Medical Cannabis & the National Institute of Health - Blowing Smoke?

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research. Surprisingly, for the past half-century, the NIH has paid Israeli researchers millions of dollars to study the effects of the medical cannabis. What has been the return on investment for that long-standing partnership? The American people have the right to know, right?

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Barefoot is Better! Modern Day Shoes Unhealthy


by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
What if you discovered that walking barefoot not only saves your children’s feet from poor foot formation as they grow, but also helps improve overall health for them and you as an adult? There have been several studies supporting both areas of concern.
It’s gotta be the shoes, right? That was a line in a circa 1989 humorous Nike commercial where avid basketball fan and film director Spike Lee was confronting Michael Jordan on where he got his vaunted basketball abilities.
But when it comes to poor podiatry health in our culture, it is the shoes, and it isn’t so funny.

From a review published in Pediatrics, August 1991, VOLUME 88 / ISSUE 2 by the Department of Orthopedics, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle; and Department of Orthopedics, University of Washington, Seattle, comes the following abstract commentary:

Uncovered: Monsanto campaign to get Séralini study retracted

Study of toxic effects on rats by Roundup
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Internal Monsanto documents released by attorneys leading US cancer litigation show that the company launched a concerted campaign to force the retraction of a study that revealed toxic effects of Roundup. The documents also show that the editor of the journal that first published the study entered into a contract with Monsanto in the period shortly before the retraction campaign began.

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Medical Cannabis Ideal for Recovering from Stroke or Other Brain Injury

close up of an oil made from the essential oil of the cannabis hemp plant with buds next and around the syringe ** Note: Shallow depth of field
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Dr. Bearman challenges what he calls the “selling point” of “non-euphoric” for pure CBD without THC by pointing out there are several pharmaceuticals that attempt to alter emotions and moods on the market. So what’s wrong with a medicine that induces a euphoric feeling?
He points out how higher levels of CBD in full plant extracts that include THC balance out THC’s side effects. That’s what the Israeli study seemed to advocate with full plant extracts, high CBD levels. Dr. Bearman explains in great detail why smoking works well for that feel good high, but it is not as effective medically as cannabis edibles and oils consumed orally.

Mercury and Lead: The Fallacy of “Safe” Levels

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A new study published in Environmental Research by a group of researchers in upstate New York underscores this point. Lead author Dr. Brooks Gump of Syracuse University and coauthors call attention to problems associated with low levels of background exposure to lead and mercury, at concentrations notably lower than those deemed “elevated” by federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Guide to paying a small fine and making billions

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The key factor is: be a drug company.
In this case, Celgene. Their drugs are Thalomid and Revlimid. 


A long-running suit against Celgene, launched by Beverly Brown, who used to be the company’s sales manager, contends that: 

Celgene trained its sales team to promote off-label uses to doctors; Celgene sales people intentionally lied about studies, claiming the studies showed the off-label uses were beneficial to patients; And the company omitted vital warnings about the drugs’ uses from the drugs’ labels.

An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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Here’s why registered dietician Cynthia Sass, with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health, calls avocados worthy of superfood status: They can effectively combat nearly every aspect of metabolic syndrome [factors of obesity and prediabetes].
According to Sass, the “impressive range of studies” the researchers perused also covered the nutritional impact the firm, velvety flesh of this pear-shaped green-black food, technically a fruit can make on several other areas of the body, not just metabolic syndrome symptoms.