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TAMARIND FOR BETTER DIGESTION

THE POWER OF SOUR

There is a well founded understanding that is based on centuries of observation and experience, and it lives in the heart of Ancient Traditional Medicine all over the globe. That understanding knows and utilizes the power of the five tastes in daily food consumed. That recognized and proven understanding does not exist in Modern Allopathic Traditional Medicine. Why is that? Well, it is mostly because Allopathic Medicine, from my experience and  understanding, is based on the use of Prescribed and Over the Counter Drugs, Injections, and Surgeries.  Aside from people who study and practice Traditional Ancient Medicines, (Asian, Ayurvedic, African, etcetera) the five tastes are very familiar to people who are professionals in the culinary world. Also, the general population that likes to cook, eat and watch the Food Network and shows like Top Chef are familiar with the five tastes. Here is a brief but comprehensive article that discusses the importance of the 5 Tastes from a health perspective.

This post is not meant to be a in-depth tutorial on the importance of how the Sour Taste impacts our overall health, and especially Digestion and Elimination. I am writing to share my personal experience with Tamarind and how it has impacted my Liver, Digestion and Bowel Function in a very positive way.

So, there have been foods and condiments that I have had to avoid, or minimize. One of them is the sour taste of Vinegar, and I mean Vinegar of all kinds, even Apple Cider Vinegar. Why is that? Well, Vinegar is fermented and that combination of fermentation and sour helped to exacerbate some irritating symptoms around inflammation. Raising a heated condition and making inflammation worse. This is not a permanent problem and it is improving, but in the meantime I want to eat something sour and Tamarind was recommended to me by Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD.

MORE SPECIFICALLY

I have found Tamarind a great help in cultivating  better bowel function when eaten with animal proteins, or any food that has a dense nature. By dense nature I mean something that might have a thick viscosity, that would be filling and might sit in the stomach too long. This is especially true of a person, like myself, who has a history of sluggish Digestion and Bowel function. Now, I was not familiar with Tamarind before Jennifer Daniels told me about it. It took awhile to find  the best form to buy and ingest it. So, to cut to the chase, I have discovered that Tamarind Paste is the best form, that I have found so far, to consume and benefit from. I purchase Tamarind Paste from My Spice Sage, but I am open to other sources.

I consume tamarind at different times and for different reasons. I do take tamarind soon after waking up in the morning on an empty stomach, and for me it can be a help in inducing bowel function. I rarely have indigestion anymore and that is due to progress with my health, but getting to this place has been helped by eating certain condiments, with the right balance of protein, starch and vegetables, and drinking enough  water with meals.

From what I understand, people from different culinary worlds use tamarind in their cooking, dressings and marinades, etcetera. My use is simple,  I just break off a piece and suck on it before I eat, during my meals, after and sometimes in between. The Tamarind I have tasted is quite sour but at times, I think depending on my personal condition, can taste sort of sweet to me. My experience over a period of two years is that Tamarind is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to help improve digestion, elimination and has helped positively impact my overall health.

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POOP ENVY

THE BRAIN AND INTESTINES LOOK AN (THINK ELMER FUDD) AWFUL LOT ALIKE

While living in NYC I was invited to a celebratory event where I was seated at a table of people that either worked at a top end brokerage firm, or married to someone who did. This is going to be a long night, I remember thinking. Further into the evening, and after a great deal of wine and alcohol had been consumed, the conversation turned in a direction that I never expected, which was pooping. Furthermore, it was an all male conversation with me and a couple of other women listening in a state of amused awe and disbelief. The dialogue was centered around the ritual of rising very early each weekday morning to get to Starbuck’s, then to  the office so their brain clearing poop would not be interfered with, and their day could be started on track. Laughter, more laughter underscored by an underlying seriousness. This is not a conversation these people would have without being fully lit up. Lit up or not, the undeniable message was pooping and thinking are connected. These men were defending their morning ritual, and it was very clear that without that morning dump their day would be totally disrupted. Anyway, I totally related to what they were saying and I am pretty sure you can, too.

IS THERE A RAINBOW BEHIND THE BRAIN FOG?

The second incident was with a woman who was a CEO of a international company. She had attained the kind of title and salary that our society deems successful.  This woman told me that she would give up all she had attained if she could just poop regularly and loose weight. No, I thought, that is not the answer. You would just have more fun doing what you do and life would be happier. Constipation is a burden in more ways than one.

TALKING SHIT

Most of us do not talk to others about our bowel movements in a direct way, but in other ways we never stop talking and hearing about them. That may not make sense to you, but let me explain. So, if a person, maybe you or I, have a complaint about how we look and feel something can be done about it by improving our digestion and eliminations. Yes, we see commercials online, television, etcetera that show people finding gut relief and then soaring with happiness and freedom. That feeling is something most EVERYONE can relate to, and the reason why that behavior is front and center in these commercials. The glitch is that the products that are being sold to us do not get to the root of the problem. Why is that? Because underlying causes of long term constipation are years and decades in the making. This is not a one trick pony solution. There is something pretty serious going on when more water, fiber, fermented foods, probiotics, herbs, enemas, colonics, etcetera do not improve digestion and bowel function at all, or for more than a short period of time.

HIT A DEAD END?

One thing I have noticed about myself and others is that when increasing water, fiber, herbs, etcetera do not produce long term relief there is a deeper, potentially more serious problem and stronger measures need to be taken. The message the body is sending is clear, that something needs to be addressed on a deeper level. There is an over abundance. or lack of something that keeps the body from eliminating regularly, and the Intestines are only part of this unsolved equation.

GUM SPIRITS OF TURPENTINE, HEALING FOODS,  HEALING PRACTICES, AND POTIONS

Again, when people get short term, very little, to no relief from herbs, intestinal cleanses, more fiber, water, gut massage, enemas, colonics, etcetera the need for a more potent solvent needs to be introduced. If any of this makes sense to you, then check out The Candida Cleanse and other information from Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD. The level of success that people have with the advice Dr. Daniels gives is, in my experience,  is pretty unquestionable. Of course, how those results play out, in terms of response time, are unique to each person. If you are looking for some information to resolve the nagging daily suffering of poor digestion and elimination, Jennifer Daniels, MD may be there person that can help you.

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IN 2018 IGNORANCE IS NO LONGER BLISS

WAS IT EVER? MAYBE FOR SOME, BUT IN 2018 NOT SO MUCH

An integral part of Natural Healing is finding the source of sickness and a solution that does no further harm. In my view, a Natural Healing protocol is achieved without the use of Prescribed Medications, Surgeries and Injections. I truly understand that sometimes these invasive medical interventions are necessary, and most people have had Traditional Medical procedures in their lifetimes. Depending on the situation, these steps can save a life. Recognizing that reality, it is my experience that Traditional Western Medicine most often treats symptoms without getting to the origin and  cause of the malaise. Many times Traditional Western Medicine inadvertently inflicts more harm, sometimes irreversible harm, to the patient. It is important to note that Allopathic Doctors take a pledge to do no harm. My personal experience is that criticizing Western Medicine often offends people and elicits a defensive response, sometimes bordering on belligerence. On the other hand, when it fits people, criticizing and suing Allopathic Doctors and Hospitals is very, very common. We live in a world of convenient  hypocrisy.

OBEDIENCE: JUST DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD AND DON’T ASK QUESTIONS

What I write here in these blog posts are my opinion based on personal experience. Observation of myself and others has shown me over and over again that people, most understandably, want to be in control. I know I do, even though I have been forced to learn some painful lessons in this regard. I now recognize  that what I can control is my response to what happens, and in many (most) situations not what happens. That seems like a no brainer, but it was not always that way for me. That false sense of control is a big part of Traditional Western Medicine. Why? Well, because Western Medicine gives people the unrealistic impression that what doctors and pharmaceuticals have to offer is a straight line solution. What does that mean? Well, if you follow Protocol A, the end result will be more certain than the actual known Medical studies show. This is also known as coddling people, also known as telling people what they want to hear, telling people what they want to hear. If this depiction of Western Medicine and doctors offends or angers you, please take a moment and examine why beyond your knee jerk response.

DOCTOR, LAWYER, AND “INDIAN CHIEF”

Medicine, Politics and Religion have a great deal in common. What I mean by that is they are similar to insurance policies that promise more than they can deliver when”pay day” arrives. Home Insurance in these days of Global Warming, is one example of promises laced with loopholes that are often in the fine print, misleading, or just go unread. When people are overwhelmed with daily life, or not in good health these oversights can easily happen. Corporations are counting on people not having the time or energy to be thorough. It is important to remember that, for the most part, hospitals are corporations that need to turn a profit. Religious institutions rely on the donations of members. The Catholic Church is a wealthy landlord of real estate holdings in many parts of the world.

My personal and clinical experience with seeking solutions for healing chronic illness is that it can be very complex due to the exposure of all living things to toxic elements that we, as inhabitants of this planet, very often can not see, taste or feel. These chemicals and environmental toxins are in our water, air, soil, childhood and adult medications, vaccines, dental compounds and so much more. This is exhibited in the pain and suffering that is experienced and documented each day all around the world. If you don’t know what I am talking about then we just have a different take on things. Consider giving what I say some consideration.

THE ANSWERS ARE LITERALLY INSIDE OF US

Recently I saw an interview with a family that had two very young children, both of whom had the same type of brain cancer. Not once during the interview did anyone, neither the producer of the segment or family, mention the possibility of exposure to environmental toxins, medications, etcetera as part of this very troubling outcome. What was pinpointed as the possible cause was genetic. I was left incredulous as to how puzzled both mother and father were that there was no history of this type of cancer in the family. To me their response was as dumbfounding as people asking if Climate Change is real, or dare I say Global Warming. Both these terms have become frowned upon at a time when the Arctic Ice Caps are melting at record speed. Yes, it is happening. It is scary and I understand the fear that drives the denial, but it is paramount that we all wake up and take some kind of action.

INCONVENIENT TRUTH VS ALTERNATIVE FACTS / REALITY

Many people seem to be okay with things the way they are as long as they and their family have the money and accessibility to someone like Jennifer Daniels, MD, organic food, and can move if things get out of control where they are living. These are selfish non – solution solutions to a myriad of overwhelming  situations that we are universally living in and helping to create by, in some situations, by our choices. So, no matter where you live or how much money you have the quality of air, water and soil is effecting all of us. Complaining is not enough, in fact it makes things worse. The level of selfishness involved in not actively doing something to help, on any level, is painfully hard for me to understand.

CLEAN OCEAN VACATION SPOTS ARE UNDER ATTACK

The world is getting smaller and, in these extremely pivotal times, not in a good sense. People are in need of safer places to live, not just due to criminal / terrorist activity that makes living in their countries unsafe. What am I talking about? The warming of our planet is increasingly going to make earning a living impossible for some due to flooding, drought, fires, overpopulation  and so much more. One example would be the condition of our oceans (one example here in the USA is Florida) due to plastics, overwhelming growth of sea plankton that is effecting the fishing and vacation industries, restaurants. Most importantly, these “inconveniences” may be the only way to get the attention of people. The question is will it be too late?

SOLUTIONS

We all need to stop putting our heads in the sand (no pun intended) and pay attention to our use of plastics, how we dispose of plastics and all things, what we buy, who we vote for, charities we donate to. These are simple coach potato solutions. Until I am healthier cleaning up beaches, highways, etcetera are not things I can partake in, but I can continue to do the things I mentioned above. Also, I practice being compassionate for the people who are living on automatic and in denial about what is going on. Mass denial is getting us nowhere.

BISSFUL IGNORNACE IS A DEAD END

Traditional Western Medicine, Religion and Politics (Government) very often help infantilize people. They do this  by encouraging all of us, consumers / citizens, to not be responsible for our actions. How? By not wanting to offend people and loose their vote, business and donations. They do this by encouraging us all to be unconscious, obedient and addicted to things of all kinds that give momentary relief from what is staring us all in the face. Pollution, Prescription drug addiction and Global Warming  – Climate Change are part of a  destructive path that is taking us all down fast. If your answer is that these things are not happening where I live, then you are missing the point. We are all connected and it is ever more apparent in 2018, in the most painful way.

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CANNABIS: ACHEIVING SOUNDER SLEEP

ONE PUFF AT A TIME

I recently wrote a post (link here) about my newbie experience with Cannabis. As of right now, it has been about four months that I have been smoking Cannabis for better sleep. I am able to buy Cannabis legally because I live in California, and  have a Medical prescription through HelloMD. I receive my order from Highway1 Organics (home delivery service) located here on the Central Coast. I had done very little research about Cannabis before making an appointment with HelloMD. I trusted my instincts as I listened to the accounts I heard from others that have found help from Cannabis for sleep, pain, and other ailments. The people I listened to stem from their mid 30’s to their mid 80’s. All these people consumed Cannabis in every way it is available. They are using Cannabis in tincture, edible and Pre roll – Joint form. So far, this is what I can share about my experience…

While smoking Cannabis I discovered that it took time for my body to adapt to the strain and level of THC that I was exposing myself to. I have discovered that I am best off keeping the THC level no higher than 13. Higher than that is too strong for me. What does that mean? Well, I feel more groggy than relaxed. So far, I have found that the best results  I have with Cannabis is for better sleep and not so much for pain, or better appetite. Also. one full inhalation does the trick. If I inhale deeply Cannabis has an immediate result of my being able to fall asleep immediately. A deep inhale sometimes irritates my throat a bit, but the does not happen often. The Pre rolls have a filter on them, and all materials are organic. I use a match to ignite hemp string to light the joint. Hemp string is available on Amazon. Yes, I know you can use a bong, or use the vape form.

FORGET THE CHEECH AND CHONG STEREOTYPE

I have chosen to smoke Cannabis instead of taking the tincture or eating edibles because it seems to be the most direct and efficient way to reap the benefits. I have also chosen to not use a bong or vape form because my use is very limited, more stuff I do not need. On nights where I feel like I may not sleep I take a hit before getting into bed. If I need to, I take another hit in the middle of the night. As my health improves I have been needing it less often. Times around the New and Full Moon I often do not sleep as well and I am grateful to the Cannabis for helping me get the rest I need. It gives me peace of mind knowing that it is there.

Over the past few years I have come to understand why people take meds for pain, sleep, and depression. In my lifetime I have not taken medications, either prescribed or over the counter, for sleep, pain, depression, etcetera. I am very aware that my dosage, and THC strength of Cannabis will be different than some other people looking for help. I do not feel hung over or groggy from smoking Cannabis when I wake up in the morning. Again, the THC level of the Weed I am using is not above 13 and the volume is low. Even if I take an inhalation at 2 am and get up at 5 am I am alert and do not feel out of it.

My sense is that offering Cannabis in other forms, other than smoking it, may legitimize it for some people.  I am talking about tinctures and edible forms. Smoking Cannabis may feel too much like a party “drug” to some and that stigma, if it keeps them from trying to smoke it, might be their loss. I have a strong sense that smoking Cannabis and taking it as a tincture might be more economical than the packaged edibles. Eating Cannabis in  chocolate, or in other food forms might be more expensive because it is easier to over consume.

In summary, Cannabis has enabled me to get better rest and heal. I am not using it as a way of avoiding eating well, or following the program I am complying with under the advice of  Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD. Knowing that I can pretty much be assured of a more sound and restful sleep gives me a greater sense of ease on a daily basis.

Each person has a unique health situation and biology. Each person will have a need for a different dose, form, stronger or weaker THC level than I have. What I have written here is my experience and I hope it may help you, or someone you know. Thanks for reading.

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DON’T KEEP POKING THE BEAR!

WHAT HELPED AT FIRST MAY EVENTUALLY BECOME FLAT OUT IRRITATING

There seems to be more awareness among many people around the world of the negative impact of environmental toxins on the health of all life on this planet. Partly due to this awareness, cleansing and detox products and programs have become more and more popular. Some of these products, used either long or short term, have little to no real value for those who are grappling with Chronic Illnesses. What does that mean? Well, my experience is that a more specific strategy is needed for those who have tried everything, or what feels like everything, and have not had improvement in their health. Again, I am talking about people who have reoccurring health issues. A health issues that after years of trying and trying a resolution has not been found. When this is the case, most people end up turning to Traditional Medicine. I have turned to Traditional Medicine for dental problems. I regret some of these decisions. I have not turned to Traditional Medicine for other health dilemmas, but after my own long and frustrating search for answers I understand why someone would go the Traditional Medical route.  I truly have more empathy for, and understanding of these people after my own personal search for  as solution to my own problem.

I have written many posts recounting my own decades of experience with everything from wheatgrass to MMS, Neuromuscular Therapy to Colonics. The list is quite long. Many products, therapies and protocols were somewhat helpful to me, but did not get to the root of the problem. Why is that? Well, the root of my problems go quite deep, and are due to a myriad of reasons and circumstances that you can read more about within the archives of this blog. A thumbnail sketch would entail family health, where I grew up, exposure to environmental toxins, decisions that were made for me as a child, and decisions that I later made for myself.

POKING THE BEAR AGAIN AND AGAIN

Finding what works to heal is an experiment within both Traditional or Holistic Medicine. Learning how to not aggravate a condition while treating the heart of it is very tricky. Some things that seem like a good idea can be for certain periods of time. However, if there is no resolution to the problem that they are being taken to resolve these same ingredients, therapies, etcetera very often become counterproductive. Of course, this very much pertains to prescribed and over the counter pharmaceuticals, etcetera but that is not what I am talking about here.

In my experience, the use of Castor Oil and Gum Spirits of Turpentine as written about by the person who advises me, Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD, is one very effective way to address the nagging symptoms of Chronic Illness. Castor Oil and Gum Spirits Turpentine is only a fraction of the protocol that Dr. Daniels uses to unwind the spiral of sickness that so many people are knowingly, or unknowingly, caught up in. Are Castor Oil and Gum Spirits of Turpentine for everyone? I can not say that for sure, but in general nothing is. I bet you knew I was going to say that, but I am sincere.

Getting back to the original premise, it is important to reevaluate things that are not  getting the results you are seeking after years of trying. I am going to use the word tricky again, because it is. This is a confusing and abundant world of choices that are exponentially exaggerated by an internet filled with information that often leads to more confusion. Who does one believe? With poor health often comes poor judgement, and gullible desperation. Fear and mistrust of everyone and everything is the other side of the coin. Alice down the rabbit hole is a fitting analogy and story.

ONE SOURCE OF HELP

A Traditional Medical education combined with heightened curiosity, a unique level of intellectual prowess, and the willingness to take risks is what makes Dr. Jennifer Daniels a doctor of an entirely different order. If you are a person who has tried many different approaches to healing and has still not found a resolution to poor digestion, joint pain, etcetera check out Jennifer Daniels, MD. You may decide not to work with her, or her with you, but it may open your mind to a world of healing that you did not know existed before and point you in a whole other direction of healing.

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STOOLS GLORIOUS STOOLS!

IT’S FUNNY, UNTIL IT’S YOU THEY ARE LAUGHING ABOUT

For a few years I lived in the desert of Southern California where there is a store called Dining and Stools. I thought the name was unattractive and weirdly funny. Dining and Stools, hmmm… Well, it may be a fitting name considering the desert has a large population of senior residents. Oy! Another weirdly amusing stool reference was when my aunt and uncle traveled with my cousin and her family to the east coast. They needed to bring a stool along so my aunt and uncle could more easily get out of the van they had rented. Something about the word stool and my aunt and uncle’s “condition” got big laughs from everyone. At the time, I did laugh, but the joke had a somber reverberation on my consciousness. Look, it’s just who l am.

TOO MUCH INFORMATION, OR NOT ENOUGH?

It is clear to me from my conversations with numerous people over the years that there is not much of an understanding about inflammation. Most people do not know how inflammation leaves the body, that it can leave the body, or most importantly, if long term relief can be had without surgery. That is assuming that long term relief can be found through surgery. It may be the answer for some. As a society, we are constantly told that pain can be numbed by drugs of all kinds until the drugs just do not work anymore. Injections, such as cortisone, are the next step in the Western Medical World and then there is, as I previously mentioned, surgery. Surgery is a very drastic step, and the lack of understanding most of us have as to what exactly causes pain is astounding. It is financially advantageous for Pharmaceutical Companies and Hospital Corporations to keep people ignorant and many of us are knowingly, and unknowingly, compliant. When a person is in pain they often do things that may not be in their best long term interest.

SO, MAKE SURE YOU ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT…

Commercials for drugs like Humira give big clues as to how inflammation builds. What do I mean? Well, if you listen closely, it is expressed by the conditions these drugs are marketed for, specifically inflamed skin conditions, bowel inflammation and joint pain. Whatever is not contained in the gut is often felt in other parts of the body. Many people have eczema, psoriasis, etcetera along with gut and joint problems. The normalization of these poor health conditions, mostly by how they are characterized in advertisements and commercials, dim the depth of their seriousness. Our need to work, fit in, our addictions to food, lifestyle, etcetera keep people ignorant in many ways. For some this is a conscious choice, but for others, I think most, it is unconscious. It is just what you do. Doesn’t everyone? Remember, mom’s don’t take the day off, they take NyQuil.

LEAKY GUT? WHERE’S IT LEAKIN’ TO?

Pain is experienced as inflammation and it can be contained for only so long. For some, living a sedentary life without pushing the boundaries of what their body can do, along with medications, keeps inflammation contained until it just can not be contained any longer. However, when inflammation / toxins are not excreted naturally and begin building up the body starts screaming bloody murder. The other thing that happens is that the body contains the inflammation in others ways such as tumors, cysts, or expresses itself in neurological disorders. At this point in time we have all been exposed to so many different kinds of environmental contaminants, medications and chemicals it is hard to pinpoint specifically what causes what. So, what does that mean? Well, this wide and constant exposure to toxic substances makes it difficult, if not impossible, to write a playbook as to what is doing what, when or where it will show up.

CAN WE PLEASE CHANGE THE SUBJECT?

Before you flush do you look? Examining or acknowledging  what comes out, or does not come out, in the toilet is not an inviting task. It is important to take note while we are able. Sadly, many aging adults end up in a nursing, or employing a underpaid health aid to pick shit out of our asses, or change our diapers. I DO NOT believe all aging adults need to have this outcome in later years. Pour me another one, so I don’t have to think about it is not a solution, it is a distraction.

SHUT THE BACK DOOR!

What comes out through the anus, or what does not, says everything about what is going on in our bodies. The pain and agony that many people sustain each day around defecation is encapsulated in an astounding silence. The silence is broken on television and other media commercials that sell products to makes us go, or slow it down. These advertisements are a telling comment on the state of health in the Western World. The focus on the booty is often sexualized, but it is where the poop comes out. What an irony.

STOOL SAMPLE

If pooping is a problem there are other things brewing within our bodies that need to be addressed. No shit, right? Well. for some this is a revelation. You may not be one of these  people, but you assuredly knowingly or unknowingly are acquainted with many in this category. Many, many people are living in uncomfortable silence and embarrassed ignorance.

TICK TOCK

Take action while you can. Taking care of ourselves is not always convenient. Who we marry, live with, have sex with, has a great impact on our lives. Being healthy for those we love, mostly ourselves, is so deeply important, and something we do have some control over.

In past blog posts I have chronicled people and products that have helped me. I am presently a patient of Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD. I do see this relationship continuing because Dr. Daniels is an active participant in her own healing, and that of her patients. In my experience, a doctor/health practitioner like Jennifer Daniels is highly unusual and inspiring. I have learned a great deal from Dr. Daniels. Her insights and practical advice are invaluable. There are other practitioners out there that you may resonate with, some of whom I have written about in past posts.

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HEALING WITH CANNABIS:MY EXPERIENCE

MARIJUANA AS AN HERBAL MEDICINE

Over the past few years I have had several people recommend Cannabis/Medical Marijuana to me for relief of interrupted sleep/insomnia, low appetite/nausea and pain. I was hesitant in trying it because I had spent so much money on different products that were not very effective. My symptoms were, at times, very strong and I did not have much faith that they could be masked, nor was I sure it was such a good idea to mask them. Why? Well, pain is a warning and I am looking for long term solutions and not short term ones that could possibly cause more harm than good. So, as things have improved overall with less symptomatic peaks, I took action. Through research I was able to receive a prescription for Medical Marijuana through HelloMD. I began receiving deliveries from Highway1 Organics  who are located near me on the Central Coast of California. So far, my experience has been very good on all accounts, from HelloMD to receiving my delivery from Highway1 Organics, to the use of Medical Marijuana/ Cannabis for interrupted sleep, and inducing appetite. There is a salve that Highway1 Organics sells (Heaven’s Cure) that I find soothing for pain.

Because I am new to the use of MMJ, my experience is one of a novice. What I can share at this point is that I have needed very little Cannabis to help improve appetite, sleep more soundly, and alleviate some other symptoms that can make it hard for me to relax, especially after dark, and around the New and Full Moon. Also, with opening up joints and breaking up adhesions there will be an increased release of inflammation that can peak symptoms. Itching, aching, increased gut irregularity, feeling tired, mood shifts, bladder urgency. Basically all the exit points in the body are going to feel the pressure of the increased amount of toxins being disrupted and bursting at the seams to exit. Cannabis provides some buffering of discomfort for me while pursuing healing on a deeper level.

HOW MUCH CANNABIS AM I USING?

After asking her about the use of Cannabis, I  was instructed by my health advisor, Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD, to use a puff, or half a puff, before bed and meals. It took time to acclimate to the dose that I am using, but my consumption adds up to about a puff on a preroll three to five times a day. The most effective dose I use is consumed before bed, and once during the night for sleep. There are different strains of Cannabis and finding the one that is right for me has been made easier due to HelloMD, and the Highway1 Organics website and staff.

CANNIBAS STIGMA

Just to be clear, Prescribed Cannabis can be purchased in many forms, a tincture being one. Using Cannabis in a Preroll (joint), that I purchase from Highway1 Organics, has taught me about my own prejudice and ignorance about Marijuana. I have come to realize the stigma of “Pot” from growing up in the 60’s and 70’s. How smoking something feels illicit. Taking medicine in  pill form is highly acceptable and what we are all use to. Drugs in pill form are not questioned because they are no muss no fuss and widely prescribed by doctors.

Through my first hand experience I am finding that there is a very effective healing use for the Cannabis plant. It can be ingested for healing without the side effects of Pharmaceuticals. This is a touchy statement for  many people. With all the Prescription Drug addiction to Opioids, Medical Marijuana is a choice to be seriously considered  for people as an adjunct in their healing regimen, both long and short term.

I plan to share more of my experience with Cannabis as it evolves.

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