Although medical cannabis has been legal since 1996, it is still either illegal or limited in twelve states. The states that have medical or recreational programs have studied some of the positive and negative impacts on the human body. Scientists have worked to uncover the infamous “cotton mouth” effect associated with cannabis. Other studies have sought to explore the ravenous hunger experienced by cannabis users known as the “munchies.”
As practitioners of naturopathic medicine, we believe that we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water. In other words, optimal healthcare should combine age-old, traditional healing with cutting-edge, modern, evidence based medicine.
Fifty years ago a woman’s odds of getting breast cancer were one in 22. Today it’s one in seven for women age 80 and older. As a woman ages, her chances of developing breast cancer also increases. At age 30, it is one out of 2,213 and at age 40, it jumps to one in 235. By age 50, it becomes one in 54.
“Running is an optimistic sport: fundamentally, we believe in the power of the body. Meditation is also an optimistic tradition: fundamentally, we believe in the potential of the mind. In Tibetan, confidence is known as ziji. This word can also be translated as ‘brilliance’ or ‘to shine.’ Ziji expresses how confidence feels and looks: mentally we shine, and physically we glow. Both running and meditation bring out our radiance.”
—From Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham
Many people ask why I went into acupuncture and natural medicine. Well, it didn’t start that way. I grew up in a family where my parents both worked at hospitals. My mom was a registered nurse on the high-risk maternity unit and my dad, was a financial analyst at another hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted—in body, mind, and heart—and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow—or we begin to flow more in our lives.” Cybele Tomlinson
We often refer to cannabis as a “weed,” but this magical plant is actually a flower that contains 140 different essential oils. The practice of aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, is the science of extracting aromatic essences from plants to promote balance in the body and mind. The main therapeutic agents in essential oils are known as terpenes, which have a wide variety of uses, from hygiene products to food flavorings.
With running, hiking, biking, and water sports season at its peak during the summer for both athletes and visitors alike, we need to take into consideration acute mountain sickness (AMS). When a person travels from sea level to 9,000 feet and immediately goes running, hiking, climbing, or mountain biking, he or she has the potential to develop early symptoms of acute mountain sickness.
Bell’s palsy is the condition of sudden drooping, weakness, numbness, and possible paralysis of one side of the face. There are varying degrees of symptoms. Some people will experience slight muscle weakness and numbness, while others will have total paralysis of one side of the face, facial pain, and headaches. Some also have a reduction in taste, have trouble holding food in their mouth, and difficulty closing their eye on the affected side.
Life on this planet is rarely stable. With all our technology and knowledge, we seek balance in our lives. Exercise, hugs, and coffee tilt those scales closer to the desired balance, but there is new research on a new substance that may help our natural balance. This new miracle is cannabidiol (CBD).
Inhale. Exhale. Release.
Summertime in Summit County is such a gift. There are many of us who came one season for the joys of winter, and then were surprised that summer can be just as sweet. Summer is a very yang season, full of long days in the sun, high activity outdoor sports, and constant socializing. As much as we can feel charged up, this endless yang energy can drain us.
Many years ago I was introduced to a medical technology through an interesting series of events. One of my best friends in chiropractic college contracted hepatitis A through an unnamed food chain. He went to see his chiropractor about a year later, because he still didn’t feel well.
The advent of the whole plant, hemp derived CBD-rich oil as a grassroots therapeutic option has changed the local, and national conversation about cannabis. It’s no longer a question of whether medical marijuana works, today the key question is how to use cannabis for maximum therapeutic benefit in a wide spectrum of everyday health concerns.
Did you push through knee pain all winter long? Do your knees ache and slow you down in the morning? Are you nervous to do summer activities like hiking, biking, and climbing? Have you had surgery on your ACL, MCL, LCL or PCL? It’s time to have long lasting pain relief that helps prevent future injuries plus allows you to enjoy year-round activities.