The benefits of hemp are being rediscovered

Dr_Cass_IngramHempThe lowly hemp plant is enjoying new found respect. I am not speaking of marijuana. We are considering it’s cousin hemp. Marijuana is psychoactive, hemp is not. Hemp is a plant that has been used for thousands of years. It has provided fibers, seeds and oil for the use of man for all of those years. It has been less that 100 years since hemp was made illegal and now there is renewed interest in hemp products. Our topic of discussion today is CO2 extracted hemp oil. Hemp oil and extracts are made from the stems and leaves of the non-psychoactive plants.

One of the important compounds in hemp is CBD, cannabidiol. We have discussed this in previous interviews. What you will learn in this interview with Dr. Cass Ingram is that there are at least 60 different cannabinoid compounds in hemp and the most prevalent is beta caryophyllene.

The CO2 extract captures all the key ingredients, including the full spectrum of canabanoids and the all-important, super-potent terpene, beta caryophyllene. It is beta caryophyllene which is nature’s most potent activator of key cellular receptors, known as CB2 receptors. The CB2 receptors are essential for activating a wide range of body functions. Their actions are critical for overall wellness and optimal health. The receptors are located strategically in key organ systems, including the brain, spinal cord, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, heart, spleen, intestines, and lymphatic cells. Upon activation, the receptors aid the body in a vast number of ways, modulating inflammation, boosting immune function, enhancing circulation, stimulating digestion, and improving neurological function.

Dr. Ingram is in the final stages of writing his new book entitled “The Hemp Cure“, due in March of 2016. Here is an excerpt.

“Cannabidiol, one major biologically active compounds in hemp, has been shown in a variety of studies, both human and animal, to combat anxiety tendencies. In one human study the fear of public speaking, of which virtually all people are conscious, was used as a means to generate sensations of anxiety.
The purpose was to compare the effects of a simulation public speaking test on healthy control patients versus anxiety-ridden patients. In some 24 patients half received placebo, while the other half were given a single dose of CBD-rich hemp oil. Another group of 12 performed the speaking challenge without receiving either CBD or placebo. When challenged with public speaking anxiety reactions were monitored through blood pressure, heart rate, and skin conductance, measured at six different time points during the speaking challenge. Pretreatment with CBD had obvious, positive effects. It reduced the anxiety, while also reversing cognitive impairment. The sense of nervousness and discomfort in anticipating public speaking was also reduced. In contrast, the placebo group had higher anxiety and the thinking process was impaired. There was also greater discomfort at thought of such speaking than in the CBD group.” End excerpt.

Here is an excerpt from the National Cancer Institute website: “Cannabinoids are active chemicals in Cannabis that cause drug-like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. They are also known as phytocannabinoids. The main active cannabinoid in Cannabis is delta-9-THC. Another active cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD), which may relieve pain and lower inflammation without causing the “high” of delta-9-THC.

Cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Other possible effects of cannabinoids include:

Anti-inflammatory activity.
Blocking cell growth.
Preventing the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors.
Antiviral activity.
Relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.” End excerpt.

If you want a product that Dr. Ingram endorses look for OregaHemp by North American Herb and Spice. These products are new to the market so you may need to request them from your favorite health food store. It is usually the smaller, independent stores that are interested in innovative products.

About Dr. Cass Ingram
Dr. Cass Ingram is a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written 24 books on natural healing. His research and writing have led to countless nutritional discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100’s of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America’s leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. such as oregano oil. He now travels the world promoting health – the natural way.



C. diff is a nasty and tenacious intestinal infection

Jerry Bader

Digestive Support

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C. diff (Clostridium difficile) is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon, known as colitis. This is a problem that is on the rise. C. diff is a bacteria seeking an opportunity. It often occurs after someone has been treated with antibiotics for other issues. In this interview, you will learn how Jerry acquired C. diff after antibiotic treatment for diverticulitis. Another friend of mine acquired it after antibiotic use for sinusitis. These are people who had been prescribed antibiotics numerous times for these conditions and these treatments finally led to C. diff infection. This is a cautionary tale.

People who have other illnesses or conditions requiring prolonged use of antibiotics, and the elderly, are at greater risk of acquiring this disease. The bacteria are found in the feces. People can become infected if they touch items or surfaces that are contaminated with feces and then touch their mouth or mucous membranes. Healthcare workers can spread the bacteria to patients or contaminate surfaces through hand contact. C. diff is often contracted in health care facilities like hospitals and nursing homes. 
Clostridium difficile sickens over 500,000 and kills over 14,000 Americans every year, while racking up some $4.8 billion in annual health care costs.

Symptoms of C. diff include:

  • Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain/tenderness

C diff effects

Transmission of C. diff
C. diff is shed in feces. Any surface, device, or material (e.g., toilets, bathing tubs, and electronic rectal thermometers) that becomes contaminated with feces may serve as a reservoir for the C. diff spores. C. diff spores are transferred to patients mainly via the hands of healthcare personnel who have touched a contaminated surface or item. C. diff can live for long periods on surfaces.

Treatment of C. diff Infection
Treatment of primary infection caused by C. diff is an antibiotic such as metronidazole, vancomycin, or fidaxomicin. One problem with antibiotics used to treat primary C. diff infection is that the infection returns in about 20 percent of patients. In a small number of these patients, the infection returns over and over and can be quite debilitating. To learn more visit

Transplanting stool from a healthy person to the colon of a patient with repeat C. diff infections has been shown to successfully treat C. diff. These “fecal transplants” appear to be the most effective method for helping patients with repeat C. diff infections.  This procedure may not be widely available. (do you think they ever considered implanting healthy bacteria? hmmm)

So here we have a problem that is cause by a nasty bacteria and antibiotic use. What I find so interesting about the medical approach is that the use of probiotics is rarely considered or even casually dismissed. The concept of taking probiotics prior to, during and after treatment is usually never brought up to the patient.

If Jerry had been taking probiotics or addressing his diverticulitis earlier in his life, he may have avoided or mitigated this whole issue. We will never know. If my other friend had treated his sinusitis naturally he might be better off. They are both examples of the average person who rarely questions the effectiveness, safety and risks of medical treatment until they have additional problems. The best course of action is to be a proactive consumer and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Next is to become informed about health issue you have and take steps to become healthier. If you need medical intervention study the treatments proposed and be proactive about reducing your risks of the treatment. In the case of antibiotic use take a therapeutic probiotic at the very least. Learn from the experience of others.

About Jerry Bader
Jerry is the National Director news/talk programming at Midwest Communications. He is the host of the Jerry Bader Show heard mornings in northeast Wisconsin.




189 – A Doctor’s Perspective on NNT – My Interview with Dr. Len Saputo

The more you understand the importance of NNT (Number Needed to Treat), NNH (Number Needed to Harm), RRR (Relative Risk Reduction) and ARR (Absolute Risk Reduction) the better you can consider the value of the drugs that are recommended to you. If the very best drugs are only effective in 10% to 30% of cases and many drugs are only effective in 2% or less of cases, then it is in your best interested to understand these numbers.

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188 – Why Are So Many People on Prescription Medications? – with Steve Lankford

According to Mayo Clinic, nearly 70% of Americans use at least one prescription drug. More than half take two. I find this astounding. How is it that the majority of people need medications. Are we really that sick? This used to puzzle me. How is it that our national health is so poor that three fourths of Americans need medical drug intervention? I think now I have an answer. They don’t. Why do I think that?

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187 – What to Do When Fish Oil Raises LDL Cholesterol – My Interview with Jolie Root

Some people experience an increase in LDL cholesterol when taking EPA + DHA fish oil. It is this rise in LDL that has doctors and researchers puzzled. Why is this the case and more importantly how can this outcome be influenced by the nutrients we take. Again, we can look to the science for answers.

Researchers wanted to know if either EPA alone or DHA alone as nutritional intervention would provide different results. The research has shown that EPA alone will lower triglycerides without increasing LDL. These effects were seen in several studies and so now there is growing consensus that EPA alone is more appropriate for some.

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186 – Clinical Joint Support for Male Athletes – My Interview with Richard Passwater Jr.

Your cartilage is made primarily of collagen. So are your tendons and ligaments. The amount, and condition, of collagen is by far the largest determinant of the health of all three. The material strength and biological properties of articular cartilage depend heavily on its uniquely and extensively cross-linked collagen network. That’s “medical speak” for healthy collagen equals healthy cartilage. In a clinical trial, the active ingredient, choline-stabilized OrthoSilicic Acid (ch-OSA), is proven to generate collagen. With cs-OSA, you can now attack the root cause of joint discomfort – not just mask the symptoms.

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185 – 117 Supplement Makers Busted by Feds – By Steve Lankford

On Nov. 17, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with other government agencies, today announced the results of a yearlong sweep of dietary supplements to identify potentially unsafe or tainted supplements. The sweep resulted in civil injunctions and criminal actions against 117 various manufacturers and/or distributors of dietary supplements and tainted products falsely marketed as dietary supplements.

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184 – Probiotic Are Required at All Stages of Life – My Interview with Dr. Erin Stokes

In this interview with Dr. Erin Stokes you will learn how specific probiotics can be targeted for specific times of life. Dr. Stokes will discuss several aspects of choosing a probiotic and she will describe the specific Megafood targeted formulas. Choosing a quality probiotic is your first and most important decision. Dr. Stokes will discuss the importance of specific strains that have been clinically studied and evaluated for specific benefits. You will learn how to identify if a formula uses a specific studied strain.

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183 – Balancing Your Immune System – My Interview with Stephen Wicks

Internationally-recognized research has shown that the patented blend of sterols and sterolins found in Moducare may help to support a healthy and balanced immune system. Supporting immune health is key to the prevention of colds, flu and infections, as well as allergies and painful autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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182 – Innovative Probiotic Pearls – My Interview with Dean Morris

The interest in probiotics is growing and with good reason. There is extensive and emerging science about the benefits of probiotics and so you should feel confident in adding probiotics to your nutritional program. The question for many is what is the best probiotic?

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