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Southern Diet, Marijuana Linked to Increased Stroke Risk, Studies Say

Separate studies have linked deep-fried foods and marijuana to an increased risk for having a stroke.

Southern diet linked to increased risk for stroke 

Did you know some people refer to the Southeast as the "stroke belt"? 

A new study finds there may be truth in that moniker, an Associated Press article reports. 

People whose diets are heavy on deep-fried foods and sugary drinks — we do love our sweet tea and Coca-Cola — were more likely to suffer a stroke. 

"We're talking about fried foods, french fries, hamburgers, processed meats, hot dogs," bacon, ham, liver, gizzards and sugary drinks, the reports quotes study leader Suzanne Judd of the University of Alabama in Birmingham as saying. 

Those who ate about six meals a week including those foods had a 41 percent higher stroke risk than people who ate that way about once a month, the federally-funded study found. And blacks were five times more likely than whites to have a diet linked with the highest stroke risk.

Click here to read more. 

Marijuana linked to increased risk for stroke 

Some bad news for marijuana users, Time reports — researchers in New Zealand have found an increased risk of stroke among those who smoked marijuana compared to those who did not. 

The study included 160 patients ages 18 to 55 who had suffered a stroke connected to a blood clot in the brain, and who agreed to have their urine tested for marijuana within 72 hours of the stroke. Results were compared to those from 160 controls who had not had a stroke but visited a hospital for other reasons.

The report says the study, however, could not separate tobacco smokers from marijuana smokers because all but one of those testing positive for marijuana in their urine also showed signs of nicotine.

Adding a twist: Research published in the "American Heart Journal" said marijuana users who had heart attacks were no more likely to die than those those hadn’t smoked cannabis.

"Taken together, the findings highlight the still-confusing state of marijuana research," the report reads. 

Want a positive marijuana-related headline? How about "Pot compound seen as tool against cancer"? The report, posted by the San Francisco Chronicle in September 2012, says a compound found in marijuana appears to be a cancer-fighting agent. 

Know the signs of a stroke 

Whether or not you're indulging in deep-fried foods or smoking marijuana, or both, it might be helpful to know the signs of a stroke. Click here to check out an announcement posted by the Ad Council on the acronym FAST that can help you remember how to spot signs of a stroke. 

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Sunny D February 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
The report says the study, however, could not separate tobacco smokers from marijuana smokers because all but one of those testing positive for marijuana in their urine also showed signs of nicotine.
Deanna Allen February 08, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Sorry, Tabby, I didn't mean to delete your comment. I was trying to click the reply button to clarify. "Taken together" refers to the studies.
mac February 08, 2013 at 07:20 PM
This isn't bad news for marijuana users, it's bad news for anybody who values a valid study. This whole study is completely invalid, as ALL but ONE of these people had Nicotine in their system. The study itself says the results are inconclusive due to the mix of nicotine and marijuana. If you did any REAL RESEARCH you would find that marijuana actually is linked cannabis is neuroprotective against stroke, brain trauma and neurodegenerative disease. This study is utter trash, completely invalid and would receive an F at any statistics/science college course. It's only being posted as propaganda to scare people with the headline. How can you actually read this study and think that this conclusively links marijuana to an increased stroke risk? REALLY? All but one (159/160) users were cigarette smokers or some other type of Tobacco users. Utterly laughable. Nice try.
Deanna Allen February 08, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Mac, thanks for posting. Would you mind sharing the source for the idea that marijuana is linked to protection AGAINST stroke, brain trauma, etc.? I'd be happy to post it as a counter to the assertions of this study.
mac February 08, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Gladly! Here's some quick research I did. Hopefully this will be a great start for anyone looking for truth- or at least being able to spot misinformation that floods the mainstream Alzheimers: http://www.safeaccess.ca/research/alzheimers.htm Neuro Disease: 1) http://www.unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2012/01/03/research-shows-medical-marijuana-helps-central-nervous-system-diseases/ 2) http://norml.org/news/2011/07/21/pot-compounds-offer-promising-treatment-option-for-neurodegenerative-disorders-study-says
mac February 08, 2013 at 08:16 PM
I had to post in separate comments due to the character limit Cancer: 1) http://www.disinfo.com/2012/09/mounting-research-shows-marijuana-fights-cancer/ 2) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/06/marijuana-fights-cancer-and-helps-manage-side-effects-researchers-find.html 3) http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Pot-compound-seen-as-tool-against-cancer-3875562.php 4) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm 5) http://www.endalldisease.com/harvard-study-says-marijuana-cures-cancer/ Stroke: Lots of links within this page to studies --> 1) http://www.thecompassionchronicles.com/resources/medical/encyclopaedia-cannis/medicine-cannabis-and-stroke/ 2) http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/12/4625608/california-pot-research-backs.html 3) https://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/a-marijuana-bud-a-day-keeps-the-stroke-away/ Head Trauma:1) http://www.cannabismd.net/stroke-and-head-trauma/ 2) http://ukcia.org/research/CannabinoidsAndBrainInjury.pdf 3) http://cannabisnews.com/news/11/thread11033.shtml
mac February 08, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Deanna, thanks for offering to at least see both sides! This is not about getting high, this is purely about the true benefits of a naturally growing, God-originated species. We have no right to eradicate and natural growing species on this planet, in the same way we have no right to exterminate any species from this Earth. If we we looked at the potential benefits, we can come to a rational way to regulate, not eradicate this potential miracle of science. Again, Deanna, thanks for your non-objectivity and willing to at least make your own judgement.
mac February 08, 2013 at 08:27 PM
In regards to smoke, no smoke is good for you. There are much safer ways of consumption than through smoke (see vapors, foods, etc). Cannabis is perhaps the "healthiest" smoke in the world (if I can use the word healthy). It is one of the least toxic compounds in the world, actually in comparison Water is MUCH more toxic than cannabis. You may also be surprised to know that I am not marijuana user! Happily married and just somebody who sees prohibition as utterly wrong and counter-productive. Food for thought, The last 3 presidents were all former marijuana users, if they had ever been caught they never would have been able to achieve much more than fast-food job. Doesn't seem right to me.
Deanna Allen February 08, 2013 at 08:30 PM
No problem! I really try to be objective. Topics that can be controversial are especially difficult to try to report on.
Tony February 08, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Mac's analysis is spot-on. 159/160 in the sample were also tobacco users??? Without a sample stratified for tobacco, alcohol, AND cannabis use, that's clearly a confound. In fact, a cynical person might point out that there wouldn't have been a story or a headline, had the findings of the study *not* been misrepresented. After all, "Tobacco Use Increases Risk of Stroke" would have been soooooo 1988.

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