I’m Nominated for two of WEGO’s 4th Annual Health Activists Awards


I was recently nominated in the WEGO 4th Annual Health Activists Awards for: Best in ShowBlog and for Advocating for Another, in the Fourth Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards.   I would appreciate your endorsement if possible by clicking on the “Endorse Me Now” buttons below.  I have also provided my biography below so you can get to know more about me and what I do. Thank you for voting.



Or go to: https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/12433


I really would appreciate your Vote!!

For more about me and why I hope you vote for me, my Bio in on the next page.

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Cannabinoid Analgesia as a Potential New Therapeutic Option in the Treatment of Chronic Pain, Reprint


Repost from, Sage Journals, February 2006

Cannabinoid Analgesia as a Potential New Therapeutic Option in the Treatment of Chronic Pain


Tammy L Burns:

Tammy L Burns PharmD, at time of writing, Pharmacy Practice Resident, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE; now, Clinical Pharmacist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Joseph R Ineck:

Joseph R Ineck PharmD, Clinical Specialist in Pain Management & Palliative Care; Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University


Dr. Ineck, Department of Phamacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178-0401, fax 402/449-4879, jineck@creighton.edu

OBJECTIVE: To review the literature concerning the physiology of the endocannabinoid system, current drug development of cannabinoid agonists, and current clinical research on the use of cannabinoid agonists for analgesia.

DATA SOURCES: Articles were identified through a search of MEDLINE (1966–August 2005) using the key words cannabis, cannabinoid, cannabi*, cannabidiol, nabilone, THC, pain, and analgesia. No search limits were included. Additional references were located through review of the bibliographies of the articles identified.

STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: Studies of cannabinoid agonists for treatment of pain were selected and were not limited by pain type or etiology. Studies or reviews using animal models of pain were also included. Articles that related to the physiology and pharmacology of the endocannabinoid system were evaluated.

DATA SYNTHESIS: The discovery of cannabinoid receptors and endogenous ligands for these receptors has led to increased drug development of cannabinoid agonists. New cannabimimetic agents have been associated with fewer systemic adverse effects than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, including recent development of cannabis medicinal extracts for sublingual use (approved in Canada), and have had promising results for analgesia in initial human trials. Several synthetic cannabinoids have also been studied in humans, including 2 cannabinoid agonists available on the international market.

CONCLUSIONS: Cannabinoids provide a potential approach to pain management with a novel therapeutic target and mechanism. Chronic pain often requires a polypharmaceutical approach to management, and cannabinoids are a potential addition to the arsenal of treatment options.

© 2006 SAGE Publications

doi: 10.1345/aph.1G217 Ann Pharmacother February 2006 vol. 40 no. 2 251-260


I currently suffer from Chronic Back Pain (23-3/4 years) and tried everything to include a Intrathecial Pain Management Pump “IPMP” which is putting Fentynal (100x more potent then Morphine) into my spine 24hrs a day.  One of the main issues with the IPMP is during the filling appointment, it is what’s called a “Pocket Fill” or when the Fentynal or Morphine is injected directly into your abdomen, let me just say this has been my only pocket fill in the 18 years I have been using the IPMP system and “IT IS NOT FUN.” 

Don’t get me wrong, the IPMP unit does give me a level of 40%-50% pain relief.  It is better then being bed ridden but is it worth the 1/160 (+/-) chances of your day going really bad.  The  purpose of this post is that my IPMP’s battery is down to about only 15-18 months of power left and I am at the point where I need to make  the following decision,

1) Keep the IPMP unit


2) Try CBD and see if it all their saying?

Question to you the blogosphere, 

Does anyone reading this used CBD for their chronic back pain (nerve) relief?  If so, 

What are you results and thoughts regarding CBD for pain control?  If you don’t mind me asking?

Thank you all,
Richard Kreis

iCare Consulting 


Rodan + Fields Trial Begins, 10/22/16


Hello Everyone,



My daughter Caty Kreis is a consultant for Rodan + Fields, a producer of a line of skin care products.  I know my photo looks nothing like all the others you’ve seen.  I have had a problem with several areas that my skin if overly dry, the sides of my nose, just inside my ears and my lower legs.  I have tried over the counter (otc) lotions as we as prescription lotions with very limited (days) to no success.



For the facial areas, she suggested that I try the Rodan + Fields Soothe, Sensitive Skin Treatment.  As for the leg issue, she suggested that I go with the Rodan + Fields Essentials, Daily Body Moisturizer.





These photos are my “Before” photos which were taken on October 22, 2016.  I do apologize for the photos, I just had a procedure done on my left leg and am still recovering from it.  You can see the dryness and flaking of the skin in the photo, this and the discoloration is the same on both legs. The discoloration is due to an auto accident years ago as is my recent procedure.  I will be posting updates about every two weeks to keep you informed of my progress.





If you have questions pertaining to these or any other Rodan + Fields products please contact Caty Kreis on Facebook.

Thank you,

Richard Kreis

Giving Rodan + Fields a Try





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It is that time of year again, Halloween, Epilepsy Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Thanksgiving and the Walk to Cure Alzheimer’s. Out of all the Alzheimer’s related walks across the country, Walk4ALZ is Orange County’s largest walk. The funds raised go to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, treatments for, research and hopefully a cure for Alzheimer’s.
This will be my second year walking with team, Walk for a Cure. I became involved when a real good friends of mine Steve and Gincy (Team Captain) were informed that Steve has the early stages of this horrible disease.  Steve is a retired Disneyland Imagineer and if you’ve been to either Disneyland or California Adventure you’ve sure to have rode one of the rides imagined, designed or built by Steve.  The event this year is on, Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at Huntington Beach, CA. If your interested in supporting team, Walk for a Cure, you can make a donation by going to:


and entering my name, Richard Kreis and then following the information on the screen. Last year with your help we were able to provide $800 in donations, my 2016 goal is to reach $1000.00 and to date we have raised $710.00 in donations. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to Alzheimer’s awareness and help us meet or even exceed this goal any and all donations will be greatly appreciated by myself, Team Walk for a Cure and all who will benefit from your gift.

Thank you,

Richard Kreis

Team Walk For A Cure


How to be Happy, Day 21 Tip 20


This post was originally posted by the author Duccio on September 27th, the link at the bottom of this post will take you to the original post if you wish to read the entire article in one sitting.  The opener statement will be posted each day for those new to the article can jump in.   Due to the length of the article, I will be posting a “Tip a Day” for the month of October until all the tips are provided.

How To Be Happy

DAY 21, TIP 20:

20 Simple but Effective Tips on How to Make Every Day a Happy Day

Author: Duccio

In this post, I am going to give my suggestions on How to make every day a Happy Day.

First of all, I would like to remind you that Happiness is a choice, therefore we need to have made the decision to be a happy person.

Once we have made that decision, I mean a proper decision to live a happy life and not just a wish, we need to improve our “happy level” .

How? Our life is a string of moments, so we can just easily increase the happiness moments in our life.

Remember: Happiness comes from within

We need to keep in mind that during any day, obviously “bad unexpected things” can happen. We can’t be immune to that, but we can learn to control our reactions.

Also the more we are “fit” mentally and physically the betHow to live happy day quoteter we can overcome any situation.

Write it on your Heart that every day is the Best Day of the Year.


So what can we do to live a happy day no matter what?

Before I go through my suggestions I would like to tackle a question that I have been asked many times.

“How can I have a happy day if:” “I hate my job, I don’t like my colleagues, I don’t have money, I am in debt, I have got  a medical  problem, my daughter is ill etc.”

The point is: if we are in a situation we don’t like but potentially we can change it then we need to do something about that.

We need to take action, we need to learn not be afraid to change for the better. It can take time but if we really work for it, we will succeed.

If our situation can not be changed at the moment, or can’t be changed at all, then we need to be patient and change our attitude.

Happiness is an attitude of mind. We need to accept it and try to look at the positive side of it and, believe me, there is always one. Not because we can’t see any positive side, it means that there isn’t. We can’t allow ourselves to be miserable all the time. If we do, we don’t love ourselves enough. We need to push ourselves to be happy, learn and practice things that make us feel better and happier.

There are things we need to understand that are not good for us, therefore we need to get rid of them and also replace them with some good habits.

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