Cannabis Oil Therapy for Neoplasm (aka “Cancer”): A Practitioner’s Guide

After many years of research and study, I will be presenting my first class on the benefits of using Cannabis Oil Therapy for Neoplasm (aka Cancer), which is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.

  • In 1900, only 1 in 20 was diagnosed with cancer.
  • 42.05% of males will develop some form of cancer in their lifetimes.
  • 22.62% of those males will die from cancer. (source: cancer.org)
  • 37.58% of females will develop some form of cancer in their lifetimes.
  • 19.13% of those females will die from cancer.  (source: cancer.org)
  • In 2017, an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed and about 600,920 people will die from the disease in the United States, according to the annual report by the American Cancer Society.

In July 2015, the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (part of US GOV Dept of HHS) quietly updated its page on cannabis and cannabinoids to state that studies have shown that cannabinoids from cannabis may have demonstrated the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and may even kill them while protecting healthy cells. However, according to them it cannot be claimed to be a treatment for cancer until it has been tested on humans, which would require randomized, controlled double-blind studies – which are currently prohibited since Cannabis is classified as Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act.  This is a classic no-win “Catch-22” scenario.

News Flash NCI – Some of us have been testing it for quite some time now!

I will be presenting a thesis supporting the NCI’s above statement on cannabinoids, defending it with scientific evidence and observational case histories, and arguing that in fact it should be considered a viable option, based on comparison to other available protocols.

I will be presenting the following thesis and defending it with scientific evidence and observational case histories:

The phyto-cannabinoids found in Cannabis, used in the proper form and protocol, have demonstrated a profound ability to kill cancer cells, reduce tumors, and prevent their growth and spread, both directly and indirectly through further activation of The Endocannabinoid System, leading to the remission of neoplasm in advanced stage patients.  This has further applications for use in both the prevention and treatment of neoplasm as a Standard of Care.

Did you know? According to Americans for Safe Access, there have been more than 15,000 modern peer-reviewed scientific articles exploring the pharmacology of Cannabis and its cannabinoids published by medical journals!  Cannabis is perhaps the most potent natural supplement ever discovered – it has been used for health purposes for thousands of years.

This course is designed to give you as health practitioners all the knowledge and tools you will need to speak effectively to your patients and clients about this amazing herb, how to use it for Neoplasm, and why it’s so superior to Chemo or Radiation treatments.

Some of the things you will learn in this all-day course:

  • The hidden history of how it has been used for health for thousands of years
  • The most important scientific studies on Neoplasm by type (Lung, Breast, Colon, etc.)
  • The body’s Endocannabinoid System, how it works, and the many ways that cannabinoids kill cancer cells, reduce tumors, prevent their spread, and can lead to full remission
  • The amazing documented success stories of Cannabis with Stage 4 cancer survivors
  • How Cannabis is effective as a therapeutic protocol and as a preventative
  • How to speak to your clients and patients about Cannabis Therapy
  • Dosing and protocols to use the most effective form of Cannabis: Cannabis Oil
  • The differences between Hemp/CBD oil, Cannabis Oil, THC, CBD, Indica, Sativa, etc.
  • Success stories of remission from a local Cannabis collective with years of experience
  • How to easily get a medical recommendation in minutes online and with privacy
  • How to get local and immediate access to safe, lab-tested Cannabis Oil for your practice

PLEASE RSVP ASAP! This will be an all-day course and includes a Practitioner’s Guidebook.

PRICE:  $100 – payable by cash, PayPal (credit/debit), check, money order, Venmo app

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM

For more information, please contact me at KB@thehappyholistic.com

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A Biochemist Cancer Survivor Explains How Cannabis KILLS Cancer!

I’m often asked how cannabis kills cancer.  If you’ve ever wondered just how cannabis (more specifically the cannabinoids in cannabis) actually kills cancer and puts it into remission, this article will explain the process in detail.

There are at least 85 cannabinoids in cannabis.  Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis.  Most people are aware of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the one and only cannabinoid that is psychoactive – it makes you feel “high”.  Another well-known and studied cannabinoid is CBD (Cannabidiol), which is NOT psychoactive, but has become highly celebrated for its effectiveness with epilepsy and in dramatically reducing seizures.

Both THC and CBD are necessary to remedy critical health conditions such as Cancer. Both compounds help kill cancer cells in different ways.  THC primarily induces apoptosis, or the programmed death of cancer cells, which do not die like regular cells but instead form tumors. CBD kills cancer cells by another method and also inhibits angiogenesis, a chemical process which results in the growth of new blood vessels which feed tumors.

I’ll let a biochemist and cancer survivor explain in detail. Dennis Hill had Stage 4 Prostate Cancer and put it into remission using Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO) – which I can make available to you.   His article and video follows.

How Cannabinoids Kill Cancer – Dennis Hill

This brief survey touches lightly on a few essential concepts. Mostly I would like to leave you with an appreciation that nature has designed the perfect medicine that fits exactly with our own immune system of receptors and signaling metabolites to provide rapid and complete immune response for systemic integrity and metabolic homeostasis.

~Dennis Hill

How It Works (Abstract)

There is a plentiful supply of research articles and personal testaments that show the efficacy of cannabis effecting cancer remission. However, only a few points to the mechanism by which the cancer cells die. To understand this better we need to know what metabolic processes provide life to the cells.

There are two structures in most cells that sustain life; one is the mitochondria, and the other is the endoplasmic reticulum. The mitochondria primarily produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) that provides the necessary energy. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a loosely bound envelope around the cell nucleus that synthesizes metabolites and proteins directed by the nuclear DNA that nourish and sustain the cell.

Let us look first at tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and observe that THC is a natural fit for the CB1 cannabinoid receptor on the cancer cell surface. When THC hits the receptor, the cell generates ceramide that disrupts the mitochondria, closing off energy for the cell.

Disruption of the mitochondria releases cytochrome c and reactive oxygen species into the cytosol, hastening cell death. It is notable that this process is specific to cancer cells. Healthy cells have no reaction to THC at the CB1 receptor. The increase in ceramide also disrupts calcium metabolism in the mitochondria, completing the demise to cell death.

The other cannabinoid we know is effective in killing cancer cells is cannabidiol (CBD). The primary job of CBD in the cancer cell is to disrupt the endoplasmic reticulum through wrecking of the calcium metabolism, pushing calcium into the cytosol. This always results in cell death. Another pathway for CBD to effect cancer cell death is the Caspase Cascade, which breaks down proteins and peptides in the cell. When this happens the cell cannot survive. Again, these processes are specific to cancer cells, no normal cells are affected.

Reference:

  1. The Journal of Neuroscience, February 18, 2009 • 29(7):2053–2063 • 2053

Cannabidiol Targets Mitochondria to Regulate Intracellular Calcium Levels.

Duncan Ryan, Alison J. Drysdale, Carlos Lafourcade, Roger G. Pertwee, and Bettina Platt.

School of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD, United Kingdom.

  1. Mol Cancer Ther July 2011 10; 1161

Cannabidiol Induces Programmed Cell Death in Breast Cancer Cells by Coordinating the Cross-talk between Apoptosis and Autophagy

Ashutosh ShrivastavaPaula M. KuzontkoskiJerome E. Groopman, and Anil Prasad.

Division of Experimental Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

How Do Cannabinoids Kill Cancer? (FULL ARTICLE)

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) started revealing itself to researchers in the 1940s and by the late ‘60s the basic structure and functionality had been laid out. Today we know the ECS is a comprehensive system of biochemical modulators that maintain homeostasis in all body systems including the central and peripheral nervous systems, all organ systems, somatic tissues, and all metabolic biochemical systems, including the immune system.

This homeostatic matrix is not a recent evolutionary twist just for humans; we find the Endocannabinoid System in every chordate creature for the last 500 million years. It is a fully mature biochemical technology that has maintained health and metabolic balance for most of the history of life itself.

The two major interactive systems within the ECS are (1) the cannabinoid receptors that we find on all cell surfaces and neurological junctions and (2) the endocannabinoids that fit the receptors to trigger various metabolic processes. Looking at a cannabinoid receptor distribution map we see that CB1 receptors, that are most sensitive to anandamide, are found in the brain, spinal nerves, and peripheral nerves. CB2 receptors preferred by 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are found largely in the immune system, primarily the spleen. A mix of CB1 and CB2 receptors are found throughout the rest of the body including the skeletal system. And yes, 2-AG or CBD will grow new trabecular bone. It is also useful to note that both anandamide and 2-AG can activate either CB1 or CB2 receptors.

The nature of the endocannabinoids are functionally much like neurotransmitters, but structurally are eicosanoids in the family of signaling sphingolipids. These signaling cannabinoids keep track of metabolic systems all over the body. This information is shared with the nervous system and the immune system so that any imbalance is attended to. If the body is in chronic disease or emotional stress, the immune system can fall behind and lose control of compromised systems. It is here that phytocannabinoids can pitch in to support the stressed body in a return to health. The cannabis plant provides analogues of the body’s primary signaling cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is mimetic [def  characterized by, exhibiting, or of the nature of imitation or mimicry] to anandamide, and cannabidiol (CBD) is mimetic to 2-AG, and has the same affinity to CB1 and CB2 receptors; providing the body with additional support for the immune and endocannabinoid systems.

Phytocannabinoids supercharge the body’s own Endocannabinoid System by amping up the response to demand from the immune signaling system in two modes of intervention: one, of course, is in bonding with the cannabinoid receptors; the other is in regulation of innumerable physiological processes, such as cannabinoid’s powerful neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory actions, quite apart from the receptor system. It is interesting to note here that the phytocannabinoids and related endocannabinoids are functionally similar, but structurally different. As noted above, anandamide and 2-AG are eicosanoids while THC and CBD are tricyclic terpenes.

The National Institutes of Health tell us that THC is the best known because of its signature psychotropic effect. This government report shows THC to be effective as an anti-cancer treatment, an appetite stimulant, analgesic, antiemetic, anxiolytic, and sedative.

There is a plentiful supply of research articles and personal testaments that show the efficacy of cannabis effecting cancer remission. However, only a few point to the mechanism by which the cancer cells die. To understand this better we need to know what metabolic processes provide life to the cells.

There are two structures in most cells that sustains life; one is the mitochondria, and the other is the endoplasmic reticulum. The mitochondria primarily produces adenosine triphosphate (ATP) that provides the necessary energy. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a loosely bound envelope around the cell nucleus that synthesizes metabolites and proteins directed by the nuclear DNA that nourish and sustain the cell.

Let us look first at tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and observe that THC is a natural fit for the CB1 cannabinoid receptor on the cancer cell surface. When THC hits the receptor, the cell generates ceramide that disrupts the mitochondria, closing off energy for the cell. The cancer cell dies, not because of cytotoxic chemicals, but because of a tiny little shift in the mitochondria.

In every cell there is a family of interconvertible sphingolipids that specifically manage the life and death of that cell. This profile of factors is called the “Sphingolipid Rheostat.” If ceramide (a signaling metabolite of sphingosine-1-phosphate) is high, then cell death (apoptosis) is imminent. If ceramide is low, the cell will be strong in its vitality.

Disruption of the mitochondria releases cytochrome c and reactive oxygen species into the cytosol, hastening cell death. It is notable that this process is specific to cancer cells. Healthy cells have no reaction to THC at the CB1 receptor.

The increase in ceramide also disrupts calcium metabolism in the mitochondria, completing the demise to cell death. Within most cells there is a cell nucleus, numerous mitochondria (hundreds to thousands), and various other organelles in the cytoplasm. As ceramide starts to accumulate, turning up the Sphingolipid Rheostat, it increases the mitochondrial membrane pore permeability to cytochrome c, a critical protein in energy synthesis. Cytochrome c is pushed out of the mitochondria, killing the source of energy for the cell. Ceramide also causes genotoxic stress in the cancer cell nucleus generating a protein called p53, whose job it is to disrupt calcium metabolism in the mitochondria. If this weren’t enough, ceramide disrupts the cellular lysosome, the cell’s digestive system that provides nutrients for all cell functions. Ceramide, and other sphingolipids, actively inhibit pro-survival pathways in the cell leaving no possibility at all of cancer cell survival.

The key to this process is the accumulation of ceramide in the system. This means taking therapeutic amounts of cannabinoid extract, steadily, over a period of time, keeping metabolic pressure on this cancer cell death pathway.

The other cannabinoid we know is effective in killing cancer cells is cannabidiol (CBD). The primary job of CBD in the cancer cell is to disrupt the endoplasmic reticulum through wrecking of the calcium metabolism, pushing calcium into the cytosol. This always results in cell death.

Another pathway for CBD to effect cancer cell death is the Caspase Cascade, which breaks down proteins and peptides in the cell. When this happens the cell cannot survive. Again, these processes are specific to cancer cells, no normal cells are affected.

How did this pathway come to be? Why is it that the body can take a simple plant enzyme and use it for healing in many different physiological systems? This endocannabinoid system exists in all animal life, just waiting for its matched exocannabinoid activator.

This is interesting. Our own endocannabinoid system covers all cells and nerves; it is the messenger of information flowing between our immune system and the central nervous system (CNS). It is responsible for neuroprotection, and micro-manages the immune system. This is the primary control system that maintains homeostasis: our wellbeing.

Just out of curiosity, how does the work get done at the cellular level, and where does the body make the endocannabinoids? Here we see that endocannabinoids have their origin in nerve cells right at the synapse. When the body is compromised through illness or injury it calls insistently to the endocannabinoid system and directs the immune system to bring balance. If these homeostatic systems are weakened, it should be no surprise that exocannabinoids perform the same function. It helps the body in the most natural way possible.

To see how this works we visualize the cannabinoid as a three dimensional molecule, where one part of the molecule is configured to fit the nerve or immune cell receptor site just like a key in a lock. There are at least two types of cannabinoid receptor sites, CB1 (CNS) and CB2 (immune). In general CB1 activates the CNS messaging system, and CB2 activates the immune system, but it’s much more complex than this. Both THC and anandamide activate both receptor sites. Other cannabinoids activate one or the other receptor sites. Among the strains of Cannabis, C. sativa tends toward the CB1 receptor, and C. indica tends toward CB2. So sativa is more neuroactive, and indica is more immunoactive. Another factor here is that sativa is dominated by THC cannabinoids, and indica can be higher than sativa in CBD (cannabidiol).

It is known that THC and CBD are biomimetic to anandamide and AG-2, that is, the body can use both interchangeably. Thus, when stress, injury, or illness demand more from endogenous anandamide than can be produced by the body, its mimetic exocannabinoids are activated. If the stress is transitory, then the treatment can be transitory. If the demand is sustained, such as in cancer, then treatment needs to provide sustained pressure of the modulating agent on the homeostatic systems.

Typically CBD gravitates to the 5-HT1A and Vanilloid receptors. CBD stimulates production of anandamide and AG-2, endogenous cannabinoids that are agonists for CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. From there, immune cells seek out and destroy cancer cells. Interestingly, it has been shown that THC and CBD cannabinoids have the ability to kill cancer cells directly without going through immune intermediaries. THC and CBD hijack the lipoxygenase pathway to directly inhibit tumor growth. As a side note, it has been discovered that CBD inhibits anandamide re-uptake. Here we see that cannabidiol helps the body preserve its own natural endocannabinoid by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks down anandamide.

Research shows that THC is metabolized to 11-Hydroxy-THC in the liver after oral consumption. We also know that 11-Hydroxy-THC is more potent than THC. This suggests that cannabis via smoking, or suppository is weaker clinically than oral since it misses the first-pass in the liver to convert. If you want to avoid the mental effects, use 1:1 THC:CBD. The CBD knocks out the mental effect while maintaining potency of the cannabis extract. My opinion is that oral cannabis extract with equal parts THC and CBD is the ideal cancer killer without the mental effects. The cannabinoids work in concert to kill cancer; this is known as the entourage effect; THC disrupts the cancer cell mitochondria, and CBD disrupts the cell’s endoplasmic reticulum, bringing certain cell death.

Also good to know that hydroxy-THC has a stronger mental effect than unmodified THC. If the cannabis oil has not been decarboxylated (to delete the acidic carboxyl radical), then there will be no effect of the THC. This is the most important issue is using cannabis to kill cancer. Without decarboxylation, the THC cannot fit the CB1 receptor on the cancer cell to cause cell death.

In 2006, researchers in Italy showed the specifics of how Cannabidiol (CBD) kills cancer. CBD stimulates what is known as the Caspase Cascade, that kills the cancer cell. First, let’s look at the nomenclature, then to how Caspase kills cancer. Caspase in an aggregate term for all cysteine-aspartic proteases. The protease part of this term comes from prote (from protein) and -ase (destroyer). Thus the caspases break down proteins and peptides in the moribund cell. This becomes obvious when we see caspase-3 referred to as the executioner. In the pathway of apoptosis, other caspases are brought in to complete the cascade.

Even when the cascade is done and all the cancer is gone, CBD is still at work healing the body. Cannabidiol also shuts down the Id-1 gene; a gene that allows metastatic lesions to form. Fundamentally this means that treatment with cannabinoids not only kills cancer through numerous simultaneous pathways (the entourage effect), but prevents metastasis (spread). What’s not to like. One researcher says this: CBD represents the first nontoxic exogenous agent that can significantly decrease Id-1 expression in metastatic carcinoma leading to the down-regulation of tumor aggressiveness.

This brief survey touches lightly on a few essential concepts. Mostly I would like to leave you with an appreciation that nature has designed the perfect medicine that fits exactly with our own immune system of receptors and signaling metabolites to provide rapid and complete immune response for systemic integrity and metabolic homeostasis.

~Dennis Hill

 

 

 

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You Don’t Have To Be Afraid of Medical Marijuana Anymore!

Perhaps the single biggest reason that more people do not choose to use medical marijuana (cannabis) is the fear that they will somehow be found out – and they will lose their job, their license, the respect of their family and friends, or some standing within their church or community.  They are afraid that if they become a legal user, there is a list or database somewhere that someone can get access to or that can be hacked and exposed to others. They are afraid to use a legal process to gain access to a natural healing substance that can support and improve their health and quality of life.

While I myself have a deep suspicion of the government and its many violations of our privacy, as this article will demonstrate, these fears and myths are unfounded.

Many Americans are aware that if they live in a state with medical marijuana laws, and if they get a doctor’s recommendation,  they are legally allowed to use medical marijuana (or cannabis) for their qualifying medical condition(s). In California, under The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Prop. 215), these conditions can include anything from Cancer to Alzheimer’s Disease to chronic pain, depression, or insomnia.

Q.  What does it take to get a Medical Marijuana Doctor’s Recommendation and/or Card?

A. You will need to get a valid recommendation from a doctor licensed in the State of California (or your own state) for your qualifying medical condition.  You will also need to provide a state-issued ID (Driver’s License or State ID Card) to prove your identity. If you need a list of doctors in your area, you can contact me and I can provide you with one – or you can now get your rec online!

Q. What are the qualifying medical conditions?

A.  In California, these medical conditions include:

Anorexia

Arthritis

Cachexia

Cancer

Chronic Pain

HIV or AIDS

Glaucoma

Migraine

Persistent Muscle Spasms

Severe Nausea

Seizures

Any debilitating illness where the medical use of marijuana has been “deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician”  (source: www.norml.org)

You can look up your own state’s condition list here: http://norml.org/states

Q. How long does it take to get a doctor’s recommendation?

A.  Wait times are minimal to get an appointment to see a doctor – in most cases you can just walk in. Typically, the office visit takes no longer than 30 to 45 minutes.   HelloMD claims it only takes 20 minutes to apply for a recommendation through them.

Q. Do I have to go to a doctor’s office to get a recommendation?

A.  Not anymore.  Through HelloMD, you can now get a recommendation online through a video conference with a doctor. Telehealth is legal in California – but not in all states. Some states require a personal visit with a doctor.

From the Medical Board of CA’s website:  http://www.mbc.ca.gov/Licensees/Telehealth.aspx

“Telehealth (previously called telemedicine) is seen as a tool in medical practice, not a separate form of medicine. There are no legal prohibitions to using technology in the practice of medicine, as long as the practice is done by a California licensed physician.”

“Physicians are held to the same standard of care, and retain the same responsibilities of providing informed consent, ensuring the privacy of medical information, and any other duties associated with practicing medicine regardless of whether they are practicing via telehealth or face-to-face, in-person visits.”

The price is also attractive: only $49 for one year, which includes your recommendation and card mailed to you.

I have not used this service, but it has been very well reviewed by online users and favorably written up in several publications. Many of the so-called “420 doctors” also use Skype for your visit. 

Q.  How much does a typical doctor’s recommendation cost?

A.  This will vary by doctor, but the current average rate for a doctor’s appointment and recommendation in California runs about $60 to $80 for one year, with renewals yearly usually about half of that. A card with your picture will typically cost you an additional $10 to $20. It’s cheaper online with HelloMD. This cost isn’t covered by medical insurance – and you will usually need to pay cash.

Q.  After I get my recommendation and/or card, what happens to my medical record?

A. Your medical record, like all your medical records, is kept on file with your doctor and is protected by HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), which protects medical privacy by all those involved, including your doctor. There are strict penalties for HIPAA violations and healthcare companies pay millions each year to ensure compliance from all of their providers.  These records are also protected by doctor/patient relationship and they can’t be released except by your written permission or a subpoena or court order.  Your medical record and your doctor’s recommendation are not sent to any governmental agency.  Your recommendation number verification information is stored privately (not with the state) and separately online.

Q.  Even though my records are protected by law, can’t someone get access to the records database, share it with other agencies or employers, or hack into it and release records?  What about background checks by employers?

A.  There is no database identifying medical marijuana patients by name!  The only record in any database consists of your recommendation number, your initials, the name of your doctor, the date of issue, and its expiration date.  In California, if you choose to get a state-issued Medical Marijuana Card (which is not required and is an additional cost), you will be entered into a county database which will include your recommendation number, photo and expiration date – but not your name or address.  Current background checks are not going to be able to access these records.

Q.  What if my dispensary or collective gets raided by the DEA?

While dispensaries are still being raided at times, according to NORML, a patient has never been arrested as a result of these raids. 

Q.  How can I verify what you’re stating is true about my records and how do I look up my own recommendation?

A. Here is a definitive statement from NORML. Here is an article referencing the opinion of two cannabis lawyers on the subject. As for recommendations, they are verified online or by phone. Go to http://verifymyrec.com/  or the website that will be listed on your recommendation – or someone else’s.   If you type in your rec number, your name and address are not listed – only your initials, doctor name, date of issue, and expiration date. There are various other websites that exist to verify recommendations in the same way.

Q.  After I get my rec, how do I get medical cannabis?

A.  You will need to find and go to a legal storefront dispensary or join a collective.  Some areas, such as Long Beach, California, used to have dispensaries but they have all been regulated out of existence.  There are also some mobile delivery services, but they are not legal in some places.  You are allowed to grow your own cannabis plants in many municipalities.

One alternative is to join a collective, which is a non-profit organized to legally operate under the law and provide cannabis to medical cannabis patients.  Cannabis oil is the best and healthiest method of using cannabis.  Also, if you are afraid of getting high from THC, you can try CBD (non-psychoactive), gradually increase dosage, or try suppositories (which reduce the high) – there are many solutions.  I can introduce you to a collective which provides cannabis oil and lab tests all of its cannabis products for purity and safety and will work with you to provide the best remedy for your condition.

Q. Can I still be arrested for having and using medical marijuana?

A.  Yes, you can still be arrested, because marijuana is not legal UNLESS you have a valid medical recommendation.  Because of this fact, it would be wise for anyone with a recommendation to keep a copy of it or a card (or a digital copy on their phone) on their person at all times.  With the recommendation number, law enforcement can verify if your rec is valid.  Unless you live in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, or Alaska, the ONLY way to legally smoke or consume marijuana is to become a medical marijuana patient.

Q.  Can I lose my job by using medical marijuana?

A.  Yes.  Currently you are not by protected from employer policies regarding the use of marijuana, even if you have a valid recommendation and you only use on your own time.  There is currently no protection for employees in most states including California.  In Arizona, patients who are drug tested are protected from retribution by law as long as they are not using on the job and it doesn’t  interfere with their job.  If you work at a job that mandates drug testing, your only protection is to test negative, and marijuana can take up to 60 days to fully leave your system.

Q. Does it really matter if I don’t get a medical marijuana card?  Can’t I just keep on using anyway? Aren’t the police not prosecuting anymore? Isn’t it going to be legal in California after the elections this year?

A.  If you choose to keep using, you are still using illegally and are subject to prosecution under state law except in the four states it is fully legalized.  While law enforcement may no longer be actively going after users, they can still prosecute you if you are caught with it on your person or in your car.  While cannabis may be legalized in California if a ballot initiative can get enough signatures to qualify, it will still have to get a majority of the vote and be implemented.  No one can take any of this for granted. Currently, none of the remaining four ballot initiatives have gotten enough signatures to qualify.

You also won’t know what’s in your weed! With dispensaries and collectives, you have access to all kinds of products – hundreds of strains, vapes, edibles, salves, etc – and many of these are now lab-tested for content, purity, pesticides, chemicals, and other drugs.  When you buy on the street, you don’t know what you might get.

If you really want to support your right (and everyone else’s basic human right) to natural medicine that has amazing healing powers we’re only still learning about – then you should stand up, go through the process, become legal, and protect yourself.  The more people we can get to do this, the stronger the movement for natural health freedom will become.

Q.  Is there any other way someone could find out?

A.   Not unless  A:) You tell them, B:) You post it on Facebook (“Hi Mom, look what I just did!”), C:) Someone follows you to the clinic, or D:) You have 3 pizzas delivered to your house every night.

For more information, please contact me by email at info@thehappyholistic.com

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KappArest: Supercharge your Turmeric (curcumin) for pain relief and health benefits!

Turmeric has recently been discovered by many studies as being as effective as 14 pharmaceutical drugs, as well as having anti-cancer properties and no side-effects.  Used for thousands of years in Indian cuisine, Turmeric is a great health additive to your meals.  Since Turmeric is a root and can absorb and concentrate heavy metals and toxins in the soil, you should only get organic or wild-crafted versions when buying.

Turmeric’s use in traditional Indian Medicine (Ayurvedic) goes back 5,000 years, and there have been 3,000 preclinical studies conducted on its health benefits. 

Curcumin, the primary active component is turmeric is even more effective when concentrated and combined with other synergistic extracts such as Boswellia and Ginger.  Curcumin also isn’t absorbed very well into the bloodstream, so adding Bioperine (an extract of Black Pepper) helps to increase absorption by nearly 2000%!  Studies have shown curcumin to be very effective with pain, arthritis, high cholesterol, numerous forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Cystic Fibrosis, Liver Dysfunction, and cardiovascular issues, among others.

Do you need something to help you cope with pain and inflammation? Inflammation is one of the primary causes of critical health challenges. KappArest can be immediately effective and replace harmful NSAIDs such as Tylenol, Advil, or other toxic prescription painkillers.  KappArest is a premier anti-aging supplement and is highly recommended for anyone over 40 years old.

KappArest™ is a proprietary formula designed to downregulate inflammatory pathways, primarily through the inhibition of NF-kappaB, a molecule inside each cell. Many disease conditions are associated with inappropriate activation of nuclear transcription factor kappaB (NF-KappaB). The modulation of NF-KappaB has become a major therapeutic goal in the management of a wide range of illnesses. KappArest™ supplies a broad array of antioxidants and phytonutrient components, demonstrated to suppress the activation of NF-kappaB, and associated kinases, including AP-1. Seven of the eight ingredients have documented activity in suppressing NF-KappaB. Phytolens, a Biotics’ patented extract from lentil, has also demonstrated broad antioxidant properties, and displays potent free radical scavenging ability, resulting in marked benefits on the inflammatory process.

Here is a detailed explanation by product formulator Alex Vasquez BS, DC, ND of NF-kappaB and how nutritional supplements can help inhibit its effects.

KappArest includes Curcuminoids (from tumeric rhizome) (extract), Boswellia, Propolis, Green Tea, Ginger, Rosemary, Celery, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Trans-resveratrol, Phytolens®, and Bioperine®.  Curcumin combines synergistically very well with Boswellia and Ginger and the other extracts included here – and the Bioperine helps your body absorb these substances and deliver them to your cells.

A good anti-inflammatory diet, high-quality Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin D-3 are also crucial to alleviating pain and inflammation.  I can help provide you with all of these as well.

To order or get more information please contact me at info@thehappyholistic.com

 

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Detox and Diet Your Way to Health In The New Year!

With the start of the New Year and after all the holiday partying is done, most people turn to making a fresh start and making resolutions.  You resolve to lose weight and become more fit in time to hit the beaches and bike paths when the weather improves by spring and summer.

Unfortunately, most of you will take these worthy resolutions and then try to achieve them using popular fad diets, starvation diets, cleanses, and juice fast programs which are neither healthy or lasting – you “heard” someone lost 10 pounds in a week for example, so you want to try it. What you didn’t hear about was what happened in the month or two after these “success” stories. Even though some of these people may be able to lose impressive amounts of weight in a short period of time, they usually gain it right back. These short-term weight losses often come at a high price – health and wellness.  Worse, when combined with unrealistic exercise programs, they can become downright dangerous.

Of course, the ultimate problem with these diets is that they don’t work because they are not health-based and don’t last.  If you are counting and reducing calories, you will slow down your metabolism and slow down your energy because you enter “starvation mode” and your body naturally conserves energy – which is the last thing you want to do when beginning an exercise program.  You can lose valuable muscle tissue by not providing adequate nutrition and wear your body down.  Calorie counting is only a small part of the equation and is the wrong approach.  Eating the right foods for you and your microbiome (gut bacteria) is where the new science of weight loss has been proven.

You do not want to become a “Yo-Yo” dieter, constantly going on and off diets, with your weight rapidly fluctuating up and down like a Yo-Yo.  This can do damage to your body’s hormonal and adrenal systems – and can make it much harder to achieve your weight and fitness goals in the end.

So what’s the best program to adopt to become healthier and trim down those extra pounds?  A complete bio-detox program that is clinically proven and designed to improve your digestive system and reduce overall body inflammation.  In short, it’s a program based on improving your health and bringing your overall health into balance, not just counting calories.  After all – all calories are not created equal – a calorie in a fast-food burger, fries, or soda is much different than a calorie in a healthy protein shake, smoothie, avocado, or wild salmon.

“If you don’t take care of this the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given…where are you going to live?” ― Karyn Calabrese

Three Step Bio Detox Program

Developed by Abbas Qutab, MD, DOM, DC, Ph.D for his own highly successful clinical practice, this three-step Bio-Detox program is considered by many to be the gold standard for Metabolic Detoxification against environmental toxins and is utilized by thousands of physicians and clinics to help people achieve optimal wellness.  Dr. Qutab holds Medical, Chiropractic, and Oriental Medicine degrees as well as a Ph.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine.

His integrative, holistic approach combines the best of eastern and western medicine. Dr. Qutab’s integrative philosophy has been recognized by international organizations including the World Health Organization. He is one of the few physicians in the U.S. who has been awarded an honorary Sc.D. from the World Health Organization Charter University for his work in promoting alternative medicine.

Don’t try to starve yourself on a calorie-counting “diet” or risk damaging your health with unsafe and unproven detox programs! The Three-Step Bio-Detox program includes an easy to follow step-by-step anti-inflammatory diet with menu options for 10 days, recipes and detox supplements. This detox was formulated to be easy to use and follow to eliminate toxins from your body, restore health, reduce sugar cravings and inflammation while encouraging metabolic cleansing of your colon and liver.

If you experience sugar cravings or inflammatory disorders (arthritis, allergies, asthma, muscle aches and pains), headaches, depression, digestive issues, IBS, chronic backaches, PMS/menopause symptoms, anxiety, insomnia, celiac disease, eczema, or muscle weakness, these may be indicators of toxic overload and a need to purify your system of toxins.

Once you complete this program, you will experience a greater sense of well-being, increased energy, reduced sugar cravings, weight loss and healthier looking skin without feeling deprived. More importantly, you will give your body and mind a fresh start and good foundation to begin to permanently improve your health and adopt a new ongoing diet and lifestyle to achieve lasting weight-loss, increased energy, vitality and appreciation for life.  It is a solid foundation to build up the new, healthier you!

Step 1: Decreasing Inflammation to address structural problems, hidden food allergies and acute/chronic inflammation with complete instructions for eliminating inflammatory foods from your diet.  (This step normally lasts 7 days but can be increased to 14 to 30 days for acute conditions.)

Step 2: Metabolic Cleansing to address toxic overload, harmful bacteria, heavy metal toxicity and leaky gut by controlling the underlying cause of pain and inflammation, removing toxins and repairing the liver and digestive tract. (This step usually lasts 10 days.)

Step 3: Regeneration and Repair to address two of the most common underlying causes of chronic health challenges – cell malnourishment and joint damage.  (this step typically lasts 30 days and can continue as desired).

A good detox cleanse is the perfect way to start a new diet.  I can help you all along the way.  Once you have entered Stage 3, I can put together a lasting weight-loss diet program based on the latest research involving short-term ketogenic diets and long-term low-inflammatory probiotic diets. Probiotics are your good gut bacteria friends who keep you feeling good, thinking sharp, and staying thin! It’s good to have friends like that!

The supplements for this detox were specifically chosen by Dr. Qutab and are manufactured by Biotics Research, a family-owned company with over 35 years of product research and experience. Biotics maintains complete control of its raw material selection process and conducts advanced testing on all materials throughout the entire process in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.  Biotics only distributes its products through healthcare professionals. I know and trust this company implicitly.

It all begins with you – just by making the decision to begin a health program you have already engaged your most potent weapon in your fight for health – your mind, and all the positive forces that you can unleash towards becoming the best YOU that you can be!

If you are interested in this detox program, please contact me at info@thehappyholistic.com for a special New Year’s rate – 25% OFF! Remember, there is no other moment than this one RIGHT NOW – and what you do with it!

 

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Cannabis: The Force of Health Awakens!

In the latest episode of the Star Wars saga (“The Force Awakens”), the power of the “Light Side” of The Force is re-energized and restored through the efforts and ancient knowledge and wisdom of the Jedi Knights.  The Force is a mystical energy that runs throughout the Universe and is a hidden source of power available to those who are aware and seek to channel its amazing powers.  Its ways are largely unknown to the majority of the Universe except to those who seek it out for its powers both good and bad.  These powers seem to defy all the known laws of physics but many of these are well-known concepts in the real-world studies of quantum physics.  In our own lives, if we could only use and harness The Force, we could achieve anything.

“Cannabis is the single most versatile herbal remedy on Earth. No other single plant contains as wide a range of medically active herbal constituents.” – Dr. Ethan Russo

In the world of health, many people are familiar with marijuana (Cannabis sativa) which has been legalized in many states as “medical marijuana” and are aware of its traditional uses to relieve pain and nausea by people undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy. According to Americans for Safe Access, there are over 15,000 modern peer-reviewed scientific articles exploring the pharmacology of Cannabis. There are also over 100 studies and at least at least 60 peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate that the cannabis plant is actually one of the most potent healing plants ever discovered. However, like The Force as used by The Dark Side, marijuana can also be abused by its users to their own detriment.

“You must unlearn what you have learned” – Master Yoda

Somewhat like the Jedi, ancient cultures cultivated cannabis for all of its many physical and healing uses – food, fuel, medicine, textiles, rope, etc.  It was declared to be a “Supreme Elixir of Immortality”  around 2300 BC by the Chinese emperor-physician Shen Nung, and its medical properties were also celebrated in India.  It was brought into Europe by Napoleon’s troops from Egypt in the 1800’s and hemp was raised by the early American colonists for its many uses.  Its first medicinal use in the U.S. started in the late 1800’s – until it was finally made illegal in 1937 through regulation.

As far back as 1974, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University discovered how certain cannabinoids (cannabis chemical compounds) inhibited the growth of a certain type of lung cancer in mice, among other benefits.  This was five years after the War on Drugs had been declared and the classification of marijuana along with heroin as a Schedule I controlled substance – the most restricted and dangerous classification.  Shortly after this study was released and reported in The Washington Post, Congress established the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which was given a strict mandate to research only the harm caused by such drugs – and not the benefits.  The Dark Side had sensed a disturbance in The Force!

In 1996, it was discovered that an earlier government-funded study by the National Toxicology Project to determine the possible cancerous effects of THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis) in rats and mice had been suppressed when it was found that THC actually reduced cancer instead.

Another NIDA-funded study at UCLA conducted in 2006 on over 1200 cases showed that not only did smoking marijuana not cause lung cancer – it actually prevented and reduced tumors!  According to the study, even chronic, long term marijuana smokers reduced their likelihood of developing lung cancer compared to non-smokers.   This was a major, carefully-designed epidemiological study overseen by one of the world’s top experts on case-controlled methodology.  The study’s director, Donald Tashkin, MD,  was convinced of a link to cancer prior to the research.  He now supports legalization.

Other studies conducted at Harvard and in other countries have similarly supported these conclusions – that cannabis not only targets and induces cancer cells to die off (apotosis) it also inhibits angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels to feed cancerous tumors.  Cannabis has shown some effectiveness with all cancers studied, particularly lung cancer.

Furthermore, other studies have shown that cannabis is especially suited to help protect against and reverse many neuro-degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, Epilepsy, seizures, CTE (head trauma), dementia, and others.  A study conducted at the University of Saskatoon in Canada revealed that chronic use of cannabis could actually improve learning and memory by promoting the growth of neurons in the hippocampus area  of the brain.  It helps the brain create new brain cells and protects the old ones.

There are more than 75 phytocannabinoids in cannabis.  The most well known is THC, which has the psychoactive properties that get you “high”.  The other most studied cannabinoid is CBD, which has no psychoactive properties, but can produce a feeling of overall wellness or euphoria while not impairing cognitive ability.  Both cannabinoids have shown amazing capabilities to benefit health in these studies.

This research has even discovered a part of the immune system that science didn’t know previously existed – the Endocannabinoid System.  Cannabinoids are produced by our bodies (endocannabinoids) which plug into receptor sites on cells all throughout our bodies – and then regulate all kinds of biological functions.  Like most things, as we age we tend to generate fewer endocannabinoids – however, the cannabinoids in cannabis can also function in this system – which is why it helps to supercharge our immune system, generating healing benefits and feelings of wellbeing and euphoria.

Smoking cannabis is actually considered the least effective way to ingest its health properties – the high heat destroys some of the cannabidiols and terpenoids.  Vaping is better due to the lower temperatures required and both edibles and blending are OK. But by far, the most effective way to take cannabis is by consuming concentrated full extract cannabis oil (FECO).  Cannabis oil usage has been popularized by a Canadian named Rick Simpson for many years and his recipes are available on the Internet.  While thousands have been reported to have been healed from even Stage 4 cancers with various oils – it is not an easy process and many producers of oil have been known to use toxic solvents which can be dangerous.  The FDA has recently prosecuted some of these firms for falsely advertising cannabis oil and hemp oil (a much less potent source) with little or no amounts of THC or CBD.  Hemp is currently not a legal crop in most of the U.S. and many of these products are brought in from Eastern Europe.

I can provide you with safe, lab-tested, high-quality, full extract medical grade organic cannabis oils (FECO) or tinctures (diluted) which are legal to possess and use with a medical marijuana doctor recommendation and card. All of these products are fully tested for potency, purity, and are solvent free.

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The oil is concentrated and is formulated on a condition-specific basis, designed for critical care health challenges.   This oil is made by separating the resins from the cannabis flowers using 100% organic, food-grade ethanol.  The oil can be taken either sublingually, as a suppository (to minimize the psychotropic effects and increase bio-availability), or in the form of capsules (Canna-caps).

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The tinctures are more typically used as a daily maintenance protocol for relief and prevention.  CBD and THC strains are infused with organic fractionated coconut oil and can be taken sublingually or through vaping (we also offer vape pen sets and cartridges).

There are three versions of the tincture:

AWAKEN is Cannabis sativa, which is best used for daytime use and is very uplifting, activating, and energizing.  Cannabis Sativa has been shown to reduce nausea, pain, help lift depression, promote creativity, and relieve headaches and migraines.

RENEW is mostly CBD (Cannabidiol) which is non-psychoactive and is commonly used to relieve convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, nausea, and has been shown to be effective with neurological disorders.  There is some THC with this product, but much less than the others.

THE BIG CHILL is Cannabis indica, which is known for its calming, relaxing, and sedative qualities, and is commonly used for pain relief, nausea, anxiety, stress, as a muscle relaxant, as a sleep aid, and for relief of headaches, spasms, and seizures.

Our collective employs a patient-first methodology, working on a one-on-one basis since there is no one-size-fits-all solution.  An individual dosing protocol is developed in each case and progress is closely monitored by working with physicians and other health care providers.

May The (Canna)Force Be With You! If you are interested in obtaining a therapeutic protocol for cannabis oil for your condition, please contact me by email at: info@thehappyholistic.com.

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Vitamin D – The Most Safe And Effective Flu Shot Ever!

With Halloween and Thanksgiving comes the beginning of what’s been called “Sugar Season”, an onslaught of sugar-filled holidays running through Easter.  Not coincidentally, this timeframe runs parallel to Cold and Flu Season – and with good reason as sugar, in all its many forms – cakes, pies, cookies, rolls, pasta, pastries, candies – and yes, alcohol is heavy in many holiday diets.  Excess sugars don’t just lead to more pounds around the waist – they also have a  debilitating effect on our immune system and feed the bad bacteria in our gut which can lead to infections. Combined with colder temperatures, less sunlight, drinking less water, holiday stress (!) and increased exposure to sick people all around you spreading infectious germs – this is a very challenging time of year to stay healthy and avoid sickness .

Always about this time, we are bombarded with ads and enticements to protect ourselves from “the flu” (as if there’s only one flu virus)  by getting vaccinated with the flu shot.  Whether its on TV or radio, at the drugstore, by our doctor, or at the office, we are told that if we want to stay well we must “get the shot”.  In some cases we are encouraged, sometimes we’re bribed, and in some cases we are intimidated and coerced into “getting the shot” – this is especially true for healthcare workers.

The CDC has been caught repeatedly making false claims that hundreds of thousands of people end up in the hospital annually as a result of the flu, and that about 36,000 of them die from flu-related complications.  Actually, only a few dozen people at most die every year as a direct result of flu infection — the rest of the deaths lumped into the “flu” category are actually attributable to pneumonia, which is often a result of a severely compromised immune system. And in some cases, weakened immunity caused by the flu shot itself is responsible for deaths blamed on flu infection.

So how effective is the flu shot? According to a 2012 a study out of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, at best, the flu shot has a measly 1.5 percent effectiveness rate – that is, for every 100 people vaccinated with a flu shot, only 1.5 of them will avoid getting the flu.

We are constantly told that those with weaker immune systems who are more susceptible to catching the flu, namely, seniors and children, are the ones who need flu shots most of all.  However, A 2008 study conducted by the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle and reported in The Lancet explained that the flu shot was largely ineffective for seniors due to their weakened immune systems being unable to respond.  The study further questioned the purported efficacy of flu shots due to the fact that those more likely to vaccinate were also those who already took greater care of themselves! The authors of the study also specifically noted that “influenza vaccination was not associated with a reduced risk of community-acquired pneumonia.” – which is widely regarded as consisting of roughly 95% of those deaths annually attributed to the flu by the CDC!

In short – if you have a weakened immune system and need protection against the flu, the flu shot won’t help you because of your weakened immune system!

Dr. Edward Belongia of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin has reported that according to his research the more often children get flu shots on an annual basis, the more likely they are to get the flu.

Last year the CDC itself estimated that the flu shot was only 23% effective! Why? Well, every year when the CDC gathers its top experts to decide on the makeup of the annual flu vaccine, they have to choose which three particular strains they think will be prevalent for that year. Huh? Little did you know that the “scientific” CDC was also into making forecasting and predictions. So one problem with flu shots from the beginning is, you will never know if the vaccine contains the necessary strain of flu virus that you may be exposed to during flu season.

This leads to another problem – the feeling of overconfidence by someone who gets a flu shot that can make them feel like they are being fully protected against viruses.  This may cause some people to be less careful about taking precautions with hygiene, their lifestyle choices, and with exposure to others they know are already sick.

Flu shots are known to be immune-suppressants. Several studies have also shown that those getting the flu shot on an annual basis are more likely to get the flu.    This was proven again during the Swine Flu “epidemic” of 2010.  Even though many people come down with the flu immediately after getting the shot, vaccine makers actually insist that these are just “flu-like symptoms” and not the flu itself!

There are additional concerns to flu vaccines.  When the antibodies created by the flu shot come into contact with the flu virus, a new more dangerous form of virus can emerge.  The result is a new strain of flu through mutation! This is called “antigenic drift”. So, now we are creating new strains of flu that the experts at the CDC could never even imagine (since mutations are random and unpredictable) – making it even more difficult for these vaccines to provide protection against flu strains.  Many are concerned that the overuse of flu vaccines is causing unforeseen consequences, such as how the overuse of antibiotics has caused the rise of resistant superbugs such as MRSA.  Scientists are now blaming last year’s flu shot failures on these mutations.  And of course, their solution is always to have more people get vaccinated!

So, if the flu shot is not very effective – is it safe? Flu shots contain adjuvants such as aluminum, formaldehyde, mercury and other carcinogens.  These adjuvants are primarily included to provoke the immune system to produce a strong reaction so that antibodies are generated in sufficient amounts.  Some of these adjuvants also help preserve the vaccine to keep it active for longer time periods.

Many of these adjuvants are known to be toxic and carcinogenic.  No studies have ever been done to measure the proper safe amount of any of these substances. Worse, these adjuvants all tend to bio-accumulate in the body, especially in brain tissue.  Every year you get a flu shot, you are accumulating more aluminum and other chemicals to add to all the other vaccines and other lifetime exposures.

According to Donald Miller, MD:

“After officials select the three strains of flu virus that they think are most likely to be circulating during the next winter season (they picked the wrong ones last year), vaccine makers grow the viruses in fertilized chicken eggs, with 500,000 eggs per day (each examined by hand) for up to eight months.

Formaldehyde is used to inactivate the virus. It is a known cancer-causing agent. Aluminum is added to promote an antibody response. It is a neurotoxin that may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Other additives and adjuvants in the flu vaccine include Triton X-100 (a detergent), Polysorbate 80, carbolic acid, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), gelatin, and various antibiotics — neomycin, streptomycin, and gentamicin — that can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Two-thirds of the vaccines made for the 2008—09 flu season, 100 million of them, contain full-dose thimerosal, an organomercury compound, which is 49% mercury by weight. (An unidentified number of the other 50 million vaccines contain either “no” or “trace” amounts of thimerosal.) It is used to disinfect the vaccine. Each one of these 100 million flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury, a mercury content that is 50,000 part per billion, 250 times more than the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit. Mercury is a neurotoxin, which has a toxicity level 1,000 times that of lead.

There is some evidence that flu shots cause Alzheimer’s disease. This most likely is a result of combining mercury with aluminum and formaldehyde, which renders them much more toxic together through a synergistic effect than each would be alone. One investigator has reported that people who received the flu vaccine each year for 3 to 5 years had a ten-fold greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than people who did not have any flu shots (Int J Clin Invest 2005;1:1—4). (The brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease display three pathologic hallmarks: neurofibillary tangles, amyloid plaques, and phosphorylation of tau protein. Brain cells grown in test tubes develop these changes when exposed to nanomolar doses of mercury, doses similar to the amount of mercury a person gets from a flu shot.)

Three serious, acknowledged adverse reactions to the flu vaccine are joint inflammation and arthritis, anaphylactic shock (and other life-threatening allergic reactions), and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a paralytic autoimmune disease that fells people several weeks after their flu shot.”

If you somehow buy the argument that Thimerosol or ethyl mercury is non-toxic and not as bad a mercury, you need to read this article.

Now this year in an effort order to help improve the effectiveness of the flu shot, the FDA has fast-tracked Fluad, a new flu vaccine with the adjuvant Squalene – which has long been thought to be the main component in the Swine Flu Vaccine that caused horrible injuries to thousands.  Its also thought to be the primary culprit behind Gulf War Syndrome – which many sources now attribute to the mandatory anthrax vaccines that were given to those U.S. soldiers.

One more recent popular flu vaccine is FluMist, which is an inhalant and does not need to be injected.  However, it does contain live virus which can be transmitted to others.

We may never know all the effects over a lifetime from these annual flu shots, but we do know of many people who have immediately become very ill and have died as a result of specific flu shots.  Some of these cases are reported but it is estimated that many are not.  Some of these families can try to recover damages from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, but it is a long, uneasy process and compensation is not always guaranteed.

Still not convinced? Read this doctor’s article or watch this doctor’s video.

WHAT YOU CAN DO INSTEAD

So what can you do if you want to avoid the unsafe and ineffective flu shot, but you want to protect yourself against the flu?

The holistic approach to cold and flu defense is to reduce stress, limit exposure, and support the body’s immune system. 

Vitamin D-3 – the most safe and effective flu shot ever discovered

Vitamin D plays an essential role in the immune system.  Due to the lack of sunlight in winter, specifically UVB rays, the most effective thing you can do to prevent getting sick during this time is to supplement with Vitamin D, as Dr. Miller explains:

A creditable hypothesis that explains the seasonal nature of flu is that influenza is a vitamin D deficiency disease. Cannell and colleagues offer this hypothesis in “Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D” (Epidemiol Infect 2006;134:1129—40). They quote Hippocrates (circa 400 B.C.), who said, “Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly should proceed thus: in the first place to consider the seasons of the year.” Vitamin D levels in the blood fall to their lowest point during flu seasons. Unable to be protected by the body’s own antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides) that this gene-expresser engineers, a person with a low vitamin D blood level is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections (e.g., respiratory syncytial virus).

The increased number of deaths that occur in winter, largely from pneumonia and cardiovascular diseases, are much more likely due to vitamin D deficiency than to an increased prevalence of serologically-positive influenza virus (which also results from vitamin D deficiency)…

…Something that can explain why flu epidemics also occur both in warm and cold climates is this: During a flu epidemic, wherever it may be, the atmosphere blocks ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the Sun. In the temperate zones above latitude 35 degrees North and South, the sun is at a low enough angle in the winter that the ozone layer in the atmosphere absorbs and blocks the short-wavelength (280—315 nanometers) UVB rays. In the tropics during the wet season, thick rain clouds block UVB rays.

Skin contains a cholesterol derivative, 7-dehydrocholesterol. UVB radiation on skin breaks open one of the carbon rings in this molecule to form vitamin D. The activated form of vitamin D (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D) attaches to receptors on genes that control their expression, which turn protein production on or off. Vitamin D regulates the expression of more than 1,000 genes throughout the body. They include ones in macrophages, cells in the immune system that, among other things, attack and destroy viruses. Vitamin D switches on genes in macrophages that make antimicrobial peptides, antibiotics the body produces. Like antibiotics, these peptides attack and destroy bacteria; but unlike antibiotics, they also attack and destroy viruses.”

Some people may wish to seek out special tanning beds with UVB rays for Vitamin D, but most people will choose to supplement with Vitamin D-3, which is the preferred form (Vitamin D-2 is not recommended).  I offer an emulsified Vitamin D-3 liquid supplement from Biotics Research – just a few drops each day is all you need and its highly affordable and very absorbable.  I can also provide you with a test kit to measure your Vitamin D-3 levels.  I recommend at least 2,000 IU per day normally to 5,000 IU per day (or more) if needed in winter.

Having a good nutritional base is a very important start.  For example, without sufficient zinc and selenium, your white blood cells which are responsible for fighting off infections won’t be able to function at their most optimal level when you need them most. Vitamins A and C are also critical to immune health. Bio-Immunize Forte is designed just for this – its a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin that works as a preventative and can also be used to help lessen the duration of cold and flu infections.

An essential must-have supplement includes a potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral product such as ADP, an emulsified, time-released oregano oil tablet supplement without the harsh taste of other oregano oil supplements. Oregano oil has been proven to kill pathogens that can cause cold and flu infections and ADP is one of the most effective supplements of this type.

Since Oregano can also suppress some of the good bacteria in your gut that helps your immune system, one good protocol during winter is to take several tablets of ADP several times a day for ten days and then stop and take a probiotic supplement daily for five days to rebuild your good protective bacteria.  Biodoph-7 is a quality probiotic supplement from Biotics Research that I recommend.  Good food sources for probiotics include raw cultured yogurt and kefir, and raw sauerkraut.

Another outstanding product is Ultra Vir-X, which provides key vitamins and specific minerals, combined with a proprietary complement of botanical compounds possessing immuno-modulating properties, including Red-Rooted Sage, Boneset, Wheat Grass, Bupleurum, Astragalus, Bee Propolis, Maitake Mushroom, Black Walnut, among others.  Here’s why they are so effective together.

Elderberry has been known for thousands of years to be highly effective in preventing and attacking flu viruses.  A great way to use elderberry tincture is in a tea with yarrow and peppermint.   Olive Leaf Extract, Ginger, Astragalus, and Echinacea have also been very effective when used to help to both prevent and lessen the duration of colds and flu infections.

Doing a safe and effective detox cleanse can also be a good way to start and end Cold and Flu Season.  It will also help you lose some of that extra added weight from all the partying!

Make sure you wash your hands on a regular basis, and keep your hands and fingers away from your mouth, nose, and ears!

Also make sure you are drinking lots of quality water  – this helps your body create mucus and move it out.  Mucus is part of the body’s immune defense to clean up and move out pathogens.  Sleep is also essential to help your body fight off the pathogens and restore health.  I offer several products that can help you achieve quality sleep.

All of these remedies and practices will help you avoid getting the flu and keeping the flu far better than a flu shot – and without the lasting toxicity!

If you would like a FREE consultation or more information on how to get some of the recommended supplements in this article, please contact The Happy Holistic at info@thehappyholistic.com.

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