f you’re familiar with cannabis, then you know that raw marijuana is non-psychoactive. Because of that fact, you might be wondering why you would ever want to eat unheated weed. Well, this herb may actually turn out to be one of the most nutritionally valuable plants we’ve found yet.
Marijuana is a superfood. This incredibly unique plant contains over 400 different chemical compounds. The number of vitamins, essential oils, and acids found in cannabis has led experts like Dr. William Courtney to call weed a “dietary essential.” Marijuana is a particularly special plant in the world of nutrition because the herb contains extremely high concentrations of cannabinoid acids. Turns out, these acids are incredibly important for basic cell function. Read more
British doctors are developing a revolutionary new therapy for cancer and associated conditions based on the use of high-powered beams of ultrasound.
The researchers – working at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), at the Royal Marsden hospital in Sutton, outside London – have already used the technology to kill harmful tissue deep inside the bodies of patients suffering from metastatic bone lesions – without recourse to any form of surgery. And in future, doctors believe they will also use ultrasound to zap prostate, breast and other tumours. “This technology has immense potential,” said Professor Gail ter Haar, who is based at the institute.
An example of the technology’s power is provided by Moira Baker (not her real name), a 52-year-old former teacher who lives in Kew, London. Two years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly afterwards she was also found to have bone lesions caused by the metastatic spread of her cancer. Baker received chemotherapy that has left her in remission for her condition. However, her bone lesions continued to cause considerable pain which standard treatments, including radiotherapy, failed to alleviate. So she was selected to be treated with ultrasound to blast the cells in her bones that were triggering her pain.
Anthony Holland: Associate Professor, Director of Music Technology, Skidmore College. DMA, MM, MM, BM; President: Novobiotronics Inc. [a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable and educational company]. Discovered the ability of Oscillating Pulsed Electric Fields (OPEF) to destroy cancer cells and MRSA in laboratory experiments. Expert in custom digital electronic signal design, synthesis and analysis for biological effects. Member: Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA). Postdoctoral work: Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) Stanford University. Advanced Digital Synthesis and Analysis studies with: Max Mathews (the ‘ Father of Computer Music’), John Chowning (founding Director of CCRMA, Electronic Composer and Inventor (famed FM Synthesis Patent); Jean-Claude Risset (Electronic Composer and founding Director of the Digital Synthesis Division of the internationally renowned IRCAM center, Paris, France); John Pierce: former Director of Sound Division: Bell Laboratories.
A Physician and MS patient found a way to slow down her MS
I have progressive Multiple Sclerosis and was confined to a tilt recline wheelchair. A professor of medicine, I studied the basic science literature about progressive brain diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, the nutritional requirements of the brain and the Paleo Diet.
Using what I learned, I created a modified Paleo Diet to maximize the nutrition for my mitochondria, my cells and my brain. Just 9 months after this new way of eating, I was able to bicycle 18 miles. I tell my personal story as I teach the biology of what our cells need to thrive, why a structured Paleo Diet provides the most nutrition per calorie of any diets and how to eat for maximal health of our mitochondria, our cells and our brains and bodies. My clinical trial, using the Paleo Diet, has remarkably positive results.
Terry Wahls, M.D.
Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa. Progressive multiple sclerosis, confined her to a wheelchair for years however, using a Paleo Diet, Dr. Wahls restored her health and now bikes to work. She is the author of Minding My Mitochondria.
Asthma is an inflammatory condition that constricts the airways and causes increased mucus production. The lungs of an asthmatic are inflammed making them sensitive to a variety of triggers such as allergens or exercise. The presence of such triggers can cause further agitation leading to an asthma attack where the smooth muscles around the lungs constrict and the airways narrow resulting in wheezing and breathing difficulties. It’s a seemingly paradoxical idea, smoking a plant to alleviate constriction of the airways, but it works. Of course smoking it is far from the cleanest method of delivery but its been known since 1973 that THC acts as a bronchodilator because of the work of Dr. Donald Tashkin. He and his team at UCLA investigated the effects of smoked cannabis and ingested THC on the lungs and found that both methods of intake dilated the airways. Recently further investigation into THC’s effects on the lungs by French researchers determined it can inhibit the contraction of lungs, a mechanism that many current asthma medications utilize to alleviate the condition. So how does this happen? Much of the difficulties breathing caused by asthma can be attributed to the contraction of the smooth muscle surrounding the lungs. This contraction is caused by the neurotransmitter actetylcholine, the release of which is greatly reduced when the CB1 receptor is activated. This decrease in cholinergic transmission leads to decreased muscle contractions making for easier breathing for the patient. By the courtesy of SC Laboratories
The following case report appeared in the November 2013 Journal of Case Reports in Oncology.(1) Left Image : Blast cells on blood smear in acute leukemia courtesy of Wikimedia commons.
Highly Aggressive Acute Blastic Leukemia in 14 year old Girl
In March 2006, P.K., a 14-year-old girl suffering from weakness and spontaneous bleeding was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), with more than 300,000 blast cells present on her peripheral blood smear. Her form of leukemia was highly aggressive with a positive Philadelphia Chromosome (see Image below). P.K.’s leukemia was treated at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada with bone marrow transplant, aggressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Treatment Deemed Futile and a Failure
After 34 months, blast cells were again found in the blood and further treatment was deemed futile. The doctors suspended all treatment and essentially gave up on her. Her doctors noted in the chart: “the patient suffers from terminal malignant disease….She has been treated to the limits of available therapy… no further active intervention will be undertaken”. The patient, P.K., was offered palliative treatment and was sent home to die. While at home, the leukemia blast cell counts continued to increase and frequent blood and platelet transfusions were required.