By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
Dr. John Baker wants to help people get off of pain medicine.
He’s doing so with help from the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use as one of only a few Palm Beach County doctors able to treat patients with a variety of ailments with Low-THC Cannabis and Medical Cannabis.
Dr. Baker has opened the Compassionate Care Alternative Medicine (CCAM) Clinic in his office at 9033 Glades Rd., Suite B, Boca Raton and 190 Congress Park Dr., Suite 160 in Delray Beach.
Dr. Baker is an orthopedic surgeon and licensed medical marijuana provider in the state. He wants to cut down on pain medication addiction and deaths by prescribing the Low-THC Cannabis and Medical Cannabis if the patient fits certain criteria during a medical exam with him at his clinic.
“A lot of times you’ll see patients who’ve had surgeries, had multiple things and they still just aren’t right. There still getting some spasms back there. One of these things on the list (low-THC and medical cannabis) is muscle spasms. It’s helped a lot with my patients. I’ve had a couple of my patients who’ve started to take it and come back in to my office and turned back in their pain medications. They’re like, ‘I don’t need it anymore, this is the best I felt in a long time,’” Dr. Baker said.
During Dr. Baker’s in-office exam, he sees the patient, goes over all medical records and looks into the reason for the doctor’s office visit.
“If they qualify for the medical marijuana card then I can help them with that,” he said.
Dr. Baker said he brought the Compassionate Care and medical marijuana to his practice because he was seeing people with chronic neck and back pain who had surgery, who had been put on a lot of medications yet still were in a lot of pain.
He and his staff can put individuals who suffer from chronic pain, sleep apnea or a host of other ailments on the path to receiving a medical marijuana card from the Florida Department of Health.
“They’ve gotten off of the Oxy’s (Oxycontin) and don’t have to get up every morning and live on them or live on pain pills. This was a huge problem down here. We had people getting them on the streets, people that were snorting them, people that were doing all kinds of crazy stuff with them. Then you have people that have chronic pain that come down to Florida to be in the sunshine and enjoy their life to walk, golf, play tennis and they just can’t do it without taking their pain meds. We had a lot of pain management clinics and pain doctors who were feeding patients all these Oxy’s and it’s just not the way to go. You don’t want to mask the problem. We want to help with the problem and this stuff really does help.”
In addition, Dr. Baker said that he works closely with the primary care doctors.
“A lot of time it’s the other doctors who are like listen this may be good for you if you have cancer, Crohn’s disease, sleep apnea, irritable bowel syndrome, there’s a lot of different things that qualify for medical marijuana treatment,” he said. “I work closely with the other doctors and the primary care doctors. For example, if the cancer patient needs the medical marijuana we’ll work with the oncologist to make sure we’re all on the same page because I don’t want them to stop their care just because they’re on that,” he said.
As for the results, he said, “I was getting very good results with medical marijuana once we were able to get the process going with my company.”
Dr. Baker has talked about this during interview features on the You And Your Doctor Living A Healthier Life Radio Show on Tuesday’s from 6-7 p.m. and the How To Stay Healthy Radio Show on Friday’s from 5:30 – 6 p.m. on WWNN 95.3 FM Radio & 1470 AM Radio’s The Health & Wealth Network in Boca Raton. The radio shows are heard globally on the iHeartRadio – WWNN 1470 AM radio app – https://www.iheart.com/live/am-1470-wnn-5799/, www.wwnnradio.com, on #AllCountyHealthcareInc’s #FacebookLive page and after the show viewed on AMP2TV’s You Tube page.
For more information on Dr. Baker’s CCAM Clinic call 561-706-9189, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use visit www.FloridaHealth.Gov.