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Introducing General Practice Membership!

Independent business studies show that up to two-thirds of the average cost of a medical office visit is associated with paying administrative costs related to insurance coverage. By eliminating this waste, we can pass substantial savings onto our patients.

This new approach saves the patient significant cost and allows the doctor to spend more quality time with each patient.  In addition, Doc Tommy’s office has negotiated to receive special pharmacy coupons that can save our patients as much as 75% on important prescription drugs and equally significant savings on key lab tests and in-office procedures.

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Doc Tommy Presents Medical Marijuana For The Orthopedic Patient

DocTommy.comOn October 11, 2018, Doc Tommy will present for the Muscleskeletal Tumor Society during the Nurses and Allied Health Science Health Symposium at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society is a recognized authority on all aspects of orthopaedic oncology, an influential participant in policy-making for orthopaedic oncology services, and responsive to the needs of orthopaedic oncologists and their patients.


Early Preparation for Cold & Flu Season

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While you may not want to think about the cold weather yet, it’s a good idea to get a head start on the cold and flu season by getting your supplies in order.  It can be pure torture to get caught by a cold and not have what you need already on hand.  Here are a few tips to have what you need when you need it and a free, printable checklist (click image).

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.

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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!

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.

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.

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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We Now Have Evidence That a Marijuana Compound Can Help People With Psychosis

August 30, 2018 – According to a new study from King’s College London (KCL), just one dose of CBD can reduce abnormal brain function in people with psychosis, a condition in which a person experiences a disconnect from reality and may see, hear, or believe things that aren’t actually real. The KCL team published its research in the journal, JAMA Psychiatry.  Read more…


Our Resources Page

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

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


Medical Marijuana in The News

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

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

New York Is Working to Draft a Marijuana Legalization Bill.  August 2018 – The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a “gateway drug,” released a state Health Department report that says the “positive effects” of legalization “outweigh the potential negative impacts.” Governor Cuomo’s office took the first steps towards facilitating major marijuana reform, appointing a 20-person workgroup ( Comprised of health officials, law enforcement leaders, the state budget director, public policy experts, and others) to draft legislation for an adult-use, regulated, recreational cannabis industry — one focused not only on profits, but social justice, too.   Read more…

Epidiolex, First Cannabis Medicine Approved by the FDA.  In late June, the FDA approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol), an oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy in patients two years of age and older. This announcement is important because:

  1. the FDA has previously approved drugs using synthetic THC as the active ingredient but Epidiolex is the first, purified drug substance derived from marijuana plants to receive approval;
  2. this is the first FDA approval for cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana plants; and
  3. the approval of Epidiolex may afford the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) an opportunity to review the status of cannabinoids under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

The FDA confirmed that while it continues to support the development of medical marijuana therapies, it does so only under the existing drug approval process.  Read more…

This brings us to:

Epidiolex Will Cost $32,500 a Year.  British-based GW Pharmaceuticals, who makes the drug, said it would cost roughly $32,500 per year. That price may seem exorbitant, especially considering that a single bottle of naturally-derived CBD oil can cost as a little as $30, but GW Chief Executive Justin Gover says that the cost is in line with other brand-name epilepsy meds and was largely based on feedback from insurance companies…  Read more…

  • While the price of Epidiolex puts it far out of reach for patients without health insurance, fortunately for epilepsy patients, there are a number of avenues to other forms of CBD medicine. 30 states currently permit doctors to recommend CBD for various ailments. Despite debates on legality under federal law, many of these products are available to purchase online or in health stores across the country.

red-arrow-icon  Just in case you don’t understand how important it is to keep MMJ LEGAL and laws moving forward, here is a reason to be grateful we live in New York: Texas – Man denied liver transplant due to medical cannabis use.

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

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

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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

 A Little Humor…?


Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

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

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Video Showcase!

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

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


Latest Video Testimonial

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

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

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

Office Policy Updates

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


Current Office Special

Refer a Friends and Get A $25 credit for a Follow-up Visit!

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

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

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


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


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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.

 

The Summer Fun 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 Office Special – Refer a Friends and Get A $25 credit for a Follow-up Visit!


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

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

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


Summer Comforts

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Our Resources Page

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


“Feel Good” News!

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

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

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

 

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


Medical Marijuana in The News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Recap of Doc Tommy Happenings

DocTommy.com - Dr. Thomas G. O'Brien, D.O.

Click to enlarge

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

Listen to Doc Tommy’s Interview with Empire Now Radio

(10 minutes 28 seconds)

Doc Tommy’s Video Showcase!

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

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


Latest Video Testimonial

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

Jeff Cannon – Meditative Tools For Contemporary Living

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

Office Policy Updates

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


Current Office Special

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

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

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

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


Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.


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


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