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Hospitals across the globe begin dispensing medical cannabis oil to patients

Grand Cayman's CTMH Doctors Hospital and Cayman Pharmacy Group has started dispensing cannabis oil to patients with a valid medical documentation. To meet expected demand, CTMH purchased nearly 13 liters of cannabis oil from Canadian-based CanniMed Oils. Doctors at the hospital can now prescribe it to selected patients who reside in the Cayman Islands.

The hospital officials stated:
These advancements in medicinal cannabis have been proven successful in multiple case studies around the world. These case studies reveal life changing results for patients suffering with many conditions such as chronic pain, neuropathic pain and seizures. As with all medications, care and caution must be exercised to minimise risks and maximise health benefits.
Success stories about using cannabis oil to treat illness continue to surface, and the medical establishment is listening. People have reportedly used cannabis oil to treat, and in some cases heal, brain tumors, leukemia, skin cancer, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease, and epilepsy. As a result, the medicinal value of cannabis is finally being reconsidered globally.

Comment: The neuroprotective effects of cannabidiol


FDA-approved drugs are dangerous, says new study

It turns out every new medical drug should contain a warning: "The FDA approved this medicine. Watch out."

Perhaps the warning should be more extreme: "If you're taking this drug, have an emergency medical crew on stand-by."

A new study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, examined all 222 drugs approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2010. The finding? Years after approval, roughly a third of the medicines were then labeled with warnings about serious adverse effects; and some of those warnings indicated life-threatening complications. For example, cancer and liver damage. For example, death—which, the last time I looked, is life-threatening.

The Washington Post reports: "Among the drugs with added warnings [years after the drugs were approved, as safe, for public use]: Humira, used for arthritis and some other illnesses; Abilify, used for depression and other mental illness; and Pradaxa, a blood thinner. The withdrawn drugs [taken off the market] and the reason: Bextra, an anti-inflammatory medicine, heart problems; Raptiva, a psoriasis drug, rare nervous system illness; and Zelnorm, a bowel illness drug, heart problems."

A pharma trade-group spokeswoman told the Post: "Even with rigorous clinical studies and regulatory review it may be impossible to detect certain safety signals until several years after approval, once the medicine is in broader use."

Comment: With all the fakery, fraud and corruption surrounding Big Pharma drugs is this really a surprise?


6 ways that the medical system makes us ill before kindergarten

Mothers of small children ask me about natural health all the time. It happens in the line at my favorite natural grocer, or after a yoga class. Sometimes I receive questions through email or through a friend of a friend. It's a universal desire for parents to give their children the best start possible, but our medical system is not set up to do that at all. In fact, in 6 key ways, it is harming our children and damaging their prospects for future health. Here's how:


N-acetylcysteine, the antioxidant booster

Cysteine is an amino acid that the body is able to transform into antioxidants like glutathione.[1] N-acetylcysteine, also commonly called acetylcysteine, is a form of cysteine that has been specially modified.[2]While cysteine is available in many high-protein foods, such as chicken, turkey, pork, and dairy, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is not actually found in any food.[3] Rather, N-acetylcysteine is generally consumed as a capsule or administered intravenously.[4]

N-acetylcysteine For Acetaminophen Overdose

NAC is commonly used as a remedy for acetaminophen overdose. Acetaminophen is an active ingredient in pain relievers such as Tylenol and as many as 78,000 Americans have to visit the emergency room every year because of an acetaminophen overdose. Of these 78,000, approximately 40% are hospitalized.[5] Intravenously administered N-acetylcysteine is an effective way to save these patients.[6]

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Bacon n Eggs

Fat does not make you fat: It actually improves your metabolic health

Most of us eat too much sugar, and far too little healthy fat. Many also eat too much protein, which may actually be even riskier than a high-carb diet in some health respects. Unfortunately, the notion that glucose is the preferred fuel for your body has become deeply ingrained over the decades.

This misguided advice has been a driving force in our obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer epidemics, in large part because low-fat, high-carb diets prevent healthy mitochondrial function. Dietary fats are actually the preferred fuel of human metabolism. The benefits of a high-fat diet are investigated in the BBC documentary, "Fat [Versus] Carbs With Jamie Owen,"1 which originally aired in October, 2016.

In it, Owen, a Welsh journalist and BBC news anchor, challenges conventional diet advice by going on a low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF). This is also the focus of my latest book, "Fat for Fuel," which is by far the most important book I've ever written. Shipments of "Fat for Fuel" will begin on May 16, leaving you just a couple more days to reserving your copy, which will entitle you to six free bonuses.

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The U.S. has the worst record of maternal deaths in the developed world, 60 percent are preventable

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.

As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people's babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of becoming a mother made her giddy, her husband Larry recalled recently — "the happiest and most alive I'd ever seen her." When Lauren was 13, her own mother had died of a massive heart attack. Lauren had lived with her older brother for a while, then with a neighbor in Hazlet, New Jersey, who was like a surrogate mom, but in important ways she'd grown up mostly alone. The chance to create her own family, to be the mother she didn't have, touched a place deep inside her. "All she wanted to do was be loved," said Frankie Hedges, who took Lauren in as a teenager and thought of her as her daughter. "I think everybody loved her, but nobody loved her the way she wanted to be loved."

Other than some nausea in her first trimester, the pregnancy went smoothly. Lauren was "tired in the beginning, achy in the end," said Jackie Ennis, her best friend since high school, who talked to her at least once a day. "She gained what she's supposed to. She looked great, she felt good, she worked as much as she could" — at least three 12-hour shifts a week until late into her ninth month. Larry, a doctor, helped monitor her blood pressure at home, and all was normal.

On her days off she got organized, picking out strollers and car seats, stocking up on diapers and onesies. After one last pre-baby vacation to the Caribbean, she and Larry went hunting for their forever home, settling on a brick colonial with black shutters and a big yard in Moorestown, not far from his new job as an orthopedic trauma surgeon in Camden. Lauren wanted the baby's gender to be a surprise, so when she set up the nursery she left the walls unpainted — she figured she'd have plenty of time to choose colors later. Despite all she knew about what could go wrong, she seemed untroubled by the normal expectant-mom anxieties. Her only real worry was going into labor prematurely. "You have to stay in there at least until 32 weeks," she would tell her belly. "I see how the babies do before 32. Just don't come out too soon."

Alarm Clock

FDA hypocrisy on marijuana & prescription drugs is worse than we thought

One-third of FDA-approved drugs were later found to have safety risks, according to a recent analysis of drugs cleared by the agency between 2001 and 2010.

According to the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Among 222 novel therapeutics approved by the FDA from 2001 through 2010, 71 (32.0%) were affected by a post-market safety event."

A post-market safety event includes "(1) withdrawals due to safety concerns, (2) FDA issuance of incremental boxed warnings added in the post-market period, and (3) FDA issuance of safety communications."

The researchers, many of them from Yale University, found these events were more common among biologic and psychiatric drugs, as well as those granted access to the FDA's expedited approval process. The Washington Post summarized the researchers' findings:
Three of the drugs were withdrawn from the market. The FDA also required 61 new black-box warnings — the agency's most serious safety alert, included in the drug's packaging — and issued 59 safety communications to inform doctors and consumers about newly identified concerns. Some products had more than one boxed warning added or safety communication issued over the time of the study.


5 reasons to get your sweat on

Sweating is a vital function of our bodies that regulates core body temperature - overheating can be fatal. When the temperature rises over 37 degrees Celsius or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, sweating appears as a cooling-down process that keeps us alive.

Here are 5 reasons to regularly work up a sweat:

Sweat fights germs.

Natural antimicrobial agents from sweat keep in balance the microbiome on the skin. Opportunistic bacteria can irritate and proliferate the skin. Sweat helps the body to keep under control these bad bugs.

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Red Flag

Big Pharma supporter Senator Richard Pan is bashing parents in Australia

Senator Richard Pan of Sacramento, California is pledging his allegiance to big pharma again.

Instead of choosing to focus on Sacramento's severe problems with drugs, violence, poisoned water and everything else, he is directing his opposition to vaccine choice all the way to the southern hemisphere.

He posted this on social media:


The medicinal properties of fenugreek

Ayurvedic medicine practitioners discovered the fenugreek medicinal qualities thousands of years ago. Its seeds have some amazing health benefits that could change your life and transform your health for the better. These tiny light yellowish stones help in reducing both external and internal inflammation.

Fenugreek seeds taste somewhat bitter, similar to burnt sugar or celery, and are often used to make medicine. But the taste is far more pleasant when cooked.

Nutrition Facts

One serving /1 tablespoon — of fenugreek seeds contains:
  • 5 calories
  • 7 grams fiber
  • 4 grams carbohydrates
  • 5 grams protein
  • 7 gram fat
  • 7 milligrams iron (20 percent DV)
  • 6 milligrams phosphorus (3 percent DV)
  • 1 milligram manganese (7 percent DV)
  • 21 milligrams magnesium (5 percent DV)
  • 1 milligram copper (6 percent DV)
  • 1 milligram vitamin B6 (3 percent DV)