Ex-Cop Claims Cannabis Oil Has Allowed Her Son To Go Seizure-Free For 224 Days

By Amanda Froelich

Meet Lisa Quarrell, 38, a devoted mother and cannabis advocate. For months, she has been giving her son, who suffers from epilepsy, cannabis oil. Although she has faced a police rap, she says the natural remedy has allowed Cole Thomson, 7, to remain seizure-free for 224 days.

Before the 7-year-old received cannabis oil, he suffered up to 20 episodes a day. Now, he can play football every week and runs around often with his friends.

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Quarrel told The Scottish Sun:

“Cole went from a normal wee boy riding his bike to being in a wheelchair. He lost the power of speech and couldn’t lift his head — but cannabis oil has turned his life around. There were days when I could not stop crying.”

“Now, for almost the first time in his life, he has been free of seizures because of the cannabis oil. He is sharper and he’s aware of everything that is going on now.”

She continued, “He’s coming out of his shell. It was like I didn’t even know my son before.”

Cole has a form of drug-resistant epilepsy that causes seizures in one half of his brain. After a failed surgery, his mother became desperate. Frightened her son would be left paralyzed, she smuggled cannabis oil into the country and began treating him herself. The fits reportedly stopped within weeks.

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When cops launched a probe into her TV admission that she brought it into Scotland illegally, she risked prosecution. However, Quarrel was not charged. Afterward, she found a legal route of importing the whole plant oil prescribed in Holland.

The cost of the medicine is a whopping £800 every month and yields only five tiny 10 ml bottles. “It seems so unfair that we’ve found something that works but we’re being told we can’t have it,” said Quarrell.

Until cannabis oil is decriminalized, the ex-cop and mom will continue to fight health chiefs to allow Cole access to Bedrolite on the NHS. “The alternative is pumping him full of chemicals with awful side effects that didn’t work,” she explained.


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10 Tips for Improving Fibromyalgia and Reducing Nerve Pain Naturally

By Amanda Froelich

Did you know? Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions in the world. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, the disorder affects approximately 10 million people in the United States and an estimated 3-6% of the world population. Most of those affected are women (75-90 percent), but fibromyalgia is seen in men and children of all ethnic groups.

As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), I believe that when the body is given the proper tools and support it needs, healing can occur. That is the premise of “holism.” Although the cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown and a “cure” does not yet exist, inflammation and nerve pain can be benefited by implementing some of the following recommendations. I hope they are beneficial to you and your families.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by chronic, widespread pain. It can also encompass a variety of other symptoms, including tenderness, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. Over time, fibromyalgia can make it difficult to perform simple, everyday activities, including climbing stairs, light household tasks, and walking short distances.

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What causes fibromyalgia?

The cause of fibromyalgia is still being researched, but theories exist, of course. Two (of many) follow:

Theory #1

According to the American Chronic Pain Association, central nervous system defects are believed to play a role in the pathophysiology of the condition. Alterations in both the ascending and descending pain pathways in the central nervous system may also contribute to fibromyalgia.

Theory #2

Anthony Williams, the author of Medical Medium, believes that fibromyalgia is a result of stage four Epstein Bar Virus’ (EBV) neurotoxins creating chronic inflammation of both the central nervous system and nerves throughout the body. This can result in mild cracks, tears, and exposed root hairs that create sensitive spots on the nerves. In his book, Thyroid Healing, William adds that some varieties of EBV go as far as to bind to weak points, creating even more inflammation and pain.

10 tips for improving fibromyalgia and reducing nerve pain:

1. Support Your Immune System

When overcoming chronic illness, boosting the immune system is typically the first step. Elizabeth Wotton, N.D., a naturopathic doctor at Compass Family Health Center in Plymouth, Massachusetts, explained: “People with this condition often get laid out by colds and flu. They’re up, then they’re down. They just don’t have very good resistance.”

To support the immune system, Dr. Wotton prescribes the herb astragalus (in pill or liquid form), which is known as deep immune support. Some studies have found that it increases the activity of the protective cells and raises the level of antibodies in your immune system. Echinacea also helps to boost the immune system. The herb rallies or speeds infection-fighting white blood cells to the site of an infection.

2. Get plenty of sleep

To manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia, being well-rested is crucial. Getting enough sleep helps combat the fatigue that accompanies the condition. For better sleep, try the following:

  • Limit midday naps
  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time
  • Avoid screen time just before sleeping
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee before sleeping
  • Leave 2-3 hours between a heavy meal and going to bed

As Medical News Today reports, a 2017 review found a solid link between fibromyalgia pain and poor sleep quality.

3. Supplementation Recommendations

In addition to eating a well-balanced and healthy diet (with an emphasis on natural, plant-based foods), proper supplementation can help improve the condition. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, nicotine products, and illegal drugs are recommended to reduce stress and improve the mood.

Scientists at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) have been investigating the effects of dietary supplements. The following have been found to have the most effective in relieving fibromyalgia symptoms.

  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Soy
  • S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)
  • Creatine

Some people who suffer from fibromyalgia have found relief from using topical products containing capsaicin, which is the substance in chili peppers that makes them hot. More research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of this remedy, however. Furthermore, this treatment may not be ideal for those who have sensitive skin.

4. Get a lift with Ginseng

Deep weariness is one of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia. It’s brought on by frequent pain, stress, and a lack of energy. Fortunately, ginseng can help. The herb is a tonic that helps you feel less run-down.

The idea that ginseng is an energy booster is actually false. It’s an apoptogenic herb, rather than a stimulant. In the case of stress and fatigue, the adrenal glands may be functioning erratically. If they are working too hard, pumping out too many hormones, ginseng will reduce this action. If they aren’t functioning well and aren’t releasing enough hormones, ginseng can stimulate them to produce more.

“By supporting adrenal glands, ginseng increases endurance and strengthens a person’s ability to withstand stress,” said Dr. Wotton. “In that way, it can boost energy and bolster the immune system, even though it doesn’t have a direct effect on the immune system, even though it doesn’t have a direct effect on the immune system itself.”

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She continued: “People with fibromyalgia sometimes get in their situation because they don’t let up and either can’t or won’t give themselves and their bodies a break. Finally, their bodies just get worn down.”

5. Reduce Stress Levels

Many people who live with fibromyalgia report that high-stress levels exacerbate their symptoms. Studies have also identified links between psychological distress and fibromyalgia.

To stress less, try the following:

  • Walk, jog, or do yoga regularly (or all three!)
  • Journal (the good and the bad)
  • Keep in touch with friends and family members
  • Join a support group for people with fibromyalgia

Even the CDC states that reducing stress through yoga, massage, and meditation may help people with fibromyalgia.

6. Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet

In fibromyalgia, there is clearly inflammation in the muscles and likely in the intestinal tract. This is why consuming more anti-inflammatory foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E is essential. Healthy, fatty foods that help reduce inflammation include avocado, chia seeds, fax seeds, hemp seeds, fatty low-mercury fish, coconut oil, and olive oil.

7. Boost Enzymes and Stomach Acid

Sometimes, deficiencies are due to poor absorption of minerals and vitamins in the digestive tract. People with fibromyalgia often have low levels of stomach acid, which can lead to an incomplete breakdown of food and proteins.

To increase stomach acid (and possibly help flush the Epstein Barr Virus from your system), you can try drinking 16 oz of fresh celery juice on an empty stomach each morning. I did, and my health improved a bit (read more). You can also increase stomach acid by supplementing with betaine hydrochloride before each meal. Drinking 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar with water on an empty stomach in the morning may also improve stomach acid levels naturally.

Note: if you take betaine hydrochloride and notice a burning sensation, just take a capsule with one or two meals instead of three. You can do this for several months; eventually, your body should start producing enough hydrochloric acid to continue without supplementation.

8. Exercise

Although it may be difficult to muster up the energy to exercise, doing so may provide pain-relieving benefits. Furthermore, as muscle strength and endurance are built up over time, discomfort should decrease. Note: Before starting an exercise program, people with fibromyalgia should consult with their doctor. A physical therapist can help set up a suitable program.

According to a Cochrane systematic review, doing regular aerobic exercise – including swimming, cycling, or walking – is likely to improve health-related quality of life for people with fibromyalgia. It can also lead to better physical function and reduced pain, fatigue, and stiffness.

Furthermore, a neurological study found that a 15-week exercise program partly reversed a usual type of brain activity that affects people with fibromyalgia when the brain is at rest. Participants also reported a decrease in the severity of their symptoms.

9. Rest Up

When you’re feeling less than your best, it may be tempting to try and check off a lot of tasks. However, doing so can actually result in more of a setback.

Trying to do too much exercise or too many activities can increase pain and fatigue. For this reason, moderation is key. If you feel like you need a break, listen to your intuition. If you feel ready to take on the day, heed that feeling. Too many people feel as if they need to be productive 100% of the time, and this is neither healthy nor sustainable.

10. Massage Therapy, Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Alternative modalities that may provide relief include acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy. Gentle manipulation can increase the range of motion, promote relaxation, and relieve pain.

In 2014, a systematic review found that 5 weeks or more of massage therapy led to significant improvements in pain, anxiety and depression in people with fibromyalgia. Furthermore, a review of studies found low-to-moderate evidence that acupuncture may provide some benefits for people with fibromyalgia, mainly the reduction of pain and stiffness. More research is necessary to confirm its effectiveness, however. Chiropractic may benefit fibromyalgia by reducing subluxation, improving nerve pain and overall wellness.

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16-Year-Old Teen Develops Armor That “Blocks” Radiation During Cancer Treatments, Reducing Exposure By 16%

By Amanda Froelich

Meet Macinley Butson, a young inventor who has received international recognition for her efforts to protect women from excess radiation during breast cancer treatments. Thanks to her ingenuity, the copper SMART armor has the potential to save countless lives.

Butson has always been fascinated by science. Only after her father, who works in medical physics, discussed his experience with ineffective cancer treatments did Macinley consider how she could add to the field. Knowing first-hand the loss of a relative due to cancer, she decided to conduct her own investigation on the subject.

As GoodNewsNetwork reports, Butson tried to begin her research by reading scientific journals. However, making sense of the medical jargon turned out to be a challenge. So, Butson turned to ‘YouTube University’ to discover videos that taught her how to read scientific journals.

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As she became familiar with the process, Butson found a key piece of information: copper has been shown to be dramatically more effective at protecting skin from radiation compared to lead. One day, during class at her high school in Wollongong, New South Wales, Butson had a “eureka” moment.

She and her 10th-grade class members were watching a film on medieval wars when she spotted the scaled patterns of armor. Equipped with fresh inspiration, she began designing an “armor” made out of copper.  To learn how to weave together tiny scales, Butson once again returned to YouTube.  Before long, the Australian teen made her own flexible scale-mail using high-density copper plating. She calls the result SMART Armor: Scale Mail for Radiation Therapy.

When the armor was tested in a laboratory setting, the invention reduced surface exposure to excess radiation by an astounding 75%. For her work, Butson won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair – she became one of the first Australians to do so in its 68-year history.

Butson hopes to get her SMART armor into clinical settings for use within a year.

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108-Year-Old Woman Claims The Secret To A Long, Healthy Life Is Champagne And Chocolate

By Amanda Froelich

After becoming a centenarian, you automatically gain a new level of respect. Ageism falls by the wayside and instead, people beg to know the secrets of a long, healthy life. Well, according to 108-year-old Dorothy Flowers, the secret is plenty of champagne and chocolate. Perhaps in this situation, we should listen to our elders…

The centenarian currently lives at the Bupa Southlands nursing home in Harrogate, a town in northern England. On October 22, 2019, she celebrated her 108th birthday. In many photographs, she can be seen cheerily posing with a bottle of Moet or a glass of champagne.

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According to Flowers’ Resident Experience Manager, Helene Ballinger, their oldest inhabitant credits her longevity to the drink. “Dorothy loves company, so she’ll sit with us at the reception desk each day,” Ballinger said, according to the Metro. “Her real secret for longevity though has to be champagne. It’s the only thing we ever see her finish a glass of. Needless to say, we’ve been toasting her birthday.”

Of course, one can’t live on champagne along. That’s why chocolate exists! Both Dorothy and her husband — who passed away in 1981 after four decades of marriage — were in the horse racing industry. Together, they worked for the Race Course Betting Control Board. They also retired together in 1963, according to HuffPo UK. Flowers was just 52!

“I’m lucky to have made many happy memories during my life and—even at 108—I’m still making more,” Flowers was quoted as saying, speaking with the assistance of her caretaker. A whopping 654 people showed up to celebrate with the centenarian. You can bet there was plenty of champagne popped that evening…

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Edible Film Made from Essential Oils Can Protect Food Better Than Plastic

By Amanda Froelich

If you’re looking to reduce your carbon imprint without really changing your lifestyle, this edible film may be one of the available solutions to doing so. According to new research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a newly-developed edible film containing the essential oils clove and oregano may protect food better than conventional plastic film.

The study was led by researchers from the Department of Food Technology at the Federal University of Vicosa. The team recognized the need for a sustainable film to protect food. They also know of the oils’ antimicrobial properties and theorized that they could be embedded into food packaging. It turns out they were right.

By using low-speed mixing and ultrasonication techniques, the team was able to form coarse emulsions and nanoemulsions of both clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum) and oregano (Origanum vulgare). Afterward, they added methylcellulose, a type of edible fiber, to create the film sheets.

Then they conducted an experiment. Two preservative-free loaves of bread were baked—one was covered with the edible film and the other with conventional plastic film. After 15 days, the researchers noted that the bread covered with the edible film had marked reduction in both yeast and mold counts, likely due to the smaller-sized particles providing more enhanced protection.

All in all, it was concluded that the film made with essential oils maintained the bread’s freshness for longer than the calcium propionate and plastic version. This is an important find, as natural treatments are often considered to be inferior to conventional ones.

“Both essential oils reduced the rigidity and increased the extensibility of the methylcellulose films, effects that were even more pronounced for nanodroplets,” the researchers wrote. “Both essential oils lessened the counts of yeasts and molds in sliced bread during 15 days, and droplet size reduction provided a further improvement in antimicrobial properties.”

It is also worth noting that the edible film is much healthier than plastic film because it does not contain chemical preservatives to extend the shelf life of food. These chemicals can leach into the food they’re supposed to be protecting and have been linked to health conditions. It is for this reason experts recommend you store your to-go lunch and leftovers in ceramic, stainless steel, and glass containers.

“Leachables from plastics can include everything from leftover monomer building blocks to additives used to make plastic strong or malleable,” explains a report by Chemical & Engineering News, which is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). “Probably the most infamous leachable from plastics is bisphenol A (BPA), which is used as a building block in polycarbonate bottles and in the epoxy-resin liners of metal cans.”

It is presently unknown if or when this product will be available in markets, but if it were available in your city right now, would you use this edible film? Comment your thoughts below and share this news!

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UK’s First Vegan And Vegetarian CBD-Infused Restaurant Opens In Brighton

By Amanda Froelich

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is taking the world by storm. This is because the component of the marijuana plant has been proven to produce strong medicinal and therapeutic effects for a wide range of conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, pain, and nausea. Because of the efficacy and safety of the plant, the UK legalized medical marijuana treatments and hemp CBD products in November of 2018. One month later, The Canna Kitchen opened its doors to the public. The vegan and vegetarian restaurant is the first in the UK to infuse cuisine with CBD.

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According to High Times, the restaurant is located several blocks away from the ocean in Brighton. Sam Evolution, the founder and manager of The Canna Kitchen, chose the location, the interior’s smooth, pastel tones and the ornately designed wood detail to create a pleasant experience for customers. He and his team want to improve the way people perceive the plant, which is why they create high-quality, healthy, and creative dishes that can all be infused with cannabis, based on the patron’s desires.

“I want to create something special,” said Head Chef Charlotte Kjaer.“I like to combine natural flavors and aromas of the plant with different types of food. I want to transmit the passion I have for this wonderful plant through my creations.”

The chef is familiar with the plant’s many components, and their benefits. “Everybody is talking about CBD now but we also cook with other cannabinoids as CBG (cannabigerol) and CBN (cannabinol),” she continued.

Dining options at The Canna Kitchen range from a Buddha Bowl (tofu, seasonal roast roots, quinoa salad, homemade slaw, hummus, salad, housemate sauerkraut, and CBD-infused tahini) to the local soup of the day, served with local sourdough bread and CBD-infused olive oil. For a sweet treat, you can choose from a chocolate hemp brownie, poached pair with hemp vanilla ice cream, or a “canna Snickers” bar. And to wash it all down, there is hemp tea.

“Our mission is to change the way people think about the cannabis plant by creating beautiful vegetarian dishes which are tastefully complemented with its infusion. Cannabis is a highly nutritious, versatile, and powerful herb; it is packed full of flavor, fragrance, and natural therapeutic benefit.” Kjaer said.

The experience doesn’t end with the meal. Afterward, you can move upstairs to the dispensary and lounge section. Maybe you’ll choose to enjoy a CBD joint while sipping infused Moroccan coffee on the terrace with friends. If you came empty-handed, you can purchase everything from vaporizers to skin-care products to pet food (all with THC levels below 0.2%) from the dispensary.

The stigma associated with cannabis is lessening, which is why the public’s response to The Canna Kitchen has been “very good,” according to Evolution. “People are curious towards the plant and we want to spark a larger conversation around it, inform the public.” 

“I feel that eventual decriminalization is inevitable, it’s just a matter of time. I would like to see a great deal of education brought forward in relation to the responsible use of, not only cannabis, but all plant medicines, which are here to help us. I think The Canna Kitchen will most certainly lead the way for many more concepts like it in the UK. I have learned about Jeremy Corbyn’s son opening a hemp cafe in north London, we are extremely excited about this, and needless to say he has our full support on this project. It’s an exciting time for hemp/cannabis, which is being bought back into mainstream recognition, where it belongs,” he concluded.

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Amanda Froelich — I’m an RHN, plant-based chef, freelance writer with 6+ years of experience, Reiki master therapist, world traveler and enthusiast of everything to do with animal rights, sustainability, cannabis and conscious living. I share healthy recipes at Bloom for Life and cannabis-infused treats at My Stoned Kitchen. Read More stories by Amanda Froelich

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Eye-Opening Infographic Exposes The Harms of Fragrances in Personal Products

By Amanda Froelich

When you purchase hygienic products, such as deodorant or body spray, do you contemplate the safety of the ingredients? Probably not, because you, like millions of other people, assume that the company has your best interest in mind. While we wish this were true, it simply is not.

As Women’s Voices reports, it is legal for companies to keep fragrance ingredients a secret. In fact, the term “fragrance” can be a mix of up to 100 different chemicals, out of more than 3,000 commonly-used fragrance chemicals.

To make matters worse, many of those chemicals are linked to human and environmental harm. “Our report found that three out of four of the toxic chemicals in the beauty and personal care products we tested were fragrance chemicals,” said Connie Engel, Ph.D., BCPP Senior Manager of Science Translation. “And most of these toxic chemicals were not found on the product label.”

To educate the populace on the potential dangers of using products that contain fragrances, Women’s Voices created the following infographic. We think you’ll agree that it is incredibly eye-opening.

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Australian Gov’t Wants to Kill Two Million Feral Cats By Dropping Poisoned Sausages From Airplanes

By Amanda Froelich

Cats: they may rule the Internet, but the Australian government has a merciless stance toward them. To “solve” the country’s feral cat problem, the government intends to kill two million free-roaming cats (a large chunk of the total feral cat population) by 2020. That’s approximately between 2 and 6 million felines.

According to CNN, certain areas in Australia are even more committed to exterminating public enemy number one. In the northeastern state of Queensland, a council is offering a $10 ($7) bounty per feral cat scalp. The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has slammed the policy for being “cruel.”

The neighboring country of New Zealand has a similar stance toward cats. Prominent environmentalists have proposed a cat-free future, which has led to a heated debate on the merit of exterminating or allowing feline cats. In this article, we’ll dive into both sides.

Why would anyone be anti-cat?

The simple answer is that feral cats kill. The first cat arrived in Australia in the 17th century. Since then, their numbers have skyrocketed. Today, the feral cat population is estimated to cover 99.8% of the country.

Unlike domesticated cats, feral cats live in the wild. They may belong to the same species, but feral cats are forced to hunt for survival. As a result, they typically act a lot less “cute” when approached by humans — or other critters, for that matter.

An estimated 20 mammal species have gone extinct due to the feral cat population, according to Gregory Andrews, national commissioner of threatened species. He told the Sydney Morning Herald that as a result, feral cats are the single biggest threat to native species on Australia.

This is a big deal, considering the island nation was cut off from the rest of the world for thousands of years. As a result, 80% of Australia’s mammals and 45% of its birds are found nowhere else on the planet.

Victims of feral cats include native birds and reptiles. In fact, a spokesperson for Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy told CNN that cats are believed to kill more than 1 million native birds, and 1.7 million reptiles across Australia every day.

Feral cats also prey on the brush-tailed rabbit-rat, which is classified as “vulnerable” by the Australian government. “We are not culling cats for the sake of it, we are not doing so because we hate cats,” said Andrews.

It seems that those in favor of exterminating the wild felines are driven by a compulsion to protect native species and the fragile ecosystem. Of course, there are valid arguments against the government’s plan.

Misdirection, maybe?

As CNN reports, it is possible the government is creating a stir to avoid tackling more pressing concerns, such as habitat loss by urban expansion, logging, and mining. These sensitive issues are devastating the environment, perhaps far more than hoards of feral cats. But, is action being taken to curb unsustainable activity? Probably not to the extent, it should be.

Doherty touched on this when he said, “There’s a possibility there that cats are being used as a distraction to some extent. We also need to have a more holistic approach and address all threats to biodiversity.”

The method of poisoning the cats is also a topic of discussion. According to New York Times, poisoned sausages will be dropped from airplanes to thin out the feral feline population. The sausages will be made from kangaroo meat, chicken fat, spices, and herbs. Reportedly, they are capable of killing a cat within 15 minutes of being eaten.

The sausages are manufactured at a factory in Perth and are intended to be dropped from planes at intervals of 50 kilometers in places where cats freely roam. To ensure the sausages taste good, the man who developed them tested them on his own cats. Of course, he omitted the poison.

“They’ve got to taste good,” said Dr. Dave Algar “They are the cat’s last meal.”

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How Exercise Could Reduce the Likelihood of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

By Amanda Froelich

Did you know? When you exercise, endorphins are released into your bloodstream. The “feel-good” hormones can elevate your mood, which is why many people regularly exercise. However, a new study found that exercising also produces another hormone, one that may improve memory and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was published in Nature Medicine and was co-led by Ottavio Arancio, MD, PhD, a researcher at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain.

Several years ago, exercise researchers discovered the hormone irisin. This hormone is released into the circulatory system during physical activity. The early studies suggested that irisin primarily plays a role in energy metabolism. However, new research has discovered that the hormone may also promote neuronal growth in the hippocampus, or the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory.

“This raised the possibility that irisin may help explain why physical activity improves memory and seems to play a protective role in brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease,” said Arancio.

Arancio and his colleagues first looked for a link between irisin and Alzheimer’s in people. After studying tissue samples from brain banks, they found that irisin is present in the human hippocampus. They also learned that the hippocampai levels of the hormone are reduced in people with Alzheimer’s.

Their next task was to explore what irisin does in the brain, so they turned to mice. The experiments revealed that irisin, in mice, protects the synapses in the brain and the animals’ memory. When irisin was disabled in the hippocampus of healthy mice, the animals’ synapses and memory weakened. The opposite occurred when the team boosted brain levels of irisin.

After discerning the importance of irisin, the researchers studied the effects of exercise on irisin and the brain. Science Daily reports:

In the study’s most compelling experiments, the researchers found that mice who swam nearly every day for five weeks did not develop memory impairment despite getting infusions of beta amyloid — the neuron-clogging, memory-robbing protein implicated in Alzheimer’s.

Blocking irisin with a drug completely eliminated the benefits of swimming, the researchers also found. Mice who swam and were treated with irisin-blocking substances performed no better on memory tests than sedentary animals after infusions with beta amyloid.

The findings point to the conclusion that irisin could be exploited as a therapy for preventing or even treating dementia in humans. Arancio and his team are now searching for pharmaceutical compounds that can increase brain levels of the hormone. Or, at the very least, they hope to find a compound that can mimic its action.

In the meantime, I would certainly encourage everyone to exercise, to promote brain function and overall health,” he said. “But that’s not possible for many people, especially those with age-related conditions like heart disease, arthritis, or dementia. For those individuals, there’s a particular need for drugs that can mimic the effects of irisin and protect synapses and prevent cognitive decline.


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Carl’s Jr To Debut CBD-Infused Burger On 4/20 That Costs $4.20

By Amanda Froelich

Each day, more people choose to supplement with CBD. This is likely because the component of the cannabis plant (which is non-psychoactive, unlike THC) has been proven to benefit a variety of ailments — from cancer to Alzheimer’s. The problem is, CBD remains illegal in many states and countries. As a result, the use of it still holds a stigma.

The public’s perception of cannabis is rapidly changing, however. This was made evident when last week, the burger chain Carl’s Jr announced that it will be celebrating 4/20 (or the “stoner’s holiday”) by debuting a CBD-infused burger.

According to The Independent, the Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight (CBD) features two 100 percent charbroiled beef patties, pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese and Crisscut fries. Reportedly, it will be topped with a special hemp-based CBD oil-infused version of Carl’s Jr signature Santa Fe Sauce.

The special will only be available at one location in Denver, Colorado. Furthermore, it will only last the day of 4/20. However, cannabis enthusiasts can visit the Carl’s Jr restaurant located at 4050 Colorado Blvd in Denver, Colorado and purchase the special for just $4.20. If it turns out to be a hit, Carl’s Jr might make it a permanent menu item.

To create the CBD sauce, the chain partnered with the local Colorado company Bluebird Botanicals for its hemp-derived oil. Consuming CBD does not result in a change to mood or perception. Its most notable benefits are relaxation and pain-relief.

“From our early introduction into plant-based options to bringing the rare indulgence of truffles to our menu with the new Bacon Truffle Angus Burger, our customers have come to expect innovative and unique menu offerings, and we’re thrilled to be the first quick service restaurant to be testing CBD infused options,” said Patty Trevino, senior vice president of brand marketing at Carl’s Jr.

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Amanda Froelich — I’m an RHN, plant-based chef, freelance writer with 6+ years of experience, Reiki master therapist, world traveler and enthusiast of everything to do with animal rights, sustainability, cannabis and conscious living. I share healthy recipes at Bloom for Life and cannabis-infused treats at My Stoned Kitchen. Read More stories by Amanda Froelich

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