Dr. Uma Dhanabalan (Ayyadurai) MD MPH FAAFP MRO CMS, i”s a highly respected physician trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine. She’s a Cannabis Therapeutics Specialist, providing Medical Marijuana authorizations. As well she’s a Diplomat certfied as a Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist by the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine (AACM). Her passion is in educating the public about cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. She has an array of patients from age 18 to 96, with various medical conditions, who are using medical marijuana for treatment of their illnesses. Dr. Dhanabalan states “Cannabis is Not an Entrance drug, it is an Exit drug for pharmaceuticals and narcotics.” (Mike Robinson, Dir. of Communications, AACM)
Meeting and talking to Dr. Uma was a transformational experience for me. She logically explains the evolution of her understanding of cannabinoid medicine, starting from an early age. Born in India, moving to the US from India at age 8 with her father, a chemical engineer and her mother, a mathematician and working in computer software, she was raised with a strong interest in science as well as a passion for understanding preventative health.
“I’m a family doctor, went to South Carolina (and) finished my practice residency, then I decided to do my second life which brought me back to Massachusetts to Harvard. Where I did my masters in public health because that’s where I really realized I had to go back to that calling of preventative medicine.”
She goes on to say, ” That was something that has been rooted in me, that’s never really encouraged in most doctors’ lives. You know, it’s always -make a diagnosis- what’s the treatment plan? What’s the ICD code that you have to bill with, and how many people?… La la la la la. That’s the world of healthcare. Ultimately, what people have to live with today. I was very fortunate also, not only did I have all of that as a background, I had a culture. My parents kept up with my language. I spoke five different languages when I came to this country.”
Dr. Uma discusses various experiences she had leading up to her “AHA” moment when she was with her mother who was dying of lung cancer for unbeknownst reasonss, “she had seen a TV program and I could still hear her saying using ganja and I damn well knew what that word was. I beelined it and I heard her said they’re using it for COPD, asthma, lung cancer, PTSD, and I still remember that” From there Dr. Uma has gone on to become one of only 50 physicians certified to practice cannabinoid medicine in the United States. She was one of High Times top 50 females in Cannabis in 2019. I’ll share one more quote to wrap up this intro, with the 3 key facts she shares when doing public speaking, and often she is told by doctors that they just didn’t know this;
“number one, nobody, and I use the word nobody because there are no deaths ever in the world from this medicine. You cannot die from it. You may feel like you’re dying, you ain’t gonna die from it. Fact number two, the government has a patent number 66 35 07, issued on October 7, 2003, and it’s owned by the government. And it clearly states cannabinoids, not just one, cannabinoids, as an antioxidant. And guess what? A neuroprotectant. There’s nothing here about the developing brain. There’s nothing here about neurotoxicity. It says neuroprotectant, and they have known about it for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, strokes, protection of the heart. They have known about it. Fact number three, doctors had the liberty to write prescriptions because it was allowed. And it was in the United States pharmacopeia from 1852 to 1942.” Wow. Check out her website to learn more: http://totalhealthcarethc.com/
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