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CBD Relieves Pain, Reduces Inflammation, Promotes Relaxation

CBD Relieves Pain

By Tiffanie Jones, ND

CBD (cannabidiol) is found to reduce inflammation in the body, which takes pressure off nerves, and helps to relieve pain. Cannabidiol is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis and is legal in all 50 states because it is derived from industrial hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC. It does not make people feel high. Instead, CBD promotes relaxation.

Hemp and marijuana come from Cannabis sativa. Any cannabis plant containing more that 0.3% THC (the psychoactive component) is considered marijuana. THC is the cannabinoid that makes people feel “high” and has also been found to reduce pain and depression.

So far, research indicates that the combination of THC and CBD helps those suffering from pain associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease. Research also indicates that patients required less pain-relieving medications when using cannabinoids. A 2011 study of cannabinoid and opiod interaction found that the use of cannabis did not change blood levels of opiods, but a significant reduction of pain was reported. A 2013 study found that Crohn’s patients, who were non-responsive to conventional approaches, found relief from bowel inflammation. Some were able to wean off steroids, whiles others experienced complete remission in the 8-week trial.

The many cannabinoids in cannabis have been found to produce different effects in the body. Therefore, ‘full spectrum’ products are preferred for the synergistic effect over isolated CBD alone. A 2017 indicated topical CBD treatment to prevent the development of pain and nerve damage in osteoarthritic joints.

We get a lot of great feedback about pain relief from people using full spectrum internal and topical CBD products, such as the Irie brand Pain tincture. This liquid extract also contains other inflammation modulating botanicals such as Turmeric and Devil’s claw. People suffering from chronic pain also love topical CBD products from American Shaman and Receptra brands. There are several factors that contribute to inflammation in the body, and as we have seen in integrative cancer care, taking a holistic approach improves quality of life.

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Global Recycling Challenges Affect Missouri

Solid Waste Management

By David Berger;
Executive Director St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

If you are like me, you can remember when curbside recycling was in its infancy in the St. Louis region. Only a few materials could be recovered, stored in those tiny stackable bins, and emptied into “eager Beaver” compartmentalized trailers that had haulers chasing milk jugs blowing down the street. Seems like eons ago but it has barely been 20 years. Recycling has grown into a global industry in the blink of an eye, but that has created some growing pains as well. Recent policy changes enacted by China have caused global shock waves throughout the recycling industry, and those will impact all of us in the very near future.

As most of you know, single-stream collection led to a huge increase in residential recycling. It had the advantages of being very convenient for residents, and greatly reduced costs for collection. The trade-off for those benefits was a reduced value for the materials that now require extensive processing before they can be used in new products. Contamination from mixing materials together has always been an issue, and one that has been getting steadily worse. A lot of it can be attributed to “wishful” recycling when people think something might be recyclable, and issues such as increasing food waste contamination. Contamination levels have grown to where some programs were at 20% contamination.

While contamination inched up, China still provided an eager market for single-stream materials. As their economy has matured, that began to change as China implemented tougher environmental policies to deal with growing pollution problems. For recyclables, this first resulted in the “Green Fence” program a few years ago. Stepped up inspections led to more rejection of sub-standard loads from entering their country. This was replaced by an even more drastic policy this year, the “National Sword”. This set contamination standards of less than one percent, and these standards took effect very shortly after they were announced. A long-standing market for a large percentage of single-stream recycling disappeared essentially overnight.

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Earthworms’ Castings: Recycling: A Romance

Recycling: a romance

With Jean Ponzi

Recycling: a romance

Dear Recycling: happy AMERICA RECYCLES Day to you, my beloved friend!

You and I go back a looooong way. Not quite my whole lifetime – though I’m sure my frugal Gramma had a thang for you too – but definitely for my thirty-plus year career in these parts as “Green Jean.”

You’re going through a really rough patch, dear, this year. Thanks for being RESILIENT in the face of global-to-local issues.

It’s not just you. Upheaval is going around most of humankind these days. Sticking with you helps us remember how LIFE goes in CYCLES, and WASTE OFFERS all of us IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

It bugs me that so many people talk about you “saving the planet.” Geez, who needs to play a savior role? That is such simplistic, magic-bullet thinking.

We can’t expect any service provider, like you, to handle everything from everybody. We’ve got some unrealistic HABITS, but WE CAN CHANGE ‘em. It’s time for us to CLEAN UP OUR BINS, and RESPECT your LIMITS, not overload them. I know you’re not a drama queen, you just cannot deal with all our messes.

Frankly, I want to see us PREVENT MESSES in the first place, especially when it comes to plastic. How many ways can we CHOOSE to use an item that is NOT PLASTIC, or at the very least NOW ALWAYS RINSE our CONTAINERS, and then recycle ‘em.

And AVOID what we can’t repurpose or recycle, like USING anything made of STYROFOAM! With all your capacity to handle plastics, I know that stuff is dead in the water for you. Literally.

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Healthy Planet Natural Living Holiday & Gift Guide

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Guide to Green Dining in the St. Louis Area

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Counsel of Trees

Nature Wisdom
With Pat Tuholske; Naturalist

Rejuvenate yourself with a crisp walk in the early winter woods. As tree leaves blanket your path, awaken and fill all your senses. Ambling along a forest trail feeds the heart and soul. Be with a tree. Lean your back against its bark for a while. Be patient. Quiet your mind. Merge your awareness with the tree. Listen.

We can learn significant life lessons from trees. Acknowledging the mature trees in your neighborhood can bring peace on a hectic day. A tree’s strength brings a sense of grounding and stability to all who enter its aura.

Large trees are absolutely essential the well-being of Earth and all beings. They are the skin of the Earth, covering and protecting. With climate change upon us, it is more vital than ever to protect and care for trees. We share the world with the great forest. We are kin.

Plant a tree seed, protect it, tend it, watch it grow into a mighty tree and learn what it has to teach you. Each tree has a gift to share if we only open to receive it.

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3 Easy Steps To Prevent The Flu

Dr. Emily Hudson, ND

By Dr. Emily Hudson, ND

It’s that time of year again! The crunch of leaves under your feet, the brisk Autumn air on your face, and of course, the fevers, chills, congestion, and body aches that come with another potentially record breaking cold and flu season. If this year is anything like last year, it is in our best interest to know all the ways that we can protect ourselves. Follow these three easy steps for a healthy and happy season.

Implement Basic Supplementation
Perhaps you’ve heard how beneficial Vitamin C is at preventing infections. This heavy hitter cannot be underestimated especially for those prone to asthma and respiratory conditions. Aim to get small frequent doses throughout the day rather than one large dose at a time. And be sure to purchase the kind that is ‘buffered’ and complexed with citrus flavonoids (i.e. calcium ascorbate or magnesium ascorbate) as it is easier on the stomach if you’re taking large doses. In addition, Zinc should be taken within the first 24 hours that cold/flu symptoms present to halt viral replication. Vitamin D, in those that are deficient, has been shown to be helpful to prevent acute respiratory infections. Ask your doctor to check your levels especially in the Winter time. And finally, probiotics can help modulate and adapt immunity to prevent development of infection, but they are also shown to decrease illness by up to 2 days. And if you choose to get the flu vaccine this year, taking probiotics before and after the shot can actually make it more effective.

Utilize Plant Allies
Plants and herbs are one of my favorite tools to use with clients in general, but they can be extremely helpful when it comes to preventing or fighting an infection. Most people think of herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or basil, but there are so many more that can be utilized to stimulate healing other than these common cooking ingredients. Heavy hitters such as echinacea to boost the immune system or elderberry to fight the virus directly, can be very powerful as preventative tools as well as useful during an active infection. Other great ingredients to add to your repertoire are mushrooms. These potent immune boosting fungi are more than just delicious, they pack a powerful punch to the flu virus. Visit my website for a delicious Elderberry syrup recipe (kids love it!) and a powerful immune boosting mushroom soup recipe. This soup utilizes several other flu fighting ingredients including onions, garlic, turmeric and ginger. Cook with these plant friends as much as you can throughout the season.

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