Posts Tagged ‘Ignorance’

Getting spanked as a child can lead to a host of mental health problems in adulthood, say researchers.

Source: Childhood spankings can lead to adult mental health problems — ScienceDaily

 

Fairly administered corporal punishment does not lead to problems in adulthood and may actually minimize them.  The authors are mistaken and confusing it for other confounders as being causal.  Corporal punishment teaches responsibility and that there are painful consequences for making poor choices; something that is lacking in large segments of western society.

Corporal punishment, however, can be doled it in anger, unfairly, abusively and if so, it is these aspects that may contribute to resentment and mental health problems later in life, and it is unclear as to how the authors differentiated that from parental discipline that is so key to teaching responsibility.

Children have not fully developed rational thought processes so, to be effective, punishment and reward must strike at the emotional level.  The fear and pain of a spanking is a sharp lesson in consequences for inappropriate behavior whereas logic and reasoning is largely lost on undeveloped minds.

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Ending federal pot prohibition could mean big changes and big bucks for states.

Source: Majority Want Legal Marijuana To Be the Norm | HowStuffWorks

Easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide, according to a new study.

Source: More permissive concealed-carry laws linked to higher homicide rates — ScienceDaily

Once again, “researchers”, either incompetent or by political agenda, mistake correlation with causality.  Dangerous neighborhoods beget law-abiding people to request concealed carry permits for their protection.  It is the dangerous neighborhoods that are the causal factor.  Concealed carrying citizens do not make neighborhoods dangerous.

Look no further than Chicago, where obtaining a concealed carry permit is virtually impossible.  Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, yet the highest homicide rates.  That example, alone, should tell the reader that this “study” is manure; pure garbage.

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An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm. It is the first research in more than 20 years to scrutinize why, how often, and in what manner US adults carry loaded handguns.

Source: Three million Americans carry loaded handguns daily, study finds: Most are male, and cite protection as primary reason; ‘significant’ public health implications, researchers say — ScienceDaily

If guns were the problem, this alone would be scary.  Since all these people do NOT commit gun crimes, it pretty much refutes the anti-gun meme.

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A new, widely reported study claims that marijuana poses significantly greater risks to cardiovascular health, particularly with regard to hypertension, than does cigarette smoking.Don’t believe the hype. A careful review of the study’s methods gives reason to pause.

Source: It Took Just One Distorted Study for the Media to Freak Out Over Health Risks and Marijuana | Alternet

In a study looking at brain scans of people with mild loss of thought and memory ability, researchers report evidence of lower levels of the serotonin transporter — a natural brain chemical that regulates mood, sleep and appetite.

Source: Brain scan study adds to evidence that lower brain serotonin levels are linked to dementia: Results suggest serotonin loss may be a key player in cognitive decline, not just a side-effect of Alzheimer’s disease — ScienceDaily

 

A lay person, or a person intending to mislead, would jump to the conclusion that low serotonin levels cause dementia.  We constantly see that when article such as “Cannabis users have lower IQs” and “Teens who use cannabis less likely to succeed in life”, and other such nonsense.

I am happy to present this good quality example from Johns Hopkins by the simple phrase: “Previous studies from Johns Hopkins and other centers have shown that people with Alzheimer’s disease and severe cognitive decline have severe loss of serotonin neurons, but the studies did not show whether those reductions were a cause or effect of the disease. Results of the new study of people with very early signs of memory decline, the researchers say, suggest that lower serotonin transporters may be drivers of the disease rather than a byproduct.”

True, they may believe that the reductions are causal, based on other studies, but they do NOT jump to conclusions like so many biased cannabis reports that strike sour notes with me.   I wish more researchers were wiser and more forthcoming when finding correlations, when causality has not been established, instead of foisting propaganda and lies.

AuntieBS

Adults in the UK who have poor sleep patterns are more likely to be overweight and obese and have poorer metabolic health, according to a new study.

Source: Insufficient sleep may be adding to your waistline — ScienceDaily

 

This is another example of bad science: lack of causality.  Could poor eating habits contribute to poor sleep?  What about stressful jobs, contributing to both?  At least they admitted “Other studies have suggested that shortened sleep can lead to poor dietary choices.”

They also said, “Interestingly, the study did not find any relationship between shortened sleep and a less healthy diet — a fact that surprised the researchers.”  Well, what about an underlying stressor (work, life) making one eat excess “healthy diet” and poor sleep?  I could go on and on about this, but of course this is a summary and I haven’t the time to study the details of the methodology, but simply want to caution my readers about accepting others’ jumps to conclusions, and always consider CAUSALITY.

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