Category: Alternative Healing

Good Article about Grief

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By , August 27, 2017

I’ve found out where to post

This is my first post on Jane’s Website


Person Asks Online For Advice On How To Deal With Grief. This Reply Is Incredible.


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Cancer Killed by Cannabis Full-length Doc

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By , April 9, 2012

Cancer Killed by Cannabis – Weed – Pot – Marijuana finds UCLA research and others Full-length Doc


Managing Chronic Pain

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By , April 18, 2011

Found a great article (on an interesting  site I hadn’t seen before)

The article Managing Chronic Pain was written on a blog called: Happiness in this World:  Reflections of a Buddhist Physician

The article discusses the seeming abandonment of physicians of patients they can not ‘help’, some of their possible motivations and how much standing by someone, even if you can’t cure them can in fact help. It goes on to discuss possible ‘new’ ways to approach pain managment.


Pain is a fascinating subject when one isn’t experiencing it oneself.  It may feel to us like a single unified experience but in fact is generated in our brains in a series of sequential steps.  Counterintuitively, the physical sensation of pain registers in a different part of the brain than does its aversive quality.  We know this because of patients who’ve had damage to the latter portion, the insula, develop a syndrome calledpain asymbolia wherein they feel the raw sensation of pain but not its aversiveness.  That is, they feel pain but not its painfulness.  If that seems hard to understand, it’s because to those of us with an intact brain who are incapable of experiencing them as separate things, it is.

But it raises an interesting possibility:  might not there be methods we can employ that exploit this hidden duality?  Rather than attack chronic pain at the trigger point (i.e., an injured tissue or even the misfiring of the peripheral nervous system itself), perhaps we could attack it where it actually lives, in the brain itself.  If we can’t do much to alleviate the source of chronic pain, can we in some way reduce its aversiveness?

This concept of reducing aversiveness is right on the money.  Go on and read the whole article HERE.  (my comment is here)

Oh, and by the way , that line “Pain is a fascinating subject when one isn’t experiencing it oneself.” might be true, but it’s quite captivating when you’re experiencing it all the time too.


Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health a Cannabis Documentary

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By , March 26, 2011

Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health a Cannabis Documentary.

Medical Cannabis 4 RA part 2

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By , December 18, 2010

continued from Medical Cannabis 4 RA part 1

from Medical News today

The first study to use a cannabis-based medicine (CBM) for treating rheumatoid arthritis has found that it has a significant effect on easing pain and on suppressing the disease.

Writing in the medical journal Rheumatology [1], the researchers say that although the differences were small and variable in the group of 56 patients they studied, the results are statistically significant and a larger trial is needed to investigate in more detail the effects of CBM on the disease which affects approximately 600,000 people in the UK (1 in 100 of the population).[2]

There is anecdotal evidence that cannabis can provide pain relief for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and in a recent survey 155 (16%) of 947 people who obtained cannabis on the black market for medicinal reasons said they did so to obtain relief from symptoms of RA. However, this study in Rheumatology journal, led by David Blake, Professor of Bone and Joint Medicine at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), Bath, and the University of Bath, UK, is the first randomised controlled trial to investigate the effect of a CBM on RA. It is published online today (Wednesday 9 November).

In the double-blind trial, the researchers randomised 31 patients to receive the CBM and 27 the placebo. The CBM (brand name: Sativex) was in the form of an easy-to-use mouth spray that patients could administer themselves up to a maximum of six doses a day. The CBM consisted of a blend of whole plant extracts, standardised for content, that delivered approximately equal amounts of two key therapeutic constituents from the cannabis plant: delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Mouse studies have shown that THC and CBD have anti-inflammatory effects, and that CBD blocked progression of RA and produced improvements in symptoms.

Dr Ronald Jubb, Consultant Rheumatologist, at the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK, said: “Patients had a baseline assessment at the beginning of the trial and then were randomised to receive either the CBM or placebo. Patients only took the doses in the evening in order to minimise possible intoxication-type reactions. The starting dose was one actuation within half an hour of retiring, and this was increased by one actuation every two days to a maximum of six doses according to individual response over a period of two weeks. Stable dosing was then maintained for a further three weeks.”

The researchers found that in comparison with the placebo, patients who had taken the CBM had statistically significant improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest, quality of sleep, inflammation (measured by a Disease Activity Score involving 28 joints – DAS 28) and intensity of pain (measured by the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire SF-MPQ).

For instance, on a score of 0-10 where 0 is no pain, CBM patients on average moved from 7 to 4.8 for pain on movement (placebo patients moved from 6.7 to 5.3), 5.3 to 3.1 (placebo 5.3 to 4.1) for pain at rest, and 5.7 to 3.4 (placebo 5.8 to 4.6) for quality of sleep. On the DAS 28 score of 0-10, the CBM patients moved from 5.9 to 5 (placebo 6 to 5.9), and on the SF-MPQ score of 0-100 for intensity of pain at present, the CBM patients moved from 48 to 33, while the placebo patients remained unchanged at 50.

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Medical Cannabis 4 RA

By , December 18, 2010

The following is a letter from  The  Lifevine Foundation to Practicing Physicians and Medical Professionals.

 Dear Concerned Physician,

The patient presenting this letter to you has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The 
Lifevine Foundation is a non-profit public education and legal assistance provider for medical
marijuana patients and their physicians. We urge you to consider the following information when
determining whether this patient will potentially benefit from the use of cannabis.

As you are probably aware, drug therapy for RA usually consists of the use of NSAID’s, 5-ASA
agents and various forms of corticosteroid. These drugs are used because of their ability to inhibit
immune-induced inflammation. Immunomodulators may also play an important therapeutic role
for the same reason.

NSAID’s such as aspirin, ibuprofen, carprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen, ketorolac tromethamine,
meclofenamate sodium, fenoprofen calcium and the various salicylates have analgesic benefits as
well as being anti-inflammatory agents. However, it often takes months to determine the drug’s
effectiveness and they are not effective for all patients. Side effects include; headaches, liver
function abnormalities, drowsiness, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, anemia,
platelet dysfunction, blood (or protein) in the urine, stomach pain and ulcers

5-ASA agents such as Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Pentasa, and Dipentum have limited effectiveness
with some RA patients, and they may have some very serious side-effects including; kidney
damage, nausea, loss of appetite, pancreatitis, hair loss, rash and fever, diarrhea, male infertility,
anemia and leukopenia.

Corticosteroids are effective anti-inflammatory agents but adverse reactions are very common.
Long-term use is not recommended because of the side effects. Insomnia, alterations of mood,
night sweats, altered glucose metabolism, rounding of the face, development of a fatty neck
hump, excessive hair growth, cataracts, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, hypertension, and
osteonecrosis are some of the short and long term side effects

Immunomodulators such as 6-MP, Azathioprine, Cyclosporin, and Remicade, can be very
expensive and have limited effectiveness in many patients. Side effects include; nausea,
headache, numbness of extremities, excessive hair growth, pancreatitis, bone marrow depression,
hepatitis, opportunistic infections, hypertension, seizures, kidney dysfunction and lymphoma.

Marijuana (Cannabis) is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that has been shown to be 
particularly effective with immune-induced inflammation. Cannabis has the added advantage of
easing, or even completely eliminating, the painful muscle cramping that may accompany a flareup. Marijuana is an effective analgesic. Interestingly, 5-ASA’s, corticosteroids and immunomodulators are indicated for Crohn’s Disease and MS patients as well. Cannabis has been demonstrated effective with both of these conditions. The Canadian Health Department (Health Canada) has listed Rheumatoid Arthritis as a debilitating medical condition that could potentially benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Please review the following data. The minimal side
effects of cannabis will be discussed following the data.

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By , November 18, 2010

I received my first Reiki treatment back in my  twenties, and though it was not the first energy work I have had, Reiki gave me a kind of soothing relief I had never before fealt  for some of the pain my RA gave me.

I was seeing a chiropractor for my neck and she recommended I get massage therapy to assist in the process.  I really liked this doctor and was inclined to take her advice but when she handed me the name of a therapist I expressed reservations.   I had been roughly handled by ‘professionals’ before and it seemed to do more harm than good.   I had also by this time in my life, encountered many ‘intuitive’ healers and had far greater success with their careful touch.  When  I explained my views, she sort of came out of the new age closet and we delighted in many wonderful discussions.   After explaining that for professional reasons, and to keep chiropractic medicine in the mainstream, she didn’t usually discuss this sort of thing with her patients, she quietly  directed me to her massage therapist, who as it happened was a Reiki practitioner.

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