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kwolfsbane asked: Do you think it would be okay for physicians to smoke marijuana? It's safer and healthier then alcohol, and it has a plethora of good benefits. Elevating stress, anxiety, and depression are some. And would it be appropriate for a physician to recommend it to his/her patient?


I think that if you have a medical condition that can be treated with medications that have tons of studies behind them supporting their efficacy, and your doctor has prescribed that medication, then it’s okay to use it. If there is an “alternative” out there that doesn’t have such great studies backing it, is expensive, and potentially illegal, why use that alternative when other things work just as well or better? 

I hope when you say “elevating” you mean “alleviating,” because if MJ elevates stress, anxiety, and depression, I’d say those were pretty good reasons NOT to use it. And actually, there are some studies out that suggest that chronic marijuana use does worsen depression. Yes, I know there are studies that say the exact opposite as well. That is sort of my point. We can’t really recommend a treatment that doesn’t have good, well-designed, consistent studies behind it to back it up. 

It is not okay for a physician to use any intoxicating substance when they will be treating patients. This applies to alcohol, marijuana, other illicit drugs, and prescription drugs. How would you feel if you knew that your surgeon planned to smoke a joint or pop some pills before cutting you open? Have we learned nothing from watching House?

It is absolutely NOT appropriate for a physician to recommend anything illegal to their patients. So if a doc practices in a state where marijuana isn’t legal, it’s not ok to recommend it, regardless of its “benefits”.  If they practice in a state where medical marijuana is legal, well then I guess they would be able to prescribe it. I’ve had patients ask me my opinion on it, and I basically give them the pros and cons of marijuana use and remind them that it is still illegal in our state. 


The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.

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@russvalenzuela she’s better in real life.

@russvalenzuela she’s better in real life.

Learn to trust the journey, even when you do not understand it. (via thedailypozitive)

This is how I feel right now. I got accepted to a special masters program in Virginia. My full time work plus student has paid off. I am moving across the country in less than 3 weeks. I need to pack. I need to sell my car. I need to xyz. I’m excited/NERVOUS. I am going to bust my ass and get into med school!!! Ahhhhhhhh (insert battle cry of choice)!!!!!!!

Here goes that post bacc!






Source. This is a real thing. It’s happening.

HIV Has Been Cured in a Child for the First Time

HIV Cure: New Drug ‘Vacc-4x’ May Become First Functional Cure Against the Virus

The Man Who Had HIV and Now Does Not

This is HUGE news, and of course no one is talking about it because it is not a part of popular culture. For the first time in the history of the world, there is a possible preventative cure for one of the most deadliest viral diseases to have entered the human gene pool. There is hope for those who have been diagnosed with a disease that may have given them only 20 or so years to live. This breakthrough in the science/pharmaceutical community means that other viral diseases and genetic mutations that were once incurable are now on the table for complete eradication. I’m absolutely seething that no one is talking about this on the news 24/7.

and while this is hella important, herpes is getting complex to the point there is no cure or no way to work with it.

I really need both of these to go viral.


Except the baby wasn’t cured, and the virus is back unfortunately. It hides out in a number of places that are very elusive and difficult to track down.

But then there is this which has potential to flush it out of those hiding places.!/content/1.2716085


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