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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.


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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I am a person detoxing from Mercury, Mold and other Heavy Metal and Chemical contaminants. These are substances we are all unwillingly exposed to in our air, water and soil. As these contaminants leave my body I feel the burn, itch, aches and pains. There are ways to help cushion those unwanted feelings, but sometimes they are unavoidable and felt in our organs of excretion. To be exact, through the bowel, bladder, lungs, skin, etcetera.


Maybe you have noticed that burning, itching, etcetera release of inflammation often accompanied by chemical like odors. They are often followed up, or proceeded by agitated behavior. A behavior that passes as normal for many people today. A caffeinated feeling, energized in an unnatural hyper way.

In the not so long ago past, maybe 5 or more years ago, I would almost enjoy this feeling. Hey, I have energy to get things done! Problem was I was getting done. Burned out from the inside out. I was doing out of fear. the fear of not getting things accomplished and falling behind. This behavior tells me I am feeling the irritation of being the host of opportunistic bacteria like Candida and other Parasites in my body.


There are different levels of OCD / Obsessive Compulsive Behavior. This is my personal experience with my own body, and from what I have observed in others, is pretty universal. It can go something like this: I  need to go to sleep, but feel compelled to finish something that is not at all necessary to my imminent well being. The task I need to stop doing  is going to get in the way of my going to bed earlier. It is going to get in the way of my doing something that would enhance my life and healing. I have mentioned this to other people and they tell me that this behavior, feeling compelled to do something / finish a project, is not abnormal. I know that normal these days is not often healthy, or a good idea. I take note of the response I get. I then don’t use their words as a justification for my not being able to stop and get some much needed rest. Unplug.

I admit, what I described above is not the most severe or stereotypical example of OCD behavior, but one that a reader might find they can relate to, maybe an eyeopener. What I said could cause a person to question their behavior. Is it really helpful? Even though everyone around us is engaged in it and way, way more extreme. How will I get ahead if I do not push? Time is ticking, etcetera. This is a  normalized amped up feeling that is so the norm today. Starbuck’s ain’t everywhere just because people like the taste of coffee.


I do know we all often have unavoidable deadlines, etcetera. I am not specifically talking about those specific kinds of situations. However, if you thrive on pressure, or those creatures inside you do, this is the issue I am raising here. If that does not make sense to you, maybe down the line at some point it will. Living in a city like New York, where I am originally from, it is easy to not feel how amped up everyone is with, or without caffeine. I have to add that since living in Arizona and California I have come to realize that even the most rural communities (Patagonia, Az. as one example) have wound up citizens. Of course, people often move to these areas to decompress and that takes time. I am not sure moving is the solution for many. With  the exposure to toxins I mentioned above, I am certain it takes more than time for most people to heal up from an amped up Metropolitan Area life.


In summary, I have learned to question my thoughts about people, cautious in judging their behavior, and to never take the anger of other people personally (not so easy) unless it is obviously in response to something I did, or said. Keep the peace without being a doormat by deciding what is important to address. We as human beings are subjected to so much we do not understand that impacts our health. In view of that, it is important to keep all this in mind when dealing with ourselves and others. This is a daily lesson for me that you might be able to relate to in your own life.

Over the past two years Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD has helped me heal. In past blog posts I have written about other forms of healing help I have received.



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How do people become hosts to parasites? There are many ways. Parasites are similar to house guests that overstay their invitation, or seemingly just show up and don’t want to leave? Well, there are many scenarios. Here is one:

Living in a home where there is consistent emotional stress combined with exposure to environmental toxins is not strengthening to any immune system. This is a situation that I can attest to. I grew up in a family where there was a birth of a child, my brother, who had Down Syndrome. My brother lived to be two years of age. Our parents stayed together during his life and after his death, but their marriage was greatly damaged. It was damaged by their not getting counseling, the issues they showed up with to their marriage, and strongly by the shame of that era around Down Syndrome. Also, the interpretation that people seem to garner from a religious standpoint. The self flagellating idea that a child with Down Syndrome, or any life altering illness, is a punishment from God. Something to be ashamed of. What did we do “wrong”? With time and education some of this superstition masquerading as spirituality has been chipped away at. Sadly, within this and many other situations, it is still present and painfully damaging.


Along with the stress of the shame, the remorse and guilt my parents felt, we also lived in a house that had  toxic black mold. Back in the 60’s I don’t think exposure to mold was understood or spoken about as it is today. For years much of the mold was hidden and passed through the ventilation system of the house. A metaphor for the unspoken emotional ills. The mold plus the directly unspoken sadness around my brother, and so much more, added up to a stressful equation for emotional and physical health.

Although I have good memories of my childhood there was much between my parents that went unspoken. It did not go unnoticed by me as a child. I think most children have emotional radar that they do not have the skills to fully understand. Children can often feel that everything, in the negative sense, is about them and that they are at fault. The emotional situation in my home, combined with daily life challenges was not empowering. It made us all more vulnerable to the mold. It made daily life covertly, and not so covertly, stressful. With these factors comes acting out, by children and adults. Wide emotional swings such as crying, bickering, brooding combined with constant exposure to any environmental toxin weakens the immune system even more deeply. I would imagine that dead silence and deep depression would be equally as destructive.

There are people that grow up exposed to serious environmental contaminants and it does not damage their Immune Systems. However, if there is the type of consistent emotional stress, similar to what I just described, an angry divorce, drug or alcohol abuse, physical abuse, etcetera without being addressed by some counseling the door to a weakened immune system is wide open. People in these situations often bury their feelings in addictive behaviors. Over eating, shopping, tv watching, gambling, sex, alcohol and drug use, exercise, cleaning, perfectionism. I think any activity done in excess to avoid emotions will in some way come back and bite.


The emotional component of ongoing stress combined with exposure to environmental toxins weakens the immune system. Gone unaddressed these factors can lay out the welcome mat for Biological Parasites / Endoparasites. The combination of these factors, needed for deep healing to occur, are best not overlooked.

Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD is a doctor who understands the world of Traditional Medicine. She is brave enough to actively speak out about her views on this subject . Dr. Daniels effectively practices her own unique form of Holistic Medicine. She is able to do this because she understands the healing ability of the human body. She lives that truth and helps her patients, if they are willing. understand that if given the right tools the human body is capable of  healing and overcoming some daunting obstacles.


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One definition of the word Parasite feels like something that is draining / enervating. This makes sense to me. On a biological level this drain may start out as invisible building blocks to feeling just not quite ourselves. The ones that need a microscope to be seen. Colds, allergies, headaches, food poisoning – nausea, mild rashes. mild indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and other vitality vampires that are normal for most people today. Not normal? Just observe the different ages pharmaceutical companies are pandering to in their ads. No longer just the Geritol crowd.

I write this post pretty sure that I can not be alone in my slow recognition, and need for clarification of what defines a parasite. The word defines itself. So, what could be a post with lots of words is going to be as  short and sweet as I can roll it out.


We are constantly being exposed to elements that need a strong immune system to be our defense. A healthy immune system, under the best of circumstances, keeps parasitic life forms in check. Long term stress of daily life, emotional stress, exposure to toxins and pollutants, pharmaceuticals, hospital stays, medications, interaction with pets, eating of animal products EMF’s, etcetera can, over a period time, weaken our immune systems.


Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD Candida Cleaner Guide outlines doses of different kinds of non – pharmaceutical ingredients for handling Parasitic conditions of all kinds.  All the things that I mentioned in the above paragraph, and many others. The allopathic remedies for these disorders, when taken regularly, sets people up for weakened immune systems and, down the line, much more chronic illness. A recipe for a decline in health.


I am sure I am not alone in hearing people say I have A  Parasite. This does not make sense. I am pretty sure there is rarely, if ever, only one. Concerning Parasites, this is the language that is most common.

Nothing happens out of nowhere, even if it often seems that way. In science, a type of religion many respect and revere, it is accepted that every action has a reaction. The human body is a primary example of how that all works, if we are willing to open our minds and not accept the bill of goods we are sold by Big Pharma, governmental agencies, and whomever else we consciously, or unconsciously, give our power away to.


Being misinformed is greatly colored by what caused our poor health symptoms in the first place. What is that? An addiction to a way of life? I think so. In all fairness, it is something that we are bombarded with from Day One. That addiction blinds people as to what is truly important. What is important? Clean water, air and soil. Simple acts of human kindness. The basics for a happy life.


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No matter who is advising me I always want to keep my intuition in check about what I am doing. Honing my intuition is something I value. If a person is not in good health their intuition can be greatly hindered, or blinded by addiction. In brief, feeling like eating something that is not helpful to my condition is definitely coming from a place of addiction. The organisms / toxins are making the decision and not the person whose primary interest is healing. If I am honest with myself I know the difference.

In the moment it can be easy to justify what we want to eat, or do.Taking the time to ask myself what part of me is making this decision is of primary importance.  Having the presence of mind to do this takes some discipline. A craving for something hot and spicy as a dominant taste in a meal, for me at this time, would not be a good choice.


I respect the opinions of the people who advise me, but it is important not to be totally reliant on them. Getting healthier makes that possible, but that takes time. Keep asking the questions that are uncomfortable. It takes trial and error, but a stronger character is built from becoming our own guru. My experience. Maybe yours, too?

People often start chipping away at the person who is advising them when their sickness wants to prevail. Finding fault with the person or team that is advising us is a trap that is easy to fall into. No one is perfect, but sometimes those advising us need to be challenged. Sometimes the fear its that we need the  person advising us more than they need us. I have felt this way and it is not an empowering feeling. In the depths of my soul I know that over thinking, analyzing, and ruminating is part of not being in good health.


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If I look out a window at a beautiful view and what I first notice is the spots and imperfections on the window, all the yard work that needs to be done, it is cloudy, etcetera that is a basic recipe for unhappiness. Looking out a window at any sight and finding what is beautiful is the answer. I feel the way we see things says so much about how and who we are. I have mentioned this to people over the years and they agree, but often they also  have this trait of looking for what is wrong, and do not realize it. It is an ingrained habit that makes them feel safe. Looking for what is wrong is tiring.


There is a time to take care of things, like a dirty window, a yard that needs tending to, hair that needs to be combed. However, when what is wrong becomes the focus and  brings up a compulsive need to take care of things with unhealthy immediacy, that is not a good sign.  Things on the outside and how we view and deal with them is a good barometer for the condition of our Immunes System. It has been an accurate barometer for my own. When were feel overwhelmed internally (an Immune System that is burdened), the need to control the outside often becomes a mission that has no end to it. The source of inevitable unhappiness and frustration.


Not so long ago, at the home of a friend who had just moved to a new location, they started the tour by showing me everything that they felt was wrong with the place.Things I would never notice. They had to be pointed out. Their behavior made sense to me. Their health is pretty normal for the average person over 40. Aches, pains, infertility issues, poor digestion, dark circles under eyes, overweight, and some crazy meddling habits in the lives of family and others. I had to ask myself what is there here for me to learn? A whole lot! All I could do was offer some compassion and recognize how my own focus on what is wrong was not healthy. Whether it was as strong as theirs did not matter. Anyway, maybe it was as bad or worse. My willingness to address it and not make them the sick one was my saving grace.


The point of my writing this is that in my home as a child it was important to look out for what was wrong as a form of self preservation, in order to stay on top of things, not let them degrade fall apart. It is a protective approach that gets in the way of living and makes life very defensive and not much fun. Especially if a person does not have the means to have things the way they want them. The way they think they need to be. Even if a person has the ways and means to have things as they want they often live in fear of loosing that ability. It is a way of thinking and being that sucks the joy out of living.


Poor health bubbling up inside can take on many faces. A person can be slob, obsessed with perfection, or alternate between the two. The behavior can take on different faces. The point is that balance can  be found by improving our immune systems, but is it the entire solution? I don’t think so. In the long term, I feel certain it is a necessary component to deep change. An Immune System Overhaul will inevitably open to a world of challenging and uncomfortable situations. Not taking the road of Traditional Medicine is very challenging to us, our families, society in general. Challenges that are emotionally, financially, spiritually testing. Questioning our living, relationship, and work situations.


Healing an Auto Immune Illness, a Parasite Infestation always needs help on an emotional – spiritual level. My experience is that they go hand in hand. If not addressed on both counts, physically and emotionally, the pain and suffering will keep coming back and hitting us in the face. Addictions to refined foods, alcohol, drugs, sex, and meddling in the lives of others (just to name a few) will return if not dealt with on an emotional level. This constant reminder that change needs to happen is either a bummer, or an invitation to be healthy in every way. In other words, self reflection – some kind of therapy is needed.

For Auto Immune Health help Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD

One form of emotional healing that can be self applied is Emotional Freedom Technique /  EFT. The Tapping Solution is one resource to investigate to learn more about EFT. Rue Hass has a site that offers her own interpretation of self healing. These are 2 that have helped me.


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In my earnest endeavor to heal a sluggish gut,  I chose many different components based on my education, clinical-hands on, and personal healing experience. So, with the understanding that all organs work together in concert with one another, I recognized that my liver and gallbladder were of primary importance to focus on. In essence, all systems of the body need attention, but in studying Ayurvedic, Macrobiotic, Traditional Asian Medical Theories, and  many others I came to understand the impact that the liver and gallbladder have on every other pair of organs.  Link is to chart of paired organs.

Cleansing the liver and gallbladder [liver gallbladder flushes] was never an obsession with me, but began to feel like a necessity. Why? Well, for many years I did find great relief after doing flushes. Relief from symptoms such as constipation, mild tinnitus – ear ringing, joint stiffness, etcetera. General feelings indicative of different kinds of toxicity and Candida overgrowth. Symptoms that I suspected were linked to / highly indicative of a parasite predominance . I also did numerous parasite cleanses using herbs, castor oil packs and more liver – gallbladder flushes, colonics and enemas of all kinds. Dietary therapy was part of all this. I discuss much of what I have done in many other past posts.

The two people that I originally learned about liver gallbladder flushes from were Dr. David Jubb, PHD and his ex-wife Annie Jubb. Link to more information on flushes.


Years – decades of cleansing only got me so far in terms of my own healing. What happened to me is that I did not have the tools to reach the long time festering home of parasitic life that was deeply ensconced in my blood, all my organ systems, tissues, etcetera. If the right tools are not in place the building blocks of the body will get chipped away at while the  more deeply rooted necrotic parasitic materials remains untouched and  continue to proliferate. However, in retrospect, I would rather do what I did than enter the world of drugs, injections and surgeries. The medical intervention that I did enter into was dentistry. Dentistry reatly impacted my health in a very negative way. This for me created some serious problems that I am still healing from.

The use of Turpentine / Pine Oil, one primary way to get to the deep layers of infections material, has proven to be invaluable to me. Knowing how to use it with other cleansing  and healing components is very necessary for recovering. If you have hit a wall using Pine Oil / Turpentine you need the guidance of someone who understands the complex and die hard life of parasites – infectious material. Through the help of a friend I met through this blog and one person who wrote me about about two years ago, I found a person that meets that description.


I am working with Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD. As I have said in other posts, it is not her formidable educational and medical credentials that attracted me, or  have kept me as a patient. What has, is her years spent experimenting on her own health. All the rest helps immensely with that invaluable component. This kind of self diligence is invaluable. Dr. Daniels has many invaluable skills, but her personal health consciousness is what ties it all together and makes her approach extremely effective.