Posts by Zoe

  1. To Smoke Pot or Not?

    [ By on December 14, 2016 ]

    The effects of marijuana and the question of its legalization have been hot button issues for some time now. Although marijuana has not been legalized under federal law in the U.S., marijuana is now legal for medical use in 28 states and D.C. and for recreational use for adults in 8 states and D.C. Recently, in the past election, voters in Massachusetts passed legislation to legalize marijuana that went into effect in November. This piqued my interest and resurfaced the issue of marijuana legalization. The arguments made on both sides of the issue raise interesting questions about science and scientific uncertainty. There has been promising scientific research about the medical benefits of marijuana for ...

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  2. Alternative Medicine Treatments: The Big Unknown

    [ By on December 09, 2016 ]

    Imagine you are a cancer patient undergoing traditional cancer treatment, which is taking a toll on your quality of life. Your doctor informs you that there are alternative treatment options, such as massage therapy, yoga, and acupuncture, that you can combine with your cancer treatment to alleviate the negative side effects and symptoms you are experiencing. If you think you would jump at that opportunity, you would find yourself among 65 percent of diagnosed cancer patients who have used these type of “complementary approaches,” according to one study (https://nccih.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/cancer). You might be thinking, “these methods seem relatively harmless and pose only a potential benefit, so why not?” Although this situation may seem clear cut, there is more to this issue ...

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