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Cannabis Grow Rights Contribute To Self-Reliance

Cannabis Grow Rights Contribute to Self-Reliance by Wendy Love Edge 

OCT 2020

We know that all human beings must eat to survive.  I feel it also stands to reason, that human beings must have the ability to grow their own medicine to take care of themselves.  The ability to attain self-reliance, should be self evident to all, and a necessary goal.  But alas, it is not. When we think about this planet,this country that we live in, it is easy to see the classism that is built into the food and medicine supplies. Because of this, it is astounding to me that anyone but the elite are thriving, or even surviving. The truth is, the quest for self-reliance is often squashed in individuals, by the uneven hand in the access to proper healthy food and medicine, and then dependence on those that control the food and medicine supply is inevitable. 

My parents taught me the value of having your own garden to grow food and herbs, from the time I was a small child. The abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit at harvest time was exciting and nourishing.  It was a less complicated time.  No one was talking about organic vs non-organic seeds, GMO’s, or even questioning if seeds could be found for certain plants.  My family used shoe leather dust and fish for fertilizer, and everything grew inside the fence beautifully without much trouble from pests or use of pesticides. The ability to grow your own food, it was clear to me, was a part of self-reliance. It was also a family and community bonding experience like no other.  Our surplus was shared with neighbors, and theirs was shared with us.  

When we discuss cannabis and grow rights, to me it is no different than other food. The cannabis plant is so versatile and useful for every household.  Hemp can be grown and used for hempcrete, paper, clothing, medicine, food, and more. Community can share in processing resources and goods.  Cannabis sativa and indica can also be grown for medicine.  Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system set up to receive this medicine.  And yet mankind treats it like a commodity and wealth builder, rather than a necessary food and medicine. Many states in the U.S. have restricted laws that don’t allow people to take care of themselves, and grow their own cannabis.  The states have rules, and restrictions, and costs for licensing hemp too- even though federal prohibition of the crop has already ended. These unjust restrictions make self-reliance nearly impossible. 

Legalization of cannabis does not equal access to the medicine.  Legalization is often a trap to continue to feed the drug war, by having different rules and regulations in different states- and sometimes cities and counties. Because the rules change by geography and not by logic, people can easily break these arbitrary rules about the plant, many times without their knowledge. Then they have to pay fines or face jail time. It is truly a travesty for this nearly universally useful plant-  that access is denied to so many, and others are punished for attempting to use the medicine or assist others to access it. 

Precluding grow rights from any laws or amendments that pass, is just another way for the government to keep control of this healing plant and to keep us all from true self-reliance.  We must end federal prohibition of cannabis, deschedule the medicine, allow universal grow rights, and expunge the criminal records of those that came before us who were, in most cases, simply seeking self-reliance. It is truly the only fair and equitable way forward. 

Grow rights are human rights.  As patients, activists, healers, and citizens we must never falter on stating to all who will listen, and some who won’t, that grow rights are human rights. 

Managing Personal Change

 

 

This article I’ve written delivers information about managing personal change.  I’d like to point out that while cannabis creates homeostasis from which all other health benefits can come, one still needs to look at personal lifestyle choices to create health and wellness.  This is particularly true for those suffering from chronic physical conditions, and those with PTSD and anxiety. Finally, after the article, I hope you will enjoy the meditation I have provided to assist you with grounding and staying in the moment.

 

In the midst of personal change, fear can often erupt. Worry then ensues. These two things, fear and worry, serve no positive purpose in managing change. Well really, they serve no positive purpose in any part of our lives.

So how does one limit the fear and worry when change is happening and an inevitable part of life?
The mind is the most important piece of the puzzle to maintaining rationality and making decisions that will achieve a positive change. When you have your mind right and are staying positive and rational, you can do anything! Your mind tells you what needs to be done. Listen to it, but only with a rational tone. If it starts running away with itself it’s time to rope it in and bring it into balance. Fear and love are inversely proportional. So reduce the fear about the change by showing yourself love and kindness. You could do any or all of the following: Take some time to exercise, go for a walk, ride your bike, walk your dog, or practice deep breathing, Make sure you are nourishing your body, and are eating for health. Try some simple meditation. Remind yourself that you have a 100% track record for getting through other changes in your life. If you can, write some positive affirmations on pieces of paper and put them around your house where you can see them. These things will keep your mind positive and rational.

Once you feel you have decreased the fear and worry sufficiently, then ask yourself, “what do I need to accomplish to get through this change?” This is the action that is necessary to make the change. So answer your question! Start a list of these things with everything you can think of. Even if the list is starting to get long, don’t allow that to increase your fear and worry again. This is a list of things you will do over time. You may want to put time frames on each item if that will help you to sort out the time you need to get through the change you are making. You are in the drivers seat of this change. You are not a victim, and it is not driving you!

The fact is, this change might just help you onto the path that you really want. Check in with yourself about that, and about what you heart is wanting, what your higher self is needing, what your true self feels about the change that you are making. It is a good idea to journal these thoughts to help you sort them out. If journaling doesn’t work for you, then sit quietly and sort out what you feel about the change with regard to your life path, your heart and your higher self. By taking the time to feed the heart and soul, and listen to it, you will find that your head will continue to decrease in fear and worry.

As I said at the start, change in life is inevitable. We can only control our reaction to it, and how we manage it. When we do this, we are caring for and loving ourselves. This is an essential element of good health and well-being.
Take back your health America!

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

Meditation:

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Prison Health w/ Dr. Erick Eiting

Please watch the latest episode of The Bulldozer Health Show!

In this episode Wendy is on location in New York, New York with Dr. Erick Eiting. The for-profit prison system is discussed in relation to health care and other social issues, as well as available healthcare for prisoners, healthy food, and much more! Sponsored in part by: The CT Medical Marijuana Critic, Total Hemp U.S., The Barling Clinic, Better Living Rx, and Sage Advice LLC.

 

Thanks for watching!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Probiotics: Guest Blog from Reviews.com

Probiotic Supplements

If you read the news at all, you have probably noticed that “probiotic” and “gut health” have become buzzwords. There has been a big push recently regarding all of the great health benefits that you can receive from taking a probiotic supplement, but you may not really understand why taking a pill full of bacteria is good for you.

As part of taking back your health, we look to natural supplements. This article will explain what exactly a probiotic is, why your gut health is so important and what to look for when shopping for a probiotic supplement.

 

What is a Probiotic?

Believe it or not, your body plays host to trillions of bacteria and yeasts. Many of these bacteria are “good” or “healthy” strains that help to keep your gut healthy balanced. While bacteria generally have a bad reputation for causing illness, there is now a rapidly growing body of scientific research that shows that certain strains of bacteria in your gut can actually help prevent some health issues. Live cultures of these beneficial microbes are what we know as probiotics.

Probiotics can be found naturally in certain foods that are fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. In America, however, probiotic supplements have gained far more popularity than foods with naturally occurring, healthy bacteria.

 

How Can a Probiotic Improve My Health?

The effects of your gut health are far-reaching. Because there is a delicate balance between certain healthy strains of bacteria that keep the harmful strains in check, any disruption of that balance can lead to a myriad of health problems. The healthy microorganisms living in your gut also help your body digest food and absorb nutrients, so an imbalance can easily trigger nutrient deficiencies, inflammation, hormone production problems, fatigue or even mental health issues.

You may have noticed that when you take antibiotics, you have a greater chance of experiencing stomach upset or other digestion issues. This is because antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria alongside the bad, so you are more likely to get sick. Taking a probiotic can help replenish the lost, helpful bacteria.

Probiotics can also help people with Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and Clostridium Difficile infections better manage their symptoms.

There is still plenty of other research being done regarding the effects that probiotics can have on fatigue, obesity, boosting the immune system and preventing urinary tract infections.

 

How Do I Know Which Probiotic to Choose?

Now that you know a little bit more about what probiotics are and how they work, you may be thinking about adding a supplement to your daily routine. The selection of probiotics can be absolutely staggering if you aren’t prepared beforehand, so it is important to learn what to look for in order to receive the most benefits possible.

First of all, your personal mixture of gut bacteria, or microflora, is as unique to you as your fingerprint. This means that there is no “one-size-fits-all” probiotic. In general, it is best to decide what you hope to gain from taking a probiotic supplement in order to choose which one is right for you.

Second, the delivery method matters. Because the entire purpose of a probiotic is to get live, healthy bacteria into your gut, the supplement you choose will have to be able to safely transport those bacteria through your digestive tract. If the cultures don’t survive the extremely acidic ride to their destination, there is no point in taking them. This is why it is best to look for encapsulated probiotics rather than chewables or liquids.

 

Final Considerations

There are plenty of great reasons to add a probiotic supplement to your health regimen and almost no reasons not to. If you have any concerns or a unique health situation, however, it is always best to consult your general practitioner before you start taking anything new.

Overall, there is a lot of promising research about the benefits of balanced gut health, so a probiotic may be just what you need to take your health to the next level.

 

Information on a probiotic supplement with the research from Reviews.com can be found here: http://www.reviews.com/probiotic-supplement/.   

 

Thanks very much to Reviews.com for submitting this guest blog.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!