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ANNUAL EVENT 12.1

Climate change is real and will impact the future of our human civilization on earth. The Green Earth Network, Inc. (GEN) agrees with Pope Francis on climate change when he stated, “Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us.” Also, according to the late world renown genius scientist Stephen Hawkins, the 21 st century will determine whether humans will be able to survive on planet earth, due to climate change.

The recent 7-year drought in California and current drought and water crisis in Capetown, South Africa are signs of things to come, especially for peple living in the urban centers like Los Angeles in the arid desert of the Southwest.

Toward this end, the Green Earth Network, Inc. (GEN), a non profit 501c3 corporation, has established a community economic jobs and entrepreneurial development company to combat climate change. GEN will be establishing an online education and on-site training programsin the medicinal cannabis and hemp as well as organic food industry sectors.

The Company will specializing in online teaching its members to grow their own organic food and plant medicine such as cannabis in the automated vertical Tower Garden System the requires 90% less water and space as well as uses no pesticides or cancer causing herbicides (Roundup weed killer). Seedlings will be GMO free and cannabis clones will be free of contamination. Plants grown will be classified a “beyond organic” since it is grown aeroponically with rich nutrient water and air.

Tower Garden assorted plant * Tower Garden kit (www.lth.towergarden.com) * Cannabis plants in Tower Garde system

GEN has partnered with eZ-Xpo, Inc. to provide the platform to launch the Cannabis Summit that will provide the revenue stream to expand its program to become a global Cannabis Green Earth Network.

The Green Earth Network Framework and Roadmap Plan includes:

  • Membership for online classes;
  • Auditorium for keynote speakers
  • Sponsor Booths to generate traffic
  • Networking Lounge
  • Online Learning and Training Classes

The GEN Financial Sustainability Plan

  • Membership Fee
  • Booth Rental Fee
  • Online Learning and Onsite Training Fee
    • Cannabis Cloning Cllass and sales
    • Urban Farm Class and sales
    • Tower Garden System Sales (www.LTH.towergarden.com)

    Veggie seedlings and cannabis clones in rockwool planter

    • Adtop-a-Tower Garden Program
    • Donation and grants

    GEN envisions that the growing cannabis and hemp industries will become the foundation our earth to sustain itself for human habitation beyond the 21 st century. And the transition to organic and plant based nutrition will become the future of creating healthy children and communities.

    GEN’s mission is to empower members to care for creation and empower them to learn to grow their own food and medicine in Nature’s Farmercy in the Healing Garden of Eden to combat poverty, homelessness, hunger, pain and addiction as well as to become Urban Farmercists (hi-tech gardeners) and vegan nutritionists to create a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable global future for generations to com.

    GEN’s goals are to build a virtual and physical collaborative commons network platform to share information and experiences as well as mentor budding entrepreneurs in this growing cottage industry. GEN’s objectives are to provide current information on the policies and procedures

    Thefollowing video presenation will give an overview of what a member of Creationcare Cannabis Summit can become as a Green Earth Entrepreneur.

    WELCOME & MEMBERSHIP REQUIRMENTS

    GEN’s business strategy is membership driven through a Virtual Cannabis Summit Framework and Online and Onsite education program. Potential revenue sources are membership and booth sponsorship fees; course training fees; new product development revenue stream, etc.

    GEM membership requirements are:

    • 18 years of age
    • Interested in learning about natural organic foods and plant medicine
    • Interested in combating climate change and safeguarding creation
    • Interested in starting their own network of cannabis and urban farmercists network
    • Believe that medical cannabis is a healing ointment
    • Interested in establishing a healthy and sustainable community

    VIRTUAL TRADE SHOW EXHIBITION HALL

    Cannabis Summit guests will be able to visit virtual booths sponsored by companies in the cannabis and naturapathic healthcare industries. These booths are open 24/7/365 days and will have virtual access to company representatives and videos on product lines.

    Booth Rental Rates are $50 per month for the first 3 months and $100.00 per month with an yearly contract or $75.000 per month for a 3 year contract.

    Companies will be able to maintain their own booths and can be conntect to their companies current operations.

    Potential Booth Sponsors:

    • Cannabis Associations
    • Cannabis Growers Federation
    • Despenceries
    • City cannabis departments
    • Naturaphatic professionals
    • Nutritionist Professionals
    • OthersVIRTUAL GUEST SPEAKERS FORUM

    The Cannabis Summit Forum has organized a list of guest speakers that are leaders in the medical cannabis field as well as in the natural healthcare industry. These speakers will be online live as well as archieved for later viewing. Members will abe able to ask questions on line.

    • Dr. Melamede
    • Janet Sweeney, Phoenix Tears
    • Roger Christie, THC Cannabis Ministry in Hilo Hawaii
    • Paul J. von Hartmann, California Cannibis Ministrry and author of Cannabis vs. Climate Change https://www.denverpost.com/2010/06/26/religious-use-of-pot-seen-as-legal-refuge/
    • Joshua Castaneda, KANEH MOVIE
    • Mr. Clone, [email protected]
    • Others

    ONLINE LEARNING CLASSES

    • Hippocrates stated, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.”
    • Pope Francis stated, “Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us.
    • Stephen Hawking said, “We have 100 years left before we have to leave this planet.”

    GEM will have classes on how to become part of the growing medical cannabis and organic food ihealthcare ndustrues. Leaders in these industries will be teaching these classes. Most of the classes will be online or eventually taught in Virtual Reality technology.

    • Legal Requirements and Restrictions in states
    • Growing Cannabis and food in Aeroponic Systems
    • Cannabis product development, i.e., water, patries, smoothies, etc.
    • Dispensaries and operational requirements
    • Cities and countyies development restrictions
    • Technologies in greenhouse lightining and aerospray nutrients
    • Others

    EZ-XPO PARTNERSHIP – MATT FOK, PRESIDENT

    GEM’s partner in the Virtual Cannbis Sumit is with a San Francisco Silicon Valley-based game changer company, eZ-Xpo founded by Matt Fok and his team with over thirty years of experience delivering enterprise application to Fortune 5000 with senior product management experience at IBM, AT&T, Oracle, and Google.

    eZ-Xpo transforms the traditional event and lead generation approach to a Virtual Collaborative Profit Center for customer acquisition, customer conversion, and customer retention/up-sell & cross-sell with unlimited organic traffic every day. eZ-Xpo delivers the world’s 1st all-in-1 virtual expo network with virtual exhibitions, virtual job fairs, and virtual learning solutions for different industry leaders such as MPI/DFW, New York Life, MetaStock, Space Conference/AAII, Boeing, Raytheon, Sawgrass Technologies, and Asian Business of Silicon Valley over the last four years.
    Why Virtual Cannabis Health Summit?
    Time is the most precious asset on earth. We are all being challenged to do more with less time every day. With Virtual Cannabis Summit and Expo, every stakeholder can connect, collaborate, and promote their products/services via virtual booth without any travel. Subject-matter experts can launch a webcasting via Virtual Auditorium, and Virtual Booth with just a click of your mouse.
    What benefits can Virtual Cannabis Health Summitoffer to you?

    • Unlimited traffic and leads – Every booth automatically captures leads with attendees with their contact information. You can easily download them for follow-up.
    • Marketing Insights – Every virtual booth come with marketing insights to show how long people stay in your booth and what particular content people view. You can quickly identify your top hot leads in seconds.
    • Higher SEO ranking – Every virtual booth is fully integrated with the top three social media live (i.e., Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and Periscope Live). You can easily and quickly launch social video live and be able to leverage for higher SEO ranking with backlinks.
    • Compounded network effect – By leveraging the power of multiple virtual expo networks, and virtual booths, we can empower every stakeholder to leapfrog their competition with quantum leap network effect.

    How can you participate in Virtual Cannabis Health Summit?
    You can sign up with a Virtual Booth and start populating your content with either your video or/and pdf inside the booth.
    The sooner you start, the sooner you start getting more traffic and leads to your booth.
    Together we can help empower all organizations to help saving lives and transforming lives with better alternative medicines.

    CANNABIS MINISTRY BACKGROUND

    Follow Information Provided by Roger Christie, THC Cannabis Ministry of Hilo, Hawaii

    Revelation 22:14

    “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
    King James Version (KJV)

    Revelation 22:14 Context

    11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

    Anointing with Oil – James 5:14

    In the book of James, the inspired writer exhorts:

    “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up” (Jas. 5:14, 15).

    The sick are still among us. And virtually no one questions the fact that the church should have elders today, where qualified men can be found. Should elders, then, in connection with their prayers, be anointing the sick with oil?

    Though this procedure has not been practiced by churches of Christ in modern times (as a general rule), some are suggesting that it ought to be a part of our ritual. How should this matter be viewed?

    First, it ought to be noted that this reference to “anointing with oil” (Jas. 5:14) is extremely abbreviated. Nothing is specifically stated in the context as to the design of the practice.

    Second, there are no contextual indications that this anointing with oil had any sort of spiritual basis that would make it universally applicable or perpetually obligatory. If this was to be a requirement for the universal church for all time, it would seem to be a reasonable expectation that some foundation for the practice might have been supplied.

    What Does “Anointing With Oil” Mean?

    Commentators are sharply divided as to the meaning of the passage. Certainly any view of this text which comes into conflict with other clear biblical information must be rejected.

    Several of the ideas that attempt to explain this ambiguous text are as follows:

    Some suggest that oil was employed as a daily item of toiletry in ancient times (much like cosmetics are used today). In periods of sickness, or fasting, this casual use of oil was suspended (cf. Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam. 12:20; 14:2; Dan. 10:2, 3; Mic. 6:15; Mt. 6:16, 17). It is argued, therefore, that James may have been exhorting the brethren to accompany their prayers with the “anointing of oil,” i.e., the resumption of their normal activities. The oil would serve as a token of confidence in the power of their petition.

    While this concept may be possible, it does not readily commend itself to the ordinary expositor. Too, it wouldn’t explain why elders would be called to administer the oil.

    A number of writers contend that the oil of James 5:14 was merely a medicinal item, which together with the prayer would be providentially efficacious in the healing process.

    It is true that oil has a medical value for some ailments and that it was employed to this end in ancient times (cf. Is. 1:6; Lk. 10:34). However, oil, as a physical remedy, would be useless in many sicknesses. Moreover, it would appear rather unusual that “elders” would be sought for the administration of physical healing techniques, when there were good doctors available for that purpose (see Col. 4:14).

    One would hardly be inclined to call for elders today for the diagnosis and treatment of physical difficulties.

    Some scholars think that the “anointing” referred to by James was simply a refreshing, encouraging act of friendship, much like when Mary anointed Jesus’ feet (Jn. 12:3; cf. Lk. 7:46). It is argued that the Greek word aleipho (“anoint”) has to do with mundane rituals rather than a religious ceremony (yet see Mk. 6:13).

    In this sense James’ admonition would be a call for the elders’ prayers, accompanied by a cultural amenity of that day, which reflected love and friendship.

    If such is the case, that primitive culturalism would have no relevance today. Certainly it would not be a binding practice in the modern era.

    Symbolic With Miraculous

    Most likely the use of oil, as reflected in this passage, was a symbolic act. In Bible times the practice of anointing with oil was frequently representative of God’s approval (see 1 Sam. 10:1; Psa. 89:20). Many biblical scholars are fairly confident, therefore, that the application of oil in James 5:14 was a symbolic act invoked in conjunction with supernatural healing.

    There are a couple of factors that lend themselves to this view:

    There is contextual information elsewhere in the New Testament that associates miraculous healing with the anointing of oil. In Mark 6:13 the record states:

    “And they [the Lord’s supernaturally endowed disciples] cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

    This may be the key verse that sheds light on James 5:14.

    Additionally, remember that not all Christians in the first century possessed the gift of healing (cf. 1 Cor. 12:28-30). It would be most natural, though, that the elders of local churches would be those who were granted the gift in their respective congregations. Ephesians 4:8-11 clearly indicates that some “pastors” (i.e., elders) were given spiritual gifts.

    If this view is correct, and in this writer’s judgment it is the most feasible, then the act of anointing with oil would not be appropriate today for the simple reason that miraculous gifts are not available to the church in this age (1 Cor. 13:8ff).

    What About Anointing Oil Today?

    Why, then, are a few today anxious to implement the anointing of oil into modern church practice? It could be that some are very sincere, wanting to do the Lord’s will, yet misunderstanding the nature of this passage.

    On the other hand, it may be the case that a few folks in the church today are simply looking for a new experience of some sort. Having grown tired of what they perceive as “traditional” service to God, they seek the novel.

    May we strive to approach the Scriptures in a respectful yet sensible manner.

    Scripture References

    James 5:14, 15; James 5:14; Ruth 3:3; 2 Samuel 12:20, 14:2; Daniel 10:2, 3; Micah 6:15; Matthew 6:16, 17; Isaiah 1:6; Luke 10:34; Colossians 4:14; John 12:3; Luke 7:46; Mark 6:13; Psalm 89:20; Ephesians 4:8-11; 1 Corinthians 13:8

    Cite this article

    Jackson, Wayne. “Anointing with Oil – James 5:14.” ChristianCourier.com. Access date: January 1, 2018. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/118-anointing-with-oil-james-5-14

    Healing Ministry Testimonial

    October 2005. Lahaina, Maui

    Mindy Kaufman was scheduled to have both her legs amputated at the knee in ten days at Maui Memorial Hospital when I got the call. Diabetes led to severe gangrene and amputation was the ‘cure’. Mindy was suicidal.

    I told Mindy I could help her. I suggested she join the THC Ministry and that I send her a member package and a bottle of sacramental holy anointing oil for trans-dermal, topical application. She was borderline suicidal so this was a lot better alternative. We prayed together over the phone and I wished her a full and speedy recovery.

    One week later I got the very happy call from Mindy. She just cancelled the amputation surgery as her legs were all pink skin and healed. I flew to Maui to meet her and take these photos. One half liquid ounce of holy anointing oil that I made cost about $7.50. The results? Priceless.

    ARTICLES BY LES HAMASAKI

    The Future of Medicine & Healthcare…

    THE NEXT GREEN GOLD RUSH:

    MEDICAL MARIJUANA

    A high-tech, climate-controlled medical marijuana greenhouse and prescription medicine.

    By Les Hamasaki, Green Technology Editor

    The Next Green Gold Rush is not only mining a new revenue source for financially stressed federal, state, and local governments, but also is about the future of medicine and healthcare. It is about finding a non-invasive natural cure for cancer and other degenerative diseases from plants like medicinal marijuana, or cannabis.

    Wall Street investors are rushing to invest in growing medical marijuana in high-tech, climate-controlled, herbicide- and pesticide-free cleanroom greenhouses under natural and artificial light, with advanced oil-extracting technology for the production of cannabinoids. The goal is to find cures for over 60 types of diseases, as documented in U.S. Patent 6,630,507, issued on October 7, 2003.*

    Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist and the father of medically oriented cannabis research, is the man responsible for identifying the chemical structures of both THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), and discovering that our bodies have specific receptors for interacting with cannabis. Mechoulam also discovered the endocannabinoid system that affects every cell in the body, and determining that its manipulation could be instrumental in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. An overview of his lifetime work on cannabis is at www.zamnesia.com/blog-a-must-watch-medical-cannabis-documentary-the-scientist-n757.

    CNN journalist and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta stimulated a national dialogue on medical marijuana with three episodes of his series Weed (1, 2, 3). These episodes focused on the use of medical marijuana and its effect on children with epilepsy and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These programs sparked a national debate on the efficacy of medical marijuana for curing cancer and reducing pain.

    Currently, 23 states have legalized the use of cannabis for medical use and Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have legalized it for recreational use. Soon California voters will decide on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana during the 2016 Presidential Election.

    According to world-renowned medical cannabis research expert and author Robert J. Melamede, Ph.D., “Modern, peer-reviewed science now clearly shows that all humans, and in fact all vertebrates, have an endocannabinoid system, meaning cannabis from within. Our endocannabinoid system regulates everything in our bodies from conception to death (circulatory, digestive, immune, nervous, reproductive, and tegumenary systems and musculature). Consequently, the medicinal value of cannabis is unique and incredibly powerful. I believe that as the cannabis awakening spreads across the world and the cannabinoid levels of the human population increase, we will benefit from a decrease in age-related illnesses (cancers and autoimmune, cardiovascular, neurological, and skeletal illnesses). Consequently, cannabis-based medicines that promote health will replace current pharmaceuticals — and their negative effects – in the treatment of many disorders. The big pharma approach to medicine will be replaced by more natural approaches that are more harmonious with life. The increase in cannabinoid activity will alter humanity’s dialogue with ourselves and with nature. It’s man’s greatest chance for surviving our natural stupid, greedy, and self-destructive behavior that’s destroying the biosphere and its ability to support humans.”

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institute of Health has updated the FAQs on its website to include recent studies on marijuana showing that it can and has killed cancer cells using animal studies.

    These are the findings of some NCI cannabis studies:

    • Cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
    • Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
    • A laboratory study of delta -9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
    • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
    • A laboratory study of cannabidiol in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as with temozolomide more effective.

    These studies are considered by the NCI as pre-clinical. All were done using animals. According to NCI, no clinical trials of cannabis use for the treatment of cancer in humans have been published.

    The NCI has included findings on peripheral benefits for cancer patients from marijuana:

    • Delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids stimulate appetite and can increase food intake.
    • Cannabinoid receptors have been studied in the brain, spinal cord, and nerve endings throughout the body to understand their roles in pain relief.
    • Cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatory effects that may play a role in pain relief.

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse, another of the agencies of the National Institutes of Health, has referred to marijuana studies, including one that showed “marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.”

    President Richard Nixon declared a “war on cancer” in 1975 – but still, today, one out of three women will contract breast cancer and one out of four men, over 65, will have prostate cancer. The only winners in the “war on cancer” are Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Big Media thriving on a $1.2 trillion industry.

    The “medical industrial complex” built and controlled by Big Pharma and Big Medicine and promoted by Big Media through television commercials are watching this unfolding drama that will have a major impact of their billion-dollar business model based on disease maintenance and management solutions that prescribe a “pill and bill for every ill” and “cut, burn and poison” with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, rather than a healthcare disease-prevention and wellness program that integrates natural medicine with exercise and plant-based nutrition. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food – and, above all, do no harm.”

    Our federal, state, and many local governments are running up huge deficits, and therefore need to find new revenue sources. Congress is poised to legalize adult use of medical marijuana and tax cannabis at the federal level on top of the state and local levels, meaning the states wishing to legalize cannabis would no longer have to worry about intervention from the Federal level.

    President Nixon’s declaration of the “war on drugs” over 44 years ago and listing of marijuana as a Schedule One drug, along with heroin and cocaine, resulted in many unintended consequences which American taxpayers are paying for now. The use of marijuana was decried by Big Media as a “gateway drug” that would lead to heroin and cocaine abuse and ultimately death; but government data showed there were more deaths caused by highly popular prescription drugs for pain and anxiety mixed with alcohol use than there were motor vehicle fatalities in 2009. There were at least 37,485 drug-related fatalities that year, according to preliminary data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were no reported statistics on the deaths due to marijuana abuse or overdose.”

    Medical marijuana is one of many natural, inexpensive and disruptive healing solutions that will reinvent our broken and expensive healthcare system and impact Big Pharma’s control of the lucrative $1.2 trillion prescription drug market. It’s time for the federal government to chart a new course to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana, much like alcohol and tobacco. The prohibition of marijuana has cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars not only in securing the U.S.-Mexico border, but also incarcerating an enormous number of young people, especially young male blacks and Latinos for minor drug infractions.

    The “war on drugs” has destroyed our neighborhoods by giving the street gangs the financial power to spread nationally and internationally with easy drug money. Just as the prohibition of alcohol gave rise to the Mafia cartel with liquor during the 1920s, the “war on drugs” gave rise to the neighborhood street gangs in the ‘70s.

    Nearly twenty years after voters made California the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana, Governor Jerry Brown signed the most comprehensive bill to regulate the multibillion dollar business from “seed to sale” to generate revenue for the state and local governments. When California legalizes recreational marijuana use, the state can anticipate another multi-billion dollar revenue source.

    President Obama and Congress along with local policy makers and leaders must rethink, revise, and reverse the current path along which the country seeks the health and wellness of its people by addressing the root causes of the diseases that affect our people, rather than the symptoms. The unintended consequences that result from our failed policies are a wake-up call for all Americans to rethink our national priorities in terms of our health, our safety, and our security.

    Like solar and wind energy that accelerated the first green gold rush to assuring our energy independence and security from imported oil and creating a heathier environment, the Next Green Gold Rush: Medical Marijuana hopefully will empower people to live a healthier and pain-free lifestyle without invasive surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. This vision is a big part of the future of medicine, promising to lead us to change our healthcare system from remediation and damage control to prevention and wellness for generations to follow.

    Les Hamasaki is a sustainable development urban planner and former Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner under Mayor Richard Riordan and Los Angeles Airport Commissioner under Mayor Tom Bradley. He is the Executive Director of the JW Kennedy Foundation, Inc., an integrative naturopathic non-profit corporation.

    RESPONSE FROM THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TO “THE NEXT GREEN GOLD RUSH: MEDICAL MARIJUANA….THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE.”

    Thanks for contacting the Alzheimer’s Association. In recent years, there have been several studies focusing on the potential role of cannabinoids in fighting Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and related dementias. Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in marijuana. The Alzheimer’s Association is currently funding a research project that aims to determine whether cannabinoid drugs can protect dementia-related brain cell damage in mice. The abstract for this project, which appears on http://www.alz.org/research/alzheimers_grants/for_researchers/overview-2013.asp?grants=2013delago, reads:

    “TDP43 (TAR DNA binding protein-43) is a protein linked to several brain diseases. Abnormal forms of TDP43 are found in people who have Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and frontotemporal dementia. Each of these conditions is characterized by inflammation and degeneration of nerve cells.

    Using mice genetically altered to have abnormal TDP43, the researchers plan to determine if this genetic change causes alterations in the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system refers to the ability of some nerve cells in the brain to respond to a class of drugs known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids can come from external sources (such as cannabis) or from naturally occurring molecules in the brain (endocannabinoids). Several studies have shown that activation of the endocannabinoid system in the brain can reduce inflammation and potentially reduce damage to nerve cells.

    Eva De Lago, Ph.D. and colleagues have proposed to study if drugs activating the endocannabinoid system can protect against nerve cell damage in animals with abnormal TDP43. They will then study whether cannabinoid drugs protect the brain from damage related to abnormal TDP43. These studies will help to determine whether cannabinoids may be worth further study for slowing or preventing progression of Alzheimer’s disease and several related conditions.”

    Another research effort is reviewing several studies on the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in brain disease. The abstract for this project appears at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23829360. It states:

    “The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is now recognized as an important modulator of various central nervous system processes. More recently, an increasing body of evidence has accumulated to suggest antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective roles of ECS. In this review we discuss the role and therapeutic potential of ECS in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, brain ischemia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Elements of the ECS, such as fatty acid amide hydrolase or the cannabinoid receptors are now considered as promising pharmacological targets for some diseases. Although still preliminary, recent reports suggest that modulation of the ECS may constitute a novel approach for the treatment of AD.”

    Lastly, I’ve included below the abstract from a third research effort on the endocannabinoid system. This study, also funded by the Alzheimer’s Association, focuses on how endocannabinoids may affect cell-to-cell communication in the brain.

    Keep in mind, however, that all of these studies are at a preliminary stage of development. It will be some time before we truly understand the possible links between marijuana and Alzheimer’s disease …. and before marijuana (or the active chemicals in marijuana) can be considered an appropriate Alzheimer’s therapy.

    I hope you find this information helpful.

    Deficits in Anandamide Signaling Underlie Cognitive Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease

    Kwang Mook Jung, Ph.D.
    University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, California

    Investigator-Initiated Research Grant

    Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring brain chemicals similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. Research indicates that these chemicals can protect brain cells from injury and degeneration. Endocannabinoids may also affect the function of synapses, the tiny channels through which brain cells send and receive chemical messages. These findings suggest that alterations in the endocannabinoid system may inhibit the ability of brain cells to communicate with one another.

    In previous research with autopsied brain tissue, Kwang Mook Jung, Ph.D., and colleagues found significantly less anandamine, a type of endocannabinoid, in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease than in healthy brains.

    For this grant, the researchers hope to confirm their earlier result. They also plan to examine whether alterations in the endocannabinoid system affect levels of beta-amyloid in the brain. Beta-amyloid, a protein fragment, is a key suspect in Alzheimer’s disease. This fragment is suspected of damaging synapses and disrupting cell-to-cell communication within the Alzheimer brain. Using cultured neurons, Dr. Jung’s team will test whether an increase in beta-amyloid levels decreases the number of endocannabinoids. They will also test whether amyloid-induced damage to synapses is associated with disruptions in the endocannabinoid system.

    Results of Dr. Jung’s research could lead to lead to new therapeutic strategies for preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease.

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    RESPONSE BY WENDY COLEMAN ON TOWER GARDENS TO GROW YOUR OWN MEDICINE

    July 2016 Edition

    War on Homelessness, Hunger & Poverty

    Skid Row to GreenRow Urban Farm Initiative

    Les Hamasaki, Green Technology Editor

    Ted Hayes at USC Radisson Teaching Garden * Vertical Aeroponic Tower System

    Ted Hayes pointing to seedling growing in rockwool block

    Rooftop vertical aeroponic farms uses 95% less water, no pesticides or herbicides & seedlings are GMO free

    The Skid Row to GreenRow Urban Farm Initiative is about the future of healthcare, food, water, energy and jobs in urban communities. To win this War on Homelessness, Hunger & Poverty will require learning much more about nature’s pharmacy and innovations in growing, preparing and eating our own medicine. Water-wise and energy-smart vertical tower garden systems present a solution with promise. Powered by solar energy, they can be installed on rooftops, balconies, walls, and in parking lots. Distributed green energy generation and urban farms can transform our urban landscape while generating nutritious food, cleaner air, and an environmentally sustainable future.

    In addition to these measures, a collaboration is forming to advocate launching the Skid Row to GreenRow Urban Farm Initiative. This plan would require every new multi-unit housing construction project for the homeless to set aside 10% of its buildable area for vertical produce growing structures. The organizations advocating to implement this plan by the city are: Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation @ UCLA, L.A. Kitchen, GIVE Urban Farms, Inc., LA Urban Farms, and the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery.

    Homelessness, hunger and poverty are major national crises, especially in dense urban areas including New York and Los Angeles. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a “War on Homelessness” allocating $100 million to begin addressing the city’s homeless and health crises. He has proposed a $1.85 billion bond to finance the construction of affordable homeless housing over the next decade. Each residential building would benefit from an urban farm, a community kitchen for group dining and a multipurpose center devoted to educating tenants about growing and eating healthy foods.

    The Urban Farm Initiative will empower Skid Row’s homeless men and women to become urban farmers and “green chefs” and teach their children to grow and eat healthy whole foods. “Give a man a fish; he will live for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will live a lifetime.”

    Los Angeles’ enormous and growing population of some 35,000 to 45,000 homeless men, battered women, families with children, teenagers, and veterans live on its sidewalks, under its freeway underpasses, in alleys and in cars. Between 4,000 to 5,000 live in the city’s heart, an area adjacent to the Civic Center known as Skid Row in ZIP code 90013, according to the U.S. Census.

    GIVE Urban Farms, located at Union Church of L.A. in Little Tokyo, adjacent to Skid Row, operates ten automated vertical Tower Garden systems, solar powered and nourished by water and air. GIVE Urban Farms (www.GIVEurbanfarms.org), in collaboration with LA Urban Farms, L.A. Kitchen and USC IGM Art Gallery, will educate and train veterans, seniors, and unemployed homeless persons to become urban farmers and green chefs. “These urban entrepreneurs would establish their own locally grown “beyond organic” crops as part of the Urban Farmers Collaborative Commons,” according to Pastor Tim Yee of Union Church LA.

    The unique aspects of the vertical urban farm are:

    · It occupies only a tenth of the space required by soil farming;

    · It produces the same output of food while using 90% less water and fertilizer;

    · It’s entirely sun powered;

    · It requires less maintenance; and

    · Irrigation and nutrient systems are automated and integrated into each of the towers.

    Turning healthy produce into healthy meals is as important as sustainably growing it. Robert Egger, president of L.A. Kitchen (www.lakitchen.org) has stated, “We’ve developed a ‘food incubator’ in Los Angeles to deal with the hunger and food surplus resulting from the current farming and distribution system. Locally grown food, together with our culinary apprentice training program and healthy meals the apprentices prepare for the city’s seniors and families, good in themselves, also create jobs and a foundation for a healthy and resilient community.”

    As human populations and greenhouse gas emissions grow, droughts in California and many other locales worsen, and suburban development consumes precious farmland, we need to rethink and re-plan national food security, the quality and health value of our food, the environmental impacts of today’s industrial food production, and our central farm-to-market distribution system.

    The aeroponic greenhouse technology addresses not only our food security challenges, but also the inherent dysfunctions and inefficiencies in our food production and delivery system which cause a massive waste and pollution of air, soil, surface water, and groundwater. The continuing reliance on pesticides is devastating the nation’s and the world’s fragile ecosystems — virtually the entire biosphere – endangering the future food supply and causing extinction of many of the world’s natural species.

    NASA originally developed the aeroponic agricultural technology to grow food on its future moon bases. This technology has since been adapted to land-based facilities. There is much waste and inefficiency in the current farming and distribution system. Small-scale urban and suburban high-tech agriculture greenhouse facilities, and even urban micro farms are part of the answer to America’s quality-of-life and economy issues at the same time they generate profit. Tomorrow’s sophisticated urban farmers will not be as fully dependent on weather, seasons, or supermarkets. The “farmer in the city” will be responsive, to the needs of urban consumers, from local restaurants to local housewives, and even the local McDonald’s.

    From family farms to corporate industrial farm and now distributed urban farms will become the Third Agriculture Revolution. These urban farms are central to future food production and will be computer-managed solar-powered urban and suburban organic greenhouses constructed within large commercial and industrial buildings. They will grow crops from asparagus to zucchini day and night, year-round. Scientifically and technologically designed, these “solar smart-farms” will operate according to constantly-updated online information directing farmer-managers what to grow, how much to grow, and when to grow to maximize profits and reduce spoilage. The NASA-approved aeroponic agricultural technology employed in these facilities will use less land, water, fertilizer, energy, and pesticides than the traditional rural industrial agriculture. The “just-in-time” fruits and vegetables grown in these urban-ag facilities will be produced with technologies and techniques that minimize waste and maximize flavor and quality.

    According to futurists Alvin and Heidi Toffler, we are experiencing a ‘demassification’ of our society from mass production to specialty and custom production. No longer will mass production, mass media, mass communications, mass education, centralized power, and industrial centralized transportation networks be society’s only set of solutions. The 21st century will be green and digital, running on satellite and wireless broadband communications, onsite wireless solar-electric generation, distance learning, and telecommuting.

    The Third Agricultural Revolution will be a “distributed agriculture” — high-tech, solar-powered, organic, and local. Distributed food production is eminently practical. Today, farmers must rely on refrigerated transportation to deliver their produce to customers in metropolitan areas. In California nearly 50 percent of the fresh food never reaches market because of defect, spoilage, or oversupply. Transportation costs and spoilage losses account for up to 75 percent of the cost of food production.

    Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, goes so far as to define a “food bubble” economy — created by over-pumping aquifers, overflowing and overgrazing land, and overloading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide. Like the U.S.-born housing bubble before it, Brown predicts the bursting of the food bubble will ricochet worldwide with dire consequences, including “survival itself” at stake for people living on the lower rungs of the global economic ladder.

    If we are to create a sustainable future, we must learn how Mother Nature creates balance and harmony in the global ecosystem. In our natural environment, one creature’s waste is another creature’s food supply. Mother Nature continually recycles, reengineers, redesigns, and reuses waste products. The only external input nature requires is solar energy, the source of all life. In our economic system, one person’s waste is another person’s problem. Eventually it becomes a major problem for all living creatures. We pollute the air we breathe, poison the soil that grows our food, contaminate seas with sewage, and genetically modify food we consume. Our economic system model is based on overconsumption, waste, and greed, as opposed to harmony and balance.

    America’s and the world’s future farmers will be a new breed of technologically-oriented social entrepreneurs, living and working down on the “Farm in the City” to combat hunger, pollution, and water shortages and to create a sustainable local and global food production future. The War on Homelessness, Hunger & Poverty Urban Farm Initiative is the first step to help those most vulnerable in our social commons that will be the beginning of the Third Agricultural Revolution.

    Les Hamasaki is an urban and regional sustainable development planner. He served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission under Mayor Richard Riordan and the Los Angeles Airport Commission under Mayor Tom Bradley. He is the former Executive Director of the Green Institute for Village Empowerment, Inc. (GIVE) that launched the Green Valley Initiative and its vision of the Inland Empire as a global green technology and information science center to combat climate change and to create a jobs-and-housing balance in that region. He is the founding member of GIVE Urban Farms at Union Church LA.

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    Legalization of Marijuana…

    GREEN GOLD RUSH…

    INCARCERATION NATION IMPACT

    Les Hamasaki, Green Technology Editor

    Incarceration Nation illustration

    California’s legalization of recreational and medical marijuana is a win-win for the Golden State, generating needed jobs and revenues for cash-strapped rural areas and urban cities alike, while reducing the incarceration of young men, especially African Americans and Hispanics, for minor drug offenses.

    With the passage of Proposition 64, California is projected to generate up to $5 billion in sales in the coming years, accounting for 76% of the total revenue potential for the new “recreational marijuana” states, according to Marijuana Daily Research.

    Eight states have legalized recreational marijuana, including the recent addition of California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada, while Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota have legalized medical cannabis. The projected national sales of medical and recreational marijuana in three to five years is projected to be between $6.6 and $7.6 billion, according to Marijuana Business Daily.

    The War on Drugs and the Incarceration Nation

    In July 1971, President Nixon declared a War on Drugs whose most important feature was the establishment of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin and LSD. That act had large intentional and unintentional consequences, and is the biggest reason the United States became the notorious “Incarceration Nation”; the U.S. has over 25% of the world’s prison population, while making up only 5% of the world’s population. Overwhelmingly it’s young African American and Hispanic men who have been caught, tried, and incarcerated because of minor possession of marijuana, thanks to the get-tough-on-crime policies of our political leaders. Rushed to enact stop-and-frisk searches and “three strikes you’re out” laws, American state legislators’ get-tough-on-crime-laws have targeted otherwise innocent young African Americans along with smaller numbers of white hippies while diverting police attention from other more serious bad behavior, such as wildly dangerous high-speed driving and the relentless spread of guns and high-tech weapons.

    The War on Drugs had its roots in the turbulent 1960s decade that saw the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement along with multiple urban riots, the relentlessly violent Vietnam War and attendant student protests that were sometimes violent as well along with the violent police and political response that ultimately resulted in the 1970 student massacre at Kent State, and the serial assassinations of President John Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy. The extreme political polarization of today also is rooted in that period a half-century ago, when Nixon’s so-called Southern Strategy turned the “Solid South” from solidly Democratic (and therefore a not-always-willing participant in overall American liberalization) to solidly Republican and fully reactionary, including in regard to drug policies, along with much of the rest of the American interior, while the coasts and upper Midwest stayed Democratic and liberal.

    One of the unintentional consequences of the drug war was the rise of street gangs. Just as Prohibition’s denial of legal alcohol, enacted at the beginning of the 1920s, gave rise to the Italian Mafia in the East, the War on Drugs gave rise to street gangs empowered with easy money by selling drugs on street corners and in public parks in minority neighborhoods. The drug war not only ravaged African American communities, but also created huge disorder, violence and repression in countries like Colombia, Mexico, and several Central American countries by drug cartels that came into existence to supply drugs to feed the addiction of American drug users.

    The legalization of recreational marijuana by California, Washington and Colorado has started a trend that many and eventually most of the other states will follow. The logic is unbeatable, as recreational marijuana in these states has already created many new entrepreneurial businesses and employees, along with significant new tax revenues for state and local governments, and a notable reduction of the financial and workload strain on their judicial systems.

    Currently over 2.4 million Americans languish in jail and prison due to drug convictions, over 60% of them black or Hispanic men. Penal institutions are colleges for educating criminals and training grounds for gangs. The illustration of Incarcerated Americans-1920 to 2010 provides a snapshot of the drugs-to-prison crisis America faces. A whopping total of 10.3 million Americans are in jail or prison, or on parole or probation.

    The Real Drug Dangers

    Massive though our law-enforcement response to drug use has been and continues to be, drug addiction is actually a health issue and needs to be addressed within our healthcare program, not in the criminal justice system. And marijuana, used moderately and appropriately, is not even a health issue any more than moderate drinking of beer is a health issue, let alone a criminal justice issue. This terrible, cruel, wasteful, unjust response to drug use is the real “Reefer Madness”!

    The most dangerous drug for our children is not marijuana, but rather is sugar – sweet stuff our mothers give us when we’re good — that leads to diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease. Over 30% of U.S. school-age children are obese, a fact that is seriously impacting our healthcare system (not to mention the kids and the adults they will soon be!).

    Meanwhile America continues to ignore the cycle of racism, bigotry, inequality, poverty and homelessness whose continued festering keeps the country from forthrightly righting the wrongs perpetuated for so long on its African American communities, including the War on Drugs.

    Medical marijuana has been proven to be an effective natural drug, although more research will be needed – and is being done – to support that claim. Marijuana may have caused fatal auto accidents that have killed and injured innocent people, but the fact is that there are more deaths due to prescription drugs ingested with alcohol than people killed in auto accidents — over 33,000 deaths per year, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    With the legalization of the medical and recreational use of cannabis in California and several other states, the United States has started its transition from the Incarceration Nation to the Inclusive Nation. The new presidency of Donald Trump most likely will slow this progress, but the trend has started and will not be deterred.

    Along with its landmark policies on gay rights, public transportation, education, the treatment of farm animals, green energy, carbon reduction and climate-protection, and many others, California and its attitude toward marijuana will lead the nation into a new more tolerant and healthy 21st century lifestyle – yet another way that the Golden State is a Model State. California is bringing America closer to being the City on the Hill touted by president Ronald Reagan (who, notably, intensified Nixon’s drug war), but not for the reasons the former California governor put forth. Today’s Golden State is also the Green State – environmentally, productively, creatively, and beautifully.

    Hace 64 años Luis Aparicio dio el primer paso a la inmortalidad

    Un día como hoy en 1956, en un gélido Chicago, Luis Aparicio se colocó por primera vez un uniforme de las Grandes Ligas. Vio su nombre por primera vez en la alineación de los Medias Blancas, que se enfrentaban a los Indios de Cleveland en el desaparecido Comiskey Park.

    Vaya responsabilidad tenía en sus manos de un joven de 22 años de edad en ese momento. Iba a ser el campocorto de los patiblancos inmediatamente tras la salida de Alfonso Carrasquel, quien se convirtió en uno de los jugadores favoritos del equipo. Ahora “Chico” estaba en la cera de enfrente, como parte del equipo aborigen.

    “Aún lo recuerdo como si fuera ayer. Aquí en mi casa tengo aún fotos de ese día. Allí estuvo conmigo Alfonso Carrasquel, quien era todo un personaje. Alfonso me aconsejó mucho”, recordó Aparicio en una nota de prensa. “Él fue mi ídolo. Yo no creía que iba a jugar en su lugar hasta que lo vi en los periódicos de Chicago. Me enteré gracias a la prensa que lo estaba sustituyendo”.

    En seis años con los Medias Blancas, Carrasquel fue a cuatro Juego de las Estrellas. Con su físico de 1.83 metros de estatura, se ganó el respeto de los exigentes fanáticos de Chicago. Ahora el turno del diminuto Aparicio, quien con un 11 en espalda y 1.75, se hacía cargo de las paradas cortas.

    “Mi debut fue algo redondo al tener allí también a ‘Chico’ Carrasquel. Él me ayudó muchísimo a llegar allí, tanto en el terreno como fuera del terreno. Jugar contra el ‘Chico’ es el mejor recuerdo de ese día”, continuó el zuliano.

    Dura prueba para Luis Aparicio

    Además de los característicos nervios por debutar en las Grandes Ligas, Luis Aparicio tenía otra difícil tarea. Debía enfrentarse al lanzador de los Indios Bob Lemon, quien era un veterano de 35 años de edad, con más de 180 juegos ganados, siete visitas al Juego de las Estrellas y que recibió votos para el Jugador Más Valioso en seis de los últimos siete años.

    “Era un pitcher que lanzaba de todo. Tenía muy buena curva”, afirmó el venezolano. “Era como los lanzadores de antes, que no estaban con tonterías. Si les hacía buenos swings te la tiraban por la cabeza para intimidarte”.

    Aparicio no se intimidó. Pegó un sencillo en tres visitas al plato y no se ponchó en ninguna ocasión. Mientras que defensivamente completó una doble matanza que ayudó a la victoria de los locales 2 a 1 ante Lemon, quien años más tarde se convirtió en huésped del Salón de la Fama.

    El primer paso a la inmortalidad

    Y así arrancó Luis Aparicio su carrera en las Grandes Ligas. Su primera temporada, en 1956, inició una cadena de nueve años liderando el circuito en bases robadas que, aunado a su brillante defensiva, le entregaron el Novato del Año.

    Tres años más tarde, ganó el primero de nueve Guantes de Oro. Esa misma campaña tuvo uno de sus mejores rendimientos ofensivos. Anotó 98 carreras, se estafó 56 almohadillas, terminando en el segundo puesto en las votaciones para el Jugador Más Valioso. Además, lideró a unos Medias Blancas que llegaron a la Serie Mundial, pero la perdieron contra los Dodgers de Los Ángeles.

    Para 1963 se terminó primera experiencia con los Medias Blancas tras ser cambiado a los Orioles de Baltimore. Traspaso que pagó dividendos tres años después, cuando Aparicio ayudó a su equipo a ganar banderín y el título ante los Dodgers.

    En 1968 regresó a los patiblancos y en 1973, con 39 años, cerró su carrera en las Grandes Ligas, siempre como titular en el campocorto. Para 1984 fue exaltado al Salón de la Fama, honor que ningún otro venezolano ha logrado emular.

    Pero arrancó ese día frío en Chicago, cuando tomó el testigo de Chico Carrasquel y se midió a Lemon. Aquella jornada en la que empezó a ganarse el cariño de un país que todavía se emociona cuando lo ve.

    “Estoy muy feliz por la forma en que me trata aún la gente. Todo el mundo. Me ven en la calle y me respetan, me tratan con un cariño del cual estoy muy agradecido. Lo único que tengo que decirle a toda la gente es gracias. Y es una fecha importante, porque no solo empecé mi carrera, sino que gracias a eso, al beisbol, pude tener a mi familia”, cerró Aparicio.

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