The Summer Fun Issue!

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Doc Tommy Joined a Panel of MMJ Experts for Etain Patient Education Event Hosted By Women Grow NYC

Doc Tommy speaks at The Science of Cannabis as MedicineEtain, NY States ONLY Women-Owned dispensary, and Women Grow NYC sponsored a FREE patient education event to educate the consumer about the Science of Cannabis as Medicine. Doc Tommy was one of the industry expert, medical professionals who joined the discussion on the science of cannabis as a medicine.

The discussion event was well-received with an attendance of approximately 75 people.  Doc Tommy spoke for about 30 minutes followed by a Q&A session. See more about this event here.


Summer Comforts

DocTommy.comWe hope you are enjoying your summer! Here are a few tips to continue your fun.

  Review our tips for spending more time outdoorsHydrate; Protect yourself in the sun with sunscreen; Make Healthy Food Choices; Get Moving; and Be Safe. Be Prepared with guidelines from The American College of Emergency Physicians.

  • See our Sun Safety Tips for best times to enjoy the sun and choosing the right sunscreen.
  • Being outdoors more also exposes you to more irritants which can cause allergic responses and even contribute to catching the dreaded, summer cold…  See Cold, Flu, or Allergy?

  Attend to Your Feet.  Take a look at our feature on The Importance of Foot Care with recipes for foot soaks, how-to massage info, and other resources about foot health.

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Caring for your feet is paramount because your entire body rests on them! Did you know that your feet have more than 50 bones (which is approximately one-fourth of all the bones in your body), more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? That’s quite a bit contained in such small packages!  Check out the reflexology chart that shows the areas of the feet that correspond to ALL parts of your body!  More info…


Will a Medical Marijuana Card Show Up on a Background Check?

DocTommy.com“The simple answer to this question is no. Because you only have a medical marijuana card on the recommendation of your doctor, it is therefore considered to be part of your private medical history. All data relating to a US citizen’s health records are protected under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which means the data is not in the public domain and so should not be picked up by a background check…. It should be noted that the card itself is issued by the state and is not formally protected under HIPPA. However, it is given special protections because of the implied knowledge of your health records that it could give. As a result, state officials are not permitted to access information about it or to pass any details about it on to third parties. No personal data (such as your social security number) is attached to your card either. Even the marijuana dispensary you use can only check whether your card is valid or not. It is therefore pretty much impossible for your card to show up on any background check.”  (Source: Addictive Tips) Read How to Be Sure Your Medical Marijuana Card Doesn’t Show up on a Background Check and Best Background Checking Sites to See if Your Medical Marijuana Card Shows up and more…  


Our Resources Page

Have you seen our Resource Page? We regularly add links to information, tips, products, and more to support the MMJ community. Check out our new additions!


“Feel Good” News!

Have you heard about Enedina Stanger?  She is an amazing, living-proof-advocate of the benefits of Medical Marijuana! She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) (a group of disorders that affect connective tissues supporting the skin, bones, blood vessels, and many other organs and tissues), a painful disorder that cause Enedina’s bones to slip out of place. The world was first introduced to Mrs. Stanger and her condition when her husband competed on American Ninja Warrior in 2015 while she sat on the sidelines in a wheelchair, unable to walk and with a limited, life expectancy.  Over the last 3 years, we have seen Enedina become a MMJ advocate and actually walk and stand on the sidelines during her husband’s ANW course run!  In an ANW episode that aired July 9, 2018, Enedina Stanger made her first run on the course!!!

“Enedina is not afraid to talk about her use of medical cannabis. ‘The United States is still in the ‘cannabis closet’ she explains. ‘We need to talk more about why it works.’ Initially starting the conversation with family and friends, she is now a local cannabis educator as well as a national advocate. ‘We shouldn’t be afraid of speaking to our doctors about treatment we need. If something will help, don’t take no for an answer.'” (source: The Invisible Project)

Read more of Enedina Stanger’s incredible and inspirational story (check out the links at the bottom of the article) and celebrate her healing as you watch the video of her ANW run below!

 

 For info on how to talk to people about MMJ, check out Doc Tommy’s short video and tips.


Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the current, federal administration and its choices for its officers.

EMERGENCY REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: New York State Department of Health Announces Opioid Replacement Now a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana. 

“Effective immediately, registered practitioners may certify patients to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids, provided that the precise underlying condition for which an opioid would otherwise be prescribed is stated on the patient’s certification. This allows patients with severe pain that doesn’t meet the definition of chronic pain to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids. In addition, the regulation adds opioid use disorder as an associated condition. This allows patients with opioid use disorder who are enrolled in a certified treatment program to use medical marijuana as an opioid replacement.” Source: NYS Department of Health Press Release

U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition.  The U.S. Senate passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes provisions to legalize hemp (cannabis’ non-psychoactive cousin) for the first time since the 1930s.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) initially sponsored a standalone, legislation to legalize hemp , provisions for which are included in the larger Farm Bill and also makes hemp plants eligible for crop insurance.    Read more…

POLICING: Colorado Schools Are Using THC Test Strips to Find Out What Students Are Vaping. “Particularly in states with legal cannabis, schools have tried a variety of methods to prevent student vaping. Vape pens intended for nicotine are nearly indistinguishable from vapes designed for marijuana, meaning law enforcers often can’t tell what someone is vaping.  Administrators at Yampah Mountain High School in Colorado are employing a newly-developed cannabis detection S2 test strip, allowing educators to find out what students are vaping without police intervention.  Prior to using the S2 test strips, the school administrator would call police to have potential pot products tested.  FYI, police departments have also begun to use these strips to test for cannabis and may use them to crack down on people having a puff on the street.  Read more…

Lagunitas Debuts Hops Cannabis-Infused Sparkling Water.  Lagunitas, a Califonia craft brewery, debuts the first product released by a major brewery in a state-legal cannabis market.  The THC-infused beverage, an IPA-flavored seltzer water called Hi-Fi Hops comes in two varieties: a 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD infusion and another with 10mg of THC and no CBD, for a stronger buzz. “We’ve often dreamed of hops and their cannabis cousin partying together at the family reunion. We wanted to bring this party to life in a beverage. It’s high-time that good beer inspired a provocative, yet refreshing non-alcoholic alternative. With a smidge of California sun-grown cannabis in every sip.” — Jeremy Marshall, Brewmonster, The Lagunitas Brewing Company  Read more…

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: Check out the pending bills concerning NYS Medical Marijuana at the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

 Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

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The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.” Hmmm, just who are these experts? It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”) approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma! (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial! (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer new people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

Smart Start The Summer Season!

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green-arrow-icon Be sure to check out our MMJ In The News section for important info concerning your legal rights and access to Medical Marijuana in New York State.

And Check out our Office Special – Refer a Friends and Get A $25 credit for a Follow-up Visit!


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Doc Tommy Joins Panel of MMJ Experts for Etain Patient Education Event

Etain, NY States ONLY Women-Owned dispensary, and Women Grow NYC are sponsoring a FREE patient education event to educate the consumer about the Science of Cannabis as Medicine. Doc Tommy is one of the industry expert medical professionals who will discuss the science of cannabis as a medicine.

Join them on May 23rd, 6:30pm-9:00pm at Arts Westchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains NY. Register here or contact them for more information.


Safe Memorial Day Fun

Hurray!  We’re about to launch the Summer Season!  Here are some tips to safely enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend adventures.

  Prepare to spend more time outdoors.

  • Protect yourself in the sun with sunscreen.  First, to avoid sunburn and skin damage, picnic under a tree, take a canopy to the beach and chill beneath an umbrella.  SPF-rated moisturizers, sunscreens, and lip balms are not created equal, so peruse The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens.

  Hydrate.  It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day with water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers and bell peppers as well as ice pops — here’s Martha Stewart’s easy, any juice ice pop recipeNote: One of our patients makes this recipe with NO sugar or substitutes the sugar with honey water.

  Make Healthy Food Choices.  To make it easier, The Environmental Working Group has many wonderful resources for you to seek and find information concerning food safety and more!

  • The EWG’s Food Score Guides help consumers make healthier, greener food choices.  More than 80,000 products are rated on a scale of 1 (best) to 10 (worst) and scored on three criteria: nutrition; ingredient concerns (including factors such as the likely presence of key contaminants, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics, and the health implications of certain food additives); and processing (the extent to which a particular food has been processed).  You can look up a product; search by company; search by category; and find better alternatives.  Take advantage of this amazing, free resource!
  • Grill Veggies!  As we mentioned, it is important to hydrate and eating cruciferous (high, water content) foods makes a great contribution to your water intake.  And vegetables are good for you! So, cook a veggie kabob as part of the meal and check out some delicious, vegetable grill recipes from Food and Wine.

  Get Moving.  Just because you may be enjoying a cookout doesn’t mean you have to spend the day eating! Be sure to get a little fun exercise in – throw the ball, play badminton, dance, etc.!

  Be Safe. Be Prepared.  Here are excerpts from The American College of Emergency Physicians Top Tips to a Safe Memorial Day Weekend.  Read the full tips and article here.

  • #1: Food Safety — Refrigerate all perishable food within 2 hours, 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90 degrees; guard against cross-contamination of bacteria, keep uncooked meats away from other foods; avoid food poisoning by cooking fresh poultry to 165 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees and beef to at least 145 degrees.
  • #2: Grill Safety — Thoroughly clean a grill of any grease or dust; prevent an uncontrolled fire by checking the tubes leading into the burner for any blockages from insects or food grease;  prevent gas leaks by replacing any connectors; and keep lighted cigarettes, matches or open flames away from a any grill.
  • #3: Water Safety — To prevent drowning, avoid alcohol when swimming or boating; wear a life-jacket whenever you are on a boat;  make sure  are supervise young children at all times; don’t swim alone or in bad weather; learn and teach your children to swim; learn CPR in case of an emergency.
  • #4: Sun Safety — Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or higher and apply it generously throughout the day; wear a hat outdoors and a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes; drink plenty of water, especially when in the sun or if you are sweating heavily; if you feel faint or nauseous, get into a cool place immediately. (See sun safety tip above.)
  • #5: Travel Safety – Take along a traveler’s first aid kit to help you be prepared for common emergencies. Avoid talking or texting on a cell phone while driving.

Read the full tips and article here and see Emergency Physicians Offer Summer Travel Safety Tips.


Our Resources Page

Have you seen our Resource Page? We regularly add links to information, tips, products, and more to support the MMJ community. Check out our new additions!


Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

New York: Senator Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill on 4/20 to Federally Decriminalize Cannabis.  New York Senator Chuck Schumer, once a leading advocate of federal drug prohibition, has introduced a new bill that would decriminalize cannabis on a federal level, allowing states the freedom to enact their own cannabis laws.  Schumer’s bill would remove cannabis from the list of dangerous drugs scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970; make funding available to minority- and women-owned canna-businesses; require additional research on the public health impact of nationwide legal cannabis use (including impaired driving); and reserve the federal government’s authority to regulate all commercial cannabis licensing, so that the same restrictions imposed on alcohol and tobacco licenses could be extended to commercial cannabis products.  Read more…

  • Trivia Tidbit: Origins of the term “420” — The association between the number “420” and marijuana began when five high school kids in California met at 4:20 p.m. to look for a mythical, abandoned crop of marijuana plants (using a hand-drawn, treasure map!) in 1971. Source: Snopes.com

Record Number of Running as “Pro-Cannabis Candidates.”  Since several former champions of the War on Drugs, including former Speaker of the House John Boehner (Boehner has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, a New York City-based canna-business running cultivation, dispensary, and processing operations in 11 states) as well as current Senator Dianne Feinstein, have “done a complete 180” and announced that they now support cannabis reform, it seems that running as the “cannabis candidate” is the popular trend.  From the top five 2020, Presidential candidates to how candidates intend to use the “Marijuana Tax,”  ideas of total prohibition are being traded for legalizing marijuana and reforming various laws in support of safety, regulation, and accountability. We can always hope that such turn-arounds are also influenced by increasing evidence that cannabis is more effective for treating pain than addictive opioids (see below).  See The 2018 Midterms and Marijuana: How Pot Change Will Change the Vote.

Majority of Pain Sufferers Prefer Cannabis to Opioids.  In a new study conducted in cooperation with the University of California Berkeley on pain medications, MMJ community website HelloMD surveyed nearly 3,000 MMJ users regarding cannabis as an effective substitute for opioid and non-opioid medications.  Dr. Perry Solomon, Chief Medical Officer for HelloMD stated, “The latest publication from the National Academy of Sciences clearly refuted the ‘gateway drug’ theory that using marijuana can lead to opioid addiction, instead finding evidence of cannabis having multiple curative benefits… Our study further substantiates this. Hopefully this will awaken the public, medical professionals and legislatures to the fact that cannabis is a safe, non-addictive product, available to help fight the opioid epidemic.”  Amanda Reiman, a lead researchers of the study, said, “Cannabis has been used throughout the world for thousands of years to treat pain and other physical and mental health conditions.”  Read more…

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: Check out the pending bills concerning NYS Medical Marijuana at the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

  FUN TIME!

In case you didn’t get a chance to have some fun with our QUIZ in the last issue of our newsletter, here’s your chance to

Test Your MMJ News Knowledge!

See how well you know the facts we’ve provided in our previous newsletter!

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Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

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The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.” Hmmm, just who are these experts? It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”) approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma! (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial! (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer new people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

Spring 2018

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green-arrow-icon Be sure to check out our MMJ In The News section for important info concerning your legal rights and access to Medical Marijuana in New York State.

And Check out our Office Special – Refer a Friends and Get A $25 credit for a Follow-up Visit!


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Hemp vs. Marijuana

Do you know the difference between marijuana and hemp? While both hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, hemp is not marijuana and hemp cannot get you high. Hemp is completely different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application. If you are able to smoke it and it actually gets you high, then technically it is called marijuana. Otherwise, it is hemp or industrial hemp. Period. In spite of these differences, our political leaders grouped ALL cannabis species as a Schedule I Drug and banned it in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp was made illegal to grow in the US and classified as a drug even though it doesn’t include any of the chemicals that make marijuana a drug. Learn more about the legality of hemp in the United States.

Hemp is a durable crop that grows in a variety of climates and soil types. Hemp’s versatility and strength makes it perfect for a variety of uses including clothing, biofuels, plastics, personal care, construction materials, feed and food. Economic experts predict a multi-billion dollar U.S. hemp industry by 2020. Hmm, maybe that’s why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (see below) introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 on the Senate Floor… (And maybe why Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the advisory board of a cannabis company, after firmly opposing all cannabis reform while in office?) The proposed legislation would fully legalize hemp, remove it from the Controlled Substances Act, and provide clarity on hemp-derived products in the marketplace.

Throughout the 1700-1800s, cannabis was used as a primary source for our livelihood. That all changed in the early 1900s with wide-spread, propaganda campaigns. Read more: How History Turned On Cannabis and check out a gallery of more, ridiculous, anti-marijuana propaganda ads from the early 20th Century.

  FUN TIME!

Test Your MMJ News Knowledge!

Just for fun, see how well you know the facts we’ve provided in our previous newsletter!

Click HERE for wide page layout


Our Resources Page

Have you seen our Resource Page? We regularly add links to information, tips, products, and more to support the MMJ community. Check out our new additions!


Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

Hemp Farming Act of 2018. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Hemp Farming Act of 2018 aims to establish hemp as an agricultural commodity, protect state regimes, add crop insurance, and bolster research. And right off the bat, the bill quashes questions about whether those hemp-derived CBD-rich extracts are indeed legal…” Read more…

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the advisory board of a cannabis company, after firmly opposing all cannabis reform while in office. “Boehner has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, a New York City-based canna-business running cultivation, dispensary, and processing operations in 11 states. Also joining the company’s board of advisors is former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who has more recently served as a board member for a tobacco company. Boehner’s career change is especially shocking considering that the former Congressman said he was “unalterably opposed” to cannabis decriminalization less than a decade ago. In 2011, during his first term as Speaker, Boehner wrote that he was against the “legalization of marijuana” and “concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs,” NORML reports. Even as recently as 2015, Boehner still publicly spoke out against legal weed.” Read more…

Binge Drinking Is On the Decline in States with Legal MJ. a new study found that states with legal access to recreational cannabis have seen a significant decrease in heavy drinking. “Earlier this year, officials at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report detailing a worrying spike in heavy drinking across the country, with 1 in 6 Americans, or 37 million people, consuming more than five drinks within two hours time at least once a week… According to a new report from the financial research firm Cowen & Company, states with comprehensive legal marijuana industries are also home to significantly lower rates of binge drinking, despite an otherwise national trend towards increasingly dangerous alcohol consumption.” Read more…

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: Check out the pending bills concerning NYS Medical Marijuana at the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

Do You Know The New York MMJ New Regulations?

We want to make sure that you know about the recent updates to NYS MMJ Rules and Regulations and how they affect you. Be advised that it is the diligence of organizations and people like you who stay on top of elected officials to improve MMJ. So, keep up the good work and if you’re not involved, get to it! Resources to contact your elected officials and make your voice heard are above.

In effect as of December 27, 2017, the New York State Department has accorded new regulations to improve the state’s Medical Marijuana Program for patients, practitioners and registered organizations. The new regulations provide:

  • improved experiences for patients and visitors at dispensing facilities5 new registered organizations are authorized to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana;
  • improvements for the department to approve new courses that will allow prospective practitioners to complete their training in a shorter amount of time;
    • DocTommy.comnurse practitioners and physician assistants are now permitted to certify patients — and… drumroll…
  • the sale of additional medical marijuana products “including topicals such as ointments, lotions and patches; solid and semi-solid products, including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges; and certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material.” (Source: eaglenewsonline)
    • Home delivery of MMJ is now permitted!

Hurray! Don’t forget to thank Senators Chuck Schumer, Kristine Gillebrand and your local representatives for listening and doing their jobs to secure and enhance our healthcare needs!


Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

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The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.” Hmmm, just who are these experts? It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”) approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma! (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial! (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer new people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

MMJ Making Headlines!

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  And Check out our NEW Office Special – Refer 2 Friends and Get A FREE Follow-up!


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Important MMJ News!

The past few weeks have been groundbreaking in the fight to legalize cannabis (and protect the rights of MMJ) in the United States. More studies have been published to debunk the myths of “gateway drug,” injection initiation, and encouragement of drug use among teens (see below). And of stellar importance, the first steps in the lawsuit, Washington v. Sessions where 5 plaintiffs (including former NFL player Marvin Washington; 12-year-old Colorado medical refugee Alexis Bortell; youngster Jagger Cotte; US military veteran Jose Belen; and the Cannabis Cultural Association) challenge the constitutionality of the classification of marijuana under the federal Controlled Substances Act got underway right here in New York on February 14.

“The five plaintiffs have sued Sessions and the DEA to declare the classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act unconstitutional on claims it violates their rights, including that to travel, to be engaged in business’ interests, and to be free from racial discrimination and in enforcement of the law against communities of color. The federal government denies those claims and has moved to dismiss the action.” —David C. Holland, a member of the legal team representing plaintiffs in Washington v. Sessions.

So, let’s get this issue started by looking at what’s happening!

Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York Calls Out Big Pharma On Opposing Marijuana.   “To them it’s competition for chronic pain, and that’s outrageous because we don’t have the crisis in people who take marijuana for chronic pain having overdose issues,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said. “It’s not the same thing. It’s not as highly addictive as opioids are.”  Read more…

Dean Bortell, front left, kisses his daughter, Alexis, a medical cannabis refugee from Texas and 1 of 5 plaintiffs in Washington v. Sessions (David Zalubowski/AP)

Medical Cannabis Clearly Saves Lives, Federal Judge Declares. Last week, in a lawsuit that could put an end to federal cannabis prohibition, a federal judge in New York, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, acknowledged the healing potential of medical marijuana. “It’s saved a life,” he said, referring to a Colorado girl (Alexis Bortell) with epilepsy. “She has no more epileptic seizures.” The judge then turned to lawyers for the federal government, who have argued that cannabis is a dangerous drug with no accepted medical benefit. “If there is an accepted medical use,” he told them, “your argument doesn’t hold.”  IMPORTANT CASE DETAILS…

red-arrow-icon  Check out the excellent article and interview, Meet the Lawyer Suing Jeff Sessions to End Cannabis Prohibition for more information about Washington vs. Sessions including the history of the Controlled Substance Act, why it takes soooo long to petition the FDA (can take 9 years before being heard for a rescheduling of substance classification and some of the plaintiffs (and others) may not live that long), and the red tape consuming our tax dollars.

UPDATE 2/27/18:

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan ruled that the lawsuit must be dismissed because the plaintiffs had failed to use administrative procedures within the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to challenge the ban.  Judge Hellerstein was convinced of the medical efficacy of cannabis, but ruled that this lawsuit was not the proper path for changing the legal status of marijuana.  “Resigning the plaintiffs to the petitioning administrative process is tantamount to a death sentence for those patients who need cannabis to live,” said Michael Hiller, an attorney for the plaintiffs.  READ FULL DETAILS

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: Check out the pending bills concerning NYS Medical Marijuana at the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon  More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

New York MMJ New Regulations Review

We want to make sure that you know about the recent updates to NYS MMJ Rules and Regulations and how they affect you.  Be advised that it is the diligence of organizations and people like you who stay on top of elected officials to improve MMJ.  So, keep up the good work and if you’re not involved, get to it!  Resources to contact your elected officials and make your voice heard are above.

In effect as of December 27, 2017, the New York State Department has accorded new regulations to improve the state’s Medical Marijuana Program for patients, practitioners and registered organizations. The new regulations provide:

  • improved experiences for patients and visitors at dispensing facilities5 new registered organizations are authorized to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana;
  • improvements for the department to approve new courses that will allow prospective practitioners to complete their training in a shorter amount of time;
    • DocTommy.comnurse practitioners and physician assistants are now permitted to certify patients —  and…  drumroll…
  • the sale of additional medical marijuana products “including topicals such as ointments, lotions and patches; solid and semi-solid products, including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges; and certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material.” (Source: eaglenewsonline)
    • Home delivery of MMJ is now permitted!

Hurray! Don’t forget to thank Senators Chuck Schumer, Kristine Gillebrand and your local representatives for listening and doing their jobs to secure and enhance our healthcare needs!


SCIENCE: Cannabis Propaganda Myth Busting

Let’s face it: it’s hard enough to deal with the stigmas and stereotypes of marijuana that most people have to overcome when considering MMJ.  And with non-factual, idiocy actually being presented in schools to children (see Canadian Cop’s Attempt to Educate Kids About Marijuana Ends in Epic Fail – he actually told kids that “doobies lead to boobies” in males!), we present you with some of the most recent, scientific research on the effects of cannabis use.

“As opioid abuse continues to wreak havoc across the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, Canada, American politicians and law enforcement officials have repeatedly brought up the gateway theory as a reason to block cannabis legalization efforts, despite a lack of evidence supporting the “slippery slope” claims. A number of studies, including the new Vancouver research, suggest the direct opposite: marijuana prevalence actually decreases opioid use.” —MerryJane

Cannabis use is associated with lower rates of initiation of injection drug use among street-involved youth: A longitudinal analysis.  This finding challenges the view of cannabis as a gateway substance that precipitates the progression to using harder and more addictive drugs. —US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Meta-Analysis: Studies Refute Claims That Medical Cannabis Access Encourages Teen Use. The findings are consistent with those of numerous prior studies, including a federally funded 2015 study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry that assessed marijuana use patterns of over one-million adolescents in 48 states. That paper concluded, [C]oncerns that increased marijuana use is an unintended effect of state marijuana laws seem unfounded.” —NORML.org

Study debunks claim that medical marijuana laws increase recreational pot use for US teens. Legalizing medical marijuana has not increased recreational use of the substance among U.S. adolescents, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published online in the journal Addiction. —Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health


Winding Down Winter

Looking forward to springing ahead, take a look at our Preparing For Warmer Weather article with tips on spring cleaning, diet prep, exercise, and skin care.  And because it’s worth repeating,

Cold, Flu, or Allergy?

The discomforts of sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat can be confusing to know whether you’ve got a cold, flu, or allergies. Because they share so many symptoms, it can be hard to tell them apart. While cold, flu, and allergies all affect your respiratory system, making it hard to breathe, each has its own set of symptoms that set it apart from the others. Understanding the differences can greatly assist you in choosing the best treatment.

Allergies are your body’s immune system reacting to a trigger (“allergen”) that your body is sensitive to – such as dander and pollen. Respiratory tissues may swell and your nose may become stuffed up or runny and may be accompanied by watery, itchy, eyes. Allergies can last approximately 6 weeks during the pollen season (in spring, summer, and fall). These symptoms are not usually experienced with colds and flu.

Caused by viruses, both colds and flu can lead to a sore throat; congestion; a runny, stuffy nose; and coughing. The flu, however, can also cause headache, fatigue, general aches and pain, and a high fever that lasts for 3-4 days. Colds and flu do not usually last longer than 2 weeks and most people recover without medical care. (However, if symptoms last beyond 10 days or aren’t relieved by over-the-counter medicines, check with a health care provider.)

The chart below (from the National Institute of Health) offers an overview of symptoms, treatments, and more.


Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

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The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.”   Hmmm, just who are these experts?  It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”)  approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma!  (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

NEW: Refer 2 Friends and Receive a FREE Follow-Up Visit

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer 2 people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


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Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

Happy New Year 2018!

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  And Check out our NEW Office Special – Refer 2 Friends and Get A FREE Follow-up!


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Starting The New Year Right!

Doc Tommy is again the NYC go-to MMJ authority and is quoted in the Daily Mail article, Most doctors would prescribe medical marijuana to children with cancer, study shows:

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Good news!

Listed below are states that accept out-of-state medical marijuana authorizations!  While the list is currently small and not every state allows you to obtain your prescription from their dispensaries, the list is expected to grow.  For more info on each state’s regulations, click here.

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Only 29 states have legalized MMJ as of November 30, 2017.  

For a map with more in-depth details and state marijuana laws, click here to visit the NORML website.

Even Better News!

In effect as of December 27, 2017, the New York State Department has accorded new regulations to improve the state’s Medical Marijuana Program for patients, practitioners and registered organizations. The new regulations provide:

  • improved experiences for patients and visitors at dispensing facilities5 new registered organizations are authorized to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana;
  • improvements for the department to approve new courses that will allow prospective practitioners to complete their training in a shorter amount of time;
    • DocTommy.comnurse practitioners and physician assistants are now permitted to certify patients —  and…  drumroll…
  • the sale of additional medical marijuana products “including topicals such as ointments, lotions and patches; solid and semi-solid products, including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges; and certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material.” (Source: eaglenewsonline)
    • Home delivery of MMJ is now permitted!

Hurray! Don’t forget to thank Senators Chuck Schumer, Kristine Gillebrand and your local representatives for listening and doing their jobs to secure and enhance our healthcare needs!

Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

New Study Shows Marijuana Legalization is Lowering Alcohol Consumption.  While Big Alcohol,  Big Tobacco and Big Pharma are at the forefront of the anti-legalization of marijuana movement, more states are changing their position on cannabis with more than 64 percent of voters nationwide desiring the end of the plant’s prohibition. Marijuana reform has had a significant impact on alcohol sales with a 15-percent decline in some states, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University. Researchers sourced data from the Nielsen Retail Scanner database (which records sales data from 90 retail chains nationwide) for more accurate portrayals of actual usage rates.

  • “If people [are] still trying to decide between the two substances need a little help making a choice and weren’t already swayed by sales statistics, the 90,000 lives claimed annually by alcohol abuse may do the trick — especially when you consider that  nobody ever has died as the direct result of cannabis consumption.”  −Constellation CEO Rob Sands. Read MORE of this fascinating article…

Most doctors would prescribe medical marijuana to children with cancer, study shows.  Doc Tommy is interviewed in this article.  A study from Northwestern University surveyed 288 healthcare professionals and found that 92 percent would prescribe marijuana to a child with cancer. But those who were qualified to do so were more reluctant to prescribe a child with the alternative medicine for fear or risking their medical license. This is due to the lack of regulations on dosage for children and some hospitals’ policies that prohibit doctors from prescribing it .  MORE…

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: Check out the pending bills concerning NYS Medical Marijuana at the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon  More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

Recap of 2017 Doc Tommy Happenings

Check out all of the attention that Doc Tommy’s been getting:

Doc Tommy and Jazz gave free, blood-pressure screenings at Copa Univision’s Soccer Tournament 2017 held on Randall’s Island on August 27th and 28th.   Radio personality, Coco Cabrera, got a screening on live TV!  What a wonderful way to encourage and support people in the community and to be an example of maintaining healthy habits for the younger generations!  Click HERE for the video.

The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.”   Hmmm, just who are these experts?  It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

Bet you didn’t know that Doc Tommy has skills to co-host a radio show known for chill grooves!  Last month, Doc Tommy guest hosted on The Quiet Storm Radio Show with Lenny Green on WBLS.FM! If you’re not familiar with The Quite Storm, it was pioneered by the legendary, Vaughan Harper who created soothing vibes to wind down from the day for more than 3 decades.  The Quiet Storm is now hosted by Lenny Green, who was voted Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Air Personality of the Year Award!

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Charm Lands a Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”)  approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma!  (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

NEW: Refer 2 Friends and Receive a FREE Follow-Up Visit

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer 2 people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

Holidays 2017!

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  And Check out our NEW Office Special – Refer 2 Friends and Get A FREE Follow-up!


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Holiday Hints

Staying safe and healthy throughout the holidays adds joy to the season!  Here are a few tips to not only survive without the guilt and the pains, but to thrive through your holidays!

Thanksgiving

  • Coping with Thanksgiving – This is the time of the year that many people begin to feel overwhelmed… So what are you going to do about it? How do you avoid overeating? (And if you do indulge, how can you feel less guilty about it?) How can you deal with that relative whose company you just don’t enjoy? By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
  • Anatomy of a Holiday Pig-Out – A typical Thanksgiving meal contains more than 3,000 calories. What does it do to your body? By Michelle Meyer

“Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence.” — Erma Bombeck

“I love Thanksgiving turkey … it’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Shopping Stress

And keep your good health going with our tips to Get Ready for Cold & Flu Season.

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Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

red-arrow-icon Tell Congress to Protect Medical Marijuana from Federal Attacks

URGENT:  In less than a month, Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department could have free reign to wreak havoc in medical marijuana states. A spending amendment that has stopped the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana programs is set to expire on December 8th. And with Sessions escalating the war on drugs, it’s absolutely critical to ensure Congress continues to preserve these protections. Tell your Representative to renew the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment and protect medical marijuana from federal attacks.

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Adding PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana Program.

New York State’s medical marijuana laws are some of the most stringent in the country. But on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a piece of legislation that allows New Yorkers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to use marijuana to treat symptoms. While the optics of the new law mainly center around soldiers with PTSD, the shift could be life-changing for many more people in the state.  MORE…

  • NYS MMJ Update: Since its launch nearly two years ago, New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program has certified 35,621 patients, and has 1,316 practitioners registered, said Jill Montag, a spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health.

Weed for Warriors Carries on the Good Fight for Veterans’ Health.  As cannabis becomes more commercialized, this non-profit — which wants medical marijuana access for all military vets — is stepping up its game.  MORE…

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: Check out the pending bills concerning NYS Medical Marijuana at the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon  More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

Check out all of the attention that Doc Tommy’s been getting:

Doc Tommy and Jazz gave free, blood-pressure screenings at Copa Univision’s Soccer Tournament 2017 held on Randall’s Island on August 27th and 28th.   Radio personality, Coco Cabrera, got a screening on live TV!  What a wonderful way to encourage and support people in the community and to be an example of maintaining healthy habits for the younger generations!  Click HERE for the video.

The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.”   Hmmm, just who are these experts?  It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

Bet you didn’t know that Doc Tommy has skills to co-host a radio show known for chill grooves!  Last month, Doc Tommy guest hosted on The Quiet Storm Radio Show with Lenny Green on WBLS.FM! If you’re not familiar with The Quite Storm, it was pioneered by the legendary, Vaughan Harper who created soothing vibes to wind down from the day for more than 3 decades.  The Quiet Storm is now hosted by Lenny Green, who was voted Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Air Personality of the Year Award!

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Charm Lands a Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”)  approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of an amazing video! Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

NEW: Refer 2 Friends and Receive a FREE Follow-Up Visit

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer 2 people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

Autumn News

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  And Check out our NEW Office Special – Refer 2 Friends and Get A FREE Follow-up!


An Ounce of Prevention…

Get Ready for Cold & Flu Season

You may not want to think about it, but it’s time to prepare for the cold and flu season by getting your supplies in order.  There’s nothing worse than getting caught by a cold and not having what you need already on hand.  Here are a few tips to have what you need when you need it.

Prepare Your Medicine Cabinet.  Discard expired medicines and make a list what you need to replace. You may want to include a digital thermometer, decongestants, cough medicines, antihistamines, fever and pain relief medicines, cough drops and throat lozenges, and nasal spray.

Stock Up on tissues, paper towels, hand soap, and hand sanitizer.  Many sources recommend creating sanitizer stations with small bottles of hand sanitizers in each room.  See our article on Hand Sanitizer Safety.

Clean Surfaces and have household cleaners on hand.  With times ranges from seconds to a couple of days, viruses can survive on surfaces outside the human body!  Disinfect heavily touched objects like doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, and phones daily. Clean your humidifier. Clean household surfaces with disinfectants that contain “bleach, alcohol, pine oil, sodium hypochlorite, citric acid, hydrogen peroxide, or quaternary ammonium compounds” (Source: HealthGrades).  To determine if a product meets specifications for disinfectants, look for an EPA registration number on the label, which may be in the fine print.

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Stock Your Pantry.  You know what “comfort food” means to you, but sugary and fatty foods are not the best for recuperating from a cold and flu! Make sure you have plenty of water, herbal tea, juice, soup (canned and instant). crackers, and easy to prepare and eat foods on hand.

Be Diligent About Washing Your Hands. The Center for Disease Control gives detailed instructions for the proper way to wash your hands and the science behind the suggestions.  Definitely check it out!

Flu Shot. We suggest that you inform yourself about the 2017 flu vaccine as there are some people for whom the vaccine is not recommended for. Read the CDC’s Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.  For more information about the 2017-2017 Flu Shot and its side effects, check out Flu Shot Facts & Side Effects from LiveScience.com.

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Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

Marijuana Busts Were Up Last Year and You’re Paying Billions for It

Marijuana busts increased last year, with nearly 600,000 people being arrested on a possession charge—a staggering number that costs taxpayers billions of dollars even as the vast majority of Americans support legalization of the drug. The statistic is not only telling for those targeted by the war on drugs, it’s also costly for taxpayers who footed the bill for about 587,700 people to make their way through the criminal justice system last year.  MORE…

World Anti-Doping Agency Removes CBD from Banned Substances List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which governs drug testing in the Olympics and sets the standard for anti-doping guidelines in more than 600 sports leagues around the globe, released their updated list of banned substances for 2018. One entry underwent a major renovation from last year’s edition. Under the Cannabinoids section of the list, the WADA spells out that both natural and synthetic cannabinoids are strictly prohibited from being used in competition — except for CBD.  MORE…

Can Uruguay’s Historic Marijuana Experiment Succeed?

In 2013, after years of debate, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize recreational marijuana. The law was presented as a way to tackle growing drug trafficking and violence. Stringent regulations were put in place to make sure the government controls all aspects of production. Users have to register with authorities, a fingerprint is used for purchasing, and quotas are in place to prevent users from buying in excess. The United States announced they would no longer do business with companies that have links with the marijuana business. The move by US banks raises questions about the global legalization trend. US banks control vast amounts of capital and many countries are reliant on them. Some pharmacies in Uruguay were quick to say that, if their bank accounts were under threat of closure, they wouldn’t hesitate to stop selling cannabis.  MORE…

Voters Defeat Business Bans in Alaska

Three measures aimed at banning cannabis businesses were soundly defeated in Tuesday’s Alaska elections. Voters in the city of Fairbanks, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough each rejected measures aimed at banning cannabis businesses. If the prohibitionists had succeeded, businesses would have been shuttered, taking jobs and livelihoods with them, and adult consumers would have been cut off from legal, regulated access. But just as they have in other legalization states like Washington, Colorado, and Oregon, voters continue to support the better approach.  MORE…

Remember Charlo Greene, the reporter in Alaska who quit on air (and dropped an f-bomb) to focus on her medical marijuana business?  You won’t believe what’s happening with her…  or will you not be surprised?

Research Suggests Legal Cannabis Is Failing To Corrupt Youth

“As the Washington Post explained, government and private critics have continued to voice concern in recent years that cannabis use at a young age could lead to addiction to the plant later on, and that increased accessibility could drive such a trend. According to data from Washington and other states, however, legalization hasn’t caused a measurable change in students’ cannabis use thus far—potentially some pretty good news for advocates of its medicinal and recreational legality.”  MORE…

red-arrow-icon RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

red-arrow-icon  More Info, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

Check out all of the attention that Doc Tommy’s been getting:

Doc Tommy and Jazz gave free, blood-pressure screenings at Copa Univision’s Soccer Tournament 2017 held on Randall’s Island on August 27th and 28th.   Radio personality, Coco Cabrera, got a screening on live TV!  What a wonderful way to encourage and support people in the community and to be an example of maintaining healthy habits for the younger generations!  Click HERE for the video.

The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.”   Hmmm, just who are these experts?  It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

Bet you didn’t know that Doc Tommy has skills to co-host a radio show known for chill grooves!  Last month, Doc Tommy guest hosted on The Quiet Storm Radio Show with Lenny Green on WBLS.FM! If you’re not familiar with The Quite Storm, it was pioneered by the legendary, Vaughan Harper who created soothing vibes to wind down from the day for more than 3 decades.  The Quiet Storm is now hosted by Lenny Green, who was voted Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Air Personality of the Year Award!

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Charm Lands a Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”)  approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma!  (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

NEW: Refer 2 Friends and Receive a FREE Follow-Up Visit

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer 2 people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

End of Summer News!

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green-arrow-icon Be sure to check out our MMJ In The News section for important info concerning your legal rights and access to Medical Marijuana in New York State.

  And Check out our NEW Office Special – Refer 2 Friends and Get A FREE Follow-up!


  This issue contains time-sensitive, calls to action that concern your future! Read below.


DocTommy.com


Doc Tommy In The News

Doc Tommy and Jazz gave free, blood-pressure screenings at Copa Univision’s Soccer Tournament 2017 held on Randall’s Island on August 27th and 28th.   Radio personality, Coco Cabrera, got a screening on live TV!  What a wonderful way to encourage and support people in the community and to be an example of maintaining healthy habits for the younger generations! (Please wait while video loads.)

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Posted by Coco Cabrera Live on Saturday, August 26, 2017

 

The latest article that Doc Tommy is quoted in is in The Daily Mail. This article leans towards disparaging the beneficial effects of Medical Marijuana, stating, “There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.”   Hmmm, just who are these experts?  It’s worth reading if for nothing else but to see what Doc Tommy says.

 See below that the FDA Declares CBD “Beneficial,” Wants Your Input ASAP.


Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

IMPORTANT:

The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017

Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) has introduced comprehensive marijuana reform legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (read and keep track of the bill’s progress  here) which aims to end federal prohibition of cannabis and examines how prohibition could affect both government and individuals if it continues.

Why is this bill important to you?  The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties…  Read more.

The bill would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific to marijuana possession; (4) allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana-related violations to petition the court for re-sentencing; (5) and create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs.

For more information on New York State’s Marijuana laws and penalties, news, and legislation issues, peruse NORML’s website where you can also find resources for other states, a variety of information, and lawyers.

 FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

UPDATE 9/7/17: Read one of our patient’s submissions for inspiration.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing a formal response to the World Health Organization (overseen by The United Nations) concerning how 17 substances including cannabidiol (CBD) should be designated under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances.  The FDA announced in the FederalRegister.gov that it is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).

Click to comment

“In doing so, the FDA acknowledged the ‘beneficial’ effects CBD has shown in patients with neurological disorders.” (Source: Leafly)

  • NOTE: Your Medical Marijuana (MMJ) prescription is a combination of CBD and THC (more info here) which makes you the perfect candidate for this survey.
  • The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 13, 2017 and no submissions thereafter will be considered.
  • There are 2 ways to participate: online via the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by written submission.  BE ADVISED: “If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).”

By the way, “cannabidiol is defined by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule I controlled substance, despite:

  • Its therapeutic properties and lack of abuse potential, despite the safety trials which have determined the substance to be non-toxic and well-tolerated in human subjects
  • Seventeen states explicitly recognizing by state-law that CBD as a therapeutic agent
  • The head of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse publically acknowledging that CBD is ‘a safe drug with no addictive effects.’”  (Source: NORML)

RESOURCE: NY Congressional Scorecard is where you can check on your legislators’ stances, bills sponsored, and votes on the subject of legalizing marijuana, et al.

The World’s First Cannabis Genetic Test Can Tell You How Your Body Will React to Marijuana.  What if a test could tell you that you may have a negative reaction to marijuana before you tried it? The world’s first cannabis genetic test will be available within the next month, offered by Canadian company, AnantLife, which specializes in genetic testing and counseling for a variety of medical conditions. The test can identify genetic “markers” in your DNA that could indicate a higher probability toward adverse reactions from cannabis use.  Best part is that you can easily perform this test in your own home!

Anantlife’s genetic testing laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), the gold standards of medical testing certifications. Any test with these two endorsements has been cleared by medical professionals, and any data collected by these certified tests are considered legit by government, university, and hospital researchers in both the US and Canada.

New York City Taxi Driver Wins Medical Marijuana Discrimination Case.  Another victory for medical marijuana patients! In July, the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) revoked a taxi driver’s TLC Driver License, which every NYC taxi driver is required to have, because he tested positive for marijuana.  New York City’s Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings (“OATH”) has issued a report and recommendation to reverse an adverse action taken by the TLC against a lawful medical marijuana user and has ruled that a taxi driver cannot have his license revoked for using medical cannabis.  The New York Compassionate Care Act states that certified patients cannot be subject to penalties or denied any rights or privileges solely due to their medical cannabis use because (1) patient certification is analogous to a prescription and cannot be considered illegal drug use, and (2) certified patients are deemed to have a disability under the New York State Human Rights Law.

red-arrow-icon Read more, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

Let’s get it straight…THC vs CBD via greencamp.com


Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

Check out all of the attention that Doc Tommy’s been getting:

Bet you didn’t know that Doc Tommy has skills to co-host a radio show known for chill grooves!  Last month, Doc Tommy guest hosted on The Quiet Storm Radio Show with Lenny Green on WBLS.FM! If you’re not familiar with The Quite Storm, it was pioneered by the legendary, Vaughan Harper who created soothing vibes to wind down from the day for more than 3 decades.  The Quiet Storm is now hosted by Lenny Green, who was voted Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Air Personality of the Year Award!

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Charm Lands a Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”)  approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma!  (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

NEW: Refer 2 Friends and Receive a FREE Follow-Up Visit

Refer 1 Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now you can receive a $25 credit for each person you refer or a FREE Follow-Up visit when you refer 2 people who become active patients!

Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

Midsummer Musings!

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green-arrow-icon Be sure to check out our MMJ In The News section for important info concerning your legal rights and access to Medical Marijuana in New York State.

And Check out our Current Office Special!


DocTommy.com


Doc Tommy’s MMJ Survey

Doc Tommy is the first Medical Marijuana physician in New York State to compile patient research with a Survey about your experience to assist in the improvement of MMJ in NYS.

The Survey is anonymous, so be honest.  There are no right or wrong answers and your participation can assist NYS legislators to understand the needs and concerns of MMJ patients.

  Participate In Doc Tommy’s MMJ Patient Survey


Doc Tommy In The News

Doc Tommy is quoted in the article, Should You Talk with Your Aging Parent About Medical Marijuana?   The times, they are a-changin’ — and some are choosing relief over reluctance.


Caring for Bug Bites

‘Tis the season for enjoying the outdoors and having meals outside!  However, all too often, you get eaten, too!  Here is a list of useful links to prevent and soothe the irritation of bug bites and keep yourself off of the menu!

If you’ve been bitten or stung:

There is also useful info and slideshows to identify bug bites, which aid in providing the proper care.

Insect Repellents

Best Insect Repellent Buying Guide – Consumer Reports

10 Natural Ingredients That Repel Mosquitos

  • We like this article because while the FDA has not approved essential oil products as drugs because of a lack of clinical trials to meet the agency’s standard for safety or effectiveness, this article provides information from accredited agencies such as the Center for Disease Control.
    • The FDA requires companies to include the following disclosure regarding the therapeutic benefits of essential oils: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”
    • You can read the FDA’s discussion on Aromatherapy here.
  • We also like that this article provides links to its sources for you to read the information for yourself to make informed choices.

One of our patients recommends Amazon.com as a good place to purchase essential oils and offers these tips:

  1. Read reviews of the products and their sellers.  Sellers sand products with favorable reviews have them for good reasons. It’s a good idea to check a few unfavorable reviews to get a better understanding of what customers liked and disliked.
  2. Read all of the product descriptions carefully to avoid disappointment.
  3. Choose oils that are all-natural, unfiltered and undiluted; preferably steam-distilled; and free from toxins, additives or preservatives.
  4. You can find good deals on larger-sized bottles. Search for the type of oil you desire in 4oz. bottles.  For example, search for “Lavender Essential Oil 4oz.”
  5. Try to purchase all of your desired oils from the same seller to receive free shipping deals.

Gear

Mosquito Netting is important because it prevents insect bites and comes in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes for just about every function — from portable tents to king-sized beds to baby carriages and strollers!  Many mosquito nets are pre-treated with insecticide for extra protection.  This guide from SafariQuip gives very detailed information to help you choose netting that is right for your location as well as your needs.  You will also find information on mosquito-repellent clothing and other products. Another good read is the Mosquito Net Buying Guide which even gives you tips on how to get the best deals on eBay.

Wearables.  You can find everything from insect repellent clothing that repels fleas and ticks (and for pets, too!) to jewelry that you can easily put on and take off.  Some of the jewelry is simple, others are quite fashionable and ornate!  You can find wearables that are chemically-treated and which use all-natural ingredients to repel bugs.

Now for the not-so-great news…

An interesting study described in Science Magazine tells that while citronella candles are great for ambiance, they have little to no effect on repelling insects!  Scientists conducted a study using a human as bait with one of five sprays, five wearable devices, or a citronella candle.  Researchers found that “most did not live up to the promises on their labels. At a distance of 1 meter, DEET and oil of lemon eucalyptus sprays reduced mosquito attraction by 60%.”  Check out the full details in the Journal of Insect Science.

What Really Works For Mosquito Control? explains how various mosquito repellent devices work and how effective they are — which can save you money on products that won’t suit your needs.


Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

Check out all of the attention that Doc Tommy’s been getting:

Bet you didn’t know that Doc Tommy has skills to co-host a radio show known for chill grooves!  Last month, Doc Tommy guest hosted on The Quiet Storm Radio Show with Lenny Green on WBLS.FM! If you’re not familiar with The Quite Storm, it was pioneered by the legendary, Vaughan Harper who created soothing vibes to wind down from the day for more than 3 decades.  The Quiet Storm is now hosted by Lenny Green, who was voted Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Air Personality of the Year Award!

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Charm Lands a Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”)  approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma!  (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


Latest Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!


Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

N.Y. Health Department improves medical marijuana program amid growing demand.  “Effective immediately, doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can register online and certify patients the same day. Officials say that will help streamline and simplify the registration process for medical professionals.  The state’s medical marijuana program has more than 22,000 patients, and that number is on the rise. In late March, the department added chronic pain as a qualifying condition and since then an additional 7,504 patients have become certified.”

Massachusetts Court Rules for Woman Fired for Medical Marijuana Use.
“Massachusetts’ top court on Monday ruled that a woman who had been fired for testing positive for marijuana that she had been legally prescribed under state law could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination.”

Marijuana Industry Gears Up After N.J. Candidate Backs Legalization.
“Since Philip Murphy, a Democratic candidate for governor, said he supported making recreational marijuana use legal, growers have stepped up their planning.”

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Praises Failed D.A.R.E. Program.  “There’s just one problem with the AG’s assertion, he was dead wrong on the facts… Far from effective, D.A.R.E. was an abject failure, at least, according to the feds. In 2003, the GAO (a.k.a. the U.S. Government Accountability Office) disclosed the program made absolutely no difference.”

Canadian Dollars Are Funding Global Cannabis Expansion.  “Now in the 21st-century, marijuana is finally getting its due as an incredible medicine. To that end, Canada is building upon its reputation as a pot-loving country by funding the international cannabis industry.”

red-arrow-icon Read more, see pending legislation, and make your voice heard

It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

Office Policy Updates

Please review the updates to our Office Policies which provide better opportunities for your personalized care!


Current Office Special

Refer A Friend and Receive a $75 Follow-Up Visit

Now’s your chance to receive a $25 credit for each person you refer who becomes an active patient! Share your success with people who may benefit from Medical Marijuana treatment with Doc Tommy’s expertise and comforting care and receive “karma credits!” See Office Policies for more info.

Here are a few tips on how to discuss Medical Marijuana.


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


DocTommy News is prepared by GoddessProjects for Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: Please note that Doc Tommy News is presented as a resource for health tips, current events, and other interests to give patients an opportunity to expand awareness of developments concerning Medical Marijuana in the United States and abroad. The views and opinions expressed in Doc Tommy News are those of the individual authors/parties and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Office of Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien, II.

 

Summer News!

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green-arrow-icon Be sure to check out our MMJ In The News section for important info concerning your legal rights and access to Medical Marijuana in New York State.

And Check out our Current Office Special!


DocTommy.com


Catching Up With Doc Tommy

Check out all of the attention that Doc Tommy’s been getting:

Bet you didn’t know that Doc Tommy has skills to co-host a radio show known for chill grooves!  Last month, Doc Tommy guest hosted on The Quiet Storm Radio Show with Lenny Green on WBLS.FM! If you’re not familiar with The Quite Storm, it was pioneered by the legendary, Vaughan Harper who created soothing vibes to wind down from the day for more than 3 decades.  The Quiet Storm is now hosted by Lenny Green, who was voted Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Air Personality of the Year Award!

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Charm Lands a Video Showcase!

Here’s yet another reason to know that Doc Tommy is the right doctor! Weedmaps.com (“the most reliable online resource to find cannabis storefronts, doctors and deals”)  approached Doc Tommy to be the subject of this amazing video!

Only a doctor whose professionalism, expertise, and great patient relationships will yield such really, good karma!  (Click video for full screen or CLICK HERE for larger video view.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.


New Video Testimonial

Check out our newest, video testimonial!  (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.If you would like to offer a testimonial, please share here.

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

Here’s your chance to be a proud supporter of Doc Tommy and his caring approach to your well-being and success with Medical Marijuana! Upload your video testimonial to our private and secure account and help other people get over the fright and plight of the stigma of MMJ! The more people who have success with MMJ, the more people who can benefit from MMJ!


The Importance of Foot Care

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Aside from the fact that sandal season is right around the corner, now is a good time to take a look at your foot care practices.  Caring for your feet is paramount because your entire body rests on them! Did you know that your feet have more than 50 bones (which is approximately one-fourth of all the bones in your body), more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? That’s quite a bit contained in such small packages!  Check out the reflexology chart that shows the areas of the feet that correspond to ALL parts of your body!

Foot health can be an indicator of your overall health. For example, joint stiffness could mean arthritis and swelling might indicate kidney disease, heart disease, or high blood pressure.  Improper foot care can lead to all kinds of pain and discomforts (and “dis-eases”) in your body that can torture you for a lifetime.  Far too many people don’t think about their feet until there is a problem. But a little foot care can go a long way!  Here are some tips for healthy, happy feet. Gentlemen, this is for you, too!

1) Hygiene

  • Pedicures.  Of course, a salon pedicure is ideal (invest in your own set of instruments for sanitary purposes), but you can take care of your feet at home.

Exfoliate.  There are so many, wonderful ways to attend to rough, dry skin!  Use a pumice stone (or make your own by slicing a raw potato in half, then dip it in sea salt) and similar tools to slough away uncomfortable and unsightly skin.  There are mild, chemical treatments to rid your feet of tough callouses (use with caution) and all kinds of gadgets that make quick work of the task.

  • Wash and moisturize your feet daily.  Just because you weren’t walking around barefoot doesn’t mean that your feet are clean. Natural shedding of the skin, sweat residue, sock lint, or shoe debris contribute not only to odor, but to bacteria and fungi. Be certain to wash and dry completely between toes, especially before applying a moisturizer.  Keeping your feet moisturized contributes to better circulation, more mobility in the feet (which yields better balance and spine health), and the prevention of bacteria and fungal growth.

Interesting Note:  Merits of Oiling the Body — “Ayurveda encourages appropriate oiling of the body parts. This needs to be practiced on an everyday basis.  The main reason behind this is that applying and massaging oil onto the body is believed to be a good manner of rendering nourishing and suppleness to both the muscles and the tissues of the body… There are three particular body parts that need to be oiled every single day. These are the scalp, ears, and soles of the feet.”  Read more

  • Keep your toenails trimmed and filed.  Using a toenail clippers, cut toenails right after you bathe and while they are soft.  Cut them straight across, then carefully file to round out the edges. Do not cut your cuticles; use a cuticle remover to gently push overgrown cuticles back into place.

For more expert tips, see How To Give Yourself a Spa Pedicure At HomeFoot Health Q&A’sHow to Practice Good Foot Hygiene

Easy DIY Recipes using all-natural ingredients

Stop Foot Pain recipes for Soaks & Scrubs.  This site has a lot of remedies for a variety of foot issues.

Stinky Feet Anti-Fungal Foot Spray

Cooling Foot Spray

2) Shoes

  • Wear shoes that fit and that are the right size.  Vanity aside, the size of a shoe often varies on manufacturer and design.  Our feet also get bigger and wider with time.  So, don’t be committed to wearing a size 7 if the comfortable fit of the shoe is a size 10.  Wearing improperly-fitting shoes leads to a plethora of conditions including curled “hammer toes,” bunions, painful plantar fasciitis, fungal infections that cause nails to become thick, brittle and discolored, and knee and back pain among other ills.
  • Choose shoes that have proper support, which means that the shoe will bend only at the toes (this, of course, excludes running shoes  and shoes designed for specific functions).
  • Choose shoes for your activity level.  In other words, if you’re going to be walking around all day, stilettos are not a good choice.   Ladies, choose a lower heel (1.5 inches or lower) for walking around and prolonged wear.  Avoid wearing flip-flops around town as they are designed to be worn from the shower to the bedroom and not for the whole day.  (Flip-flop related injuries are a major reason for increased podiatry visits during the summer!)  Impractical foot wear is occasionally OK if you’re not going to spend too much time wearing them or if you’re not going to be very active.

3)  Massage and Exercise.  We know the benefits of massage and exercise for total well-being. But just in case you didn’t know, foot massage benefits can include improved sex life, reduction in depression and anxiety, lowered blood pressure, alleviation of symptoms of PMS and menopause, and so much more! So, let’s get straight to the goodies:

9 Unexpected Benefits Of Foot Massage That Make You Want To Have One Now

Ayurvedic Massage For Your Feet — A Step-By-Step Guide for a Good Night’s Sleep

Revitalize Aging Feet: The Importance of Proactive Foot Care

4) Other Resources

5 Things Your Feet Are Telling You About Your Health

What Your Feet Say About Your Health Slideshow

Foot Health — The U.S. National Library of Medicine


Medical Marijuana in The News

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Being an informed patient puts you in charge of your health and healing.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing policies concerning Medical Marijuana (from farming to distribution), especially with the new administration and its choices for its officers.

3,000+ Patients Certified Since Chronic Pain Added To New York Medical Marijuana Program

“The New York State Department of Health announced several milestones in the state’s Medical Marijuana program, including the certification of more than 3,350 patients since the addition of chronic pain as a qualifying condition in late March, the registration of nearly 1,000 practitioners, and the publication of a list of registered practitioners who have consented to be listed publicly…”  Read more…

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New York State To Approve PTSD To Medical Marijuana Program?

In late April, The New York State Assembly unanimously approved adding PTSD to the list of treatable conditions for MMJ.  The bill is now in the State Senate awaiting approval.

MMJ for Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain)

  • Whoopi Goldberg owns a company called Whoopi & Maya that specializes in cannabis-infused products that specifically target severe menstrual cramps. “It’s not some weird roundabout way for people to get stoned,” Goldberg said.

New York: State’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Panel Found to Have Little Expertise

When New York State approved the use of medical marijuana in 2014, a panel of “experts” said to have deep backgrounds in several fields vetted the applicants to dispense the drug.  NYS has only 5 companies that were chosen by this panel to receive exclusive statewide medical marijuana licenses.  A September 2015 Freedom of Information request by The New York Times, seeking the names of the panel’s members, was delayed nine times, as the department said that it did not “maintain records” or contact information for the panel.  Finally, on May 1, 2017, the department disclosed the names of the panel’s 17 evaluators: “all state employees, most with little or no prior professional experience in medical marijuana.”  Read The New York Times full article.  Items of note:

  • The limited number of companies allowed to dispense MMJ that were chosen by this panel creates difficulties in patient access, including location and expense.
  • A law suit has been brought to prevent the granting of licenses to additional MMJ companies. “’Flooding the supply market when there is insufficient patient demand will undermine the viability of the entire program,’ the lawsuit says, adding that more dispensaries could also make it difficult for companies to raise more capital.”

Contact your legislators and voice your opinion on these issues.

California: Wine Industry Finds a Companion in a Competitor: Marijuana

With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, the liquor industry is gaining concern for its profit margins, particularly as beer sales have declined.  However, many in the the wine industry believe that marijuana and wine can coexist in harmony and see marijuana as a complement to wine rather than a competitor. It appears that a sense of connoisseurship is what brings together lovers of cannabis, wine, craft beer, and artisanal spirits. Ergo, the first Wine & Weed Symposium (a wine industry initiative) will explore possible business opportunities in California, which legalized recreational marijuana use in November.  Read more…

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It is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators (and get on their mailing lists) to:

  • keep MMJ legal in New York State and
  • improve, reform, and preserve our access to MMJ under the NYS Medical Marijuana Laws

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