I am honored to be a physician with a concierge medical practice in St. Louis, Missouri. My medical education ensured that I continued to uphold my heritage and values. I am a dedicated osteopathic physician who is committed to my Eastern principles. I incorporate this into my daily life and encourage my patients to do the same.
I believe that medical cannabis works for certain health conditions. I am thorough and compassionate. I take time to talk with you about your health needs.
Cannabis is on my mind. Cannabis is on everyone’s mind in Kirkwood, Missouri, whether they like it or not, since the passing of Amendment 2 on November 2017.
But first, let us digress with a story. A few months ago, I went to Nikki Furrer’s A Women’s Guide to Cannabis book signing and discussion at Left Bank Books here in St. Louis. First, the book is highly entertaining. I recommend it for women, men and every gender in between. It is easy to read, relatively up to date and is written in Furrer’s tongue-in-cheek tone that reflects her effervescent personality.
But, there was one thing that stuck in my mind. It applies to me, specifically, as a physician. Furrer shared her experience of obtaining her medical marijuana card in Colorado. She went to a “pot doctor” that wouldn’t look up from his clipboard, he asked her a few questions, she pointed at some random area in her back, he checked some boxes, didn’t do a physical exam, and moved her right along so that he could check the next box of the next patient.
The image of a crammed waiting room filled with massive amounts of people that are going through a revolving door to see a physician comes to mind. Isn’t that what patients are doing already? Instead of a “Doc In the Box” now one has to switch to a “Pot Doc in the Box”?
On top of that, they don’t listen, don’t deviate from the questions on the screen, don’t even look up from their computer—sounds very reminiscent of the insurance doctor giving out opiates doesn’t it?
Patients have been calling me about physician certification for medical marijuana cards. They ask me questions about my practice. They inadvertently paint the same picture of the above scenario. It made me reflect on my own practice and I wanted to convey what I offer regarding physician certifications for medical marijuana cards.
Finally, I want to end with a topic that is very important when talking about cannabis that the Western world is not as familiar. We need to evolve with cannabis by taking a step back. 5,000 years back. Ayurveda, Sanskrit for ayur, meaning life and veda, meaning knowledge, has a 5,000 year health care tradition. Ayurveda has been using cannabis, or vijaya, for about as long. Ayurveda is methodical and scientific for it’s time. In ayurvedic tradition, a patient’s constitution, the season, the vehicle it which cannabis is ingested is all taken into consideration. There is value in what the ancients were doing.
By appointment only.
Cost: $200 for 30-minute new visits.
What to bring: Bring a valid ID, fill out forms before you come, bring prescription bottles, and old records.
Please review DHSS for qualifying medical condition.
Come and hear about Cannabis Energetics: Using Cannabis/CBD Holistically on April 6th from 2-3:30pm. Cost: $40
Location: 8748 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, MO, 63119