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Why Medical Marijuana Works

Why Medical Marijuana Works

Cindy Perlin, LCSW Medical Marijuana Marijuana contains a class of compounds called cannabinoids.  Cannabinoids are also made by our bodies (called endocannabinoids when they are made by the body) and they work with a network in our body called the endocannabinoid system. (ECS)Cannabinoids bind to receptors that are found on cell surfaces to have their effect.  The receptors which make up the ECS are found throughout the body, including in the brain, organs, bones and skin. The function of the ECS is to help the body to maintain homeostasis or balance.When our brain cells get overexcited, as they do with anxiety or seizure disorders or chronic pain, the ECS brings them back into balance.  When the inflammatory response, which brings extra blood supply and nutrients to injured...

Healthy Basics 101 Acute Inflammation vs Chronic Inflammation

Healthy Basics 101: Acute Inflammation vs Chronic Inflammation

We’ve all heard about inflammation — in fact, we all experience different kinds of inflammation for various reasons at any given time. However, the signs can be easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. After all, what does inflammation even really mean? We want to help you understand why inflammation happens and how it can affect your daily and long-term health.What is Inflammation? Inflammation is known as the body’s attempt to protect itself by trying to remove foreign substances from the body and start the healing process. Your body’s inflammatory response is triggered when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause. An acute inflammatory response is meant to heal the body. Chronic or excess inflammation, though, harms...

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Top 11 Natural Ways to Relieve and Eliminate Sciatic Pain

by Sierra Bright 1. Discontinue gym workouts Exercise is a good thing, but not strenuous workouts, especially when your sciatic nerve is under stress. Many gym equipment restrict the natural moving patterns of our body. Repetitive movements with gym equipment can further strain your lower back and aggravate inflammation. Even upper body exercises can put extra strain on the lower back, particularly lifting weights. Substitute gym workouts with natural activities like walking, running and swimming. 2. Do stretching exercises Sciatica pain may dissuade you from stretching the lower back and the legs but gently performed stretching exercises may bring you pain relief. It may even help resolve the underlying problem. Gentle stretching can relieve the stress on the Piriformis muscle and the hamstring, thereby relieving sciatica-like symptoms. As a...

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Dr. Travis’ Nerve Pain Returns – Can He Find the Help He Needs?

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork gives viewers a look into his own health concerns as he seeks treatment for his ongoing nerve pain, which begins in his neck and affects his back.Dr. Stork has chronicled his search for relief on The Doctors and has undergone acupuncture, chiropractic massage and rehab exercises. He thought he had overcome the worst of it, but just weeks ago the pain came back “like a dagger,” he shares. The dagger-like pain was even worse while sleeping.Watch: Dr. Travis’ Hot Stone MassageHe sought out the advice of neurosurgeon Dr. John Spooner to find what his options are. Dr. Spooner suggested trying traction therapy first and then possibly an injection for his compressed nerve in his back.In addition to his usual treatments, he...

Ways to Ease the Pain and Inflammation of Arthritis and Rheumatism

Ways to Ease the Pain and Inflammation of Arthritis and Rheumatism

Ease The Pain And Inflammation of Inflammatory Conditions, Such as Arthritis and Rheumatism...

When You Have Pain All Over and You’re Falling Apart

When You Have Pain All Over and You’re Falling Apart

Cindy Perlin, LCSWDo you have pain almost everywhere?  Have you also been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease or have debilitating chronic fatigue?  Have you had multiple joint replacements?If your answer is yes, and you’ve been seeing a conventional primary care provider or a number of different specialists to deal with your many chronic conditions, chances are good that you are on a multitude of medications to manage your symptoms.  It’s also highly probable that none of these physicians has looked for common root causes of these systemic conditions.  It is likely that these medications have side effects and that you are on other medications to treat these side effects. It is also likely that you will never get better if you continue...

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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

Cindy Perlin, LCSWMany of the 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States have been depending on opioids to manage their pain, some for decades. In the last few years, concerns about addiction and deaths from prescription opioids have resulted in changes in guidelines regarding opioid use and a crackdown on physicians who prescribe opioids. Many physicians are refusing to continue prescribing opioids to their patients.  Others are refusing to take on any new patients who have chronic pain. Patients who lose their doctors due to retirement, relocation, DEA prosecution or license revocation often have no place to turn for their medication.There’ve been numerous reports of pain patients committing suicide after their doctor discontinued their opioids and they could no longer tolerate the unremitting...