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Why Medical Marijuana Works

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Marijuana contains a class of compounds called cannabinoids.  Cannabinoids are also made by our bodies (called endocannabinoids when they are made by the body) and they work with a network in our body called the endocannabinoid system. (ECS) Cannabinoids bind with receptors that are found on cell surfaces to have their effect.  The receptors which […]

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Can Light Heal Pain?

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The first time I heard about laser therapy, a type of light therapy for pain, a veterinarian recommended it for my cat, who had osteoarthritis in her hip.  My knowledge of lasers at the time was limited to a vague idea that they were used to cut tissue in surgery.  I couldn’t imagine how that […]

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New Guidelines: Use Alternative Therapies First For Low Back Pain

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New low back pain treatment guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) were published on February 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Based on a review of the evidence, the ACP concluded that pharmacological interventions for low back pain offered fewer benefits and greater risks than nonpharmacological therapy. The ACP now strongly recommends that […]

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Marijuana vs Opiods for Pain

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Carol’s teenage daughter Julia is a dancer who suffered a serious injury that required extensive surgery.  Julia was sent home after surgery with opioids for pain.  Despite the opioids, Julia was screaming in pain.  Carol repeatedly called her doctor’s office and each time was told to increase the dosage of the opioids.  At first Carol […]

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What a Trump Presidency Will Mean for Health Care

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There has been much discussion in the media about Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will result in over 20 million people losing health insurance coverage.  The implications of a Trump presidency for health care go much further than this.  Here is a summary of the probable outcomes. The Affordable Care Act […]

 
 
 
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