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As I Sat In The Silence Today…

      as I sat listening within…

contemplating the new life that is about to enter the family…

so soon after the suicide of my beloved grandson…

   I heard these words:

“it is

BLOOD

and not the

CHURCH

or

STATE

that determines and defines what is

FAMILY

and the

“RIGHTNESS”

or

APPROPRIATENESS

   of relationships between and among humans…”

such is the strangeness that drifts into consciousness

when one’s mind sits idle and open…

such a re-making of one’s worldview

such a re-seeing of reality

and

re-ordering

of one’s

cultural indoctrinations

such strangeness

born of a mind and heart not engaged in the mindless madness of the world

such an exquisite awareness of what is

REAL

and what is

   NOT

Cannabis And Alzheimer’s Disease

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On January 28, 2013, my mother passed from this world. Mother was ninety-three. She drew her last breath in a dark, dingy room of a Bronx nursing home into which she was forced after all of her life savings had been drained away by the high cost of private home care.

Mother had Alzheimer’s disease. I have experienced nothing more painful than watching the body of a loved-one continue to live long after the mind has gone.

●In 2013, 5.2 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

●Today, an American develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds.

●By 2025, 7.1 million Americans, age sixty-five and over, will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

●In 2050, it will be every 33 seconds that an American will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to the tune of a projected 13.8 million people.

●Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

I dedicate this communication to all of us who have lost loved-ones ones to Alzheimer’s and to those of us whose futures might well be claimed by this rapidly growing dis-ease in being.

♀ “Cannabinoids succeed in preventing the neurodegenerative process occurring in (Alzheimer’s) disease.”

               See: Ramirez, Belen G., et al., “Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology by Cannabinoids: Neuroprotection Mediated blockade of Microglial     Activation,” Neurobiology of Disease 25 (February 23, 2005): 1904-1913.

♀ “Cannabinoids offer a multi-faceted approach for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by providing Neuroprotection and reducing neuroinflammation, whilst simultaneously supporting the brain’s intrinsic repair mechanisms by augmenting neurotrophin [a protein that protects brain cells] expression and enhancing neurogenesis [the growth of new brain cells].”

See: Campbel, V.A., Gowran, A., “Alzheimer’s disease; taking the edge off with cannabinoids?” British Journal of Pharmacology 152, (November, 2007); 655-662.

 ♀ The chronic use of marijuana can actually improve learning and memory by promoting the growth of neurons in the hippocampus.

            See: Walton, Dawn, “Marijuana megadose may build better brains, curb depression and   anxiety, study suggests,” The Globe and Mail, Toronto, (October 14,  2005).

 ♀ “Cannabinoids are the only illicit drug that can promote adult hippocampal neurogenesis following chronic administration.” Antidepressant effects are created. Marijuana actually aids in the manufacture of new brain cells while it protects older brain cells.

See: Jiang, W., et al., “Cannabinoids promote embryonic and adult hippocampus neurogenesis and produce anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like effects,” Journal of Clinical Investigation 115 (November 2005): 3104-3116.

 This is merely a “drop in the bucket” compared to the amount of readily available, ongoing research which supports the use of cannabis in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as well as Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis and other modern scourges.

 What is it that those who seek to maintain control over our lives and minds fear about this natural, healing gift from Gaia?

Cannabis And Cancer

female-marijuana-plant

 

I offer the following in support of President Obama’s statement re: the relative harm of cannabis vs alcohol. Here are some little disclosed FACTS.

Cannabis and Cancer

♀ Rats and mice orally dosed with varying levels of pure THC showed a significantly greater rate of survival than those that did not receive THC. THC proved effective in reducing breast cancer, uterine cancer, cancer of the pancreas and testicles; higher doses of THC resulted in greater protection and longer life.

See: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, NTP Technical Report on the Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of 1-Trans-Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in F344/N Rats and B6C3F1 Mice (Gavage Studies) (Washington, D.C.: 1994):7

♀ Cannabinoids induced apoptosis and reduced tumor growth in animal models of pancreatic cancer thus preventing the spread of pancreatic tumor cells.

See: Abrams, Donald and Guzman, Manuel, “Cannabis and Cancer” in Integrative Oncology, edited by Donald Abrams and Andrew Weil (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

♀ Cannabinoids inhibit the spread of cervical cancer cells. Cannabinoids may be an effective therapeutic option for treating highly invasive cancers.

See: Ramer, Robert, Burkhard Hinz, “Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases-1,” Journal of National Cancer Institute 100: 1 December 25, 2007): 59-69.

♀ Cannabinoids destroy tumor cells, leaving their healthy counterparts intact and may further have a protective function—in contrast to current use of chemotherapy and its devastating effects on healthy cells and organs.

See: Guzman, Manuel, “Cannabinoids: Potential Anticancer Agents,” Nature Reviews 3 (October 2003): 751

 

♀ Research shows that THC prevents aggressive breast cancers from proliferating and generating blood vessels. THC was also found to increase rate of death of breast cancer cells.

See: Caffarel, Maria M, et al., “Cannabinoids reduce ErbB2-driven breasts cancer progression through Akt inhibition,” Molecular Cancer 9 (July 22, 2010): 196.

 

Coming soon: Cannabis and Alzheimer’s

I hereby go on record in support of the legalization of Marijuana in the USA (for adults ages 25 and above); with medical cannabis—under the care of a licensed physician—available to all.

I invite your research re: alcohol and cancer

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