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Radical Remedies: Medicinal Leeches

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Last Saturday on the Natural Health Show, during my weekly Radical Remedies segment, I talked about medicinal leeches. It’s an old therapeutic practice that is now considered very radical, mostly because of the general appearance of these critters. The practice dates back to 800 BC in India and ancient Greece.

The general idea was to use leeches to draw out blood in order to keep the four humors of ancient medical philosophy in balance. The founder of this philosophy was Galen, who lived in ancient Greece and is a man considered by many to be one of the fathers of modern medicine. The four humors were blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile. It was believed that too much or too little of any one of them could lead to disease. Too much blood would manifest itself as inflamed, reddened skin, so it was believed that letting out blood in a controlled fashion would fix the underlying cause of the illness.

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Radical Remedies: Medical Marijuana – Part 2

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I am going to continue my discussion (from my previous blog) on canabinnoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, and their interaction with the two main active compounds in Medical Marijuana. CB1 is found mainly in the brain and CB2 mainly on the cells of the immune system. When cannabinoids bind to the CB1 receptors they produce psychoactive effects (feeling of euphoria, happiness etc.). The binding to these receptors also stimulates appetite (something beneficial in cancer and HIV patients), inhibits vomiting (something beneficial for patients on chemotherapy), and produces an anti-depressive effect. Continue reading


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Radical Remedies: Medical Marijuana – Part 1

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Hello my dear readers. Today I would like to talk about Medical Marihuana; a topic that I covered last Saturday on the Natural Health Show under Radical Remedies.

There are now over 30 thousand patients in Canada that have a government issued license to use Medical Marijuana for a number of conditions. These conditions include depression, cancer, arthritis,chronic pain, spinal injury, multiple sclerosis, ALS, epilepsy, and glaucoma. Considering the amount of quality studies being done on cannabis on an ongoing basis it’s likely that it will prove to be beneficial for a number of other conditions as well. The way the regulatory system currently works (up until April of 2014) is that patients can grow their own plants, designate a grower for themselves, purchase cannabis from Health Canada or purchase it from a licensed producer. In April of 2014 a new system will come into effect and patients will be allowed to only purchase their medication from licensed producers.

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