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Autism: Screening, Diagnosis and Wholistic Treatment

April 12, 2019

April is the month designated across the world to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) awareness. The CDC defines ASD as a compilation of symptoms that can cause behavioral, social, and communication challenges. The spectrum of autism disorders can range from gifted intelligence to needing help with day to day functional living. A survey from a November […]

Smokable Cannabis Availability in Florida and How it Impacts You

March 18, 2019

This past week, both the Florida Senate and House passed a new medical cannabis statute (SB 182: Medical Use of Marijuana). The full bill can be read here. The primary goal for this bill is to allow for flowers/buds sold by state authorized dispensaries, that patients can smoke; however, this also means cannabis should be […]

Wholistic Cancer Treatment Choices

February 26, 2019

Although cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, the most feared for many is cancer.  Likely, this is because the majority of people have experienced family and friends who have undergone cancer treatments. Seeing firsthand the side effects as well as the negative impacts on quality of life that can come from cancer is […]

Cannabis Curing Cancer? Here’s What We Know

February 20, 2019

It is widely known that people who undergo traditional cancer therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy, can benefit from medical cannabis. Not only does cannabis reduce the side effects of these powerful treatments, but it can also address the anxiety and depression that often accompanies a life-threatening diagnosis. Additionally, nausea can be reduced, allowing patients […]

Using Medical Cannabis to Treat Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Disease, and Similar Conditions

February 5, 2019

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the medical conditions listed explicitly in Florida’s medical cannabis statute. It is an autoimmune disease that produces symptoms including muscle, joint, and nerve pain; fatigue; muscle spasms and twitches; bladder, bowel, and sexual problems; and, cognitive and emotional changes. Florida patients may qualify for medical cannabis if they are […]

A Ray of Hope Interview with Author Holley Moseley on Treating Epilepsy with High CBD

January 24, 2019

Dr. David Berger interviews mom and author, Holley Moseley, RN, BSN. Holley’s book, A Ray of Hope shares her daughter, RayAnn’s story of using high CBD oil to treat epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Ask Dr. David: Where Are The Gummies and Other Edibles?

November 12, 2018

One of the most frequent questions we hear in my clinic these days is when will qualified Floridians be able to get gummies and other edibles? As many of you know, oral ingestion of CBD and THC is one of the most common ways to administer medical cannabis. Florida laws were never intended to limit […]

Ask Dr. David: What Are Some of the Known Side Effects of Cannabis?

August 30, 2018

In recent years I have been fortunate to work with a wide range of patients who have benefited greatly from medical cannabis. One of the primary purposes of this blog series is to educate our community, so I decided to use this post to address some of the concerns associated with cannabis use so people […]

Junk In and Junk Out – Are Chemical Additives Making our Kids Sick?

August 14, 2018

In response to a growing body of evidence regarding how the synergistic and cumulative effect of chemical additives, environmental toxins, and endocrine disrupting chemicals affect children’s health, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement including guidelines for parents and healthcare providers. 

Ask Nurse Patsy – How Do I Transition My Child’s Sleep Schedule from Summer to School?

August 8, 2018

As summer break winds down, parents of school-age kids are beginning to prepare for the upcoming school year. Back to school preparations include more than just school supply shopping and getting a sports physical. Without a good night of restful sleep, a student may not succeed to their best potential in the classroom or during […]

How the Endocannabinoid System is Like Bowling

July 23, 2018

I have recently been delving more deeply into the cellular function of our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Named after the plant that led to its discovery (cannabis), the ECS is an essential physiological system for establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are abundant throughout the body; they are found in the brain, […]

Has Florida Gone “Up In Smoke?”

June 26, 2018

I have written medical cannabis blogs for more than a year without referencing Cheech and Chong, the stereotypical pot smokers from the late 70’s and early 80’s movies. Now that the courts have ruled it unconstitutional for the State of Florida to prohibit qualified patients from ingesting medical cannabis by smoking it, I figured I […]