The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Adult Health:

traumaTurning gold into lead

The question of what determines adult health and well-being is important to all countries. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study1 is a major American research project that poses the question of whether, and how, childhood experiences affect adult health decades later. This question is being answered with the ongoing collaboration of Robert Anda, MD at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the cooperation of 17,421 adults at Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, California. Kaiser Permanente is a multispecialty, prepaid, private health insurance system or Health Maintenance Organization [HMO]. The findings from the ACE Study provide a remarkable insight into how we become what we are as individuals and as a nation. They are important medically, socially, and economically2. Indeed, they have given us reason to reconsider the very structure of primary care medical practice in America.

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Cannabis oil improves Crohn's disease symptoms: study

Cannabis oil can “significantly” improve Crohn’s disease symptoms.

“(S)tudies have shown that many people with Crohn's disease use cannabis regularly to relieve their symptoms,” Dr. Timna Naftali, an Israeli gastroenterologist who also teaches at Tel Aviv University, said in a written statement. “It has always been thought that this improvement was related to a reduction in inflammation in the gut and the aim of this study was to investigate this.”

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How the Endocannabinoid System Connects Your Gut and Your Brain

cannabis"The brain and the gut speak the same language."1 — Ethan Russo, M.D.

It's true. Your gut has a brain.

This second brain won’t help you to do a crossword puzzle or remember a password, but its connection to the brain in your head plays a major role in regulating digestion, mood, and your overall health.

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AutoImmune Diseases & Allergies

sneezeWhat are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of related conditions where the body’s own immune system attacks the tissues and organs, causing deterioration and illness.

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to a harmless substance (also known as an allergen) that does not bother most people. Allergens can be found in a variety of food and environmental sources such as house dust mite excretions, pets, pollen, moulds and various food and food components.

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Living with a medical mystery:

mysteryWhy are autoimmune disorders so puzzling?

Susan Tota was tired. Profoundly tired. All the time. Even though she was only in her late 20s.

"I basically worked, slept, and ate," she recalls.

She also ran a low-grade fever; her temperature perpetually lingered between 99 and 100 degrees.

"I felt like I was baking from the inside out," she says.

Doctors thought it might be mononucleosis. She went to an infectious disease clinic. She saw doctors at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where she lived at the time. She wondered if it were related to her Raynaud's syndrome, a painful disease in which blood vessels constrict in the extremities.

"They couldn't figure it out," she says.

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How I Reversed an Autoimmune Disease

self healToday, I live an active, “normal” life.

I work, play hide and seek with my two young boys, hike with my dogs on the weekend, and try to keep up with the ever-growing housework. You’d never know that just 16 months ago I suffered from an advanced stage of an autoimmune disease.

I spent most of my time lying on the floor in pain. I was too weak to walk up the stairs without getting winded, too tired to stand long enough to finish doing the dishes after lunch, and in too much pain to even wrap my hand around a cup.

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