August 2016

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Melatonin is released by the pineal gland, a small structure in the brain, when darkness falls- signaling to the body that it's time to rest. Levels remain high throughout the night and decline during the daylight hours. The daily rise and fall of the hormone helps regulate our internal clocks. 
  • Reduces neurodegeneration caused by amyloid beta and tau proteins
  • Fights seasonal affective disorder
  • Combats depression
  • Acts as potent antioxidant by inhibiting production of free radicals
  • Lowers risk of stroke and resulting impairment
  • Minimizes brain swelling from traumatic head injury
Read the full article by Psychology Today here.
Could Natural Medicine Be The Future?

Health insurance plans have long been used to  cover the costs of only interventions and drugs , encouraging system dependency. If more of these payment plans started covering preventative medicine and holistic approaches, pharmaceutical drug use and medical interventions would be drastically reduced, thus lowering the cost of healthcare for all. If patients were treated as individuals and healthcare providers approached each situation holistically, then perhaps patient health could be restored as a whole. By understanding nutrition utilization and putting it to work in an individual's body, healthcare professionals could prevent the use of high cost interventions that don't always work for cancer and other diseases. By understanding the signs of nutritional imbalances, healthcare systems could respond by helping patients incorporate the right whole foods into their diets instead of prescribing them pills to suppress the body's natural communication.

What if the government recognized the therapeutic anti-inflammatory benefit of curcuminoids in turmeric root, the antioxidant qualities of catechins in cocoa and green tea, or the liver protective glycyrrhizin in licorice root? Real medicine is synthesized directly by nature and works in harmony with the body. With healthcare systems bent and broken and doing more harm than good, there's only room for improvement, a need to bring a holistic approach and a model of compassionate, individualized care back to the forefront.

Read the full article from Natural News  here.
Marijuana's Benefits on Society

Use of many prescription drugs has plummeted following the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia and published in the journal Health Affairs The researchers found that Medicare prescriptions fell for conditions that can be treated by cannabis, including  anxiety , depression, pain, nausea, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders and spasticity. Prescriptions for other types of drugs, such as blood-thinners, remained unchanged. This led the researchers to conclude that legalization led directly to the changing prescription habits.

Not only is medical marijuana saving money, but it is making money! In the first year, Colorado collected a projected $33.5 million and $67 million the next year on the taxes alone on recreational marijuana. In 2015, the state collected over $85 million in taxes, licenses, and fees while the overall sales of medical and recreational marijuana reached nearly $1 billion (Colorado Department of Revenue, 2016). Retail marijuana is taxed at a high rate of 27.9% while medicinal marijuana is at 2.9%. The first $40 million collected from these taxes go straight to Building Excellent School Today Fund (BEST) to build new school facilities, improve the quality of schools, and to assist in overcrowding. After that, "the money is required to be spent the year after it is collected and used for health care, health education, substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, and law enforcement".

Not only is medical marijuana making money, but it is saving lives! America has a major problem with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day 46 people die of such overdoses in the United States. However, in the 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010, 25 percent fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually according to an article in Newsweek

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