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

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 #19: The Jay Morris Interview

Please watch this very special episode of The Bulldozer Health Show, during which Jay Morris interviews Wendy Love Edge. We are so honored to have Jay Morris do this interview!

Jay is a blogger and activist for human rights and social justice. She is the former state lead of GetEQUAL Texas and continues to work in activism at the grassroots level. She has been a contributing writer for the GLAAD Media Award winning blog, The New Civil Rights Movement, and has written for numerous local, national and international publications on social justice issues.

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Watch Here:

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

Bulldozer Health Show Episode 11 CT DCF: BRING JAXON NAVARRO -GILMORE HOME

The Jaxon Navarro-Gilmore case is a deplorable example of the medical kidnapping that is happening across the United States. His Maternal Grandmother Jessica Navarro-Gilmore is a loving, nurturing and caring woman. She also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Meeting with her, and talking to her, it is clearly evident that she loves her grandson very deeply. She is fully capable of caring for her grandson Jaxon. The Connecticut Department of Children and Families, or CT DCF, is blocking her from doing so. And so Jaxon is currently in the care of the state in foster care.
Jessica already has custody of her granddaughter with the approval of the same agency that is denying her custody of baby Jaxon (CT DCF). Jaxon is being denied the loving and nurturing environment of his biological family. They are using family skeletons as smoke and mirrors to say that the family is not suitable. Jessica openly admits that her daughter has a past history of illicit drug abuse, but had been clean for 2 years. Then the state pushed her and pushed her, to a point where she had a relapse with benzodiazepines. This relapse was not even enough to show in a hair and urine test given by the state. But they still stated that because she admitted to this, she violated her probation. This made a larger case for her daughter not being able to care for her son. And a larger case for baby Jaxon to be sent into the “care” of DCF. But Jessica and her family aren’t seeking for her daughter to be Jaxon’s primary caregiver anyway. They are seeking for Jessica, his grandmother, to have custody. So now they have questioned Jessica’s character despite her recent adoption of her granddaughter.
I ask, what family is without a skeleton or two in their closet? If one has made mistakes in their life, does that mean one should not be allowed to parent a child?
When Jessica adopted her granddaughter from DCF, the same family issues existed as they do now. The agency clearly had no concerns of her parenting skills when they allowed her to adopt her granddaughter. Her granddaughter is healthy, happy, and doing very well in her Grandmother’s care.
So the question is, what is the real issue now? Why has the state kidnapped THIS child?
The reason is largely money. This child brings money to the state. DCF could easily bring his mother to her breaking point knowing her history, and then use that to keep baby Jaxon in state care. And in state care, the child can be given whatever medical care the state deems necessary. He can even be used to experiment on. It is no mistake that all of these medical kidnap victims across the U.S. are medically complex and/or have genetic disorders.
As I said at the start, this is deplorable. We all must do everything we can to stop this from happening, and bring baby Jaxon and all of these medically kidnapped children home to their families. Families must have a right to choice in their health care and the health care of their children.
Thank you Jessica Navarro-Gilmore for your bravery in sharing your story with us and the world. We join hands with you in positive thought and positive energy to bring every child home, including Jaxon.
Take back your health America!

Listen to my interview here with Jessica Navarro-Gilmore:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2FCSFS692t4Tkk1dHBpWFZtNEhMSTdzQWlNRW5nYS0xZm5z/view?usp=sharing

This will be released on iTunes later tonight.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bulldozer-health-show/id963528864?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge
http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Stop the Bulldozering! Take back your health America!

When I was on 16 pharmaceutical medications, I was completely bulldozed. I didn’t know just how snowed I was. Then, when I weaned off of all the pharmaceutical medicine and finished my withdrawal process, I began to wake up. I woke up to a world that I didn’t understand. Our food supply is more damaged than I remember. People don’t seem to have the same opportunities, earning abilities, or ability to take care of their families. Prices on everything that people need has skyrocketed. Worst of all, however, is the truth that our choices have been, and continue to be, taken away from us. Every day, I am baffled and saddened by another story of freedom of choice being removed from an individual.
First there is the story of Benton Mackenzie, and others like him. Simply, because of geography, he was denied medicinal cannabis. This medicine was saving his life. He was living in a state where cannabis is not legalized. Prohibition of cannabis still exists everywhere. So because of these facts, he was not only denied the medicine that would save his life, but he was treated like a criminal. I regret, and am deeply saddened to say, he has died.
To avoid the devastating reality I just discussed, some people move to a state where they can legally obtain their medicine if they find themselves in this predicament. Why should Americans have to move away from their loved ones to save their own lives, simply because they cannot legally obtain the medicine they need in their home state? That said, it must also be recognized that many people are too ill to move and the choice is just completely removed from their radar. So this is not the answer.
Then, there is medical kidnapping. I have been following the stories of Justina, Isaiah, Jaxon, and many others. These children were taken from their families by the medical system. This happened, because their parents did not agree with the course of action the medical professionals were prescribing. Often times, it has come down to pharmaceutical use. There is even a case of forced chemotherapy to a 17-year-old girl. She herself doesn’t want it, nor do her parents want it. But the physicians want her to have it, and have been allowed to force her to have it.
I ask myself daily, what country am I living in? What about opportunity, making your own way, and having freedoms to choose? Where did these concepts go? How is it that we have allowed big pharma to brainwash our medical professionals, including our physicians, into believing that their products are the only way? How is it that we have given them so much power, that the physicians who took an oath to “do no harm”, can remove children from their own parents and homes into state institutions so that they can be open to abuse and suffering? And somehow the idea that being at home with loved ones when you are sick is thrown out the window. I am sure that the medical establishment is aware that emotional upheaval has a negative effect on health. And yet, they rip children from their parents against their will, to administer pharmaceutical medication with multiple side effects. Then they expect that they will improve. There is no logic or reason in this.
I have been thinking about the fact that a little over 20 years ago Merck pharmaceuticals set out to have every American on at least one pharmaceutical medication. This coupled with the fact that these medications alter our brain chemistry and numb us to the world around us, deeply concerns me. If I was so easily bulldozed, and recognize how foggy and not present I was on the pharmaceutical medications, I can only imagine that many people are in this state. They are numbed to the world, without even knowing it. This only makes it easier for our freedoms, opportunity and rights to be taken away from us.
I think it is extremely important to do one’s own pharmaceutical review and be sure that for the medicine being ingested, the benefit outweighs the risk. It is important to research all pharmaceutical medications that are prescribed to us, and ask questions of our physicians.
I recognize that there are many instances where pharmaceutical medications are necessary and needed. But it is important to look at all options, and fight for one’s own freedom and ability to choose. We must also fight for our children and protect them at all costs. All of our children. Not just those related to us. But if one is a parent, one must have the right to choose what is best for their own children. If we hand over those rights to any establishment, whether it is the state, the medical community, or big Pharma, for instance, aren’t we are doing them a huge disservice in life? Of course we are. We are, because then we are teaching them that they are powerless and that their opinions about their own health and well-being are inconsequential. I know that is not the message I want for my children. I want them to be empowered in life, and especially in their own health choices.
We must stop all the Bulldozering! We must make sure every American knows what is available to them and has access to it. There has been so much angst over the Affordable Care Act. The truth is, this act still only gives access to pills, tests and surgery. A bigger change is needed. We all need to look at what is happening in the world, and stand up for what is right. Stand up for our own freedom, our freedom to choose for ourselves and our children, and our own empowerment.

Take back your health America!
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

You can reach Angela “Oxygen” Edge @oxygenedge on Twitter

Medicinal Cannabis: Time to take a stand against states who deny medical treatment to those who need it

About a week ago, I returned from a wonderful trip to Arkansas by all accounts. I spent a longer time there this time, for the Bulldozer Health project. My Bulldozer health cohorts and I made a lot of connections and moved the project forward. I had to make the trip longer this time though because despite all of the positive changes to my health, I still need rest periods and I need to make sure I continue to eat properly and exercise. This takes extra time and effort. I know it is vital to take the time for these things if I am going to continue to take back my health, and be a good example for others.

I was worried about the length of my trip because in my home state of MA, I am a legal cannabis user. I did not have proper cannabis for my health conditions during the time I was away. When one is in a state where cannabis is not legal, it is impossible to know what type of cannabis one is obtaining, how it is grown, or the THC and CBD content. Until prohibition ends, all states legalize cannabis or Federal legalization occurs, it will be this way. At home, I have a legal caregiver who grows for me and knows the THC and CBD content that I need to keep me healing and healthy. I know that they grow it organically, under the best conditions possible. I am grateful for this, because this medicine is essential to my health. And I feel confident about the quality of my medicine.

I was able to obtain cannabis while in Arkansas, and I tried to find the best quality possible. I will say, the cannabis I obtained kept my pain down. That said, usually cannabis does so much more for me. It keeps my anxiety and PTSD symptoms down. It keeps the inflammation in my body to a minimum. It gives me energy. It keeps my appetite down. It evens out my sugars. I did not find that those symptoms were ameliorated by the cannabis I obtained. I was also nervous all the time, because I was committing a criminal act for using medicine I am legal to use in my home state. And the laws in Arkansas against cannabis use, are some of the most strict in the country.

We must fight this problem, and make changes. I shouldn’t have to worry, wherever I am that I will face criminal charges for using medicine that is necessary for my health. I know I am not alone, and that a number of medicinal cannabis users have gone to prison for using this life saving medicine. So, I feel fortunate that this has not happened to me. In my fortunate position, I feel it is time to stand up and fight harder. So that is what I intend to do. Because I am being denied my medical treatment, unless I am in my home state. This is not acceptable.

Take back your health America

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

Here is Anne Armstrong stating how medicinal cannabis helps her:

An example of criminal charges for using life saving medicinal cannabis:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benton-mackenzie-guilty_n_5572445.html