May 2019

Published by the Atlanta Chapter of the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL), Inc.
P.O. Box 28116, Atlanta, GA 30358-0116www.atlantaheal.org

President: Andrew Heyward, First Vice President, Program Chairman: Sydna Fisher, Second Vice President,
Membership: Joyce Taylor, Secretary: Joyce Taylor,Treasurer: Andrew B, Webmaster: Ian Greenberg, Newsletter: Sydna Fisher

MAY: No meeting.
JUNE: Our picnic will be June 15th. Please contact Andrew B if you plan to attend in case there are any last minute changes.
JULY: Our speaker will be Martin Van Lear, MSN, FNP-C of Tree of Light Health LLC. An email in July will provide more information.


The speaker for our April meeting was Jason Schoen, who spoke on CBD, giving us a good introduction on how to choose and use CBD.

Cannabis is a complex plant with over 200 compounds. Two of these are THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, and CBD or cannabidiol. Cannabis plants are bred to be high in either THC or CBD. High CBD cannabis is called hemp and high THC cannabis is called marijuana. In Georgia, CBD products must contain less than .03% THC.

There is an endocannabinoid system in the body with receptors that interact with various compounds in cannabis, including CBD. CB1 receptors are in the brain and spinal cord, which helps explain why CBD is good for pain, learning, memory, emotions, anxiety, sleep, relaxing muscles, and for the nervous system in general. CB2 receptors in the gut, spleen, and immune system allow CBD to benefit digestion and general well being, as well as helping to regulate cytokines and modulating the immune system.

Most CBD products are full spectrum, a feature necessary for long term use. Using an isolated chemical as in medical CBD causes diminishing returns and the likelihood of building up tolerance. However, this can be mitigated by adding it to a full spectrum CBD.

One important thing to know before choosing a CBD product is that there are two types of cannabis plants; sativa, which is stimulating, and indica, which is calming. For sensitive people, Jason recommends either indica, or a hybrid blend of indica and sativa.

There are also some other very important things to consider. Is it organic? Is it completely chemical free? Does the company use pharmaceutical grade lab equipment? Do they show a certificate of analysis? The companies that are doing it right like to tell you and will say so on their website.

When it comes to using a product, Jason suggests a two week trial and says that you will know right away if the product works for you. With dosage, he said to go low and slow. 1-25 mg is a low dose, 25-50 is a moderate dose, and 50-100 is a high dose. Check the bottle for total mg as well as mg per ml (20 drops), because both can vary widely.

There are a few other things to know about using CBD. For pain, CBD can be used both topically for local benefit, and internally to break the inflammation cycle. Holding the CBD in your mouth before swallowing will speed its action. CBD should not be taken with drugs affected by grapefruit juice. CBD doesn't help everyone, with genetic or individual differences as possible causes. Hemp oil, which comes from the seed, and hemp powder contain no CBD. Call Health Unlimited for the name of a CBD specialist.

Health Unlimited has carefully vetted the companies whose products they carry. Two of them are Lazarus, an indica product which is popular because of price, and Charlotte's Web, a 25% hybrid CBD, which doctors recommend because the company has conducted the most clinical trials.


Grass and Weed Killer
[] Straight Vinegar: 30% strength is available at factorydirectvinegar.com 888-5656-7069.
[] Salt: 40 pound bags of swimming pool salt can be found at Home Depot or Lowes.
[] Burn Out: Wood and grass killer with citric acid and clove oil (Pike Nursery).
[] Combination recipe: 1 gallon white vinegar, 1 cup salt, and 1 tablespoon dish soap. As with the others this will harm anything green.
[] Boiling water: Particularly effective for weeds that have grown through cracks.
[] Corn gluten: Used as a pre-emergent weed control. It won't kill weeds that have already sprouted.

Natural Insecticides
[] Unscented soap: Pour soapy water around the house foundation 2 to 3 times a year. Peppermint, thyme, rosemary, or oregano oil can be added to the water. Soapy water can also be poured on ant colonies and yellow jacket hives in the ground.
[] Diatomaceous earth: Sprinkle around the house. A turkey baster can be used to blast it into cracks, crevices, and holes. Food grade diatomaceous earth can be used for pet beds or brushed into their fur to prevent fleas.
[] Vinegar: Deters black ants.
[] Fly Web: UV insect light lures flies to an adhesive non-toxic trapping board. Plug directly into standard outlets, ideally at counter level. Amazon.


[] The first study of its kind has shown that a product called Biome Medic by Purium reduced damage to the gut caused by the herbicide glyphosate. In a pre-clinical trial, researchers found that it brought about a 74% reduction in glyphosate, and a 75% reduction of c-reactive protein, a prediction of heart disease. ishoppurium.com

[] At sufficient dosages, CBD has been found to be more potent than grapefruit in inhibiting or deactivating Cytochrome P450 enzyme, a family of liver enzymes. By occupying the site of enzymatic activity, CBD prevents the enzymes from metabolizing compounds of most of the drugs we consume, causing them to accumulate in the body. It depends on how and how much CBD is taken, whether it is an isolated chemical or a whole spectrum remedy, the unique attributes of the individual, and the drug in question. To complicate matters further, there is preliminary evidence that CBD may also induce or amplify the activity of some Cytochrome P450 enzymes, suggesting that CBD can either increase or decrease the breakdown of drugs.


[] Lori Caress is having surgery on June 21st to remove a cyst on her ankle.
[] Jean and Ted Leslie had a kitchen fire on April 28th with extensive smoke damage. Asbestos insulation has been removed from the ceiling, everything in the house was removed for cleaning, and the walls are being washed down and painted. They are staying at a Residence Inn where Jean is doing well.
[] Congratulations to Evelyn Tejeda who recently received her Master of Public Health in environmental Health from Emory University. She wants to promote healthy, human-friendly homes. The focus these days is on eco-friendly construction, but eco-friendly doesn't necessarily translate into human-friendly. There are may construction practices that concern her: for one, the increasing trend of using construction materials which off-gas formaldehyde and other chemicals, or plumbing practices which increase the likelihood of sewer/septic gases entering the home.


[] Thank you again to Andrew B for the outline used in the March meeting. Contact him if you would like a copy of his original list before editing and additions.
[] Thank you to Lori Caress and Life Extension for the information on CBD interaction with the P450 enzymes. Lori is looking for an oil free hair conditioner.
[] Lisa Ehler is looking for a suitable house cleaner.
[] A sharing from Jay Hodin will be sent to everyone in early June.
[] Exercise has been shown to elevate endocannabinoid levels in the brain.


June: Sunnye Martin 8th, Barbara Schwartz (no date)
July: Curtis Hodson 30th
August: Jerry Heltzer 12th, Jan Hensly 28th 


Thank you to everyone for your continued support! An updated membership list will be sent out in early June. The next newsletter will go out in September.

Thank you to Mark Fisher and Ian Greenberg for their assistance in this newsletter.

This newsletter is meant for information only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional advice.


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