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Alfred Ryan Nerz is a Yale-educated author, journalist, and TV
producer. He’s also a longtime marijuana enthusiast who has made it his
mission to better understand America’s long-standing love-hate
relationship with our favorite (sometimes) illegal drug. His
cross-country investigation started out sensibly enough: taking classes
at a cannabis college, hanging out with a man who gets three hundred
pre-rolled joints per month from the federal government, and visiting
the world’s largest medical marijuana dispensary. Chapter 13, Mr. Nerz meets Mieko & Joey - Cannabis & Autism
Targeting Components Of The Endocannabinoid Signaling
System May Help Reverse Autism Symptoms
15 Apr 2013
Medical News Today.Com
Mutations found in individuals with autism block the action of molecules made
by the brain that act on the same receptors that marijuana's active chemical
acts on, according to new research reported online in the Cell Press journal Neuron.
The findings implicate specific molecules, called endocannabinoids, in the
development of some autism cases and point to potential treatment strategies.
"Endocannabinoids are molecules that are critical regulators of normal
neuronal activity and are important for many brain functions," says first
author Dr. Csaba Földy, of Stanford University Medical School. "By
conducting studies in mice, we found that neuroligin-3, a protein that is
mutated in some individuals with autism, is important for relaying endocannabinoid
signals that tone down communication between neurons."
When the researchers introduced different autism-associated mutations in
neuroligin-3 into mice, this signaling was blocked and the overall excitability
of the brain was changed.
"These findings point out an unexpected link between a protein implicated
in autism and a signaling system that previously had not been considered to be
particularly important for autism," says senior author Dr. Thomas Südhof,
also of Stanford. "Thus, the findings open up a new area of research and
may suggest novel strategies for understanding the underlying causes of complex
brain disorders." read more
Meet and talk with Martin Lee and DJ Short following the lecture and book signing
By Martin Lee
...Meiko’s uncle, a career LAPD officer, frowned upon marijuana, but he,
too, was impressed by the dramatic changes that occurred after Joey
started eating ganja edibles. The mute, autistic child became more
responsive and more energetic, his body weight nearly doubled, and he
took fewer Big Pharma meds. Cannabis “is an alternative for parents who
have exhausted all other means,” said Hester-Perez...
MARTIN A. LEE has written several books, including Smoke Signals, a comprehensive social history of marijuana, published by Scribner in August 2012. Historian Douglas Brinkley said of Smoke Signals:
“Every American should read this landmark book!” Lee is the director of
Project CBD, an information service that reports on cannabis science
and therapeutics. He is also the associate editor of O’Shaughnessy’s,
the journal of cannabis in clinical practice, and a contributing writer
Lee’s first book, Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD – The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond,
was published by Grove Press in 1986 and by MacMillan UK in 2001.
Andrew Weil in The Nation described Acid Dreams as “Engaging
throughout…at once entertaining and disturbing.” Choice hailed it as “a
landmark contribution to the sociopolitical history of the U.S.” The
American Journal of Psychiatry said the book contained “a wealth of
historical, sociological, and political information.” The San Francisco
Chronicle called it “a generalist’s history that should replace all
others.” Acid Dreams was on the Chronicle’s bestseller list for
six weeks. Featured in several documentaries, including the History
Channel’s special on hippies, Acid Dreams has been translated and published in France, Spain, and the Czech Republic. read more
The Unconventional Foundation for Autism and VeeV Acai Spirit
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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Ten Asian Bistro 4647 MacArthur Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92660
Lola 76 & UF4A "Kick Autism" at The OC Mart Mix in October
76 Designer Gabriela Aceves is teaming up with The Unconventional
Foundation to raise awareness at The OC Mart Mix by donating a portion of her sales from her
Fall 2012 luxury handbag collection to the foundation. UF4A Wristbands, Exclusive
donated artwork by Ana Rodriguez, Brandie Mata and Catrina Coleman and Foundation information is displayed
throughout the store.
Designer, Gabriela Aceves and Mieko Hester-Perez, co-founder founder of UF4A, Both single mothers
bonded over their unconventional approach to their business and being moms.
Senate Bill 946 Autism Health Care Coverage
Parents of children with autism lauded the governor's decision to sign into law a bill that requires health insurers to cover behavioral health treatments for their kids, but questions linger about the therapy and whether the coverage will continue after the main provisions of the federal health law go into effect in 2014.
The law, Senate Bill 946, will be in effect only from July 1, 2012, through July 1, 2014. After that, either the requirement will be covered under the federal law or the state will have to decide what to do next. In his signing message, Gov. Jerry Brown expressed reservations about the law and the therapy, saying, "There are remaining questions about effectiveness, duration, and the cost of the covered treatments that must be sorted out. "There is still much work to be done," he concluded. Read More, What You Need to Know about SB 946.
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