Cure COPD and It’s Side Effects

Pharmaceuticals Will Tell You COPD is Incurable

Of course they can provide expensive drugs to provide some relief for the remainder of your life. These drugs may require you to need other drugs as well.

Man who treated stage III COPD with cannabis off all meds and back to work full time!

by: Paul Fassa

(NaturalNews) Back in April of 2014, this author presented an article about how cannabis is very helpful for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The story of Jeff Waters, diagnosed with stage III COPD at the age of 36, was featured in that article. Some may wonder how he’s doing now.

First a quick review of what COPD is. It’s a strange name that describes different lung problems that aren’t cancerous but very debilitating. Those you see carting around oxygen tanks that feed into their nostrils have some form of COPD. And the prognosis from mainstream medicine is that it only gets worse. There’s no cure in sight from Big Pharma.

Yet all sorts of prescriptions are given to purportedly give some relief. Their side effects are what put Jeff into the hospital under life support at one time.

Jeff was on 15 pharmaceuticals including COPD drugs, high blood pressure meds and drugs for depression, anxiety, aggression, high cholesterol, insomnia and pain. Acute upper respiratory disease is a black box warning on some of them.

After spending 28 days in intensive care going in and out of a coma from a reaction to one of those drugs, Jeff decided to find a better way to handle his COPD than what the medical monopoly and Big Pharma offered.
Jeff’s discovery and latest developments

Though residing in a non-medical marijuana state, Jeff managed to get his hands on FECO (full-extract cannabis oil) made with full-spectrum cannabis that includes THC and uses grain alcohol as the solvent. He managed to get up to a half gram twice daily.

Soon, he was walking two to five miles daily without lugging an oxygen tank around. Prior to using cannabis, he couldn’t climb a flight of stairs. In addition to his walking exercise, he had begun improving his diet.

As time went on, his pharmaceuticals, oxygen tanks and oxygen concentrators went out. His weight went from 189 pounds on a slightly short frame to a more appropriate 142 pounds. His blood pressure went back to normal without using blood pressure pharmaceuticals.

Until recently, Jeff had to limit his activities according to his oxygen tank’s logistics and be assured that his COPD meds were nearby. Many COPD victims report how they have to take a break from whatever they’re doing to rest or use a nebulizer or inhale some stored oxygen.

Jeff proudly states, “Now my inhalers and nebulizers collect dust in storage and I sold my oxygen concentrator and I walk every day and occasionally jog. I no longer set limits on what exercise or anything else I can do!”

About the author:

Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding them towards direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom.

You can check out his many non-compromising cutting edge, non-fluff articles here http://www.naturalnews.com/Author712.html

And you can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com

 

Cannabis May Be Cure for COPD

Cannabis oil from marijuana is having success treating COPD

by: Paul Fassa

(NaturalNews)

COPD is the often used term for “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” a rather clumsy and vague description for most of us. It includes a few different lung issues, such as emphysema, bronchiectasis and chronic bronchitis. The scary part is that it’s a mystery to our pharmaceutical-dependent medical system.

And it gets progressively worse, often leading to death. It’s third in disease death rates, behind only heart disease and cancer.

COPD creates constricted airways in one’s lungs or renders small lung sacks inelastic and unable to fully accommodate breathing cycles; thus, there is obstruction.

COPD symptoms include some or all of the following: losing one’s breath with minor activity, chronic coughing, increased sputum, chest tightness or pain with difficulty breathing, increased lung infections and fatigue.

It has been observed to have four stages. Many of those lugging oxygen canisters around are in the last two stages. The pharmaceuticals prescribed for treating symptoms often have side effects that cause more problems. Big Pharma is still fishing for cures, while COPD diagnoses rates continue rising in our toxic environment.

Medical marijuana to the rescue once again

The treatment situation is so bleak and harmful with mainstream medicine that those desperate to breathe normally and cough up less mucus have desperately turned to medical marijuana for at least some relief without negative side effects. Smoking marijuana cigarettes is shunned for obvious reasons, but many claim that vaping, or using a vaporizer to inhale cannabis, is useful for COPD without exacerbating the lungs’ inflammatory condition. But better results have been achieved by ingesting cannabis, especially the potent, highly condensed oil extract that Rick Simpson pioneered in Canada and now in Eastern Europe. Many medical marijuana advocates, especially those in medical-cannabis-friendly states, have learned to make the oil and provide it to those in need. Most of the cannabis treatment publicity has gone toward cancer, Crohn’s disease, chronic epileptic seizures and glaucoma. Even Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis victims have experienced positive results from various cannabis products with THC applications.

Pharmaceutical-dependent mainstream medicine hasn’t been able to cure any of these diseases or even alleviate symptoms without creating complications, some fatal.

More COPD patients have hopped on the cannabis cure bandwagon with positive results lately. These results include folks with late-stage COPD and severe emphysema.

An anecdotal sampling

At the relatively young age of 36, Jeff Waters was diagnosed with COPD. Eight years later he had to be rushed to an ER during another bout with bronchitis. Lung scarring was discovered, and his condition was raised to stage 2 COPD. While prescribing several pharmaceuticals, the doctor told him that it would continue to get worse and eventually kill him. Jeff did continue to get worse. He was unable to climb a flight of stairs and he wound up with stage 3 COPD and an oxygen canister to prove it. Showering and shaving without his oxygen supply turned out to be almost too arduous of a task. Then an allergic reaction to a prescribed high blood pressure medication put him on life support in ICU with severe pneumonia for a month. After his recovery, he resolved to handle his COPD without mainstream medical interventions. Jeff found COPD sufferers online who had resolved their COPD issues with cannabis oil. He networked with them and found his own sources for cannabis oil. After only two months of using the oil, Jeff went off oxygen and all the pharmaceuticals he had been prescribed. He now walks two to five miles daily and claims that cannabis oil has allowed him “to get his life back.”

Sources for this article include

http://healthmaven.blogspot.com http://copd.about.com http://www.cannabiscure.info http://www.gofundme.com http://copd.about.com http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:

Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding them towards direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom.

You can check out his many non-compromising cutting edge, non-fluff articles here

http://www.naturalnews.com/Author712.html

And you can visit his blog at

http://healthmaven.blogspot.com

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Windsor Ontario Horseracing History

Greatest Horse “Match Race” of All Time

Back in October 1920 one of the most anticipated and hotly contested horse races in the world took place at Kenilworth Race Track (Windsor Ontario). It was the first horse race ever filmed in its entirety, and had a purse of $75,000 (about $747,000 in 2008 dollars).

Public Domain Photo

Public Domain Photo

A match race between two of the most famous and successful horses of the time.

Sir Barton was owned by Commander J.K.L. Ross of Montreal.

 

 

 

Public Domain Photo

Public Domain Photo

Sir Barton was horse racing’s first triple crown winner, capturing the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in 1919.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Domain Photo

Public Domain Photo

Man o’ War was one of the most dominating and impressive horses of all time, Man o’ War is considered by many to be the greatest Thoroughbred racehorse of all time. In 21 career races, Man o’ War won 20 of them. The only one he lost was in 1919, was under dubious circumstances.

 

 

 

 

The race at Kenilworth Park was filmed. They had a capacity crowd. Reports at the time put attendance at more than 20,000.

The final start of Man o’ War’s career came in Windsor Ontario Canada in the Kenilworth Park Gold Cup (the first race to be filmed in its entirety). For this 1¼-mile match race, Man o’ War ran against Sir Barton but easily drew away in the first furlong and was slowed to win by seven lengths. Over his two-year career, Man o’ War won 20 of 21 races, setting three world records, two American records and three track records.

The Kenilworth Park Gold Cup was in actuality a “match race” between Sir Barton and Man o’ War. Another champion horse named Exterminator, was invited to compete in the race, since Canada did not allow match races. Due to the owners of the three not coming to a compromise on the conditions of the race, Exterminator was scratched, and in fact raced that same day on a different track.

Man O’ War – Only Loss

In the early 1900s, there were no starting gates. Horses circled around and then lined up behind a piece of webbing known as the barrier and were sent away when it was raised. In Man o’ War’s only loss, the Sanford Memorial Stakes, he was still circling with his back to the starting line when the barrier was raised (though some accounts give other reasons). After Man o’ War turned around, he already was far behind the starters. Jockey Johnny Loftus put Man o’ War in a bad position, getting boxed in by other horses. Despite this, he came close to winning, losing by a half-length.

 

Snowbirds – Things Worth Knowing

Keep These Facts in Mind When Spending the Winter Down South

Bathing time along a sunny Florida beach front

Bathing time along a sunny Florida beach front (Photo credit: Boston Public Library)

The mobilization of Canadians to the sun belt is something to behold every year.

The Americans are certainly a lot more welcoming than they were 200 years ago but they still have more than a few rules when it comes to visiting.

At the top of the list of don’ts is not running afoul of the Internal Revenue Service and that means keeping close track of the dates you’ll be in the United States and filling out the proper forms when required, so you don’t trigger any tax consequences.

The general perception is you can stay in the United States for six months and not do anything. It’s not quite that simple.

“One of the first things you are going to have to do is count how many days [you’ll be in U.S.],” says Mr. Rachkovsky.

A proposed rule change now being considered in the United States — it has passed in the U.S. Senate but not the House of Representatives — would allow Canadian retirees to actually spend up to eight months a year stateside.

“That’s just from an immigration standpoint,” said Mr. Rachkovsky, adding there is whole different test for how you are treated from a tax perspective.

The IRS uses what is known as the substantial presence test which takes into consideration the amount of time you have been in the U.S. Over the last three years. It must average no more than four months over any three years.

If you are above that level, you are considered a resident alien and to not be treated that way for tax purposes you have to fill out a simple two-page form every year which allows you to stay up to six months.

“The majority of our members file the form, it is best to be on the right side of the IRS,” says Mr. Rachkovsky.

What you ultimately want to avoid is a mountain of paperwork that includes disclosing every bank account you have or have an interest in anywhere outside the United States, says Kevyn Nightingale, an expert in Canadian and U.S. Tax with MNP LLP.

“It’s going to be complicated and expensive,” he says, about anyone who wants to stay past the 182-day mark.

There’s a long list of questions Canadians need to consider before they become Snowbirds. Here are a few to keep in mind:

What’s the first thing you have to ask yourself before becoming a Snowbird?

“Can you really afford it?” says Lise Andreana, a certified financial planner from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. “You have to cost it out and see if it’s achievable and that means looking at your operating costs and ways you can save.”

Should I buy or rent?

That is the No. 1 question for many. Ms. Andreana says you need to ask yourself how long you plan to be stateside. She says the first year should be spent renting to make sure you like being a Snowbird and also to make sure you’ve picked the right community for retirement. “Sometimes owning a second home is a luxury,” she says.

Can I work while I’m down south?

You need a work visa. The rules are very precise. Even if you’re doing say some type of consulting work for a Canadian company while stateside, you need that visa to be on the right side of the law. “If they don’t get caught, I guess it’s okay,” says Mr. Nightingale, about people ignoring the law.

How tough can the IRS get?

The agency has cracked down on people doing work on their property which is considered investment real estate as opposed to a principle residence.

“I had a client of mine who told me some Snowbird was painting his own condo unit and the maintenance guy, usually hired by other residents, didn’t like it and called immigration people,” said Mr. Nightingale. “[That Snowbird] was now working in the U.S. Illegally, even though it was his own unit.”

What about opening bank and investment accounts?

There is nothing to stop you from opening a U.S. Stock trading account but that will mean more paperwork and probably not worth the trouble. A bank account is more of an issue for the Canadian government which requires you to declare all foreign accounts. If you have more than $100,000 in assets in the United States, based on their cost, there is a form you have to fill out with your tax return.

What about my Canadian health benefits?

Every province is different with each one having different residency requirements. While the U.S. Allows you to stay for six months, in Ontario, for example, you can be gone seven months or 212 days, and remain eligible for coverage. British Columbia and Manitoba agreed in 2013 to the same rule.

“That additional month is for international travel or even travel in Canada,” said Mr. Rachkovsky, about the gap between six and seven months.

Do you have any paperwork to prove you’re coming back to Canada?

Copies of property deed, utility bills, credit card and bank statements will help convince U.S. border people you’re not planning to stay forever.

“Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, there is a presumption in law that every visitor is arriving in U.S. with the intention to be a permanent immigrant. The onus is always on the traveler,” says Mr. Rachkobvsky.

If you are spending the entire winter in the U.S., should you be concerned about exchange rates?

Most credit cards will charge you a 2.5% fee on any foreign transaction. The Canadian Snowbird Association says it has a currency exchange program that allows money to be sent to a U.S. account every month. On $10,000, you could save you $250.

What do you need to know about travel health insurance?

“You need to check if there is a time limit for out-of-country coverage,” says Dave Minor, a vice-president at TD Insurance. Some policies will require you to travel back to Canada for a day to remain valid. A longer stay can require a more extensive underwriting ahead of time to make sure your coverage is valid.

Pre-existing conditions is the major rider you’ll find in travel policies. Many policies don’t cover you at all for pre-existing conditions and most require a period of stability before you can travel and be covered.

How much health insurance do you need?

Mr. Minor says $1-million is the minimum that you need but some companies require $2-million. It’s important to ensure emergency transportation is part of coverage because if you need a special flight to get back to Canada, and back to nationalized health care, somebody will have to pay for it up front.

Do I need to change my car insurance?

Most policies are valid for driving in the United States but considering how high judgments can run in the U.S. you might want to increase your liability from $1-million to $2-million. If you’re renting in the U.S., your existing car insurance policy might cover you for a rental car provided your normal car is parked back in Canada. But that portablity is usually limited to 30-day rentals.

What about your home insurance?

If you are going to away for seven days or more, many policies require that somebody come by and check on your house for your insurance to be valid. “I don’t know of any policies that allow you to just take off,” said Mr. Minor.

And don’t forget that the unit you are renting or owning in the United States requires its own insurance.

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Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

hickory-tussock-moth-caterpillarIf you’re out playing in the forest this weekend, don’t pick up any caterpillars.

After the London Middlesex Health Unit sent out a notice to let the public know about the potential allergic reaction caused by the hickory tussock moth caterpillar, local wildlife experts say it’s best to leave all caterpillars alone.

“Some people don’t react at all,” said Karen Cedar, the education coordinator at the Ojibway Nature Centre. “Some people might even get hives from it.”

This fuzzy-looking black and white caterpillar is one of many that uses tufts of prickly hair to ward of predators, Cedar explained. But the tufts contain a toxin that can cause mild allergic reactions such as skin irritation and reddening. The reaction can be similar to that caused by poison ivy.

The hickory tussock moth caterpillar is usually seen on trees like hickory, ash, elm, oak and willow so it’s more likely you will come across it in the forest than in your back yard, Cedar said.

Right now is the time of year when caterpillars start to look for places to cocoon, so you might even see them wandering around on the forest floor.

If you absolutely must move a caterpillar, use a leaf rather than your hands, she said.

If you happen to touch one of the fuzzy critters, the Middlesex London Health Unit recommends washing the affected area with soap and water and applying ice or calamine lotion if there is redness or swelling. You may need to see a doctor if the allergic reaction is more serious.

Windsor Star Last Updated: Oct 04, 2013 – 10:19 PM EDT

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