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The Magic of Hemp

It is interesting to me how I have come 180 degrees on this plant. I recognize that I, like millions of people, was brainwashed into believing that this plant was “the devil’s weed”! It seems laughable to me now with all I have learned about plants and essential oils and how they work in our bodies. I believed hemp and marijuana were the same plant and that they had the potential to ruin lives. This is not the truth.

Are hemp and marijuana the same plant?

Hemp and Marijuana are sister plants, much like yin and yang. Marijuana is short and bushy and grown for it’s THC content that provides the “high” many seek. It’s flowers have a skunk-like smell which permeates the air. It is a plant like any other with its purpose and use for those who need it. It provides pain relief for many who are suffering in despair with debilitating pain and metastatic cancers among other diseases.

On the flipside, there is hemp. It has a short life cycle. Interestingly, hemp flowers look similar to those of marijuana but smell very different. Hemp flowers have a more flowery smell. The phytocannabinoid profile of hemp is much more varied than marijuana with minuscule levels of THC and high levels of CBD, CBG, CBN among hundreds of other phytocannabinoids. With stalks reminiscent of bamboo, hemp grows very tall and just as fibrous. This is where the magic lies.

What are the Applications of Hemp?

Hemp can be used to create fabric, rope, building materials and much much more. Hemp is a bioremediator. What does this mean? It absorbs large amounts of toxins in the soils and air that surround it. It can even clean up radioactive waste and is being used to clean up Chernobyl! Hemp containers are carbon negative and quickly degrade. They could replace plastic! How amazing would it be to throw away these containers knowing that they will heal our soil and clean our air? Easily biodegradable, it would stop the contamination of our oceans. Hemp is used to create a sustainable source of clean bio-fuel. This eliminates the need for fracking and wars with countries who control oil supplies.

HempCrete is an anti-microbial and fire-resistant carbon negative building material

Healthy Not High!-Hemp and Whole Food Nutrition

Eventhough these industrial applications are mind blowing, the whole food nutrition that hemp provides our bodies is incredible. We all must feed our Endocannabinoid systems! Our endo- what!? Our Endocannabinoid system! Only recently discovered by science, The ECS is an entirely new body system. It consists of a system of receptors located on the cells in our body. Activated by cannabinoid chemicals, these receptors on our cells turn on a cascade of chemical changes that bring our bodies into homeostasis. Cannabinoids allow the cells of our bodies to work more effectively.

Why I began using hemp based nutrition everyday

Why did I begin using hemp oil? Migraines are the reason. I began having debilitating headaches with my first pregnancy. I endured crippling headaches for 7-10 days during out of every month for 11 years. Consequently, I suffered for 33 months of my life–33 months of my life wasted in bed in unbelievable pain.

I followed the research on CBD for years. As a physician, I worried about losing my license to practice. Thus, I had to wait until it was legal before trying it. However, as soon as it was made legal, I began buying and trying products.

The Good News and The Bad

Want to know the bad news? The bad news is that I was not the only person poising themselves for utilizing hemp. Many business savvy companies were on standby to launch products onto the market. Consequently, as soon as it was legal to sell, these companies flooded the market with poor quality products. As a result, it is really hard to find a good quality hemp product.

Want to know the good news? Well I will tell you! I did all the research, and bought all the crappy products first so you don’t have to. Try the best product on the market right from my Shoppe.

Finding the Best

I absolutely found the best product! This product is grown in Europe in the organic zone, free of all chemicals. This is important for all plant products you consume but even more true if you remember the story of Chernobyl I mentioned earlier. You do not want to consume a product that has been exposed to toxic chemicals or waste. Not only is this product grown in a safe chemical free environment, it is triple lab tested, hemp authority approved, and it is the only hemp supplement listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference. The PDR is the book physician’s use to make recommendations for pharmaceutical grade products.

My Results

I learned the importance of feeding my Endocannabinoid system. By using this product daily, I have not had a put-me-in-bed-for-days, unable-to-see-eat-or-function migraine. I first used this product in March of 2019. As a result, this same day was the last time I had a debilitating migraine. I still have triggers I must avoid. However, if a migraine gets triggered, I am now able to use this hemp oil and stop it in its tracks. Additionally, by feeding my endocannabinoid system daily my system is getting stronger. Therefore, I have been able to decrease the amount I take daily while still feeling amazing.

Opening My Eyes

High Times 1st issue cover in 1974

You know? It’s funny. I came across a magazine called “High Times” in middle school. Do you remember this publication? I was so young and so nervous about sneaking a peak that I remember the details of that experience like it was just yesterday.

I was at a local Florida public library where I was working on a school project. The magazine sat alone on a nearby table. I was in middle school at the time and was very young. Feeling scared and sheepish, I picked it up and read. Interestingly, the article I read was about industrial applications of hemp, particularly paper, cloth and rope. Like many others, I dismissed it as propaganda for “stoners” to try to legalize this “dangerous” plant. I believed the propaganda that my parent’s believed. Interestingly, it wasn’t even the same plant!!! And what about hemp? Well, you cannot get high from it and it is not psychoactive. Therefore, hemp cannot cause addiction. Awakening to the truths around me, I question and research and pick everything apart now. I hope you will take a minute to really look around too. What will you find?

The Power of Plants and Nature is Profound
Dear Dr.OilyMom

On the Wellness Journey, Where do I start?

So many choices on where to start

     The journey to health can be uncertain and confusing. When you are feeling ill all the time, it can be hard to know where to start. Should I start with exercise? Should I start with my food choices? Should I start with meditation? Should I do a cleanse and if so, which one?  Should I start with counseling for past emotional trauma? Should I start by quitting smoking? These are many questions I have heard over the years from patients who knew something needed to change but they were not sure where to start.

Getting through the Confusion

 So where should you start? The truth is you should start with the one thing you know you can accomplish. Keep it simple and take the first step.  Taking the first step and making it one with which you can succeed is half the battle. Making a commitment to a goal and sticking with it will then give you the confidence to take the next step.

Choices we make impact our future

Each choice either helps or hinders our wellness

Let’s face it. Getting to the place of unhealth and sickness takes years of poor choices. Sometimes these are choices we know are bad for us, like smoking or the fast food diet, and other times these are choices we didn’t even know are unhealthy, like the cleaners in our home, lighting choices, or even daily negative emotional choices. Our bodies are actually amazing adapters. It is usually not just one bad choice or exposure that causes illness, although obviously there are those cases. For most people illness begins when the body says “Enough!” and cannot cope with the cumulative damage done to it over time. The human body has many biochemical and physiological buffers that help us to keep going despite our many choices and the choices of others which effect us but are out of our control.  Sickness occurs when the body has had too many difficulties to overcome.

Our path defines where we are. But the good news is we can change our path at any time.

To put it more simply, we got where we are by the path we took. And often just choosing to change direction starts us down the path to renewed health and wellness. But where to start? What is the fastest path to wellness?  What is a do-able path? Realizing that these may or may not be the same in the beginning. This is where I come in.

Collaboration with Expertise

Through a thorough history and an in depth conversation with you, we become collaborators in your wellness path. My knowledge as an experienced physician and a Lifestyle Medicine practitioner is to discuss options and present the issues to you and together we devise a plan best suited to your success. I am not the physician you see once a year for your prescription refills and a physical. I would be your collaborator, your cheerleader, your confidant, and I provide the tools and guidance gained through years of experience and training in both standard and alternative medicine to help you change the direction and path you are on and to move towards health and wellness once again. Reach out to me if you are ready to make a change! I am ready to help.

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Who Am I?

Grounding against a tree watching a cold early morning sunrise over the woods.

Who am I? I am a wife, mother, daughter, physician, friend, and if you believe my friend Amy, a bit of a bohemian hippy as she likes to call me. I don’t see myself quite like that but it always makes me smile when she says it. 

As long as I can remember, my two favorite times of the day have been sunrise and sunset. Why? Sunrise watched while listening to the birds chirp and the wind blow in the leaves is inspiring and peaceful. It energizes me for my day and reminds me that we begin again everyday. And watching the sunset at the end of the day with all it’s spectacular colors-deep reds, orange, purples, like a complete box of crayola crayons, allows for relaxation and introspection at the end of the day. I believe they are reminders from God and the Universe that we belong and that the cycle of each day should be celebrated.

Who am I? I am a healer, passionate about health and wellness through natural and nontoxic therapies. A practicing physician for 20 + years, I have seen what works and what does not. I am endlessly amazed by the incredible beauty of how our human body is intimately connected with the physics and biochemistry provided by nature. We evolved in our natural environment and our bodies learned to be our healthiest there. We become unhealthy when we do not provide ourselves with correct exposure to nature. Food and plants, light and dark, and the magnetic electrical connection with the Earth are our best medicine–they are the key to our bodies lock. My passion, is helping others unlock this healthy potential in themselves to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.  

Who are you? And how can I improve your life?