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Radical Remedies: Baby Blues

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Baby Blues is a psychological state experienced by about 50% of women right after giving birth. It’s basically light depression. The reason for this is not entirely clear, but it is likely multifactorial. The ending of pregnancy may be one of them. Most women are very happy to be pregnant and to have the baby as part of their body. Birth, although bringing into the world the baby that mothers love, and wait for, ends this stage. The other most likely reason is pain and exhaustion associated with giving birth. I have seen it many times and it’s absolutely mind boggling what women have to go through. Even today with strong pain killers and muscle contractants like oxytocin it’s an amazing feat to say the least. After going through so much pain and physical exhaustion it’s no wonder that some women feel depressed. Finally there are many hormonal changes during and after birth. This can cause some imbalances in the hormonal milieu of the mother, contributing to the blues.  Unfortunately this can last a few weeks, so it makes utmost sense to try something natural that can alleviate this, without going into prescription anti-depressants.

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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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Radical Remedies: Prescription Medications, Their Side Effects and Natural Alternatives

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As you may have heard on the Natural Health Show this last Saturday I talked about prescription medications and natural alternative compounds. Most of you may have been shocked by my approach, but as a Medical Doctor I am aware of the serious side effects of all prescription meds. Of course some have more serious potential side effects than others but they all have them to some degree. It is the art of the medical profession to weigh the pros and cons of any medication to determine if the beneficial effects of treating certain conditions outweigh the negative effects of these medications.

The problem is that this art takes years of clinical experience and a clear understanding of the positive and negative effects of prescription meds. Another problem is that in general there is a tendency on the part of physicians to over-prescribe medications especially in situations where the medical condition is not as serious as to warrant the use of such medications. This applies especially when there are alternative more natural solutions with either no side effects at all or side effects which are much less serious and burdensome to the patient.

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