Is Marijuana Good For Your Health?

Posted on July 1, 2019 in Uncategorized

Yes marijuana is good for your health. Medical marijuana that is. Today there is increasing interest in the use of medical marijuana for treating everything from cancer to menstrual cramps and migraine headaches. People who wouldn’t be caught dead using marijuana are now interested in medical marijuana because it may be able to save their lives.

Medical professionals worldwide have used marijuana for millennia to treat a variety of ailments. Modern medicine men are begrudgingly beginning to acknowledge medical marijuana can aid in the treatment and cure of many diseases.

Earliest Usage

Marijuana, or more properly Cannabis Sativa, has been used for its medicinal properties for over 5,000 years. Its earliest documented use is in China. In the 28th Century B.C. the Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung prescribed marijuana for gout, beriberi, constipation, ‘female weakness’, rheumatism and malaria among other ailments. In 2,000 B.C. physicians in Egypt were prescribing marijuana for eye problems. In India in 1,000 B.C. marijuana was being used as an anesthetic and an anti-phlegmatic and Hoa-Tho, a 2nd Century A.D. Chinese physician is reported to have used marijuana as an analgesic during surgery.

Modern Usage

Today in many parts of India and especially in Ayer Vedic medicine marijuana is used to treat a wide range of ailments. It is also used as a sedative, an analgesic, an anti-hemorrhoidal and an antispasmodic.

One might infer marijuana is only used in ‘backward’ Asian countries with no knowledge of modern medical practices, But one would be wrong. Napoleon’s army used it to treat burns, as a sedative and as a pain reliever. In the United States in 1961 the National Institute of Mental Health did a study that indicated marijuana could be used for epilepsy, infant convulsions, treatment of tetanus, convulsions of rabies, treatment of depression, as a sedative and hypnotic in relieving anxiety and has antibiotic properties.

Today physicians prescribe medicinal marijuana to stimulate the appetite of AIDS patients, treat glaucoma and multiple sclerosis and reduce nausea for cancer patients. The British House of Lords in a 2001 report stated marijuana could be used to treat migraine headaches, schizophrenia, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and general pain. Doctors also acknowledge it can help to treat high blood pressure.

Medical Marijuana Movement

There is a major movement, particularly in California, to make medicinal marijuana readily available to patients through medicinal marijuana stores. California medicinal marijuana dispensaries and medicinal marijuana clinics, many of which are run by medicinal marijuana collectives and marijuana doctors, seek to make medicinal marijuana available to patients with medical weed cards that legally allow them to receive medical marijuana strains to treat a variety of illnesses. Medical marijuana is truly becoming a herb for the healing of the nation.

Stress Management – Medication is Not a Long-Term Answer!

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

If you find your health affected by long-term stress, you may be suffering physical, mental and emotional symptoms. It is safe to say that your stress did not begin yesterday, nor did your condition develop overnight.

Yet, if you consult your physician, the two of you may decide that medication may be just what you need to give you some quick relief from the symptoms you are experiencing.

Perhaps you are anxious, or you may find it hard to sleep. Maybe you are having problems with your stomach; an ulcer or digestive problems. However stress expresses itself in your life, your doctor can probably find a way to medicate the symptoms so you will feel better.

And there is no problem with that, IF THIS SOLUTION IS TEMPORARY and meant to tide you over until you can find a longer term answer to your stress.

Unfortunately, most people take the medicine prescribed and change nothing in their lives…and the stress continues. You may feel better because you are taking the medicine, but the stress may appear in other ways. You may begin to get headaches or feel fatigued all the time.

NOW WHAT?

Yes, you can probably take medicine for those symptoms too, but the fact is that you will not be addressing the root of the problem, and if you do not find a way to get rid of the stress or mitigate the damaging results, you can suffer long-term damage to your physical, mental and emotional health.

Medication can ease or mask the symptoms, but it cannot take away the stress, and that is the problem.

If your stress is long-term, because of a bad situation at work, or a relationship that is plagued with arguing, mistrust or other problems, you must face and resolve the issue to get rid of the stress.

Or perhaps your stress is because of long hours at work or too much work. Maybe you are responsible for the care of a sick relative. Whatever it is, you must assess the cause of your stress and try to relieve it by changing your situation if you can.

If you can’t change the situation (perhaps you are in a family business and you can’t quit your job, or there is no one else to take care of your ailing mother), then you must come up with a plan to mitigate the effects of stress on your body.

An exercise program is valuable in relieving stress, as are meditation techniques, yoga and other activities that allow the body and mind to ‘work off’ or ‘process’ the stress in a different way.

If you need medication to get through the first phase of your plan, by all means, you can use it, but the long-term goal should be to find the source(s) of stress and either get rid of them, reduce them or learn to handle them better.

Achieving this balance will improve your physical, mental and emotional health and stop the stress ‘breakdown’ you are likely to experience if you merely mask your symptoms with medication and continue doing what you have always done.

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Vital Pre Vacation Health Checks

Posted on June 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

The most carefully planned holiday, business trip or expedition may be ruined by illness, much of which is pre­ventable. It is logical to put as much effort into protecting your health while abroad as you have into planning your itinerary and obtaining the necessary equipment and travel papers.

Unfortunately, it is not in the best commercial interests of travel companies to emphasise the possible health hazards of destinations that are being sold to potential customers: most holiday brochures limit health warnings to the minimum legal requirements, and some travel agents are woefully ignorant of the dangers of travel to more exotic climates. Our doctor recently treated a travel agent for life-threatening malaria caught on the Kenyan coast. He had not taken malaria prophylaxis, despite the long and widespread recognition of the dangers of malaria in this area.

Happily, travellers’ health problems are usually more mun­dane. Fatigue from overwork before a business trip or much-needed holiday, the stress of travel itself, exposure to new climates and over-indulgence in rich food, alcohol and tobacco, all contribute to increased vulnerability to illness. Short-lived episodes of diarrhoea affect up to 50 per cent of travellers, and up to one fifth of tourists on some Mediterranean package holi­days will have mild respiratory problems such as head colds, ‘flu-like illnesses or, rarely, more severe pneumonias such as Legionnaires’ disease.

Sunburn or heat exhaustion are common, and accidents associated with unfamiliar sports such as skiing are an obvious hazard. But the most common cause of death among expatri­ates is road traffic accidents, and not exotic infections.

It is sensible to get yourself organised well before you travel and the following pre travel health check-list might be useful. Starting three months before you travel, consult your family doctor and specialist agencies, as necessary, to obtain information about specific health problems at your destinations. You need to consider your own and any travelling companions current health, medical and dental fitness for travel and current medications. You must get adequate health insurance. Plan and obtain necessary immunisations and malaria pro­phylaxis. Plan and obtain other medications, first aid items,and any necessary documentation. Consider whether you should attend a first-aid training course if you are going on an expedition.

When travelling outside Europe, it is wise to obtain informa­tion about compulsory immunisation requirements from the appropriate Embassy, Consulate or High Commission of each country that you plan to visit. However, do not expect their per­sonnel to be able to give you general medical advice, and their information is not always as up to date as it should be. British travellers to exotic locations should also consult their District Public Health Department or one of the centres of specific ex­pertise for the latest information on im­munisation requirements and malaria prophylaxis.

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