Les Hamasaki 2015-11-05 04:55:53
THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE & HEALTHCARE… The Next Green Gold Rush is not only mining a new revenue source for financially stressed federal, state, and local governments, but also is about the future of medicine and healthcare. It is about finding a non-invasive natural cure for cancer and other degenerative diseases from plants like medicinal marijuana, or cannabis. Wall Street investors are rushing to invest in growing medical marijuana in high-tech, climate-controlled, herbicideand pesticide-free cleanroom greenhouses under natural and artificial light, with advanced oil-extracting technology for the production of cannabinoids. The goal is to find cures for over 60 types of diseases, as documented in U.S. Patent 6,630,507, issued on October 7, 2003.* Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist and the father of medically oriented cannabis research, is the man responsible for identifying the chemical structures of both THC (delta- 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), and discovering that our bodies have specific receptors for interacting with cannabis. Mechoulam also discovered the endocannabinoid system that affects every cell in the body, and determining that its manipulation could be instrumental in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. An overview of his lifetime work on cannabis is at www.zamnesia. com/blog-a-must-watch-medical-cannabis- documentary-the-scientist-n757. CNN journalist and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta stimulated a national dialogue on medical marijuana with three episodes of his series Weed (1, 2, 3). These episodes focused on the use of medical marijuana and its effect on children with epilepsy and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These programs sparked a national debate on the efficacy of medical marijuana for curing cancer and reducing pain. Currently, 23 states have legalized the use of cannabis for medical use and Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have legalized it for recreational use. Soon California voters will decide on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana during the 2016 Presidential Election. According to world-renowned medical cannabis research expert and author Robert J. Melamede, Ph.D., “Modern, peer-reviewed science now clearly shows that all humans, and in fact all vertebrates, have an endocannabinoid system, meaning cannabis from within. Our endocannabinoid system regulates everything in our bodies from conception to death (circulatory, digestive, immune, nervous, reproductive, and tegumenary systems and musculature). Consequently, the medicinal value of cannabis is unique and incredibly powerful. I believe that as the cannabis awakening spreads across the world and the cannabinoid levels of the human population increase, we will benefit from a decrease in age-related illnesses (cancers and autoimmune, cardiovascular, neurological, and skeletal illnesses). Consequently, cannabis-based medicines that promote health will replace current pharmaceuticals -- and their negative effects – in the treatment of many disorders. The big pharma approach to medicine will be replaced by more natural approaches that are more harmonious with life. The increase in cannabinoid activity will alter humanity's dialogue with ourselves and with nature. It's man's greatest chance for surviving our natural stupid, greedy, and self-destructive behavior that’s destroying the biosphere and its ability to support humans.” The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institute of Health has updated the FAQs on its website to include recent studies on marijuana showing that it can and has killed cancer cells using animal studies. These are the findings of some NCI cannabis studies: • Cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells. • Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment. • A laboratory study of delta -9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9- THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumor effects. Delta- 9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells. • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors. • A laboratory study of cannabidiol in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as with temozolomide more effective. These studies are considered by the NCI as pre-clinical. All were done using animals. According to NCI, no clinical trials of cannabis use for the treatment of cancer in humans have been published. The NCI has included findings on peripheral benefits for cancer patients from marijuana: • Delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids stimulate appetite and can increase food intake. • Cannabinoid receptors have been studied in the brain, spinal cord, and nerve endings throughout the body to understand their roles in pain relief. • Cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatory effects that may play a role in pain relief. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, another of the agencies of the National Institutes of Health, has referred to marijuana studies, including one that showed “marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.” President Richard Nixon declared a “war on cancer” in 1975 – but still, today, one out of three women will contract breast cancer and one out of four men, over 65, will have prostate cancer. The only winners in the “war on cancer” are Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Big Media thriving on a $1.2 trillion industry. The “medical industrial complex” built and controlled by Big Pharma and Big Medicine and promoted by Big Media through television commercials are watching this unfolding drama that will have a major impact of their billion-dollar business model based on disease maintenance and management solutions that prescribe a “pill and bill for every ill” and “cut, burn and poison” with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, rather than a healthcare disease-prevention and wellness program that integrates natural medicine with exercise and plantbased nutrition. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food” – and, above all, do no harm.” Our federal, state, and many local governments are running up huge deficits, and therefore need to find new revenue sources. Congress is poised to legalize adult use of medical marijuana and tax cannabis at the federal level on top of the state and local levels, meaning the states wishing to legalize cannabis would no longer have to worry about intervention from the Federal level. President Nixon’s declaration of the “war on drugs” over 44 years ago and listing of marijuana as a Schedule One drug, along with heroin and cocaine, resulted in many unintended consequences which American taxpayers are paying for now. The use of marijuana was decried by Big Media as a “gateway drug” that would lead to heroin and cocaine abuse and ultimately death; but government data showed there were more deaths caused by highly popular prescription drugs for pain and anxiety mixed with alcohol use than there were motor vehicle fatalities in 2009. There were at least 37,485 drug-related fatalities that year, according to preliminary data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were no reported statistics on the deaths due to marijuana abuse or overdose.” Medical marijuana is one of many natural, inexpensive and disruptive healing solutions that will reinvent our broken and expensive healthcare system and impact Big Pharma’s control of the lucrative $1.2 trillion prescription drug market. It’s time for the federal government to chart a new course to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana, much like alcohol and tobacco. The prohibition of marijuana has cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars not only in securing the U.S.-Mexico border, but also incarcerating an enormous number of young people, especially young male blacks and Latinos for minor drug infractions. The “war on drugs” has destroyed our neighborhoods by giving the street gangs the financial power to spread nationally and internationally with easy drug money. Just as the prohibition of alcohol gave rise to the Mafia cartel with liquor during the 1920s, the “war on drugs” gave rise to the neighborhood street gangs in the ‘70s. Nearly twenty years after voters made California the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana, Governor Jerry Brown signed the most comprehensive bill to regulate the multibillion business from “seed to sale” to generate revenue for the state and local governments. When California legalizes recreational marijuana use, the state can anticipate another multi-billion dollar revenue source. President Obama and Congress along with local policy makers and leaders must rethink, revise, and reverse the current path along which the country seeks the health and wellness of its people by addressing the root causes of the diseases that affect our people, rather than the symptoms. The unintended consequences that result from our failed policies are a wake-up call for all Americans to rethink our national priorities in terms of our health, our safety, and our security. Like solar and wind energy that accelerated the first green gold rush to assuring our energy independence and security from imported oil and creating a heathier environment, the Next Green Gold Rush: Medical Marijuana hopefully will empower people to live a healthier and pain-free lifestyle without invasive surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. This vision is a big part of the future of medicine, promising to lead us to change our healthcare system from remediation and damage control to prevention and wellness for generations to follow. http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/ nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF& d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml% 2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.Htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN. &OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507
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