Internist and integrative medicine specialist Uday Jani, MD, will give a presentation on natural ways to detox mind and body for stress-free holidays, along with the latest information on cannabidiol oils, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Milton Public Library.
Do cannabidiol oils really deliver on all that’s been promised? They have been purported to cure epilepsy, heal brain injury, reverse depression, prevent anxiety, slow Alzheimer’s and dementia, lessen arthritis pain, treat Crohn’s disease, speed recovery from workouts and calm agitated dogs. Jani will separate fact from fiction at his latest community talk.
“There’s almost as much misinformation as real evidence surrounding CBD oils’ potential for relieving a variety of conditions,” said Jani. “I’m truly gratified to share what’s been learned to date with members of our community who may be understandably confused by conflicting research reports and the plethora of products available in the marketplace.”
Made primarily from hemp plants, CBD oils don’t contain THC, the ingredient responsible for the intoxicating adverse effects of marijuana. Jani said the caution expressed by many medical professionals results from the fact that CBD and hemp oils are currently sold as supplements, not medications, meaning their safety and efficacy are not tested or regulated by the FDA.
“It’s only through lab testing that we can be sure the active ingredients and amounts listed are accurate, and that harmful chemicals and microbes are not present,” he said. “Right now, it’s ‘buyer beware’ because third-party testing is not mandatory, and there’s no way for a consumer to be sure that the claims listed on the label have been verified.”
Jani believes CBD and hemp oils hold a great deal of promise in the areas of pain relief and addiction management, and he hopes to see larger-scale clinical trials exploring the therapeutic benefits and specific constituents and combinations of cannabis, administered via several routes. A clear-eyed scientific approach is vital, said Jani. “We need to maintain distinct lines between our discussions on medicinal cannabis from that of broader social policy on recreational use,” he said.
Jani will also address the challenges of a season that can bring surprising amounts of toxic influences into people’s lives.
“It’s easy to get caught up in the many wonderful indulgences of the holidays and not be vigilant about the kinds of food and drink you’re ingesting,” he said. “With more than 200 toxic chemicals in the body at any given time, it’s important to know how to eliminate them quickly by detoxing the liver and choosing the right foods and nutrients.”
A liver detox, less expensive and invasive than the more commonly known colon cleanse which only flushes out the intestines, can be accomplished fairly easily, according to Jani. Targeting fat-soluble toxins including microorganisms, contaminants, insecticides, pesticides, food additives, drugs, alcohol, metabolic end products - and changing them into a water-soluble form allows them to be naturally excreted. Eating foods such as kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, beets, globe artichokes and arugula, along with nutrients, including B vitamins, folate, fat-soluble vitamins A and D, vitamins C and E, milk thistle, calcium and glutathione, enhances the process.
“When the toxic burden is decreased, the liver can naturally rejuvenate itself, and wellness and vitality are restored to everyday life,” said Jani. “The feeling of improved health and energy is particularly appreciated during the hectic, and sometimes stressful, holiday season.”
Taking an integrative approach to wellness during the holidays means more than simply eliminating physical toxic influences, according to Jani.
“Being able to find peace within yourself, through meditation or prayer, music or movement - and most of all, learning to forgive - is the season’s greatest gift,” he said.
Dr. Uday Jani is in private practice at Shore View Personal Care in Milton, where he blends the best of traditional, integrative and functional medicine. A board-certified internist, Jani believes in treating the whole person - not just the disease - utilizing an evidence-based integrative approach. He completed a two-year integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona, recognized as the leading integrative medicine program in the world, followed by training at the Institute for Functional Medicine in Minneapolis, Minn.
For more information, call 302-684-0990 or go to www.udayjanimd.com.