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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...

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...

What Is Cupping Therapy, and Why Does Michael Phelps Swear By It?

What Is Cupping Therapy, and Why Does Michael Phelps Swear By It?

BY PAIGE CARLOTTICompeting in the Olympics is definitely grueling, but it’s not the sports that are responsible for some of the bruises on several of the top athletes.For instance, swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour—among other competitors—have been seen with round, purple marks across their bodies.It’s called cupping therapy, and it’s a form of ancient Chinese medicine purported to treat athletic aches and other pains.But can a couple of cups on your skin really make a difference in what’s going on in your body? We take a look at what’s really behind this health trend. How Does Cupping Therapy Work? In cupping therapy, an acupuncturist soaks a cotton ball in alcohol and lights it on fire inside a glass cup.He or she removes the flame, and...