Move Over Amphetamines — Cannabis Shown to Successfully Treat ADHD

Source: The Free Thought Project

When a parent learns their son or daughter is smoking pot, it can be the end of the world for them, especially if they’re teetotalers. First, there are the tears, followed by anger and disappointment, followed by punitive measures such as taking a cell phone away, putting the kid on lock down, and understandably, making life miserable for the typical teenager. But there may be an explanation for why one’s child smokes weed. It may be that the child is treating his/her Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by self-medicating, and it just might be working.

We already know that hemp extract (CBD) is being used to treat seizure disorders in epileptic infants, toddlers, and children, with impressive results. Recent national attention has been given to The Realm of Caring, which posts testimony after testimony of success stories on its website, extolling the benefits of hemp oil for epilepsy and other serious brain disorders. But that might be the extent of common knowledge the general public has about CBD oil and its benefits.

Practitioners and users alike seem to know that CBD treats innumerable serious illnesses. And marijuana (THC) may be no different. Just this month, former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon came out in favor of Prop 205, Arizona’s November 8th ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state. The former QB star stated he moved to Arizona to get his medical marijuana card to treat the chronic pain he lives with after spending a career taking hits in the NFL. “Someone like me can afford to be a medical marijuana patient. But others aren’t so lucky. Marijuana should be available to all adults who need it,” he declared referencing marijuana’s ability to treat chronic pain. But what we’ve yet to see, and what some would like to see, is a national conversation about marijuana’s ability to help ADD/ADHD sufferers get relief from the illness’ debilitating effects.

We keep getting feedback from ADD/ADHD cannabis users and what they’re saying about weed. They claim it’s a wonder drug for ADD/ADHD. Ask any toker and they’ll tell you. We only use the word “drug” because the federal government refuses to declassify cannabis as anything but a narcotic. To investigate their claims, we visited a medical marijuana dispensary in Washington State to get users’ qualitative perspective on marijuana’s medicinal properties for the treatment of ADD/ADHD. We met Maria and heard her story. Maria said she was diagnosed with ADHD at an early age and was given a pile of pharmaceutical pills to take. First, there were the stimulants (methylphenidate and amphetamine salts). Those helped her focus but took away her appetite she said. Then there were the anti-depressants she was given to help her with her moods. Those, she said, made her suicidal. Lastly, she was given seizure meds to further control her mood swings. In the end, she said none of it helped, all had serious side effects, but she somehow managed to graduate high school with a 1.8-grade point average.

“My sister smoked pot when I was in school, but I didn’t want to get into ‘drugs’,” remarked Maria. “But one day, I’d had enough of all the pills,” she said adding, “I was going crazy!” That’s when she tried marijuana again. And then the epiphany happened. Being much more in tune with her body, and being a little older, she said weed began to work like no other medicine she’d taken before. All of a sudden, after having smoked a Sativa strain, she realized she wasn’t baked, but rather focused, and weed allowed her to take control of her life.

“I enrolled in the local community college, and I have a 3.9 GPA,” she said adding, “I owe it all to weed.”  “Sure, there are days when I still struggle, who doesn’t, but I’m not on the medicines and I feel free,” she stated. We heard the same story over and over again from many different individuals at the dispensary. It seems they know something about weed that the federal government, whose close ties with big pharma are well documented, refuses to acknowledge. In the users’ minds, weed works better than the highly addictive and side effect riddled medicines most often prescribed by doctors for ADHD.

So we want to know, why isn’t ADHD listed in more states as a “qualifying conditions” to treat with medical marijuana? The answer, although still unclear, might be found in the close relationship big pharma has with the government. Allegedly, in order to fatten their bottom line, Novartis Corp., the maker of Ritalin, “worked with the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and a group called CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, to effectively promote Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a chronic problem and to push Ritalin as its treatment.” In recent lawsuits, plaintiffs contended, “Ritalin does not improve educational performance in individuals diagnosed with ADHD. The lawyers also say that, while the drug was directly marketed to consumers and promoted for widespread use, consumers were not informed of the drug’s side effects, which can be serious.”

So, let’s get this straight. A drug company, whose fiduciary responsibility is to its investors, worked with what is supposed to be an independent association of health professionals, to classify ADHD as a chronic condition, in order to be able to prescribe a lifetime of stimulant medicines (methylphenidate) to unsuspecting children who cannot sit still or focus. Partnerships like the one just mentioned have proven to be a windfall for drug companies like Novartis and Shire (maker of Adderall XR and Vyvanse), but not without controversy. Shire, in 2014, was ordered to pay 56.5 million dollars to settle claims stemming from exaggerated claims its drug could “normalize” ADHD sufferers. While Adderall works for many, using it has potentially addicted millions of children onto powerful stimulants, drugs they sometimes cannot get from their pediatrician after they graduate high school.

And therein might lie the underlying problem fueling the methamphetamine scourge of addiction our nation is facing. In the opinion of many, drug companies like Shire are the culprits of the meth addiction epidemic. Alexander Zaitchik of The Guardian wrote, “Poor people do dirty drugs like ‘meth’ and ‘speed’ and ruin their lives. Middle-class strivers do ‘meds’ and succeed while slimming down. But the truth is all speed is addictive. And all speed, even elegantly designed concoctions like Vyvanse, leaves users crashed out and riddled with anxiety and depression that deepens with time.” So, once again, it seems it’s all about the money. And all along, it appears there’s been a much safer way to deal with the illness of ADHD; cannabis supplementation. And just like CBD, one doesn’t have to get high to experience the benefit from THC.

At an international symposium on cannabinoid therapeutics last year, researchers presented clinical data indicating that the use of herbal cannabis relieves symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults. German researchers selected 30 patients whose condition had proven resistant to conventional drug therapies, to study and evaluate the effects of cannabis on their ADHD symptoms.

Test subjects were reported to experience an easing of symptoms, including “improved concentration and sleep, and reduced impulsivity,” following the cannabis therapy, according to researchers. Of the 30 patients, twenty-two in the study elected to suspend their use of pharmaceutical drugs during the study period—opting for use of cannabis as their sole means of treating their symptoms. Prior to this study, there had been minimal clinical data on the subject, despite widespread anecdotal reports of relief from those suffering from ADHD.

The negative association with weed may have come from the hippie generation’s embrace of weed in the 1960’s. But at much the same time Ritalin was being doled out to millions of children, Nancy Reagan’s propaganda campaign against weed, “Just Say No”, was launched on the American people. Now, decades later, and armed with anecdotal information like Maria’s story, many are learning saying “no” to weed is saying no to something that really helps.

We spoke with another medical marijuana card holder named Jimmy. He said he first tried weed at 14 after reading online it could help his ADD. Prior to trying weed, he said his ADD was debilitating. He said the best way to describe it was to imagine having “five thoughts all at once”, but having those multiple thoughts “all day long”. Jimmy said after smoking weed for the first time, he realized he could have one thought and stay focused throughout the day. Sure. His parents flipped out and tried to keep him from weed, by all means available, but it was only after they realized it was actually helping Jimmy did they start to see it was enabling him to achieve his life goals. He got his high school diploma, enrolled in college, and currently has over a 3.0  at the university.

Before her death, medical marijuana advocate Dr. Claudia Jensen was interviewed and even testified before Congress in 2004, that cannabis can be safely given to children and teens to treat the ADD/ADHD. She said she’d been prescribing cannabis to her teenage patients in California for years with excellent results. “The truth is one of the reasons that adolescents have an increase in use of cannabis and marijuana in this country is because they’ve been lied to. They’ve been told this is a very dangerous drug and it has no benefit. And unfortunately, that’s not what they experience in the street. And I think it’s more appropriate to bring it up out of the streets and into the doctor’s offices so that children and adolescents and parents can learn the truth and get some of the data and look at this drug not with a reefer madness perspective but more with a scientific and factual perspective,” she proclaimed. She recommended edibles be given to her ADHD patients, a method of delivery which lasts all throughout the day to combat inattention, and impulsive behaviors.

While we realize the aforementioned anecdotal evidence is not scientific, it’s precisely what people are saying on the street about how weed helps them with ADD/ADHD.

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/pulse-street-weed-helps-addadhd/#jOflcYUal73lH4tO.99

The Need To Know About Vaccinations | Government Continues to Pay Damages for Injuries and Deaths Due to the Flu Vaccine in Vaccine Court

Vaccinations are a international epidemic and its something that we should all be aware of. Studies have been done comparing the mortality rates with heavily vaccinated infants vs moderately vaccinated infants. The results showed that the heavily vaccinated infants had a higher mortality rate. Double the rate in fact.

Many of the ingredients found in vaccinations are considered toxic and unhealthy. Pharmaceutical companies no longer are held liable for are kind of injury that may result from the vaccines. Which has only emboldened them to create more and more vaccines for profit and exploitation.

Many of these vaccines create more problems then they resolve. Some people develop different types of cancers  and other problems as a result of vaccination.

We need to be aware of what we’re putting into our children. I find it hard to believe that we need anything that is manufactured or produced in a lab to be inserted into our children. There are other methods in preventing diseases, cancers and other illnesses. Diet, exercise and even a good attitude improve your health tremendously. There is also a plethora of natural and energy healing options to consider as well.

When considering vaccines it is wise to know what artificial and natural  ingredients we’re about to put into our bodies. A well informed public would prevent much of the vaccination abuse that is going on these days. The more we know, the better our decisions will be. So stay informed and question everything. There is nothing wrong with asking questions.

– Timothy Frappier

 

Source: Health Impact News

By Brian Shilhavy

While seldom, if ever, reported in the mainstream media, every week cases of vaccine injuries and deaths are litigated in the U.S. vaccine court known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).

This program was started as a result of a law passed in 1986 that gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being sued due to injuries and deaths resulting from vaccines. If you or a family member is injured or dies from vaccines, you must now sue the Federal Government in this special vaccine court. Many cases are litigated for years before a settlement is reached, and most of the public does not even know that this program exists.

Once every 3 months the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines meets, and the Department of Justice issues a report of cases settled for vaccine injuries and deaths. As far as I know, Health Impact News is the only media source that publishes these reports each quarter. Past reports can be found here.

The report for December 3, 2015 which covered the period from 8/16/15 to 11/15/15 had 150 cases adjudicated. 83 of them were listed in the report (see below), specifying the vaccine, the injury or death, and the amount of time the case was pending before settlement. There were three deaths: two related to the flu vaccine, and one related to the Hepatitis B vaccine, which is a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease routinely given to newborns in hospitals the same day they are born.

64 of the 83 cases settled were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine, making the flu vaccine the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines put together.

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Vaccines are Not Safe

the-vaccine-courtThe Department of Justice report on vaccine injuries and deaths is significant for many reasons. First, it contradicts the message that the pharmaceutical industry and government health officials want the public to believe about vaccines, that they are perfectly safe.

They are not. People are injured and killed by vaccines in the United States, and that risk is almost never communicated to the public outside of the alternative media, and sources like Health Impact News.

The vaccine industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and the annual flu shot is the most lucrative vaccine in the world. It is also the deadliest vaccine in the world, injuring and killing more people than all the other vaccines in the market combined.

And yet, they are marketed as completely safe, sold with no warnings and lots of pressure and incentives for the pharmaceutical companies to sell as many vaccines as possible.

Vaccine Injuries are Seldom Reported

The U.S. Government keeps a database of reports documenting vaccine injuries and deaths called The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The problem is that very few medical officials ever report vaccine injuries or deaths, either because they are not trained to recognized them, or due to pressure within their profession to not report them. To admit that vaccines do cause harm is professional suicide for most doctors and medical professionals.

Hence, the quarterly DOJ report on vaccine cases only represents a tiny fraction of the actual cases that exist.

One place we can get a glimpse of the amount of vaccine harm that is being caused in the U.S. today is to look at emergency room visits. As one can see in the report above, with most of the settlements being cases of harm caused by the flu vaccine, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is the most common injury suffered from the flu shot. GBS is a debilitating disease that attacks a person’s own immune system and damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. It is very similar to the symptoms one may see with polio.

If you are taken to the emergency room with signs of GBS during flu season, chances are one of the first questions the doctors will ask you is if you have received the flu shot recently. GBS is also listed as a side effect of the flu shot in the package insert.

An emergency room nurse recently published his experience in dealing with the volume of vaccine injuries he was seeing, and how reluctant other medical personnel were in reporting these injuries:

As an E.R. nurse, I have seen the cover up. Where do you think kids go when they have a vaccine reaction?

They go to the E.R.

They come to me.

I cannot even begin to guess how many times over the years I have seen vaccine reactions come through my E.R. Without any exaggeration, it has to be counted in the hundreds.

Sometimes it seemed like it was one or two cases in a single shift, every shift, for weeks. Then I would get a lull, and I wouldn’t catch one for a week or two, then I’d catch another case per night for a couple weeks. This was common.

Once, I was training a nursing student, about to graduate, on their E.R. experience rotation in nursing school. This student and I floated up to triage to cover the triage nurse for a break. I was quizzing them on what to ask and look for as a triage nurse on pediatric kids that came through. I made a point about asking about immunizations right out the gates. The student was puzzled, and asked why, and I told the student because we see vaccine reactions every day and it’s their job to catch it, alert the doctor and the parents, and report it to VAERS.

Some higher power apparently smiled on my attempt to open the eyes of another nurse I guess, because not even ten minutes later, a woman brought her child up to the counter. Sudden onset super high fever and lethargy. I asked if the child was up to date on vaccination.

The mother replied he had them just a few hours ago.

I glanced at the student, who looked shocked and looked back at me in disbelief. I nodded, told them to remember this, and then took the mom and her child to finish the triage in back. When I was done I came back and sat down with the student, and asked what he learned that night so far.

The first response: “What I was told about vaccines wasn’t true”.

I couldn’t have said it better. That student is going to go on to be like me, advocating for his patients with his eyes wide open.

The cases almost always presented similarly, and often no one else connected it. The child comes in with either a fever approaching 105, or seizures, or lethargy/can’t wake up, or sudden overwhelming sickness, screaming that won’t stop, spasms, GI inclusion, etc.

And one of the first questions I would ask as triage nurse, was, are they current on their vaccinations? It’s a safe question that nobody sees coming, and nobody understands the true impact of. Parents (and co-workers) usually just think I’m trying to rule out the vaccine preventable diseases, when in fact, I am looking to see how recently they were vaccinated to determine if this is a vaccine reaction.

Too often I heard a parent say something akin to “Yes they are current, the pediatrician caught up their vaccines this morning during their check up, and the pediatrician said they were in perfect health!”

If I had a dollar for every time I’d heard that, I could fly to Europe for free.

But here’s the more disturbing part.

For all the cases I’ve seen, I have NEVER seen any medical provider report them to VAERS. I have filed VAERS reports. But I am the ONLY nurse I have EVER met that files VAERS reports.

Mind you, I have served in multiple hospitals across multiple states, alongside probably well over a hundred doctors and probably 300-400+ nurses.

I’ve worked in big hospitals (San Francisco Bay Area Metro 40 bed ER, Las Vegas NV Metro 44 bed ER) and small hospitals (Rural access 2 bed ER, remote community 4 bed ER) and everything in between.

When I say NEVER, I mean NEVER.

I have even made a point of sitting in the most prominent spot at the nurses station filling out a VAERS report to make sure as many people saw me doing it as possible to generate the expected “what are you doing” responses to get that dialog going with people.

And in every case, if a nurse approached me, their response was “I’ve never done that” or “I didn’t know we could do that” or, worse “What is VAERS?” which was actually the most common response.

The response from doctors? Silence. Absolute total refusal to engage in discussion or to even acknowledge what I was doing or what VAERS was.

The big take away from that?

VAERS is WOEFULLY under reported.

I am PROOF of that. (Read the full blog post here.)

The Public is Unaware of the Vaccine Court

In November of 2014 the Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued the first report on America’s “Vaccine Court,” known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), in almost 15 years. Most citizens of the United States are not even aware that there is something called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and that if you suffer harm or death due to a vaccine, that you cannot sue the manufacturer of the vaccine, but you must sue the Federal Government and try to obtain compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund, which is funded by taxes paid on vaccines. The amount of money currently sitting in this trust fund is over $3.6 BILLION, as of September 30, 2015.

As I noted above, Congress gave the pharmaceutical companies immunity against lawsuits for injuries or deaths resulting in vaccines in 1986. Prior to this time, there were so many lawsuits pending against pharmaceutical companies for injuries and deaths due to vaccines, that the pharmaceutical industry basically blackmailed Congress and told them that if they did not grant them legal immunity against the liabilities of vaccines, that they would quit making them. These vaccine products cannot survive in a free market, they are so bad.

The November 2014 GAO report criticized the government for not making the public more aware that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program exists, and that there are funds available for vaccine injuries. Therefore, the settlements represented by vaccine injuries and deaths included in the DOJ report probably represent a small fraction of the actual vaccine injuries and deaths occurring in America today.

Doctors Who are Not Vaccine Extremists Question Vaccines, Especially the Flu Shot

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As can clearly be seen by the government’s own vaccine statistics, vaccines are both dangerous and deadly. There are many doctors across the U.S. who understand this, and do not adhere to the extremist vaccine positions, that ALL vaccines are good, for ALL people, ALL the time, by force if necessary.

The vaccine debate is not a debate between extremist positions, but a debate that in reality looks at the merit of each vaccine, and the impact of the vaccine schedule with so many vaccines being given together. For more information, see:

Medical Doctors Opposed to Forced Vaccinations – Should Their Views be Silenced?

Conclusion: Public Woefully Uninformed on Vaccine Risks

If you want to know the true risks one takes when receiving a vaccine, do not depend on the pharmaceutical industry, government health officials, or the mainstream media.

Do your own research. Read the package inserts of vaccines and see how many people were harmed or killed during the vaccine trials. Read the known side effects and warnings that are published. Find a doctor or health care practioner that respects your right to informed consent, and has not been brainwashed by marketing and propaganda. Find a practioner who does not fear losing their job if they speak the truth. Your life and the lives of those dependent upon you are at risk.

Medical Doctors Opposed to Forced Vaccinations – Should Their Views be Silenced?

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One of the biggest myths being propagated in the compliant mainstream media today is that doctors are either pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine, and that the anti-vaccine doctors are all “quacks.”

However, nothing could be further from the truth in the vaccine debate. Doctors are not unified at all on their positions regarding “the science” of vaccines, nor are they unified in the position of removing informed consent to a medical procedure like vaccines.

The two most extreme positions are those doctors who are 100% against vaccines and do not administer them at all, and those doctors that believe that ALL vaccines are safe and effective for ALL people, ALL the time, by force if necessary.

Very few doctors fall into either of these two extremist positions, and yet it is the extreme pro-vaccine position that is presented by the U.S. Government and mainstream media as being the dominant position of the medical field.

In between these two extreme views, however, is where the vast majority of doctors practicing today would probably categorize their position. Many doctors who consider themselves “pro-vaccine,” for example, do not believe that every single vaccine is appropriate for every single individual.

Many doctors recommend a “delayed” vaccine schedule for some patients, and not always the recommended one-size-fits-all CDC childhood schedule. Other doctors choose to recommend vaccines based on the actual science and merit of each vaccine, recommending some, while determining that others are not worth the risk for children, such as the suspect seasonal flu shot.

These doctors who do not hold extreme positions would be opposed to government-mandated vaccinations and the removal of all parental exemptions.

In this eBook, I am going to summarize the many doctors today who do not take the most extremist pro-vaccine position, which is probably not held by very many doctors at all, in spite of what the pharmaceutical industry, the federal government, and the mainstream media would like the public to believe.

Source: Health Impact News