(TMU) — George Gannon was told by doctors in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand that he had only months to live after a grave diagnosis of not one, but twelve brain tumors. After the diagnosis, an immediate return home to the U.K., and brief treatment, Gannon took matters into his own hands, achieving stunning results.
The 30-year-old from Basingstoke, Hampshire began using cannabidiol (CBD) oil in December of last year before stopping chemotherapy treatments in February due to significant deterioration of his health cause by the powerful chemotherapy tablets prescribed by the NHS.
Gannon told the Southern Daily Echo:
“The medication I was being subscribed was literally destroying me. I looked like the poster person for cancer, I was so ill. It all got very dark. It felt as though the doctors assumed I didn’t have long left and just kind of gave up. There were talks of me going into a hospice at one point.”
That’s when Gannon and his girlfriend began research alternative methods of treatment. The more they read about CBD the more promising it sounded.
“I made the decision to come off the drugs by choice and decided to take a natural path, using real cannabis oil instead.”
After three months of CBD oil use three times a day at a cost of $1,588 (£1,300) per month, scans showed that Gannon’s tumors stopped growing. The 30-year-old also started to feel “like a completely new person” within five weeks of using CBD.
“I suddenly had more energy and was behaving like normal, I could tell something had shifted but I wasn’t sure.”
Following the positive news, in April of this year, Gannon committed to one more low dose of chemotherapy. “Long-awaited MRI results” has revealed just this month that Gannon is “essentially cancer-free in less than a year.”
“It was quite surreal, I was shaking like a leaf. It was the best news we could have ever imagined. Back in December I was told I probably wouldn’t survive. The doctor literally said it was the best day of his medical career. Now I’m ‘essentially’ cancer free in less than a year.”
Gannon is obviously excited but is keeping himself grounded after the good news. “When you have cancer, you never fully get rid of it. I don’t want to hype it up too much but it’s more than obvious cannabis oil works well. I mean, it’s cleared 12 tumors in less than a year.”
CBD oil is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants—or Cannabis sativa. It has been shown to aid users in treating anxiety, arthritis, pain, depression, and more and is being used with increasingly frequency to relieve pain associated with cancer and cancer treatment as well as in an attempt to treat cancer itself.
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While more research is needed to prove the effectiveness of cannabis beyond anecdotal report, thanks to the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, hemp-derived products containing under 0.3% THC are finally legal in the United States and should soon be the subject of more scientific studies than ever before.
Cliffhanger: Mountain Biker Saved From “Imminent Death” After Falling Into Canyon
A Southern California mountain biker is likely counting his blessings after he was rescued from what authorities describe as “imminent death”” after falling from the side of a cliff in the Angeles National Forest.
The mountain biker, described as an older man, fell into the canyon at Mt. Wilson on Thursday morning and was dangling hundreds of feet above the ground before his fellow bikers, and eventually a special team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, rescued him.
For some time the man dangled by a thin cord around his ankle that was tied to his bicycle while hanging on for dear life “like a cat,” Capt. Tom Giandomenico of the LASD special enforcement bureau told the Los Angeles Times.
“He knew he was in such a precarious situation. He was just scared to even rotate his head to look at us. He just didn’t want to move a muscle,” LASD Deputy Richard Thomsen told CBSLA.
Additionally, when the helicopter team arrived it wasn’t just a matter of simply hoisting the man to safety, as the air generated by the helicopter’s rotor would have sent the man plummeting to “imminent death,” Giandomenico added.
“Because he was head-down on the rock face there, that dropped probably a good 40 feet before it hit some soft dirt and a boulder,” Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Helbring said. “And beyond that was hundreds of feet down to the bottom of the canyon.”
Instead, one of the members of the special enforcement team composed of former SWAT officers devised a plan to rappel down to the man and move him to a ledge below, from which the two could be airlifted to safety.
However, due to a lack of boulders or trees, there was nothing to tie a rope to – and thus no way to rappel down to anything.
So instead, the special enforcement team used the man’s brother and another friend to be their anchor, a plan that ultimately succeeded.
Giandomenico called the rescue “one of the more significant, courageous maneuvers I’ve seen.”
“Heroic, in my opinion,” he added.
Rare Creature Photographed Alive In The Wild For The First Time Ever
Advances in the methods used by researchers to watch wildlife have allowed for the photographing of a rare creature whose image had never been captured in the wild before.
Researchers in the West African nation of Togo were able to spot the rare Walter’s duiker, a rare species of petite African antelope, for the first time in the wild thanks to camera traps equipped with motion sensors.
In addition to the Walter’s duiker, the camera traps were also able to discover rare species of aardvarks and a mongoose, reports Gizmodo.
At a time when the extinction of entire species is becoming more common worldwide, such devices should help conservationists not only preserve creatures sought by bushmeat hunters but also spot rare animals whose presence is elusive for human observers. In the past, biologists were forced to rely on the same hunters for information.
“Camera traps are a game changer when it comes to biodiversity survey fieldwork,” said University of Oxford wildlife biologist Neil D’Cruze.
“I’ve spent weeks roughing it in tropical forests seemingly devoid of any large mammal species,” D’Cruze continued. “Yet when you fire up the laptop and stick in the memory card from camera traps that have been sitting there patiently during the entire trip—and see species that were there with you the entire time —it’s like being given a glimpse into a parallel world.”
The Walter’s duiker was discovered in 2010 when specimens of bushmeat were compared to other duiker specimens. The new images of the creature are the first to have been seen.
Rare species like Walter’s duiker are often not listed as “endangered” by groups like the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to a lack of data.
Formerly Homeless Man Enjoys New Life In First 3D-Printed Home In US
A formerly homeless man is now enjoying his advanced years in a comfortable, entirely 3D-printed tiny home – the very first of its kind in the entire U.S.
Tim Shea, 70, has struggled for much of his life with substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness.
However, the previously unhoused man is now the first person to live in a 3D-printed tiny home, which is now being touted as a model of engineering and sustainability, reports Green Matters.
The 400-square-foot 3D-printed tiny home was printed by nonprofit New Story and construction technology company ICON in the Austin, Texas, area in March 2018 before Shea moved into the location in September.
In 2019, New Story and ICON have also printed a similar community of tiny homes in Mexico, hoping to make good on the use of the technology as a tool to provide homes to the extremely poor.
According to Shea, his new domicile has made all the difference in the world.
“When I found out I’d be the first person in America to move into a 3D-printed home, I thought it was pretty awesome,” Shea told NY Post. “The very people I used to run away from, I’m running to. If you’ve been on both sides of the fence, you know some people just need a little encouragement and support.”
From start to finish, the process of printing and assembling these homes takes only 48 hours and relies on only 70 to 80 percent of the raw building material that conventional housing requires.
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