MDherb board member Dr. Uma Featured in Boston Herald

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MDherb Board Member Dr. Uma Featured in The Boston Herald By: Chris Villani Published : Sunday, October 4, 2015 via Boston Herald Boston sportscasting icon Bob Lobel is one of the hundreds of patients in Massachusetts who say they have found an effective substitute for opioids by using medicinal marijuana. The 71-year-old longtime television reporter and anchor has dealt with chronic pain for years, the result of numerous surgeries: He’s had two…

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Medical Marijuana – Do You Qualify?

The medicinal uses of cannabis, more commonly known as marijuana, dates back thousands of years. One of the first known uses of cannabis was by the Chinese physician Hoa-tho in the early 2nd century as a surgical anesthesia. Today many experts recognize that medical marijuana (MMJ) and the healing properties of cannabis offer relief for a variety of crippling medical conditions like nausea from chemotherapy, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and glaucoma.…

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Marijuana And The Brain – What Are The Risks Of Heavy Use?

Occasional recreational use of marijuana does not seem to have much of an impact on health, well being or cognitive performance. There is a short term depression in cognitive abilities for about a day after smoking, but your mental abilities quickly resume to a normal state of functioning thereafter. Long term, heavy and regular smoking of marijuana can be quite harmful, and in addition to physical health risks to the…

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Foot Cryosurgery for Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, Morton’s Neuroma and Neuropathy

Cryosurgery, also known as Cryotherapy or Neuroablation, is a minimally invasive FDA approved procedure done in the office for pain relief and nerve problems of the foot. Dr. Katz notes that treatments have provided longstanding relief for heel pain, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma and neuropathy and many other painful conditions. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia using a tiny incision that does not require stitches. A probe is used…

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Prostate Pain – Why it Hurts So Much and How to Find Relief

Prostate pain can be a very serious condition and millions of men are looking for a quick and natural solution to relieve their problem. Often, this type of problem may not show up in a regular doctor exam and can be due to swollen tissue, congested blood and accumulated metabolic waste products in the prostate. You may even be in excellent general health however, that does not mean that you…

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Cannabis Alleviates Symptoms of Lyme Disease!

Living in the rural areas where there is tall grass and bushes everywhere, lies a creature that can make you very ill from its bite. There are many different species of ticks, but only few are able to infect us with a deadly virus. Emedicine.com- “Ticks are arthropods, like spiders. There are more than 800 species of ticks throughout the world.” It’s true to say that they are uncontrollable and…

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Can Alcohol Help Your Back Pain?

A lot of people report that they feel more relaxed or numb once the “buzz” of a few drinks hits their system. But does this mean that alcohol can help relieve back pain? Others report that they actually experience an increase in back pain when they enjoy an alcoholic beverage. What’s really going on here? To be honest, it really depends on what the cause of your back pain is.…

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Hemp Seed Oil Can Help Treating Arthritis

Many people would dismiss arthritis as a simple and natural process of aging when in fact it is not. It is a crippling disease; slow yet decapitating. Arthritis has many forms and accompanying painful symptoms. Somehow, in the advent of modern-day technology and medical breakthroughs, we look for an organic alternative way of battling arthritis knowing that it is safer and economical yet effective. Arthritis simply means inflammation of the…

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Get Rid Of Pain Killer Addiction Once And For All

Opioids should never be taken when drinking alcohol (also a drug) or when alcohol may still be in the system. Many chronic pain patients may be under-treated as a result of doctors who are trying to gain control over pain killer addiction, they report. Opioids used as the doctor has prescribed are supposedly not dangerous according to some well-established medical groups; but if this is the case, why are so…

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RICE Method – Relieve Muscle Strains And Cramps

Sometimes, you can’t help it. Your muscles pull themselves accidentally and cause you an injury in the related area. In some cases, your urine might turn out to be brown in color because of muscle injuries. This is because the myglobin protein is released when there is a torn muscle. You can treat your muscle strain and cramps using the RICE method, which stands for relative rest, ice, compression and…

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What Are the Components of a Pain Management Agreement, or Pain Contract?

At pain management clinics around the country now, physicians are utilizing pain management agreements, which are also called “pain contracts.” Plenty of individuals do not like to use the term pain contracts, however effectively it means the same thing as a pain agreement. There are certain components of a pain agreement that are fairly ubiquitous from practice to practice. One of the most important things to understand is that there…

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The Side Effects of Pain Killers Drugs – Part 1

Attacking more than pain – Part 1 Most drugs are consumed for a common purpose – the hope that they will offer some degree of pain relief. Whether out of desperation or habit, people regularly turn to pain medications to relief the agonizing pain caused by arthritis, migraine headache, back injuries, surgeries and other ailments. To consumers’ satisfaction, pain killers often live up to their promises and dull what seems…

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Joint Pain – A Natural Approach

Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness can alter your lifestyle dramatically, preventing you from participate in the activities you most enjoy. With the onset of pain in our fingers, wrists, knees, hips or virtually any joint in the body, we tend to jump to the conclusion that arthritis has set in. While joint pain is a natural response to inflammation in the body, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have one of…

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Marijuana Facts – Ten Surprising Truths About Marijuana Medicine

1. Healthcare professionals are in favor of medical marijuana. In a survey of Medscape, an online community for doctors and nurses, it was found that three out of four doctors and nine out of 10 nurses favor decriminalization of marijuana for medical use. 2. The vast majority of medical marijuana prescriptions are for life-threatening conditions. Many people think the medical marijuana movement is an excuse for stoners to get legal…

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Marijuana Use and Sexual Health – How Lighting Up Keeps a Man Down

In recent years, one state has followed another in relaxing its laws concerning marijuana use – and in some cases, even production. Use of weed for medical purposes is also an ongoing topic in the media, with multiple benefits cited ranging from pain relief to anti-seizure properties. With all of the press it receives, there is a tendency to look at the positive aspects of smoking pot, but recent research…

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Medical Marijuana – The Debate Rages On

Marijuana is also known as pot, grass and weed but its formal name is actually cannabis. It comes from the leaves and flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa. It is considered an illegal substance in the US and many countries and possession of marijuana is a crime punishable by law. The FDA classifies marijuana as Schedule I, substances which have a very high potential for abuse and have no proven…

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Medical Marijuana Can Offer Relief If You Are Suffering From Cancer Or Other Illnesses

One is allowed to use medical marijuana legally under CA State law if you have been medically examined by a medical doctor and written out a Physician Statement and Recommendation Letter. The evaluation is to verify if you will find freedom from the symptoms of the illness you are suffering. The Medical Board of CA has written that medicinal marijuana is a rising treatment modality. CA Prop 215, known as…

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What is a Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a very common and painful condition that affects the furthest end of the foot toward the toes. The pain is felt in the front of the foot and may extend to the toes. The word “neuroma” is misleading because the ending “-oma” is often thought of as a tumor. However, a Morton’s neuroma is the result of excessive tissue formation around a nerve that forms due to…

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Cannabis for Treating Pain in Pets

When pets develop cancerous tumors that eventually metastasize to other organs, veterinarians often prescribe tramadol for pain and a prognosis of a few months to live. But more pet owners complain that tramadol makes their pet sleep all the time and lethargic. Such was the case with Denise’s 12-year-old Labrador Retriever-mix, Miles, who suffered from a splenic tumor which metastasized to his liver and lungs. Denise didn’t like the affect…

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The Brain and Marijuana – How the Brain Is Negatively Affected When You Smoke Marijuana

Marijuana is a complex molecule that contains over 400 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemicals which give marijuana its ability to make a user feel high. THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active ingredient in the marijuana plant. THC is a cannabinoid. A chemical called anandamide isone of the natural cannabinoids in the brain. THC mimics the actions of anandamide. THC binds with the cannabinoid receptors making the brain think it…

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8 Ways To Beat Marijuana Detox Pains

OK, before you get into this too deep, I should warn you that this is mostly just common sense stuff. There are no magical cures for marijuana withdrawal, and for the most part you just have to endure it, get a lot of support, keep busy and power through those first really tough three or four days. I should also say that the source for this information is marijuana anonymous,…

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Physical and Pharmacological Effects of Marijuana

Introduction: Cannabis is not only the most abused illicit drug in the United States (Gold, Frost-Pineda, & Jacobs, 2004; NIDA, 2010) it is in fact the most abused illegal drug worldwide (UNODC, 2010). In the United States it is a schedule-I substance which means that it is legally considered as having no medical use and it is highly addictive (US DEA, 2010). Doweiko (2009) explains that not all cannabis has…

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Can Medical Marijuana Help Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions in this country. Chronic pain is often defined as pain that lasts three months or longer. Although it’s more common in older adults, anyone can experience it. Approximately 50 million people suffer from chronic pain, and another 25 million suffer from acute pain caused by surgery and accidents. One of the main problems with chronic pain is under treatment. According to the National Chronic…

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Marijuana Can Benefit Millions In Pain

Amendment 2 or the right to Medical Marijuana would make the use of medical marijuana legal under certain health conditions. Patients or caregivers with an issued license by a physician would also be allowed to attend registered marijuana treatment centers (Ballotpedia 2014). Not just anyone can get a medical marijuana license though. Individuals must be diagnosed with a “debilitating medical condition” such as cancer, HIV or glaucoma. The Florida Department…

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Is Medical Marijuana a Workable Gout Remedy?

The medical medical marijuana discussion rages on at a nationalized level. Is it good or bad? Does it contribute to criminal offenses, or doesn’t it? These are just some of the topics being challenged. Having said that, in states where medical marijuana is allowed by the law for medicinal usage, the argument drills down to which distinct circumstances does it help minimize painfulness. Gout is one of those issues. Based…

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Is It OK For Pain Management Doctors To Fire Patients Using Medical Marijuana?

When a patient sees a pain management doctor, the patient may receive narcotic medications. Especially if the person has a chronic pain issue and there is no surgical answer, opiates may be part of the plan for a long time. There are significant potential side effects with opiate medications. This may include constipation, depression, sedation, euphoria, dizziness, fatigue, anxiousness, clammy skin, confusion, respiratory depression, and a slew of others. One…

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Does Marijuana Work For Chronic Pain Management?

Is medical marijuana superior to prescription analgesics in controlling chronic pain? Chronic pain overall constitutes the single largest usage of medical marijuana. The opioid narcotics that are commonly used to treat chronic pain, like codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and methadone, are potentially addictive. Chronic pain medications may end up leading to tolerance with a need of increasing dosage to maintain effectiveness. A substantial number of patients find that when treating their…

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10 Diseases Where Medical Marijuana Could Have Impact

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(CNN) Dr. Sue Sisley noticed an unexpected trend among her patients. The psychiatrist works with veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. Many don’t like how they feel on all the meds they take to manage their anxiety, sleeplessness, depression and the flashbacks. “There’s just a few medications on the market that work, and even these can be inadequate,” Sisley said. “They end up getting stuck…

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THE TRUTH ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA

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THE POT DOCTOR HAS A BACKACHE. As Mahmoud ElSohly, Ph.D. shakes my hand, he’s wincing. Two days ago, ElSohly—the director of the University of Mississippi’s Marijuana Project—bent down the wrong way and threw out his back. And unfortunately, this morning’s visit to his chiropractor didn’t help him much. Ironically, just outside ElSohly’s office in the Waller Complex—behind bolted doors, coded chambers, and security cameras—lies a government-guarded farm where acres of…

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Recent Research on Medical Marijuana by NORML.org

Humans have cultivated and consumed the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant, colloquially known as marijuana, since virtually the beginning of recorded history. Cannabis-based textiles dating to 7,000 B.C.E have been recovered in northern China, and the plant’s use as a medicinal and mood altering agent date back nearly as far. In 2008, archeologists in Central Asia discovered over two-pounds of cannabis in the 2,700-year-old grave of an ancient shaman.…

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Why I changed my mind on weed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN

(CNN) — Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called “Weed.” The title “Weed” may sound cavalier, but the content is not. I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning. Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the…

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