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Can you legally buy marijuana in the United States?

January 25th, 2014 · No Comments

 


In the United States, it is quite common to hear about the war on drugs and what the government is trying to do to stop the inflow of drugs. Every government agency from the federal government all the way down to the city government is doing their part to stop the flow of drugs. Border patrols are doing what they can at the borders, while the DEA and local police departments are setting up specialized narcotic units to help get a grip on this growing problem.

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Could Your Job Support Your Addiction

December 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

If you or a loved one has struggled with drug or alcohol abuse, you know that it’s a complex, hard-to-understand circumstance. It can be difficult to make sense of the situation, and finding answers can be a seemingly impossible road to follow. Recently, however, studies have revealed that drug and alcohol abuse could have a common underlying link that was previously unexplored: career choice.

The video info-graphic below provides details to support this claim, but keep reading for a brief overview.

The Statistics

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Regulating Recreational Drugs

October 12th, 2013 · No Comments

smoking marijuanaFor the first time in history, a country – New Zealand – has created a regulatory agency to oversee recreational drugs. Passed by their government this past summer on a vote of 119 to 1, the legislation has already granted interim approval to over 50 products.

We should watch this development closely to see what happens. If implemented carefully, New Zealand’s new laws offer the first genuinely scientific and public health-oriented approach to dealing with the negative aspects of drugs.

All new drugs will still be illegal for people under 18. They can only be sold at specific, licensed outlets and must carry packaging identifying the ingredients and including health warnings about the known and potential risks. No advertising is permitted, except inside the store itself.

Regulation won’t make recreational drug use completely safe β€” this is clear from our experience with alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. But, it also won’t add to the harm done by drug dealers and throwing people in prison. There will always be some people that seek chemical euphoria and escape from reality β€” so instead of locking them up and ceding the market to organized crime, we need to give them the safest possible choices and spend the money on treatment and education instead.

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Drugs and Supplements Interaction

August 13th, 2013 · No Comments

There is probably a good chance that at some point in your life you are taking both drugs and vitamin supplements. But how do you know if the combination is helping or hurting your health?

Pill Advised” is an online health tool where you can enter your medications and vitamin supplements and discover whether you may receive good or bad interactions. So, try out the site and see if it helps you: pilladvised.com

It is hard to believe that almost 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two according to a Mayo Clinic researchers report.

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Failures of Drug Tests Not Published

April 27th, 2013 · No Comments


You are probably unaware that many drug test results by pharmaceutical companies are not released because they show negative results. How can you expect your doctor to give you a prescription that is supposed to work when he doesn’t even have all the facts?

The pharmaceutical industry has worked hard to hide the results from us and only publishes the results they want us to know. Dr Ben Goldacre gives us insights that we should be aware of so that we can make better choices.

You can read his posting about the subject here:
www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-goldacre/prescription-drugs_b_3018272.html

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Cannabis Compound Helps Fight Cancer

February 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Researcher Sean McAllister was studying the effects of Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant and teamed up with Pierre Desprez, a molecular biologist studying ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread and determined that Cannabidiol could “turn off” the gene and stop the cancer from spreading.

The pair of scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have found that Cannabidiol works with many kinds of aggressive cancers – brain, prostate – any kind in which these high levels of ID-1 are present.”

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War Veterans and Alternative Medicine

November 30th, 2012 · No Comments

About 40 percent of U.S. war veterans are coping with pain. The traditional strategy for pain management has been to give painkillers which can be highly addictive and result in prescription drug abuse. According to a speech given before the House of Representatives last August regarding this issue, 150 U.S. soldiers died from drug overdose in the last two years.

It is encouraging that acupuncture, massage, chiropractics and mind-body therapies are now used for war veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pain. Hopefully, the incorporation of complementary and alternative medical practices (CAM) in the military is reflective of a greater shift toward a more holistic approach to our overall health care system to come.

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Fast Food and Depression

May 7th, 2012 · No Comments

Depression affects 121 million people worldwide. This figure makes it one of the main global causes of disability. Approximately 10% of people in the USA are now taking brain altering drugs for depression and mood disorders.

Two Studies show that eating fast food is linked to a greater risk of suffering from depression.

According to one study headed by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, eating commercial baked goods (fairy cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc.) and fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza) is linked to depression.

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Grand Unified Theory of Mind-Brain Function

January 24th, 2012 · No Comments

After nearly 4 decades of practicing complementary/alternative, integrative and holistic medicine and psychiatry, and carefully assessing (and “curing”) many thousands of patients with in-depth, functional medicine testing and genomics (gene testing), Dr C.E. Gant is happy to present the culmination of his life’s work – The Grand Unified Theory of Mind/Brain Function.

The philosophical approach to his work and research has always been science based, and has tended to downplay proposed panaceas for the world’s ills as poppycock. After all, the human being is composed of roughly 200 trillion cells, each having 50 million chemical reactions per second. We have 6 feet of DNA per cell, which if unraveled and stretched out and connected end-to-end, calculates to 10s of billions of miles of DNA per person.

When malfunctioning, how could anything so marvelous and complex be reduced to simplistic notions of one cure fits all. Panaceas are extraordinary claims and they must be supported by extraordinary evidence to be taken seriously.

For the first time in his life, he may have found the panacea.

He says “may have” since it has only taken one ugly fact to destroy the most beautiful theories ever proposed. But so far, The Grand Unified Theory of Mind/Brain Function appears to subsume all approaches to healing within one model. And all attempts to discover fatal flaws in this model have so far failed.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry

January 21st, 2012 · No Comments


Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry

By Dan Stradford, Garry Vickar, Christine Berger, and Hyla Cass

With the public’s increased interest in and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments, physicians find themselves being questioned more frequently by their patients about non-pharmaceutical options and wellness-oriented therapies.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry gives the mental health practitioner a solid introduction into the philosophy behind CAM approaches as well as a broad array of evidence-based CAM therapies that are increasingly finding their way into patient treatment plans with positive results.

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