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BusinessI’m entrepreneur Daymond John. I’m a Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, a Pisces, a Hot Sauce connoisseur, and an animal advocate. Today I’m talking about how you can RISE AND GRIND. Ask me anything!

Jan 22nd 2018 by TheSharkDaymond • 6 Questions • 4517 Points

Hi, I'm a 30 year old guy who went to the doctor around Thanksgiving because I was having trouble breathing. Turns out I had something called "hypertensive emergency" which is when you have blood pressure so high that it causes organ damage. My blood pressure at the time of admission was 210/145. So I was admitted to the hospital under that diagnosis with renal failure, respiratory failure, and heart failure being the three main issues. Turns out the heart and lung failure were not collapsing on their own but were secondary to the hypertension and the kidney failure.

I spent a week in the hospital, including 4 days in the ICU and now everything is back to normal except my kidneys are failed, I need dialysis three times a week, and I need a new kidney. They also diagnosed me as having malignment hypertension (which sounds like something out of the Lord of the Rings, imo) but it basically is hypertension on crack. Left uncontrolled, my blood pressure wants to skyrocket. It happens to one percent of folks with "normal" hypertension -- which I didn't realize I had because I was doing that late 20s guy thing where I didn't go to the doctor. Don't do that, fyi.

I am currently at dialysis getting my blood cleaned of excess electrolytes which will kill you if they build up too much.

proof: here is a picture of my chest tubes pumping out my toxin riddled blood and the dialysis machine pumping back in my slightly less toxin riddled blood.

https://i.imgur.com/GycNfuY.png

AMA

Q:

I sat next to you on a flight from LAX to BOS last year. I didn't want to bother you because typically celebrities hate being bothered all the time. I had so many questions that day, but left you alone. Should I have just talked to you or do you prefer privacy when traveling?

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How many false, unverified, or unverifiable leads did you have to wade through before putting this together?


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What do you think caused your hypertension? I'm pretty ignorant to what causes hypertension. Eating habits? Life habits? Drug usage? Smoking? Drinking? Super stressful job? Certain life experiences? At any rate, get well, dude! Glad you caught it when you did.

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My grandmother is 75/just had a myasthenia crisis after a mild heart attack. Is she gonna be ok? :,(


Q:

Any chance Alexandra York comes back and gives Dana Brooke some pointers?

A:

Do you think John Joseph secretly eats White Castle sliders?


Q:

Hi. I'm a breast cancer survivor currently in the process of my reconstruction (DCIS, bilateral mastectomy). I wanted to ask if you have had genetic testing?

It's very rare to have breast cancer so young and and as a male. It is possible to have a genetic condition even if cancer is not in your family history. For example, I am suspected to be the first in my family to have my genetic condition.

I would strongly suggest that you push for genetic testing. If you have a condition it could save your life to know what to look for.

Check out this site for more info. http://www.hereditarycancer.org/

Edit:. Spelling.

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Does it feel weird that you get to go on TV and be famous for cooking with cannabis while other people are still getting locked up for it?


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For fucks sake. $20K is a big fuck you. I'm sorry you had to deal with that.

Have you still been able to lead a successful life due to these bs charges on your record?

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How many false, unverified, or unverifiable leads did you have to wade through before putting this together?


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What do you think caused your hypertension? I'm pretty ignorant to what causes hypertension. Eating habits? Life habits? Drug usage? Smoking? Drinking? Super stressful job? Certain life experiences? At any rate, get well, dude! Glad you caught it when you did.

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Thank you, but I remember that flight and was feeling talkative. You miss 100% of the shots you dont take.


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Many! There were other elements of the story that we had to drop because we didn't have sufficient confirmation.

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It is an open question. I'm in pretty good shape all things considered. 6'1" 190 pounds, low LDL cholesterol. I drank but not heavily really. No drugs, no really stressful job.

When I was in the hospital, both the kidney and heart doctors were very confused about what was going on. I guess there are around seven causes of malignant hypertension and I don't have any of them. I, like an idiot, suggested genetics but they immediately were like "yea that is part of it but why you and not your sister" who has healthy blood pressure.

My cardiologist is sort of a character. During the first time he met me, he asked me if I had ordered vodka from Ukraine that was possibly watered down with antifreeze. That is how confused they are with why I developed this crazy blood pressure.


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I honestly don't know how to answer that.

Hopefully! I certainly always hope so with everyone. Medicine is getting better, a new medication was just FDA approved for MG a few months ago, the first one in more than 50 years. Is she seeing a neurologist? If you want to message me I will get you links to our FB support groups.

My Mg is not controlled well, but this is a relatively rare thing. Today I had trouble walking and had to be carried to my car.

I know people with MG who are in their late 80's, but this month alone 13 people have died because they got sick and then had MG complications. My dad died this time last year from MG complications. Sadly with this disorder, we just never know.

I wish I had better news... What do her doctors say?

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Hmmmm...very interesting...you and everyone else will have to wait and see! I think she is doing a great job as is! :)


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I had genetic testing done after my mastectomy. The oncologist told me it came back with nothing.


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Totally, it really blows. There is almost nothing I can do for those individual people other than change the laws to help them get out and have a shot at a decent life again by making sure minorities are not only represented, but carved out opportunities for those that were incarcerated in this industry.

My heart breaks for them, but what can I do other than push forward and get this yuppies to change the law in favor of the people?

Excellent question, thank you so much for asking.

For those that are curious who I trust and have worked with: http://www.drugpolicy.org Cat Packer is one of the awesome people that ran it. Here is when I had her and Ophelia Chong on my show to talk about the policy reform and release of incarcerations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xDFCjXTE18&index=6&list=PLsRq_2H1A2tE4QmYEMRn4PilaJtVuZ6Mn

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Yeah, I mean, I feel like $20k is a lot of money, but when I look back on it, I don't think it really made up for anything.

Everyone's juvenile records were all erased, however I met a kid in the detention center that I wound up hanging out with afterwards. We did get into adult trouble together about a year after I got out. Bumpy start to adulthood. Used most of my settlement to repay restitution and court costs for adult problems.

Since then I've turned my shit around. Own a business, father of two kids, ran for mayor, lost, do a lot of volunteer work, run lots of community events. Deep down, I think those places had both positive and negative effects on me.


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Many! There were other elements of the story that we had to drop because we didn't have sufficient confirmation.

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It is an open question. I'm in pretty good shape all things considered. 6'1" 190 pounds, low LDL cholesterol. I drank but not heavily really. No drugs, no really stressful job.

When I was in the hospital, both the kidney and heart doctors were very confused about what was going on. I guess there are around seven causes of malignant hypertension and I don't have any of them. I, like an idiot, suggested genetics but they immediately were like "yea that is part of it but why you and not your sister" who has healthy blood pressure.

My cardiologist is sort of a character. During the first time he met me, he asked me if I had ordered vodka from Ukraine that was possibly watered down with antifreeze. That is how confused they are with why I developed this crazy blood pressure.


Q:

Is Kevin O'leary really that much of a dick all the time, or does he save his best stuff for the show?

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With so many scandals taking place revolving around the highest powers in our government, are you afraid to break these stories? Do you have any protective measures in place for your own personal safety?


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By the looks of your skin yes, it almost looks like the guy who was poisoned in Russia. I guess that’s the kidneys. I hope you get better.

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She just had a tracheotomy yesterday. She’s hospitalized and looked really good today. She hasn’t walked since her heart attack.


Q:

What about New Jack? Ooh lord he tells stories.

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Yo Harley,

Huge fan, and I didn’t fully appreciate until recently the incredible life you’ve lead. Here’s my question though: what is more important for the future of punk rock - stylistically following what has been happening or keeping the attitude and ethos while exploring whatever sound you want?

No Harley No Cro Mags


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What were you tested for? Make sure it was a full panel not just BRAC, and CHEK. (There are allot of genetic conditions out there that can increase your risk of cancer that aren't always in the panels. If you did Myraid you should be covered though.) Assuming it was a full panel I'm glad to hear you are clean.

Best of luck with your recovery. Fuck cancer.

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I think he means that he wants to hire people that care about food, are able to provide excellent service, technique, and that have a passion for cannabis. If they meet that criteria, having prior issues with arrests for marijuana possession would not preclude them from employment. Merit based but not contingent on past legal issues.


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I work closely with kids in mental health treatment centers that come off as being similar to detention centers.

What could staff have done to help your stay there?

I saw that there was a lot of abuse but were there staff members that helped you at all?

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With so many scandals taking place revolving around the highest powers in our government, are you afraid to break these stories? Do you have any protective measures in place for your own personal safety?


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By the looks of your skin yes, it almost looks like the guy who was poisoned in Russia. I guess that’s the kidneys. I hope you get better.

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LOL.


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The press is under attack on many fronts these days -- and that's disheartening -- but so far, in this country, it's pretty rare for journalists to be physically assaulted for their work. That's not true for so many of our colleagues working abroad, sadly. If/when we start being afraid to write stories that displease our highest government officials, we will have veered into a very dark alley in our nation's history.

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that guy with the nuclear poisoning? I wonder if that would explain everything. haha


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I would make sure she see's a neuro who knows about MG and also that they check her for a thymoma or thymic hyperplasia. Where is she located? I may be able to suggest some docs.

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Guys if you want to Tweet me a missed question thats fine but please give me time to get to your question. No need to be rude.


Q:

I think attitude is everything, no matter what genre of music. Hardcore is a way of being, it's not just a style of music or a look. It's the kind of person you are.

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I'm not entirely sure to be honest. Thank you for bringing it up though, I go back to the doctor Monday and I'll ask him again just to be sure we checked everything. Good luck with the reconstruction! Fuck cancer!


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this

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I really liked a lot of the staff. Like anywhere, you have dicks and genuinely good people.

Some staff went out of their way to be personal with the kids. Share life experiences, get to know them, give advice, etc...

For clarification I was in four different places. With four drastically different methods to their systems. One was a very not strict bland type of detention center with cells where the kids wore provided sweatsuits and followed a schedule for the day. I remember nothing significant of the staff there.

Another was a very laid back place with more of a home atmosphere aside from the locked doors and fences. The staff there were generally nice and took the time to get to know the kids. This was also a VERY new facility when I went there. I was probably the 12th kid ever sent there.

One was an INSANELY nice place from the outside, with a pond, bicycles, riding paths, gym equipment, etc... Got there and found out it was all broken or no longer allowed. Lol. Most staff there were seasoned vets. Mostly irritable. Some were decent, but a majority of them had been doing it for so long and didn't care to get to know the kids anymore since the place held a few hundred and staff usually juggled around.

The last place was very strict. I got cocky about pushing in my chair silently one time and wound up being restrained on the floor for about three hours.

Shift change came and they literally switched out. I only struggled for about 10 minutes of it. They screamed in my face and I pretty much cried the whole time.

It's fucked up, but I feel like that last place kinda helped me a lot.

I wasn't cocky again after that. Lots of yes sir, no sir out of my mouth. After that, the place got investigated from kids being hurt.

One staff member in one of the lighter places would bring in his guitar and teach us. Another brought his xbox and played with us. I really liked when it felt more like a big brother or sister rather than a staff/inmate.


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The press is under attack on many fronts these days -- and that's disheartening -- but so far, in this country, it's pretty rare for journalists to be physically assaulted for their work. That's not true for so many of our colleagues working abroad, sadly. If/when we start being afraid to write stories that displease our highest government officials, we will have veered into a very dark alley in our nation's history.

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that guy with the nuclear poisoning? I wonder if that would explain everything. haha


Q:

Have you ever seen a pitch on shark tank that made you want to just buy their entire business or idea outright? If so, what was it?

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If after the investigation ends, the FBI determines that NRA, Russia, and Trump did not collude, will you be publishing a follow up story explaining that?


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The benefit to peritoneal dialysis is that it can be done at home and over night using an automated exchange machine and allows you to retain a much better quality of life

Blood exchange dialysis is much harsher on your system and will eventually cause other problems (calcification of vessels being the worst)

I noticed elsewhere you mentioned a fistula placement. These eventually degrade and need relocating or new ones being fitted and can sometimes even block after fitting. None of these treatments are designed to be life long, and I don’t say that with the intent to upset you. They are a poor facsimile of what your kidneys can do and delay at best the inevitable (sometimes for many years)

PD works by having a tenckhoff catheter (tube in belly going in to your peritoneal sack) where fluid is exchanged in and out generally over night. Fluid is then left in during the day (takes much getting used too and gives you a belly) which absorbs much of the toxins your kidneys can’t. It’s much less harsh and is suitable for patients with less “severe” kidney failure. Sometimes even after trying this method it is still not viable for some patients. Even if for some reason your exchange machine breaks you can manually drain and refill using gravity, slower yes, but allows more flexibility in your lifestyle.

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OMG. I'm so sorry this PT said that. It was way out of line and wrong and rude and does NOT reflect how PT thinks of MG. You are definitely not "faking it".

I am cautious not to be an "ableist" a term I was recently introduced to. I always try to treat people with respect and compassion without making them feel less than or small because of their illness--because they are neither!

I have an invisible illness myself so I can relate to professionals acting as if there is nothing wrong...grr!

Thank you so much for answering my question!


Q:

With more Female Wrestlers having submission finishing moves these days, I wonder what would be your submission finisher if you had one and what would you call it?

A:

Hey Harley, big fan. I know in the '80s you got a swastika tattoo on your inner wrist. I also know you got it covered up. What did you get it covered up with? Why did you get a swastika? What does the cover-up tattoo mean to you?


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Thanks unfortunately I had an infection in one of my breasts near the AlloDerm so I had to have 2 extra surgeries and am about 4 months behind schedule. My surgeon is really happy with results now and we are thinking I will be done in March or April. I had lots of room between the tumor and my nipple so I was able to do nipple sparing.

It looks like you probably had your nipple removed. Are you planning on surgical reconstruction, 3D tattoo or just going nippleless? This is a big issue with the women I know that have reconstruction. I wonder what you are thinking as a man?

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There is tons you can do. You can donate proceeds of your restaurant to legal defense or various activist groups. You can use your platform for education. You could help by employing former prisoners and people with felonies. You could provide a work-study program for former convicts or something that helps with reintegration into society.


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Fuck that judge.

What movie have you watched more times then any other ?

What did you eat when you got out the second time ? first meal out I guess I mean.

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If after the investigation ends, the FBI determines that NRA, Russia, and Trump did not collude, will you be publishing a follow up story explaining that?


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Heard about the same donor thing. I listen to a podcast called Freakanomics and they had the guy talk about it and where the idea came from. It’s absolutely amazing.

Best of luck mate, the situation you’re in is crap, but from my reckoning you’re strong enough to not let it beat you. While you’re on dialysis make sure they’re letting you have treats 👍😊

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Yes. I don't recall one because there were a lot of them. The hang up usually isn't the idea though, it's the entrepreneur.


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Definitely.

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This is super informative. One of the things that has been kind of hard with this part is that I don't know what I don't know so when people ask me if I have any questions, I feel like I'm content info wise.

I most of this (except that you leave the fluid in during the day) but I felt like I gained context. I will have to think more about it.

Fwiw, it does seem like there are people going through the donation process so hopefully any dialysis choice I make won't be too consequential for too long.


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Thanks, but it's not your fault. You seem like a lovely person!! I even do things like that myself and I know how handicapped I am. I think it's ingrained into our brains that everyone around us lies to get what they want. And that's a difficult thing to break. Still it's hurtful and all of us need to be mindful of how we treat each other

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Hmmmmmm, let me think about that one for a bit! Feel free to ask it again in a bit, if I don't answer!


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In the 80's, all of the Puerto Rican gangs in my neighborhood were covered in Swastikas, all the black gangs wore them as well as the Hells angels on 3rd st So I didnt think much of it, when I was a kid in the 70's, Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols wore Swastikas. When I got it it was a symbol of shock and I was just a dumb kid, it was not about National Socialism or killing jews, it was just a symbol that got a reaction. I covered it when I got older because I realized how wrong it was to have a symbol that was so hateful to so many people. Thats the long and short of it

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Sorry about the complications. I'm debating on either nippleless or tattoo. I think i'm leaning more towards a tattoo though to try to cover the scar a bit.


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Definitely! Excellent suggestions. First off I mainly use my platform for education. Currently we are too small to donate profits (because we haven't hit profitability yet), but we do employ a couple convicted felons with non-violent marijuana charges. And Currently we take in stages for a few days at a time but due to the structure of the company (we travel a lot for speaking engagements, dinners, etc) so it is hard to have a work study program until we have the restaurant up and running. When that is a reality, I look forward to having those things in place. And hopefully more! Right now, I try to help as much as possible. Both patients and non-violent offenders.

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I've probably watched Talladega nights way too many times.

We stopped at McDonalds. Lol. It was about 8 months since I last had fast food.

I also met my now Stepdad on the ride home.


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Definitely.

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They used to give me this pretty awesome protein bar that tasted just like cinnamon roles but now my protein levels are high enough that I have to bring my own protein bars.

Protein is a very important thing for dialysis patients because if it gets too low, you can't use the dialysis treatment.

If anyone is curious they were zone bars and I had the cinnamon one. The other two are okay (and way better than most protein bars) but the cinnamon roll one is baller.

Anyway, thank you so much for your nice words.


Q:

What do you think of Mark Cuban telling us all he goes commando?

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The FBI, as a policy, declines to comment on ongoing investigations, (except one recent example). Anonymous sources are fundamental to investigative journalism here in the US.


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You said your blood pressure at the time of admission was 210/145.... what was your regular blood pressure like in the past?

A:

What would you say had been the biggest challenge about living your life with GRMG?


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Hey Harley!

My question is about the music industry.

Currently we are struggling indie artists. Do you think it’s better to stay independent and grind it out DIY style or to sign with a major label and lose some of your publishing and other things to get some capital to kick things off?

I know with the Cro-Mags you guys went through hell with labels.

Much Respect!

Mike


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Will you do any type of reconstruction?

I hope no one thinks I'm joking--I'm curious how a man feels about how a mastectomy has affected his body, and if you'll feel comfortable going shirtless. And good job to you for spreading awareness about this!

A:

Wow, you seem like a super cool dude. Congratulations to you, reading about your business made my night better! Good luck on hitting profitability and don't forget about your roots!


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Follow-up : what did you order ? I have never had a quarter pounder from Mcdonalds, or a mcrib.

Mcdonalds make little baby jesus happy. Sitting there in his manger holding a happy meal.

A:

The FBI, as a policy, declines to comment on ongoing investigations, (except one recent example). Anonymous sources are fundamental to investigative journalism here in the US.


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Do you know where you are on the waiting list for a transplant???

With kidneys an exact match is still best but an inexact match can often do very well

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He is not lying. What do you think about it is the real question...


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I understand your concern. Sources won't be quoted discussing classified information or an ongoing investigation. But we vet sources internally in making decisions about whether we have enough to publish a piece, and our standards are very high. There are many stories sitting in our system right now, on the Trump-Russia issue and others, that have not been made live because they don't meet our theshhold for sourcing.

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That is the mistake I made -- I don't really know. I hadn't been to the doctor for 7-8 years probably before this happened. It was never really a problem in college or high school. Unclear when the hypertension developed or exactly how high it was.


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Umm, there are actually quite a few things... 1. I have had to have open heart ( for lack of a better term its pretty much the same procedure) surgery twice now to get of a MG related tumor called a thymoma... That was extremely difficult. 2. Feeling the loss of independence I have felt over the past three years since being diagnosed. 3. I think the most heartbreaking and difficult thing is/was the only person who really understood what I was going through die from RgMG ( my dad also had MG and died at 46, a year and a week ago). Even though they say it's not supposed to be hereditary. It was in my case.

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Two females fighting to be on top...constantly.


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There are certain benefits to working with big organizations. So, in that respect, giving something up to gain something can be a plus. But, the game has changed a lot and with all the social media and all of the things that are available to the artist, you can definitely be successful on your own if you play your cards right. Whats best is what works for you.

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Nah I don't plan on any reconstruction. I have recently started trying to lose weight (definitely needed) so hopefully it will kind of just even out. Fingers crossed!


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That means a lot to me, I sincerely thank you. And I won't!

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Hahaha. I don't remember what I ordered, but that's definitely how I like to imagine Jesus.


Q:

I understand your concern. Sources won't be quoted discussing classified information or an ongoing investigation. But we vet sources internally in making decisions about whether we have enough to publish a piece, and our standards are very high. There are many stories sitting in our system right now, on the Trump-Russia issue and others, that have not been made live because they don't meet our theshhold for sourcing.

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I would guess pretty low. This just happened like a month and a half ago.


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How often do/did you film for the show? How many entrepreneurs would pitch in a single sitting?

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I hadn't been to the doctor for 7-8 years probably before this happened.

This is one of those things I don't understand. I say this as a 29 year old man who has nearly always at least done a yearly checkup but doesn't have any chronic medical conditions (that I know of).

I can understand if you don't have insurance, but it bewilders me how every guy my age, including the ones with good jobs/insurance, seems convinced going to the doctor is something you only need to do if you're concerned you might die if you don't go.


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Weird, seems like some text books need to be re-written if both you and your dad had an ultra rare "non-heriditary" disease

A:

When were you asked to come back for the Raw 25th anniversary?


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Harley, you're the man!

What's your favorite memory of training at Renzos? Have you ever seen Renzo or Ralph get really angry? Both great guys, but definitely not anyone I would ever want to piss off...

Also, just wanted to say thank you, you gave me my introduction class at Renzos during a really bad time in my life about 3-4 years ago. Since than I've had to move, but train at Serras now and try to drop in at the NYC/Brooklyn location when possible. It's helped me out immensely during trying times these past 4 years. Never really got to thank you enough.

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First, I'm glad you caught it before it got any worst....

Being that males are not usually associated with breast cancer, what were some of the strangest reactions you have recieved after revealing that you were a young man fighting a rare form of breast cancer?

Again, I'm soooooo happy that you kicked chemo's ass!

Edit: Fuck you auto correct! Once again you make a fool of me. For all you folks who were able to decipher this gaggle fuck of not-so-good English words and look past the misspelling, congratulations.

And thank you for proving that reason will prevail!


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How did you get banned twice from r/trees?

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Hi everyone,

I'm from the area(Luzerne County, which is near Scranton, PA. Yes, the Scranton from The Office)

A lot of people want the gist of the story, more answers, etc.

So here it is, from someone who has experienced first hand Luzerne County's "Culture Of Corruption".

First off, let's establish that the two judges who went to jail, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan were gushed over by plenty of officials/staff on Luzerne county. Notice that the same papers blasting those who stood by and did nothing were also those who praised Conahan/Ciavarella for their "tough" sentencing style. I don't recall which off the top of my head, but one of the two won the Newspapers "Man Of The Year" award.

A property developer, Robert Mericle, had gotten a prison contract and in exchange for cash bribes, the judges would sentence the kids harshly for often nothing crimes. One girl received 3 months for a fake mocking facebook page of her principal.

The story on the books is that two judges went rogue and that was that. They were caught, got jail sentences, public condemning, and that was that.

But that's not where it actually ended, or even started.

To understand how corrupt this county is, you have to take a look at it in context.

Take Anthony Lupas. Anthony Lupus was a local attorney, and the chairman for his towns Democratic Party Board. His son, David Lupas, became the District Attorney(DA). The son is now a judge. What's wrong with this? Well, Anthony Lupus was a ponzi scheme artist. A pretty damn successful one, too, with over $6 million missing. Now, the sins of the fathers don't always transfer to the son, but they do when the son borrows $400,000 to run unopposed.

What you witnessed in Kids For Cash was not justice finally taking place, but rather a coup that took place for others to rise high.

The situation hasn't gotten better, it's actually gotten worse as the new criminals are actually competent compared to the two failures of human life that were Conahan and Ciavarella.

Proof that the uppers don't really care about what happened? The most exclusive and expensive private school in the areas sports field is the Robert Mericle sportsfield. This came up after Kids For Cash, and while you could argue it would be OK if he was just accused, he wasn't. He was convicted. Convicted. Anthony Lupas name is still up at our local Casino, take a look.

One of the worst areas is Dupont. Dupont was(is?) pretty much the Wild West. There were 3 cops in the area. One is in jail for being a drug addict, one is in jail for molesting children, and the DA who was elected following the outing of the criminals will no longer recognize the old Chief of Police as a cop.

By the way, the one who was molesting the children had his wife beg officer John Saranchuk for help. Saranchuk's response? Telling her that if she kept pushing, she'd be arrested. The drug dealer? Well, I can't say if Officer Saranchuk has a drug problem. I can say that when the FBI raided the Dupont police office, that a pretty large amount of cocaine was missing. After the drug user(or one of them) was gone.

The new police chief had to give up his gun because of a PFA filed against him.. This is "progress" in Luzerne County.

The current assistant DA is the reason many of the Kids For Cash cases went through.. So when you ask "But why didn't you do X? The answer is that a lot of the time the assistant DA would say "just let this go, you'll only make it worse by fighting." Hey give him credit, they would have made it worse.

These days the Luzerne County Courts are basically Kangaroo Courts. Go into court and observe. Play Bingo with any of the following:

Refusing to have certain parties go under oath.

Threats of contempt of court.

Refusal to even hear certain motions. Can't appeal something if it was never legally denied. Pretty clever, right?

A person involved in the Kids For Cash scandal but still somehow with a law license.

Rampant nepotism.

Rampant cronyism.

Now, Luzerne County is somewhat split. No one will say anything bad about the Kids For Cash victims, but you'll get the occasional "just some troublemakers who got to spend some extra time" in juvy. Others want to speak up but can't. Others speak out, and are punished for it.

There is a ton of stuff I won't go into here in depth, but feel free to look the stuff up if you're interested:

The fact the old court administrator was the brother-in-law of Conahan(meaning the guy who can decide where cases go was related to the guy who judged the cases.)

Gas Gate(In which thousands of dollars of gas was stolen, and seemingly disappeared)

Leo Glodzik, a corrupt businessman who had cars illegally towed. Poor people were essentially left to walk in the cold. Nicer cars were towed. Off duty cops were caught multiple times driving cars possessed in this way. The man was convicted, the cops were not.

The fact that one of the judges, the honorable Lesa Gelb, stole her firms client list when she went off on her own, and then had this squashed.

The pay-for-play DUI system, in which the mayor of Laflin(the town where both judges for Kids For Cash lived, as where Lupas lived, his son lives, and Sanguedolce live) wasn't charged for an obvious DUI.

I can answer other questions, assuming I don't get a knock on my door.


Q:

I had a close family member receive a new liver just recently(in their 30's). All the steps sound familiar. I believe that if someone donates a kidney and their existing kidney has issues down the road, that you are instantly put at the top of the list. At least that's what the transplant network here in the Kansas/Missouri area has stated. Might look at that in your area, but just something to consider if someone close to you has hesitations.

Do your research, look at hospitals/transplant centers in your area. Don't be afraid to get second opinions from other doctors. Take charge of your health, take notes, ask questions, it helps to have a close family member be there with you, to help as an advocate. Don't be afraid to question what a nurse or doctor are doing, in polite fashion. Sometimes they do make mistakes. Try to be a friendly and civil advocate for your own health. Always be honest with them, tell them anything you can think of that might have impacted your health in some way. Stay positive!

Good luck, you are way too young for this. Good doctors and staff will look out for you, especially considering your age.

**EDIT Almost forgot, aggressively challenge your medical billing. Be prepared for some HOLY SHIT moments at your mailbox, but don't panic. Most billing errors are fixed easily. Don't pay any bills right off the bat/make sure your insurance has taken their chunk out. You have to be/have an advocate for that crap too.

A:

We two weeks in June and two weeks in September. 100 during each block.


Q:

I think it happens a lot. What can I say? I deffo paid the price for it.

also, I didn't even think I was going to die when I first went to the doctor and my blood oxygen was 81. I just thought I had some acid reflux.

A:

There are a few families I know of with MG through my support groups. Not many but a few


Q:

Recently...last few weeks.

A:

First of all, I'm glad I was able to introduce you to this life-changing art. You have become part of a bigger family by training with Henzo and, now, Matt. My best memories are Renzo and Ryan training together at the old academy, when guys like Matt Serra and John Danaher and all those legends of the sport were all just blue belts. Those are the days I will never forget. It's been a great journey so far and I'm looking forward to what the future of BJJ is going to be like.


Q:

Thank you so much! A ton of people didn't believe me. They all thought it started somewhere else and just spread to the breast. I had to explain that it was just in my breast and nowhere else. Some people didn't know that men could even get it either. I told them that they definitely can it just is less common for men.

A:

The first time i posted a dish I thought people would enjoy but it was considered self promotion.

And the second time I answered someone with my website and that was considered a violation :/

But I’m back and will be a good boy


Q:

So accurate. I've put my story out there before once or twice locally...

People here wouldn't believe the amount of "It was your own fault" or "It's not the judge's fault".

For some reason, the corruption is not only ignored but accepted locally.

A:

That is super interesting about being moved to the top of the list.

Thanks for the advice as well. One thing I sometimes have to push on is not taking too much fluid out during dialysis. I have quite a bit of residual kidney function and when you pull out too much fluid during dialysis, it can stress the kidneys more and take that away. Having some kidney function versus basically having none is night and day. I don't have to be super concerned about fluids, salt, or potassium but if they nuke the remaining function my quality of life would collapse.

So, I always have to negotiate with the nurses about how much fluid to remove.

Thanks again for all the kind words.


Q:

How do you plan and start your day so that it will be the most productive?

A:

I did the renal roundup for years on the truck. What kind of items do you like to bring with you? Most of my patients would bring a blanket and a pillow. One kid brought a gaming laptop which was cool.


Q:

If it's your immune system that's causing problems, wouldn't giving yourself AIDS cure it?

A:

what is the most underrated independent league that you follow? which country has the most underrated wrestling talent?


Q:

Harley,

Do you recall ever practicing with the band 108 with you playing drums? What do you remember about the experience?

A:

It’s sad but people don’t know men have breasts period. Not breasts like boobs, but still.

I’m glad you recovered okay. Good luck with your future!

EDIT: I know about gynecomastia, a hormonal condition where men can develop breast tissue. I’m speaking generally, that its sad people don’t know men have breast tissue (hello nipples).

What’s more, it’s sad that people reacted to “I have breast cancer” with “yeah right, you’re a dude” rather than “oh, I didn’t know that could happen. Is there anything I can do to help?”

I know people aren’t bound to understand everything that isn’t common, but biology/sexuality/anatomy courses through school should make people at least aware enough to understand that the human body is anatomically female during development until the point where sexual differentiation occurs.


Q:

Alright so as a weed chef I'm hoping you can shed some insight on this crazy shit that I've been chasing for years:

The year is 2010; my roommate is prepping some ganjabutter for some ganjabrownies. I leave for a while and do i-cant-rember-what. When I come back I see that the butter has reduced and is currently BUBBLING LIKE CRAZY. Way too many bubbles, seems like the butter overheated and we were worried we burnt the product. So we take it off the heat immediately, mid bubble, and proceed to make some brownies.

They were insane. Hands down the most significant effect I have ever had from edibles. One brownie put me on the floor. Two brownies and I couldn't swallow food I had pasties so bad, and I must have been at a [12]. I needed confirmation and gave a brownie to a coworker in his 30's, a chronic smoker. Told him they were intense but homemade, and that there was only weed in them. The next day he thanked me for this caveat, as the high was so intense he would have thought there was acid or something on them.

The marijuana we used was normal. Smoking it gave normal effects. We didn't put any spectacular amount into the brownies, I think it was somewhere between an 8th and a quarter ounce.

I have tried to duplicate this butter/brownie method but to no avail! I have never been able to buy an edible of similar potency either.

Do you have any idea what happened here? I mean I guess the effects had a lot of scratchy throat/dry eyes/negative side effects, but god damn it was insane. If you know what I did and how to do it again I would love a link or instructional or something.

Anyway all the best! Thanks for the AMA.

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How did your first "conviction" happen? The one where you got sent away for six months - did you have a trial, did you plead guilty?

Did your mom try to get a lawyer when you were incarcerated for six months?

And what about your second offense? Same questions.

I understand there was a corrupt system (no defense attorneys? That is really messed up), but I'm familiar with the juvenile justice system where I live and you'd have gotten next to nothing for those offenses where I am.


Q:

As someone who is genuinely getting toxins cleansed from their body,what do you think about people who claim that eg blueberries can remove “toxins”?

A:

I could tell you, but then you wouldn't want to read the book. But quickly...I don't answer emails right away. I might send some, but I don't answer them. It's my way of staring on offense.


Q:

I got really really cold early on but I don't get super cold anymore. I do bring a blanket but haven't used it. I recently found out that the machines have blood warmers and it is easy to turn them up. I usually just bring a chromebook and a book. The shift I am on is mostly old dudes who probably aren't getting transplants. Three or four of them watch the same episode of law and order at the same time and then have a running commentary on it. I listen but don't participate haha.

If I had a gaming laptop, I'd bring it. Something to think about.

What is the truck? Like for people who can't drive themselves?

A:

Ummmmm. No lol


Q:

Overdrive Pro Wrestling out of Nashville, TN As for the last question...I cannot answer that question honestly because I haven't watched as much independent promotions in the last little while.

A:

I have no recollection of practicing with them. I've heard about this before.


Q:

Thank you! You as well!

A:

Oh man, I’ve been here dude. In fact, I thought that when people said they hallucinated from Cannabis they were lying for attention or something...until that day..

To answer your question, first off, you had some potent bud. Point blank. Second, by leaving that butter to boil, you had cooked off all of your Terpenes and Cannabinoids and been left with just THC. Ingesting just THC is kind of crazy, it is basically the same as a band only playing one note the entire time, super fucking loud. There are no supporting elements, nothing to direct that raw psychoactivity. CBD counteracts the psychoactivity from THC and the Terpenes give the type of high (giggly, contemplative, body, etc). You had none of that. So it was straight THC.

Hope that helps a little!

Edit: I've been corrected on the DMT information. u/Damienslust pointed out my terminology was incorrect and has a great explanation below of how DMT is correlated (or not correlated I should say) with this particular instance.


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There was no real trial. I stood there with my mom in front of the judge. No defense attorney. My mom cried. She said she wanted me to get help with my issues at home but didn't want me taken away. The judge didn't care and sent me away. My mom called lawyers and elected officials. Everyone she could for 6 months. One day out of the blue I was told to pack my things up because I was getting out.

The second time, it was basically the same. No defense attorney. Me and the judge. The juvenile court room was much different than any other court room. The judge and the other workers there all seemed like buddies. There was no feeling of fair justice. No telling your side. Just the judge putting you away. Scary to a kid, and even scarier to me as an adult knowing that it happened that way.

A:

I think it is sort of amusing, I guess. I actually phrased it that way because it sounds fucking awesome. If you think about it, these are things that people with working kidneys just pee out if they eat too much but without working kidneys I could overdose on potatoes.

So, I can understand why people claim it but I've never interacted with one of those people since frying my kidneys. I did make a perhaps an insensitive joke about getting like three vaccinations in a week and being afraid about catching autism to someone who turned out to be an anti vaxxer. Luckily I could diffuse that situation by just saying my kidney related anemia was making me not think straight.


Q:

Hello,

As a Hot Saunce connoisseur, have you tried The Last Dab?

Also, do you think you would do well on the YouTube show Hot Ones?

A:

So is there no silver lining at all?


Q:

How would you rate your pain on a 1-10 scale, and how much does it vary day by day?

A:

What was the shift into more mature programming like for the performers?


Q:

Alright- one more!!

Do you still have all your records and tshirts? Is there anything you wish you still had?

A:

I'm glad to hear that you're doing well and that you're sharing your story.

I had a similar scare a number of years back. I was an 18-20 year old guy and felt a lump. Thought nothing of it for a few years and finally got it checked out. Had to get 3 mammograms over a year. Finally turns out it's just female breast tissue. Apparently 1/5 men or so have this, it just never develops because of the lack of estrogen. But I'm so glad that you're raising awareness about this. Men check your man titties for lumps!

Also have to have a question so what's your favorite food?


Q:

How prepared are you to only receive tips of $4.20?

On a more serious note how do you think this will affect other franchises that already exist? Do you think they will start implementing edibles or cannabis to their menus?

A:

$20k doesn't make up for your years lost, and that's obviously understandable. Have you ever thought about what would help the past injustice sting less? For example, an apology from the judge, or new laws to prevent this from happening again?


Q:

Havent tried The Last Dab and I love Hot Ones and don't know if I would do well. I am gonna find out.

A:

lol no not really. its pretty annoying and has put a pause on a lot of the stuff I had going on. But, there is nothing I can do so there is no reason to focus on those parts.


Q:

I have lupus as well so physical pain tends to be from that. MG itself does not cause physical pain in most cases. Emotional pain varies from day to day.

A:

There was never a moment in which I remember anyone saying "Hey, we are gonna push the proverbial envelope!" What I DO remember was them coming to us and saying "We have to tone this down, advertisers are not happy!"


Q:

I have a good amount of them. Of course, some things got stolen and lost along the way.

A:

I'm glad that everything turned out fine! Pizza is definitely the most superior food in the world.


Q:

Haha I hadn’t thought about the tips. Perhaps the decimal will be moved over a space or two..

I think they will have to remain separated through licensing. Not every restaurant will be able to serve THC. Only those that have the on-site consumption licensing.

A:

Time helped a lot.

As I've said in other answers, the places weren't all bad. Aside from the obvious negative aspects, I did learn a few things and the experience did make me grow into the person I am today. Better or worse.

I don't want to hear from the judge, but I suppose an apology would help. I think I'd rather just let him know that I no longer blame him and explain what I was put through.


Q:

Love the show! Can you elaborate on the hot sauce connoisseur bit?

A:

Damn man, I’m really sorry. At least you’ve come to terms with it, somewhat


Q:

What was your favorite costume you saw or wore?

A:

Were you a trouble kidd? Judging by the tattoos taken in a young age and punk lifestyle. (Not judging. A punk myself)


Q:

First of all congratulations. Secondly how long did it take you to get through the initial brick wall of emotions that is "you have cancer"?

A:

How do you dose edibles carefully enough to create a whole cannabis restaurant? Plus, your clientele won't be high until after they leave. I just don't understand your business model.


Q:

Sounds like you did something a little bad but not as bad as some kids in there...

Did you meet anyone who did less than you? I mean... what's the stupidest thing you heard that someone did to end up in the detention center?

A:

I am expert. What else can I say...


Q:

thanks. you also can't even drink beer when you have kidney failure lol

A:

Definitely Wrestlemania #12...unfortunately because of the type of match it was...that dress never got a proper viewing!!! :(


Q:

Yes, I guess you could say that. Read my book, all the answers are there. I started young.

A:

Thank you! It took a while for the shock to go away. About a week after he told me I just broke down for a bit. I was really mad at myself for waiting as long as I did to actually go get it checked out. It took about 2 weeks before I finally accepted it and got a more positive outlook on the situation.


Q:

Our guests are at our dining experiences for 2-3 hours. If they stay in the lounge, perhaps even longer.

The dosage is coming in over 10 courses, so the way we have structured it is that the first two courses will serve as the initial take off, by course 4-5, 45 min after ingesting is when the effects start to creep on. The remainder of the meal is guiding them into a nice euphoric high zone rather than keep sending them to the stars. For us, it is about balance. We finish the meal with CBD before sending the guests into the lounge to decompress.

Essentially, everything is timed.

A:

I don't remember asking any other kids what they did until I was in the last place I was in. It was a really strict place with intense therapy groups and pretty bad physical punishment for the kids. (Staff broke a kids arm and gave another rug burn from head to toe for an escape attempt.)

In a Balanced And Restorative Justice group one day, we went around and said what we were there for. Kids were saying drugs, theft, robbery... The kid before me says he forgot his gun at someone's house so he went to go get it and brought his other gun, and when he got pulled over by the cops he forgot a third gun was under his seat so he was arrested for having two of his three guns on him.

I said "I told my teacher my dad would fire her..." Lol.


Q:

What product do you most regret not investing in on shark tank?

A:

Do you celebrate each treatment by eating something really salty afterwards?

(If it seems like a weird question, it was a habit that a friend's family member had after each dialysis treatment.)


Q:

What is the most important life lesson you have ever learned? Thanks for doing this AMA!

A:

Who are the hardest dudes in hardcore besides (alongside?) you and why??? Let’s get some raw stories!!


Q:

Was there any kind of discomfort or change with the lump?

I'm a guy with what my physician says is a hardened lymph node in my pectoral muscle, I'm still trying to figure out if a second opinion is warranted. $$$$, America and all....

Thx!

A:

Interesting! How do you account for different metabolisms, weights etc? Do customers have, I don't know, like a chart they follow based on weight and experience of how much to eat?


Q:

What were their reactions to that?

A:

None.


Q:

haha, this question rules. To be honest, if anything I miss potatoes and bananas more. But I definitely have feeling after dialysis where I'm like "WELL BETTER GO BREAK SOME FUCKING RULES." I ate some cheese on Friday afterwards. don't tell.

(in all reality, like I've said elsewhere, my food restrictions aren't as bad as a lot of people's yet since I have some residual kidney function. My hope is that I can get a transplant before the rest of that dissipates and I could accidentally kill myself by eating a banana or something. )

A:

Rambonenix...THANKS so much for this question and for the kind words!!! I was taught by my mother to always be kind and gracious to others unless they were unkind or nasty to me...and if they were unkind or nasty...to simply walk away and not allow their negativity to invade my mind or heart. Another one is "Pretty is skin deep but ugly is to the bone!" One more and it is sometimes hard to think about this when someone is doing something dastardly to us...but "Hurting people hurt people!" Thanks again for this question! :)


Q:

The hardest people I know fight in cages for a living or are deployed serving their country.

A:

It go to where when I laid on my stomach it would hurt my chest cause of how big it was getting. But I had no other changes other than it growing.


Q:

Without proper funding, we are still a little ways off from a universal chart, and even then my guess would be around 75%-85% accurate. However we ask extensive questions to better understand the guest so we know previous experiences.

We also use a nano technology that allows for a faster metabolism in the body which helps us stay on track with various guests.

A:

They didn't respect me. Lol. I don't know how else to word it.

I felt a need to prove myself I guess. Acted out a bit there at first.

The place was strict. Like insanely strict. I got cocky once when told to push my chair in more quietly. They restrained me for a few hours. On the floor with football linebacker sized men holding me down. I fought and cursed at them for 10-15 minutes. Gave up and cried for a while after. They had shift change and just swapped out the guys holding me. Screamed in my face about rules and respect etc.

After that the kids respected me and I respected the staff. Win/win I guess.

When I was leaving that place there were noticed put up not to hit or hurt the kids.

Staff sat there while we talked on the phone so we couldn't tell our family what it was like. Word got out after two kids tried to escape and staff broke one of their arms and gave them pretty bad rug burn while restraining them AFTER they were caught and brought back in.

Staff made us watch that time.


Q:

Do you not regret any of them because they’ve all been profitable, or do you not regret any of them because you’ve learned something every time?

A:

Awesome. Keep up the good work, and I hope you get your transplant soon.


Q:

Who were your favorite and least favorite talents to work with?

A:

What about the older BHC; SSD, Gang Green, Slapshot?


Q:

Did it hurt? Cancer I mean. Well, and chemo.

A:

However we ask extensive questions to better understand the guest so we know previous experiences.

Cool, so it's a customized experience. Sounds neat!

We also use a nano technology that allows for a faster metabolism in the body

Could you go into more detail here?


Q:

You should've said "Littering."

A:

The latter.


Q:

thanks and thanks for letting me know that I'm not alone in my parents are not home feeling after dialysis.

A:

I of course loved working with the father of Dakota! That was usually FUN! The Hardys were fun, Perry was great as I always felt safe with him...and Big Bossman Ray Traylor was my nearest and dearest friend after Dustin left WWF. Ray and I worked together a few times bust he was always my BESTIE on the road and when we were at home! Thanks Angie and Girls, for always being so gracious and allowing RayRay to ride with me and be my traveling partner! :) My love and appreciation will never go away!!! :)


Q:

I wasn't a huge fan but I appreciate what they contributed to Hardcore, musically. I do, however, think that those bands had a lot to do with the divisions that started to happen to the scenes on the East Coast and that was a definite downside to it. I talk about it in my book.

A:

The bone pain from the shot of Neulasta I had to get after chemo was the worst pain i've ever felt in my life. Other than that the nausea and tiredness was all the chemo did to me really.


Q:

Definitely!

Nano technology is a fancy way of saying that the THC or CBD molecules are suspended in a water soluble solution making it homogenize with anything water based (where as usually it’s only fat soluble). Our epidermis can absorb things that are 40-60 nanometers wide so the nano technology also breaks the compounds from being 4000 nanometers wide to being 40-60nm which allow it to be ingested and metabolized much quicker than a normal extraction.

A:

On the group w bench!


Q:

Have you ever worked with anyone who did not get a deal on the show, but had a good product?

A:

I’m ordering it today. Thanks for doing this. What kind of music do you listen to currently? Like, if you’re driving around, what’s playing on the radio?


Q:

More men in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer each year than are diagnosed with penile cancer.

Did you meet with resistance from the medical community when seeking treatment?

A:

Have you looked into using lecithin, sesame seed oil, or glycochocolate in your recipes to potentiate the cannabis?

Study Supporting Claims


Q:

Did you get into any fights inside?

Any time you genuinely feared for your safety? Did you get bullied or picked on?

Did the people inside split along racial lines like they do in prison?

A:

I don't thing so. This many seasons in, I am just focusing on the companies I invested in from the show.


Q:

I have such a wide range of musical taste. I could go on and on and on. Before we started this, I was listening to Black Uhuru and Marvin Gaye, but I could've just as easily been listening to Type O Negative, Sex Pistols or Bad Brains. I listen to different things all day.

A:

I wouldn't call it resistance but every doctor I talked to when I told them how long I had it the first question they asked was "why did you wait so long?". Other than that everyone has been wonderful every step of the way!


Q:

I've seen the lecithin as a bio availability agent, however I need to do more research into it all. I've been focusing on the nano tech but this is a really good read, thank you for citing it!

A:

I was bullied at times. Other times I was the bully. I got into a few fights.

In the place where fighting and bullying did occur, there wasn't much staff intervention and there were definitely groups and a sort of hierarchy.

There was some racial tension. At the one place, I was the only white kid and the only kid not from a big city with bad crimes, which felt a little intimidating, but after a while we all got along great.


Q:

How can an entrepreneur find a way to pitch their ideas, without fear of getting the ideas ripped off by the people they pitch?

A:

You will coming back to Europe this year?


Q:

Do you by chance live near a military installation? There has been documentated cases of an increase in infant mortality and male breast cancer near military installations due to hazardous chemicals contaminating the local water supply.

A:

What would your death row, final meal be?


Q:

What goes through your mind, at 15, when you realize you're going to jail for two years? Was anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts a big factor? How did you adjust and calm the sudden impact of this?

A:

It depends on the idea and if it is pattanable or trademarked.


Q:

We will be there this summer, probably July and August.

A:

I live about 20 miles from a military base. That's pretty interesting do you have any links?


Q:

Thanks for the question!

42 oz Bone in Ribeye with all the sauces,

Wurrug dawali (stuffed grape leaves) made my my grandmother

Chocolate cake with a milk chocolate ganache and dark chocolate mousse.

A:

Well, they don't tell you how long. In fact, you never know how long it will be. At any point. There was no "finish line".

The places had systems of treatment and let you out when you were ready.

It sucked at first. Then it still sucked but you got used to how things were. Then it still sucked, but you dealt with it and it became normal.


Q:

What's the last nice thing you said to a stranger?

A:

What do you feel is most fake? JJ’s PMA bullshit or his hair? Him calling his cover band “Cro-Mags “ is insulting to everyone who has been a fan of your music


Q:

Have you given any serious thought about what kind of lies you will tell to brake the ice about that bad ass scar on your chest?

"I had a big enough heart to save 10 orphans and then some bby, wanna fuk?"

Seriously thought good luck, as a smoker this is one of my worst fears.

A:

Medicated or not?

Edit: thanks for the answer.


Q:

Do you have any power to also implicate the people that are responsible for "KARS 4 KIDS"? Specifically the people who created the advertising jingle.

A:

I forgave Daniel Cormier for being a poor sport on my Instagram story. I don't know him so I am going to say that counts.


Q:

That's more than one question lol...if the PMA was real, we'd all be discussing a reunion right now instead of fighting. That's all I've got to say about that.

A:

I haven't but I definitely need to!


Q:

At that point, Medicated

A:

Working on going after them next.


Q:

What time do you get up in the morning/what is your morning routine?

A:

Hey there, Harley! Have you ever tried Marmite?


Q:

I see someone already talked about the genetic test, but I also want to say that if it's possible, you could ask your mom or your sisters to have a genetic test as well. Also remind them to have annual check!!!

You are such a strong man, buddy! Keep in mind, follow up is important! Also have a positive, healthy life~

Quick question: How's your feeling after chemo? Do you feel something changed, physically or mentally?

Wish you all the best!

A:

So I just started a keto diet and I'm missing my edibles dearly, any chance you have some low-carb low-sugar recipes?


Q:

My question is this, what do you think about the US prison system?

Edit: my fist comment was deleted, here's what it said. In the US private prison industry, the corporations have contracts with the government, the corporation gets a certain amount of money per prisoner, but if the government doesn't keep the prison full enough, usually like +90%, the corporation FINES the government millions.

That's a major part of why we have a small portion of the world's overall people, but 25% of the world's prisoners.

We are not free. This coutry sucks.

A:

I wake up. I dont read emails right away. It's a mindset of offense vs defense. Replying to emails starts your day on defense, forced to problem solve for others. I send out emails and start my day on offense. Then I work out and get the hard part done so I can be fresh and adrenalized for the day. The book speaks to that. What are people's methods in their first 90 mins and last 90 mins of the day.


Q:

Nasty shit lol.

A:

Thank you so much for the compliments! I did ask my mom and sisters to take the genetic test but they didn't seem concerned. It scares me but I can only ask them so many times. The only thing I've noticed is i'm a lot more scared of random things. If I cough too much I start thinking like "is this lung cancer?". Or if my throat hurts "is this cancer too?".


Q:

We have a few. If you don't mind, I would love to PM you the recipes when we are wrapping up the cookbook because they will be in a better format and for 4-6 people.

A:

As a juvenile, I was in places that generally focused on rehabilitation and therapy. They all varied in how they did it, with some more physical and some more emotional, but they still focused on fixing issues and making you a better person.

I did get into trouble as an adult and was very let down that it was literally just a time out with no steps towards corrections, despite being a "correctional facility".

I feel like jails and prisons should focus much more on the individual inmates and work to recover them.


Q:

What is your advice to a high school student who aspires to be an entrepreneur? How do you get noticed by people and what did your high school career look like? Thank you!

A:

My understanding of the "Near Death Experience" record is that it's a bunch of tracks leftover from the "Alpha Omega" recording sessions, so the lineups on both records are the same. However, I spoke with Gabby recently and he mentioned that JJ had got AJ Novello to re-record guitars for "Near Death Experience", so it wasn't really Gabby playing on the "Near Death Experience" record we all heard. Can you shed any light on the personnel and general situation around the "Near Death Experience" record? Thanks!


Q:

Congrats!

My question: have you seen Archer?

A:

Is Gary with you right now?


Q:

Go to college and do the best you can there to learn the basics of business. Get internships in the areas you want to work in and out hustle the people around you.

A:

It seems like you got a lot of that right. AJ also played some of the bass tracks on NDE but, again, I wasn't involved with any of that. Once John got involved with Alpha Omega, all kinds of things started going on behind the scenes that I wasn't aware of.


Q:

I have not seen it but I have heard good things!

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Hah! He is working in the house as am I :)


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What eye opening experience did you have as a child/teen that changed the way you viewed the world (better or worse) ?

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Much respect Harley. Have been a Cro Mags fan for a long time and know you’re the sole reason the band ever existed. Also just read your book and it was fucking great. You couldn’t make up a crazier life. I recommend it to all my boys. Couple questions. Are you still vegetarian and do you drink at all? And do you still live in NYC?


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I have a lipoma in my chest and needed an ultra sound to get that confirmed. Unfortunately, my local hospital wouldn't do an ultrasound until I had a mammogram. I found the whole procedure to be very embarrassing and emasculating. How has dealing with breast cancer as a male affected you?

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Are you aware that edibles can trigger psychotic breaks even among people who have no issue smoking flower (tiny percentage but)? How do you plan to mitigate this? Quick google search results.

EDIT: I'm all for legalization but I had an experience where a gf ate half of pea-sized piece of cannabutter and was "attacked by wring wraiths" trying to suffocate her for 40 minutes afterwards. So I looked up and it turns out it's a thing.


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Launching FUBU.

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I am still a vegetarian. I did eat chicken when I was briefly in Rikers, I do what I have to in order to survive. I do drink from time to time, I think anything in excess is a bad idea but I will have a drink with a friend once in a while. And yes, I do still live in the city.


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I was very embarrassed. It was one of the reasons I waited so long to do anything about it. I felt like I had nobody to relate to almost if that makes sense. The people working at the breast center I went to for my mammogram and ultrasound seemed shocked I was there. It was definitely just a weird experience overall.

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This is an excellent question! One that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about.

The answer is three fold. 1st is that we know how much we are dosing people and we ask extensive questions to better understand our guests needs and tolerances to avoid the issue in the first place. If that doesn’t work as planned, At Herb Restaurant, we plan on having “Guides” (not servers) that are trained with detecting mannerisms of people that may be starting to feel uncomfortable. CBD will be given immediately. Then we plan on having a psychiatrist/yogi in the lounge where if someone is feeling overwhelmed, they are able to drink fresh juices, talk through their heightened state with the yogi and be calmed through CBD.


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What is the weirdest trait of super-rich, old money people?

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Have you ever been to Forest Hills?


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How does a mammogram work on a man? I was told that it flattens the breast tissue like a pancake. I’m genuinely confused at how that would even be possible to do on a man.

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Thanks for the reply. I wish you the best and I suppose it's not a huge issue given the number of outfits making/selling edibles but that was one night I wish I could forget. It wasn't simply a bum trip, she was hallucinating and inconsolable. And the dosage was minute.


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Not sure. I will let you know when I do my AMA and I am old.

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If you mean Queens, hell yeah! My aunts went to high school with The Ramones.


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Being fat it made it easier to flatten it. I have no clue how they would do it to a man that had a flat chest.

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I mean the reality is, it happens. And we have to prepare.
However I can almost certainly tell you the tiny bite she ate may have been minute, but the dosage was probably astronomical. That’s why it’s so important to regulate the industry and have some consistent products.


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Have you ever suffered from depression and if so, what did you do to fight out if it and keep motivated?

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Why don't you mention in your book that you got a swastika tattoo?


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First off, I love your shower curtain! Second, how are you coping with your body change? I know when women have a mastectomy they tend to have a hard time dealing with their breast(s) being removed. As a male do you think it affects you the same way? Are you considering doing anything to the site when this is all over like a tattoo or anything?

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A psychiatrist might be a bit expensive ...


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Missing the close at Golden Corral can provoke a lot of emotions. I am human...

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There's a lot of things I don't mention in my book. I could write a whole 'nother book on what I didn't talk about in this one. It wasn't a political statement.


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At first it was shocking to take my shirt off. I didn't really like seeing it. Now it's just kind of there and I think I want to get a tattoo to cover some or all of it up.

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Probably less expensive than calling 911 like some suggest.

But seriously, it’s just a measure to make sure people are comfortable.


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How do I take the next step in an industry that seems "too big" to ever fully understand?

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Would also like to know if you have the copyright for the Cro Mags name, why can't you take JJ or Mackie to court for performance / merchandise royalties?


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Congrats on fighting it. So we have this false perception that as men we can’t get breast cancer. Did it sink in right away or did you kinda tell the doctor; but I’m a man this can’t be.?

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Are you worried at all about Jeff Sessions and the reversal of the Cole Memorandum? If not, do you think that this decision has the potential to get the ball rolling on Nationwide decriminalization/legalization?


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Find one area in that business that appeals to you and focus on it. Find another area of that business that feels hard and focus on that more.

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It's all a little too complicated to get into the details in this forum but things are happening as we speak.


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At first I kind of shut down. Everyone was telling me it was most likely a cyst or some other benign lump. I guess with so much assurance that it wasn't cancer I got my hopes up too high and it just crushed me to hear it. After a while though it got to the point where I just blame it on shit luck for it to happen.

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I am not that worried as my lawyers have really set up my business structure in the best way possible for this sort of outcome. I think that it could urge congress to make decisions quicker which could be a huge success for us all. However in the meantime, he is scaring the shit out of small businesses and forcing many of them to operate even further in the gray zone or perhaps illegally. The bigger companies in the industry can afford to hold out, the smaller companies cannot.

Here is what my law team from Frontera said:

The Cole Memo was a memo that set forth the enforcement priorities of the Federal Government relative to cannabis.  In layman's terms, it basically said, if you complied with state law and didn't run a cartel, organized crime ring, traffic cannabis interstate or out of the country or otherwise be a bad actor, you were not the Federal government's enforcement priority.  Instead the Federal government's priority was going after these bad actors.  Sessions decision to overrule the Cole Memo means that there is no enumerated Federal enforcement priority (i.e., the Federal government should treat any CSA-violation by any cannabis operators like any other Federal crimes).  Meaning, there is no have a preference as to who to prosecute, so the DEA could conceivably go after anyone that violates the CSA (i.e., all cannabis operators).

At least until the new budget goes into effect (perhaps later this month), the Rohrbacher Blumenauer budget amendment still provides cover.  The Rohrbacher Blumenauer budget amendment provides that the Federal government is defunded from spending money prosecuting state- compliant medical cannabis operators.  Case law interpreting this provision says that the Federal government can spend money prosecuting a case against operator, but, if the operator can show state-level medical cannabis law compliance, the case is dropped.  It is unclear if this will be renewed in the next budget.

Whether Sessions intends to go after California operators is unclear.  It does seem that this move was intended to be directed as a shot at California, given that he changed a 5 year enforcement policy 3 days after California's new program went live.  Practically, it doesn't seem to be a good use of Federal resources given the U.S.-wide perceived popularity of cannabis (pursuant to polls).  Additionally, this does not seem to be a move that would be supported by Trump's base (which likely would prefer the fund to go towards say, the wall/immigration issues).

This might be a big deal, and could signal a line of high profile cases brought by Sessions and the DEA (if Rohrbacher Blumenauer is not extended).  I would imagine they would target big operators (like Harborside) to make a splash in the news cycle and to scare and deter smaller operators.  But, you never know with this administration.  On the other hand, it very well could be not a big deal at all.  The backlash from politicians in the 29+ green states will push this issue into the national spotlight, in a way that the Trump administration might not want. Only time will tell here. 


Q:

What realistic steps can a youth from a lower income area take to separate themselves as a viable candidate for jobs and opportunities normally reserved for the more privileged in our society?

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What's the deal with Rick ta Life? I only recently found out he's really despised in hardcore scene. I loved the music but never got into the inner politics. Any insight on why?


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Here's hoping it's all good news from here. I didn't have any questions at first but then I scrolled through your pictures and HOLY FUCK that scar is a lot bigger than I expected. How has it healed? How do you feel about it these days?

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How to I integrate cannabis into my menus so that I can accurately judge the amount of cannabis I am serving?

How can the home cook use cannabis flower?

How do you reduce or eliminate that distinct cannabis funky flavor found in many edibles?

How can I use flower in my BBQ rubs or spice blends?


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Start by not marginalizing yourself. Set your goals for what you want and then do whatever it takes to get them. Be willing to outwork your competition, no matter where you come from or where they come from. That's why I wrote this book. To show what it looks like to do what it takes to get ahead. To get beyond the catch phrases.

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I don't know anything about the scenes, drama and soap operas. As far as I know, they all used to be friends with him and now they're not. I can't say why. I don't give a fuck about scenes or the dramas that play out on them. I'm an adult and shit like that doesn't mean anything to me.


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It definitely was bigger than I expected as well. I am pretty much okay with it. I finally have a flat chest kind of now I just have to get the other half to flatten! It is weird though that sometimes I will think "damn my nipple itches" but it's not there so there's nothing to scratch!

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It all starts with what you are using to infuse the menu. What I recommend doing is (if you live in a medicinal or rec state) going to your local dispensary and picking up extract that you love and asking for the lab testing with it. That way you understand how much THC is in it. From there you can extrapolate how much THC is being used based on the volume/weight of ingredients you are putting into the recipe and devising it by servings. That is not exactly how we do it, but this is sufficient for home use.

The home cook can use flower in a few ways: you can extract it in a fat, you can extract in ethanol, you can vaporize it (or smoke it but smoking defeats the purpose of tasting your food), you can pulverize it into a dust and use it as a flour (mixed with AP flour), you can rub it on your body while wearing lingerie, you can finish a BBQ dish off by using the flower to smoke the dish, and more. Although I’d be weary using top shelf nug for these types of applications.

The first thing I would do if I were you to get rid of the taste is lower the dosage. Most people don’t need 500mg THC in the brownie pan. It is overpowering and really doesn’t taste good. Second is to use a highly concentrated form of THC, if you are using a super concentrated extraction, you’ll only have to put in a few drops for the whole pan. Third is to balance the flavor so it doesn’t come through. Here are some things that balance it: Tomatoes and tomato sauces due to their high acidity and sweetness, Cacao, high acidity fruits.

I wouldn’t recommend using the flower so much. Because you really aren’t going to get the most out of the bud by using it in this type of application. However I’ll tell you a little secret. Use the fan leaves from your plant. Each strain has a distinctive fan leaf flavor and when you dehydrate it and grind it, it can be used as an excellent spice.


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Jobs or Woz?

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What would you say has been more lethal to your health; drugs or crazy women?


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I feel like I wanna hug you right now. Good for you for getting over that. I am sure It has been a very difficult thing to go through. My question is: how did all this change the way you see life, the things we were previously complaining about and your relationship with people?

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Are you using your celebrity in this field as a platform for those currently in prison for using the same plant? Have you considered ways you could positively influence that population?


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Woz

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Nothing has been lethal since I am still alive and kicking lol. Whatever mistakes I made in the past; however bad they were, somehow got me where I am now, which is a great place.


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Honestly, I think it made me appreciate everything more. I spend more time with my family now instead of just staying home all the time. I feel like the relationship with people around me got awkward for a bit. Seeing people now, they avoid the topic of cancer altogether now. If I talk about how treatments were going I felt like the mood in the room just changed dramatically.

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Absolutely, I answered in an earlier question but that is part of the reason for de-stigmatizing. I have worked with and greatly admire this lady by the name of Cat Packer. She is head of the Minority alliance in this industry and I’ve had her on my show, as well as supported her through meetings and what the whole initiative stands for.

I am not oblivious to the disparity and unfairness of those incarcerated for enjoying the plant.


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Top 5 favorite hot sauces?

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Yo wat up Harley! Would you consider taking bitcoin for your merch, records, gaurentee, etc...? It's the way of the future and I think it could really help the hxc punk community progress!


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Your answer made me smile. I lost my dad to cancer and it really change the way I see my life (for example I never complained again about a silly boy problem or I did not pay attention to things that were not so important) and the people around me. I wish to nobody to go through what you went through, but it makes me smile seeing them getting something positive out of it. It shows a very strong person to be able to see something positive out of something so sad. I wish you the best! My love from Greece x

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Do you have any tips for someone that's willing to uproot their lives and move cross country to get into the cannabis industry?


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In no particular order...Franks, Tobasco, Red Hot, Scorned Woman and Hand Made from Trinidad.

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I'll take bitcoin when I start taking cans and bottles as well lol.


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I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you the best as well!

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Make sure you are financially stable to make such a decision. Make sure it aligns with your heart and what your truest passions are in life. Then go for it. Stay fluid and realize that your path may change directions, but your overall goal is what is guiding you.


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How did you venture into Bombas? I would imagine branded socks isn’t an exciting project.

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Any chance of Crush The Demoniac making it into the setlist for the next tour?


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Did you ever face difficulties just because of the simple fact you're a male with breast cancer? I figure a lot of people don't even know men can get breast cancer.

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How did you get this idea ?


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They had a new concept on it that really worked for me and I loved that they were so focused on giving back.

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It's always possible.


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A lot of people thought I was lying when I told them. They would tell me that they always thought only women could get it.

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Cooking has always been a passion, but when I started to think about how to de-stigmatize this plant so people all over the world would be able to have access to its benefits, the people incarcerated could get out, and we could start using industrial hemp to spare earths resources. Food was the easiest way to break the stigma since all that was out at the time was brownies and rice crispies.

Its hard to complain or fight when you are served delicious food and drink and its even harder to carry a stigma about a plant in a dish with other plants. That at least was my original thoughts about it.


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How can I find business mentors that can help me build my career?

A:

When did all the Oi bands records start to become available in NY/US. Its interesting that NY bands didnt start to label themselves "Oi" until late 80s?


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hey man! best wishes and all the best for your recovery..

are you totally done with it? or are there further steps still needed?

how have people been towards you while you had the cancer? any specific incident you remember for it being way too nice or bad?

all the best again!

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Look for people who have what you want. And then learn from them. They are everywhere. Classmates, friends, business owners and more.

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I was getting my hands on all that stuff as it was coming out, places like Bleecker Bob's and a couple other stores used to get their hands on a lot of that stuff.


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Thank you! I go back to the oncologist this Monday. I don't know if anything else is going to be done or if it's over yet. Family and friends say "I love you" a lot now I've noticed. Also, people tend to try to avoid saying anything about it or talk about it at all. I think it makes them either uncomfortable or they don't want to make me uncomfortable.

I remember after my first dose of chemo I had to get a shot called Neulasta to increase my white blood cell count. I completely forgot to take medicine like they told me too because the shot causes bone pain. I woke up at 2 in the morning I couldn't move my head was killing me and my lower back felt like someone was stabbing me over and over. It would come in waves and it lasted about 3 or 4 hours. My husband got me my medicine and it thankfully dulled down. I never forgot my medicine again after that!

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I was on Bong Apatite the first season episode 3. I like to get inspiration from nature and other great chefs.

I don’t currently grow my own but I have for years.

I prefer organic soil because it gives the plant such a great diversity in CBD and Terpenes. The bacteria in the soil really help to provide a distinct energy for a healthy plant. I’ve asked many high profile growers and most of them prefer soil as well.


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How did you overcome the hardest challenge in your life?

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We're the same age! How did this change your life? Did you make any major changes in your life when you got diagnosed?


Q:

What college were you in?

Banana slugs in the building

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Meeting it head on. Started by setting goals. And then read them every day to make sure I stuck to them.


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I don't stay inside as often as I used to. I used to just stay home and play video games or watch TV or something like that. Now i'm going to see family and friends and going outside to actually exercise which is something I never would have done before. I don't want to die early so I'm really trying to improve my health

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STEVENSONNNNNN HOUSE 6 represent


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Is it your experience that people who earned their wealth are usually more down-to-earth and appreciate their employees, and people that inherited their wealth don't have the same humility and often see employees more like leeches who owe them?

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Just saying congrats, treatment sucks. What is your favorite colored stapler?


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If Von Miller called you the GOAT, you're okay in my book.

Would you mind explaining the context behind this? Did you meet up with him or cook for him or something? I'm a huge Von Miller / Broncos fan so I'm just curious how this went down.

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I think that is a good assessment, but not 100 out of 100. I know lots of people who inherited money and then dedicated their lives to philanthropy and using that money to make lives better for others.


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Thank you it means a lot! Blue.

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I have not cooked with cannabis for him. Just regular non-infused Foods. But we became acquaintances after that and text every once in a blue moon. Solid dude with good taste


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Hottest hot sauce you've ever had?

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How do you feel about missing a nipple now?

And I hope this doesn't sound insensitive but do you know if having gynecomastia was a factor in this or no?


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Hand Made from Trinidad. But we dont call it hot sauce, we call it peppa.

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The doctor never said gynecomastia was a factor in it. I think the biggest factor was probably my weight. It is weird because sometimes I'll feel like I need to itch that nipple but it's gone so I can't do anything about it lol.


Q:

Thanks for the response! Obviously you're a big celebrity, but who is your favorite celebrity that you have worked with or are working with?

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Radiation oncologist resident here... don't you need adjuvant radiation? I'm from Canada, but typically it would happen before adjuvant chemo.,, just wondering if your doc ever mentioned radiation as an option and if so, why it wasn't done?

Edit: AFTER adjuvant chemo


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I am really liking the work I am doing with Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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I finished my last dose of chemo on 1/11 and I go back to the doctor this Monday. Last time I saw the doctor he said we would discuss our next plan after all the chemotherapy was done. It's kind of a mystery right now for me.


Q:

Whats the most important thing you would tell a new young kid in sales that wants to take the next step?

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Where was it exactly? I asked my doctor about it and he just said that having small breast tissue right under my nipple is normal.


Q:

It depends on what kind of sales you want to get into.

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It was directly under my nipple and areola. Also, it was hard to the touch.


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Right now its new and used cars.

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First of all congrats, secondly I don't mean to be a jerk, but I'm legitimately curious if you were overweight when you found the lump? I know that excess fat causes an increase in estrogen and estrogen can cause you to develop breast tissue so basically I'm curious if any of that might have been a factor. Again, congrats on finishing up chemo and I hope it's only good things from here.


Q:

Believe in what you are selling. Understand the margins you want to make. Engage the customer. Sell to them. Don't just run through them. Believe in the brand you are selling and then adapt to speak to them in a language they could understand.

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Thanks! Yea I was overweight when I found it. I read online that weight does play a factor into it but my doctor never told me it was a factor for mine. He did recommend I lose weight and I definitely am trying harder now than I ever have!


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Who are you cheering for in the Super Bowl?

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Thank you for being so open and I hope you get amazing news on Monday.

I have a friend that was recently diagnosed with cancer and would like to offer as much support as I can without being overbearing, intrusive, or inadvertently offensive. From the biopsy procedure to the last round of chemo, is there anything your friends or family did that was especially helpful or touching? On the other hand, was there any point where you really wish you had someone to talk to, a sudoku puzzle, etc.?


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As soon as I find out who is playing, I will let you know... Probably the Coors Light commercial to be better than the Pepsi commercial.

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My family made it clear they would support me no matter what. I think the biggest thing was when I wasn't feeling like eating from nausea my mom would make me some of my favorite food that she makes and bring it to me. It really made my day and it made eating easier.