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Happy New Year 2017

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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…”

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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

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.


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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.

 

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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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 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


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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.


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.