Marijuana may protect the immune system against HIV and slow disease progression

Marijuana may protect the immune system against HIV and slow disease progression

Friday 21 February 2014 - 12am PST

New evidence that chronic intake of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can protect critical immune tissue in the gut from the damaging effects of HIV infection is reported in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses website.

Was Boniface evil?

As we all know, AA claims that Bill Wilson received supernatural guidance from St. Boniface when Wilson elaborated on Steppism in the 12&12. According to this site, Boniface was one of the ten most evil people in the 8th century. What say you?

http://one-evil.org/content/people_08c_boniface.html

Background

One for all the reasearchers

I was playing around with dark net search engines and I came upon this site

http://www.highbeam.com/Search?searchTerm=alcoholics+anonymous

Although it appears in a Google search for itself, I've never seen it turn up in search results for AA. I had a quick look at a few articles - there are thousands concerning AA - and it seems a pretty straight reporting site.

Anyone know anything about it? (JR?...lol)

More secular options and advocacy

The more the merrier, I say. Contrary to AA dogma, there is no one-size-fits-all way to achieve or maintain sobriety. There is slow but steady movement toward a more evidence-based, rational, scientific and true mutual help paradigm that will eventually relegate AA to its own distinctly faith-based niche. This is an organic process that will take longer than we'd like, of course. But I see light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not an oncoming train.

Steps 1 and 2 together.

Part 1
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a power greater than our self could restore us to sanity.

How can I define powerless in such a way that causes me to accept step 2?

3. You have asked a good question

Powerless: Synonyms: immobilized, toothless, helpless, incapable, weak, ineffective, feeble, defenseless

The Negative Results of the Disease Theory. Or, What Believing in the Powerless Concept Can do to You

Negative Results of the Disease Theory

The disease concept of alcoholism removes the responsibility of alcoholics for their own behaviors.14 Dr. Peele asserts that "Perhaps the most dire consequence of the disease model of addiction is that it has encouraged the abdication of individual responsibility for outrageous conduct" and he suggests that "Creating a world of addictive diseases may mean creating a world in which anything is excusable."15

alchemist1959, of CL ReFo fame, admits that the powerless concept is crap?

My good buddy from the Craigslist Recovery Forum, an ardent 12 stepper, had this to say:

alchemist1959
Sat, 03/01/2014 - 20:02
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Don't even blame the Drs.

He was shooting speedballs. That's 100% junkie. Any other spin is a bunch of BS. He was getting blitzed because he wanted to. Just like people stay straight for the same reason.

The AA Preamble

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Good morning everyone.

I hope everyone is in good health this morning. I see criticoolthinking is here with me, buenos dias.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Addiction Recovery Care Centers


We accept most major private health insurance policies

Sometimes my ass.

It always feels good to just say,


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!AckTung OPF! Janus makes OPF eat AA's hat!

Janus admonishes opf - Thoust must have no other programs before AA. ...cites disrespect for seeing flaws in AA.
Janus complains about opf complaining [about AA]...citing opf close mindedness & bad attitudes
Janus demonstrates AA Axiom - take what you like - and shut up about the rest - you non aa ingrates!
Janus demonstrates AA Axiom First aa's hat is off to you - then AAers make you eat it. if you disagree.
Janus' burning bush says "it does not matter how AA started" with a lie! ..citing opf poor attitude towards AA Liars.

Am I right?

Hilarious exchange

Ok, so I was doing some research on AA on the white nationalist website Stormfront (no, I'm not a white nationalist). Anyway, I cracked up at this:

http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t935535/

Poster 1:

Alcoholism, as well as other addictions are progressive. Sadly unless arrested it will get worse. Certainly as a first instance seek a medical opinion on where you are at this point in time.

Escapism via alcohol will eventuly fail to work.

Poster 2:

attraction rather than promotion

After reading some threads with obvious steppers like Janus, I wonder what on earth they think they are doing lol? Why do steppers come here in the first place? If they feel so intent on trying to prove their program works and are constantly defending it, why are they here?! Havent they simply left it in Gods hands and accepted that some people dont care for their program or its movement? Is it a control thing? I thought that all the 12 step traditions worked on attraction rather than promotion?! Or do they themselves on some level have doubts and questions of their own? Curiosity maybe?

Pragmatic Principles

Things are getting a bit Groundhog Day so it is time for me to write my last blog. However, I didn't want to leave without writing my defence of the 12 Steps. Like much else about the program, they are often misinterpreted - both wilfully and accidentally.

Why I hate AA

After much bantering back and forth with someone on thread on the fix, the guy said; "OK, I get a lot of your points, but why so much hatred for AA? I don't get it.
Well read the following and maybe now, he get's IT.

OK, so why the anger towards the institution of Alcoholics Anonymous? Please keep in mind that it is the institution itself and not the members themselves, for the most part, for whom the following scathing review applies.

In The Beginning:

The doctrine that you are "powerless over alcohol" is also a ready-made excuse for drunken binges, the morning after — "Honey, it isn't my fault that I got drunk last night and went on a huge binge and threw a screaming drunken temper tantrum and tore up the house.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Braden Woods has been labled the "poverty court" and mostly positive "results" have been reported according to SFGate the local newspaper - March 5, 2014

5 years in, verdict is positive for S.F. community court

Heather Knight
Updated 9:08 am, Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wearing the traditional black robe and armed with the traditional wooden gavel, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Braden Woods had instructions for the dozens of defendants sitting in his decidedly nontraditional courtroom.

Some were typical: When you're asked to submit to a drug test - do it. And don't even think about diluting your sample with water.

Some were not so typical: You will clap when asked to.

One Question, Janus

If you believe in the 12 steps, can you demonstrate it. Not debate or discus them ad nausaem.

" we practice these principles in all our affairs"

@nus You are a liar.

@nus

You are a liar.

Give me a reasonable answer to each of the questions I have raised in my blog and I shall leave immediately

http://www.orange-papers.org/forum/node/5129

You remain a liar and a special kind of stupid, as well as being an asshole.

Child abuse, Bible style

I was searching for something else and came upon these articles. They make pretty harrowing reading. Apparently, due to state laws regarding monitoring, Florida has become a bit of a hotbed for abusive correctional facilities run by fundamental Christians.

It looks like this series of articles are Pulitzer nominees, so people might take notice. They seem to be very well researched and don't skimp on the "name and shame".

http://www.pulitzer.org/files/finalists/2013/zayas2013/zayas01.pdf

hypotheiticals

What would happen if someone did become a whistle blower and notified the police and child protection services on someone in AA for sexually abusing children etc? What would happen if the whistle blower was an AA stepper who genuinely cared about the childrens welfare? Is this doing the right thing or simply interfering? If you knew your friend was taking their kids to a place where a molesterer hung out, would you inform them?

Justifying liberal arts and AA

Can you notice some of the similarities between this article and some of those written by AA boosters such as George Vaillant?

My oldest child, Emma, just returned to campus after a long holiday break to finish up her last semester of college.

But even before she has put the final period on her senior thesis, friends and family have begun bombarding me with one question: What is she going to do after graduation?

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