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Report Exposes Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret

- Friday, November 21, 2014


Walmart’s pose as a climate action leader is belied by its massive coal consumption. Photo credit: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Report Exposes Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret


America’s largest retailer Walmart has been attempting to gild its image as a climate-friendly company. But environmental leaders charged today that its claims are nothing but greenwashing and that the company is a major contributor to climate change. A new studyfrom the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret: How The Company’s Slick Greenwashing Hides Its Massive Coal Consumption, says that the company’s dependence on coal make it one of the largest users of coal-fired electricity in the U.S.
Walmart’s pose as a climate action leader is belied by its massive coal consumption. Photo credit: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The report calculates that Walmart’s coal use is responsible for spewing nearly 8 million tons of climate change-driving carbon pollution into the air annually. ILSR calculated the total electricity use, coal-fired power consumption and resulting greenhouse gas emissions of every Walmart store and distribution center in the country, figuring that Walmart’s U.S. operations use nearly six times the amount of electricity as the entire U.S. auto industry. Coal accounts for nearly 75 percent of the company’s total emissions from U.S. electricity use.

“Walmart has made remarkably little progress in moving to renewable energy, while other national retailers and many small businesses are now generating a sizable share of their power from clean sources,” said Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher at ILSR and co-author of the new report. “Despite making a public commitment to sustainability nine years ago, Walmart still favors dirty coal-generated electricity over solar and wind, because the company insists on using the cheapest power it can find.”

Last year, ILSR found that since Walmart launched its environmental campaign in 2005, the company’s greenhouse gas emissions have grown by 14 percent.

“Rather than fulfill the climate commitments it’s been making for years, Walmart is continuing to hurt the health and prosperity of our communities and families while endangering our planet.” said Michael Brune, executive director of Sierra Club. “Walmart can start living up to its purported values by ending the company’s heavy reliance on dirty coal and respecting their workers.”

The report points out that other retailers, such as Kohl’s and Ikea, have made giant strides in moving toward clean, renewable energy. Ikea, for instance, has installed rooftop solar panels on 90 percent of its U.S. stores. Walmart’s clean energy projects provide just 3 percent of its total U.S. electricity use.

“It’s unconscionable that the country’s largest employer and the world’s largest company is choosing to hurt our planet and hurt working families with its dirty operations and poverty pay,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder and president of 350.org. “Walmart and the Waltons can help our communities truly live better by switching to clean energy and paying workers a fair wage.”

“Walmart could single-handedly strengthen the middle class and help create a vibrant clean energy economy that promotes good jobs,” said Jeremy Hays, executive director of Green For All, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy to lift people out of poverty. “After years of empty promises, Walmart should use be using its power and wealth to build stronger and more sustainable communities, not disrespecting workers and endangering the future of our planet.”


In the 10 states where Walmart uses the most coal-fired electricity, it consumes more than 2 million short tons of coal each year, equivalent to nearly 4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In Missouri and Illinois, with their many coal-fired plants, Walmart produces more than 900,000 metric tons of carbon pollution.

“In Missouri, residents are calling for cleaner energy sources, rather than continued reliance on our aging and dirty coal plants that poison the air and water,” said Jeff Ordower, executive director of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment. “Rather than stand with Missouri in its efforts to go green, Walmart’s St. Louis supercenter uses more coal than any of its other U.S. stores. The one Walmart store pumps out more than 4,100 metric tons of climate pollution every year.”

The St, Louis area includes the Walmart facility that burns the most coal of any in the U.S. Image credit: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Not surprisingly, the company donates millions of dollars to candidates who support fossil fuel industries and oppose climate action. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, more than half of the Congressional candidates supported by Walmart and the Walton family, the company’s majority owners, received a 100 percent Dirty Energy Money score from Oil Change International. An ILSR study last month found that the Walton family is funding nearly two dozen organizations working to roll back clean energy policies and impede the growth of rooftop solar.

In April, consumer protection group The Green Life and Environmental Action named Walmart “the worst greenwasher of the year.”

“Walmart has made some big promises to environmentalists and the public, but sadly, many of the promises continue to go unfulfilled,” said The Green Life’s acting executive director Drew Hudson. “The truth is that Walmart’s current business model is unsustainable. From the way Walmart ships material to the fact that it has a 96 percent failure at their own goals for renewable energy. Americans need to know—there is a high climate-cost of low prices.”
Source: ecowatch.com

Mobile healthy food market is rolling around Toronto

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The city of Toronto has its share of food deserts, mostly in the inner suburbs designed in the 50s around the idea that people could drive to the big supermarket. Now those areas have the highest levels of poverty and the poorest access to fresh food. That's where this mobile food market comes in; it now brings fresh produce at good prices to the people most in need. Everybody pitched in; the Toronto Transit Commission donated a wheel-trans bus designed to carry people in wheelchairs, so it is accessible to everyone.

LGA architectural partners,
 formerly known as Levitt Goodman architects (and well known to TreeHugger- see related links below) donated their services for the conversion, telling Dave LeBlanc of the Globe and Mail:


“This is what we love and motivates us about architecture,” offers Mr. Goodman, who also worked on the converted shipping containers that now make up Market 707 at Scadding Court Community Centre. “It’s not what the particular design is, but more about the critical issue: Can we use our skill to make our city and community a better place to live in.” .... “Good food is beautiful when displayed well, so when we decided we wanted this to be a feature we worked out the mechanism so one person could fold out the shelves, restock as necessary and display the food so it was attractive.”
© Laura Berman

© Laura Berman

The kind of planning that puts towers in a park and a supermarket a couple of miles away makes it difficult for anyone to get by without a car. It's a shame that these food deserts exist and this this bus is needed, that we have to bus food around like this. But it's nicely done. Dave Leblanc notes:

When parked and fully merchandized, you hardly see the bus. Instead, it’s a visual feast of cascading bins of leafy lettuce, onions and berries, and more exotic fare such as okra or yuca (cassava) to reflect the wide range of ethnicities the bus serves.

Source:
treehugger.com
More in the Globe and Mail, found on Architecture Lab.

Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over Its Opposition to GMO Labeling

- Thursday, November 20, 2014

Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over Its Opposition to GMO Labeling


Neil Young has long been known for his involvement in environmental and social justice issues. Now Young has extended his longtime activism to another area: taking on Starbucks and its association with the anti-GMO labeling Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The GMA has spent heavily in states where GMO labeling has been on the ballot, working to defeat it, usually coming in just behind Monsanto in the size of its donations.Neil Young performs in September at the Harvest the Hope concert in Nebraska. Photo credit: Bold Nebraska

“Goodbye Starbucks!” Young announces on his website.
“I used to line up and get my latte every day but yesterday was the last one,” he says. “Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont and stop accurate food labeling. Hiding behind the shadowy ‘Grocery Manufacturers Association,’ Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that’s aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically modified ingredients be labeled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech.”

Vermont’s labeling law never appeared on the ballot, which would have given the big-spending groups the chance to swamp labeling supporters with money. Instead, it was passed by Vermont’s legislature in April and signed by its governor in May. A lawsuit challenging the law was filed in June by GMA, the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers, claiming that it would impose “burdensome new speech requirements and restrictions” on the product manufacturers they represent. Vermont is the first state in the U.S. to pass GMO labeling; the big spenders have been able to defeat all the state ballot measures.

“Vermont is a small, entirely rural state with just 600,000 people,” says Young. “It’s a classic David and Goliath fight between Vermont and Monsanto. Whatever you think of GMOs, corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions with strong public backing. Considering that Starbucks has been progressive on LGBT and labor issues in the past, it’s disappointing that it is working with the biggest villain of them all, Monsanto. Monsanto might not care what we think—but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does. If we can generate enough attention, we can push Starbucks to withdraw its support for the lawsuit, and then pressure other companies to do the same.”

Young urges people to join with SumOfUs.org, an organization that advocates for workers and consumers against corporation, to pressure Starbucks to oppose the lawsuit.

Starbucks meanwhile denies any responsibility for the lawsuit. “Starbucks is not a part of any lawsuit pertaining to GMO labeling nor have we provided funding for any campaign. And Starbucks is not aligned with Monsanto to stop food labeling or block Vermont state law. The petition claiming that Starbucks is part of this litigation is completely false and we have asked the petitioners to correct their description of our position. Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labeling. As a company with stores and a product presence in every state, we prefer a national solution.”

Young may be 69, with a music career spanning 50 years, but his level of activism on behalf of environmental causes only seems to be growing. In September, he joined Willie Nelson toheadline the day-long Harvest the Hope: A Concert to Protect the Heartland in rural Nebraska on behalf of Keystone XL pipeline opponents, where he introduced his new tune and latest environmental salvo “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (And Save the Earth), which he recentlyperformed with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.
Source: ecowatch

Mom Could Face Jail Time for Healing Son with Cannabis Oil

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Mom Could Face Jail Time for Healing Son with Cannabis Oil
Natural medicine not allowed

The social stigma attached to marijuana use is steadily dissipating in the United States More states are legalizing some form of marijuana every year, which means the once vilified plant is gaining more support from the public. But that nation-wide legalization of at least medical marijuana couldn’t come fast enough for some who desperately want to use the plant for its healing powers. That’s the case with one mom who used cannabis oil to heal her son; now she could face jail time.

A boy named Trey Brown suffered from a terrible baseball accident in 2011, causing a golf ball-sized area of his brain to bleed and leading to an unbearable buildup of pressure in his head. When brought to the hospital, Trey and his mother Angela Brown were told by doctors that his survival was questionable. After that, the doctors induced a medical coma. When Trey woke up, he wasn’t the same.

After waking, he began dealing with chronic pain, depression, and outbursts. In an attempt to treat the boy or at least alleviate his symptoms, they had gone through a whopping 18 medications. They all failed to help.

“I cry like every day before I go to bed, like my brain is about to blow up, cause there is so much pressure. It just hurts in my brain everywhere. I really can’t explain the pain.” Trey said.

After having little success with conventional medicine, Angela Brown decided to try a not-so-conventional, or legal, treatment for her son – cannabis oil. After giving Trey the oil, which she obtained from Colorado, Trey reported feeling significantly better within just a week. The cannabis oil helped to treat and bring quality of life back in a situation where all else was tried and didn’t work.

“I felt better, the pain went away,” Trey Brown said.

“I was afraid to go to the bathroom, he’d be harming himself,” Angela Brown said. “No mother should have to hold their child so they don’t hurt themselves. He didn’t want to live… Within an hour of him taking it, we could tell a difference.”


But it didn’t take long for the authorities to come stomping in to seize and arrest. It only took a week for the sheriff’s department to confiscate the oil. Later, county officials charged Angela with child endangerment which required child protection to get involved. If she is convicted of her charges she could face up to two years in jail and $6000 in fines.

“It was a week later when my mom called and said, ‘The cops are looking for you,'” Angela Brown said. “The prosecutor’s version of this is that a good mom allows her child to be in pain, to self-harm, and attempt to take his life. I guess that’s a good mom in his eyes…It’s asinine, I didn’t hurt my son; I was trying to prevent him from being hurt.”

To make the outcome of this story even more ridiculous, Minnesota became the 22nd state to approve specific forms of medicinal marijuana.The law, however, won’t go into effect until 2015. Even though cannabis will be utilized to heal in less than a year, apparently helping someone with the oil is still an unfathomable crime.

Marijuana has been used and studied for its abilities in cancer and Alzheimer treatments, helping to reduce seizures, and replacing potentially harmful medications, yet it is still vilified. Although cannabis is finally becoming legal in more states and even nations every year, there is still resistance we need to overcome so that people can freely utilize this healing plant.
Source: naturalsociety.com

5 Reasons Kids Should Avoid Artificial Food Coloring

- Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5 Reasons Kids Should Avoid Artificial Food Coloring


Inability to concentrate, emotional distress, crazed behavior are a few of the effects of artificial food coloring on some children.

The five most compelling reasons to avoid artificial food coloring include possible links to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), hyperactivity and neurotoxicity, genotoxicity, cancer and the dyes’ complete lack of nutritional value.

1. ADHD: ADHD is likely caused by a combination of factors, including environment, brain structure and heredity. But artificial colors may also be a factor. Studies suggest an association, while an inconclusive one, between food dyes and ADHD. The hyperactivity triggered by food dyes is not only an ADHD problem, but also a public health problem.

2. Hyperactivity and Neurotoxicity: A 2004 meta-analysis of studies on food dyes and hyperactivity concluded that there was a cause-and-effect relationship between food colors and hyperactivity. Dyes “promote hyperactivity in hyperactive children, as measured on behavioral rating scales” and “society should engage in a broader discussion about whether the aesthetic and commercial rationale for the use of [artificial food colorings] is justified,” according to the Schab and Trinh 2004 analysis.

The reason artificial colors can trigger hyperactivity is because they are neurotoxic. As neurotoxins, dyes do not only impact hyperactive children. The toxins in the dyes can impair behavior in both non-hyperactive children and adults as well.

A study published in the Lancet by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency in 2007 showed food dyes could increase hyperactive behavior in children. In the study of 3-, 8- and 9-year-olds, children were given three different types of beverages. One drink contained artificial colors, another artificial colors and sodium benzoate and a third was a control drink without additives. The results showed a connection between drinking both beverages with dyes and increased hyperactivity. This result was in children who were normally non-hyperactive.

In the UK, this study prompted warning labels that led to voluntary removal of artificial colors from many products, the USDA refuses to attach warning labels to similar products as it denies sufficient causation has been established. Red 40, in particular, has been linked to hyperactivity. Yellow 5 also has been linked to hyperactivity and behavioral issues.

3. Genotoxicity: Some artificial colors have been linked to triggering mutations or damaging chromosomes. Yellow 5 has shown genotoxic results in six of 11 studies, according to the CSPI’s report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks.” This amount of positive results certainly warrants further study, if not a suspension of use of Yellow 5. In available results, Blue 2 tested positive in one of 11 genotoxicity studies; Blue 1 was positive in two of nine; Green 3 was positive in three of nine; Red 3 in four of 12; Red 40 in three of 10; and Yellow 6 in two of eight.

4. Cancer: Blue 2 and Yellow 5 have been linked with tumor growth and contain cancer-causing chemicals, according to the CSPI report. Blue 2 has been shown to trigger tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in rat studies. Yellow 5 may be contaminated with several carcinogens. It’s also triggered allergic reactions and hyperactivity.

5. Lack of Value: Artificial food coloring has no nutritional value or purpose. The level of dyes in our food is mindboggling. The only reason food companies put dyes in your food is because they believe it makes the food look more palatable and therefore more appealing to the consumer. We’ve heard this song and dance before when chicken were fed arsenic to pink up their flesh. Devaluing food dyes is up to the consumer. Stop purchasing foods laced with toxic dyes and, just like in the UK, the food companies will take them out. Currently, products made by McDonald’s, Mars, Kraft, PepsiCo, and other major U.S. multinational companies contain artificial food coloring in the United States, but natural or no colorings in the United Kingdom. While you wait for the FDA to come through with a ban, you can vote with your wallet for voluntary removal of dyes from our foods.

“Because of those toxicological considerations, including carcinogenicity, hypersensitivity reactions, and behavioral effects, food dyes cannot be considered safe. The FDA should ban food dyes, which serve no purpose other than a cosmetic effect, though quirks in the law make it difficult to do so (the law should be amended to make it no more difficult to ban food colorings than other food additives),” reads the CSPI report. “In the meantime, companies voluntarily should replace dyes with safer, natural colorings.”

Avoiding all processed foods is best, but avoiding harmful dyes in particular is of utmost importance. Some U.S. companies are beginning to limit dyes (Kraft, Pepperidge Farm and Frito Lay among them); however, until all artificial dyes are voluntarily removed or banned, keep an eye on your food labels.
Source: organicauthority

9 Home Remedies for Dandruff – How to Get Rid of Dandruff Naturally

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9 Home Remedies for Dandruff – How to Get Rid of Dandruff Naturally
Using all natural solutions


Are you part of the nearly 20% of the U.S. population who suffers from dandruff? While having dandruff certainly is embarrassing, the good news is that this issue is completely harmless. Even better news, no drugs or pharmaceutical solutions are required to get rid of dandruff – there are numerous natural home remedies for dandruff that can be utilized within your own home.
What is Dandruff? What Causes Dandruff?

Dandruff is characterized by small white flakes falling from the scalp. While a small amount is normal, as dead skin cells flake off your scalp, many people experience an unusually large amount of flaking, often leading their shoulders to be covered in what resembles tiny white snowflakes. The flaking is often accompanied by an itchy scalp, redness, and irritation.

Numerous reasons have been suggested for the cause of dandruff; blame has been put on dry skin, oily skin, diet, hygiene, over-washing or under-washing your hair, and stress. But more often than not, scientists have found that dandruff is actually the result of a fungal infection. Two of the fungal infections pinpointed are:
Pityriasis capitis
Malassezia globosa

But regardless of the cause, rest assured that there are many natural solutions you can use to get rid of dandruff naturally. Here are 9 home remedies for dandruff.

9 Home Remedies for Dandruff – How to Get Rid of Dandruff Naturally
  • 1. Apple Cider Vinegar – A favorite natural remedy of users on EarthClinic, apple cider vinegar is great for killing the fungus that causes the dandruff. To experiences ACVs amazing beneficial properties, simply dilute the liquid with water at equal parts and use the mixture as a shampoo. People report this treatment to provide instant relief from itchiness, while getting rid of dandruff with just a few applications over the course of a few days.
  • 2. A Quality Probiotic - As you expect, internal treatments are another great solution for dandruff. Specifically, a probiotic strain of bacillus laterosporus should be enough to not only take care of dandruff, but help to boost overall health by replenishing the beneficial bacteria within your gut. Gut flora is extremely important for optimal health. There are many probiotic supplements on the market, but here is just one option and recommendation to begin your search.
  • 3. Oregano Oil or Tea Tree Oil – Both oregano oil and tea tree oil possess natural antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that can reduce inflammation and treat infections. Try taking oregano oil internally, or applying oregano oil and tea tree oil on the scalp.
  • 4. Coconut Oil – Adding on to the home remedies for dandruff, coconut oil is another amazing anti-fungal food that is capable of killing fungus and eliminating dandruff. Just a few teaspoons applied to the hair and scalp should be enough to rid you of dandruff and provide a nice shine to your hair. Melt some coconut oil and include 5-9 drops of pure tea tree oil for every 5 tablespoons of coconut oil. This could work in as little as two applications. Ingesting coconut oil daily can also help.
  • 5. Natural Anti-Fungal Product – Since dandruff is often caused by a fungal infection, it only makes sense to consider taking an anti-fungal product. There are numerous options on the market, but again one product that I can recommend here is called Mycozil. Made from organic herbs, this product, as expected, it designed to rid the body of various fungi, including candida.
  • 6. Lemons – Massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Afterwards, mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 1 cup of water and rinse. Repeat daily.
  • 7. Evergreen Cedar Tree – Using oils with antiseptic, anti-seborrheic and mild astringent properties could prove useful for dandruff. Here is one specific option: Blend 6 drops cedarwood, 6 drops rosemary essential oil and 4 drops cypress oil with 50 milliliters of olive oil. Massage into the scalp, let it soak overnight, and shampoo well the next day.
  • 8. Medicated Shampoos – If nothing else seems to work and you just want the dandruff gone, try using one of two shampoos: Selsun Blue or Head & Shoulders. Selsun Blue contains a form of selenium sulfide while Head & Shoulders contains zinc – both ingredients target fungus. This solution won’t be the first choice for someone trying to tackle the problem naturally, so instead of using the shampoos repeatedly for years, just try applying it and leaving it on overnight while wearing a shower cap as a safer alternative.
  • 9. Baking Soda – When you normally shower, try wetting your hair and rubbing a handful of baking soda into your scalp instead of using shampoo. Rinse thoroughly and dry. This may take a few weeks and you may experience dryness at first, so other home remedies for dandruff may be better options.
Other Tips for Getting Rid of Dandruff:
  • Start buying organic/natural personal care products that don’t contain parabens, sodium laureth or lauryl sulfate.
  • Reduce sugar intake.
  • Increase animal-based omega-3 fat intake.
  • Avoid processed foods and eliminate processed oils like corn, soy, canola, safflower, and sunflower oil.

Most importantly, don’t forget to share which home remedies for dandruff work and don’t work for you. You don’t need a pharmacy to get rid of dandruff – go natural.

Additional Sources:
naturalsociety
RightDiagnosis
Mercola

What Happens When You Quit Smoking | Immediate and Long Term Benefits

- Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What Happens When You Quit Smoking | Immediate and Long Term Benefits


While many people may not know everything smoking can potentially lead to, it is well known that nothing positive on a health level can come out the activity. Advertisers and Hollywood have successfully hammered the idea of smoking into our brains over the last few decades through placement in movies and TV shows, but thankfully people now know the truth concerning the negative health effects and child influence. Of course not all smokers want to quit, but for those who do, you may be surprised to find out what happens when you quit smoking.

What Happens When You Quit Smoking?
If a cigarette is in your mouth right now, finish it. Once you finish it, don’t ever pick up another one. If you did this right now, your body would go through amazing changes starting just 20 minutes after you finish that cigarette.

If you want to quit but are having a difficult time mentally shifting, learning what happens when you quit smoking may very well provide you with that final push. The health effects of smoking can be terrible, but the effects of quitting can be phenomenal. This positive spin on the benefits of quitting rather than the negative effects of continuing may be what one needs.

Here are some of the many benefits of quitting smoking and a timeline of what will happen once you quit smoking. You may (or may not) be surprised by what you see.

Let us know what you think of this.



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  • In about 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate will decrease, and the body temperature of your hands and feet will increase.
  • At approximately the 8-12 hour mark, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will decrease to normal and your blood oxygen level will increase to normal.
  • At 24 hours the chance of you having a heart attack decreases significantly.
  • At about 48 hours, nerve endings begin to regrow and your ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
  • Between 2 weeks and 3 months, your circulation improves, walking becomes easier, and coughing and wheezing is experienced less often. Phlegm production decreases and at about the 3 month mark, lung function is significantly improved.
  • Between 1 and 9 months, you will experience all of the benefits already listed in addition to less sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Cilia, tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs, also regain normal function.
  • In 1 year, your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks is reduced by half of what it used to be when you were a smoker.
  • Between 5 and 15 years, the risk of having a stroke returns to normal, before you started smoking.
  • At about the 10 year mark, your chance of developing various cancers including cancer of the lungs, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas, greatly decreases. Risk of lung cancer reverts to that of a non-smoker. In fact, Diet and smoking habits make up nearly 60 percent of cancer cases.
  • In about 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack shifts to that of a person who has never smoked before. The risk of death also drops nearly to the level of a non-smoker.

Even with the exclusion of the incredible amount of money you would save from quitting as well as the negative influence being omitting from society, the above benefits of quitting are more than convincing. So what happens when you quit smoking? Your health once again returns.

Additional Sources:
naturalsociety
BlissTree


Cannabis ‘Dramatically Reduces’ Growth of Brain Cancer Cells: New Study

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Cannabis ‘Dramatically Reduces’ Growth of Brain Cancer Cells: New Study


Cannabis has already been proven to treat cancer anecdotally in many people – some with leukemia, others with lymphoma. But what’s gaining the most spotlight is how cannabis is able to eradicate brain cancer. In a recent study, researchers at the University of London have found that cannabis helps to ‘dramatically reduce’ the growth of new brain cancer cells.

The research showed that two active chemical components found in cannabis plants, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), helped in the treatment of cancerous brain tumors. This is one of the most difficult types of cancer to treat effectively, and the rate of survival for patients who get brain cancer is often very low. For many – once they receive a diagnosis – they are given a short five years to live; any hope of living after their prognosis is given a mere 10% chance. Those are some stark statistics.

It’s promising that a team of researchers was able to treat brain tumors in mice in a variety of ways, either without any treatment, using the cannabinoids alone, using irradiation alone, or with the cannabinoids and irradiation at the same time.

Complimenting other research finding cannabis can treat brain cancer with zero psychoactive effects, the researchers with this most recent study have found that the active compounds in cannabis (THC and CBD) in combination with irradiation were able to ‘dramatically slow down’ brain tumor growth in mice.

Dr. Wai Liu, Senior Research Fellow and lead researcher on the project, described the results as “extremely exciting.”

“Those treated with both irradiation and the cannabinoids saw the most beneficial results and a drastic reduction in size. In some cases, the tumours effectively disappeared in the animals. This augurs well for further research in humans in the future. – this is a mostly fatal disease at the moment.

The benefits of the cannabis plant elements were known before but the drastic reduction of brain cancers if used with irradiation is something new and may well prove promising for patients who are in gravely serious situations with such cancers in the future.”

Truly, the extracts of cannabis – namely utilized through cannabis oil – can help treat cancerous cells without radiation. But at least those who choose to combine alternative health solutions with the pharmaceutical paradigm can expect better recovery rates than if they utilized radiation and chemo alone.

While the study is reported in a mainstream publication, and still advocates for radiation treatment along with the use of cannabis – it is a step in the right direction to promote the obvious medical miracle that cannabis keeps showing itself to be.

What exactly are cannabinoids?

About 66 compounds unique to Cannabis sativa have been classified as ‘cannabinoids’ of the 480 natural components of the plant. Researchers are just starting to understand a portion of these plant components.

The effects of THC are thought to be moderated by the influence of the other components of the plant, most particularly the cannabinoids.

The cannabinoids are separated into subclasses:

  • Cannabigerols (CBG)
  • Cannabichromenes (CBC)
  • Cannabidiols (CBD)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC)
  • Cannabinol (CBN) and cannabinodiol (CBDL)
  • Other cannabinoids (such as cannabicyclol (CBL), cannabielsoin (CBE), cannabitriol (CBT) and other miscellaneous types).
“CBD is probably the most abundant cannabinoid, contributing up to 40% of cannabis resin. Interestingly, CBD may actually have anti-anxiety effects and lessen the psychoactive effects of THC.”

Far from just causing psychological changes in a person, the active plant compounds in cannabis are now even reversing brain cancer. This plant’s benefits are simply amazing.
Sources:
naturalsociety.com
learnaboutmarijuanawa.org
cancerresearchuk.org
sgul.ac.uk
mct.aacrjournals.org