Inhaler for insomniacs? Inventor of cannabis inhaler says users wake up refreshed

No matter what timezone you’re in, each night millions of people struggle with insomnia. However, ICANSLEEP, a cannabis inhaler, can be the answer to this sleep disorder.

The product, which looks like an inhaler, can allegedly help you fall asleep in 10 minutes or less, claims the ICANSLEEP’s inventor. When used, the cannabis inhaler will squirt “a dose of the drug into the lungs,” and this will be enough to induce a sedative effect that will not make users feel the high often associated with marijuana use. (Related: Cannabis innovators set out to map the marijuana genome: new information could prevent the sale of falsely advertised bud.)

Based on the test results, researchers shared that insomniacs will only need one dose from the ICANsleep inhaler to fall asleep. The participants also claimed that after using the product, they “woke up refreshed” and that it didn’t have any negative side-effects. ICANsleep looks like an asthma inhaler and has an estimated price of 100 British Pounds ($132).

Take note that the product will only be available in Israel and California by next year, pending further trials. ICANSLEEP’s manufacturers are keeping their fingers crossed that they can convince the U.K.’s drug watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), to approve it for legal use.

Insomnia sufferers, which make up about a third of the adult population in the U.K., will benefit greatly once the cannabis inhaler is made publicly available. Aside from fatigue, sleeping problems like insomnia are often linked to a higher risk of being diagnosed with health concerns like depression, diabetes, heart attack, obesity, and stroke. The sleep disorder will also shorten your life expectancy.

ICANSLEEP was developed by Israeli researchers who came up with a device which turns cannabis into a vapor. The cannabis inhaler was specifically “designed to contain less than a quarter of the amount of [tetrahydrocannabinol] THC,” which is the main psychoactive chemical that make users “high”.

Based on animal tests, the inhaler took effect in 10 minutes or less. ICAN, the Israeli firm which makes the inhaler, reassured concerned citizens that the gadget is not addictive and is safe to use. In an interview with The Sun, ICAN founder Saul Kaye shared, “Insomnia is mostly an anxiety disorder and cannabis can be very effective at reducing anxiety.” He continued, “Also, it does not leave you feeling like you have a hangover.”

Investor William Levine of CannRx added, “You take a puff or two depending on the dosage and in ten minutes you will be drowsy enough to sleep.” But Dr. Neil Stanley, former head of sleep research at Surrey University, warned the publication that “the jury is still out on cannabis” and further research was necessary before ICANSLEEP shows up on store shelves.

Last month, the manufacturers of the product held CannaTechUK in London. The event was the U.K.’s first-ever cannabis medical conference, and it was organized to inform the public and encourage debates about the issue of medical marijuana use and products like ICANSLEEP. Kaye commented, “The MRHA and regulators are starting to see the need for better regulation that reflects the current social and medical status of cannabis, yet they are moving slower than pretty much everyone else out there.”

He concluded, “Interest from U.K. investors in the sector is at an all-time high. Mothers are outraged over the lack of access to products for epilepsy, pain, and cancer treatments. As we have seen in other countries this is one of the biggest drivers towards better access for patients.”

While waiting for ICANSLEEP’s pending approval, here are some benefits that you can enjoy if you use cannabis to help manage your sleeping problems:

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What are you smoking? Study shows 70% of cannabidiol extracts are mislabeled

Cannabidiol (CBD) extract is growing in popularity thanks to the benefits it offers to people with certain health conditions. In fact, the market for CBD products is expected to exceed $2 billion in sales to consumers in the next three years alone. Unfortunately, any time there’s a hot product on the market, unscrupulous businesspeople will take advantage of the situation and try to sell people inferior or downright fraudulent products. Even those who want to provide an honest product are sometimes hampered by incorrect lab results.

Naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, CBD is gaining a lot of attention because of its therapeutic effects for a range of illnesses, including chronic pain, epilepsy, inflammation, depression and rare seizure disorders in children. It has the added benefit of not giving people that “high” feeling that comes from smoking marijuana and is not habit-forming.

Inadequate regulation is a big problem with CBD given the fact that it is currently considered a Schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance at the federal level even though it has been legalized for medicinal purposes in several states. This has created a big online market for CBD products that don’t live up to their promises.

A new study carried out by Penn Medicine and published in JAMA discovered that an incredible seven out of every ten CBD products sold online are over-labeled or under-labeled, both of which have the potential to cause serious harm to those who use them.

The study’s lead author, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller, points out that the fact that the product is not legal at the federal level means FDA quality oversight isn’t possible. Consumers therefore have no way of knowing just what is in the bottle when they buy these oils – a particularly risky situation when the product is being given to sick children.

Over the course of a month, Bonn-Miller and his research team bought and analyzed 84 CBD products from 31 companies. They found that over 42 percent of the products were actually under-labeled, which means they contained more CBD than the packaging indicated. Meanwhile, more than a quarter of them were over-labeled, which means they had a lower CBD concentration than their label stated.

Just 30 percent of the CBD products studied had a CBD content that was within ten percent of the amount stated on the label of the product.

Some product types were more prone to accuracy errors than others. For example, while just half of the CBD oils were labeled incorrectly overall, nearly 90 percent of vaporization liquids bore incorrect labels. Tinctures had an equal likelihood of being under-labeled, over-labeled or accurate.

This inaccurate information could affect a person’s treatment, and it also makes it difficult for consumers who buy different products to get reliable results. Not getting enough for it to be effective means people with problems like pain, anxiety and epilepsy could be suffering needlessly. On top of that, the researchers found that 18 of the products had significant amounts of THC, which many people who turn to CBD are hoping to avoid as it is associated with the “high” of cannabis and could create a positive result on a drug test.

Bonn-Miller has found similar discrepancies in the labeling accuracy of edible medical cannabis products in the past, and he is hoping that something will be done about this problem.

This finding, while disturbing, is nothing new. Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, found a similarly troubling trend when testing CBD products in his ISO 17025-accredited CWC Labs. In one case, he found a prominent hemp extract manufacturer claiming a product had a CBD content that was 500 percent higher than it actually was. Adams routinely tests and certifies the CBD content of a CBD product brand called Native Hemp Solutions.

Unfortunately, until more brands use reliable testing methods like mass spec time-of-flight analysis and more regulations are put in place to encourage more honest labeling, this problem seems unlikely to go away.

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Start fighting obesity tomorrow with this simple, easy step: Drink only water with your meals

Losing weight can be an arduous process, yet there’s one simple habit that can make it easier. Instead of accompanying your meals with shakes and juices, opt for plain water.

This is what helped over 1,200 elementary and middle school students in New York City shed some unwanted pounds over the course of a five-year pilot program. The placement of water dispensers in the cafeterias not only led to tripled water intake during lunchtime, but also helped the students lose small but significant amounts of weight.

“The nutrition profile doesn’t change much when people increase their plain-water intake, but we do see a significant drop in their saturated fat and sugar intake,” said University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An, who conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the program. Though the children consumed less milk, An stated that this wouldn’t pose any major nutritional hazards. (Related: Don’t Become Your Own Worst Enemy During Your Weight Loss Journey.)

“While there might potentially be some problems if children consume less whole milk, I would say those are probably minor in comparison with the costs associated with the skyrocketing rates of childhood overweight and obesity in the U.S.,” An explained.

And far from only benefiting children, drinking solely water with your meals is good for adults too. An himself performed a previous study on the effects of greater water intake among adults, and found that there was little evidence of any adverse nutritional side effects,.

Really though, it’s not at all that surprising that the students under the program lost weight. Water has been proven to aid in weight loss efforts in a number of ways, and according to, these are some of them:

To enjoy these amazing health benefits, make it a point follow the recommended intake of four to eight glasses, or one to two liters, of water a day. This is a general guideline, however. You may need more water than other people, or you could be one of those people who can do with a little less. Just be sure to drink water whenever you feel thirsty, as ignoring this urge can cause you to become dehydrated. Even mild dehydration can cause you to reach for food or experience a headache, neither of which are good for you. The same can’t be said of water, which is definitely something you should have everyday.

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Company maps cannabis genome to protect marijuana from Monsanto

There is an urban legend that has been floating around on the Internet for several years now, that Monsanto either has obtained or is working towards obtaining a patent for a genetically modified strain of cannabis. Monsanto’s own website vehemently denies this, stating categorically, “Monsanto has not and is not working on GMO marijuana. This allegation is an Internet rumor.” While the naïve among us might choose to take them at their word, those who are more familiar with Monsanto’s tactics know not to believe a thing they say. Just think about how vehemently they deny any link between cancer and glyphosate, the main ingredient in their Roundup weed killer. Even a damning report by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, declaring glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans,” has not made them change their tune.

With 26 states and the District of Columbia having legalized medical marijuana, and seven states legally allowing even recreational use, it is not surprising that many companies and individuals have been eager to jump on the marijuana bandwagon. And for those who dig a little deeper, there are definite links between Monsanto and the burgeoning cannabis market. Mint Press News reports that Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the exclusive marketer of Roundup in North America, has expressed serious interest in the distribution of the green stuff.

“I want to target the pot market,” said Jim Hagedorn, Scotts Miracle-Grow’s CEO. “There’s no good reason we haven’t.”

Monsanto has spent billions on the development of new agricultural technologies, including $1 billion on the purchase of an agri-tech startup called Climate Corp. It stands to reason, then, that they would be keen to get in on the marijuana market, where even small time operators have been making an absolute fortune.

It’s such an obvious money-spinner, that even Snoop Dogg is getting in on the action by launching a fund for the development of marijuana startup companies.

Fortunately for those who are aware of the myriad health benefits of marijuana, and are desperate to see it remain out of the clutches of Big Agri companies like Monsanto and Syngenta, an Oregon-based research and diagnostic company called Phylos Bioscience has made it their business to sequence the DNA of cannabis. [RELATED: Could marijuana be the cure for cancer?]

The company, which operates out of the federally-funded Oregon Health and Science University, and therefore only handles DNA samples rather than the plant itself, has spent the last two years collecting samples from around the world. This has allowed them to sequence the plant’s DNA and to develop 3-D software and an interactive guide called Galaxy to make the data come alive.

“Sample collection was a huge part of this process,” said Carolyn White, sales and marketing manager at Phylos. “One side was a collaboration with growers, dispensaries and labs to collect modern samples, and the other a process of hunting down ancient landrace strains from all over the world.”

The company offers far more than just simple identification or cataloging of marijuana strains, and is the only entity to offer actual DNA sequencing. Dr. Mowgli Holmes, Chief Scientific Officer at Phylos, compares this sequencing to a “bar code in terms of identification and evolutionary relationship relative to other samples.”

Using this information, Galaxy allows users to follow the lines that connect each strain of marijuana back to its genetic parent.

This is all good news for those who have invested heavily in the distribution of marijuana, as it should help protect their intellectual property rights from agri-giants like Monsanto – if the company ever caves in and admits it’s actually interested in developing a genetically modified version of marijuana, that is.

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Sleep better tonight AND reduce inflammation with cherry juice

Are you having a hard time getting a good night’s rest or have been wanting to extend your sleeping hours? We have good news for you. A new study reveals that drinking cherry juice, particularly Montmorency tart cherry juice one hour before you sleep will give you 84 minutes of extra sleep, as reported by The Daily Mail.

In the study by researchers from Louisiana State University, eight participants who were 50-years-old and older with chronic insomnia were examined. All of the participants reported sleeping around 9 p.m. to midnight. Each participant was asked to fast for 10 hours, except water, before they had their blood tested. After that, they were asked to answer a survey regarding their insomnia. They were randomly given either 240 ml or eight oz. of cherry juice or a placebo that looked and tasted similarly to the cherry juice. Participants consumed their assigned drink twice a day, one in the morning and another an hour before their bedtime, for 14 days. Two weeks after, they were asked to answer the survey again and the groups switched over.

Results showed that insomniacs who drank Montmorency tart cherry juice had 84 minutes longer sleep time compared to the placebo group. Moreover, cherry juice-drinkers had more efficient sleep. The researchers, after examining the blood samples, found that cherry juice decreased the levels of kynurenine, which is a factor in sleep disturbances and raised the amount of tryptophan in the blood — an amino acid that assists in causing sleepiness. Furthermore, they discovered that cherry juice stopped the production of indoleanmine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), which can delay the release of tryptophan. It can also reduce inflammation as it is known to stop the development of PGE2, a biomarker of inflammation.

Jack Losso, lead author of the study, explained that many people do not want to depend on medications to help them sleep, so natural sleep remedies are “increasingly of interest and in demand.” (Related: Beating insomnia: Eight surprisingly simple tips.)

The study was published in the American Journal of Therapeutics and was partly funded by the Cherry Marketing Institute.

Doctors recommend sleeping for at least seven or more hours a night. However, there are 50 to 70 million people in the United States who suffer from sleep disorders, with insomnia being the most common.

“Insomnia is quite common among older adults and it can lead to a range of health issues if left untreated,” Losso said.

People with insomnia have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. They feel discontented with their rest. Moreover, they typically experience symptoms such as fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and bad performance in work or at school. There are two types of insomnia based on their duration — acute and chronic insomnia. Acute insomnia is disrupted sleep that is short and usually occurs because of life situations such as a breakup. On the other hand, chronic insomnia is disrupted sleep that happens at least three nights a week and lasts for at least three months. Insomnia has been linked to varies diseases such as cancer, diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and depression.

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Health Ranger to announce lab verification and product certification service for CBD oils and non-THC hemp extracts

Coming in early 2018, I will be announcing a commercial lab verification service that will allow CBD oil and dietary supplement companies to place “Lab Verified” labels on their products and websites, backed by ISO-accredited laboratory analysis that relies on high-end mass spec instrumentation.

One of the issues we’re seeing today in the hemp extract industry is very high saturation of pesticides and fungicides in hemp-related products. That problem stems from the almost unbelievable lack of regulation of hemp agricultural methods in states where hemp production has been legalized. Toxic solvents are also frequently used in many hemp extracts — such as hexane, methanol, IPA, etc. — leaving potentially dangerous chemical residues in final products (some of which are vaped by consumers).

As one of the pioneers in cannabis quantitation and validation, I am the co-author of a science paper published in the LC/GC science journal entitled, “Liquid Chromatography–Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for Cannabinoid Profiling and Quantitation in Hemp Oil Extracts.” Since that science paper was published, my lab has developed even more precise mass spec analysis techniques that allow us to validate the following properties of CBD oil / hemp extracts:

In other words, we are testing CBD products for not just CBDs, but also for pesticides, industrial chemicals and heavy metals as well.

This new service, to be launched by CWC Labs, is designed to help consumers recognize safe, high quality hemp extract products that are independently verified by a third party laboratory to be authentic, clean and green. Product certification involves multiple tests on three different mass spec instruments, including ICP-MS and HPLC-MS-TOF.

How toxic is today’s cannabis farming across America? “Researchers from Ithaca College say that the growing number of small pot farms being planted in remote forest areas are having a major impact on the local environment,” reports CBS News. “The college has previously outlined how commercial marijuana farming was poisoning forest animals with pesticides and dewatering streams by improper irrigation in states like California.”

Continuing our research and development of cannabis analysis methods for cutting edge labs, later in 2018 we hope to be able to offer glyphosate testing certification for hemp products, allowing CBD oil producers to be able to accurately claim their products are “glyphosate tested” by an accredited, industry leading laboratory (and for that claim to be backed by irrefutable science).

This CBD product validation service will be offered on an annual licensing basis, with details to be published in early 2018 as we launch the service. Note that this service does not test raw materials, hemp extract waxes, supercritical extracts or other such items. Rather, this service only tests final products that are packaged, labeled and publicly available to consumers. Manufacturers who are interested in being placed an our email alert list for the launch of this service may contact us at this link on the CWC Labs website.

Our focus is on liquid CBD products intended for oral or topical consumption, not THC, and we do not offer testing of any kind for high-THC products. Furthermore, we do not conduct clinical trials, and we do not validate any health claims. Our entire focus is on composition, not efficacy. Please do not ask us to validate your product health claims, as that is not allowed under current FDA regulations. We are not a biological testing facility; we are a food and supplements science lab.

We are currently seeing a tremendous amount of science fraud across the hemp industry, and our upcoming service is designed to bring a level of trust and serious accreditation to clean, high-quality CBD products that are already helping tens of millions of people live better quality lives.

Keep watching for an announcement, and listen to my recent podcast about widespread science fraud in the hemp industry to learn more about why this service is so desperately needed:








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Toxin overload: If you’re allergic to everything you may be labeled with the new catchall diagnosis, MCS

If inhaling everyday cleaning products or simply someone’s perfume makes your eyes water or your nose runny in an instant, or gives you a rush of nausea, you may be one of the people suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), according to a report by the Daily Mail. This illness, also known as idiopathic environmental intolerances (IEI), has not been researched extensively but specialists are claiming that it must be taken seriously as sufferers tend to live with severe symptoms, 80 percent of which are women.

People diagnosed with MCS react negatively to small concentrations of a variety of odors such as perfumes, tobacco smoke, pesticides, laundry detergents, air fresheners, and common cleaning products. It is common knowledge that exposure to high amounts of these chemicals can make anyone sick, but even a whiff of common odors is harmful to an MCS patient. They also exhibit these symptoms upon exposure to certain drugs, foods, pollen, and molds. (Related: Allergy season: 8 powerful Herbal Treatments for Allergy Relief.)

The symptoms are typically vague and wide-ranging, but can nonetheless be debilitating – these include headache, nausea, dizziness, skin rash, fatigue, diarrhea, joint pain, muscle pain, breathing problems, seizures, and an irregular heartbeat. People diagnosed with MCS also experience irritability, sleep disturbances, problems with concentration, anxiety, and depression. Children with MCS also suffer from red lesions on the cheeks, red ears, hyperactivity, dark circles under the eyes and learning, behavior problems, and even seizures following exposure to these chemicals. These symptoms might last for weeks and affect people from all backgrounds and of all ages.

MCS expert Dr. Martin Pall thinks the disease is related to hormone regulation, which is why it affects one sex more than the other. “The best evidence on this gender ratio comes not from studies of MCS but rather studies of the related disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),” according to Dr. Pall. “In CFS sufferers who were diagnosed before puberty the gender ratio is close to one to one. In sufferers diagnosed after puberty the ratio is close to four females to one male. That argues for a hormonal affect.”

Dr. Pall further explained that the symptoms change when women become pregnant and after giving birth, supporting his theory that hormones play a key role in this illness. He also thinks that this “gender bias” affects the judgment of psychogenic claimants to write off the disease as “not a real illness” because majority of the sufferers are women.

Dr. Pall warned that even though the symptoms may be vague, MCS patients still go through devastating ordeals and it is important for doctors and the society to treat it as a serious medical condition.

“It would take hours to convey the depth of the heartbreaking consequences of those who have more severe MCS,” said Dr. Pall.

According to another MCS expert Dr. Lisa Nagy, three to five percent of the population are ‘disabled’ by chemical sensitivity, and 30 percent of elderly people are sensitive to chemicals. Dr. Nagy also believes that most people do not realize that they have MCS when it starts, and generally have no idea what to call their symptoms.

Dr Nagy said that since the disease can be triggered by exposures to various chemicals, patients should be wary of the following places:

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Peer pressure turnaround: New research shows a reduction in youth tobacco use when friends stage an intervention

Despite an abundance of smoking cessation aids available, many people struggle to kick this dangerous habit. It’s not surprising that some adults who have been smoking for decades cannot imagine living without their cigarettes, but are the chances any better of getting young people to abandon the habit?

A study that was recently published in the Journal of Community Health discovered one very effective way to help younger smokers give up smoking for good. It involved a combination of informal conversations with young people about the consequences of the habit and a “quit kit” stocked with behavior-replacement activities.

A “Street Team” of nearly 30 college and high school students was put together to deliver interventions to young smokers. The team was trained by Breathe California’s Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence (STAND) project, and they attended street fairs, mall activities, concerts and other community events in Sacramento to deliver their message. Lasting five to ten minutes, this entailed one-on-one education about the dangers of smoking, motivational messages, and referrals to resources that can help people quit.

At the interventions, the Street Team also handed out quit kits to smokers that contained giveaways packaged inside a water bottle. These included tobacco alternatives that they could hold in their hands or put in their mouths, like trail mix, toothpicks, honey sticks, gum and distress balls.

Over a period of four years, 279 young smokers participated in the interventions, and the team made follow-up calls to 76 of the participants three times in a six-month period to ascertain how effective the intervention had been.

They discovered that those who participated in their intervention had a 12.5 percent quit rate at six months, which compares very favorably to the 5 percent who typically manage to quit on their own. Seventy percent of the participants said that the quit kit helped them give up the habit, and they were particularly positive about the tobacco alternatives. They also said the discussions they had with the Street Team were useful, particularly those that helped them strategize and warned them about the financial and physical costs of smoking.

UC Davis Health Internal Medicine Physician and Senior Author Elisa Tong pointed out that nearly all smokers pick up the habit by the time they’re 26, so by finding a way to reach young smokers and get them to stop before the behavior becomes “hard wired,” they can hopefully counteract the aggressive marketing that tobacco companies use to try to get young people hooked on cigarettes and set them up for a lifetime of tobacco buying.

Meanwhile, study co-author and STAND Senior Program Director Kimberly Bankston-Lee said that the smoking cessation efforts that are most commonly geared toward newer smokers are unsuccessful because they’re based upon quitting methods that work for longer-term smokers. Younger smokers, she said, tend to be social smokers, so a different approach is called for.

“One of the key differences with our approach was the comfort factor. Younger smokers were able to interact with people their own age in locations where they all typically hang out,” she said.

Next, the researchers would like to test out the intervention at other sites, such as community college campuses, with the help of delivery teams from those sites. Although their effort may have started out in Sacramento, they’d like to develop tools that the entire nation can use to help curb this behavior. It couldn’t come at a better time, as the CDC reports that if the current youth smoking rate continues, 5.6 million Americans – or one out of every 13 – who are presently younger than 18 will die early due to smoking-related illnesses

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4 rational reasons to avoid the flu shot and what to do instead to protect your health

It’s that time of year again where the weather cools down and doctors, nurses, and pharmacies inject the fear of the flu into your mind so you will drive directly down to your local clinic and willingly let them inject you with the flu.

Sounds kind of silly when you think about it. By getting the flu shot you have essentially agreed to have a strain of the very virus you are trying to avoid, injected directly into your body.

What makes this even more of an exercise of cognitive dissonance, is that these flu shots contain adjuvants that facilitate the development of not just the flu, but several other disease processes. You are aware that toxins, no matter the amount, are partly responsible for virtually all the diseases experienced today, right? So, if you put your thinking hat on, it makes sense to avoid them at all costs, at least what you can see and know about, right?

If you’re nodding your head yes, I’m glad we are on the same page. Let’s now move on to more stunning evidence on why you should avoid the flu shot, and what you should do instead to protect yourself.

If you read the indications and usage verbiage on the FLULAVAL vaccine, you’ll find the following admission:

“…there have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL.” 

That’s kind of a kick in the pants, isn’t it? Getting injected with a flu virus strain and toxic adjuvants, and there’s no trials actually showing it works? After reading this, submitting yourself to a flu shot (if not forced) is an automatic application for the Darwin Awards.

It would be nice to ride the rainbow on a pet unicorn named Bliss and pretend there are no safety issues with the flu shot, but in this case, ignorance and bliss do not go together. By their own admission on the FLUAVAL insert, you can read in black and white:

“Safety and effectiveness of FLULAVAL in pediatric patients have not been established.”

Furthermore, the insert also goes on to state:

“FLULAVAL has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.”

The flu shot was also proven to be the most dangerous vaccine of them all when it was reported in June of 2014, that 70 percent of all vaccine injury cases (55 of 78) were settled for the flu shot, including one death.

So, while you are being injected with the flu virus, there are any number of other dangerous toxins accompanying it, notably the most obnoxious toxin the body has ever been commonly forced to deal with — mercury.

This toxin shows up in the ingredients as thimerosol, a mercury derivative, and is added as a preservative. Each dose contains 50 mcg of thimerosol, which is an extremely dangerous level of mercury for the body.

How dangerous? Tests conducted via ICP-MS using a 4-point mercury calibration curve for accuracy, found that there were 51 parts per million of mercury in the FLULAVAL vaccine, which is 25,000 times the maximum contaminant level of inorganic mercury in drinking water set by the EPA. [Learn more about mercury at]

As a comparison, this is 100 times higher than the highest level of mercury ever tested in contaminated fish. Also, keep in mind that these vaccines are injected into the body, bypassing several detoxification systems that would be in place when eating fish. This makes the injected toxicity by the flu shot exponentially more dangerous.

If that isn’t punishment enough, each dose also contains residual amounts of ovalbumin, formaldehyde (known neurotoxin), and sodium deoxycholate from the manufacturing process.

On the FLULAVAL vaccine insert, you can also see a section that lists reports of side effects of actual users. Some of those adverse effects experienced after the flu shot include:

This isn’t even the complete list. Are you really interested in subjecting yourself to something that reports these as side effects? Please say no. There’s a better way.

At this point, it should be plenty clear that the flu shot is not as effective, safe, and free of side effects as you may have been led to believe. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to properly build their immune system.

So what do you do? Here’s some simple but effective advice.

First of all, in times when the immune system is challenged, it becomes more important to avoid foods and beverages that can put more stress on it. This means largely or entirely avoiding sugar, processed foods, conventional dairy, gluten, soy, and alcohol.

In addition, make sure you are adequately hydrated with pure filtered water, eat plenty of clean produce and herbs (garlic, onion, ginger, cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens), and get adequate rest.

For supplementation, you will want to provide extra immune system and liver support. In this realm, the Health Ranger’s Nutrition Rescue Buffered Vitamin C, Turmeric Gold, and Reishi Mushroom are excellent options to explore. Probiotics, vitamin D, and zinc should also be considered.

If you are forced to take the flu shot, these recommendations are even more important to support the body’s natural elimination processes. Make sure to focus on a good MSM, zinc, turmeric, and chlorella a few days before and after to support this natural process. Seeking Health Optimal MSM and Clean Chlorella are great options.

Finally, for a more complete guide on how to avoid the flu naturally this year, read How To Optimize the Immune System Naturally.

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Weed Company Mocks Big Pharma Ads In Genius Parody Video [Watch]

It’s 2017, and cannabis is legal for medicinal use in 27 US. states. This said, why are people still reaching for prescription drugs when they have access to a plant that has killed 0 people in the history of Earth— and is proven to deliver numerous benefits? 

It’s a valid question — one the Oregon-based cannabis delivery service Briteside asked. Because no team member could come up with a convincing answer, the company decided to produce an SNL-style parody video that largely mocks the lame commercials most prescription drug companies pump out on a near-daily basis.

Brightside partnered with Sandwich Video to produce the parody video which depicts two frazzled adults finally getting the help they need, in the form of some sweet, sticky kush.  The video begins just like an average pharmaceutical advertisement. However, it takes a provocative turn as the voice-over recommends the dank herb.

“Briteside offers an extensive menu of strains and products to meet your needs,” the narrator says. “Choose the experience you want, and we’ll send you the dankest herb. The real sticky icky… If you like what we send you, keep the whole jar. We’ll even include some nugs for you to blaze.”

Potentially awesome side-effects are listed, and they include “euphoria, increased appetite, uncontrollable giggles, elevated sensitivity to musical dopeness and reduced anxiety.”

Perhaps the best part of the parody video is when a new-and-improved version of the classic pharmaceutical line is delivered: “Ask your doctor if cannabis is right for you. It probably is.”

High Times reports that Briteside has already parterened with dispensaries in Portland, Bend, and Ashland to deliver in-store pickups and same-day delivery for medicinal and recreational cannabis patients in the state. One dispensary owner who is elated by the collaboration is Mike Hayes, the co-owner of Miracle Greens dispensary. He said, 

“We’re excited to work with Briteside since their e-commerce platform lets our customers know exactly what products we have in stock. Additionally, their platform allows us to better understand and anticipate consumer demand.”

According to Justin Junda, the co-founder and CEO of Briteside, the company has one main goal. That is, to make cannabis purchasing easier for the consumer. He explained:

“We’re here to make life simpler for the cannabis consumer. Three of the biggest pain points for cannabis customers are knowing if their favorite products are actually in-stock at their preferred dispensary, waiting in long lines to make their purchases, and for some, especially those with health impediments, just getting to a dispensary can be a chore. Together with our partner dispensaries, we’re alleviating these all-too-common pains.”

There you have it. The next time you’re tempted to reach for an Aspirin for pain relief, a Xanax for anxiety/depression, or a Viagra in anticipation of a fun evening, don’t. Instead, hit up your local weed dealer or visit a dispensary to purchase nature’s perfect medicine.

h/t High Times


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