Living your life with chronic Pain…

Living your life with chronic Pain…

Is Medical Marijuana the cure?

Many, many people in the world today live most of their entire life dealing with chronic pain. A recent market research report indicates that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain and that approximately 3- 4.5% of the global population suffers from neuropathic pain.

[Neuropathic pain - otherwise known as nerve pain - is a type of chronic pain that occurs when nerves in the central nervous system become injured or damaged.]

It’s a constant challenge each and every day for people with chronic pain to even get out of bed. Chronic pain can affect your life to the point that it causes severe depression and the inability to live a normal life. No one wants to start their day in pain; it’s a very unpleasant situation which causes one to really question their place in this world.

Some scientist claim that chronic pain is mostly mental and this can be true to some extent, say if you are constantly in pain, your mind will tell you that you are always in pain or that the pain will reoccur very soon. In preparation for the pain or to treat the pain, the majority of people rely on pain medications. One in five Americans report misusing a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime. As a result, we have a very serious prescription drug abuse problem in our country.

Just back in 2010, over 16,000 people died in opioid-related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 29 percent of those deaths involved opioids alone (the others involved alcohol and other drugs). These deaths occur in the context of 210 million prescriptions for opioids filled in 2010 nationwide, according to a prescription- and patient-tracking service.

The result of death is the most serious and fatal side effect from using prescription pain medications, but there are many more extreme side effects, such as damage to your liver and respiratory depression.

The abuse of prescription pain medications have been going on for quite a long time and the government is finally realizing how serious it is and the potential irrevocable harm it can cause. In response to this trend, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a recommendation that will further restrict access to drugs like Vicodin and Lortab that contain the opioid hydrocodone.

We can commend the government for taking this step, but in reality, it doesn’t address the real issue which is how do we treat chronic pain. If you have been relying on opioids for some time, and all of a sudden you are not allowed access to them anymore, this will only exacerbate the problem.

Instead we need solutions, and we need a solution that has been researched thoroughly and scientifically proven it can help us live a normal and productive life with chronic pain. So far the best solution we have seen and heard about is medical marijuana.


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Well things are a changing again at Denali Healthcare/Dr. Bob...

As many of you have noticed, over the last year, we have moved in the direction of chronic pain management and narcotic addiction therapy with suboxone, all the while continuing as the premire regional certification center for all of N. Michigan and the UP.  

As part of that, our new website will come live later this week.  While both sites will remain up, we want to offer an early look so we can see the analytics on the site- we need to know what folks go to, what they don't and get some ideas as to how to make it better.

While many of you are already using the DenaliHealthcareMI site to reach us, it is currently a placemark redirecting to our familiar green banner  While this site, which was developed by me and my friend Adam R. back in 2010, and constantly updated since,  has served us well, we felt it was time to have a fresh, professional image concentrating on our new emphasis of pain control and addiction medicine.  Keep coming back and be some of the first to see the new website prior to it's official launch around the first of the year.  

In addition to our new website, we have a more robust presence on facebook with a main practice site...Denali Healthcare, PLLC.  There you can like us and find links to all our regional office pages- Denali Healthcare Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw, Cadillac, Traverse City, Gaylord and Marquette.  Be sure to give a like and drop a comment on your regional office.  Those pages are maintained by each office and they would love to hear your feedback.

Thanks for helping us grow and we look forward to serving you through 2014.  Happy Holidays from Dr. Bob and our entire staff at Denali Healthcare.

There is tea brewing and marijuana plants love it!

There is tea brewing and marijuana plants love it!

Use Compost Tea for Healthy Marijuana Plants

By now most of you have heard, how brewing compost tea can do wonders for your marijuana plants. If you haven’t heard about yet, it’s time for you to take notice!

Compost Tea is a water-based environment wherein beneficial microorganisms are extracted from compost or vermicompost (worm compost) and multiplied by the millions.

Some form of agitation breaks the microbes free from the compost and they multiply because food like, kelp meal, black-strap molasses, humic acid, etc. has been added to the water, which at least one type of microbe digests. When one or more type of microbe begins to multiply in response to the food, other microbes respond to this growth and begin to consume these initial microbes and multiply in turn and so on and so on.

During the brewing process, air is forced through a mixture of the high-quality compost and food suspended in water. The oxygen and nutrients produce an extraordinary explosive growth of bacteria and fungi. This growth of bacteria and fungi fights for and increases the amount of healthy bacteria in the growing medium.


Here's a list of some of the benefits from using Compost Tea:

ü  Helps extend root systems

ü  Increases water and nutrient retention

ü  Creates healthier plants

ü  Helps breakdown toxins in the soil and on the plants

ü  Enhances the taste of fruits and vegetables

ü  Reduces or eliminates the need for chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers

ü  Occupies the space around the infection sites so disease-causing organisms cannot penetrate into the tissues of the plant

ü  Is 100% safe and natural


What is Cannabis Oil? By Lincoln Horsley

Cannabis oil is a thick, sticky, resinous matrix of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, obtained from the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica). Cannabis oil is a cannabis based product obtained by separating the resins from cannabis flowers using a solvent extraction process. Cannabis oil can also be known as Rick Simpson Oil, Full extract cannbais oil (FECO), hash oil, dabs, shatter, or wax.

Cannabis oil is the most potent of three main cannabis products, which are the actual cannabis flower (marijuana), resin (hashish), and oil (cannabis oil). Cannabis oil is the most concentrated form of the three main cannabis products. That is what makes cannabis oil the most potent.


Welcome to our practice RSS feed

We want to welcome our facebook users to our practice RSS feed!  Now the members our our individual practice pages (Denali Healthcare Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Cadillac, Mt. Pleasant, Traverse City, Marquette, Gaylord, and Muskegon) will receive our articles and news.  Others can sign up for the feed directly at  

Thank you for follow us!

Dr. Bob

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