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Cannabis as Medicine: Not a Panacea but still Valuable

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There are some very passionate supporters of weed out there.  It can cure cancer and relieve pain while freeing your mind.  You could be lead to believe that it is a cure all for nearly everything.  Its understandable that people are passionate about the topic when they do have very good and valid points in the face of a government that just doesn’t seem to get it.  The voice of support has to become louder and more impactful as the frustration mounts.  Believe me, the government gets it, but lobby groups have more power over rational discussion in American politics.  And cannabis certainly has a place in medicine, it just may not quite live up to the hyperbole…but it might.  We should have had a better idea of its medicinal value years ago, had those efforts not been hampered by the legal status of cannabis over the last century.  In this article, I’ll explore what the peer reviewed science currently has to say about the plant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hype and Potential Behind the Therapeutic Promises of Curcumin: From Alzheimer’s to Cystic Fibrosis

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Turmeric root contains biologically active curcumin.

Turmeric is a root belonging to the ginger family, and like ginger, is used prominently in oriental cuisines.  Owing its yellow color to a compound called curcumin, the root is probably best known as the spice used in curries.  Like its ginger cousin, turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  I’m not entirely sure how we know the timeline or how much truth is in that statement.  Nonetheless, I will parrot that as truth since we as humans often have this immutable faith in the supposed medicinal value of things we pull out of the ground.  As it turns out, there does appear to be some real potential medical applications, not with turmeric itself, but with curcumin.  Some of the claims are hype, some of them show a lot of promise with a little more research, and there may actually be some benefit in taking curcumin now.

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Ginger May Relieve Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

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Ginger root is one of my new favorite things.

Last year I began having pain in my wrists and fingers making it difficult to use my hands, not only because of the pain but also because the joints would lock up and limit the amount of movement I had with them.  Initially, I thought it was just wear and tear over the years from the gym and playing sports growing up.  Then it started happening in my toes and feet and eventually around my ribs and chest cavity.  Some days I would feel completely fine, while other days I found it difficult to move and could only take shallow breathes due to the pain in my chest when my lungs expanded.  It was getting in the way and making it hard to be productive. Read the rest of this entry »

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