Ethical Criminal Behavior

WARNING! The following article contains descriptions of a serious medical condition affecting a child, criminal behavior and illegal drug use. If any of these things offend you, leave now.


Raynaud’s restricts blood flow the the extremities. Black fingers look worse, but white indicated no blood or blood flow versus pooling of blood.

One should always be cautious when thinking someone else has it better. Money does not solve all problems and paying “anything” to fix a problem does not guarantee even the most limited of service or results.

It amazes me how many readers want to emulate my path in life. Frequently I hear a reader seeking a rural life coupled with a career in accounting because they read this blog. It was a path that appealed to me and one I enjoy. It might appeal to you as well, but you should always think hard and reflect on what is most important to you without consideration for what some crazy guy in the Northwoods of Wisconsin did.

Money causes people to overlook the less than desirable parts of their mentor’s life. Business, financial and family success are important indicators in people you wish to follow and learn from. What money doesn’t do is eliminate the most difficult decisions and medical issues.

Mrs. Accountant and I have two daughters, both with serious medical issues. If my path were different, one with less financial resources, it is likely at least one of my daughters would no longer be with us. Money withstanding, that fate may not be far off anyway as you will see shortly. (You can read more about my youngest daughter’s medical conditions here.)


Descent Into a Medical Nightmare

Heather, my oldest daughter, entered the world a bit early. Nineteen days in the neonatal intensive care unit was the start she needed to be a normal healthy child.

Heather has always been petite as she grew. Many foods did not agree with her so she ate little and is very thin. This is different from not wanting to eat. She wants to eat everything, but so many things make her ill.

By the time her age reached double digits she developed serious medical issues. She was diagnosed with Raynaud’s. Later scleroderma was added to the list. Both are autoimmune rheumatic diseases. People with Raynaud’s frequently suffer from scleroderma as well.

By high school Heather was so thin and was so unable to keep food in her that we had her institutionalized for a short while. She was so thin the police were called in because the doctors worried it was abuse. They realized quickly we had Heather into every doctor we could find searching for a solution. The institution was at just as much at a loss as the doctors and we were.

If you ever saw film of the Nazi concentration camps, that is what Heather looks like in her skivvies. I can’t tell you how scared Mrs. Accountant and I are by this. And it is not an eating disorder; she wants to eat! Recently Heather told us it has been so long since she felt hungry she doesn’t know what it means anymore. All too often what she eats goes right through her.

I can’t count the number of doctors Heather has seen or the number of medications she has taken. And Mrs. Accountant and I have not been sitting on our hands either. Medical research is a daily part of life in the Accountant household. 

Nothing seems to work. Every medication tried doesn’t improve the situation and Heather’s body has no more to give. This kid barely breaks 80 pounds (36 kilograms). She is 5′ 4″ (162 cm). As you can see, we don’t have room for another failure.

The last visit to the doctor took all the wind from our sails. The doctor gave up. She said there was nothing else she knew that could be done. Heather has tried virtually every medication known to man. She is in constant paid. Serious pain, the kind that brings tears to the eyes. It is devastating to watch and even worse as a parent.

One of the medications prescribed Heather is Sildenafil, aka Viagra. Raynaud’s usually isn’t a serious condition. But, as the doctor once said, Heather has the worse cases she has ever seen. With Raynaud’s blood flow is restricted, especially to the fingers and toes. Death of tissue and gangrene are serious possibilities. Discussion of the amputation of her first digit was recently discussed. 

Sildenafil is prescribed for men who need to “get it up”. In a family that can still laugh in the face of such dire consequences, I call Heather’s medication her “boner pills” and remind her not to get too excited when she takes her medication. The cats don’t like it when she acts that way.

Except it is getting hard to laugh. Sildenafil causes her massive headaches and pain throughout her body, especially in the area of a surgery she had years ago to deal with the same medical issues. The hope was Sildenafil would increase blood flow to her extremities. Unfortunately it only puts her in more pain.

Nothing seemed to work. Everything tried seemed to make things worse. It is unbearable watching a child in never-ending pain. I can’t imagine what it feels like to be her. 

And now the last doctor has given up. She said she doesn’t know what to do. She has joined the long list of doctors before her. The doctor then prescribed Tramadol for Heather.  

Tramadol is a highly addictive prescription for moderate to severe pain. Heather refuses to take the medication because she does not want to become another statistic in the opioid epidemic destroying America. Like I said, she is a good kid. If the paid gets to be too much she will relent, but she doesn’t want to go down that path.

All the while this is unfolding I am immersed in research material on Raynaud’s and scleroderma. Scleroderma is especially insidious as it hardens the skin. The disease moved inward, attacking her internal organs. Heather’s lung capacity has been dropping rapidly. One lung is approximately half calcified or callused or whatever the medical term is for a lung that is one lump of hard scar tissue.

A few months back I found a possible solution in a baby aspirin. I read about this before many times and discounted it as too simple a solution.   

It started when I asked Heather a series of questions. At some point I mentioned aspirin with the warning aspirin thins the blood (which could help blood flow to the fingers and toes), but could make it difficult to stop bleeding. It was then Heather informed me she doesn’t bleed when cut. Just the thought of that makes me shiver. Not bleeding seems like a good thing, but that is far from the truth. Not bleeding when it is normal to do so means blood isn’t where it should be with proper pressure.

Heather’s response solidified my thoughts on aspirin. I told her to start with a baby aspirin three times a day. My recommendation was to test dosage and see how she reacts. I was comfortable with the recommendation and dosage because aspirin is so well understood and a baby aspirin three times a day is less than one adult dose. Heather is 24.

Heather is very thin. This old picture shows her low weight.

I asked Heather to also call the doctor to make sure there would be no interactions with other medications she is taking. The doctor’s response was shocking.

The doctor didn’t see anything wrong with interactions, but was more worried about a potential stomach ulcer from long use. She didn’t like the solution I found.

What! She just prescribed a powerful and addictive pain reliever and is worried about a stomach ulcer from long-term aspirin use!? Really! 

I promised not to use certain words on this blog anymore as it is a family publication. You do not understand how hard that is for me to do at this point of the story.

I also have many doctors who read this blog and are also clients. I will refrain from my opinion of the medical community at this point as well. My child, my baby, is dying! And all I get is an addictive pain reliever and admonishment for even considering a low dose of aspirin? 

The doctor relented and said one low-dose aspirin per day would be acceptable.

We also asked the pharmacist if there would be any issues. He checked and said there were none. He also said aspirin was the first thing that popped up on his screen for the medical issues affecting Heather. Why hasn’t the doctor been exploring this simple therapy? The need to keep the patient sick so she can make her house payment? I know of no other explanation.

Here is the kicker. The aspirin had an immediate and positive affect. With Raynaud’s the fingers and toes are frequently black from low blood flow and snow white when there is no blood at all. Within days her fingers and toes were the most normal pink I have ever seen them. Ever!

The toe they were talking of amputating started to hurt. That is a good sign as if means the tissue is still alive! A few weeks later even that toe showed good color.

Best of all, Heather gained two pounds. It isn’t much, but it beats the constant drumbeat to the graveyard.

Unfortunately, the solution came too late. The damage was done. Internal organs would have healed if the solutions were discovered 10 years ago. But is wasn’t. Her stomach is a mass of scar tissue and the lungs are not healthy. Heather is also in pain constantly. (The pharmacist also recommended only one low-dose aspirin per day as well from the material he looked up. I wanted a larger dose to deal with the pain. Heather settled on one dose per day with another dose at night if her fingers turned black.)

Time had run out. It is bittersweet to find the answer to a serious problem after it is too late. Her digits are better, but internal organs need time to heal and time is up. The increasing weight didn’t continue. If only I had more time. If only there was a way to give Heather’s body more time to heal before time ran out.

And that is where one last piece of research came in. I knew of this solution for some time, but it will require me commit a serious crime. And it has me thinking about ethical criminal behavior.


Crime Spree

What I am about to share is something I never in a million years would ever have thought I would do. What I am contemplating is so foreign to me I barely believe I will do this.

The alternative is no better. Standing around at my daughter’s funeral with my hands in my pocket telling people as they offer their condolences, “At least I didn’t commit a crime.” seemed rather cowardly to me. I cannot stand idly by as Heather deteriorates. The doctors admit they are out of ideas. Well, I never run out of ideas and I never quit. (Maybe when I’m dead I’ll stop. Briefly.)

There is a product that works as good as aspirin (has the same qualities as aspirin we are looking for in this instance) and also reduces pain and increases appetite. Yup, you guessed it. Weed.

I never used any illegal drug in my life, but always said if I ever got cancer and was in pain I would have no moral objection to using weed if it made sense medically. I also don’t look down on people who use weed recreationally. I see no need to try it myself, even though weed seems to be innocuous compared to alcohol and nicotine (two legal drugs).

Weed is still illegal (very illegal) in Wisconsin and at the federal level. Michigan allows recreational drug use, I understand. 

Heather’s situation is acute. Smoking weed would be really bad as her lungs can’t take such an assault. But edibles offer serious promise. Research, including long discussions with people who have used edibles for medical reasons (usually cancer) and recreational users has me convinced this is worth trying. I even ran across a lady with Raynaud’s that came to the same conclusion and has used weed for years to deal with the pain, eating and blood flow issues.

If this will reduce or eliminate Heather’s pain while increasing appetite there is a lot to like here. If we can get some weight on this girl her body might start to heal itself, eliminating the need for illegal medications in the future.

Neither Mrs. Accountant, my girls or I have ever used an illegal drug. It is something so foreign to me it is almost impossible to believe I am contemplating this. Of course, I can’t do this in Wisconsin. Law enforcement has no problem allowing people to die in jail without proper medication. Like some doctors, it’s job security. (Yes, you hear a tinge of bitterness in my voice.)

This will require a trip to Michigan or Colorado or some state where it isn’t illegal (at least on the state level). 

One person I spoke with while researching weed recommended a benefit. I explained money isn’t the issue. I would give all my financial wealth to save my daughter without a bit of remorse. What I can’t do is help her from a prison cell or stand around with my hands in my pockets.


Ethical Criminal Behavior

As of this writing I have not yet committed the crime. But I see no way around it. Driving to Michigan is still a haul and my guess is Heather will need regular dosing as most medications require. This isn’t going to be easy.

So why am I publishing a confession? Remember what I said about standing around at my daughter’s funeral making excuses for being too cowardly to take steps to save my daughter’s life? I could never live with myself if Heather died because I didn’t have the balls (that is as far as the language will go here) to save her life due to a law that said it is better to allow your child to die than take the medication.

I do not take this decision lightly either. I always tell people my reading tastes are catholic (lower case “c”), which means universal. That is only a little white lie. The one thing I try to avoid is books on illicit drug use. I don’t watch movies or TV with such activity either. I find nothing appeals at all in drug abuse. In fact, I find it repugnant.

And now, after I raised two wonderful, moral, ethical girls, I am considering this. Heather is shocked by my recommendation since she knows my feelings about illegal drugs. She also admitted once, when in serious pain, she was willing to try anything, including weed.


Financial Blog?

I imagine some will wonder what this is doing in a financial blog. Well, medical issues are a major financial issue, especially in the U.S. Medical problems have destroyed more than one small fortune in the past in the Land of the Free.

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the States (the publication date). I have been the luckiest man alive and am forever grateful to God for all the blessings bestowed upon me. Yes, my family has many medical issues. But as Jordan Peterson once said, everyone you meet is either fighting a medical issue, has a family member doing so or someone close to them is. If you meet that lucky someone who is not, they will in a short period of time. It is the nature of life.

Illness is the norm. Treatment the solution. Modern technology has given us the tools to solve many medical problems. Our sensitivities have not kept up. As a society, we are willing to have laws that prevent very sick people from having comfort. As a society we are willing to have laws that prevent cure in people with cancer and other illnesses. As a society we still have maturing to do.

Even if you live in a country with universal heath care, illness still affects your finances. If you can’t work, money becomes an issue.

This is a personal finance issue. It is also a moral and ethical issue. 

As stated earlier, people sometimes want to emulate me. I discourage that kind of behavior. However, if faced with an ethical or moral dilemma, I wanted you to have my story, Heather’s story, as a reference to help you make the right decision.

Society has no room for people with my attitudes toward life. If this blog goes dark you will know what happened.

I read a lot so I also have plenty of references to pull from also. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens might be the best selling novel of all time with over 200 million copies sold. Many people remember the opening line:

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. . . 

What people remember less are the final words of the novel:

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.

What I am about to do is very unnatural to me. It stands against everything I believe. This is what I call ethical criminal behavior.

And only the courageous and truly wealthy, those wealthy in here (pointing to my head and heart), can do.



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  1. Lisa Wheeler on November 28, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Just an FYI, Codliver thins the blood too.
    I will keep your family in our prayers as you travel this road.

  2. John McCarthy on November 28, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Would CBD offer the same benefits?

    • Tracey on November 28, 2019 at 10:39 am

      Keith, I am just heartbroken for your family- I can only imagine how difficult this journey has been for all of you. My niece has a seizure disorder and has greatly benefitted from Charlottes Web CBD oil. I realize that doesn’t help all people/all maladies, but would encourage you to avail yourself of every option (legal or not!) to help your precious daughter. I will be praying for Heather, and for a solution to help her. Sending love and encouragement to your family this Thanksgiving ❤️

  3. DAVID on November 28, 2019 at 8:57 am

    CBD oil is not illegal and might have the desired effect you’re looking for. Check out Charlotte’s Web.

    • Keith Taxguy on November 28, 2019 at 9:12 am

      David and John, I looked into that and CBD would not do the job. Only the real thing will do in this instance. I know. I know. This is a tough decision. There is no way around it: commit the illegal/unethical act or suffer the consequences to Heather’s health. I even consulted with nurses. Note that the doctors (several of them) did not return phone calls when we asked about drug interaction or prescription.

      • Dana on November 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm

        Doctors have to protect their licenses. Please do not tell the doctors you’re doing this. No one needs to know. I don’t the words to convince you because it would take hours and hours of writing and you would still need to research what I’m saying. Please take my advice… medical kidnapping is real. Keep this to yourselves and take this blogpost down. Remove it from facebook too. Please take this advice, parents who practice natural medicine have their children stolen from them. Doctors who practice natural medicine have their lives stolen from them. I’ve been researching this stuff since before people had the internet in their homes. I can attest to the fact that information is hidden and has been suppressed. I have watched google side with big-pharma and help them hide the truth from people. Friend me on facebook and spend a few days reading on my wall and your eyes will be opened… and that’s just from the stuff I do post, and the stuff that facebook will allow you to see. The suppression is real. Medical kidnapping is something you need to be concerned with… I won’t go into the occult and all the other evil stuff I ‘could’ tell you… but just know – human sacrifice in the cults is also real. Children stolen by unwitting social workers is how/where they get their ‘lambs’. Some of those are sold to the sex slave trade. I’ll leave it at that. Please take my advice. I’ll be praying for your family!

    • AESR on November 30, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      Keith, God bless you and Heather. As a fellow parent, I can’t fathom how difficult it must be to see your daughter suffer. Keep talking to God and do what you have to do to help Heather. Praying for and full and complete healing.

  4. Chris M on November 28, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Legal does not mean ethical, and vice versa. I applause you in seeking out whatever could possibly help. Marijuana will be profoundly better for her than Tramadol, and much less chance for dependency. I’m sorry that you have to make these choices, but maybe your example can lead to positive change. I wish you luck, and hope that you are soon on the road to Michigan.

    • Keith Taxguy on November 28, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Now that was a mouthful, Chris. And 100% spot-on I might add. Marijuana is tolerated much better than then powerful prescriptions that are addictive, like Tramadol.

  5. Kelsey on November 28, 2019 at 9:47 am

    If weed can help try it! I’m from Oregon and everyone uses it. If you’re concerned about interactions with other drugs, call a doctor from a state where it is allowed, they’re likely to be more responsive.

    • Keith Taxguy on November 28, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Kelsey, Heather’s regular doctors did not respond. However, I did get guidance from a from a trained medical person that advised off-the-record.

  6. Tony on November 28, 2019 at 9:47 am

    You have spent your life working your way into being very well off, you can very likely afford a similar lifestyle in a state that has better access to the medical care you and your family need. Not just for weed, but someplace that may have a hospital that specializes in those conditions. You can call it criminal behavior to buy weed, but that’s now becoming an arbitrary definition. What makes you a criminal in Wisconsin is acceptable or tolerated in other states.

    I know it’s easy to just say move as I sit on my sofa, I’m not the one in the situation. You have family, friends, roots, and a place in your community. You have a life and a business that you’ve built. Is it worth risking everything you love and everything you’ve worked for to stay in a state would gladly throw you in prison for something like this? Especially after this post, you think there won’t be some cop or some prosecutor that would love to make an example out of you by busting you for moving weed across state lines? Laughing about how they served justice and got that weed off the streets? The smug satisfaction of having taken down some accountant who blogged about buying weed.

    More importantly don’t risk being taken away from your family for something that you could have done without the risk of going to prison and being branded as a criminal drug trafficker for trying to take away your daughter’s pain.

    • Keith Taxguy on November 28, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Thanks for the encouragement, Tony. I am exploring all option.

  7. Harisch Sood on November 28, 2019 at 9:58 am

    thanks for sharing this with us. I hope that the solutions you have found will help your daughter and provide relief. As a parent, this is an unbelievably difficult and painful situation to be in. You have done what every parent would want to do for their child. Good luck to Heather.

  8. Leslie on November 28, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about the issues your daughter and your family are facing. I hope you can find a solution that you find legally do-able. I live in AZ where it seems marijuana pharmacies are popping up on every corner. Ethically, maybe everything we’ve been told about marijuana hasn’t all been true? It seems to help so many people with seizures, glaucoma, and other medical conditions. Wishing you all the best.

    • Keith Taxguy on November 28, 2019 at 10:26 am

      I’m concerned people think weed is a miracle cure for everything. It is, however, a wonderful treatment for many medical issues. My hope is weed is legal in Wisconsin soon.

  9. Troy Erwin on November 28, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Happy thanksgiving Keith. I am sorry to hear this. My youngest daughter (17 yo)has a autoimmune disease that went undiagnosed for a decade and we were at our wits end. Doctors Finally determined that among other issues she had Crohn’s disease. She under goes infusions every few weeks but those are toxic and bring with them a separate set of issues. This last year we started introducing marijuana edibles and oils into her regime with fairy good results. Although not a silver bullet, it has helps with pain control and appetite. Of course we are in Nevada and most products are legal and readily available. Another product that I know is being used for a number of ailments is RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) are you familiar with this ? It may worth a look.
    My best to you and yours,
    Troy Erwin

    • Keith Taxguy on November 28, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Sorry to hear about your daughter, Troy. It is good to hear edibles are helping. I’ll look into RSO.

  10. e.t.m huijsmans on November 28, 2019 at 10:29 am

    You live in a country where several states have legalized marijuana. Why not either stay (temporarily )in a state where it is legal to use weed. I know you don’t like to travel but even the work you do (Because you like and not need the money) could be done online as the blog. As I understood you no longer have live stock on your farm so what stops you to try this. Whatever you and your family may decide, I wish you and your family a lot of strength. And above all keep smiling and find joy in the smallest things

    • Keith Taxguy on November 28, 2019 at 10:33 am

      You make good points, etm. Rest assured, I am exploring those option.

      • Carol on November 28, 2019 at 11:23 am

        Thank you Keith for this amazing article. I am sorry for what your family is going through. Sadly going to every doctor you can find in my observation does nothing. I do not know what the problem is with doctors willing to prescribe horrible addictive medication , rather than natural remedies, or an asprin. You keep fighting and researching for the fix for your daughter. Relying on a doctor at a point is just useless. Thank you for your time writing this for us.

  11. BestWishes on November 28, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I’m crying for your daughter. Please keep fighting. I have to fight to keep my son alive too. Im soooo very sorry.

    • Keith Taxguy on November 28, 2019 at 11:23 am

      My heart goes out to you as well, BestWishes. Never give up no matter how hard it hurts. Love your son every day (as I know you do); cherish each moment.

  12. David on November 28, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Wow, I’m so sorry to read about your family’s, and particularly Heather’s, medical issues. One of our children has significant medical issues also, although not immediately life threatening, so we know (maybe) some of the heartbreak that you’re dealing with. It’s ridiculous that Wisconsin doesn’t have, at the least, a comprehensive medical marijuana law on the books. Regardless, you don’t have to break Wisconsin law. As others have mentioned, you could relocate to a nearby state that does allow Heather to receive regular marijuana dosing. Give it a shot for a few weeks and see if her pain and other symptoms improve. Moving, even temporarily, would never be easy but, as you said, you’re willing to give up all of your wealth for Heather and I assume that also means you’d willingly give up your home and current lifestyle if necessary. Whatever you decide, my wife and I are praying for you all.

  13. Taylor on November 28, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Look up Dr. Jack Kruse. He has a free blog and many podcasts.

  14. Gene on November 28, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I believe Illinois has legalized it beginning 2020. I am not sure what is closer for you. I have strong feelings against it also, but they have had medical here for a couple years.

    ” I’m a parent. I haven’t got the luxury of principles.”

    You do what you need to do to get that little girl some relief.

  15. Accountant in Oregon on November 28, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    I’m so sorry for what your family and your daughter are going through, and that your state is stuck in its thinking and laws regarding cannabis.
    It is legal here in Oregon and has shaken any stigma. People refer to it as “cannabis” instead of “weed” or even “marijuana.” It isn’t looked down upon. You can buy CBD right in your grocery store. Though for THC, you have to visit a cannabis store.
    I know you’re considering all options and weighing them heavily. Perhaps try a month long vacation in Oregon and stay at an Airbnb. That would give you time to see if your daughter responds well to it, and you would be in no danger and would not have committed any criminal acts. It would keep you and your family safe, while providing the time to see how she responds to the THC. You could maybe get a house sitter to look after your place while you were away.
    I hope your daughter gets better! Keep faith in God and keep fighting.

  16. Bear on November 29, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Minnesota has medical marijuana. I don’t know who you’d have to talk to in order to get it prescribed.

  17. karen young on November 29, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Why didn’t anyone suggest enteric coated aspirin if they’re worried about a stomach ulcer?

    Please check out “Diagnosis”, a series on Netflix. A doctor who writes for the NYTimes puts a challenging case out in her column and gets input from all over the world.

  18. Renard on November 29, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Florida…it is warm (good for Raynaud’s) and has legalized medical weed. I’m assuming you’ve been through the beta-blockers and steroids? Our healthcare ‘system’ isn’t a system at all. It is for the treatment of acute conditions only. It is slowly changing, but who knows what will happen. Your story is hearbreaking, good luck.

  19. Delphine on November 30, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Really sorry for your daughter,
    you may want to check the research of Linus Pauling on vitamin C and its importance for the conjonctive tissue.
    Also Joe Cross’s movie ” Sick and nearly dead 2″, in the cut out scenes, I remember a little boy with osteo arthritis healed by the addition of a daily fresh green juice where doctors had nothing to offer but painkillers.
    Dr Joel Fuhrman has great impossible healing stories as well with a diet improvement, such as lupus remission.
    I wish you all the best ,

    • Carol on November 30, 2019 at 6:38 am

      I have to agree with this also. The vitamin movie is great. Mega dosing with vitamins helps a lot of people. It shocked me when i found out everything that is in our food and what it is doing to us.
      I have a genetic condition that makes me very lucky if I live to be 50, my children have it also, I have improved my quality of life so much with food and vitamins.

  20. Social Capitalist on November 30, 2019 at 11:11 am

    First, I share everyone’s thoughts and hope that you continue to discover therapies no matter the cost. You share a lot about your family that brings us a small connection. Our children are too important to give up on, and your daughter’s refusal to take the opioids shows that like her old man she hasn’t given up even with no more answers.
    I honestly have never met anyone from Wisconsin here in the South that didn’t smoke weed. Also, haven’t met anyone from the state I haven’t liked, mostly because they had great work ethics, too. Southerners, (I am one) often do not.
    You know what the greater crime is, so do what is best for the family. It’s worth what would amount to a fine and minor jail time. Besides, this jury won’t convict you. It’s a shame there hasn’t been more research on medicinal marijuana because
    It has been labeled such a dangerous drug by our government. Your “criminal” behavior
    Is the direct result of our politician’s ethics for the last fifty or so years.

    Again, I wish you and yours the best.

  21. Gwen Bridge on December 1, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Im so sorry. Weed is legal in canada but its not a panacea. But likely helpful. I’m assuming you are adhering the the autoimmune paleo for diet approach as well. Best of luck. I can’t imagine the stress and heartache.

  22. Mike on December 1, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Keith, I’m so sorry for what your family is going through. I hope things improve. You may have already considered this, but have you looked into out of state doctors? In particular I would check out Boston, they have some wonderful specialists and medical care. I believe they have clinics that actually specialize in only Raynaud’s. Other places to consider are Cleveland, New York, and Baltimore.

  23. Linda on December 2, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Hi Keith, I’m sorry to hear about your daughter. I too suffer from severe autoimmune disease. A form of scleroderma called Morphea and Eosinaphilic Fasciitis. My body attacking itself. (luckily for me my internal organs are not affected at this time) I could barely walk, my hands were formed in a cup, I was down to 117lbs and I was very active. Its been a few years now and I am 60 years old. It took doctors about 8 months to diagnosis. Like you I did much of my own research. Leaky gut is a huge part of autoimmune diseases. Everyone always complains about stomach pain. I suffered my hole life with stomach issues. I am working with a functional medicine Dr. now in Northern Illinois. She is a medical Dr. in the ER, but found a greater need for this because she saw how the medical community just sends people home with pills. I am currently undergoing treatment for EBV through infusions and also get vitamin infusions. Im looking forward to Jan. 1 2020 here in Illinois. I could have gotten a medical marijuana card my self but now will be able to by the product legal. Ive used it illegaly for some time to help me sleep. Its side effects are nothing compared to the drugs that Dr.s have chosen to put me on. You have to be your own advocate when fighting these diseases. I hope for better things for you and your family in the coming New Year.

  24. Dana on December 2, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    After reading Linda’s comment I wanted to mention that Bone Broth is amazing at healing gut issues. Be sure it’s from grass-fed beef or free-range chickens. If you see the “organic” chicken in the store but it’s been fed an all vegetarian diet – don’t use that either. Chickens are designed to eat worms, they are not vegetarians. Fish should be from a clean source as well and I’m not sure about deer or any other wild game. Bone broth from fowl is also medicine for the flu.

  25. Steven T Sullivan on December 3, 2019 at 9:49 am

    oh my goodness, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s health issues. If I may give a recommendation, look up Dr. Stephen Cabral. He is a Doctor of Naturopathy
    Ayurvedic, Functional & Integrative Health Practitioner. I’ve been listening to his podcast for yrs. His big thing is he does lab testing to see what the body is lacking and why certain diseases are manifesting. I can’t say enough to give him justice. Please just go do your own research on him and his methods. you will not be disappointed. I hope this helps. a lot of people see him when all other doctors have given up.

  26. Seth Kagan, MD, MPH on December 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Keith –

    I am one of those people who is both a doctor and your client. I am very sorry to learn of what you, your daughter and your family are experiencing. It is unfortunate that there are so many unnecessary barriers you have and continue to face in order for you to do what every parent should: what is best for your child. I won’t write for every physician but in my opinion there is no ethical or moral quandary here. Marijuana is only stigmatized because it is arbitrarily and stupidly illegal based on its classified schedule I status per the Controlled Substances Act. It is inarguably less physiologically harmful and poses a lower risk of physical dependence than many legal substances including nicotine, alcohol and prescription narcotics (just to name a few). You have already shown admirable courage in telling this story and making pubic your “confession.” However you choose to proceed, you have my support.

    • Keith Taxguy on December 4, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Seth, I struggled with this post. I knew I had to explain my angst over Heather’s medical situation and doctor’s inability to resolve the problem. I have many doctors as clients and readers and I tried to keep the bitterness out of my writing voice. I don’t blame doctors. Every doctor we saw really tried and did what they thought best. As a father my emotions got the best of me as the situation was spiraling down to a point of no return. I meant no disrespect to any doctor or medical professional.

      Accept my gratitude for your support. I do know who you are and am glad you understand.

      The response to this post has been large and supportive. You have no idea how much this means to my wife, Sue, my daughters and me.

  27. Karen on December 4, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    For the past year, medical marijuana has been legal in Iowa — closer than Michigan and Colorado.

  28. Nick on December 12, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Give this a listen:

    The company is based in and distributes throughout Michigan:

  29. Indah Tin on December 16, 2019 at 8:10 am

    I work alongside a lot of patient that has chronic medical conditions and almost all of the one who does really well are the one that continues to look into alternatives. Charter flights came to mind rather than driving in order to lessen the physical impact. Here in Silicon Valley we have super commuters from Nevada and Oregon. Acupuncture for circulations has helped patients with diabetic neuropathy and I wonder if H can benefit from it too. Telemedicine works wonders and it sounds you’re already employing this to get the best advice.

  30. Walt Kowalski on December 16, 2019 at 11:47 am

    My heart goes out to your family. Thank you for your tax wisdom, you given me time (not having to work so hard and long for money). Here is what I have learned with respect to Cannabis and disease – from my experience fighting cancer.

    There is some truth in MD’s not being able to officially discuss Cannabis, but that does not mean you can cure cancer with juice cleanses or should not be vaccinated against plagues. Be serious, be data driven, first do no harm.

    On the west coast you can walk into your local dispensary and buy CBD/CBN/THC plant medicine without stigma and without fear. For palliative care – help with sleeping, help with minor pains, as a citizen scientist I can tell you Cannabis can work wonders. You need to get the dosage and CBD/CBN/THC combinations dialed in for you though, everyone is a bit different. But the worst case you get stoned for a few hours – so dial it back next time to avoid getting stoned and you get only the pain relief or drowsiness.

    As far as cannabis attacking cancer cells or any other medical use the jury is still out, but it looks like now that cannabis is being commercialized low and behold the studies are starting. What is the risk of becoming a citizen scientist and supplementing your current treatment with Cannabis while the science is only just starting. Go slow, be data driven, first do no harm.

    Laws are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools. If you think cannabis will help with your daughters medical conditions try it. Compared to Opiates, SRI drugs, and Barbiturates – the current standard of palliative care for many Americans living with chronic illness – Cannabis is much lower risk.

    My guess is there is only a short time before Cannabis is fully legalized in the United States, once the silver surfers learn of the pain relief and help with sleeping properties of Cannabis – I don’t see how prohibition can last. It’s not going to be illegal in your state for long.

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