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Thanks to hemp oil teenager Alysa Erwin has beat the odds
After some family discussion, including Alysa, they decided to stop the chemo and try the Simpson oil. The next step was to actually get some, which they did with the help of Gersh Avery in the Ann Arbor area. She took her first dose of the oil in early August. Carly mixed some with peanut butter and fed her daughter a teaspoon full. After the very first dose there was a miraculous transformation in the sick girl.
Alysa began gaining weight and they were back home by the time her 18th birthday rolled around in early October. By Larry Gabriel - Editor
It was four years ago, in January 2011 that
debilitating headaches began to plague then 14-year-old Alysa Erwin. A few months later the Erwin family’s lives were upended when she was diagnosed with grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma – brain cancer – at the Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan Medical Center. The prognosis was grim; Alysa might live 18 to 24 months with the help of chemotherapy. The tumor was one of the spider web types; it was spread through her brain with no centralized mass that could be targeted with radiation. It was shortly after they began the
treatment that the Erwins became familiar with medical marijuana and Rick Simpson Hemp Oil, a cannabis extract that some people use to treat cancer, and began traveling an up and down trail that they’re still on. Unfortunately they are foundering their way through the process with little guidance from the medical establishment as they try to save Alysa’s life. After Alysa was first diagnosed she was given a course of chemo, a pill form drug called Temedor and sent back to their northern Michigan home. The chemo treatment had her bedridden. “She was deathly sick,” says her mother Carly Erwin.
The teenager’s headaches were worse and she couldn’t keep food down. Her parents worried that the treatment was as bad as the disease. Then they heard from Carly’s father who lived downstate. He’d heard about the Simpson oil and thought that might hold some hope for his granddaughter. The family began researching and watched the videos What If Cannabis Cured Cancer and Run from the Cure. Those and numerous others on the subject are available on YouTube. “This is the end, we thought,” says Carly. “If this is all that chemo can do, at least we can make her comfortable for the months that she had left with us.”
“About 30 minutes after taking cannabis oil she was out of her room eating and smiling,” says Carly. “We knew what we wanted after seeing her but we wanted to see what she wanted because it was her body. The light was back in her eyes again. She was back to herself. She said she wasn’t doing chemo anymore; she was only doing cannabis oil.” The Erwins were unsure of the legal territory they were in and feared telling the doctor what they were doing. The next MRI was taken about three months after the initial chemo treatment. That continued, PG. 6 see CANCER
7 scientific reports on cannabis and cancer By Rick Thompson
Success stories of cancer treated with marijuana, or concentrates of the plant, are becoming commonplace in mainstream media. Americans have heard the arguments, they’ve seen the videotaped testimony of the ill, and polling says they overwhelmingly believe marijuana is medicine. Those tales of healing are just not enough for many others. “Cannabis beats cancer” is a tough mantra for many who have heard negative propaganda against it all their lives. Worldwide, 7.6 million people die each year die from cancer. That’s a pretty tough scourge to fight, but the science is coming in with some hope for patients and their families. Here are seven scientific reports that may be more believable: 1. A study published in 2011 by
the British Journal of Pharmacology titled “The Endocannabinoid System and Cancer: Therapeutic Implications” looked at three cancers: breast, prostate and bone. It concluded that cannabis has “therapeutic value” in treating those cancers. THC and “the endocannabinoid system play a role in inhibiting cancer cell proliferation and angiogenesis, reducing tumor growth and metastases and inducing apoptosis (selfdestruction for cancer cells) in all three types of cancer.” The researchers went on to say, “activation of the endocannabinoid signaling system produces anti-cancer effects in other types of cancer including skin, brain gliomas and lung.” 2. Spanish researchers, in 2006, observed that same apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells when exposed to cannabinoids. “In conclusion, results presented here show that cannabinoids lead to apoptosis of pancreatic tumor
cells via a CB2 receptor,” the researchers declared. Scientists wrote: “Cannabinoids also reduced the growth of tumor cells in two animal models. … [It] inhibited the spreading of pancreatic tumor cells … [and] selectively increased apoptosis and TRB3 expression in pancreatic tumor cells.” 3. Apoptosis appears in Italian scientific literature regarding CBD and brain tumors. Researchers from the University of Insubria observed “the antiproliferative effect of CBD was correlated to induction of apoptosis” in brain cancer. “The nonpsychoactive CBD was able to produce a significant antitumor activity both in vitro and in vivo,” the study summarized. 4. A 2007 Harvard University Study
said that THC shrinks lung cancer tumors. “The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread,” the
researchers discovered. Exposure to THC led to a 60% reduction in lung lesions, arrested development of tumors and reduced mobility of tumor tissues–even shrinking existing tumors by 50%.” THC may also interfere with angiogenesis and vascularization, which promotes cancer growth.” 5. CBD is linked to “turning off” the genetic signal that tells cancer to spread. Researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center reported in 2012 that the ID-1 gene, which is responsible for telling tumors to grow, can be put in check with highdose applications of CBD. Although their original findings were limited to breast cancer, the scientists are now saying every tumor with the ID-1 gene can experience the same effect from CBD. 6. Leukemia cells exposed to six different types of cannabinoids saw their continued, PG. 8 see REPORTS
Cannabis and Cancer about the story of Alysa Erwin and how she beat brain cancer twice using cannabis oil.