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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.


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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).

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“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!


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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

mmj-news-sm

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!


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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

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.


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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.

 

Welcome Spring!

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And Check out our Current Office Special!


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Preparing For Warmer Weather

Spring cleaning is a wise tradition to clear away the stagnation of months of closed windows and doors. However, it is equally important to cleanse and prep your body for the warmer weather with inner and outer treatments to benefit skin, metabolism, and even improve dealing with the allergy season! Here are a few, easy things that you can do to spring into action!

1) Hydrate. You hear it all of the time, but seriously, not enough can be said on the benefits of proper hydration.  Water can help you stay slim; boost your metabolism and energy; imrpove skin conditions and your overall appearance; and keep you healthy.  More info: 34 Proven Ways Water Makes You Awesome.

2) “Lighten up” your diet.  Limit your intake of saturated fats (fatty meats, bacon, sausage) and eat red meat no more than 2 times a week.  Increase servings of fish and seafood up to three times a week and, of course, eat your veggies!  More info: Spring Clean Your Diet With These 10 Simple Tips

3) Get moving! Yea, yea, we know… Just do it… However, exercise is always easier with a buddy. What a great age to live in where we have just about everything we can want at our fingertips! Meetup.com is a great place to find activity groups with people who share not only your fitness goals and interests, but for just about anything that you can think of, you will find some folks who are into it, too! Search for age groups, locations, specific activities, and more. Have fun!

4) Skin Care. Dealing with winter often dries skin and leaves it less than vibrant and healthy looking.  The basics of preparing your skin for spring are exfoliation (gentle removal of dead skin cells), cleansing (including using a toner), and moisturizing. More info including do-it-yourself, natural recipes: 7 Ways To Prepare Your Skin For Spring 

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.


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.

ATTENTION: WhiteHouse.gov Petition to Keep The Rights of States To Govern Marijuana Laws

“On February 23, Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated the Department of Justice might begin “greater enforcement” of federal law in states that have legalized marijuana. But during the campaign President Trump repeatedly pledged that if elected, the federal government would respect the rights of states to enact their own cannabis laws. That is a wise policy supported by a growing super-majority of voters. They know that state marijuana legalization laws hurt the cartels, fund our schools and roads, and protect public health and safety. Studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association and others have shown that states with legal and accessible medical and recreational marijuana see a significant reduction in opioid death rates…”

Read more and SIGN THE PETITION before March 25th to (1) remain independent and make your voice heard, and (2) ensure that this petition gets a response from the White House!

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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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Doc Tommy’s Video Testimonials

Check it out! Here’s your chance to join Jess in being 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! (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.

 

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.


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.

 

Happy New Year 2017

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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!


Doc Tommy’s Video Testimonials

Check it out! Here’s your chance to join Jess in being 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! (Click video for full screen.) NOTE: You may wish to LOWER the video’s volume before playing.

 


Something New & Goodies To Review

A Comfort Tip for Colds, Flu & Congestion: Humidifiers

Note: Dr. O’Brien has no affiliation with the companies, products, and/or websites listed below.

Do you remember when humidifiers were big, bulky, noisy, drippy, and left a film on furniture? We all know how uncomfortable it can be to breathe dry, heated air. And stuffy homes don’t always smell so sweet.

Ahhhh, technology and innovation to the rescue! Now, you can inexpensively find relief with clean-operating, combination humidifier-aromatherapy atomizer-ionizer units that can be set to run for specific, time intervals and even shut themselves off automatically! And how about a funky, light show for extra ambiance and relaxation!

Humidifiers emit water vapor to increase the level of humidity in a space. When used correctly, they can help alleviate weather symptoms including chapped lips, dry skin, nose bleeds, and can even help with snoring! The benefits of sleeping with a humidifier can alleviate dry, scratchy throats and nasal congestion. Humidifiers lubricate nasal passages and can speed healing from colds and flu. (Note: Be certain to clean humidifiers regularly and properly to avoid creating a breeding ground of bacteria and mold.)

Ionizers send electrically charged molecules (ions) into the air which attract dust and pollutants (causing them to become too heavy to stay airborne), freshening it while making it safer to breathe. Other benefits of ionized air include improved respiration, sleep, mental state, and more (see more health benefits and possible, adverse effects of ionizers).

Today’s units are small, easy to clean, and many are specifically designed to be used with essential oils for extra, healing benefits. AND there are even travel units for your car! Here are 2 units that a few of our patients have tried and recommend:

Vista 380ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Humidifier LED 6 Color Changing Ionizer – around $19.95

Ogima 150ML Colorful Aroma Diffuser Ultrasonic Humidifier Air Purifier, Ionizer and LED Night Light 5-In-1 Functions for Home, Yoga, Office, SPA, Bedroom – around $19.99

Review

Now that winter is in full swing, we invite you to review some of our past articles to stay healthy!

Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Soap Considerations

As cold and flu season is upon us, you may want to reconsider reaching for the hand sanitizer in your briefcase or bag. Some hand sanitizers contain alcohol compounds ethanol (or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride. High concentration exposure to these substances can cause irritation to eyes and skin and may even harm fetuses. Read article

Paper Tissue & Toilet Paper Safety & Health

Tis the season for the sniffles and aren’t we lucky to have disposable tissues and toilet paper? However, there are many concerns regarding the safety of these products… Download this guide from the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org) to find products that use environmentally safe processing practices and see if your favorite brands are on the list. Read article

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.


Medical Marijuana in The News

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ATTENTION: What The DEA Just Did To CBD & How This Affects MMJ

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, in particular, pay attention to Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. See:

New DEA rule on extracts, CBD causes commotion in cannabis industry –“The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration filed a final rule notice to establish a Controlled Substances Code Number for “marihuana extract,” and subsequently maintaining marijuana, hemp and their derivatives as Schedule I substances…“

‘Marijuana’ or ‘marihuana’? It’s all weed to the DEA – The Washington Post – “The Drug Enforcement Administration published a rule in the Federal Register Wednesday clarifying that certain marijuana extracts — notably cannabidiol, or CBD — are indeed Schedule 1 controlled substances and just as illegal under federal law as whole-plant marijuana itself…”

The Washington Posts’ 10 things to know about Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general.

Politico’s Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana

The DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication / Suppression Program – “…The DEA is aggressively striving to halt the spread of cannabis cultivation in the United States. To accomplish this, the DEA initiated the Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program (DCE/SP), which is the only nationwide law enforcement program that exclusively targets Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) involved in cannabis cultivation…”

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

Some Good News

Science Once Again Claims Marijuana is Medicine in Landmark National Academy of Sciences Report – “January 12, 2017 – By Amanda Reiman “Today the National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive review of research on marijuana and concluded that marijuana does indeed have medical value. The review concluded: “One of the therapeutic uses of cannabis and cannabinoids is to treat chronic pain in adults. The committee found evidence to support that patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms. For adults with multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms, there was substantial evidence that short-term use of certain “oral cannabinoids” – man-made, cannabinoid-based medications that are orally ingested – improved their reported symptoms. Furthermore, in adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, there was conclusive evidence that certain oral cannabinoids were effective in preventing and treating those ailments…” Read More…


MMJ and The Arts

Update to the MARY JANES: Melissa Etheridge Models Female Leadership in the Legal Cannabis Industry

Windy Borman (Director), Melissa Etheridge, and Kimman Harmon (Cinematographer)

Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter Etheridge joins the cast of “ganjaprenuers” who appear in “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed”, a groundbreaking documentary about women in the weed business.

In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, a battle she ultimately won with the help of medical cannabis. In 2016 she launched Etheridge Farms, her own cannabis line of products, which focuses on health, wellness and a return to plant medicine.

DVA Productions has wrapped Production on its latest documentary, MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED, with a powerful interview from Melissa Etheridge.

(LOOK FOR MELISSA IN THE NEW FILM TEASER).

MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED follows female “ganjapreneurs” as they navigate the highs and lows of the legal cannabis industry in the United States. Their combined experience with the medical, legal, technical, scientific and business aspects of cannabis paints a multidimensional portrait of what it really takes to be “The Women of Weed”.


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.

 

Holiday Season Issue

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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!


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.


Doc Tommy’s “MMJ Q&A” Show

DocTommy.com - all rights reservedHave you submitted your questions yet? Doc Tommy is preparing to launch a series of video segments where he specifically addresses your questions! Now’s your chance to be a part of this unique venture that will make Medical Marijuana more user-friendly for patients and the public!

Before sending in your questions, take a moment to see if we’ve already answered them on our FAQ page. After reviewing the detailed information we’ve already provided, you can ask what may not have been addressed by filling out the Q&A Form HERE. YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

To ensure that you don’t miss the launch of this exciting, new series, be sure that you’re on Doc Tommy’s Mailing List! And follow Doc Tommy on YouTube for access to all of his videos.


Paper Tissue & Toilet Paper Safety & Health

Tis the season for the sniffles and aren’t we lucky to have disposable tissues and toilet paper? However, there are many concerns regarding the safety of these products.

The Low-Down

Who knew? Some tissues and toilet paper actually contain allergens that can irritate skin! On top of that, pulp and paper manufacturing is one of the highest polluting industries in North America and the third greatest emitter of CO2! The processing of and additives in many paper tissue products have proven to be toxic! Here’s what you should know:

Health & Ecological Considerations

One would think that recycled tissue paper would be a viable option. However, too many recycled (and not recycled) tissue products contain BPAs and BPSs (widely used in the printing process; known to be an endocrine disruptor and can cause increased, metabolic disorders) and various oils (which are most likely genetically modified, and the dangers of GMOs are increasingly, being discovered every day!). Plus, white tissue and toilet paper have been bleached with chlorine, which is not only harmful to the environment, but has been known to be extremely carcinogenic, linked to birth defects, hormonal imbalances, reduced fertility, and immune system imbalances. (See What Is Bleach? And Why Is It Dangerous? for bleach alternatives and information on bleach processing.)

So, what to do?

1. READ Labels and know what the terms mean.

a. Brown or beige paper, BPA-free, CF (Totally Chlorine-Free), PCF (Processed Chlorine-Free) paper products are bleached with oxygen, ozone, or hydrogen, have not been recycled and have not, therefore, ever been exposed to chlorinated bleach.

b. Processed Chlorine Free is made from recycled content and uses a totally, chlorine-free, bleaching process. (Also note the differences between ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free) and TCF (Totally Chlorine Free) processing.

c. This article describes label definitions that are commonly found in paper products and what they actually mean.

2. While many naturalists advocate cloth toilet paper and cloth handkerchiefs, those of us who live in big cities and around lots of people may not be comfortable with the sanitary considerations of this option. Once one has become spoiled by the softness of popular paper products, even the safest, recycled options can be abrasive. While some of these resources are a little dated, here’s what we suggest:

a. Choose eco-friendly facial tissue. Major considerations are products not made from virgin old-growth trees, use a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content (to cut down on old growth forest destruction), and are not produced with chlorine or other, toxic chemicals (as mentioned above). See this list of “brands to choose for environmental progress.”

b. Download this guide from the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org) to find products that use environmentally safe processing practices and see if your favorite brands are on the list.

c. Check with the Chlorine Free Products Association, which sets standards for chlorine-free papers and certifies products and mills in a variety of factors including postconsumer fiber content, virgin pulp that did not come from old-growth forests, production in mills without environmental violations, and more.

d. Check out this review of facial tissues and this review of toilet tissue to help you decide on what’s best for you. However, these products are often not environmentally friendly (see An earthy issue: recycled tissue).

3. For more information on this subject, see conserveatree.org.


Tips to Survive Holiday Stress

Let’s just get to the point with a few resources to help you deal with everything involved with the holidays!

7 Habits for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season – The Chopra Center

13 Tips for De-Stressing Your Holidays – Spirituality & Practice

10 Tools for Dealing with Holiday Stress and Depression – Psychology Today

6 ways to cope with family stress at the holidays – MNN.com

Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping – The Mayo Clinic

A good, stress management option is to find groups of people who share your interests to have fun with! Meetup.com lets you search for and find just about anything you can think of and start your own group to attract like-minds!


Did You Read? The Cannabis Nurse Visits Doc Tommy

DocTommy.comCheck out what Sue Rosen RN CLNC, the Associate Editor and Legal Liaison at The National Cannabis Patients Wall, NY American Cannabis Nurses Association has to say about her visit with Doc Tommy in her article, THE NEW YORK STATE PATIENT EXPERIENCE. Ms. Rosen is an excellent educator and activist for MMJ health information and the wonderful role that nurses play in our entire health system.


Medical Marijuana in The News

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4 States Legalize Recreational Marijuana and What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Pot Legalization.

New York: Chart: New York medical marijuana patient counts rising, but still have long way to go. Many factors have contributed to New York’s relatively low patient count, including a limited qualifying condition list, a lack of patient access to doctors that can recommend MMJ, a narrow and pricey selection of cannabis products, and a finite number of dispensaries. Read full article…

Resource: 420 Intel is a source for global marijuana industry news and is searchable by region, politics, business, recreational, medical, and more.

Resource: Thanks to CannLabs for providing the following chart to help you find the right cannabinoids for you and to assist in expanding legislation to make what you need available.

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

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.

 

October 2016

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And Check out our Autumn Office Special!


Doc Tommy’s “MMJ Q&A” Show

DocTommy.com - all rights reservedBeginning in November, Doc Tommy will offer a series of video segments where he specifically addresses your questions! Be a part of this unique venture that will make Medical Marijuana more user-friendly for patients and the public!

Before sending in your questions, take a moment to see if we’ve already answered them on our FAQ page. After reviewing the detailed information we’ve already provided, you can ask what may not have been addressed by filling out the Q&A Form HERE. YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

To ensure that you don’t miss the launch of this exciting, new series, be sure that you’re on Doc Tommy’s Mailing List! And follow Doc Tommy on YouTube for access to all of his videos.


The Cannabis Nurse Visits Doc Tommy

DocTommy.comCheck out what Sue Rosen RN CLNC, the Associate Editor and Legal Liaison at The National Cannabis Patients Wall, NY American Cannabis Nurses Association has to say about her visit with Doc Tommy in her article, THE NEW YORK STATE PATIENT EXPERIENCE. Ms. Rosen is an excellent educator and activist for MMJ health information and the wonderful role that nurses play in our entire health system.


Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Soap Considerations

As cold and flu season approaches, you may want to reconsider reaching for the hand sanitizer in your briefcase or bag. Some hand sanitizers contain alcohol compounds ethanol (or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride. High concentration exposure to these substances can cause irritation to eyes and skin and may even harm fetuses.

Many hand sanitizers contain an antibiotic compound called triclosan (or triclocarban) which can also be found in antibacterial body washes and hand soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, cosmetics, children’s toys, clothing, kitchenware and furniture to prevent bacterial contamination.

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement:

“The record does not currently contain sufficient data to show that there is any additional benefit from the use of consumer antiseptic hand or body washes compared to non-antibacterial soap and water.”

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) have collaborated on studying the effects of triclosan – the EPA regulates triclosan as a pesticide and the FDA focuses on its long-term use by consumers. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to triclosan has altered how certain hormones work in animals, increased resistance to antibiotics, and weakened immune systems.

Because the manufacturers haven’t proven that these ingredients are safe for daily use over a long period of time, the FDA is currently “issuing a final rule under which OTC (over the counter) consumer antiseptic wash products (including liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes) containing the majority of the antibacterial active ingredients—including triclosan and triclocarban—will no longer be able to be marketed.” For more information: U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Wash Your Hands with Plain Soap and Water

The FDA supports the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendation to Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, and Dry. The good-ol’-fashioned way is still one of the best to prevent spreading germs and avoid getting sick. “Learn more about when and how to wash your hands, the importance of using soap and water, and what you can do if soap and clean, running water are not available. Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or already sick, find out how good hand hygiene can protect you, your family, and others” on the CDC’s website.


Medical Marijuana in The News

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New Jersey: Chris Christie Approves PTSD As Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana.

New York: New York Legislative Session Ends With No Improvements To Flawed Medical Program. “Although many bills that would have improved New York’s medical marijuana program were introduced by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Senators Gustavo Rivera and Diane Savino in 2016, none of them passed. Most of them died in the Health Committee of the state Senate. Please click here to find out who your state legislators are, and contact them to urge them to improve the medical marijuana program next session.

“Patients are struggling to find doctors that will recommend medical marijuana, because less than 1% of the doctors in New York have taken the costly 4.5 hour course on medical cannabis that is required in order to register with the program. In addition, New York law only permits 20 dispensaries, the second lowest number of dispensaries per capita of any medical state. This helps explain why, in a recent survey of patients, 77% reported that they are unable to afford the medicine they need. Finally, the New York program leaves behind the vast majority of patients who could benefit from medical marijuana, including those with chronic pain or PTSD. The health commissioner recently refused to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions despite compelling evidence that medical cannabis can help and has far fewer side effects than the cocktail of drugs usually prescribed.” — source: MPP.org

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Washington, D.C., August 11, 2016: DEA Refuses to Reschedule Marijuana. “Today, the DEA announced that it was not rescheduling marijuana. Earlier this year it was reported that the DEA was considering rescheduling marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, a move that would have shown the federal government believes marijuana has an “accepted medical use.” For decades, the DEA has made it impossible for scientists to put marijuana through clinical trials to demonstrate it meets FDA standards for medical safety and efficacy. The only marijuana that researchers have been able to obtain over the years has been a low-quality supply from the one facility that the DEA has given a license to produce it – and that facility is operated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)…– which often squarely conflict[s] with NIDA’s mission to study the harms of drug consumption.

“The Obama administration also announced, however, that it’s finally ending the DEA’s absurd monopoly on marijuana research, which is an important victory for our movement. For decades, the DEA has made it impossible for scientists to put marijuana through the clinical trials needed to meet FDA standards for medical safety and efficacy.” READ MORE on the Drug Policy Alliance website.

Montana: Majority of Montana Medical Marijuana Patients to Lose Access. “On September 1, most medical marijuana patients in Montana are expected lose legal access. After years of court challenges which delayed implementation, most of the state’s 2011 law will be in effect, severely limiting the number of people available to provide medical marijuana to patients.” — source: MPP.org

This is why it is important to stay up to date with Medical Marijuana news and contact your legislators to:

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

MMJ in the Arts & Education

Independent Film: MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED – “DVA Productions proudly presents Mary Janes: The Women of Weed, a groundbreaking, feature-length documentary film that follows female “ganjapreneurs” as they navigate the budding US marijuana industry. Their experience with the medical, legal, technical, scientific and business aspects of cannabis paint a multidimensional portrait of the emerging and influential group of female pot entrepreneurs (see the impressive cast). The film is directed and produced by multi-award-winning filmmaker Windy Borman (The Eyes of Thailand and The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia).” – maryjanesfilm.com


Read more on Civilized.


Free Meditation Series with Oprah & Deepak Chopra

oprahdeepakmeditateIt’s a well-known fact that meditation improves your mental and physical experience, and so many people benefit from meditation spiritually and beyond. Beginning October 31, take advantage of the FREE 21-Day Meditation Experience: Creating Peace from the Inside Out! It’s easy to register and participate online or with the app! And it’s FREE! Not sure? Check out these free resources to give you greater insight on what is offered.


Autumn 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.


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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 Health Tips

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Sun Safety Tips

You may have heard it all before, but it’s always good to be reminded of ways to stay safe in the sun.

  • The sun’s UV rays are strongest between the hours of 10AM and 4PM so it’s a good idea to limit your exposure during these times and stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • While recommendations for sunscreen vary, on average, you should wear a minimum SPF factor of 15 with “broad spectrum protection” (protects against both UVA and UVB rays). Apply sunscreen evenly and liberally over exposed areas (including neck, ears, lips and and exposed scalps) and reapply often if swimming or sweating.

> Check out What’s Your Best Sunscreen? at WebMD.

  • Strut your stuff in a wide brimmed hat, some snazzy sunglasses with UV protection, and clothing that covers your arms and legs.  However, you don’t have to cover up and look like a mummy!

> Consider styling with a UV protection umbrella. There are many, cool styles for women, children, and men!  And just for fun, take a peek at The Gentleman’s Guide to Umbrellas.

> There are wonderful clothing lines, such as Coolibar, with fashionable items that offer UPF 50+ protection and block 98% of UVA and UVB rays.

> Tip: Some UV protection clothing and umbrellas are quite luxurious with prices to match! Try searching on Amazon and eBay for deals.

  • Of course, check your skin regularly to know your “normal” and to be able to identify any new growths, changes, or discolorations that may need medical attention.

Mosquitos & The Zika Virus

With the Zika virus at the top of the news, it’s important to know the risks and take precautions for safety. Mosquitos that carry Zika virus bite primarily during the day and can also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. No vaccine exists to prevent the Zika virus disease and many people don’t even know that they’ve contracted it!

Prevention Tips

The best way to prevent the Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites.

1)  Make sure that all of your doors and windows shut tightly and have screens.

2)  To keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside your home, regularly remove all sources of standing water (where mosquitoes also breed) on your property including flower pots and saucers, toys, rain gutters, and pet bowls.

3)  Wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 to prevent mosquitoes from biting you. If you are sensitive to chemicals, try a more natural approach (such as citronella oil), but investigate your options with reputable sources and read several testimonials to get ideas. Mosquitoes usually bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear repellent at those times.

4)  When outdoors, wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants because mosquitoes can bite through tight-fitting clothing, especially if the fabric is thin.

For more information on controlling mosquitoes inside and outside of your home, check the Center For Disease Control’s website.


Medical Marijuana in The News

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N.F.L. Player Calls on League to Allow Marijuana Use for Sport’s Pains

Kosher MMJ: Rabbis Inspect Medical Marijuana

Marijuana and Opioids – The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws notes the differences between the drugs.


Summer Office Special

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

During the summer, receive a $25 credit for each person you refer who becomes a 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!”

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.