Campaign to legalize marijuana in Arizona

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) in Arizona announced that the campaign needs 150,642 valid signatures by July 2016 in order to get onto the November 2016 ballot. As of December 2015 the campaign has reached 150,000 signatures.

Organizers believe the swift start to the signature collections for the campaign demonstrates that voters in Arizona are ready to further reform the state’s marijuana laws. “Adults of all ages and political stripes want to vote for this in November 2016,” stated the campaign chairman. “We are excited by the outpouring of support. This is the right initiative at the right time.”

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Initiative supporters say the momentum in collecting signatures doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. “We get dozens of requests every day on social media and phone calls to the campaign headquarters asking where people can sign petitions,” says Carlos Alfaro, the campaign political director, who also noted that voters can sign petitions at many Motor Vehicle Division locations around the state.

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Doctor Explains How Cannabis Treats Epilepsy

Even though federal regulations have greatly hindered medical studies of cannabis, anecdotal evidence of marijuana’s healing properties is rampant, especially when it comes to treating epilepsy. Watch below as Dr. Orrin Devinsky from the NYU Epilepsy Center give a scientific explanation of how the compounds of cannabis work in the brain to help in treating epilepsy and seizures.

Doctor Explains How Cannabis Treats Epilepsy

Source: http://hightimes.com/read/watch-doctor-explains-how-cannabis-treats-epilepsy

What Is The 80/20 Rule And Why It Will Change Your Life

I mention the 80/20 rule frequently in my writings so I thought it was about time to write a proper introduction to the concept. I believe it’s fundamental to every business person – to every human being – so if you have never heard of this rule, please read on and absorb everything I’m about to tell you, it could potentially change your life.

The 80/20 rule sounds like a statistic and in some ways it is. Personally I’m not a big fan of maths and beyond basic web statistics like pageviews, impressions, unique visitors – and when I stretch myself – conversion rates and split testing, I try and avoid all complex numbers. I work better with feelings, ideas and concepts.

The good thing about the 80/20 rule is that you don’t have to understand statistics to be a believer. Yes it has foundations in economics and yes, it was “proven” using statistical analysis by a man named Pareto, but it is not meant to be understood only by economics professors.

Here’s what the Wikipedia has to say about it:

The principle was suggested by management thinker Joseph M. Juran. It was named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who observed that 80% of income in Italy was received by 20% of the Italian population. The assumption is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.

Living The 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More by Richard KochI can’t remember exactly when I was first exposed to the 80/20 Rule but I know when it first really hit home. I was in my local bookshop and I picked up a copy of Living The 80/20 Way by Richard Koch. Koch took the 80/20 Rule and made it his own by writing a series of books on the topic. Living The 80/20 Way fit me well because it discussed living life productively seeking maximum satisfaction by focusing on your passions (Koch has written other books focusing on the 80/20 Rule for business and managers that I didn’t enjoy quite as much). At the time I sometimes accused myself of being lazy for not “working hard” but I realized what I was doing was living an 80/20 lifestyle and in fact probably being a lot more productive than those working harder than myself.

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Essential Oils and Their Constituents as Anticancer Agents: A Mechanistic View

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Abstract

Exploring natural plant products as an option to find new chemical entities as anticancer agents is one of the fastest growing areas of research. Recently, in the last decade, essential oils (EOs) have been under study for their use in cancer therapy and the present review is an attempt to collect and document the available studies indicating EOs and their constituents as anticancer agents. This review enlists nearly 130 studies of EOs from various plant species and their constituents that have been studied so far for their anticancer potential and these studies have been classified as in vitro and in vivo studies for EOs and their constituents. This review also highlights in-depth various mechanisms of action of different EOs and their constituents reported in the treatment strategies for different types of cancer. The current review indicates that EOs and their constituents act by multiple pathways and mechanisms involving apoptosis, cell cycle arrest, antimetastatic and antiangiogenic, increased levels of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS), DNA repair modulation, and others to demonstrate their antiproliferative activity in the cancer cell. The effect of EOs and their constituents on tumour suppressor proteins (p53 and Akt), transcription factors (NF-κB and AP-1), MAPK-pathway, and detoxification enzymes like SOD, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase has also been discussed.

1. Introduction

Cancer has emerged as one of the most alarming diseases in the last few decades throughout the world. It is a multifactorial disease contributing towards uncontrolled growth and invasion of the abnormal cells leading to the formation of tumour. The steep rise in the number of cancer cases may be attributed to the change in food habits, use of tobacco and alcohol, chronic infections, exposure to harmful radiations and chemicals, or more widely due to change in lifestyle and environmental pollution . International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported that there are approximately 12 million cancer cases and these have accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in the year 2008 . The recent estimates reveal that the number of new cancer cases and cancer-related deaths has increased by 11% and 7.9, respectively, in the year 2012 as compared to 2008. Further, the developing countries have half the number of cancer incidence cases compared to the developed countries. In India, 0.979 million cancer cases were reported in the year 2010 which is expected to increase to 1.148 million by 2020. The mortality rate among cancer patients is very high. The problem is more serious in economically less developed countries due to the lack of diagnostic techniques, standard methods of treatment, and higher cost of the treatment. People in scientific field are currently overcoming these problems with the use of synthetic drugs. These drugs are designed to specifically target rapidly growing and dividing cells of various tumours. But, these synthetic drugs also affect rapidly dividing normal cells in our body leading to certain other major irreversible side effects. Chemotherapy used in cancer treatment has been reported to induce multidrug resistance . The high cost, increasing drug resistance, and side effects of current therapeutic approaches are forcing the scientists to explore alternative medicines, the traditional medicine, as an option to find new chemical entities for treatment of cancer.

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Extracts From Reishi Mushroom And Green Tea Shows Synergistic Effect To Slow Sarcoma

Both the reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum; Lingzhi) and green tea have long held a place in traditional medicine in China and other Asian countries, for the general promotion of health and long life and for the treatment of specific diseases. More recent scientific studies have confirmed that both enhance the body¹s immune functions and hold the potential for treatment and prevention of many types of cancer.

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Now a new study by Chinese scientists found that combining the active ingredients in the mushroom and the tea creates synergetic effects that inhibited the growth of tumors and delayed the time of death in mice with sarcomas.

Yan Zhang, of Pharmanex BJ Clinical Pharmacology Center in Beijing, reported the results of two studies at Experimental Biology 2008 in San Diego on April 8. The presentation was part of the scientific program of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

Reishi grows in damp, sunless mountain areas and was once a rare commodity. Today Reishi, like green tea polyphenols, is manufactured as an extract. Zhang and her colleagues examined products sold as ReishiMax and Tegreen, made by Utah-based Nu Skin Enterprises. ReishiMax contains high concentrations of the active components in the mushroom itself and cracked spores of the mushroom, including polysaccharides (13.5 percent) and triterpenes (6 percent), and Tegreen is almost completely (98-99 percent) made of tea polyphenols.
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5 Simple (But Powerful) Tools For Fighting Stress

We may not be able to avoid stress, but we can influence how it affects us. Learn the four factors that drive our response to stress and simple—but effective—tools for changing how you experience it.

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Most people living in the modern world experience continuous stress in the form of daily hassles, relationship troubles, problems at work, chronic illness, or other external life events.

Have you ever wondered why some people are devastated by this stress, while others are relatively unaffected? Or why some people thrive in high-pressure, driven work environments while others self-destruct?

The reason different people respond so differently to the same stressors is that our response to stress is largely defined by perception.

In other words, although there are certain events that virtually all people experience as stressful (such as the death of a loved one), it is our subjective perception of the event—and the meaning that we assign to it—that determines how we respond.
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Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips

The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none.

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Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. I’m far from perfect, but it has helped me come a long way.

Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head — it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of what’s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom.

So … I highly recommend this habit. And while I’m not saying it’s easy, you can start small and get better and better as you practice. Don’t expect to be good at first — that’s why it’s called “practice”!

These tips aren’t aimed at helping you to become an expert … they should help you get started and keep going. You don’t have to implement them all at once — try a few, come back to this article, try one or two more. Continue reading “Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips”

Yoga, Cannabis, and You: 6 Best Practices for Pairing Yoga with Marijuana

Yoga, Cannabis, and You: 6 Best Practices for Pairing Yoga with Marijuana

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As a yogi and someone who enjoys cannabis, I am interested in the benefits of using it as a way to enhance my yoga practice. It is exciting and exhilarating to develop and explore yoga as a practice, and I’ve been happily surprised to discover that cannabis can enhance this exploration. My hope in sharing my thoughts about combining cannabis and yoga is not to encourage you to go off the deep end, but rather to help you refine both your practice and your cannabis use.

Combining cannabis with yoga is a fairly controversial subject within the wildly diverse community of yogis. While there is basic agreement that yogis seek to find freedom from suffering, still the mind, and find enlightenment by unifying the body, mind, and spirit, the means by which one may strive to achieve one or more of these will vary from practice to practice. There are those who may argue that developing your focus and physical purity could be hindered by consuming cannabis. Others may find that its use enables them to explore their practice more deeply and with fewer mental and physical barriers.

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The Best Vegan and Gluten Free Nachos Ever!

 

 

Vegan and Gluten Free Nachos
Vegan and Gluten Free Nachos

Post from Minimalist Baker. She is a food genius! click here for original post

Tips to save time

This Queso goes great with the vegan and gluten free nacho recipe that is further down in this post!

To save some time I cut out part of the first step (of the queso recipe) about letting the eggplant sit in the colander for 15 minutes. It may be because I am already in the dry desert, but it still turned out delicious!

All together it takes me about 20-30 minutes to make these vegan and gluten free nachos for the family. I must say, it is an absolute hit and really tastes like the real thing. I even add a little bit of my own favorite spices to top off the flavor of the queso. (salt, pepper,garlic powder, onion powder).

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Massage Therapy Benefits & Information

Benefits of massage therapy
Therapeutic massage can help anyone, at any age and ability. It relieves pain in joints, muscles, and tense areas of the body.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a form of treatment in which the therapist combines gentle pressure and hand strokes to loosen up and release tension that causes pain. The massage therapy profession in Arizona and most other states requires licensure, continued education and proficiency in treating patients for most common conditions.

Massage therapy can benefit you as a complement to your current treatments with physicians, surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, and even psychiatrists and psychologists.

How can it help you?

Back pain, neck pain, headaches, and the injuries caused by accidents are among some of the greatest reasons people seek out professional massage. Therapeutic massage can help anyone, at any age and ability. It relieves pain in joints, muscles, and tense areas of the body. It has been used for thousands of years in different systems of ancient medicine, with roots in Greek and Chinese medicine.

Massage is a safe, non-pharmaceutical way to feel less pain, and lasting relief from stress, depression, cancer, and even troubled digestion. Most of us have an idea of what a massage is.

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