give my patients the very latest treatment approaches based on the best, evidence-based, cutting edge research.

     I recently attended a conference on Maui for naturopathic physicians.  One important take away from that meeting concerns the ways that cannabidiol (CBD) oil extracted from hemp is proving to be an important medicine. 

     CBD oil extracted from hemp is not a controlled item and may be purchased online legally.  It is classified as a food grade substance rather than as a drug, so one does not need a medical marijuana card to use it.  We see this food grade hemp in hemp milk, breads, and clothing.  CBD oil taken orally is proving to be of benefit for children who are afflicted with seizures or seizure-like symptoms.

     I have recommended oral CBD oil for a number of my patients and have found it helpful.  For children with epilepsy who are not responding to pharmaceutical anti-seizure medications, the frequency and intensity of seizures have decreased, sometimes dramatically.  CBD oil is also helpful for anxiety and for moderating aggressive behavior in children with autism, and seems to have other benefits as well.  One family whose child was not having seizures reported that there was improvement in expressive language.  

     There is also evidence that CBD oil can help reduce neuropathy from chemotherapy (nerve pain and nerve problems).  It seems to help with the nausea associated with chemo as well.  If I determine that a patient would benefit from CBD oil, I can recommend dosages that I have seen be most helpful for that individual’s condition.

Being Uninformed Is Something I Never Want Happening With My Patients

Being Uninformed Is Something I Never Want Happening With My Patients

     “You mean you’re actually going to spend 45 minutes with me in an office visit?”  I hear that a lot from my new patients.  They are comparing what we do to the conventional approach to primary care, which typically consists of 15 minutes with the doctor and a prescription. 

     There is so much more to healing than taking pills that I hardly know where to start.  And that’s why my office visits are so different.  I want my patients to understand what is going on with them.  I can’t do that until I have first taken the time to carefully listen to what is on their mind and to ask them questions about it.  But what about questions that patients should be asking me?

     I am very happy that two cancer specialists have written an article that advises patients on what to ask their doctor(s).  Honestly, when patients ask me questions, it helps me be a more effective physician, because uncertainty about dosage, timing, the meaning of certain symptoms, etc., can interfere with a patient’s ability to comply with my recommendations.

     When it comes to informed patients, I am committed to being a leader in the field.  It is good medicine for patient and doctor alike.  Find the article here.

 

“Ugly” Fruits And Vegetables Are Coming To A Store Near You

“Ugly” Fruits And Vegetables Are Coming To A Store Near You

     I have written in previous posts about the staggering amount of food that is wasted in this country:  upwards of 40% of all the food that is produced goes uneaten, including 56% of the produce.  In a world and nation where millions of people don’t have enough to eat or are lacking in fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables, this situation is heartbreaking.  It is also largely unnecessary.  Thousands of tons of perfectly good food is thrown out by grocers because of appearance.  Yet, nutritional value is not at all dependent on how the papaya or potato looks.

     There are many causes for this problem and many viable solutions up and down the food supply chain.  One of them is overcoming our insistence on “good looking” fruits and vegetables.  I don’t know why we became fixated on appearance when it is what is inside that counts, but it looks like progress is starting to be made in changing our attitudes.

     Walmart, which has become the nation’s largest grocer, with more than 4,000 produce-selling stores, made an important announcement last week.  It is going to start offering “ugly” apples in 300 stores across Florida. This builds on an ugly potato program that Walmart launched in England earlier this year.

     Food is big business for the retail giant, with groceries accounting for 56%  of sales in the company’s U.S. stores for the past three years.  And where Walmart goes, other retailers follow.  Hopefully, American consumers will come to see “ugly” fruits and vegetables as being just as valuable as their picture perfect cousins. 

     Adding thousands of tons of fresh produce to our food supply is good for our wallets, as increased supply can bring down prices.  It also helps the planet by giving us more to eat without any need for more land, more fertilizer, and more pesticides.  Get ready to eat “ugly” fruits and vegetables.  They taste just fine.  Read the article here.

Ground-Breaking Shift Creates Doctor-Patient Partnership & Saves Patients Money

Ground-Breaking Shift Creates Doctor-Patient Partnership & Saves Patients Money

     I’m excited to now have a new structure for my patients, from acupuncture to autism.  We call it Partnership For Health.  It’s a system where doctor and patient collaborate on achieving the patient’s health goals on an ongoing basis.  It allows my patients to keep getting better and to avoid sliding backwards when it comes to their health challenges.

     Having a proactive daily practice for improving your health is how we actually prevent disease.  The ground-breaking aspect is moving from being a patient OF a doctor to being a patient WITH a doctor.  It’s a shift in thinking from taking a pill to treat symptoms to finding out what’s causing them and making a commitment to your own well being.  That allows for changing what’s been going on in your body that allowed those symptoms to develop in the first place. 

      True, deep, long lasting health takes a solid plan.  It comes out of the process of combining regular office visits with personalized health goals along with the support of our office to help bring them about.  Our Partnership For Health plans are designed to accomplish all that while at the same time saving patients money on every visit and offering the lowest prices on high quality nutritional supplements. 

     To learn how this ground breaking Partnership For Health program can significantly improve the health of you and your family, please call our office to schedule a free phone consultation.  Or go to http://sacredhealingarts.info/ to schedule one online.

Noise Can Harm Your Body And Mind

Noise Can Harm Your Body And Mind

Noise pollution is very real.  People might be surprised to learn just how many health problems are tied to excessive noise.  Underscoring the seriousness of the health hazards involved, state law provides for fines up to $10,000 a day.

The state Department of Health is the go-to agency for noise pollution.  They list all the agencies and their contact information so you can call the right place and have them do something to stop the noise.  Their excellent handbook is available online.

High noise levels can contribute to cardiovascular effects, including hypertension, heart attack, and stroke.  Night time noise can create disruption in sleep patterns, which can lead in turn to increased blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone levels.  The next day may be less than enjoyable due to fatigue, depressed mood, decreased alertness and lowered performance.

Noise pollution can also contribute to emotional ills such as anxiety, stress, irritability, nervousness, nausea, headache, being argumentative, low sexual interest, and even conflicts at work or with family.  If one is not sleeping well and having a hard time concentrating, and their body is constantly having to deal with stress chemicals, chances are that all kinds of problems will increase.  On top of that, the lack of perceived control over the noise intensifies the negative effects.  Children are especially susceptible to noise pollution because they have fewer life experiences and resources to help them cope. 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS AND NOISE:  Children with sensory processing disorders may have typical fight or flight reactions to normal levels of noise, because the brain is not processing sound normally.  To them, the sounds seem much louder than they actually are.  This can cause meltdowns, sleep problems, difficulty focusing, and anxiety, among many other potential concerns.  To address sensory issues, I teach parents to do Qigong massage on their children and refer them for occupational therapy focusing on sensory issues.  The massage is quite effective, so if you think your child may have sensory issues, please ask me about learning Qigong massage.

 

Breakthrough In Understanding Autism

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      One way to describe autism’s symptoms is as an inability to close the sensory gates.  The condition can prevent a person from being able to tune out certain sights and sounds.  Instead, every sight and sound floods the nervous system, overloading it and turning everyday environments into stressful experiences.  Scientists found a direct link between autistic behavior and a neurotransmitter called GABA, which is an amino acid brain chemical. (Neurotransmitters communicate information from one nerve cell to another.) 

     If we are switching attention from one object to another or one sound to another, we are allowing some kinds of information to pass along the nerves, but not others.  With autism, it is all happening at once.  GABA regulates brain cells so that they don’t overreact in response to all the information they get from the senses.    GABA is available as a supplement, along with other amino acids.  In my treatment of autism spectrum disorders, I have found that GABA can have a calming effect with anxiety, hyperactivity, violent behavior, and sensory issues.  Read the article here.

 

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