Keep Your Laws Off My Body? MS Edition

I hear cannabis can really be of benefit people with neurological conditions like my own, and those fringe hippie wacko slackers over at the American Academy of Neurology agree.

I’m too sick and tired to get my hopes up, but boy, passage of a bill like this sure would restore some of my faith in our elected officials.

Well, not MY elected officials, because my candidates never win. But somebody’s elected officials, bless them.

“The science has been in for a long time, and keeping marijuana on Schedule I — with heroin and LSD — is ludicrous,” Cohen said in a statement Tuesday. “I am pleased to join with Congressman Don Young in introducing this important bill to bring the federal government in line with the science and the American people, respect states’ rights, remove the threat of federal prosecution in states with medical marijuana, and help our citizens access the treatments they need.”

via Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum.

Menopause affects women much longer than thoughtless scientists previously thought

Women going through menopause may have hot flashes and night sweats that last for more than seven years, according to new research that debunks long-held theories that symptoms are mostly short-lived

On the one hand, I’m glad they’ve finally gotten around to asking some Actual Women about their Actual Menopause experiences. Groundbreaking stuff! (THAT they asked, not WHAT they found out, that is.)

On the other hand, I’m (once again) Horrified That It Took This Long®.

via Hot flashes, night sweats can affect women much longer than previously thought – Chicago Tribune.

What’s in YOUR Supplements?

Schneiderman said that only 4 percent of Walmart’s supplements (“Spring Valley” brand) actually contained the ingredients listed on the label, while 18 percent did at Walgreens (“Finest Nutrition” brand), 22 percent at GNC (“Herbal Plus” brand), and 41 percent at Target stores (“Up & Up” brand). Only the GNC garlic consistently tested as advertised, according to the AG’s office.

A research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine (free full text) a few years ago on a bunch of OTC Vitamin D supplements showed similar variability, ranging from 9% to 146% potency.

That’s the #1 reason I have accepted only prescription Vitamin D (and now B12). If it’s important enough for my doctor to recommend, then it’s important to me that I get the amount I need!

via Big Retailers Ordered to Stop Selling ‘Adulterated’ and ‘Mislabeled’ Herbal Supplements | Food Safety NewsFood Safety News.

Edited to fix opening quotation formatting that broke when posting from my phone earlier.