The things that kill 80% of us are lifestyle illnesses. It's suicide by lifestyle.

In my opinion, the best way to put the 8 TLCs into action would be through developing action plans as described in the book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain with the help of a support group.

Growing Your Own Cannabis is Therapeutic in Itself and could easily fulfill a number of the 8 TLC's. Growing it as a service for others and spiritual involvement being big ones.

"Cannabis caveats: Smoking is the least effective for curing. Using a vaporizer or 'vaping' is better. Ingesting cannabis oils or pastes is the best approach. But – ignoring lifestyle and diet habit changes can reverse what’s gained from any alternative cancer treatments." See Research Proving Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells Safely has been Suppressed Since 1974.

"Incorporate mindful cannabis use alongside other healthy habits such as regular exercise, a nutrient rich diet, and stress reducing activities like yoga or meditation to maximize health benefits." See We looked into cannabis as a chronic stress reliever and this is what we found.

Cannabis & Lifestyle Change

In Lifestyle and Mental Health, an article appearing in the October 2011 issue of American Psychologist, Dr. Roger Walsh advises mental health professionals that they've greatly overlooked the importance of lifestyle in creating mental health problems, in treating these conditions, and in enhancing cognitive function. He further points out that therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLCs) are currently underutilized despite their effectiveness and need to be a central focus in mental, medical, and public health. The most important TLCs are as follows:

The website Integral Health Resources provides links to a number of videos by Dr. Walsh on the 8 TLCs as well as other information. The video below is the first in a ten part series.

It's my belief, that for those using cannabis as medicine, a much more holistic program can be achieved that will likely enhance the effects of cannabis on whatever medical condition being fought, by learning and applying all 8 of the TLCs. For life threatening medical conditions such as cancer, reducing stress, improving diet, and fully optimizing the immune system is a must.

In many cases, not that much change is needed. For instance, a person could take long walks or bicycle rides in nature areas or parks with family members while meditating on or discussing God's marvelous creation while recognizing that God also specially created cannabis with powerful healing properties. This would fulfill or impact on at least 6 of the 8 TLCs listed above. Taking a high grade fish oil1 or a coconut oil supplement while cutting back on refined sugars would be progress towards a healthier diet. Communities provide many opportunities for service to others. Some small town newspapers have sections dedicated to this. Participating in support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can be a service to others.

An excellent example of a person applying a TLC to combat an illness is Norman Cousins, a well known journalist. He successfully incorporated laughter into his fight against a rare, life threatening and painful medical condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis. See Norman Cousins: The Man Who Laughed In The Face of Death. He stayed on a heavy diet of old comedy shows which reduced much stress and made it easier to sleep at night in the face of great pain. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America utilize a form of laughter therapy and credit Norman Cousins as the originator of this idea. See It should be noted that certain strains of psychoactive cannabis bring on frequent fits of laughter.

Badly needed are cannabis patient support groups that will teach the 8 TLCs along with the ideas of AA and NA and serve as a mechanism to exchange information and ideas. When it comes to changing ones lifestyle there are no quick fixes and hard work is required. Dr. Ken Olsen, author of The Art Of Staying Well In An Uptight World, makes this clear as he describes the process in his book as set forth below from page 174 and 189.

I think you realize that the art of staying well has no quick fixes because it demands the development of a healthy life-style in which each person develops an individual philosophy of life. You must ask yourself, What am I living for? What is the purpose of my life? You must constantly reevaluate your priorities in life, looking at what is driving you. Is it worth dying for? You must also ask, How long do I want to live? How do I want to live the rest of my life?
The art of staying well requires you to develop a personal life-style in which you accept the responsibility for your own good health -- learning and developing new ways of healthy living as well as eliminating destructive behaviors that undermine your health and prepare you for illness and death. The breaking of destructive habit patterns and replacing them with new healthy patterns is hard work. It is a commitment to change your life-style, even though this may be difficult.

Using the high CBD strains of cannabis should aide the process of lifestyle change. If CBD "modulates various neuronal circuits involved in drug addiction" as some scientists studying CBD suggest, it should be useful for breaking other destructive habits such as food and sugar addictions. Many of these habits involve anxiety and depression that CBD has shown to work well on. See the CBD User's Manual, at This is mentioned in the video below (at 2:25 to 3:01) about CBD and junk food.

Cannabis as medicine and the 8 TLCs have the same goals, i.e., replace pharmaceutical drugs and corporate medical practices. Big Pharma is currently very afraid that cannabis - as well as other natural and alternative health ideas - will replace their drugs - particularly painkillers. See One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana, at Much of the anti-cannabis propaganda in the news is directly and indirectly funded by big Pharma. See, for example, Big Pharma Terrified That Medical Marijuana Will Kill Their Deadly Opioid Business.


Footnote 1

Dr. Walsh mentions the benefits of a fish oil supplement for youth at risk for psychosis on page 580 of his "Lifestyle and Mental Health" article for the American Psychologist. In the You Tube video, Cancer Cure - Cannabis & Cannabinoids, Dr. Robert Melamede points out the need for essential fatty acids, but that Hemp oil (a fatty acid) is superior to fish oil (a fatty acid) because it's unlikely to be contaminated with mercury. In the You Tube video, Bob Melamede, PhD, on Biology, Cannabis and Aging, Dr. Melamede says fish oils can stimulate our natural endocannabinoid system, but that cannabis does it much better.