Dr. William Courtney Calls Child “A Miracle Baby”
Dr. William Courtney
Medical marijuana is gaining acceptance, but could it even help kids? Dr. William Courtney has seen it happen, and on Friday, told HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski about it. Saying he was “quite a skeptic 5 or 6 years ago”, Dr. Courtney continued that ”my youngest patient is 8 months old, and had a very massive centrally
original article at: http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/dr-william-courtney-calls-child-a-miracle-baby.html
Marijuana Helps Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are a challenge to treat. Among the potential treatment options is marijuana, and several recent studies indicate that this unconventional option offers some significant benefits.
How we treat inflammatory bowel disease
The current treatment options for the more than 1.5 million Americans and millions more who suffer with inflammatory bowel disease include dietary measures (e.g., olive oil extract,vitamin D, probiotics) and a variety of drugs. These treatments attempt to alleviate the diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, weight loss and abdominal pain and cramps associated with the disease.
The more common treatments for IBD include anti-inflammatory drugs, such as sulfasalazine, corticosteroids (which have significant side effects and are only suitable for short-term use), mesalamine (e.g., Apriso, Dipentum, Lialda), immune system suppressors (e.g., azathioprine, cyclosporine, infliximab, adalimumab, certolizumab, methotrexate), which can have significant side effects, and antibiotics, which are of questionable benefit. Beyond these drugs are others that can address specific symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, or pain, or address nutritional deficiencies (e.g., iron, calcium, vitamin B12). Surgery is a last resort.
Inflammatory bowel disease can be life-threatening and thus deserves focused attention. Ulcerative colitis typically affects only the large intestine (colon) and rectum and usually develops gradually over time. Crohn’s disease can occur anywhere along the intestinal tract and can infiltrate the tissues.
Studies of marijuana and IBD
A review of investigations into the use of cannabis for inflammatory bowel disease reveals that its use “in the clinical therapy has been strongly limited by their psychotropic effects.” The authors of this recent Italian study, however, point out that cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive and healthful ingredient in marijuana), “is a very promising compound” because it does not have any psychotropic effects, and that it is a “potential candidate for the development of a new class of anti-IBD drugs.”
A 2012 study published in Digestion noted that people who had had IBD for a long time responded favorably to marijuana, experiencing an increase in appetite, weight gain, better social functioning, improved ability to work, and an improvement in depression and pain after three months of treatment with inhaled cannabis. Earlier studies have also indicated positive effects.
For example, an Israeli study was the first to show that use of marijuana in people with Crohn’s disease could provide a positive result. Twenty-one of the 30 patients in the study experienced significantly improvement after using marijuana, and the need for drugs was significantly reduced as well.
In yet another study, Canadian researchers evaluated 100 people with ulcerative colitis and 191 with Crohn’s disease and their use of marijuana. The investigators found a significant level of marijuana use among people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (about 50% in each group). People who had a history of surgery for IBD were more likely to use marijuana (60%) than were those who had not undergone surgery (32%).
The bottom line appears to be that use of marijuana among people who have inflammatory bowel disease may be beneficial. If you have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, you should ask your healthcare provider or another healthcare professional about the possibility of using marijuana for symptom relief.
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Original article at: http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/marijuana-helps-crohns-disease-ulcerative-colitis
Please help all those who suffer from chronic pain, illness and disease make up their own minds about what is most effective and has the least side effects.
Please help all those who suffer from mental illness have a choice…a choice in a better natural alternative to drugs that are made to make money! Not cure Americans, but keep them dependent on their chemicals. Please help Laney and all those that can’t speak for themselves!
That disease is retinitis pigmentosis, a degenerative condition that destroys the millions of microscopic light sensors (known as photoreceptors) in the human eye and has no known cure. Researchers at the University of Alicante in Spain may have stumbled on an effective therapy with marijuana, which they say might be able to significantly slow down the destruction of those light sensors.
To conduct their study, the scientists gave a synthetic cannabinoid to a group of rats over a period of 90 days and found that these rats had a whopping 40 percent more photoreceptors left in their eyes than untreated rats did. Rats that were given the drug also experienced “improved connectivity between photoreceptors and their postsynaptic neurons,” which receive and process light signals.
“These data suggest that cannabinoids [the active chemicals in marijuana] are potentially useful to delay the retinal degeneration in retinitis pigmentosa patients,” the study notes.
This was the first time marijuana had been studied as a therapy for the disease.
But it may be too early to break out the celebratory spliffs. Researchers note in the study that they were not able to identify the exact mechanisms by which cannabinoids delay vision loss in retinitis pigmentosis patients, and they stress that more research is needed to form definitive conclusions.
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The study was published earlier this month in the journal Experimental Eye Research.
Original article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/marijuana-blindness-prevent-study-retinitis-pigmentosis_n_4833183.html?1393021367&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
We have long associated medical marijuana with benefiting sufferers of illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Now a new study concludes the plant can help diabetes patients, too.
Research published in the American Journal of Medicine has linked regular marijuana use to lower insulin levels, smaller waistlines and higher “good” cholesterol levels. The find has inspired debate about whether medical cannabis could be used as an effective diabetes treatment.
“Epidemiological studies have found lower prevalence rates of obesity and diabetes mellitus in marijuana users compared with people who have never used marijuana, suggesting a relationship between cannabinoids and peripheral metabolic processes,” the study’s authors wrote.
Researchers Elizabeth Penner, Hannah Buettner and Dr. Murray A. Mittelman, MD studied 4,657 adult men and women from the National Health and Nutrition Examinations Survey (NHANES) between 2005 and 2010. Those who currently smoked marijuana exhibited lower levels of fasting insulin and lower levels of insulin resistance than those who never or occasionally smoked. Marijuana smokers also had smaller waist circumferences and higher HDL cholesterol levels than those who never or sometimes smoked marijuana.
Dr. Mittelman wrote that the research “is the first study to investigate the relationship between marijuana use and fasting insulin, glucose and insulin resistance.”
Doctors and Patients React
Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, MD, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, wanted to know if it is “possible that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant) will be commonly prescribed in the future for patients with diabetes or metabolic syndrome alongside anti-diabetic oral agents or insulin for improved management of this chronic illness?”
In an attempt to answer this question, The Medical Marijuana Review spoke with doctors and diabetes patients to learn more about medical marijuana’s potential as a treatment for a disease which affects nearly 19 million Americans, with nearly 2 million new cases reported each year, according to 2011 figures from the American Diabetes Association.
“A minority specifically say that cannabis reduces their blood sugar. Most are using it to treat ancillary symptoms or unrelated symptoms,” says Dr. William Eidelman, MD, a Los Angeles–based natural medicine advocate. Eidelman also says medical marijuana is especially helpful with appetite stimulation.
“Sometimes if [patients] have taken insulin, but have no appetite, cannabis enables them to eat the food they must have to avoid a crisis,” he said, adding that the plant is also “helpful in treating the pain of peripheral neuropathy,” the pain or numbness caused by nerve damage.
That’s exactly why David Larkin smokes medical marijuana. The 54-year-old retail manager from Portland, Oregon, who has had type 1 diabetes for a decade, told The Medical Marijuana Review that cannabis is an “indispensable” part of his treatment regimen. Larkin described symptoms that include “burning pain” in his lower extremities, as well as nausea and loss of appetite. He said medical marijuana helps alleviate nearly all of his symptoms.
Some doctors are skeptical of medical marijuana’s usefulness in treating diabetes. Dr. Domenico Accili, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and Director of the Columbia University Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Centerin New York City, told The Medical Marijuana Review that “there is no solid, case-controlled, mechanism-based evidence to indicate that cannabis use would be beneficial for diabetes treatment.” The American Diabetes Association also took exception to the new study’s findings, noting that the research was an observational study rather than a controlled experiment.
Dr. Accili, who just won the 2013 Steiner Award for outstanding achievement in diabetes, added that medical marijuana faces additional obstacles “given the complexity of approving new treatments for diabetes.”
A Canadian diabetes patient also was unwilling to embrace medical marijuana as a treatment for her illness. Louise Gullion, a 62-year-old Grimshaw, Alberta resident with type 2 diabetes, said in an interview that she suffers from “tummy troubles” – namely, lack of appetite and nausea – as a result of her insulin regimen. Grimshaw takes NovoRapid before each meal, Levemir in the morning and evening and Gliclazide twice a day. She’s gained about 35 pounds on insulin.
“I’ve heard that medical marijuana helps with treatment, but I don’t smoke and am not about to start at my age,” Gullion said.
Researchers stressed that more studies are needed to determine the efficacy of cannabis in treating diabetes.
“We desperately need a great deal more basic and clinical research into the short-and long-term effects of marijuana in a variety of clinical settings, such as cancer, diabetes and frailty of the elderly,” Dr. Alpert wrote in the American Journal of Medicine. “I would like to call on the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to collaborate in developing policies to implement solid scientific investigations that would lead to information assisting physicians in the proper use and prescription of THC in its synthetic or herbal form.”
But with the U.S. government classifying cannabis as a schedule I drug – meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use” – conducting more diabetes–marijuana research remains a tricky proposition.
Flickr photo courtesy Mike Young
I usually do not want to talk about having Crohn’s Disease. It is just a reality I have lived with for nine years, but never exactly dinner table discussion or an amusing anecdote shared with friends over drinks. It has been not just a major inconvenience in my life; it has altered its course significantly. The subject is emotionally difficult to explain. It’s personal. For lack of a better word, unpleasant.
I feel compelled to share now, although I don’t really want to, because a new study has proven smoked marijuana has a near 100% success rate in putting Crohn’s Disease into remission. I am sick of everyone making jokes about my involvement in the marijuana legalization movement; I’m sick of having to stay quiet about what I do around family or in public for fear or upsetting someone’s delicate sensibilities about “drugs” like marijuana. Let me tell you a thing or two about drugs, marijuana and Crohn’s Disease. It’s not a joke and it is not about “getting high” for me.
It is difficult to explain to people what Crohn’s is, because it involves the digestive system and people like to just think it is IBS. It is not IBS. It’s especially hard to explain because the causes are unknown; it is a chronic illness that was only given a name in 1932.
Genetic factors can signal its onset, but I had no such forewarning. My mom was adopted in the 1960s, when laws pertaining to adoption allowed all records, including medical, to remain locked—even fifty years after the laws have changed. Some digging produced some vague birth records showing a great-grandmother and some other distant biological relatives who died of their intestines exploding inside of them. My doctors urged me to find family members who had the illness so they could try to find patterns. We found my biological grandmother in Pennsylvania, but she wanted nothing to do with either me or my family and refused to provide any medical records.
I began fasting in middle school, but I didn’t start seriously starving myself to the point of illness until my sophomore year of high school. Not the point of this article, so I am not going in depth. Some people believe malnutrition can be a trigger for those who carry the gene. I think so, too. By my senior year I was in such terrible pain I would double over crying at night, unable to sleep. A nutritionist my doctor sent me to said it was my vegetarian diet and I needed more protein. I started puking everything I ate. The starving became involuntary.
The day I graduated high school all the other kids were lined up ready to process into the auditorium and talking about their college plans, I was sitting against a wall trying to regain my composure to get up and walk across the stage with everyone else, biting on my own hand to get through the pain so hard I broke skin. That summer before college was pretty miserable. I was in and out of doctors’ offices while trying to make plans to move over 300 miles away for college.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease three days before I moved into the dorms at San Francisco State. I spent much of my first semester in my dorm bed under mounds of blankets with the heat blasting because I couldn’t eat food and I just never could get warm. As it turned out, I had a blockage in my large intestine that had caused inflammation, which in turn shut my whole body down.
I was desperately trying to maintain a normal social life just after moving to a brand new place and without friends. That November before going to a dinner party a co-worker was throwing, I decided to shower and get ready in our shared hall bathrooms. I got in the shower and shivered so hard I couldn’t stop shaking. I kept turning the knob higher and higher until my skin was lobster red and near blistering. Though I had begun to burn my skin, I couldn’t feel it. I reluctantly got out of the shower and moved into a stall to put my clothes on. As I zipped up the back of my dress I started to get dizzy. I clutched a wall for a moment, telling myself to keep it together, before I collapsed on the concrete floor.
A couple of minutes later a girl from down the hall found me on the floor, lifted me up and walked me back to my room. The first thing I said was “don’t tell my mom, I have a party to go to tonight…” before passing out in the bed again. Thankfully, she and my roommate ignored my suggestion and found my mom’s number in my cell. She told them to take me to the hospital immediately.
When I got there, the doctor was ready to do emergency surgery to remove the blockage. I stubbornly pleaded with the doctors to find another way – after all, I had this crazy idea I was going to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in only three years and it was late in the semester to be dropping my classes for a surgery. The surgeons kept a tube snaked through my nose and esophagus to my stomach for two days while it drained the bile built up behind the blockage to the point of turning toxic. The buildup had triggered anemia, which in turn caused the coldness and fainting.
Luckily, the doctor who treated me knew a specialist and major researcher in the field at UCSF, a world-renowned medical research school.
The specialist removed the tube, allowing me to speak aloud for the first time in days (until then I had been communicating via slips of paper I handed my mom, littered with obscenities directed towards the nurses and other doctors). We agreed to do the surgery over spring break in March as long as I promised to take the prescribed medications and my condition didn’t worsen.
I started taking a lot of pills. I was always the youngest person by at least 40 years in my local pharmacy. One of the pills, Asacol, I seemed to be taking all day with no perceived benefit. The one that stood out the worst for me though—Prednisone. Prednisone is a steroid used to reduce inflammation and is typically prescribed to people suffering with arthritis. It caused me to gain 10 pounds of water weight almost immediately. When I stood up to walk to class I would have sloshly ankles within minutes, so I started taking a shuttle to the other end of campus when I became unable to make the walk. My otherwise clear skin broke out in a bad way. I had mood swings; any little thing would set me off crying or picking fights. I remember one particularly depressing Friday night when the dorms were abuzz with partiers and I was watching Oprah with my feet propped up and crying into a carton of strawberry ice cream like a pregnant woman.
I made it to March, miserably, and then I went in for surgery. Because I was only 18-years-old they wanted to do what they could to not to scar up my body too much, so they did the surgery laparoscopically (with lasers) and pulled the damaged part of my intestine out through my belly button and glued it back together. While this procedure avoided any major scarring, to this day my skin’s misalignment becomes apparent when I gain and lose weight, which I do constantly because… I have Crohn’s Disease.
I came out of the surgery a little angry. A nurse commented to me that the surgery was more painful than childbirth so it should be a breeze when I start popping them out. Why the hell would an 18-year-old who just had their body torn open even give a fuck about childbirth?! I think it was her way of telling me it was okay that I was constantly tapping at the morphine drip button they put in my hand. I was using it to put myself to sleep. I was even angrier when they started telling me about all the meds they wanted to give me and when they told me that I had an 80% chance of having to do this again in two years, and AGAIN two years after that until I would eventually have to carry a bag because I didn’t have enough intestine left. Fucking gross, I wasn’t going to accept it. The doctors painted a very bleak and expensive picture of my future, right when it was just getting started.
“The doctors painted a very bleak and expensive picture of my future, right when it was just getting started.”
I had smoked marijuana regularly in high school, Proposition 215 had already passed but there were no medical marijuana clubs in my conservative, rural, part of California. We still had to buy our marijuana from shady street dealers. I felt so cool and so terrified at the same time going to buy marijuana with a friend the very first time. I think the guy we bought it from was part of a local gang.
Moving to San Francisco and seeing the dispensary and medical card ads in the back of the free weeklies was a revelation. I was nervous about getting a medical marijuana recommendation because of the rumors I heard about government watch lists. But I knew I didn’t want to take any more of those pills, the effects of the pills were worse than the actual Crohn’s both mentally and physically.
I also had classmates at Journalism school chastise me for wanting to write about medical marijuana, like it was some funny joke. I stopped telling people about it unless they were already “in the know.”
My first “pot doctor” put me at ease immediately. He started telling me how I should use it for my Crohn’s Disease, how it would help me stop the pills and actually feel better. He made me feel normal, comfortable. I got to ask him all the questions my traditional doctors wouldn’t answer and he answered honestly. He said there needed to be more studies, but from what he was seeing with other people like me, marijuana was working. I asked my doctor at UCSF about it on the next visit, she briefly said she had heard encouraging things but she couldn’t recommend marijuana to me. Politics, you understand.
Over the years I researched holistic medicine and integrated that into my daily routine. I also smoked a lot of pot. I would be lying if I said I only smoked pot to ease the pain. Sometimes I smoke pot because I like it. Sometimes my brain is just as sick as my body and it feels good to do something to help myself instead of relying on everyone else.
“I would be lying if I said I only smoked pot to ease the pain. Sometimes I smoke pot because I like it, sometimes my brain is just as sick as my body and it feels good to do something to help myself instead of relying on everyone else.”
This March marked eight years since my surgery and this August will mark nine since my diagnosis. I show no signs of needing surgery again in the foreseeable future. My health is one hundred percent attributable to my decision to ignore everyone’s discouragement years ago and replace all those drugs with marijuana.
Besides the occasional Crohn’s complication (it is an autoimmune disease so I get all kinds of bizarre symptoms through germs I come in contact with, everything from the common cold to shingles and inflamed eyes), I am healthy and have been able to live an otherwise normal life because of my choice.
Like I said, this is a story I have never wanted to tell, but one I now think is important to share. People still go to jail for marijuana. All across the country military-style SWAT raids are conducted on peaceful people because of marijuana. I bet at your dinner table with your “straight” friends and family you still won’t talk about it because they don’t want to hear it or you are afraid of getting busted. Weed isn’t just hippies, nag champa and reggae music. It’s how people like me—your friend, a person you may have met casually, your family, your coworker, your teenage daughter buying pot from a drug dealer—get through life, which is after all, what we are all really trying to do, right?
If you found this story inspiring or, just enough to change your mind for chronically ill patients to have a choice about their treatment, please sign the petition below!
To sign the Cannabis Compassion and Care Petition allowing Safe, Legal Access to Americans, CLICK HERE.
Original article from: http://www.ladybud.com/2013/05/15/marijuana-put-my-crohns-disease-into-remission-and-its-not-a-joke/
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”
Methamphetamine is a schedule 2 Central Nervous Stimulant as classified by the federal government. The effects of Meth run much deeper than the surface. If the outside of the above man’s body looks this way, how does the inside look? We will explore that issue right now!
The chronic dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, insomnia, paranoia, anorexia and lack of personal hygiene are just a few of the common side effects of this horrible, man-made drug. Psychosis, severe agitation and even death are also possible outcomes.
His hollow eyes sunken in a leathery mask that used to be his face…a big part of his personal identity. His soul has been stolen by a combination of volatile chemicals. Toxic horror in crystal-rock form that robbed him of everything!
What makes methamphetamine such an attractive high? Meth users report that after taking the drug they experience a sudden “rush” of pleasure or a prolonged sense of euphoria, as well as increased energy, focus, confidence, sexual prowess and feelings of desirability. However, after that first try, users require more and more of the drug to get that feeling again, and maintain it. With repeated use, methamphetamine exacts a toll on the mind and body, robbing users of their physical health and cognitive abilities, their libido and good looks, and their ability to experience pleasure.
3 things can happen for a meth user:
1. They go to rehab and get clean, which, Meth has a very high relapse rate. 88% of meth addicts relapse within the first three years of sobriety.
2. They die from heart, liver, kidney and/or multiple organ failure. The skin is actually the largest ORGAN you have. When it is compromised, infection sets in, especially when your immune system is beat down. Meth users are also at higher risk for violent deaths including suicide and murder.
3. The meth user goes to prison for a long time.
The euphoric rush from the forced release of Dopamine in your brain is great the first time…then, like anything else, you are chasing that first high. The first high is similar to losing your virginity, once you lose it, it’s gone. You can try to emulate the first time…again, and again, and again…before you know it, your dead, in prison or, with any luck, you get clean. The odds are against the users in this article. They have all been ravaged and raped by the drug. Skin tattered and torn, bleeding and infected wounds all over the body, Hepatitis C or HIV from sharing needles… It’s all an uphill battle…if that hill is Mt. Everest!
Adora started out a healthy looking 48-year-old woman and 5 years later, her life is in ruins and she is dying. She is dying from her addiction to methamphetamine. As she lays there, looking like a real-life-zombie from The Walking Dead, she is craving her next dose of venom! She is a complete slave to the evil drug. She will do anything to get the drug. Rob, lie, steal, cheat, prostitution…possibly physical violence…just to get the next dose of poison!
Do you want to hear something completely absurd? Medical Marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 drug, which makes it a more dangerous drug in the government’s eyes than methamphetamine!
Have you ever seen a marijuana user look like this…Maybe after 70 years! Hell, Willie Nelson looks better than these meth victims and he is twice their age!
We can’t rely on our government to educate our children. We have to educate them, constantly. A picture is worth a thousand words. Use these pictures and teach anybody you care about, that is at risk, about the tremendous dangers associated with this deadly drug!
Eventually, the neurotransmitter Dopamine, one of the “pleasure” neurotransmitters, is depleted and the Dopamine receptors in the body are destroyed. This, in turn, forces the addict to use more and more to chase that first magnificent high. That first high is just that…the first! No other highs will be as euphoric as the first high. This compounds the addicts problem and forces them to do more and more. Chronic users end up destroying their Dopamine receptors and depleting their Dopamine stores, leaving them unbearably depressed, so they lie, cheat, steal to get their next fix!
METH AND THE BRAIN
- Meth releases a surge of dopamine, causing an intense rush of pleasure or prolonged sense of euphoria.
- Over time, meth destroys dopamine receptors, making it impossible to feel pleasure.
- Although these pleasure centers can heal over time, research suggests that damage to users’ cognitive abilities may be permanent.
- Chronic abuse can lead to psychotic behavior, including paranoia, insomnia, anxiety, extreme aggression, delusions and hallucinations, and even death.
“There are a whole variety of reasons to try methamphetamine,” explains Dr. Richard Rawson, associate director of UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. “However, once they take the drug … their reasons are pretty much the same: They like how it affects their brains.” Meth users have described this feeling as a sudden rush of pleasure lasting for several minutes, followed by a euphoric high that lasts between six and 12 hours, and it is a result of the drug causing the brain to release excessive amounts of the chemical Dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls pleasure. All drugs of abuse cause the release of Dopamine, even alcohol and nicotine, explains Rawson, “But methamphetamine produces the mother of all Dopamine releases.”
- “Meth mouth” is characterized by broken, discolored and rotting teeth.
- The drug causes the salivary glands to dry out, which allows the mouth’s acids to eat away at the tooth enamel, causing cavities.
- Teeth are further damaged when users obsessively grind their teeth, binge on sugary food and drinks, and neglect to brush or floss for long periods of time.
I am a registered nurse with many years of experience. I have cared for many people during my career. The saddest experiences in my nursing career, have to be working with addicts on the psychiatric floor at a local hospital. The unmitigated and utter hopelessness these people exhibit is nothing short of heart-wrenching. So much loss, grief, shame, pain and depression. I have taken care of an addict at the beginning of the week and read the person’s obituary at the end of the week. It is a very complicated relationship meth addicts develop with the drug. I have listened to countless addicts with HIV, Hepatitis C and many other diseases, tell me they are addicted to the needle also.
The needle is usually the last stop for meth addicts. If they don’t die from some type of blood infection, they end up rock bottom, and either go to jail, die or hopefully, go to rehab.
The bitter, dark truth about treatment is approximately 12% of meth addicts are sober after 3 years. 88% go back to using the powdered death.
article by Emery Myers RN, DON-CLTC
If you or someone you know needs help, additional information can be found here: www.methproject.org
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