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Front and center:
The effort to normalize CBD
(BPT) Cannabis is having a moment. This plant
- the focus of legal debate, strong emotion and
great confusion - currently finds itself front and
center in American pop culture, in Congress and
in households across the country.
Where cannabis is not currently is an even larger
issue, as many argue it has life or death conse-
quences.
Cannabis is the plant that produces marijuana,
high in THC, or the element that has psycho-
tropic effects. The same plant is manufactured
to produce CBD, derived from industrial hemp
that¡¯s low in THC (less than .03 percent) with no
psychotropic effects. And yet, the federal gov-
ernment treated both marijuana and hemp as a
schedule one drug until late 2018 when Con-
gress passed the Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill allows hemp to be grown as
an agricultural crop.
Hemp has many uses, but in 2018 a World
Health Organization (WHO) report showed that
CBD derived from industrial hemp has multiple
health benefits, including alleviating PTSD,
chronic pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, sei-
zures and migraines, among others.
More importantly, The WHO showed CBD had
no addictive impact. Additionally, U.S. patent
6630507 also states the medical benefits of
CBD.
¡°I¡¯ve lost more friends from suicide since I¡¯ve
been out than I did in combat,¡± said Malachias
Gaskin, former Army combat medic. ¡°I want to
ask, why would we prescribe medications where
some of the side effects are suicide, then ques-
tion why we lose 22 soldiers a day to suicide?¡±
Gaskin is one of thousands of veterans who are
questioning why the Veterans Administration
is not allowed to prescribe CBD derived from
industrial hemp as an alternative to addictive
opioids. Currently, an estimated 22 veterans
note of how
much better you
feel at work.
Get plenty of
sleep. Don¡¯t
shortcut yourself
here. Without
enough rest
the body and
the mind don¡¯t
perform well.
If you want to
insure burnout,
just continue on
without getting
proper rest. To
do this, most of
us need to turn
off the television
and go to bed
earlier. Getting
up at the same
time every day
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is a good way to optimize sleep cycles. If you don¡¯t
sleep well, get help.
Exercise. One of the easiest, if not the best ways
to improve balance in life is to exercise. The physi-
ology of exercise is nature¡¯s antidote to burnout.
It doesn¡¯t matter what you do, just do it. The
cascade of ¡°feel good¡± chemicals that come with
exercise promotes energy and mental clarity while
washing away many of life¡¯s stressors.
Get out in nature. It seems to be embedded in
our genes somewhere that we need to spend time
in nature. I don¡¯t know if it¡¯s the scenery, fresh
air, crackling campfire, rushing stream, or what,
but there¡¯s no doubt when I need a nature fix.
Combining exercise with nature is just the ticket
to restoring balance and I try to get my exercise
outside walking, hiking, biking, skiing etc.
Eliminate time vampires. Turn off the electron-
ics. Nothing against technology, I love my iMac
and the iPhone is an incredible tool. But like any-
thing, too much of a good thing comes with high
opportunity costs. Part of our family plan is not
having outside television, instead opting for a little
theatre where we can selectively watch movies or
documentaries a few nights per week. Our living
room is filled with books, guitars and a piano. The
constant electronic ¡°noise¡± in our lives today is
sucking the life out of real quality time.
Spend time with supportive family and
friends. Get rid of toxic relationships or situations
in life and seek out the ones that lift you up. The
co-worker that complains, whines or gossips all
the time is not adding positives to your life. That
¡°couch-potato¡± friend will not help you get health-
ier. Associate with friends and family that exem-
plify good health and a good attitude.
Make time for yourself. The only one who will
make time for you, is you. I get up about 3 hours
before going to work. While the coffee is brewing
I start with a short, 15-minute yoga routine. Then
I move on to some quiet, unhurried time to focus
on catch-up work, read, write articles and such.
It also is my time to exercise and have a relaxed
breakfast with my family. By 8am I¡¯ve gotten a lot
done and had some quality time for me.
Get out of the office for lunch or do something
creative over the lunch hour. And when you get
home, again take a little time to unwind and
relax even though you may have chores and re-
sponsibilities to contend with. For me, cooking is
very relaxing, but I¡¯ll confess that playing music
every night is my favorite.
Have purpose. Whatever it is, having purpose
is a healthy part of human psychology. It may
be a hobby, sports, or a job you are passion-
ate about. Having something important to you
makes it rewarding to do. Ambition is a great
motivator, while setting and achieving goals
leads to success, and that feels very good.
Schedule downtime. It¡¯s ok to do nothing, on
purpose. Sit on the front porch and watch the
clouds go by. Take a 20-minute nap. Do medita-
tion or deep-breathing exercises. At the end of
the day it¡¯s just ¡°recharging your batteries¡±.
Make changes that support balance. If you
are not happy with certain elements in life, then
make a change. Pick one area and start small.
Kaizen is a Japanese term that means ¡°improve-
ment¡± or ¡°change for the better¡±. The key is that
Kaizen emphasizes small but continuous chang-
es. Again¡­ SMALL changes.
Maybe you are not thrilled with your job because
your heart is not in it. Perhaps you¡¯ve missed
your calling. Talk with your employer about
moving into a position you find more interest-
ing. Start your own business, or get that degree
you always wanted. If you are willing to work,
change is possible.
The easiest way to add more balance in life
is to focus on the things you have control of.
Start that daily walking routine, learn to play
an instrument, eat healthier, or get more sleep.
Whatever it is, analyze the balance and start tip-
ping the scales in your favor.
(Scott Rollins, MD, is Board Certified with the
American Board of Family Practice and the
American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative
Medicine. He specializes in bioidentical hormone
replacement for men and women, thyroid and
adrenal disorders, fibromyalgia and other com-
plex medical conditions.
He is founder and medical director of the Inte-
grative Medicine Center of Western Colorado
(www.imcwc.com) and Bellezza Laser Aesthetics
(www.bellezzalaser.com). Call 970.245.6911 for
an appt or more information.)
Medicine
In Harmony
by Scott Rollins, M.D.
Staying in balance & avoiding burnout
Burnout is a special kind of stress, best de-
fined as being exhausted and just losing inter-
est in what you do. The physical and mental
effects may lead to cynicism, depression, and
fatigue that can affect one¡¯s health and hap-
piness, as well as relationships and job per-
formance. Avoiding burnout is more than not
working long hours or having a difficult job.
Staying in ¡°balance¡± is the key.
What is balance anyhow? Balance is when dif-
ferent elements are present in relative propor-
tions. Balance is what keeps us upright when
we slip. Balance is also a state of physical,
emotional and mental stability. Finding ways
to achieve and maintain balance in our lives
is the key to avoiding burnout and having a
healthy happy life in general.
Patients, and friends, ask me fairly often ¡°how
do you juggle so many things and avoid burn-
out¡±? Here are some tips for keeping burnout
at bay:
Choose to be happy. Attitude is everything.
Time stress, job stress, financial stress, physi-
cal stress ¨C there are no limits to the obstacles
we all face. The obstacles are a given. What
is not a given however, is how we process and
react to these challenges. Stay positive and
you will perform better and have less to stress
about in the first place. Problem solvers stay
cheerful and focused on positive outcomes.
The old saying ¡°whistle while you work¡± is
good advice.
Eat healthy. Our physiology is built to with-
stand a lot. With proper fuel we can withstand
a whole lot more. Eating high sugar, highly
processed, chemical laden foods will lead to
feeling ill. It¡¯s that simple. You don¡¯t have to
be a diet nazi, nor a health food saint to eat
really well. Our diet impacts how we feel and
how we perform. Have the healthiest break-
fast and lunch you can conjure up and take
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