Health Care

Sooner Politics:  A Navy Veteran With PTSD Says 'Thank You, Oklahoma'

  Last January a young navy veteran with PTSD was featured in this column because of his complexed struggle with PTSD and other mental health challenges. He pleaded with Oklahoma to make his medical treatment plan legal in Oklahoma.​  He said that without this, he may never be able to be stable enough to re-enter the workforce full time and get off govt. assistance. He thought the voters had answered his plea on election night. But now he’s not sure t […]

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R3publicans:  Oklahoma Passes Most Progressive Medical Marijuana Initiative Since California’s Prop 215 | StoptheDrugWar.org

One of the reddest of red states went green on Tuesday (June 26, 2018). Voters in Oklahoma approved a remarkably progressive medical marijuana initiative by a healthy margin of 56% to 43%.

The initiative (in pdf format), State Question 778, allows registered patients to possess up to three ounces of marijuana anywhere and up to eight ounces at home. Patients also have the right to grow up to six mature and six immature plants or have designated caregivers do it for them.

It also creates a system of licensed dispensaries, cultivation, and processing facilities and sets taxes at a relatively low 7%. The initiative also bars localities from using zoning laws to block dispensaries (although they wouldn’t be allowed within 1,000 feet of a school).

But what is most striking about Question 778 is that it does not restrict access to medical marijuana to a list of qualifying conditions. In fact, the initiative language explicitly states that “[T]here are no qualifying conditions” and that the only limitation on a doctor’s recommending medical marijuana is that it must be done “according to the accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving any medication.”

Source: Oklahoma Passes Most Progressive Medical Marijuana Initiative Since California’s Prop 215 | StoptheDrugWar.org

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R3publicans:  Marijuana drug wins FDA approval—a first that may change federal regulations

The DEA is expected to change CBD scheduling within 90 days.

Marijuana now has an accepted medical use.

The US Food and Drug Administration announced today, Monday June 25, the approval of the country’s first marijuana-based prescription medication. The drug is called Epidiolex and is a plant-derived oral solution of cannabidiol (CBD)—a chemical component of marijuana that does not cause intoxication or a euphoric “high.” The FDA approved it for use in patients aged two and older who suffer from rare and severe forms of epilepsies known as Lennox-Gastaut syndromeand Dravet syndrome, which can develop early in childhood. Epidiolex’s approval also marks the first time the FDA has approved a drug to treat Dravet syndrome.

With the historic approval, the London-based company behind the drug, GW Pharmaceuticals plc, is expecting another consequential decision in the coming weeks: getting the US Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify CBD. The move could open the doors to other marijuana-derived medications as well as ease heavy restrictions on marijuana-related research.

Source: Marijuana drug wins FDA approval—a first that may change federal regulations | Ars Technica

Liberty on Tap:  Clearing the air -- Vote YES on SQ788

I read Michael Bates’s latest blog post encouraging people to vote no on SQ788 and was struck by his account of a local doctor’s opinion on State Question 788. It’s as if the doctor whom he cites has gotten his information from “Everything You Need to Know About THC” by James Lankford. If Mr. Bates is accurate that this doctor truly believes that ALL of the health benefits of cannabis are currently available in full spectrum hemp oil [which he apparently sells out of his clinic], without the side effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance found in marijuana, then the doctor is deficient in facts or Mr. Bates has misunderstood the doctor.

It’s true that “full spectrum hemp oil” has beneficial qualities, but it only scratches the surface. THC is also an important compound. The problem we have now in Oklahoma is that the legal amount of THC in our state (less than three-tenths of one percent) is simply not adequate in the treatment of many diseases. People with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Tourette syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, and Epilepsy need access to higher levels of THC. For gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s, THC is crucial for healing.

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GiN/NE Medicaid Expansion:  Birth of an Entitlement Nation

The purpose of this article is to sketch a short history of Medicaid.  Why?

“We study the past to understand the present; we understand the present to guide the future.”     — William Lund

Nebraskans are, even now, being asked to sign a petition to put the question of whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program on the ballot and, if a sufficient number of signatures are secured, we all will be asked to vote the proposition up or down in the November general election.  It is impossible to make an informed decision on this issue without examining the life cycle of the Medicaid program:  its birth and subsequent development, how it looks today, and where the proponents of Medicaid expansion would have us take it in the future.  This article will address Medicaid’s creation and subsequent development.  Two future articles will describe where the program currently stands within the state and how the Nebraska Medicaid program will look if expanded as proposed in the initiative petition.[…]

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GiN:  NE Medicaid Expansion:  The Race is On (AGAIN)

Back on January 17, 2013, I published an article here at the GiN website entitled “NE Medicaid Expansion: The Race is On.”  I followed up with an entire series of articles detailing why Medicaid expansion is an uncommonly bad idea.  Those articles were widely read and, I believe, effective in helping to prevent Medicaid expansion […]

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R3publicans: Former FDA Doctor Interview: You Need to Know THIS About Vaccines | Dr Jay Nielsen MD

Listen to this doctor who gives level headed advice on vaccinations, diet, immune health, shingles, and the medical community in general. He discusses the history and the origins of the CDC. He has a lot of research experience as well as clinical expertise to offer. He tells what vaccines are important and cautions on too many to fast in child development years. He shares his success in treating shingles with B-12 over the years. Great reference video for those making decisions about vaccinating their children.

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MuskogeePolitico:  Samaritan Ministries hits 250,000-member milestone

Cards and notes sent to us by fellow Samaritan Ministries members who shared one of our medical needs in 2015.Longtime readers may remember that my wife and I are members of Samaritan Ministries, a health care sharing ministry for Christians. We left t…

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[Editor’s note:  I had a brief but very positive experience with Samaritan Ministries in 2017 just prior to going to Medicare.  Thanks to Jamison Faught for his recommendation and to others as well.  I highly recommend that you check them out not only for the cost savings to you, but for the blessing you are to other believers involved./sc]