Month: February 2017

5 Ways to Find a New York Medical Marijuana Doctor

Finding the right doctor in New York to treat you with Medical Marijuana is not always simple. But it isn’t much different than finding any other specialist. First find a doctor that treats patients with Medical Marijuana nearby. Next, find a doctor that is specialized and experienced in treating your condition. Finally, find a doctor who has satisfied patients. 5 steps to find a Medical marijuana doctor in New York that’s right for you 1. Ask your doctor to recommend a Medical Marijuana provider A good place to start is with your primary care physician or the physician treating your specific condition. If your doctor doesn’t treat patients with medical marijuana, can he or she recommend someone else? Ask if your doctor can recommend two specialists, and, also ask why one would be recommended over the other. Is the recommendation based on reputation, convenience, or some other factor? You may also want to ask what other patients have said about that doctor. Since medical marijuana treatment in New York is relatively new, don’t be surprised if your doctor doesn’t have enough information, is not able to offer a referral, or is not able to answer all your questions. If that’s the case, the internet is another great resource for finding medical marijuana doctors in New York. 2. Search online for New York Medical Marijuana Doctors Most online resources have...

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Medical Marijuana Kills Cancer in a 14 Year Old

In March 2006, P.K., a 14-year-old girl from Toronto who we will call Phoebe, developed bruising and shortness of breath. Upon going to a Toronto hospital, doctors determined that she had an aggressive form of cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, also known as ALL. At the time of diagnosis, she had over 300,000 blast cells,* abnormal blood cells that interfere with normal cell function. Transplant and Chemotherapy to Kill Cancer Phoebe began chemotherapy shortly after her diagnosis. In August 2006, when it was evident that the standard chemotherapy had failed, Phoebe received a bone marrow transplant. The transplant process, which kills off all remaining white blood cells before replacing them with transplant cells, leaves the body vulnerable to infection. Phoebe was isolated for 45 days after the transplant. At a follow-up appointment in February 2007, doctors observed more blast cells in her blood, indicating that the transplant had been unsuccessful. Phoebe was then treated with a more aggressive chemotherapy regimen, but after nine months, her cancer was still not responding. More treatments followed, but doctors were running out options. In July 2008, Phoebe, now 16, was rushed to the hospital with a severe headache. A number of tests, including a CT scan of her head, indicated that blast cells had metastasized to her brain. On February 4, 2009, Phoebe experienced internal bleeding, and blood tests showed a growing number...

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Doctors against Medical Marijuana

Some doctors oppose Medical MarijuanaPatients may be surprised to learn that some doctors are against Medical Marijuana. While the majority of doctors would recommend it under certain circumstances, both here in New York and across the country, there are opponents who argue that it should not be prescribed under any circumstances. Physicians’ opinions about Medical MarijuanaIn 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine conducted a global opinion survey to ascertain physicians’ attitudes towards prescribing Medical Marijuana. According to the survey, the main reasons doctors are opposed to prescribing it are: inadequate supporting scientific evidence, lack of provenance, inconsistent dosages and concerns about Medical Marijuana's side effects. In contrast, proponents advocating for Medical Marijuana treatment focused on patient choice, the lack of safe alternatives and their strong desire to alleviate their patients’ pain and suffering. Medical Marijuana lacks evidenceMedical doctors are trained to treat based on scientific evidence. They rely heavily on the outcomes of well-designed clinical trials, as well as the scientific method. The best evidence is level I, which requires large, randomized, double-blind placebo controlled trials with clear cut results. Level II evidence may not be as strong and can be from smaller trials where the results are not as clear, or lack a placebo group in a randomized trial. However, these levels of evidence are often absent for all of a drugs indications. Many drugs are found to have...

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