Part 2 of Laney’s life and Crohn’s Disease. The story of a true champion. The story of Laney! Laney, the Crohn’s Warrior.
Laney is presently bleeding inside. She bleeds through damaged areas in her large intestine. She is not in remission now, even though she takes Azothiaprine, 100miligrams per day. She is fighting… fighting pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, anxiety, herself…at 7 years old! No 7-year-old should have to be subjected to this but Laney doesn’t think this way. She is positive and optimistic on the outside but I know she is terrified on the inside! She is just TOO TOUGH to let anyone smell the fear, the pain, deep inside her tiny, damaged tummy.
Azothiaprine DESTROYS Laney’s immune system. Why, you may ask does she take the drug then? It is the lesser of 2 evils at this time. Azothiaprine puts her immune system in a “head-lock”, if you will, preventing her tummy from being attacked, in specific, her gastrointestinal system.
The problem is, it is a very TOXIC chemical, continually damaging her small master organ, her liver! Presently, Laney has lab drawn weekly to make sure her liver is tolerating the DRUG…the FDA approved Killer Drug. If this drug continues to cause problems, then Laney will be faced with intravenous chemotherapy, which increases her chances of various cancers to 11%! She is only 7…
Crohn’s is the WORST auto-immune disease affecting the entire GI tract from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s Disease causes many severe problems in the GI tract and can attack anywhere along the GI tract.
FOR more Crohn’s Information click HERE.
Despite Laney losing 3 pounds in the last two weeks, which took her 6 months to gain, she recently earned her Brown Belt in Traditional #TaeKwonDo
This is one “Belt” below Black Belt!
She tested in front of the Grand Master, Sun-Yi and performed as if she were a “healthy” 7-year-old…but she is not. Her large intestine, swollen, oozing mucus and scarlet-red, life-giving blood, her large intestine was causing her SEVERE pain. Severe pain, hidden, while she methodically and gracefully worked through her perfected TaeKwonDo forms, alongside her big brother, Landon!
- Landon snaps a quick punch in the background, while Laney strikes the enemy in the foreground! Landon and Laney are “thick as thieves” they are! Landon is the same rank in TaeKwonDo as the mighty, little Laney. The difference is Landon is a couple of years older than Laney and he is a very healthy boy!
Laney completely hid the pain during Taekwondo Testing. The constant aching and stabbing sensations in the lower abdomen was a perpetual reminder she can’t ever escape from Crohn’s Disease.
The bloated belly feels full and urgent, constantly, but you wouldn’t know if you looked at Laney performing her “Forms” perfectly. Sparring like she has the spirit of a Lioness in her…I think she does!
- “Spirit of a Lioness” by Simbamarasa, reminds me of Laney’s inner spirit…Laney is a Young Lioness! Brave, Powerful, Intelligent and a FIGHTER…A WARRIOR!
Laney is NOT responding well, at all, to the drug Azothiaprine. She has elevations in her liver enzymes, 5 times the normal level, which indicates moderate to severe liver damage. She was reduced on her Azothiaprine dosage, and 1 month later, her Crohn’s is out of remission…BACK with a vengeance, attacking our perfect, kind, beautiful, and intelligent “Laney-Bug”!
- Laney and her big-brother Landon, holding their Brown Belt Certifications. She smiles and on the inside, she is screaming! Nobody understands her pain and fatigue truly, but her. She hides this gargantuan part of her life, to protect her family, her mother and father, from the worry!
Information on alternative, natural medication to treat Crohn’s Disease right here! Click Here
I am Laney’s father. I am also a Registered Nurse, with years of higher education. Proudly, I am also a father of 4 total kids, and a grandfather of 1, beautiful, baby girl!
I suffer from insulin dependent diabetes and diabetic neuropathy in my feet, fingers, and legs mostly. Pain medication prescribed by my doc, does not work and has awful side effects. It is the only choice I have living in Kansas. I am a law abiding citizen. I don’t break the law! So, I have to continue using the BIG Pharmacy medications, endorsed by our far right wing republicans in Kansas!
Kansas is ultra-conservative. So conservative that the state is voting on bills that would legalize discrimination against the LGBT community and… Kansas is voting on a bill to SPANK kids in school until their bottoms are red right now!
- Kansas has put the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act in the trash can for the past several years. The chronically ill HAVE to, and Need to, get this bill passed NOW! HB2198 and SB9! The above picture gives the potential medical marijuana patients, little hope for a more empathetic and intelligent, dare I say, scientific, Kansas House and Kansas Senate. The Kansas Government is led by Christian Extremest, Governor Sam Brownback!
The bill, HB 2198 and SB9, were introduced several years ago, the bill is the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act. If passed, patients such as Laney, could have LEGAL ACCESS to specific strains of medical marijuana.
The strains have very little THC, the psychoactive component, but high amounts of cannabinoids or CBDs. The CBDs are responsible for halting Crohn’s disease and inducing remission… complete remission!
Dr. Sanjay Gupta Explains best in this incredible documentary on the benefits, the miracle of natural plant therapy…Marijuana! The good Doctor explains why he reversed his opinion on Medical Marijuana!
Please help. Please stand up and fight with this Kansas Dad! This disabled Marine Veteran of Desert Storm, This Kansas father and grandfather… Please, for all of us. This isn’t about you and I…it’s about them…the silent majority that either can’t speak out, or are too afraid.
The disabled, the care givers, the military, anyone that could benefit from treatment, treatment with marijuana! 20 other states have enacted medical marijuana laws and 2 states have legalized it completely!
Kansas Government either won’t give Kansans freedom and choice, or will just keep doing the status-quo, the “same-ol-same-ol-good-ol-boy-” political routine, which the Kansas House and Senate have practiced for the last 40 years, since President Nixon!!!
Please sign this petition. Don’t do it for you…Sign it for those Kansans that need the choice to use a safe, effective plant instead of deadly narcotics, pushed by Big Pharmacy and the FDA!
Click HERE to sign the petition and FORCE the terribly antiquated and hyper-conservative government to read this BILL HB2198 and SB9! The voiceless need your help and compassion. Even if you don’t agree, share this so everyone can have a choice, for themselves, for Laney, for FREEDOM!
written by Emery Myers, proudly known as “Laney’s Dad”
MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Peer-reviewed, scientific approach to a HIGHLY POLITICAL ISSUE.
Medical Marijuana is a popular subject in today’s medical and political world. It is hotly debated in most states. Several states have completely legalized Marijuana for recreational and medical use. These states, Colorado and Washington, have already seen millions of tax dollars from the sale of this plant. The states are planning to use the new revenue to improve public schools and for educational programs, such as drug education. The states have many other uses planned with the new revenue stream. Many Americans use marijuana regardless of the law and end up costing the states many millions of dollars for incarceration. Incarceration for petty, non-violent “drug” offenders.
The United States has classified Marijuana in the same category as man-made drugs such as LSD, MDMA and Heroin. If it is so dangerous, where are all the stories of over-dose? The war on Marijuana started in the early 1930′s, but during Impeached President Nixon’s term, he started the War on Drugs, which has turned out to be a War on the Poor and a War on Minorities.
In Kansas and Oklahoma, the laws against marijuana are completely draconian. People can face decades in prison and millions in fines for using Cannabis and/or growing Cannabis!
Big pharmaceutical companies know the benefits but haven’t figured out how to make money off of a plant that can be grown in your back yard. U.S. Patent # 201130059018 proves that pharmaceutical giants know the efficacy of this plant. Big pharmacy has developed several medications that resemble THC, but they are synthetic and do cause more side effects than the natural plant.
States that have a more bipartisan government seem to be more concerned about the health and welfare of their chronically ill population. These states have already enacted law for Medical Marijuana. Research indicates that the Southern States, the majority of which, are definitely DARK RED REPUBLICAN, interject religion and personal views in government instead of listening to the constituents. This disservice to the chronically ill patients keeps them from safely accessing a medicine that has been used for thousands of years effectively, with no deaths EVER reported from this plant. In cases where death occurred, the people were medicating themselves with many other drugs and alcohol as well. Mixing all of these different types of drugs can be deadly.
The Cannabis plant is not manufactured. The plant is naturally grown, harvested, dried and then, ready to go. The oils can be separated and used for pain relief, inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s Disease, neuropathy associated with many diseases such as Diabetes and MS. PTSD, anxiety, depression and pain. It’s efficacy and safety far outweigh its risks and side effects.
There are many more hospital emergency visits for perfectly legal, over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Data compiled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked as many as 980 deaths in a year to drugs containing acetaminophen. The death toll for marijuana in a recent study… ZERO deaths!
Marijuana or Cannabis, is last on the list related to deaths, with a BIG Death Toll of… wait for it… ZERO! This is because there are NO deaths directly related to using marijuana. Deaths from prescription drugs in America in one year… 38,000 deaths! These deaths are from FDA approved, doctor prescribed, medications.
There are phony stories floating around the internet, which indicate Colorado is having problems with Marijuana but these stories are all fictional. Colorado has reported no increased incidents involving Marijuana. Conservatives in these states are pushing against the new laws but the states are allowing their residents freedom to decide for themselves!
Now, there are people who use marijuana with other more dangerous drugs, like alcohol and cigarettes, that die from drug/alcohol use, but if one uses Marijuana responsibly to treat medical issues, the risk is almost 0%, unlike many prescription medications. Antibiotics kill more people every year. Aspirin kills more people every year. With any medicine, responsible use is paramount and one should always consult with their doctor before starting or stopping a prescribed medicine.
The science is tangible and real. The studies have been repeated and the same conclusions are made: Medical Marijuana’s benefits far out-weigh its associated risks. It’s time to set the weed free and let people make up their own minds. The War on Drugs has been a miserable failure and full of inaccurate information. This “war” has been waged against the poor and ethnically diverse populations of the United States. The War on Drugs has taken a huge toll on Americans and continues to do so. America imprisons more people than any other country. It is a BIG industry in America and getting bigger. America has a privatized prison system. Stocks are traded, bought and sold based on Americans being imprisoned. Something about this whole system is so Anti-American. It’s time to stand up and take back our freedom!
FOR MEDICINAL MARIJUANA (Cannabis) USES, click HERE.
FOR THE LATEST KANSAS NEWS ON MEDICINAL MARIJUANA, click HERE.
CANNABIS AND HUMMINGBIRDS AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM. STUNNING IMAGES CLICK HERE.
“There is very little evidence that smoking marijuana as a means of taking it represents a significant health risk. Although cannabis has been smoked widely in Western countries for more than four decades, there have been NO reported cases of lung cancer or emphysema attributed to marijuana. I suspect that a day’s breathing in any city with poor air quality poses more of a threat than inhaling a day’s dose — which for many ailments is just a portion of a joint — of marijuana.” ~ Lester Grinspoon, MD ~ Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
“Puffing Is the Best Medicine,”
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2006
article written by Emery Myers RN, DON-CLTC
Bob Marley was born today in 1945! One Love Bob Marley! Happy Birthday to an icon, gone…but never forgotten!
Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, Jamaica.
Awesome video of horse training. You can see the bond between the two horses and the trainer. It is a beautiful bond, loving bond, intelligent bond!
New York, NY: A majority of US adults believe that the consumption of marijuana ought to be legal, according to the results of two nationwide polls released last week.A poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal found that fifty-five percent of American adults nationwide support legalizing marijuana. Nearly a quarter of the respondents said that while they do not personally agree with legalization, they would not actively seek to repeal laws approved by voters or state legislatures.The second poll, commissioned by CBS, found that fifty-one percent of respondents answered affirmatively to the question, “Should marijuana use be legal?” The percentage is the highest ever reported by the survey, which has been tracking public opinion on the issue since 1979 (when only 27 percent of adults endorsed legalization), and marks a six-point jump in support since the last time pollsters posed the question in April 2013.Forty-four percent of respondents in this poll opposed legalizing cannabis.Age, gender, and political affiliation influenced respondents’ opinions regarding legalization. According to the CBS survey data, a majority of all respondents under age 65 now support legalizing cannabis. Most men (57 percent), but not women (46 percent) back legalization. Most self-identified Democrats (59 percent) and Independents (54 percent), but not Republicans (35 percent) support making marijuana legal.Recently released nationwide surveys by Gallup and CNN also reported that a majority of Americans are now in favor of legalizing cannabis.When asked about their views on the therapeutic use of cannabis, 86 percent of respondents told CBS pollsters that physicians ought to be allowed to authorize marijuana use to their patients — an increase of 24 percent since 1997, when pollsters first began asking the question.Sixty-two percent of respondents also endorsed letting individual states rather than the federal government specify marijuana policies.The NBC/WSJ poll surveyed 800 adults from January 22-25 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percentage points. Over 1,018 adults nationwide participated in the CBS survey, which possesses a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, or Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director, at (202) 483-5500
Original article at: http://norml.org/news/2014/01/30/two-new-nationwide-polls-find-that-majority-of-americans-believe-marijuana-should-be-legal
What more appropriate title than Willy Nelson’s Beard! http://www.CannaBlogna.com is here to take you on a journey… INTO heaven and hell! Nah…just kidding about that last part! Sit back and enjoy the view!
“”The primary goal of any plant is to create and nurture seeds to be viable for future growth. Trichomes help prevent seed damage from insects, animals, light degradation and fungal disease. In the case of cannabis, trichomes also contain THC, the chemical compound that provides a psychedelic high to humans. THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol (C21H30O2). Near the end of the flowering cycle, THC begins to break down and turns into another chemical compound called Cannabinol, or CBN (C21H26O2), in a process known as oxidization. Higher levels of CBN tend to provide a more narcotic or “stoned” feeling, while THC delivers a more euphoric, upbeat “high”. Knowing this, you can examine the trichomes and the pistils of the plant, then choose when you harvest to get the psychoactive effects you desire.”" ~Exerpt from 420 Magazine.
“The Pistil, the female reproductive part of a flower. The pistil, centrally located, typically consists of a swollen base, the ovary, which contains the potential seeds, or ovules; a stalk, or style, arising from the ovary; and a pollen-receptive tip, the stigma, variously shaped and often sticky.” ~ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/461837/pistil
In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang, which is often called “yin and yang”, is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. … ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang
Several more images to show…Hang in there with me and I’ll show you some more proof of Evolution!
Cannabinoids are produced on the flowers of the female plant in tiny, hair-like trichomes, which brings us to an interesting point…Humans have an endocannabinoid system, which receives cannabinoids into their cell receptor sites! Check this diagram out to see a diagram which explains the Human Endocannabinoid System!
So there ya have it… Proof Darwin had a good theory going on! The plant has evolved along with us! It is JUST a plant, but possibly the most important plant, ever discovered on this polluted planet!
This picture IS GARY BUSEY MIND FUDGE! You can’t deny…it is a mind-FUDGE!
Hope you had fun! Some scientific facts, hopefully a few smiles! Have a great Friday!
For More Information on Trichomes: http://www.420magazine.com/forums/how-grow-marijuana/71982-what-trichomes-trichome-101-a.html
The latest American Governments take on Marijuana: Warning, the science on this information is out-dated! It is likened to the government movie: Reefer Madness;
Now, a real, current, highly regarded physician, Dr. Sanjay Gupta!
Q. Isn’t marijuana generally harmless?
No. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. The main active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly called THC. THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors, starting off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the “high” that users experience when they smoke marijuana. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors; others have few or none. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.
Marijuana’s “high” can affect these functions in a variety of ways, causing distorted perceptions, impairing coordination, causing difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and creating problems with learning and memory. Research has demonstrated that among chronic heavy users these effects on memory can last at least seven days after discontinuing use of the drug.
These aren’t the only problems connected to marijuana use. Research tells us that chronic marijuana use mayincrease the risk of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals, and high doses of the drug can produce acute psychotic reactions. Researchers have also found that adolescents’ long-term use of marijuana may be linked with lower IQ(as much as an 8 point drop) later in life.
We also know that marijuana affects heart and respiratory functions. In fact, one study found that marijuana users have a nearly five-fold increase in the risk of heart attack in the first hour after smoking the drug. A study of 452 marijuana smokers (but who did not smoke tobacco) and 450 non-smokers (of either marijuana or tobacco) found that people who smoke marijuana frequently but do not smoke tobacco have more health problems, including respiratory illnesses, than nonsmoker. ~This is completely untrue. 21st century methods including pill form, edibles, vaporizing…all much safer!~ This is all very, very dated information!
All that stated, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that low levels of marijuana use (with no tobacco use) produced no detrimental effect in lung function among study participants. In fact, exposure led to a mild, but not clinically significant, beneficial effect—albeit among those who smoked only one joint per day. While these findings have received wide attention from the media and from advocates of marijuana legalization, it is important to consider them in the context of the extensive body of research indicating that smoking marijuana is harmful to health. Additionally, while the study did not include a sufficient number of heavy users of marijuana to confirm a detrimental effect of such use on pulmonary function, the findings suggest this possibility.
The harms of marijuana use can also manifest in users’ quality of life. In one study, heavy marijuana users reported that the drug impaired several important measures of health and quality of life, including physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, social life, and career status.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. In 2011 alone, more than 18 million Americans age 12 and older reported using the drug within the past month. Approximately 4.2 million people met the diagnostic criteria for abuse of or dependence on this drug. This is more than pain relievers, cocaine, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.
There are very real consequences associated with marijuana use. In 2010, marijuana was involved in more than461,000 emergency department visits nationwide. This is nearly 39 percent of all emergency department visits involving illicit drugs, and highlights the very real dangers than can accompany use of the drug.
And in 2011, approximately 872,000 Americans 12 or older reported receiving treatment for marijuana use, more than any other illicit drug. Despite some viewpoints that marijuana is harmless, these figures present a sobering picture of this drug’s very real and serious harms.
Marijuana places a significant strain on our health care system, and poses considerable danger to the health and safety of the users themselves, their families, and our communities. Marijuana presents a major challenge for health care providers, public safety professionals, and leaders in communities and all levels of government seeking to reduce the drug use and its consequences throughout the country. ~courtesy of: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/frequently-asked-questions-and-facts-about-marijuana#harmless
Although alcohol, prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco are not as serious because they are legal? Just because Tobacco is legal are there more people smoking? Actually the numbers have declined drastically…this is due to EDUCATION, which in my state of Kansas, drug programs are not affordable to the government due to the costs of running prisons and such! INSANITY!