Monday, 2 January 2017

Mainstream Media Exposed Pushing Fake Story on ‘Mysterious Illness’ in States With Legal Weed ~Justin Gardner

Mainstream Media Exposed Pushing Fake Story on ‘Mysterious Illness’ in States With Legal Weed 

By Justin Gardner, The Free Thought Project

January 2, 2017

The amusing irony of the “fake news” crusade being pushed by mainstream media is the fact that MSM themselves are publishing fake and misleading stories.

Take CBS, for example. In November, CBS Boston published an article promoting an unproven blacklist of fake, misleading news sites. Now, in December, they have published what can only be called a pathetic attempt at a cannabis hit piece – devoid of any rational basis.

The title, “Mysterious illness tied to marijuana use on the rise in states with legal weed,” is enough to make people who don’t click on the article think something dangerous is happening as cannabis is legalized.

Reading the article would lead the less analytical among us to think something serious is afoot in Colorado, portending bad things as prohibition crumbles.

As we will see, there is no substantial evidence of a rise in the illness, and no evidence whatsoever presented for a rise in multiple “states with legal weed.”

Dr. Jonathan LaPook, chief medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News, begins with Lance Crowder, who was having “severe abdominal pain and vomiting” for two years but couldn’t get a diagnosis. Finally, a physician at an Indianapolis emergency room said he had a condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) due to being a heavy pot smoker for many years.

CHS is a real illness, but there’s nothing “mysterious” about it. In extremely rare cases, when someone smokes large quantities of cannabis every day for many years, they can develop “cyclic episodes of debilitating nausea and vomiting” which are relieved by hot showers. The average onset of symptoms is after 16 years of smoking heavily.

But the kicker comes next. Dr. LaPook pivots to Dr. Kennon Heard at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, who published a study titled “Cyclic Vomiting Presentations Following Marijuana Liberalization in Colorado.

Dr. LaPook writes: “He co-authored a study showing that since 2009, when medical marijuana became widely available, emergency room visits diagnoses for CHS in two Colorado hospitals nearly doubled. In 2012, the state legalized recreational marijuana.

Dr. LaPook equivocates CHS with cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS), but the two are not the same. CVS is caused by any number of things.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Once thought to affect only children, cyclic vomiting syndrome occurs in all age groups. Research suggests that cyclic vomiting syndrome may affect almost 2 percent of school-age children and that the number of cases diagnosed in adults is increasing.
Cyclic vomiting syndrome may be related to migraines. Episodes can be so severe that the person has to stay in bed for days.
The syndrome is difficult to diagnose because vomiting is a symptom of many disorders.”

It appears that Dr. Heard’s study did look at cases where patients noted cannabis use, but the distinction between CVS and CHS is important. Now let’s look at the numbers in the study.

The authors reviewed 2,574 visits and identified 36 patients diagnosed with cyclic vomiting over 128 visits. The prevalence of cyclic vomiting visits increased from 41 per 113,262 ED visits to 87 per 125,095 ED visits after marijuana liberalization…

This corresponds to an increase from 0.036 percent of visits to 0.07 percent of visits. This seems hardly significant to warrant concern, especially since the data comes from two hospitals and there is no indication of controlling for other factors, such as migraines or childhood history. In other words, this ‘study’ appears to be manufactured to make its point.

The authors note, “Patients with cyclic vomiting in the postliberalization period were more likely to have marijuana use documented than patients in the preliberalization period.

So before legalization, people didn’t admit they smoked weed as much.

CBS doesn’t stop there, though. They use this study to claim CHS is “on the rise in states with legal weed” – even though the study is from only two hospitals.

As a final clue to the desperation of CBS in linking cannabis legalization with a “mystery illness” on the rise in legal weed states, here is a screen shot of the article.

These are all steps in Jacob’s ladder that we angels walked down eons ago and are now, apparently, walking up again.
When we share our knowledge, if we communicate ideas, people may be mildly interested for a while, that interest declining the longer we share.
If we communicate feelings, people are often roused and moved to action on our behalf.
If we communicate our intuition, people may accept our version, at least as being the truth for ourselves.
If we share our realizations, people may accept our version as being possible and perhaps probable truth for all.
If we want to move, empower and inspire, we may want to cease sharing only ideas, wade into the water more, and share at least how we’re feeling.
If we want more impact than that, we may want to share our intuitions.
If we want the most impact, we may wish to share what we’ve realized and know as true. Humbly of course. No ego.
To a certain extent, it’s the exhilaration we get from risking – risking being transparent, risking apologizing, risking seeking forgiveness, etc. – that propels us into states like transformative love and bliss – at least in my experience.
It’s the power we derive from declaring ourselves, taking a stand on something, or making a difference that enables us to relax enough, confident of who we are in the matter, to allow the love and bliss to arise from our hearts. Or so it’s been for me.
It’s the integrity of our word that allows us to leave shame and guilt behind and face whatever the future brings with a clear mind and a clean conscience. And to forgive ourselves the errors we made before we were consciously aware.
The unmasking of ourselves, the revealing of ourselves to others, our vulnerability results in us emerging and standing forth as our natural, normal selves of increasingly-higher dimensionality. Is that not the purpose of life – to stand forth ever more as our natural, normal selves?  And who is that natural, normal self?
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Clicking on the top right link, “Little-known illness tied to smoking weed on the rise,” brings one to the same article with the more ominous headline — suggesting they actually changed the title to make it more ominous, and far more misleading.

Discernment is recommended.

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