sadwife....the benefits of cannabis have been well documented, but continues to be a heated issue of discussion not only in the medical community but the government as well. It appears that Norbert is benefitting in that he is able to sleep well. For that I am absolutely thrilled. Like you, I believe that we should not ignore some of the "natural" or homeopathies available to patients. Unlike Germany (for example) where physicians focus on integrated medicine in combination with pharmaceuticals, US physicians are trained in pharmaceuticals only. This gave rise to a growing group of Integrated Medicine professionals i.e. Dr. Weil. Having said that, it is unlikely for cancer to be cured with a holistic approach, but it can aid in the wellbeing of the patient treated with conventional drugs.
This is an exert taken from Dr. Weil's website:
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02054/An … icine.html
"Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.
The principles of integrative medicine:
•A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process
•Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response
•Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body
•A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
•Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms
•Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
•Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease
•Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development."
We must remember that companies producing holistic or natural drugs do not differ from that of the pharma industry in that profitable products are the driving force of innovation and supply. The later is heavily regulated whereas providers of natural and or homeopathic products do not undergo the stringent requirements set forth by the FDA.
It is for that reason that we need to practice great caution when placing our trust in products pretending to be curative in nature. It is misleading and potentially can cause harm to the patient. To state that cannabis oil can cure a disease simply is a criminal act and proves that the supplier is praying on the desperation of people struggling with a difficult diagnoses.
MEGACE (megestrol acetate) a synthetic form of cannabis with added compounds is prescribed by practitioners for the same effect that cannabis can provide. However; driven by the pharmaceutical lobby, it gained FDA approval for legal drug status and prescribed by medical professionals. The question then is why do we have to feed the industry for a "drug" that can be taken in its purest form? I don't believe that we have to do this, but we also have to be careful with obtaining cannabis, as it can be laced with other ingredients and potentially be harmful.
It is my personal opinion that marijuana provides an essential aid in the treatment for nausea, pain, and appetite increase and should be considered as such only. Clearly it is not proven to be curative and any statement eluding to the "healing" properties of cannabis is exploiting desperate patients and their loved ones.
THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER