Information derived from a Mercola article found at:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/05/16/research-supports-marijuana-benefits.aspx?e_cid=20150516Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150516Z1&et_cid=DM74698&et_rid=955237506

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a category reserved for the most dangerous drugs, along with heroin and LSD due to a “high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use.” Current research shows this to be completely untrue.

Interestingly, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) obtained a patent for marijuana as a “neural protectant,” in 2003. So much for the “no accepted medical use.”

The active ingredient, cannabinoids, has two subclasses important for medical use: THC (tetrahydrocannabinols) and CBD (cannabidiols). CBD comprises 40% of cannabis resin and interact with specific receptors in your cell membranes. THC is the most psychoactive, and is known for producing a “high.” Over time, some producers have bred plants with higher amounts of this compound. The downfall of this practice is lower medicinal value and adverse effects. Like all herbs; however, the plant works best as a whole plant with the CBD lessening the psychoactive effects of THC. Once again, it’s all in the breeding.

According to Dr. Mechoulam we have our own endogenous cannabinoid system within us, with our bodies making cannabinoids similar to those in marijuana, and are found on cell membranes throughout our bodies. The two that have been identified are CB1 which is in our brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and other parts. CB2 is in our immune system. This cannabinoid system is believed to assist regulating physiological processes and in maintaining homeostasis.

The most encouraging aspect for MSIDS (multi, systemic, infectious, disease) patients is the ability of marijuana to lower inflammation and an overactive immune system, increase energy, control appetite, help with nutrient transport, cellular communication, emotional balance, sleep, and memory, all of which we struggle with.

It is also pro-apoptotic, which means it kills cancer cells, but leaves healthy cells alone. It is also anti-angiogenic, which means it cuts off a tumor’s blood supply.

But perhaps the greatest benefit is its proven ability to control pain as well as or better than pharmaceuticals as demonstrated by the 2010 report by the Center for Medical Cannabis Research on 14 clinical studies which were FDA-approved, double-blind, and placebo-controlled.

According to Dr. Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, cannabis is safer and less toxic than many prescription drugs. For instance, in states were medical marijuana is legal, overdose deaths from pharmaceutical opioids decreased by an average of 33% after five and six years of marijuana legalization. The main side-effect of cannabidiol is sleepiness which wears off after the patient gets accustomed to it.

For more information on optimal dosing and protocols, Gedde recommends looking into current clinical practice in states where cannabis is now legally accessible. Other resources include PubMed, cancer.gov, The Journal of Pain, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Mercola’s interview with Dr. Frankel. Found here:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/09/medical-cannabis.aspx

http://m.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/5-kentucky-elk-brought-to-wisconsin-die-from-tick-disease-b99496215z1-303303681.html  (Go to this web page for the entire article)

By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel

Five elk recently transferred to Wisconsin from Kentucky as part of a reintroduction effort died in mid-April because of a tick-borne disease, the Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.

The elk died over a period of about one week in a quarantine pen in Jackson County, according to the DNR. The dead elk included one adult cow, which carried an unborn calf, and four yearlings (three females and one male).

Necropsies on the dead animals revealed they died of acute Babesiosis, according to the DNR. The disease is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells and are spread by certain ticks, including the deer tick.

State wildlife officials presume the elk were bitten by ticks after their arrival in Wisconsin. The dead animals were part of a shipment of 26 elk brought to Wisconsin in late March as part of a multiyear agreement with Kentucky wildlife officials. The plan calls for Wisconsin to receive up to 150 elk from Kentucky.

Although Babesiosis has also been isolated in white-tailed deer, it has only led to benign infections in the continent’s most abundant cervid, Ryan said.

The disease also affects humans. Wisconsin, Minnesota and states in the northeastern U.S. have the highest rates of Babesiosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The parasite that causes Babesiosis typically is spread by a tick in the young nymph stage of their life cycle, when they are most apt to be found seeking a blood meal during spring and summer.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/05/06/lyme-disease-debate-can-condition-be-chronic/

Excellent interview with Dr. Horowitz.  In under 10 minutes he explains the nuts and bolts of why Lyme Disease or MSIDS (multi systemic infectious disease syndrome) is so hard to treat.

The ticks are out in force here in Wisconsin.  Please take precautions and use permethrin spray on your clothing and do tick checks often.  If you must put chemicals on your skin use Deet but be cautious as it is toxic.  Remember to remove ticks carefully by getting tweezers or a tick removal device as close to the mouth parts as possible and gently pulling without squeezing or twisting as those actions will enable the stomach contents to be released into you.

From 1:30-4:30 we are meeting in the Pinney Library to hear Kathy Lynch, PharmD, from Women’s International Pharmacy in Madison, speak on the use of bioidentical hormones, and other alternative therapies in the treatment of Lyme disease symptoms. A lifelong proponent of alternative medicine and holistic health, she will focus on chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, the use of low dose naltrexone for pain relief, and other areas of interest.

Women's International Pharmacy

Women’s International Pharmacy

Please  bring your questions to ask Kathy after her talk. We hope to also tape and post this discussion so that everyone can benefit.

See you there!

Click on the video below and you will most assuredly glean from Dr. Water’s talk he recently gave at the Madison Lyme Support Group.  He educated us on the 3 M’s:  Meals, Microbiome, and Mitochrondria, and educated us on how to be tough targets for illness.  He also spoke on how prolotherapy with and without ozone has helped many with chronic pain in damaged joints.  The Video is approximately 1 hour long.  Please feel free to share with other Lyme sufferers.   

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Enjoy!

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Julie McIntyre, Lyme literate clinical herbalist, is presenting a three hour Lyme and co infection class as part of the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference on Friday, June 5th, 2015 near Mosinee,(Almond) Wisconsin.

http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/#!workshops/cdha

Herbal Protocols for Lyme and Co infections:

Spend the morning with Julie as you take an Intensive look at herbal protocols for Lyme disease, Mycoplasma, Bartonella and Babesia. Particpants will also explore why and how herbal medicines work in chronic infections to reduce inflammation, pain, bacterial and viral loads.

Published on Nov 21, 2014 – Abby Martin interviews Lorriane Johnson, CEO of Lymedisease.org on the challenging aspects of Lyme Disease.

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