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Comment: Re:Reason (Score 2) 258

I'm not saying people should never wash, but washing more than is necessary (very seldom) keeps the immune system from being used as regularly, making it weaker at them times when it's really needed. It costs money, and dries the skin. People pay $5 for soap, and then another $5 to replace the skin oil that is needed for homeostasis. For what? Because you want to smell like an Irish Spring? I'd rather smell like a human, I'm not ashamed to be one.

Comment: Re:Questions (Score 1) 477

by Stihdjia (#34828128) Attached to: Pot Grower's Privacy Challenged
I already posted this in another thread, but I think it's extremely important to put this in front of as many eyes as possible to see how incredibly weak this "science" is.

Did you even read that article?

The researchers included 3,801 young adults who were born in Brisbane from 1981 to 1984. At the 21-year follow up, the participants, whose average age was about 20, were asked about marijuana use. The researchers also measured whether those in the study had psychotic symptoms. Of the 1,272 participants who had never used marijuana, 26 or 2 percent were diagnosed with psychosis. Of the 322 people who had used marijuana for six or more years, 12 or 3.7 percent were diagnosed with the illness. Overall, 65 people were diagnosed with psychosis, according to the study.

Now, already this looks very insignificant, being a difference in percentage of 1.7 and only based on 12 cases. But play around with the numbers a bit. You'll find that of the whole sample, 1.7% were diagnosed with psychosis. Of the 2529 who had used marijuana before, 39 were diagnosed, or 1.5%

Let me restate that information:

2.0% of participants who had never used marjiuana were diagnosed with psychosis as young adults.

1.5% of participants who had used marijuana were diagnosed with psychosis as young adults.

If you accept the 3.7% figure for those who used more than six years, (This was a 21 year follow up study, average age about 20, meaning they started using at latest aged 15. Drug use at such an early age indicates to me they could have had some mental health problems already. Correlation causation blah blah blah) you should also accept that those who had used marijuana for less than six years had an unusually low risk of psychosis, at just 1.2%

Tell me again how this proves your point?

Comment: Re:"Medical marijuana" is such a scam (Score 1) 477

by Stihdjia (#34820928) Attached to: Pot Grower's Privacy Challenged
Did you even read that article?

The researchers included 3,801 young adults who were born in Brisbane from 1981 to 1984. At the 21-year follow up, the participants, whose average age was about 20, were asked about marijuana use. The researchers also measured whether those in the study had psychotic symptoms. Of the 1,272 participants who had never used marijuana, 26 or 2 percent were diagnosed with psychosis. Of the 322 people who had used marijuana for six or more years, 12 or 3.7 percent were diagnosed with the illness. Overall, 65 people were diagnosed with psychosis, according to the study.

Now, already this looks very insignificant, being a difference in percentage of 1.7 and only based on 12 cases. But play around with the numbers a bit. You'll find that of the whole sample, 1.7% were diagnosed with psychosis. Of the 2529 who had used marijuana before, 39 were diagnosed, or 1.5%

Let me restate that information:

2.0% of participants who had never used marjiuana were diagnosed with psychosis as young adults.

1.5% of participants who had used marijuana were diagnosed with psychosis as young adults.

If you accept the 3.7% figure for those who used more than six years, (This was a 21 year follow up study, average age about 20, meaning they started using at latest aged 15. Drug use at such an early age indicates to me they could have had some mental health problems already. Correlation causation blah blah blah) you should also accept that those who had used marijuana for less than six years had an unusually low risk of psychosis, at just 1.2%

Tell me again how this proves your point?

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