The Patients’ Story – Darren Miller





Darren, an Illinois native woke up one morning with an intense pain in the center of his chest. An otherwise very healthy fifty-plus year old man, he needed a good excuse to visit the Emergency Room.
Doctors there at a St. Louis hospital did scans and quickly informed Darren and his wife that he was in the midst of Stage 4 lung cancer.  Not only that, the cancer had broken into his pericardium.  His heart sack was full of cancerous fluid.  He was in congestive heart failure. He was dying.

The doctors drained the fluid, but it quickly returned.  They decided to perform a dangerous procedure on Darren that is reserved for only those they know, with some degree of certainly, will die, and soon. They injected talc into the pericardium to stop the influx of fluid.
The procedure worked.  It is known that a patient can live without a pericardium, but unfortunately, this procedure drew up Darren’s heart sack like shrink-wrap around his heart.  Complications are not known since patients with cancer this advanced normally perish soon after their disease has reached this stage.
It was very shortly thereafter that Darren contacted Mark Pedersen.  He had heard about cannabis oil therapy and needed to know if this treatment might be effective for him.  They spoke at length over the phone as Pedersen described the Endocannabinoid system and its purpose.

The Endocannabinoid System (eCS) is our most important endocrine system.  It is responsible for homeostasis throughout the body.  Our eCS is actually responsible for basic cell health by modulating the chemicals responsible for cell repair, waste removal and the eradication of unhealthy cells (like cancer cells).

Speaking by phone, Darren asked Mark regarding his chances and he was honest with him.  Mark could tell that Darren was a fighter and fortunately, they had the resources and drive to pursue cannabis therapy with uncommon diligence.
Arriving at Pedersen’s home in Colorado Springs, Mark discussed Darren’s treatment options with him and his wife Amy.  As he shared with them, the process of making cannabis oil is not difficult, but the skill of the cook most certainly effects the outcome of the product.  Darren took this to heart.  Soon he was producing his own medicine.
Months later, Darren called Mark to report the findings of his latest scan. He told him, “Mark. The tumors haven’t shrunk as we had hoped.”
Pedersen’s heart sank…but then he continued…
“They’re gone! I mean there is no cancer anywhere in my body!”

As you might have guessed, Darren is now the talk of St. Louis University Hospital.  All further scans and tests have only reaffirmed his most miraculous recovery.  Darren and Amy are regulars on local and national media as they instill hope in so many of similar plight.

It is for his work with chronically and terminally ill children and adults that Mark is currently facing the equivalent of a life sentence in Colorado. Why? For providing education and free medicine to the poor and dying.

We need your physical and financial support to see that justice is brought for Mark Pedersen and for Ron Niehouse, his good friend and colleague, who was also charged.
Please spread the word. Pedersen and Niehouse need strong support, in the media and in court. Please help financially by giving to their GoFundMe, Justice for Pedersen and Niehouse

Mark can be contacted directly at

For the whole story, follow this link…  “My Life as a Colorado Cannabis Caregiver”

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