Ever since the Compassionate Use Act was passed in 1996, there are now over 2,500 California dispensaries. These include various affiliated services and do not only take into account traditional pharmacy type dispensaries. The number is a clear indication of the significant demand for medical marijuana in the state of California. Numerous iterations of the law have been enacted including those which allowed for patients to grow their own marijuana plants in the privacy of their own home.
Critics note that the sheer number of California dispensaries is a testament that the law has failed to reign in and regulate the appropriate use of medical marijuana. They also note that the system has been grossly abused by patients who make false claims of chronic pain in order to secure permission and recommendation from a physician. Arizona touts California’s marijuana laws as indications of systemic failure and vows to never fall into the same quandary that California is in now.
Despite the criticism, the marijuana industry is strong and thriving in California. However, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed out that the revenue claims as propounded by greater marijuana legislation proponents have been grossly exaggerated. Last 2010, a vote called Proposition 19 failed to get the required number of votes which would have given greater liberty to growers and consumers of marijuana. To date, chic dispensaries and marijuana wellness centers line the state more than any fast food chain. Dispensaries offer various concoctions of the substance despite still being illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. For now, a lot of Californians are happy with their pot. According to a 2008 San Francisco Chronicle article, medical marijuana boasts of $2 billion dollars in revenue. Quite a significant amount even for the world’s 8th largest economy. Many states are following the lead of California and as of January 2011, there are now 15 states with provisions for medical marijuana usage.…
Will This Remarkably Inexpensive Nutrient Cure Alzheimer’s Disease
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, what you’re about to read could be life changing. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine may have found a cure.
That’s right, a cure! And, even better, this cure is remarkably inexpensive. The study I’m about to tell you about is a preliminary study, so I can’t promise this treatment will work for everyone. But the scientists involved in the study believe they have found the cure for Alzheimer’s.
The cure is a nutrient that’s been around for decades. In fact, years ago, nutritionally minded psychiatrist Abe Hoffer taught that this nutrient could cure mental illness. Now the California study shows some startling results in Alzheimer’s mice. This nutrient actually restored their memory!
Here’s the story: The scientists genetically engineered mice to get the equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, animals can get dementia just like humans, with beta amyloid plaque (Alzheimer’s hallmark) in their brains.
The scientists added a vitamin to their drinking water beginning at four months of age. The researchers then tested the animals’ short-term and long-term memory during the next four months.
They tested memory patterns known to be dependent on certain brain structures that are damaged by Alzheimer’s. The nutrient? It’s the simple $2 nutrient niacinamide. Niacinamide is just an easy-to-tolerate form of vitamin B3. And its ability to treat Alzheimer’s is truly amazing.
The results of this study showed that oral niacinamide treatment prevents the cognitive deficits in mice with Alzheimer’s, while improving the short-term spatial memory in non-demented control animals. At the end of the study the Alzheimer’s mice performed as well in memory testing as healthy mice.
This suggests that the vitamin protected their brains from memory loss and restored memory that was already lost. I don’t need to sell you on this. Just look at the words of author Dr. Kim Green. “Cognitively, they were cured,” Dr. Green said. “They performed as if they’d never developed the disease.” “The vitamin completely prevented cognitive decline associated with the disease, bringing them back to the level they’d be at if they didn’t have the pathology.”
Furthermore, healthy mice fed the B3 performed better than mice on a normal diet. “It actually improved behavior in non-demented animals, too,” said Dr. Green. Dr. Frank LaFerla, the lead author of the study, said: “This suggests that not only is it good for Alzheimer’s disease, but if normal people take it, some aspects of their memory might improve.”
How does niacinamide work? Neurons are constructed with microtubules. These are scaffolding within the cells that conduct information. When the microtubules break down, the cells can die.
The tubules are like highways inside cells. Dr. Green said that niacinamide is “making a wider more stable highway.” Alzheimer’s disease breaks down the highway (tubules). But niacinamide prevents this from happening.
I’ve previously told you how the toxic metal mercury also destroys these microtubules, potentially causing Alzheimer’s disease. So anything that can prevent the …