Archive | July 2014

QUOTE FOR FRIDAY

“What are the odds of becoming addicted?

  • Of all the people who use marijuana, about one in eleven will become addicted.
  • When a young person begins smoking marijuana in his or her TEENS, he (or she) has a one in six chance of becoming addicted.”

Narconon International–Leading in drug rehab since 1966

Part 2 Let’s look at all angles regarding Marijuana becoming legal in the America!

Part 2 How could this drug possibly cause a bad reaction to humans?   Well let’s look at how it works:

Cannabis has psychoactive and physiological effects when consumed.The immediate desired effects from consuming cannabis include relaxation and mild euphoria (the “high” or “stoned” feeling), while some immediate undesired side-effects include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills and reddening of the eyes. Aside from a subjective change in perception and mood, the most common short-term physical and neurological effects include increased heart rate, increased appetite and consumption of food, lowered blood pressure, impairment of short-term and working memory, psychomotor coordination, and concentration.  Is this how we want our society or too many Americans in society going to work in this state of mind.  People going high to work are not thinking clearly or straight whether you agree or not.  Facts are facts and look what it does to your thinking process.  If we make this legal we’ll just make sure we can’t take this at work and you think a job will have you pee in a cup every 2 to 3 months even at Mc Donald’s to make sure you’re not abusing the drug?  Hell no they have enough expenses and it would only be done if the law said they had too.  It’s very hard in seeing that all job facilities would monitor their employees drug use unless you’re under a contract for 3 months for an agency like as a RN or Doctor, etc…  It will get out of control,  look at alcohol and we just want to add to the list with easy accessibility.

Marijuana may increase risk of anxiety, depression, and a series of attitude and personality changes, known as “amotivational syndrome.” This syndrome is characterized by a diminished ability to carry out long-term plans, a sense of apathy, decreased attention to appearance and behavior, and decreased ability to concentrate for long periods of time. These changes can also include poor performance in school. Marijuana, just like any other drug, can lead to addiction. It affects the brain’s reward system in the same way as all other drugs of addiction2 – and the likelihood of addiction increases considerably for those who start young.

Taking another angle on this I can understand in seeing an adult without children or with children flown from the family over 21 y/o not looking at safety for the community as closely as those parents with children since it’s not a major priority in their life, like it was possibly when they had children young.  Let’s look at the community regarding young ones and school.   Do you want your children or grandchildren to go to school where teachers are allowed to use marijuana legally.  Just think of the problems it could cause for your child or grandchild.  Look at those with undesirable and unethical behavior in the average American eyes but under control and on this drug it may enhance with relax the teacher having the feeling to actually act on these feelings (I don’t even have children).  What about a teacher just not giving the full potential of their role to children in their class as a mentor and making the course simple (Does your child win? No).

AMERICA THINK SAFETY BEFORE PLEASURE TO ALLOW THIS DRUG LEGAL!   For when this drug becomes legal in all states it will be very difficult to change it back to illegal.

Another angle is look at the health of an individual and how does it affect the human body in a negative way?  Well let’s look at FACTS again in what this drug does to the body:

A 2013 literature review said that exposure to marijuana had biologically-based physical, mental, behavioral and social health consequences and was “associated with diseases of the liver (particularly with co-existing hepatitis C), lungs, heart, and vasculature”.   Every drug has side effects, adverse effects with consequences.  So why do legal drugs get available for society?  It is used for treatable diseases, preventative measures for the disease worsening and palliative measures.  NOT TO GET HIGH and FEEL GOOD.  Go have a drink or more and stay home having a great night or assign a designated driver.  By the way this is called being responsible to yourself and others.

It is like everything in life you need limitations and restrictions/rules/regulations to prevent a disaster.   Want examples? Let us take our government look what happen to Wallstreet-a disaster, look at our economy the past 20 years Crash in 1987, crash in1990’s (.com bust) or better the continous corporate bail outs in the past 6 years – all disasters to the USA economy; another example the American diet look at Obesity in our country with cardiac and diabetes (Type 2) since too many don’t follow a healthy safe diet of the 4 food groups with 3o minutes of some type of exercise daily.  This problem has increased in this country over the past 25 years. Now look at marijuana legal. How will SAFETY be in this country with no restrictions/rules/law on marijuana letting it legal?  In 25 years we will have people who use marijuana like alcohol is used and we’ll have brain dead with the people who have alcoholism due to one thing ABUSING THEM called alcoholic and drug abuse.  A DISASTER!  Remember history repeats itself (Let us look at war, look at crashes like the depression to the past 6 years, at wallstreet, drug abuse from the 1960’s to cocaine or even crack now and let us add marijuana legal.  What about smoking and what it causes.)

 Let’s look at Cancer alone; it is question-able about marijuana causing the big “C”.  So with history repeating itself and       technology a lot quicker today let’s say in 25 years we might have commercials and further advertising to stop marijuana joints due to causing cancer and even more adverse effects.  Remember, like they did with cigarettes long after 50+ years being available to the public.   Let’s do more research before allowing pot or weed legal.  Why hurt humans if we can prevent it.  

Is this really a smart idea, to legalize marijuana, not just for you one person but for all including children and grandchildren (holistic approach)?  I say No with a capital N unless it is used for medical reason’s with sufficient research done about the drug so patient’s won’t have later adverse effects that affect the patient’s life or health; excluding a patient that is already with a fatal illness (ex. Stage IV cancer and need it for pain relief). 

What’s your opinion?  Let striveforgoodhealth.com know under comment.

Stayed tune for part 3 on Monday.

QUOTE FOR THURSDAY

Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation and an increase in appetite. Unwanted side-effects can sometimes include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, reddening of the eyes and feelings of paranoia or anxiety.

Do we really want to make this legal?  Let us know your opinion on the blog; document it under comment!.

Part 1 Let’s look at all angles regarding Marijuana becoming LEGAL in America!

Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana and by numerous other names is a preparation of the cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine.   Pharmacologically, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); it is one of 483 known compounds in the plant,[7] including at least 84 other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), and cannabigerol (CBG).

Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxationand an increase in appetite.   Unwanted side-effects can sometimes include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, reddening of the eyes  and feelings of paranoia or anxiety.  Have people on the streets or at work or in school with this kind of behavior or state of mind?  Is that safe in our society.  We have enough shootings in schools, malls, movie theatres, etc…, would this be a good move to our society?  More heads maybe blown off or poor judgment calls may be made with this enhancement including paranoia or anxiety (not thinking clearly).  So if alcohol does this why not legalize marijuana?  Why give another method of getting into a state of mind like that to adults & worse people under 21 y/o due to easy accessibility.  Even better why make it easier for people to drink and do weed legally at the same time.  People what about out countries safety?   Think first.  Is that better for our Nation?

In 2004, the United Nations estimated that global consumption of cannabis indicated that approximately 4% of the adult world population (162 million people) used cannabis annually, and that approximately 0.6% (22.5 million) of people used cannabis daily.  Now think, if it’s legal the statistics would go up too in the USA (probably double).

Now looking at drugs legal (alcohol, OTC or prescribed medications) and illegal drugs  (marijuana, heroin, crack, cocaine, hash, LSD-acid etc…);  do any of these get attempted by humans at some time in their life whether it be in high school or college or after college?   Yes; not all but enough.

Also, do people take these type of meds or drugs before going to work or even better before school/college or if legalized marijuana would allow people to be more opt in taking it before work, school/college or adult-hood?   High probability and by many people too much is taken or better it gets abused; like so many other things do by human nature (from  smoking to drugs of all kinds to power (even war) to money to welfare) and obviously by not everyone  BUT still too many, where it effects EVERYONE in society of the USA.  Just look at history and it repeats itself with all examples given to you that are abused with so many other things.  Now using common sense high odds the same will happen with marijuana; especially legal (look at alcohol alone).

Now being holistic about looking at all angles of this topic;  I could definitely understand from Susan Sarandon’s (which the media 3 days ago stated she was for it) or Whoopi Goldberg’s (she stated she was for it on the VIEW this past week) and many other actors or actresses points of view that marijuana should be made legal.  If who are in acting for comedy/drama including talk show hosting and the drug relaxes you and could even enhance the person’s performance on stage or in a movie possibly that would be great for their career with just feeling good in and out of work.

Now let us take another perspective the AVERAGE American who works 40 or more hours a week and goes to work taking this medication within a time frame.  Would you want to work with taking marijuana to do acting as a career.  Me, damn yes but now looking at reality NO I can’t do that not because it isn’t legal but it will effect me in my job performance and safety for my patients.  Look to the most average American, would you want to work with or better have the following interacting with you or your family/friends or most significant other as a:   SURGEON/RN/POLICE OFFICER/SECRET SERVICE MAN/FIREMAN/JUDGE/LAWYER/ To even who is our PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES at the time this becomes legal and thereafter.  Everyone can have it.  I don’t think I need to go on; you get the point if you have common sense.  Just think if you needed a person in these job roles to give their best performance in their job role which would be affected putting you at risk to a unhappy turn out.  Ex. At risk would be your health/life possibly and life down the road for a poor decision call by a judge or lawyer not thinking clearly.  What about an officer shooting at you due to poor judgment; or even better our President dealing with our American lives in making such vital and responsible decisions in where the U.S. stands from our economy to WAR.  Must I go on? How could this happen.

Well lets look at facts about this drug in how it works: I know Whoopi Goldberg or Susan Sarandon would probably not like this result on them or to the country but maybe they didn’t look at this angle of how it would be dangerous with marijuana being legal out of the Hollywood box or Hollywood world.  This statement is based on the interviews I have seen of these two highly respected women over the years who I feel are good people and great actresses.   I just feel they may have not looked at the whole picture in regards to how this would affect ALL in the America.

OSTEOPOROSIS what is it & what to do?

Its a progressive bonedisease that is characterised by a decrease in bone mass and density and that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered.

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle —- so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine. Bone is living tissue, which is constantly being absorbed and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races; but white and Asian women–especially after menopause–are at highest risk. Medications, healthy diet and weight bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.

A weight bearing exercise is any exercise that has your legs and feet holding all of your weight. An example of this would be walking, yoga or even dancing.

The form of osteoporosis most common in women after menopause is referred to as primary type 1 or postmenopausal osteoporosis. Primary type 2 osteoporosis or senile osteoporosis occurs after age 75 and is seen in both females and males at a ratio of 2:1. Secondary osteoporosis may arise at any age and affect men and women equally. This form results from chronic predisposing medical problems or disease, or prolonged use of medications such as glucocorticoids, when the disease is called steroid- or glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.

The risk of osteoporosis fractures can be reduced with lifestyle changes and in those with previous osteoporosis related fractures medications. Lifestyle change includes diet, exercise, and preventing falls. The utility of calcium and vitamin D is questionable in most. Bisphosphonates are useful in those with previous fractures from osteoporosis but are of minimal benefit in those who have osteoporosis but no previous fractures. Osteoporosis is a component of the frailty syndrome.

Take the problem of Astronauts with osteoporosis:

Space travel has made it widely known that a stay outside the atmosphere – and thus outside the earth’s gravitational influence – disturbs the metabolism irreparably: the human body does not need any hard bones in zero-gravity, which leads to decalcification. A four year study of the ‘International Space Station’ showed that the bones of astronauts did not regenerate after even one year past their return to earth.

Anti-gravitational training is the key to osteoporosis if you can handle it (like jumping on a trampeline) Actual studies show that physical anti-gravitational activity helps the effected patients to regain their mobility and lessen the risk of bone fractures .

Benefits of exercise

Women who have been physically active throughout their lives generally have stronger bones than do women who have led more sedentary lives. But it’s never too late to start exercising. For postmenopausal women, regular physical activity can:

Increase your muscle strength

Improve your balance

Make you better able to carry out daily tasks and activities

Maintain or improve your posture

Relieve or decrease pain

Improve your sense of well-being

Exercising if you have osteoporosis means finding the safest, most enjoyable activities for you given your overall health and amount of bone loss. There’s no one-size-fits-all prescription.

Before you start

Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program for osteoporosis. You may need some tests first, including:

Bone density measurement

Fitness assessment

In the meantime, think about what kind of activities you enjoy most. If you choose an exercise you enjoy, you’re more likely to stick with it over time.

MEDICAID BY GOVERNMENT

What is Medicaid?                                                  Medicaid is a program for New Yorkers who can’t afford to pay for medical care.

How do I know if I qualify for Medicaid?

You may be covered by Medicaid if:

You have high medical bills.

You receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

You meet certain financial requirements.

For more details, use the ACCESS NY Public Health Insurance Eligibility Screening Tool to see which public health insurance programs you and your family may be eligible

What do I need to apply for Medicaid?

If you are a U.S. citizen (born in the U.S. or one of its territories) and provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN), a match with Social Security Administration (SSA) will verify your SSN, date of birth/age and U.S citizenship. If SSA verifies this information,no further proof is needed. The SSA match cannot verify birth information for a naturalized citizen.
You will need proof of naturalization (e.g., Naturalization Certificate (N-550 or N-570) or a U.S. passport).Proof of age (if not verified by SSA), like a birth certificate Proof of citizenship or immigration status*Four weeks of recent paycheck stubs (if you are working)Proof of your income from sources like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veteran’s Benefits (VA), retirementUnemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB), Child Support payments

If you or anyone who lives with you is 65 years old or older, certified blind or disabled, you need to provide information on bank accounts, insurance policies and other resources.

Proof of where you live, like a rent receipt, landlord statement, mortgage statement, or envelope from mail you received recently

Insurance benefit card or the policy (if you have any other health insurance)Medicare Benefit Card (the red, white and blue card)

*NOTE: Medicaid coverage is available, regardless of alien status, if you are pregnant or require treatment for an emergency medical condition. A doctor must certify that you are pregnant or had an emergency, and you must meet all other Medicaid eligibility requirements

What is a Medicaid managed care program?

Enrollment in a Medicaid managed care program through a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), clinic, hospital, or physician group is available at any local department of social services. You may be required to join a managed care plan. When you join a managed care program, you will choose a personal doctor who will be responsible for making sure all your health care needs are met. The doctor will send you to someone else if you need more help than the doctor can provide.

What does managed care cover?

Managed care covers most of the benefits recipients will use, including all preventive and primary care, inpatient care, and eye care. People in managed care plans use their Medicaid benefit card to get those services that the plan does not cover.

Do I have to join a managed care plan?

In many counties you can join a plan if there is one available and you want to. However, there are some counties where families will have to join a plan. In these counties there are some individuals who don’t have to join. Please check with your local social services department to see if you have to join a plan.

Of special interest to persons with disabilities:

If you think you are disabled, and if you meet the criteria for disability included in the Social Security Act, you may be eligible for Medicaid.

If you believe you are disabled, you should furnish the local department of social services with medical evidence about your impairment(s).

It may be necessary for you to have further examinations and/or tests for the disability to be determined.

The cost of such examinations, consultations, and tests requested by the disability review team, if not otherwise covered, will be paid by the local social services agency.

NOTE: Persons who are denied for reasons of failure to meet the disability criteria are entitled to appeal the disability decision that led to the denial of their application. See the section of this page entitled ““What are my rights?”. Any person dissatisfied with the Fair Hearing decision of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance may also appeal to the court system.

The following questions are only for people who are 65 years of age or older, certified blind, certified disabled, or in need of care in a nursing home. These individuals have a resource test.

Medicaid Redesign: Uniform Assessment System for Long-Term Care in New York State

The New York State Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care (DLTC) is in the midst of developing and implementing the Uniform Assessment System – New York (UAS-NY). The UAS-NY is planned to be a comprehensive, web-based system. Initially, the UAS-NY will focus on implementing the UAS-Community Health Assessment (UAS-CHA). The UAS-NY will have the capability to expand in the future.

The development and implementation of the UAS-NY will occur in four phases:

development and design of the system (currently in process)beta testing the UAS-NY and the UAS-CHA (projected March through May 2012)

pilot testing the UAS-NY and the UAS-CHA (projected June through August 2012)

statewide implementation (projected to begin September 2012)

 

How Insulin Causes Heart Disease

There are several stages involved in the development of heart disease. Unfortunately having too much insulin in your blood is involved in each and every stage.

Stage 1: First excessive insulin raises the level of bad cholesterol in the blood – the LDL version. At the same time it decreases the level of “good” cholesterol – the HDL variety.

Then it goes on to increase the level of triglycerides in the blood – yet another risk factor for heart disease. Excessive insulin also causes your blood to clot more quickly which increases your risk of stroke.

Though your kidneys are not insulin sensitive, when your insulin level is elevated it indirectly causes your kidneys to retain salt and fluid which further increases your blood pressure.

Stage 2:In this stage excessive insulin increases cellular proliferation which damages the lining of your blood vessels. This increases the blood vessels vulnerability and sets the stage for even more blood vessel damage.  

Stage 3: In this third stage insulin plays a different role. There are two very different kinds of LDL cholesterol. “Pattern A” LDL cholesterol is light, floats on water and represents no particular threat to the human body. But “Pattern B” LDL is a smaller particle, much more dense form that’s intimately involved in the heart disease process. That’s because it’s this denser form that attaches itself to the blood vessel lining to form artery-clogging plaques. Excessive insulin increases this more dangerous form of LDL. It’s this kind of LDL that forms the “fatty streak” plaques that are the hallmark of early heart disease. 

Stage 4: Excessive insulin promotes the conversion of specialized cells called microphages in your blood into foam cells which further promotes the formation of dangerous plaques. 

Stage 5: Before the plaque becomes dangerous it must be oxidized by free radicals. Once again insulin plays a role by increasing the level of dangerous tissue-damaging free radicals in your blood. The smaller dense LDL particles that excessive insulin promotes are more subject to free radical oxidation. 

Stage 6: This damage to your blood vessel lining triggers an inflammatory response which contributes to the vicious cycle. Excessive insulin boosts inflammation throughout the body including within the lining of blood vessels. Many medical researchers feel that inflammation plays a major role in heart disease and excessive insulin plays a major role in generating it. In addition, studies have shown that this increased level of inflammation can directly damage brain neurons. (The C-reactive blood test measures the level of inflammation in your body. Today more and more doctors are using the test in recognition of the key role inflammation plays in so many different diseases.) 

Stage 7: As the plaque builds over the years, it eventually restricts the flow of blood causing either chest pain or other symptoms in other parts of your body. If the blood vessels feeding the brain become restricted, your brain function will inevitably be affected.

In numerous studies where insulin was injected into the blood vessels of lab animals, it was found that thick artery clogging plaques accumulated just downstream from the injection sites.

Stage 8: Excessive insulin also directly stimulates the central nervous system raising blood pressure which further increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke. At this stage you may experience TIAs (transient  ischemic attacks) which are small strokes that damage small areas of your brain. Damage caused by TIAs are commonly found in the brains of deceased Alzheimer’s patients.

Stage 9: Excessive insulin causes the body to increase it’s excretion of magnesium which causes a magnesium deficiency which can then trigger arterial spasms that can directly cause a heart attack. If a heart attack doesn’t get you, remember that excessive insulin has already increased the blood’s tendency to clot. A blood clot can easily form at the site of the spasm and travel to other areas of the body such as the lungs where it can cause a fatal embolism. 

Stage 10: You’re officially diagnosed as having heart disease and if that isn’t bad enough this diagnosis dramatically increases your risk of dementia and premature death.

After reading the above it should come as no shock that studies have found that fatal heart attacks are three times more likely after a high carbohydrate meal than after a high fat/protein meal!