Is the US Healthcare system all it’s cracked up to be?
The short answer is, No. And it’s because it’s a fee-for-service system which sets it up for the potential of incentives and human greed. As a Brit living in the USA, I have witnessed how really messed up US Healthcare system is many times. One example was a young athlete who had a slight discomfort in his hip whose “specialist” recommended elective surgery to “prevent further discomfort”. Unfortunately, the surgery went wrong and left him in excruciating pain, so his doctor’s first response was to prescribe Opiates. But the opiates only masked the pain, which then became chronic, so tragically he become addicted to the opiates and lost touch with the life once knew. This is twenty-first Century Western medicine, ladies and gentlemen, and in my opinion, it’s shameful. It’s not a HEALTH-care system, it’s a SICK-care system – one that keeps people sick, by feeding us unhealthy processed food, using synthetic medicines that create side-effects that make us feel even worse.
Thank goodness Mother Nature provided us with all the resources we need to heal ourselves, as long as we take the time to familiarize ourselves with her gifts.
Hi, my name is Kate Rolston, and I’ve lived in the States for over 20 years. Five years ago, I was shooting a pilot for a documentary on Chronic Pain, when I learned that - according to a report from the Institute of Medicine - over 100 million people suffer from Chronic Pain in America! One patient I interviewed was a young man called Evan. I was so touched by his story because, although he was a weekend athlete, healthy and successful, he was in terrible pain and he couldn’t sit or stand for more than five minutes! Consequently, his career, his love life and his social life had all suffered - dramatically. His specialist has been prescribing the opiates for over about a year, and his condition was not improving but getting worse! He was also taking anti-depressants and sleep aids. Fortunately, Evan’s mom was a holistic nurse and she found him a Physical Therapist who was grounded in functional medicine. Their ‘out of the box’ techniques, such as hypnotherapy and breath work, had enabled him to sit for 45 minutes, but although he saw gradual improvements, he could not conceive of a life without pain. After the interview, I relayed his story to my husband, Kyle - a practitioner of natural medicine who had been using full spectrum cannabis oils successfully with his clients - and I asked him to help.
Kyle interviewed Evan, got a full history and created a bespoke protocol for getting him off the Opiates without any other pharmaceuticals or the terrible associated withdrawal symptoms. In fact, the entire protocol uses organic food-based supplements and probiotics to fix his damaged gut, help him detoxify from the opiates, support his mood and he used a staged dosing of potent full spectrum cannabis oil to address the pain, inflammation and repair his damaged nerves.
“I cannot thank you enough for your bravery and giving me my life back.
It’s a miracle”
Three weeks later, Evan had not experienced any of the typical opiate withdrawal symptoms, he was able to sit for several hours. Then, two months later, he was 100% improved and could sit for long stretches without pain; he has started working full-time and finally had his social life back again! He called us to express his gratitude saying, “I’m pain free and I can finally envision a life without pain! I cannot thank you enough for your bravery and giving me my life back. It’s a miracle.” That was the moment for me. I said, “Kyle, this is Mother nature’s Miracle Medicine (M3), and we have to start a company that educates and brings this gift to the people!” Kyle said, “Only if the company pillars are based on purity, consistency and consciousness,” and right there, M3 Life was born.
Kyle’s had a very interesting journey to say the least. Whilst in grad school studying Geology and Environmental Sustainability in the late 1980’s, he read Jack Herer’s famous book about Hemp, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” which inspired him to write a paper where he posited that the only sustainable future for mankind was a Hemp-Based Agricultural Society. His professors weren’t impressed with his bold stance and ultimately, he left grad school. As a documentarian, I wonder, “What was it that bothered the professor so much? What is it about this plant that everyone is so afraid of? Why has it been prohibited, made illegal and more importantly why have we been lied to for so long?”
This article can’t answer all of those questions, but if you haven’t read the book, we highly recommend you do so, because one of greatest features it points out is that there are over 25,000 uses for the hemp plant. Depending on the strains, it can provide everything from natural cannabinoid medicines, some of the most nutritious foods on earth, animal feed stock, dozens of personal-care uses, potent skincare, it’s a great renewable energy source, and it can be made into fabrics, rope, paper, packaging, plastics and even building materials, called hempcrete!
How We Got Started
So, as with any business venture we dived right in to research, attending every industry trade show we could find, educated ourselves, networked, wrote a business plan, raised money and drove 10 days cross-country to be immersed in the fully legal state of California. In the early days, I didn’t feel like I fit in at all; as there were lots of growers, hippies and people who typified the typical ‘stoner lifestyle’, but that rapidly changed as more states legalized and more entrepreneurs and experienced business folk are entering the space. In our 4th month of operations, we attended the largest industry show of the year, MJBizcon, and I signed-up for the Science Symposium where the Keynote speaker was a Dr. Jenny Wilkins. Two minutes into her presentation, I was hooked. This speaker was incredible, and by far the best I had heard at any conference! As a scientist, compound pharmacist as well as a Natural Medicine and Anti-Aging doctor, she has a very unique understanding of human physiology, the pharmacokinetics, and pharmacology of this miracle plant! Not to mention she’s a mother of four and has a wicked sense of humor, but most exciting to us was the fact she is a Functional Medicine doctor, so like Kyle, she analyzes and treats the whole patient, not just the symptoms. In fact, Dr. Jenny has recently been selected as Top Naturopathic Doctor of 2019 in Stem Cell and Cannabinoid Therapy by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession.
We met at lunch the next day, and as we shared our passionate stories for giving back and our visions for changing the world, I realized right there in the middle of the noisy trade show, I’d managed to weed out the best-of-breed, and a voice in my head said, “I’d found my soul-sister!!”