End Cannabis Prohibition: Why can’t I have my prescribed medicine while in Arkansas?

I am getting ready to travel again.  I am not fond of flying, but I do it to get from point A to point B for a good reason. Also, because of my health problems, I am unable to sit in a car for the length of time it would take to get to Arkansas from Massachusetts.  So I keep in mind the good reasons I am traveling to stay positive and focused.   In this case, I want to spend time with family.  I also want to continue with my passion, Bulldozer Health Incorporated.  With the help of amazing volunteers, I want to reach every American, and show them how to take back their health!

Bulldozer Health Inc. has numerous events planned in Fayetteville from the end of October, through the month of November.  We have a health fair at the Fayetteville Senior and Wellness Center, healthy cooking classes at Ozark Natural Foods, meditation class at Evander  Publishing, and a Health Talk at the Fayetteville Public Library.  We will also continue to network with alternative care providers, as this is essential to have a network that people can connect with if they decide that “mainstream” medicine isn’t working for them.  We also have a new documentary to shoot.  Our Director of Media Services, Note Louis, will be coming to town mid-November to work on the documentary.  This is all very exciting!

My excitement is marred though, by something that is really hard for many people to believe.  The medicine, that has changed my life, Cannabis, is not legally available to me in Fayetteville.  Yes, this it true even though I have been examined by a doctor here in MA and told that cannabis would work for my numerous health problems. In fact, if I use it in Fayetteville, I am breaking the law.  As incredulous as this is, it is true.  I cannot legally travel on an airplane with my medicine due to Federal law.  I cannot obtain my medicine legally while in Arkansas.   In short, I must  go without it, or be a criminal.

Most people would not travel in this case.  I understand that thinking.  But when I started this project, I remembered a vow I made when I was very sick and living in Arkansas.  I said, “If I find a way to get better, I will come back here and work to improve this health care system”.  I am a woman of my word.  So, with my other herbal treatments in tow, I will go back to Arkansas again, and effect change through the Bulldozer Health Inc. project.  We have great volunteers who will help me.  I have family who will help me.  They will help to get me through my time there as my body declines in front of them.  Thankfully, the cannabis has healed some of my health problems.  But the fact is,  I am still working on taking back my health.  The cannabis is still working at healing many of my issues and it helps tremendously with inflammation, eye problems and pain.  It is a needed medicine for me.  Since it takes a while to leave the body, it will be a little while before the full effect of not having it is realized.  I am preparing myself for that.

Our health  system is incredibly flawed,  and we are still living with cannabis prohibition.  For things to truly be right, we have to work to lift this prohibition, so that everyone can have access to this medicine and grow it themselves if they want to.  Until then, we must stop treating patients as criminals, and at least legalize it across the country.  I am living proof that this medicine works.  And there are so many people like me.  The fact is,  we must all have access to all of the health alternatives available.  As it stands right now, we are all paying for mandatory health insurance, that mainly gives us access to pills and/or surgery.  This is not enough.  We must demand  more.    We must demand better. The pharmaceutical companies have owned all of us including our doctors and our government  for far too long.

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

Please sign our petition to get the pharmaceutical ads off of television:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/take-prescription-drug?source=c.em&r_by=11354194

Please listen to “Hurt Me” by Oxygen Edge and follow on Twitter @OxygenEdge

 

Medical Marijuana: My Healthy Alternative to Most Pharmaceutical Medications

When I first decided I was going to use alternative health methods to work on taking back my health, it was while I was  weaning off of the 16 pharmaceutical medications that I had been on for two plus years.  When I say I was on 16 medications,  I want to point out that many of them were heavy-duty medications including percocet and morphine for pain, gabapentin for neurological symptoms, prednisone for inflammation,  valium and xanax  for anxiety,  cymbalta for depression, and many more.   I started with medicine to specifically treat the diseases that I had, and then more and more were added because of the resultant symptoms of being on those medications such as severe anxiety and depression.  Also, I am specifically mentioning these 7, because many people are familiar with these medications.  The medicines I was on for psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, and myasthenia gravis, people may not  be that familiar with.  The medicines I mention here also are well-known to be difficult to come off of.  When weaning off of all of these medications,  each one has withdrawal symptoms.  Some are physical, some are psychological, and some are both physical and psychological.

So, I had come off of all of these 7, plus 3 more, one after another over about a 3 month period.  I experienced withdrawal symptoms that were difficult and frightening at times.  But I was determined that I needed to see how my body could function without all of this medicine in it.  I had done a lot of reading, and I learned that my body could learn to heal itself under the right conditions.  I am not recommending this for anyone else, I am simply telling my story.

Additionally, I decided I was going to do this after several doctors told me that I could not come off of any of the medicines I was on.  I made this very personal and independent choice anyway.  I did this because I believed that when I was placed on so much medicine it was to treat the acute phase of a disease that they thought I might die from.  But now it was 2 years later, and I was still here on the planet.  Since I had lived, I didn’t want to just exist on medication. I wanted to get better, and I wanted to live well.  If I was going to live well, I couldn’t be bulldozed on all that medication.

It was in the middle of this withdrawal process that I began to investigate medical marijuana.  I learned that this one medicine, could decrease anxiety and depression, decrease pain, decrease inflammation,  and decrease neurological symptoms including eye problems and neuropathy issues.  This one medicine could do all of the things that the 7 medications I listed earlier were supposed to be doing. Except, it wouldn’t  have all of the awful side effects that these other medications had.  And it is good for the body.  I thought, sign me up!   Then I began to have some other thoughts.  I thought about the fact that I hadn’t used marijuana since a little recreational use earlier in my life. I thought about all of the stigma attached to its use.  I thought about the smoking aspect of it.  I had smoked tobacco on and off in my life, did I really want to start smoking anything again?

As I thought about the stigma, I had to do some soul-searching.  Could I live with the fact that people were going to make assumptions about me as a marijuana user, even if it was for medical purposes?  I answered yes to that question.  Then, when  I investigated how you use medical marijuana, I soon found out that you don’t have to smoke it.  You can vaporize it, use it in a tincture, or even cook it into food. This was sounding better and better.   I also realized that it would help me through the rest of the withdrawal process.  That would be a relief after months of dealing with the symptoms myself with the help of a close friend.  It hadn’t been easy.

The next step was to investigate how to become a legal medical marijuana user.  This took a lot of digging to find out what to do.  I lived in MA, a state where it is legal for medicinal use, and yet no one seemed to know how to become legal.  My doctor said he didn’t prescribe it, and would never prescribe it because the clinic he works at is partially federally funded.  I kept digging. I really thought this could help me, and I wanted to try it.  I finally found an independent clinic that  I could go to, be examined by a physician, and obtain a legal card.  I had to pay out of my pocket to obtain this, $220.  After receiving my legal card, I then learned that there was no where that I could go to, to obtain the medical marijuana.  The clinic that I obtained the card at couldn’t give me a referral anywhere.  There were no dispensaries open.  By word of mouth I found a legal caregiver.  This person came to my home, and reviewed my symptoms. He then brought me samples to try.  I then chose what strains I wanted to use together with him, and again, had to pay out of my pocket to obtain the medication.  The only other option was to grow it myself.  This was no option for me with my medical conditions.  The relationship with the caregiver, and his true caring and desire to help me really struck me.  It was like having your family physician come to the house. He soon got to know my situation and my family, and became an integral part of my recovery process. He still is today.

While a costly endeavor, medical marijuana saved me from the horrible withdrawal symptoms of pharmaceutical medications.  It also treated the symptoms of my illnesses, immediately decreased my pain, inflammation, and anxiety.  In short, medical marijuana was key in starting to really take back my health, move more easily and allowing me to start to exercise.  It works with my body and is not toxic in any way.  I prefer to use tincture, cannabis oil, and cook it into my food, but I do some smoking as well.  I am now only on two medications. Insulin for my diabetes, and medical marijuana.  It is my hope that very soon I will be able to come off of the insulin too, because I have lost 51 pounds from practicing good nutrition, not bogging my body down with a lot of medications and from exercising 4x per week.  The strains of medical marijuana I use, do not make me hungry or sedate me during the day.  They actually help to energize me and keep me going.  I do have some strains that I can use at night if I have trouble sleeping. It is nice to be able to make those decisions for myself and use what I need to at the time.

If you have medical problems, do not rule out use of medical marijuana out of fear or what others will think if it is legal in your state.  It might just be the treatment option that saves you from physical ailments and helps you to move forward. I know it did for me.

I am committed to forwarding the legalization of medical marijuana across the United States.  All people should have access to all treatment options.  I want everyone to have their health in their own hands.

Take back your health America.

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

Facebook:  http://www.Facebook.com/bulldozerhealth

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/take-prescription-drug?source=c.em&r_by=11354194.  Please sign our petition to take the prescription drug advertisements off of television

Prescription Drug Ads Do Not Belong on Television

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/take-prescription-drug?source=c.em&r_by=11354194

 

When I began to take back my health, I realized that a huge part of that was to wean off of as much of the pharmaceutical medication that they had given me as I could.  I was bulldozed and there was no way my body could come out from under all that, rally, and find any kind of health.  I also realized how damaging the advertisements are on television.

Please join us by signing our petition. Thank you!

 

 

Take back your health America!

Alternative Health Networking

When I decided to take back my health, I had to find alternatives to what was being offered to me at the doctor’s office.   An M.D., or allopathic doctor, really mainly offers  pills or surgery to help with diseases and ailments.  At that point, I was in pharmaceutical overload.  Once I realized this fact, I  also realized that  this  was not helping  my various illnesses.  In  fact,  it was just holding my body back from healing itself.  It was covering up my symptoms.  Symptoms, tell us  something is wrong and point to imbalances that are happening within the body.  When bulldozed by medicine, we can’t pay attention to symptoms and our  body becomes bogged down and further imbalanced.

So as I was coming off of all of my pharmaceutical medication, my  symptoms started to come out full force.  While this was very unpleasant, I didn’t let that stop me in my quest for health.  I started to contact alternative health providers to see if someone could help me on a sliding scale.  Because I have musculoskeletal problems and autoimmune problems, I decided to go to a chiropractor. I chose chiropractic because I learned that regular chiropractic care improves ones immune system and allows the body to learn to heal itself, because it brings everything into alignment.  I asked friends and family who I should go to see,  and found a great chiropractor that would see me within my means.  But I knew full well, that not everyone may find that luxury or even feel comfortable asking for help.

I continued with my healing process, and resolved to find a way to help others have access to alternative healthcare.  Now, with our Bulldozer Health Inc. becoming a reality,  part of the project is to do just that.  We have an alternative care network on our website.  This network consists of advertisements for alternative care providers by state for only $50 per advertisement per year  to the provider.  We can’t endorse their care, but if they want us to rate it, we will give them a rating after a free treatment is provided.   This project helps us reach alternative health providers in the community and partner with them.  Some of them record health tips for our YouTube channel.  Some of them will be present at our health fairs to educate the public about what they do.

Our long-term goal, is to obtain grants to subsidize care for people who find it difficult to reach into their pockets to pay for alternative health care.  As the system is right now, people are paying for required health insurance and this mainly buys them access to medical doctors, tests, vaccines, pills and surgery.  Very few insurance plans cover alternative medicine options.  Some may cover chiropractic, massage or acupuncture in a limited way.  But the access is not there like the access for pills or surgery.  Bulldozer Health Inc. is committed to helping people to access treatments that will teach the body to heal itself.

There are many choices available within the alternative health care realm. Bulldozer Health Inc. is committed to having as many options as possible available to all people.   We also will educate people about those options so they are aware of what is available.  It is our goal to empower and educate people so that they truly feel that their health is in their own hands.

Take back your health America!

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge