Benefits of CBD Oil

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By Andreea Macoveiciuc April 17, 2016

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One of more than 80 active cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant, CBD does not produce euphoria or intoxication, and has a very low affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors when compared to THC (100 times less than tetrahydrocannabinol).  Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that interacts mildly with the endocannabinoid system, and acts as an antagonist for substances that do bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, activating them and causing biological responses. The term “antagonist” refers to a compound that inhibits or dampens the functions of a receptor, while agonists are chemicals that bind to receptors and active them. Being an antagonist, CBD doesn’t activate the receptors directly, but it helps other cannabinoids to be better absorbed and keeps the receptors working effectively.

CBD increases the density of CB1 receptors, amplifying the effects of cannabinoids that bind to those receptors, and reduces the effects of substances that make CB2 receptors less responsive. Through its interactions with the endocannabinoid system, CBD contributes to the transmission of certain signals within our bodies, and most of the existing studies suggest that this compound causes only clinically desirable effects, or no effects at all. So in today’s article we’ll take a closer look at some studies that investigate the interactions between CBD and the brain’s signaling system in order to identify the proven and potential health benefits of cannabidiol and CBD-rich products.

Health benefits of CBD, as supported by research

Cannabidiol may be effective as a natural solution for pain relief, research suggests. A review article conducted by US scientists from GW Pharmaceuticals has shown that cannabinoid analgesics have been well tolerated in clinical trials, and might be a useful addition to pharmacological treatments of pain. Although the pain-relief mechanisms of CBD aren’t fully understood, this cannabinoid is regarded by many health professionals as an effective solution for treating central neuropathic pain in patients with multiple scelrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and even some types of cancer.

A potential alternative to strong analgetics for patients suffering from chronic pain,  CBD has less potent analgesic properties when compared to most opioid painkillers, but exerts natural anti-inflammatory effects, and this may enhance its effectiveness against acute and chronic pain. Also, it has fewer side effects than strong painkillers, and may help in easing pain from chemotherapy drugs.

The anti-inflammatory effect of cannabidiol recommends this compound as a natural solution for relieving arthritis pain, the use of this cannabinoid in the early stages of the disease showing promise for slowing down or even reversing the symptoms. In lab studies, CBD has been found to reduce acute inflammatory pain and it seems that the compound is effective against several types of joint diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.

CBD may also be effective in treating mood disorders, anxiety and depression, as it possesses anxiolytic properties and inhibits stress and anxiety without causing psychoactive effects. Some studies suggest that the compound may be a viable treatment for patients with generalized anxiety disorder thanks to its action on the limbic and paralimbic brain areas. Brazilian researchers have found a rapid onset of therapeutic effects in SAD patients treated with a single dose of CBD, the compound exerting no psychoactive action and being well tolerated.

The list of positive health effects of cannabidiol doesn’t end here. The compound seems to help protect the brain and may be a suitable solution for treating neurodegenerative disorders, studies suggest. In patients with neurodegenerative disorders, the loss of nerve cells leads to a decline in cognitive and motor functions, and it is believed that inflammation plays a role in the progressive nature of neurodegeneration. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and the lack of psychotropic effects may recommend this substance as a promising agent for a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases.

According to researchers from the University of California – Irvine, CBD seems to help in treating certain psychotic symptomsand may be a potential solution for patients affected by schizophrenia. The compound has been found to be superior to conventional antipsychotic medications, has fewer side effects and is more cost-effective than most of the available medications, scientists say. German researchers found that cannabidiol seems to work better than medications onschizophrenia’s “negative symptoms”, which are difficult to treat, and doesn’t cause weight or movement problems, as often happens with other drugs.

A controlled animal study conducted by Italian researchers showed that topical application of cannabinoid-rich creams may help in reducing the brain damage caused by autoimmune encephalomyelitis. The mechanisms that cause this disease are similar to those that lead to multiple sclerosis in humans (damage to the myelin in the central nervous system), so scientists concluded that CBD could be used in the clinical management of multiple sclerosis and its associated symptoms, in association with current conventional therapy.

Another animal study found that the administration of cannabidiol may be useful in reducing the damage caused by intervertebral disc degeneration. At the same time, research suggests that CBD may be the first non-toxic exogenous agent effective in killing breast cancer cells. Cannabidiol may be a viable addition to epilepsy treatments, and may block the formation of plaques in the brain that favor the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’re curious to do a little research on your own, you’ll see that there are lots of articles and studies talking about the beneficial effects of cannabidiol in patients with epilepsy, the available data suggesting that CBD is able not only to significantly alleviate the symptoms of this condition and decrease the intensity of seizures, but also to reduce their frequency. Although there’s still no official recommendation for adding CBD to epilepsy treatment plans or for replacing the established anti-epileptic medications with this natural compound, results from clinical trials are promising and encouraging.

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New Vegan Restaurant in Santa Monica


As an advocate of a plant based diet (and a follower myself), I’m excited to see new offerings around town. How wonderful to be able to peruse an entire menu…so many choices. I’m especially excited about Santa Monica’s newest vegan kid on the block. eLOVate Kitchen, located just a block south of the Santa Monica pier.

If you haven’t been there yet, you’ve got to put it on your list. The menu is fantastic – I’d expect nothing less from famed Chef, Roberto Martin. Here are just a few of their menu items that will definitely delight your tastebuds – Hearts of Palm & Artichoke Ceviche, Guajillo Jackfruit Tacos, Sake Braised Daikon Scallops – sounds great, right? They also have plenty of kid friendly choices and delicious desserts…namely, hancrafted vegan ice cream.

eLOVate will appeal to vegan and non-vegans alike. I’m putting on top of my list for recommendations.

Follow the link below to read more about eLOVate and view their full menu.

Let me know what you think!

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Questions About Probiotics?


Research has shown that probiotics are beneficial in maintaining intestinal health, boosting your immune system and even aid mental health.

This is what Dr. Michael Klaper has to say about probiotics: “Keeping the resident population of bacteria in the intestinal tract healthy is essential, especially after taking a course of antibiotics. A population of “friendly” bacteria is required not only for the health of the intestines, but also to inhibit overgrowth with yeast and “unfriendly,” pathogenic bacteria. Normal bacterial flora also help to prevent increased intestinal permeability (“leaky-gut syndrome”), which can lead to joint inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Consequently, ingesting a preparation containing health-enhancing bacteria is often a very good idea.”

The most health-promoting organisms in our intestines are the family of Lactobacillus bacteria, especially Lactobacillus acidophilus, along with its friendly cousins, L. plantarum, L. salivarius, L. bulgaricus, L. casei, L. bifidus, and others.

The beneficial organisms must be put into the gut in substantial numbers. A good probiotic product has between 3 and 15 BILLION organisms per dose. (This is often expressed as colony forming units or cfu’s.) For severe derangements of the intestinal flora, this dose may need to be doubled. This is why I think eating yogurt as a probiotic is pointless. Standard, commercial yogurt is pasteurized to kill bacteria before it is sold, so it is useless as a probiotic source. The “cultured” or “bacteria-fortified” yogurt products have a few million organisms, at best. Thus, you would need to consume dozens of tubs of yogurt to produce any beneficial effect. Why consume all the dairy protein and sugar inherent in these products when all you really want is the beneficial organisms you can purchase purely in a good probiotic product?

To choose the perfect Probiotic Supplement the following will help you choose wisely:

Key Features To Look For:

7 to 12 strains of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Diversity is Key!
Should always include a Prebiotic such as Inulin
Should contain at least 100mg or more per serving
Should have at least an “Acid Protection System” built in
Preferably not a synthetic enteric coating system laiden with pthallates

What is a Prebiotic?

It is food for the probiotics. These prebiotics actually help the probiotics grow and flourish. They are extremely important in supporting the survival of probiotics.

Prebiotics important properties include:

Healthy bacteria- building potential
They are actually fiber
They are indigestible by bad bacteria
They are food for the probiotics

The Probiotic that I recommend to my my clients is

Probulin Daily Care – Probiotics.
It is outstanding!
Probulin Daily Care is a once daily Probiotic + Prebiotic with the following features and benefits:
  • 10 Billion cfu† per capsule
  • 12 probiotic strains
  • Prebiotic Inulin – food for the probiotic’s survival
  • Shelf stable
  • Supports digestive health
  • Supports digestive balance
  • Supports the immune system


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Tips for Eating Out on a Plant Based Diet


Restaurants can prove to be a challenge when it comes to sticking to a plant-based diet. Take a look at any menu, and I’m sure you’ll find cheese in just about everything.

Don’t worry – you won’t be stuck eating at home alone with your cat while your friends are dining out. There is something on the menu for you to eat. Sometimes, it will take a little creativity.

Read more here….
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Lower Your Cholesterol



The American Heart Association estimates that 102.2 million (almost 50%) of adults in the United States have total cholesterol levels above 200 mg/dL, placing them at risk for cardiovascular disease – elevated cholesterol is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease.

In the Framingham Heart Study, deaths due to heart disease were absent in subjects with total cholesterol levels below 150 mg/dL, but as cholesterol increased above 150 mg/dL, heart disease rates began to increase.

A high nutrient diet is by far the most effective method of reducing cholesterol while avoiding side effects. And should be your front line of defense, rather than reaching for a pill bottle. Drugs are not as effective for reducing cholesterol as a high nutrient diet. After six weeks of taking cholesterol-lowering statin medications, cholesterol levels decreased by 26% compared to a 33% with a high nutrient diet. Statins have many side effects and are associated with liver dysfunction, acute renal failure, cataracts, diabetes, and impaired muscle function.

Not only will a high nutrient diet lower cholesterol, it will also decrease heart disease risk by improving other factors such glucose levels, blood pressure, and body weight.
The safest and healthiest strategy for reducing cholesterol:

•Eat a high nutrient, vegetable-based diet with plenty of raw vegetables and cooked greens.

•Eat berries and pomegranates. The antioxidants in berries and pomegranates, such as anthocyanin and punicalagin, are especially effective in improving both LDL and HDL cholesterol.
•Avoid trans fats and minimize saturated fats. High cholesterol and heart disease deaths are more closely associated with saturated fat intake than any other part of the American diet.

•Avoid refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates have been found to be just as damaging to the cardiovascular system as saturated fats.

•Eat at least one ounce of raw nuts and seeds daily. The phytosterols found in nuts and seeds lower blood cholesterol by blocking both cholesterol absorption during digestion and the re-absorption of cholesterol produced by the liver.

•Limit your intake of animal protein to at most 6 ounces per week. If you have heart disease or significantly high cholesterol, avoid animal products altogether. Animal protein consumption directly increases heart disease risk.

•Eat beans daily. Beans are packed with resistant starch, soluble fiber, and phytochemicals which help to lower cholesterol. A 19-year study found that people who eat beans at least four times a week have a 21% lower risk of heart disease than those who eat them less than once a week.

•Have 1 Tbsp. of ground flaxseed each day. Flaxseeds contain beneficial omega-3 fats, lignans, flavonoids, sterols, and fiber. Clinical trials show that daily flaxseed consumption reduces total cholesterol by 6-11%. Try adding ground flaxseeds to smoothies or sprinkling them on salads.
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When dietary intervention is not enough
Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. has developed a product to specifically to meet the needs of his patients who still have LDL cholesterol above 100 mg/dl after dietary intervention and desire effective and natural maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels.

No other product on the market offers this combination of quality ingredients: cholesterol-lowering plant sterols plus high-antioxidant extracts of pomegranate, chokeberry, and green tea.

Plant sterols have long been recognized, and are FDA approved, for their capacity to reduce LDL cholesterol. Plant sterols (also known as phytosterols) naturally occur in a range of plant sources such as vegetable oils, nuts, grains, and seeds. They function as cholesterol-lowering agents in the blood by blocking the absorption of cholesterol from food during digestion and by blocking the re-absorption of cholesterol manufactured by the liver. There is a significant amount of evidence – more than 40 human studies – supporting the LDL-lowering properties of plant sterols, collectively showing an approximate decrease of up to 15% in LDL levels. No negative health effects were reported in these studies. Read more…

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Start a Plant Based Diet

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Have you considered trying a plant based diet, but you’re not really sure where to start? Well, I have created a plan that is easy and affordable and takes out all of the guess work. I urge you to give it a try.

My 28 Day Kick-Start gives you the tools you need to kick-start your health with a plant strong diet.

The online program includes:

  • 4 week menu plan of delicious meals with recipes (PDF)
  • Nutrition and Health related information    
  • Access to Facebook group for continued support


Eat Healthy & Thrive 28 Day Kick-Start Online Program is totally self-paced with no one-on-one coaching or email support. You get access to everything you need to follow the program on your own.

The 28 Day Guided Program gives you everything listed above, as well as unlimited phone and email access and individual support for the duration of the program. Calls and emails will be returned within 24 hours.

Research shows that people who eat plant-based diets have lower weight, reduced risk of chronic diseases, better nutrient intake, reduced risk of food-borne illnesses, lower exposure to dietary contaminants, and very often, better management of chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Good health is a choice that you can make today!

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The Nutrition and Cancer Myth?


The Nutrition and Cancer Myth?

Article courtesy of Dr. Joel Fuhrman –

An article in The New York Times this Wednesday, titled “An Apple a Day, and Other Myths,” is perpetuating the misconception that diet does not affect cancer risk. This article calls potential connections between high-nutrient foods and cancer “nutritional folklore,” and does a great disservice to the American people, discouraging efforts toward improving one’s health and quality of life. The article irresponsibly contributes to the complacency of the American public, reinforcing the beliefs of most that they are completely powerless to protect themselves from cancer.

The author commented on the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, at which the prominent nutritional epidemiologist, Walter Willett, of the Harvard School of Public Health, spoke on diet and cancer. Dr. Willett did not say that diet didn’t matter for cancer. He said that the research “has turned out to be more complex and challenging than any of us expected.” This biased article in The New York Times is just more evidence that mainstream scientists and physicians have limited knowledge of the world’s scientific literature, which demonstrates the power of nutritional excellence, and have a lack of motivation to pursue this avenue of effective preventive care. Remember, it was only a few years ago that mainstream scientists argued that heart disease couldn’t be prevented and now there is clear evidence that heart disease can indeed be prevented and even reversed with superior nutrition.

The author’s interpretation of Dr. Willett’s talk was that “there was little evidence that fruits and vegetables are protective,” which is a gross oversimplification of a complex field of study. It is true that many observational studies have yielded disappointing results; but remember that these studies observe the lifestyle habits of Americans and Europeans, most of whom eat a diet primarily comprised of processed and commercial foods, animal products, and a small amounts of vegetables. The fact is a tiny amount of unrefined plant food offers only a tiny amount of benefit (as exemplified by results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, published in 2010[1]).

These studies do not suggest that the anti-cancer phytochemicals in whole plant foods are worthless. They suggest that almost no one eats enough vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds for an observational study to detect dramatic benefit, especially when so many commercially-processed foods are consumed. Importantly, observational studies have shown that vegan/vegetarian Seventh Day Adventists (a modern population eating a relatively healthful diet) have significantly lower cancer rates and live considerably longer than the average American.[2-5] We already know that breast cancer rates vary from 19 to 90 per 100,000 population worldwide, and that these rates are lower in less developed countries where more vegetation and less processed and animal food is consumed.[6] We also know that the anti-cancer phytochemicals formed in cruciferous vegetables (isothiocyanates) are measurable in human breast tissue, and breast cancer survivors who eat cruciferous vegetables regularly are less likely to experience recurrence.[7] Also, if you look at interventional rather than observational studies, a different picture is painted. Scores of studies support the power of certain natural foods to prevent cancer. For example, a randomized controlled trial gave women scheduled for breast tumor biopsies flaxseed-containing muffins or placebo muffins daily for about 35 days before their surgeries; even in this short time period, there was a significant apoptosis (tumor cell death) and reduced tumor cell prolife ration in the flaxseed group.[8] There are hundreds of studies demonstrating dramatic protection from Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushroom, Berries and Seeds (G-BOMBS). For example, when a more natural plant-strong diet is utilized, such as in Dr. Dean Ornish’s studies, the results were spectacular. Dr. Ornish has shown that lifestyle improvements and a relatively good diet can halt the progression of prostate cancer.[9-11] In contrast, modest improvements in diet, like the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living Study, a trial in women with breast cancer, did not produce any reduction in recurrence.[12]

We have plenty of data on which foods have the greatest potential to protect us from cancer, but the problem is that those following my Nutritarian diet-style are the only population in the Western world translating this science into a lifestyle, making it taste great and truly eating sufficient amounts of the most powerful anti-cancer foods.

Cancer initiates due to a wide variety of causes, some of which are outside of our control or already occurred during our childhood. However, the progression of cancer—whether the cancer cells proliferate and become dangerous—is affected by lifestyle factors, those that we can control. We have a wealth of information from cell culture and animal studies about the anti-cancer effects of plant-derived phytochemicals. The research to effectively translate this information to humans is past its early stages, showing dramatic benefits when investigated. My book, Super Immunity gives an overview of such studies; however, much more research is needed. Food is a powerful tool that can promote or inhibit the progression of cancer and future studies will make this even clearer. The undisputable fact is that nutritional science is the most powerful weapon available to win the war on cancer, and this recent New York Times article displayed tremendous nutritional ignorance and as a result was misleading and hurtful to our population.

The article noted, “As epidemiologists began to follow the health of younger populations, Dr. Willett hoped that more dietary influences would yet emerge.” Indeed, as I discussed in my book, Disease-Proof Your Child, childhood and adolescence are crucial times at which carcinogenic influences can inflict the DNA damage that promotes later life cancers.[13-16] So I agree that moderate improvements in diet cannot be expected to wipe out cancer, especially when these improvements are made too late in life and are not sufficiently aggressive to halt the progression of cancer initiated by the early life DNA damage. We need radical dietary improvement and the earlier in life that change is made the better. Just following a vegan diet or eating a few more vegetables is not enough.

It is necessary to combine all four critical, foundational components of a Nutritarian diet, to really win the war on cancer.*

  • The diet should have a high micronutrient per calorie density.
  • The diet should not promote elevations in insulin or IGF-1. This means little or no refined carbohydrate (white flour, sugar, etc.) and animal protein (which elevates IGF-1) has to be limited to a single digit percentage.
  • The diet and supplemental regimen should be nutritionally comprehensive, assuring no micronutrient deficiencies.[17]
  • Super foods with scientifically supported anti-cancer benefits should be liberally included (G-BOMBS: greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds)

As I mentioned before, there has been no population eating a true anti-cancer diet that could be observed over a long period of time to effectively evaluate the power of a diet containing a full portfolio of these super foods, without all the commercial foods and animal products that stimulate cancer-promoting hormones. The Nutritional Research Foundation is trying to change that. They are launching a “Nutritarian Health Study,” aimed to follow the health expectancy of those following the Nutritarian diet for 10-20 years.

Let The New York Times know your feelings regarding this irresponsible reporting by sending a letter to the editor. To send a letter to the editor, email:

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*Complete review of the studies and specifics can be found in my book, Super Immunity (Harper-One Publishing 2012).

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