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The position of many health officials and government agencies is that hallucinogens such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline, at best have an unsubstantiated medical value, but certainly have no possible worth beyond that. Others however, regard such drugs as having recreational and furthermore spiritual value. Native Americans for example, have used mescaline in religious ceremonies for as long as 5700 years.
Some scientists are speculating that the key to biological immortality is imminent. They expect that within a few decades, we will not only be able to halt aging, but potentially even be able to reverse it.
Cryonics is the preservation of an animal by cooling with the hope that future medical advances can revive that animal. Modern cryonics make use of cryopreservatives to minimize cellular damage caused by freezing, particularly to the brain. Advocates of the procedure typically believe that so long as the critical structure of the brain is preserved, a person could one day be brought back to life.
The belief that smoking causes cancer is supported through both epidemiological studies and research into the underlying mechanisms by which smoking damages the body. Skeptics suggest that the epidemiological studies are biased, and that the underlying mechanisms are not yet properly understood.
Antidepressants are chemicals that work by affecting either the release or reuptake of neurotransmitters, natural chemicals in the brain used to regulate core functions such as emotion. Roughly 10% of Americans are prescribed antidepressants. Skeptics have suggested that many antidepressants are in some cases no more effective than placebos.
Entitlement programs, which include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, account for nearly 50% of the US federal budget. As the population ages, there is a fear that rising costs will bankrupt the government.
Aspartame is a common artificial sweetener found in products such as Nutrasweet and Equal. Since its approval by the FDA in 1974 there have been allegations regarding its long term safety.
A vaccine is a weakened form of a pathogen that our body can use to train its immune system without having to suffer negative health effects. Vaccination programs have radically reduced the number of deaths from infectious diseases, including diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella. Nonetheless, some skeptics avoid vaccinating themselves and their children, concerned with the potential risks of vaccines.
Conventional wisdom is that prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of the most common skin cancers (Basal Cell, Squamous, and Malignant Melanoma), especially for fair skinned people. However, the basis for the belief is somewhat indirect, and hampered by the difficulty in conducting long-term studies on humans. This has led some skeptics to doubt the dangers of ultraviolet radiation.
In recent years, sunscreen has been criticized for being oversold on its ability to protect our skin from ultraviolet radiation. The chief concern is that while sunscreens do protect against UVB, many allow UVA to freely penetrate the skin. However, while not a fault of sunscreen itself, a compounding concern is that the widespread perception that sunscreen is an armor against the sun lulls people into believing that they can spend as long as they want in the sun.
The average runway model has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of under 18.5, which is considered the minimum healthy weight as a ratio of height. This led to a minimum BMI ban at the Madrid Fashion Week in 2006, a policy that has not been adopted by the broader fashion industry.
Bill Maher
(Larry King interview) Maher: the defense against disease is to have a strong immune system. A flu shot just compromises your immune system. King: So you don't take any western medicine, don’t take an aspirin? Maher: Never, an aspirin no. Thousands of people die from aspirin every year.
Benjamin Franklin
In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.
Old Testament
Should abortion be legal? Mostly Disagree
Exodus 21:22 If men strive [fight] and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit [fetus] depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
Steven Novella
Homeopathic products (mostly – some products labeled homeopathic may have active ingredients) do not have side effects because they do not have any effects. Most are diluted well past the point of having any active ingredient. What is left is ultimately just a sugar pill – a pure placebo.
Abortion always ends the life of the unborn child, typically by dismemberment. Abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, future premature birth, mental illness, and other long-term health problems for the mother, as detailed below. Sometimes women die from abortion.
Ron Paul
[E]xcessive regulation, immoral mandates, and short-sighted incentives have created a system where no one is happy, doctors pass quickly from one patient to the next, insurance is expensive to get and difficult to maintain, and politicians place corporate interests ahead of their constituents... Repeal ObamaCare and end its unconstitutional mandate that all Americans must carry only government-approved health insurance or answer to the IRS.
Robin Hanson
A meta-analysis of SSRI anti-depressant medication, published in Feb '08, found almost no effect. ... And [it] doesn't take any account of leaky placebo effects, whereby drug side-effects convince people they have the real drug. Given their severe side-effects, I'm not sure I'd advise anti-depressants _even when_ other treatments have been ineffective.
Steve Jobs
The time we grew up in was a magical time. And it was also a very, you know, spiritual time in my life. Definitely taking LSD was one of the most important things in my life and not the most important. But right up there.
World Health Organization
The evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification [possible, not probable]. The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk.
Ed Yong
It is understandable that people are concerned about mobile phones, especially because they are so widely used. But so far, the published studies do not show that mobile phones could increase the risk of cancer. This conclusion is backed up by the lack of a solid biological mechanism, and the fact that brain cancer rates are not going up significantly.

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0 Points       Mahendra Trivedi       23 Jan 2015     Is genetically modified food safe to eat? General Comment
What is Genetic Research?
Genetic research refers to the study of DNA and involves with finding out how genes and environmental factors contribute to diseases. Knowing the reason only, we can detect the disease effectively and can prevent our body from the attack of diseases. However, genetic research is not only confined within the study of human DNA. It has implications in the field of animal and plant genetics as well and studies the behavior of genes, mutations, and molecular interactions for better understanding of diseases.

Benefits of Genetic Research

Genetic researchers are doing research on the genetic causes of common illnesses, such as asthma, arthritis, and Alzheimer. Results of such research will surely help in preventing and overcoming such physical illness. Researchers are creating drugs based on the knowledge of genes, which does not have any side effects. It is genetic research that gives us knowledge how diseases are inherited and how good habits are passed along. In plant fraternity, genetics research works on the development of seeds to gain resistance to herbicides, which is used to destroy unnecessary plants. Here, seeds are modified genetically to help the farmer spray herbicides on them to destroy weeds without damaging the plant.

Genetics research has revealed the cause why a person diagnosed with a gene for a particular disease does not develop any health hazards, while others affected with severity. Hence, it determines who will be susceptible to genetic disease that the doctors also cannot predict beforehand. Further, genetics research has helped people in other ways as well that general physiology fails to answer. Couples facing infertility problems are often referred to a genetic counselor. The counselor conducts test to check if the parents are carrying genes that increase the chance of genetic disease in the expecting child. Many couples go through this test before planning a pregnancy and ensure delivering a healthy baby.

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0 Points       Nashhinton       24 Apr 2013     Should abortion be legal? Agree
"O Daughter of Babylon doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you, he who seizes your infants and crashes them against the rocks." In that verse, "he who is happy"... that "seizes your infants and crashes them against the rocks", is God himself. Read the entire passage. God loves it when babies are dashed to pieces against rocks.

0 Points       Nashhinton       20 Apr 2013     Should the United States have Universal health care? Agree
Universal healthcare should be implemented.

0 Points       Jenny       06 Mar 2013     Should abortion be legal? Disagree
Sid, This is not a stupid issue, it's a real/ serious issue. Sure the mother had a choice on what to do with her body but the baby doesn't have a choice. I know that the 'mass of cells' can't feel the ability to feel, think and hurt like a fully developed human being but it is still a living thing. Obesity, world hunger and bullying is not on my mind right now, those are bad things but abortion is wrong, it's murder. You can't tell anyone to grow a damn brain, what's wrong with you? I'm sure no one ever told you to grow a damn brain. If you think that abortion should be legalised, then that's wrong too, do you think it will make things better? no it won't. It'll just allow more people to have sex out of marriage and more babies would be aborted. Why? they can easily abort the baby in the clinic/ hospital and some of the majority of people are not wise and have sex out of marriage, so i'm thinking why even have sex when you don't want a baby?
Views on rape, i can't say anything on this because i'm not sure what to say about this.

This is my opinion, you don't have to agree with me but nothing will change my mind.

1 Point       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Does Protocell work? Disagree
I have every reason to believe that this is pseudoscientific nonsense.

2 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks? Agree
I believe the science on this issue.

The fact that I never missed a vaccination when I was young, and I have an autistic spectrum condition does not factor into it. Correlation alone does not imply causation. Anecdotal evidence is possibly the weakest evidence there is.

0 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Should the United States have Universal health care? Agree
Yes. Everyone should have access to healthcare, not just those who can afford it.

0 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Is cryonics worthwhile? Agree
The advocates of cryonics seem to have better arguments on their side than the detractors, and no alternative method so far exists for surviving legal death, therefore cryonics is worthwhile.

0 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Is genetically modified food safe to eat? Agree
Not much to say beyond just agreeing with mainstream science on what is clearly a scientific issue.

0 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Does homeopathy work? Disagree
Of course not. Physics, chemistry, and direct evidence all shows that it is merely a placebo.

0 Points       TheNewPoe       15 Jan 2013     Should research on stem cells from human embryos be banned? Disagree
In the first two weeks of conception, the embryo isn't even human yet. A heartbeat doesn't develop until no sooner than 4-5 weeks, and the brain hasn't been developed until the second month. At this point in time, all it is, is a lump of cells, like a kidney or an appendix, which in both cases, is morally correct to take out. So, if we're taking cells from something no different than an organ, how is that immoral?

1 Point       Anonymous       10 Nov 2012     Should abortion be legal? Mostly Agree
I'm a nurse and having seen persons come into the emergency department that have been raped by strangers, friends and even their own husbands (yes, this does happen, and just because you are married does not mean you have to have sex, it's still your own body), I understand why people choose to have an abortion. I have seen pregnant 11 year olds, do you think they should carry a child? It's going to ruin their life and their body. For those that say, "Oh, I support it in instances of rape only and nothing else," sorry, you either support it or you don't. There is no walking the line. For those that say a bundle of cells is life, I agree with you, however that can be applied to many things. Frankly, I don't agree with you that is constitutes a person. What you are talking about is potential to be a human. Can those same bundle of cells live without their host? No. So saying that a beating heart means that is it a person, which occurs roughly around 7 weeks, is nonsense. That fetus cannot survive on it's own without a host. The age of viability, roughly around 25 weeks, is when a fetus can survive, WITH major medical intervention. Even then, to ensure survival, you have to make sure that the fetus being born has enough surfactant so that it can breath outside of it's host, otherwise it will not survive. Also, why bring a life into this world that is clearly unwanted? I understand some say that there are plenty of couple out there that want to adopt. Have you looked into the state of foster homes and the sheer number of children in them. I used to work in that field. If a child isn't adopted by the time they are 1 maybe 2 years old, their chances of ever being adopted decrease significantly. There are too many children already out there looking for permanent homes, why bring another child into this world that may be neglected because it wasn't wanted in the first place.

To those that say the fetus can feel pain. Again, you are misguided, please do your research. If there are no pain receptors and no development of a fetal brain, the fetus cannot feel pain. So at 7 weeks when the heart starts to beat, no, the fetus does not feel pain. Somewhere between the 20th and 25th week the fetal brain has developed and even then, the fetus is unlikely to feel pain prior to 28 weeks.

I also find it rather comical when, particularly the republican party, they say that their party platform is pro-life and wants to decrease government support of planned parenthood, and other government agencies that would help these girls and women. What do you tell a 15 year old that got pregnant because of rape, cannot work because she it too young, and because of the republican party has no access to prenatal care and well baby care. How do they afford it? They can't. To say they have to keep the baby, but we will not support you in anyway is a cruel punishment. For those that say their parents can help them, I don't think you understand that there have been many children that have been disowned or kicked out of their homes because they have become pregnant and thus, homeless.

For those religious persons out there, I'm sorry, but imposing your religious beliefs on others not of the same faith is wrong. To say that this nation is founded as a christian nation, I whole heartedly disagree with you. Read your constitution, declaration of independence, but more importantly read Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli. Yes, this nation was founded by persons of christian background but they did not intend to impose their religion on others, that's why they came to America, because England did not allow for other religions. People have different beliefs than you do, and for you to argue that it is wrong because of the christian faith and bible and whatnot, you are committing an offense and suppressing the rights of others by imposing yours on them.

Do research before you speak! Wait, you probably won't because then you'll find science proving you wrong.

Health Question Index

Should abortion be legal?
Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
Does homeopathy work?
Does obesity have a significant genetic component?
Does Protocell work?
Should the United States have Universal health care?
Are antidepressants overprescribed?
Can hallucinogens enrich one's life?
Do mobile phones significantly increase the risk of brain cancer?
Should research on stem cells from human embryos be banned?
Is moderate alcohol consumption detrimental to your health?
Does ozone therapy work?
Were divorce rates in the 1950s lower because marriages were happier?
Do antioxidant supplements have health benefits?
Can poor eyesight be improved with eye exercises?
Are flashbacks a substantial risk of using LSD?
Is the health risk of a psychoactive drug a legitimate reason to make it illegal?
Is abstinence-only sex education effective?
Will science be able to halt aging within a few decades?
Is genetically modified food safe to eat?
Is Aspartame safe for human consumption?
Are we prepared for a pandemic?
Is cryonics worthwhile?
Can the E-Meter measure "mental energy"?
Does smoking cause cancer?
Can modest marijuana use cause depression?
Does marijuana get more dangerous with its potency?
Does sun exposure cause skin cancer?
Is bottled water a scam?
Could rising health and retirement costs bankrupt the US?
Is modest marijuana use detrimental to your health?
Should there be a ban on models that are too skinny?
Do breast implants make a woman happier?
Do condoms effectively prevent HIV?
Can a mental state such as stress cause baldness?
Do sunscreens work?
Is sunscreen toxic?
Is a tan healthy?
Can being too clean make you sick?
Is second hand smoke a significant safety concern?
Do radioactive isotopes in tobacco fertilizer give smokers cancer?
Is the withdrawal method an effective form of contraception?
Is circumcision worthwhile?
Is stretching either before or after exercise beneficial?
Does tooth whitening toothpaste work?
Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?
Should performance enhancing drugs be legal in sports?
Is regular running bad for your joints long term?
Are growth hormones in dairy cattle a human health risk?
Does mixing drinks exacerbate hangovers?
Does moderate alcohol consumption reduce heart disease?