Identified in mice, the simple organ most likely exists in humans, too, offering fresh insight into how we experience painful pressure and pricks.
Autoimmune diseases are some of the least understood and most difficult medical conditions to treat. There are up to 80 different types of autoimmune diseases that affect up to 50 million Americans according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA.) While each illness is unique, the common thread connecting all of these diseases is that they cause the immune system to attack healthy cells as if they were foreign. Since the root cause of these diseases can often be veiled in mystery, most treatments only address the symptoms instead of the cause.
A growing body of medical research suggests that studying the endocannabinoid system and how it is activated by the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) may lead to the development of promising therapies.
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Some of the most common autoimmune diseases are:
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – a group of diseases that cause the inflammation of the colon and small intestine
- Type 1 Diabetes – a condition that destroys cells that produce insulin in the pancreas
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – a condition that causes severe inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – a condition that affects joints, kidneys, brain, skin, and other organs
- Psoriasis – a skin condition that produces thick, silver-white patches of flaky skin along with irritation and redness
- Celiac Sprue Disease – an autoimmune reaction to gluten (found in barley, wheat, and rye) that damages the lining of the small intestine
- Pernicious Anemia – a condition that leads to decreased red blood cells because of an inability to absorb vitamin B-12
- Vitiligo – a condition that produces white patches on the skin as the result of loss of pigment
- Scleroderma – a disease of the connective tissue causes changes in internal organs, blood vessels, skin, and muscles
- Hashimoto’s disease – a disease that causes the thyroid gland to become inflamed
- Addison’s Disease – a disease that causes insufficient adrenal hormone production
- Graves’ Disease – a disease that results in an overactive thyroid gland
- Reactive Arthritis – a condition that may cause sores on the skin and mucus membranes and that causes inflammation of the joints, eyes and urethra
- Sjögren’s Syndrome – a disease that causes dry mouth and dry eyes by destroying the glands that produce saliva and tears. It can also affect the lungs and kidneys.
What you might notice about all of these diseases is that they disrupt the bodies’ ability to achieve homeostasis or a healthy balance.
How the Endocannabinoid System Could Treat Autoimmune Disease…
Let’s talk about the amazing potential of the endocannabinoid system because of its ability to help the body achieve homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system is made up of cannabinoid receptors that are embedded throughout the entire human body in immune cells, organs, connective tissue and glands. The reason why this system is gaining so much medical attention and is believed to have a wide application for the development of effective therapies is because these receptors send signals to nearly every system and cellular structure in our bodies to promote homeostasis.
Dr. Dustin Sulak—an American physician who uses cannabinoid rich cannabis based treatments in his integrative medical clinics in Maine and Massachusetts—offers an example in his article Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System that is particularly relevant for those suffering from autoimmune diseases:
“At the site of an injury, for example, cannabinoids can be found decreasing the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming nearby immune cells to prevent release of pro-inflammatory substances. Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury.”
Dr. Sulak’s example illustrates the endocannabinoid system’s ability to use cannabinoids, like CBD, to send signals to different areas in the body that result in the reduction of inflammation caused by an overactive immune response. This same therapeutic property has been the focus of many scientific studies related to autoimmune diseases. These studies suggest that CBD based therapies could be developed to effectively treat and manage a wide range of autoimmune diseases from rheumatoid arthritis and types 1 diabetes to multiple sclerosis (MS) and inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis and Crohn’s disease.
While the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet substantiated the benefits of CBD, integrated medical practices across the United States like Dr. Sulak’s are utilizing this medical research to benefit their patients. More research on the endocannabinoid system and its use of CBD to achieve homeostasis could lead to the development of effective therapies for a wide range of autoimmune disorders.
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Enter Into a Mystical Forest for your Meditation Practise.
Featuring Beautiful Celtic Music @432Hz and sounds of Nature. Waterfall and birds. As you close your eyes for meditation, this track will help to transport to this magical forest, — away from the stress and hustle and bustle around you.
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E ala e, E ala e,
Kou O kino, kou O koko, ikaika kino lau,
E lawe ‘oe i ka ‘eha a pau,
E ala e, ke anoano na koko ikaika,
E ala e aku kou moe loa,
Me he ola a me kou nui ke ikaika,
E luku ho’opapau keia ma’i ‘a’ai,
E malama kou kino,
E lohe, na Aumakua,
E lohe, e Lono, e Pele,
Ke pule ola loa
E ola ia makou, aohe hala,
Amama ua noa.
Kalei’s body, her white warrior cells,
Take away all pain,
Awake awesome warrior cells, Awake from your long sleep,
And grant life with your great strength, Destroy completely this cancer,
Heal her body,
Hear me Ancestors,
Hear me Lono, Pele,
This prayer for long life, Grant life to her, without fail,
|Blessings to your Eternal Souls!|
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One of the most common weed-killers in the United States can transform male frogs into fully functional females, a new study says.
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Is your nap game sharp? Most of you probably don’t have enough time to take a nap throughout the day, but power naps are probably the solution to your problem. Napping may improve your brain function, problem-solving skills, verbal memory, perceptual learning, object learning and statistical learning. This will improve your reaction time, help you […]
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We’ve all probably dined at a food truck at some point. Oh, the joy of fine dining on four wheels! But Seattle dog lovers can also share the culinary joy of food on the go with their dogs thanks to Ben and Dawn Ford. They rolled out The Seattle Barkery, Seattle’s […]
Physical activity is important for your mental and physical health. However, not everyone is able to go to the gym. Some people work all the time, and they don’t have any time to hit the gym. Well, it’s time to stop worrying because a 15-minute walk can give you some great benefits. Walking may add […]
The genus Salvia contains a staggering range of species suitable for every garden use under the sun—and in the shade. But for cooking, none can rival common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and its cultivars. Sage has long been valued for its contributions to the cook’s palette of flavors. Its robust piney aroma and earthy flavor complement many ingredients. Sage is also an attractive garden plant, particularly in its fancy-leaved forms. Plus, it prospers under a wide range of conditions and adds striking bold texture to mixed plantings.
Growing Info For Sage
• Light: Full sun
• Height: 18 to 24 inches
• Width: 24 to 36 inches
• Bloom time: Late spring, although valued most for its evergreen foliage.
• Soil: Well-drained, tolerant of a wide range of soil types.
What’s the Difference Between Types of Sage?
S. officinalis vary widely in the size and shape of its leaves. Sharp-eyed herbalists…
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As little as an hour a week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may be enough to help prevent disability in people with knee osteoarthritis or other lower-extremity joint symptoms, according to a recent study of 1,564 people. […]
MIDDAY MEDITATION (9 mins.) | For divine guidance and support from within … tap into your inner Guru now …
Aum bhur bhuvah svah
tatsaviturvarenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat. Om.
In all three worlds – terrestrial, astral,
and celestial – may we meditate upon the splendour of that Divine Sun who illuminates all. May its golden light nourish our understanding and guide us on our journey to its sacred seat.
Herbal Tinctures for Health and Well-Being They may be small, but these extracts pack a powerful herbal punch. Discover the multiple benefits of tinctures, and how to make and use them to stay heal […]
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Do you drink warm water? If your answer is no, it’s time to change it. Warm water has great benefits. Cold water is refreshing, but it actually affects the absorption of nutrients because the body is forced to bring up the body temperature. According to research, cold water thickens nasal mucus, making if difficult to […]
Brussels sprouts belong to the Brassicaceae vegetable family. They are close relatives to mustard greens, kale and cauliflower. The cruciferous vegetables look like tiny cabbages, and we usually eat them as a side dish. If you are trying to improve your diet, make sure you add Brussels sprouts to your menu The veggie is rich […]
Slippery Elm is a perennial tree native to the central and eastern United States and Ontario, Canada, and can reach a height of 60-80 feet. They can live up to 200 years. Slippery Elm is also called Red Elm or Indian Elm. Native Americans used the inner bark for its soothing effect on the digestive tract and to heal wounds. Today, Herbalists use Slippery Elm for its mucilaginous and nutritive properties, for a sore throat, and for soothing the mucous membranes lining the stomach and intestines. The inner bark is the only part used for therapeutic purposes. When it is moistened, the gummy mucilaginous substance surrounding its fibers swell, producing a soothing softening remedy. This gooey ingredient is very similar to Flaxseed. Slippery Elm is known by Herbalists for its soothing effect on whatever part of your body it comes into contact with. Slippery Elm has also been used during times of stress. Given that our mental…
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The prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia is increasing globally as people live longer. Vascular dementia (VaD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are the most common forms of dementia, and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is often concomitant with AD (AD + CVD). The goal of treatment is to stabilize or slow disease progression, reduce behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), improve quality of life, and reduce caregiver burden. In Asia, the first-line therapies for dementia are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs), N‐methyl‐D‐aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists (e.g., memantine) are second-line therapies, and the proprietary ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgoaceae) leaf extract EGb761 (Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG; Karlsruhe, Germany) is also used. In China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, EGb 761 is classified as a drug; in Malaysia and Singapore, it is regulated as a supplement; and in Indonesia, it is classified as a “phytopharmaceutical.” To help guide clinical practice in…
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Urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most common community-acquired infections, and it has a very high rate of recurrence. Of women diagnosed with UTI, 35% to 53% have a recurrence within 12 months. The standard treatment for UTI is a course of antibiotics; however, there is not a standard prophylactic treatment for recurrent UTI. Now that the relationship is understood between overuse of antibiotics and the development of multidrug-resistant strains within microbial populations, the authors argue that it is imperative to develop a long-term standard preventive therapy for recurrent UTI.
In this prospective, non-randomized phase II clinical trial, researchers at the Department of Urology at the Santa Chiara Regional Hospital in Trento, Italy evaluated a combination of natural therapy for recurrent UTI. The product is produced by Anatek Health Italia, Milan, Italy, and is sold under the name AVIUR Retard. Each tablet contains the following combination of proprietary products:…
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What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Do you stretch? Of course you don’t. Most people reach for their coffee mug or cigarettes. Well, we will give you a few reasons to stretch in the morning. First, your body needs to get loose, and you need to get that heart pumping. Do you […]
A new immunotherapy approach using a patient’s own tumor targeting T-cells has shown impressive results in a woman with metastatic breast cancer who only had months to live. […]
The Summer Solstice, or Litha as it is known in the old Celtic calendar, is only a few days away. The single day of the year of the when the light lasts longest and I want to put it in my pocket and keep it forever. I’d like to roll up all the beautiful hedgerows and the country lanes and lay them out somewhere in the sunshine so I can walk them all. I’d like to ask all the birds to keep singing and to stay in their nests all year round, as the swallows and the swifts and house martins all appear back in the eaves of our summer roofs. Wasn’t it empty without them?
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Calendula flowers have a sunny disposition in the garden. Use its golden petals in the kitchen and be sure to keep it well-stocked in the medicine cabinet for an array of medicinal uses, including soothing ointments and astringent tinctures.
Since antiquity, calendula flowers, or pot marigold, have been used in infusions for many maladies.
Since antiquity, calendula (also known as pot marigold) flowers have been used in infusions for many maladies. The Egyptians used the petals to heal wounds. In the Middle Ages, calendula was used for indigestion and healing bruises and burns. In World War I, the herb was used on the injured to prevent inflammation and infection. According to Annie Burnham Carter, author of In An Herb Garden (1947), “In England during that war, Miss Gertrude Jekyll gave a field on her estate for the exclusive cultivation of pot marigolds . . . the flowers which bloomed there…
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A new study indicates half of your friends probably don’t consider you their friend.
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