BHS: Episode 22: Dr Sue Sisley and Butch Williams

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In this episode Wendy discusses with Dr. Sue Sisley, the study she will be conducting that has been funded by the FDA. This is the only study that the FDA has funded to research use of medicinal cannabis in Veterans with PTSD.  She has been waiting for the product to use for the study from The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for 18 months now, and this is the only place she can receive the medicine from to perform this research.  Typically NIDA only looks at things like addiction potential and harmful effects of marijuana. This is one of the many reasons this study is groundbreaking and needs to happen!

Please write to your Congressman, the FDA, and NIDA to request that the medicine be released and stop holding back Dr. Sue Sisley’s study.

Thanks very much to Dr. Sisley and Butch Williams for joining me on the show.

And thanks for watching here:

Take back your health America!
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Contact NIDA here:   http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida

Producer: Angela Oxygen Edge can be reached on Twitter: @oxygenedge

The theme song, “Wake Up” is by Angela Oxygen Edge. For more music selections, please check out https://oxygenedge.bandcamp.com

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Metastatic Breast Cancer, the True Killer

Breast cancer awareness month started today.  I know that, because suddenly everything is pink.  People are purchasing pink items, wearing pink items and selling pink items.  I have wondered for a long time, how much of the money people spend to “go pink” goes to find a cure for breast cancer?  How much goes to the patients who desperately need it?  This is what I learned:  Any company can put a pink ribbon on its products.  The pink ribbon is a recognized symbol, but it isn’t regulated, and anyone can use it.  Seeing it on an item, does not mean that the money generated from it combats breast cancer.  Also, it in no way shows that the product itself is free of carcinogens.

As if these truths aren’t disturbing enough, I also learned this. Breast cancer deaths are actually occurring because of metastasis, not the breast cancer itself.  That is to say, that nearly 100% of people who have metastatic breast cancer will die from it in the U.S.  Despite this, here is another startling fact I got from Metavivor (www.metavivor.org), “The popular breast cancer fundraising movements give on average only 2% of their research funds to researching metastasis. Instead, their primary focus is on prevention, which does nothing to help those already diagnosed, and early detection, which does not impact those facing the ultimate death sentence of stage 4 breast cancer. And while only 6% – 10% of initial breast cancer diagnoses are metastatic, 30% of patients diagnosed with earlier stage breast cancer will eventually develop stage 4 breast cancer and die”.

These facts made me outraged and curious enough to do a little more research.  I found that, for example, organizations like the well-known Susan G. Komen for the cure foundation, which  has been under attack for some time for giving a small percentage of the funds donated to the “cure” and a large share of their funds to salaries and operations, does appear to only give a small percentage to research for the cure. And despite having the words “for the cure” in their name, they devote a lot of their funds to prevention, education, and screenings, not “the cure”.  This is very disturbing and misleading,  especially in light of the fact that Susan G. Komen herself died of metastatic breast cancer.

Here are some more facts from the Metavivor website

“There has been a huge push for breast cancer awareness in the past two decades, with a tremendous focus on prevention and early detection. We wish these efforts had been successful. But the simple truth is that after two decades and billions of dollars, breast cancer has not been prevented and early detection has proven no guarantee against metastasis and death.  And while these billions have been focused elsewhere, almost 1,000,000 American women and men have died while waiting for research funds to finally be shifted to metastasis research. This tragic truth is lost in the sea of pink promotions.  We cannot and will not allow this to go on.”

” We cannot allow this to go on”, is right.  While I see the enthusiasm building for breast cancer month, I cringe at the fact that the good intentions and resources of so many people may be wasted on putting money into purchasing items that they think go to breast cancer cures and research when it doesn’t.  If you are unsure where to put your dollars, or your energy for this cause, check out two organizations first:

http://www.thinkbeforeyougopink.org

http://www.metavivor.org

Please consider all of the people who are dying, who truly need your support. Please put less energy into sporting pink clothing and a pink ribbon this month, and more energy and resources into finding the cure for stage IV metastatic breast cancer and the patients who already have it.  Your pink is lovely, and my favorite color actually.  But it is likely that it is simply something pretty to look at, and not helping with a cure. In fact it could contain carcinogens, or have been produced in a way that creates carcinogens. Arm yourself with the truth, and your conscience will lead you.

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Please repost this blog #iamsusan for all who are suffering and dying from stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Thank you.

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METAvivor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer. METAvivor three missions: 1) Awrd research grants for metastatic breast cancer; 2) support persons with metastatic breast cancer and 3) promote awareness of metastatic breast cancer.
For Breast Cancer Month, please donate to:
Donations to METAvivor can be made as follows:
1. A Write-In for United Way (Specify: METAvivor Research and Support Inc.)
2. Combined Federal Campaign (Code: 65385)
3. Check made out to METAvivor and mailed to: 1783 Forest Dr. #184, Annapolis MD 21401.
4. Paypal donation over the METAvivor website at http://www.metavivor.org/donate.html

Free Weekly Fayetteville Arkansas Article 9/17/2015

Health Organization to Host Benefit Concert

Please read this article about Bulldozer Health Inc. and out Take back your health America benefit concert on 9/20/15.

Thanks!

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

The Bulldozer Health Show: Episode #21: Medical Marijuana for Children & Seizures

Please watch this episode of The Bulldozer Health Show with activist and mother Susan Meehan

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

TV SHOW MILLER CHAT W/Wendy Love Edge & Ari Charbonneau

http://vp.telvue.com/player?id=T01028&video=243087&mini=true

Please watch this episode of Miller Chat with Ari Charbonneau from Ariband and Wendy Love Edge.

It is about the relationship between music and health.

Take back your health America!
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

I Smoke Medicinal Cannabis

I recently was speaking with someone about our Bulldozer Health Inc. project, and telling them that medicinal cannabis changed my life for the better.  The use of it, allowed me to get through the withdrawal process from pharmaceutical drugs with fewer symptoms.  It also effectively replaced 7 pharmaceutical drugs in a months time. Over time, it replaced 15 of the 16 pharmaceutical drugs I had been placed on.

This organic medicinal treatment decreases the pain, anxiety, depression, and overall body inflammation that I suffer from in a more complete way than the pharmaceutical drugs ever had.  But as I was discussing this with the person, I felt that twinge in my stomach that I get when they ask the question, “Well, how do you use it? You don’t smoke it do you?”  After over a year of discussing this with people, this is still the most dreaded question that I receive. I  think it is because people often have an uninformed and reflexive prejudice against smoking cannabis and calling that smoking, “medicine”.  This prejudice may even extend to its users. It’s interesting, because I feel this attitude of condemnation has improved toward those who cook it into their food, or use the oil or tincture, but not towards those who smoke it.  I find myself having to qualify that I “only smoke it when I need to quickly bring pain down, or reduce anxiety”.  When the truth is, I really shouldn’t have to explain at all.  Cannabis is my medicine, and smoking it is an acceptable route for this medicine.

I have been reading articles related to the link of cancer to the smoking of cannabis. The fact is there are concentrations of certain hydrocarbons, in the cannabis when it is smoked. This has caused some fear  that chronic smoking of cannabis may increase risk factors similar to those that increase when someone is smoking tobacco.  But cannabis  smoke also contains cannabinoids such as THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabinoid).  These are  non-carcinogenic, and in fact, show some anti-carcinogenic properties, in the articles I looked at.

So the fact is, the use of cannabis by the route of smoking has not been definitively linked to cancer in humans, including those cancers associated with tobacco use. And it may even decrease cancer risk.  I tell people this, and they look at me with the kind of look that one gives a two-year old when they come out of a room after being quiet for 10 minutes and you ask, “What have you been doing? ” and they respond, “Nothing”.  I tell them at that point to do their own research so that they can see it with their own eyes.  I feel everyone should do this anyway for all matters related to their health or any substance that they are going to put into their body. This is part of what health empowerment is all about.

There are times that I feel very bold. At a big event not too long ago, I said, “I use cannabis daily, and when I smoke it, I do inhale”.   Everyone laughed. My attempt at a joke was to be bold and state it up front, giving people cause to think over their opinions about it. When one on one with someone though, if I am feeling bold, I look someone directly in the eye and say with conviction, “I cook it into my food, juice the leaves, and smoke it a couple of times a day. I smoke it also if I need quick pain or anxiety relief”. For some reason, I find it necessary to let them know that my route of choice is eating and juicing it, not smoking it.

So I had to examine whether the need to explain how I use the medicine, was purely for their education, or because I had a residual prejudice myself against smoking it. Or if I was worried I might lose some credibility with the person if I boldly stated I was a cannabis smoker. I think the truth lies in some combination of all that.

I have decided that in the future when someone learns that I use cannabis medicinally, and asks, “Do you smoke it?”, I am simply going to say yes, and see what comes next.  This way, I am not encouraging people to continue the stigma against the smoking route of this important medicine.

I also want to point out, that when I was being infused with Remicade every six months to treat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, no one asked me, with that judging look in their eyes, “Are you shooting up that drug that can cause cancer?”  They didn’t because infusion of Remicade and drugs like is, is a widely socially acceptable route to take with a pharmaceutical drug.  Additionally,  it is thought that  the cancer causing element to this drug is a risk that is acceptable to take. I used to be one of those people, but that is no longer true.  I’ll take the risks that go along with the medicinal use of cannabis over that any day, no matter the route I take for its use.

Yes, my name is Wendy Love Edge, and I smoke cannabis daily.

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Take this opportunity to fund: Medical Kidnapping Exposed in Film

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/medically-kidnapped-crimes-against-our-children/x/

We want to make a film about medical kidnapping by interviewing 4 families who it has happened to!
Isaiah Rider, Jaxon Navarro-Gilmore and more. Check our gallery for pictures and updates.

We will also obtain information and interviews as we are able from CPS and experts in the field of medicine and alternative health.

We will expose the truth.

Please give any amount from $1 up. Every amount will help.

With much gratitude and peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

The Bulldozer Health Show Episode 17: A conversation about art&health w/Jori Costello

Here is the next episode of our podcast, The Bulldozer Health Show, Episode 17.

In this episode I had the pleasure of sharing ideas with The Great Jori Costello about how art and music impact health.

Please listen here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AUgtvJRXo-Q0Z2cElraU9oSlk/view?usp=sharing

You can contact Jori at:

http://www.joricostello.com

http://www.bigbadgina.com

http://www.jorianoxygen.com

Twitter: @jorianoxygen @joricostello

Jori Costello has been a dear friend of mine for many years.  She is also an incredibly gifted artist and musician, and a contributing volunteer on many levels including her part on the media team at Bulldozer Health Inc.  I remember once during the time I was withdrawing from the very heavy duty pills and injections,  I texted her about the pink ponies I was seeing in my room. She was so compassionate, kind and understanding.  And well, in the scheme of things, pink ponies really aren’t so bad.
Love you Jori. Follow her. Listen to her music. Watch her one womyn play. She is amazing and not to be missed!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

The Bulldozer Health Show is produced by Angela Oxygen Edge.

You can reach Oxygen on

Twitter:  @oxygenedge or on her web site http://www.yourtruthsetfree.com

Many thanks also To Fayetteville Public Access Television

Trailer for Jori Costello’s one womyn show: