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Cannabis Compounds DO Slow Down Diseases Like Alzheimer’s

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It is almost surreal sometimes when articles are brought to my attention that describe what I am currently living. I think what is important is to stay focused and be a part of the COMMUNITY that has supported me from the beginning. To remain unbiased, yet advocate for my own healing protocol that may help others.

Even if they just consider the benefits of EVOO for ALZ patients, that is still an improvement. It’s not just about Cannabis, it’s about how Cannabis fits into the lifestyle of the patient so they can function. And that is really the truth. If you research “Functional Medicine” we learn that we are organic beings that require natural medicines and therapies to stay alive.

And what about our ECS deficiencies? We are in crisis and our brains are screaming for help. And don’t forget that our gut contains a second brain that operates the processes and functions of the gut. If we have Diverticular Disease, how does the impact the brain?

Most importantly, Scientists need to realize this Full Spectrum CBD lifestyle is essentially the “acceptance, adjustment, adapt, overcome and move on” treatment plan that Canna provides me that gifts me the grace to live on with the NEW me.

How many more family members have to pass on until we help each other. Some day, Alzheimer’s will be preventable with Functional Medicine, Adult Neuro Genesis, Neuro Cannabis & Super Foods. We just have to share our stories to get there.

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Can cannabis compounds slow diseases like Alzheimer’s? MSU researcher aims to find out

RJ Wolcott Lansing State Journal
Published 9:40 p.m. UTC Aug 30, 2018

Norbert Kaminski, director of Michigan State University’s Institute for Integrative Toxicology and a professor of pharmacology & toxicology
Courtesy / G.L Kohuth, Michigan State University
EAST LANSING – Could cannabis compounds slow the progress of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?

Norbert Kaminski, a professor of pharmacology & toxicology at Michigan State University, thinks its possible, and he’s determined to find out.

Kaminski has studied the compounds of cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana, since 1990, looking at their effects on the immune system and whether they have therapeutic applications. That work has received continuous funding from the National Institute of Health since 1992.

Some compounds have known anti-inflammatory properties, Kaminski said, which prompted him to look at applications for degenerative brain diseases. He’s most interested in molecules that, “may be able to act as anti-inflammatory agents but do not possess psychotropic effects.”

“A very strong component of these diseases is that they are driven by inflammation in the brain,” Kaminski said.

Earlier this year, he contributed to a study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes that looked at medical marijuana use among HIV patients. That study found HIV patients taking medical marijuana had a similar number of monocytes — a type of white blood cell implicated in causing inflammation in the brain resulting in loss of cognitive function — as non-HIV patients.

“Neuroinflammation is believed to play an important role in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” he wrote in an email. “The condition termed HIV associated neurocognitive disorder has symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease.”

If cannabis compounds could bind to the surface of white blood cells and prevent them from crossing into the brain, it may help to reduce the inflammation that damages neurons and leads to memory loss and a reduction in cognitive function. In the lab, he’ll culture human white blood cells with compounds supplied by a pharmaceutical company, GB Sciences Inc., and observe their interactions.

Aspects of Alzheimer’s and similar diseases continue to confound researchers, said Marcia Gordon, a professor in the Department of Translation Science and Molecular Medicine at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. In the most basic sense, the older people get, the more likely they are to have misshapen proteins in the brain that clump together, causing damage to neurons that leads to dementia and other symptoms.

“One thing the immune system might be doing is recognizing the protein clumps as abnormal and mounting a reaction to get rid of them,” she said. “Attacking the protein clumps can damage nearby neurons.”

In the 1990s, scientists observed that people who took anti-inflammatory drugs throughout their lives were less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But treating patients who already had the disease with anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin didn’t cure the disease, Gordon said.

“Once a person has Alzheimer’s, suppressing the inflammation wasn’t the magic bullet,” she added.

Cannabis is designated as a schedule 1 drug by the Food and Drug Administration, a classification that delineates “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” This despite states such as Michigan legalizing medical marijuana in recent years.

“The Catch-22,” Kaminski said. “is that we continuously hear there’s no scientific evidence cannabis has any therapeutic uses, but there’s very limited funding for that research, so we can’t do the research to demonstrate it has therapeutic activity.”

The existing research, while far from conclusive, has groups like the Alzheimer’s Association are taking notice.

“The Alzheimer’s Association supports all legitimate avenues of research, including investigating compounds of marijuana and other plants,” said Samantha West, communications director of the association’s Michigan Great Lakes chapter.

Beyond staying tuned to developing research, West said individuals can get involved by participating in the group’s clinical trials project by visiting alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/research_progress/clinical-trials.

“We have so many researchers working on this important issue, but there’s no way to prevent, treat or cure (the disease),” she said. “We need people willing to participate in order to move that research forward faster.”

11 Proven Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Carrier Oil

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I can’t express enough that as we explore functional medicine we are surrounded by nutrients, supplements and so much more. So why are we paying hundreds of dollars for prescriptions when we can feed our bodies off the shelf medicine that can heal some of the most chronic diseases.

Access the deficiencies in our brain and feed us the natural properties we need to fill up our Endocannabinoid system and on a budget too.

Here is more research to help you along your OIL slickin’ path to healthy brains and healthy hearts.

Did you know how beneficial EVOO really is for our brains and bodies, so much that the Medical system would rather prescribe pills instead.

That doesn’t make sense!

The medicine I would have paid for was supposed to cost approximately 24,000$ a year and that was not a cure, it was only to deal with my symptoms. Who can afford that when you can’t work or don’t have subsidies. So I take EVOO daily and I am feeling like I crave my oil as much as a car would crave a lube job in order to keep its engine running.

Sometimes research and education can save lives and open doors to new ways of healing my brain and I’m learning at the same times which creates new brain cells. Who knew?

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“11 Proven Benefits of Olive Oil

There are many disagreements about fats in the diet.

However, pretty much everyone agrees that olive oil, especially extra virgin, is good for you.

Here are 11 health benefits of olive oil that are supported by scientific research.

1. Olive Oil Is Rich in Healthy Monounsaturated Fats

Olive oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, the fatty fruit of the olive tree.

About 24% of the oil is saturated fats and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

But the predominant (73%) fatty acid in olive oil is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, which is extremely healthy.

Oleic acid is believed to help reduce inflammation, and may have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.

Monounsaturated fats in extra virgin olive oil are also quite resistant to high heat, making it a healthy choice for cooking.

BOTTOM LINE:Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. This fatty acid is believed to have many beneficial effects, and is a healthy choice for cooking.

2. Olive Oil Contains Large Amounts of Antioxidants

Extra virgin olive oil is fairly nutritious.

Apart from its beneficial fatty acids, it contains modest amounts of Vitamins E and K.

But olive oil is also loaded with powerful antioxidants.

These antioxidants are biologically active and may help fight serious diseases.

This includes antioxidants that can fight inflammation and help prevent the cholesterol in our blood from becoming oxidized, both crucial steps in the heart disease process.

BOTTOM LINE:Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, some of which have powerful biological effects.

3. Olive Oil Has Strong Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Chronic inflammation is thought to be among the leading drivers of many diseases.

This includes cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even obesity.

Olive oil can reduce inflammation, which may be one of the main reasons for its health benefits.

The main anti-inflammatory effects are mediated by the antioxidants. Key among them is oleocanthal, which has been shown to work similarly to ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug.

Some scientists estimate that the oleocanthal in 50 ml (3.4 tablespoons) of extra virgin olive oil has a similar effectiveness as 10% of the adult dosage of ibuprofen.

There are also studies suggesting that oleic acid itself, the main fatty acid in olive oil, can reduce levels of important inflammatory markers like CRP.

One study also showed that olive oil antioxidants can inhibit some genes and proteins that drive inflammation.

BOTTOM LINE:Olive oil contains nutrients that can fight inflammation. This includes oleic acid, as well as the antioxidant oleocanthal.

4. Olive Oil May Help Prevent Strokes

Stroke is caused by a disturbance of blood flow to the brain, either due to a blood clot or bleeding.

In developed nations, stroke is the second most common cause of death, right after heart disease.

The relationship between olive oil and the risk of stroke has been studied extensively.

A large review study that included over 841,000 subjects found that olive oil was the only source of monounsaturated fat associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease.

These findings are supported by another large review study, this one with 140,000 participants. Researchers found that those who consumed olive oil were at a much lower risk of stroke.

BOTTOM LINE:There are many large studies showing that people who consume olive oil have a much lower risk of developing stroke, the second biggest killer in developed countries.

5. Olive Oil Is Protective Against Heart Disease

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world.

Observational studies conducted a few decades ago showed that heart disease was rare around the Mediterranean Sea.

This led to extensive research on the Mediterranean diet, which has now been shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the key features of this diet, and protects against heart disease via numerous mechanisms.

It lowers inflammation, protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation, improves the function of the lining of the blood vessels, and may help prevent unwanted blood clotting.

Interestingly, it has also been shown to lower blood pressure, which is one of the strongest risk factors for heart disease and premature death. In one study, olive oil reduced the need for blood pressure meds by 48%.

The truth is that dozens, if not hundreds, of studies have shown that extra virgin olive oil has powerful benefits for the heart.

If you have heart disease, a family history of heart disease, or any other major risk factor, then you might want to consider including plenty of extra virgin olive oil in your diet.

BOTTOM LINE:Olive oil has numerous benefits for heart health. It lowers blood pressure, protects LDL particles from oxidation, and has beneficial effects on many other risk factors.

6. Olive Oil Does Not Cause Weight Gain and Obesity

Eating fat does not make you fat, and olive oil is no exception.

Numerous studies have linked Mediterranean dietary patterns, rich in olive oil, with favorable effects on body weight.

In a 2.5 year study of more than 7000 Spanish college students, consuming a lot of olive oil was not linked to increased weight.

In other words, high intake of olive oil is not linked with weight gain or obesity in observational studies.

A 3-year study in 187 participants found that a diet rich in olive oil increased levels of antioxidants in the blood and caused weight loss.

BOTTOM LINE:Consuming large amounts of olive oil does not appear to increase the likelihood of weight gain. It may even be beneficial for weight loss.

7. Olive Oil May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world.

One of its key features is a buildup of so-called beta amyloid plaques inside brain cells.

One study in mice showed that a substance in olive oil can help remove these plaques from brain cells.

Another study, this time in humans, showed that a Mediterranean diet with olive oil had beneficial effects on brain function.

BOTTOM LINE:Some studies suggest that olive oil can help fight Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed to confirm this.

8. Olive Oil May Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Olive oil appears to be highly protective against diabetes.

Several studies have linked olive oil to beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity.

A randomized clinical trial of 418 non-diabetic participants recently confirmed the protective effects of olive oil.

In this study, a Mediterranean diet with olive oil reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by over 40%.

BOTTOM LINE:Both observational studies and clinical trials suggest that olive oil, combined with a Mediterranean diet, can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

9. The Antioxidants in Olive Oil Have Anti-Cancer Properties

Cancer is one of the most common causes of death in the world.

People in Mediterranean countries have a lower risk of some cancers, and many researchers believe that olive oil may have something to do with it.

The antioxidants in olive oil can reduce oxidative damage due to free radicals, which is believed to be one of the leading drivers of cancer.

Many test tube studies have shown that compounds in olive oil can help fight cancer cells.

Whether olive oil can actually help to prevent cancer needs to be studied properly in humans.

BOTTOM LINE:There is preliminary evidence that olive oil may help prevent cancer, but this needs to be studied properly.

10. Olive Oil Can Help Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by deformed and painful joints.

The exact cause is not well understood, but it involves the body’s immune system attacking normal cells by mistake.

Olive oil supplementation appears to improve inflammatory markers and reduce oxidative stress in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.

Olive oil appears to be particularly beneficial when combined with fish oil, a source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.

In one study, olive oil and fish oil significantly reduced joint pain, handgrip strength and morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

BOTTOM LINE:Olive oil can help reduce joint pain and swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. The beneficial effects are greatly increased when combined with fish oil.

11. Olive Oil Has Anti-Bacterial Properties

Olive oil contains many nutrients that can inhibit or kill harmful bacteria.

One of these is Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that lives in the stomach and can cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.

Test tube studies have shown extra virgin olive oil to be effective against eight strains of this bacteria, three of which are resistant to antibiotics.

A study in humans showed that 30 grams of extra virgin olive oil can eliminate Helicobacter pylori infection in 10-40% of people in as little as 2 weeks.

BOTTOM LINE:Extra virgin olive oil has anti-bacterial properties, and has been shown to be particularly effective against Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.

Make Sure to Get the Right Type *ORGANIC

The importance of getting the right kind of olive oil can not be overstated.

Extra virgin olive oil is the only type that contains all the antioxidants and bioactive compounds. It is the only olive oil we recommend.

But even so, there is a lot of fraud on the olive oil market, and many oils that have “extra virgin” on the label have been diluted with other refined oils.

Therefore, do some research and make sure that you’re actually getting real extra virgin olive oil.

Take Home Message

At the end of the day, quality extra virgin olive oil is super healthy.

It may just be the single healthiest fat on the planet.”

*BUY ORGANIC FOR YOUR BRAIN AND HEART
YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!!

 

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https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-olive-oil

Captivating “Vitamin Weed by Dr. Michelle Ross ” Book Reveals All

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Over time I like to share research and keep us up to date when it comes to brain health. I’d like to introduce you to the woman whom I follow and get most of my information from. Meet Dr. Michelle Ross, who recently released a book called “Vitamin Weed.” Vitamin Weed is a concept that introduces Cannabis as a medicine without the stigma of the “HIGH.”

Did you know, that your plant contains more than 200 cannabinoids, flavonoids, vitamins, fibre’s, acids and so much more? Your plant has become your own FARMacy and it’s up to us to learn why? The concepts of using the entire plant to give us more Cannabinoids in order to heal from our deficiencies and continue to stabilize my condition through “The Entourage Effect – Using the entire plant.” Addressing my endocannabinoid deficiencies will hopefully show you why I do the things I do.

When it comes to Dementia and Alzheimer’s we are at the crisis point with our Endocannabinoid deficiencies. Our brains are screaming for nutrients, oxygen, stress-free environments and non-toxic relationships. How do we address this system that is responsible to keeping our brains healthy? Full Spectrum, Organic, Fresh Harvest, No pesticides, no chemicals, no bugs, no mold…Cannabis Oil. Also, what if we were born with mutant cells or predisposed to brain disease, by adding CBD & THC & the entire plant, you are addressing your entire core body and all that exists to keep you balanced.

Fortunately, at the time of my unstable health, I saw one of Dr. Ross’ video’s and started on the path of Neuro Genesis and Cannabis Oil Therapy. Without this progressive information, I would not be here today. I stand by her research and am proof that a regimented and strict treatment of natural brain therapies can mean the difference between life and death.

This is why I use Dr. Ross’ research to prove that Cannabis is vital to one’s brain health as preventative and treatment care. Welcome to the rest of your brain life…

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VITAMIN WEED by Dr. Michelle Ross:

“As a neuroscientist, Dr. Michele Ross was frustrated by the lack of education on the endocannabinoid system both doctors and scientists received, despite medical cannabis being used by millions of patients nationwide. In 2013, she founded the “Endocannabinoid Deficiency Foundation,” now known as IMPACT Network, with the mission to drive clinical research on cannabis for women’s health. She is now CEO of Infused Health, a platform for cannabis coaching.

 

Dr. Ross is both a cannabinoid medicine researcher and a cannabis patient. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and chronic pelvic pain, cannabis was the only thing that reduced her symptoms and allowed her to return to work. After hearing thousands of extraordinary patient stories just like hers, Dr. Ross was compelled to ensure cannabis becomes part of the American healthcare system.

 

Dr. Ross is a proud advocate of botanical and psychedelic medicine, and has formulated and marketed nutraceuticals for companies around the globe. She has also been a leader in digital health and education, crafting continuing medical education for health professionals as well as creating online communities for patients. She is also author of two books, “Train Your Brain to Get Thin” and “Vitamin Weed: A 4-Step Plan to Prevent and Reverse Endocannabinoid Deficiency.” Dr. Ross holds a Doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has researched addiction, mental health, and psychopharmacology for over a decade. Fun fact: she was the first scientist to star on a reality television show, starring on Big Brother 11 on CBS in 2009.”