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The FDA and Cannabis; Should the FDA ease rules on cannabis products?

The FDA and Cannabis; Should the FDA ease rules on Cannabis products? We are slowly moving toward a legalization of marijuana for recreational use.   CBD which comes from Hemp which is a product that is Cannabis family. Unlike marijuana, does not have THC.  It can be used to make clothing, rope, and CBD has been highly praised for its uses as an antioxidant, pain reliever and affects on mood and sleep. For those who look for the effects available through THC which has a long history of medical usage from the 1800’s, the Cannabis plants are seeing increased demand for Read More »

In 2016, 64 million prescriptions for gabapentin were dispensed with little evidence it actually works.

In 2016, 64 million prescriptions for gabapentin were dispensed with little evidence it actually works. Gabapentin, opioids and  other drugs  are continually dispensed for pain relief by physicians, even though these medications long term solve nothing for the patients who take them.  On the other hand, opioids have fueled healthcare costs due to addiction and other long term problems caused by addiction.  Patients have been discovering CBD which if found in hemp which relieves pain affordably and naturally without the side effects of medications that are designed to relieve pain. Medical providers are often looking for other uses of approved drugs, Read More »

Is CBD capable of everything it has been advertised to do? See this NY Times report.

Is CBD capable of everything it has been advertised to do?  See this NY Times report. CBD it seems is everywhere.  You can find it being sold through multi level marketing, through doctors offices, and even through the local bodega. This past weekend I was at a conference for NJ Chiropractors in New Brunswick and asked one vendor many of the hard questions.  One of the questions had to do with GW pharmaceutical’s who sells a manufactured CBD, as opposed to a naturally grown version of the hemp plant. Apparently, not all the CBD plants are the same and neither Read More »

Market forces are not working to curtail hospital prices which supports the discussion of Medicare for all.

Market forces are not working to curtail hospital prices which supports the discussion of Medicare for all. The NY times recently reported that some hospitals are charging 3-4 times the Medicare allowable rate for the same services, and there is no transparency on why the hospitals are charging what they do. Its no secret that healthcare prices in the USA are exorbitant, especially as hospital systems grow larger and are more difficult to negotiate with. There are numerous examples of hospitals in Indiana charging four times the Medicare rate or emergency rooms in Colorado charging eight times the Medicare rate. Read More »

Brain function and exercise, the NY Times explores the latest science in brain function.

Brain function and exercise, the NY Times explores the latest science in brain function. Stimulation is important in childhood for mental and language development.  Stimulation is also important for adults as well, and exercise may make our brain function and work better as well. Exercise is an important type of stimulation our brain needs. Until recently, it was assumed that the human brain was static and over time degenerated.  We now understand that brains through neuroplasticity continue to remodel and re-synapse, as we learn new habits and skills. Recently, scientists at the University of Maryland as recently as 2013 wondered Read More »