WHY I RECOMMEND MEDICAL CANNABIS.
This sick doctor became a believer in medical marijuana - through a life and death ordeal.
The story of a physician. He was set financially for life, many times over. But, then he got sick and he credits medical marijuana for bringing him back to full health. Now he's dedicated his practice to treating patients with cannabis based medicines.
WHY HE TURNED DOWN THE EASY MONEY - YOU KNOW - JUST PRESCRIBING PHARMACEUTICALS
I proudly hold my head high when I tell people, "I am a medical marijuana doctor."
In 2012, I became a Cannabis doctor. Marijuana is the safest drug I have ever recommended to a patient. I prefer it to any anti-anxiety drug, mood stabilizer, sleep medicine or pain remedy currently on the market in the USA.
My field is still a challenge, due to the refusal of the federal government to recognize the medical use of cannabis. But as more states allow medical use – and as some more states make marijuana legal for all adults – cannabis can be taken seriously as a useful, safe and a superior remedy to a huge variety of problems plaguing medical consumers today.
WHY HE TURNED DOWN MORE MONEY BY PRESCRIBING PHARMACEUTICALS
Why would a highly credentialed MD psychopharmacologist, board-certified psychiatrist and former FDA clinical trials primary investigator become a champion of medicinal cannabis?
Especially considering I have never used it.
I'll tell you why.
For the past two years, I have been working to bring honest, scientific and medical information to those who really need medical cannabis. I blog regularly at http://betterbrainsonline.com and have done so for several years. I consider myself not only an educator, but a watchdog and public guardian, a whistle-blower and an activist for public health and consumer protection.
Some have questioned my motivation for swimming outside the mainstream of the medical establishment. My motives are selfish – I want to be true to myself, sleep well at night, and be able to look at myself in the mirror each morning.
FROM BRAIN SURGERY TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA DOCTOR
I originally wanted to be a brain surgeon and did my internship and residencies in that field, also picking up a fellowship in neurology. After a stint in the US Army, I changed specialties to psychiatry with a fellowship in psychopharmacology.
Immediately following my education, I became a junior professor at the University of Kansas and later the University of Oklahoma. In those institutions, I performed many clinical trials during the development phases of such familiar drugs as Prozac and Zyprexa.
RENEGADE DOCTOR AND PEER PRESSURE
I picked up the "Renegade Doctor" sobriquet when I broke with academia -- not only disillusioned by the backstabbing politics of publish-or-perish, but also with the restrictions on research imposed by Big Pharma. I had always been aware of the pervasive influence of the drug companies from my days in medical school and in private practice. The government-pharma connections have gradually become public knowledge (although not to the full extent possible, as the public won't believe it all), but my personal break with traditional medicine came after a catastrophic illness.
DOCTOR GETS FATAL ILLNESS - ORTHODOX MEDICINE CAN'T HELP
In 1999, I found myself dying of a congenital condition that traditional medicine misdiagnosed and mistreated. I had to cure myself to survive. I wrote a book about this struggle, but for the sake of brevity, let's just say I had to broaden my horizons beyond the medical establishment if I wanted to live.
I basically cured myself, in the process losing around 200 lbs without drugs, diet, exercise or surgery. Then I launched an alternative medicine practice specializing in not only vitamins and mineral supplements, but amino acids and other exotic -- but entirely non-toxic and totally safe -- treatments.
NON-TRADITIONAL THERAPIES AND MARIJUANA
But despite my own past experience with non-traditional therapies, I was still skeptical about medicinal cannabis when it became legal in California. I was practicing in San Diego at the time. My practice had to be cash-only as insurance would only pay for prescription treatments. As my practice dwindled and people became more and more dependent upon government-paid programs for their health care, I started doing some more research (in the most literal and technical sense).
I opened my mind to cannabis. I read literature from all over the world. I examined research protocols to find flaws in their designs. I tried to deconstruct the results to see if they were warranted by the data. In the end, I was convinced that marijuana is a valuable addition to the Pharmacopoeia of medicinal agents and pharmaceutical substances.
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Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD Napa County, California. Why would such a highly credentialed MD psychopharmacologist, and board-certified psychiatrist and also a former FDA primary clinical trial investigator become a champion of medicinal marijuana? Especially when you consider that the good doctor never tried it. In this article, he tells you why.
For the past two years, I worked to bring honest, scientific and medical information to people that really need medical cannabis. I blog regularly (for several years) at http://betterbrainsonline.com. I consider myself to be not only an educator, but also a watchdog and public guardian, a whistle blower and public health and consumer protection activist........