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Pharmaceuticals Found in Tap Water

  • Posted on: 10 March 2008
  • By: mokshalom

The big headline for today is that drugs have been found in city tap water. This is not new news; we've know for some time that trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs have been ending up in our watersheds. Why? Because when people take pills, the drugs comes out in the urine and then end up in recycling back into our tap water.

What can be done to stop this? Well, for one, you might consider not running out and getting an antibiotic at every sniffle. Two, you might consider trying holistic remedies instead of antidepressants for depression (which are really no better than a placebo anyway according to a recent study).

Placebos are Just As Effective as Antidepressants...But Neither Cure Depression

  • Posted on: 28 February 2008
  • By: mokshalom

An independent study was just released showing that antidepressants really aren't any more effective than placebos. (Read more about these findings here.) I'm not surprised; pretty much anyone I've known personally who has been on these drugs doesn't seem to get any better, they just kind of stay the same, at best.

But I do think the drugs do something to your brain, which is probably why people feel like they are getting their money's worth. I've tried antidepressants a long time ago; I can't use them because I'm allergic (as in I could have a seizure). I've also tried St. John's Wort a handful of times (which was probably a bad idea considering I'm seizure prone), and my brain always felt a bit "funny" on it. But does a temporary increase in seratonin really cure depression in the long run? Umm, apparently not.

Negative Reports on Anti-Depressants Squashed...Perhaps Tom Cruise Was Right?

  • Posted on: 17 January 2008
  • By: mokshalom

The big news: So it turns out that many negative reports on the effectiveness on antidepressants have been either suppressed or spun so that they seemed more positive than they were. Big surprise. As I have been saying for years, the drug companies profit from people believing they need anti-depressants to overcome depression, that there's something physically wrong that requires a pill.

As recent studies have shown, exercise can be just as effective (and possibly more) in fighting anti-depressants than a pill. But exercise doesn't come in a pill form, so the drug companies have no reason to tell you that.

MySpace Suicide: Are Megan Meier's Meds to Blame?

  • Posted on: 18 November 2007
  • By: mokshalom

Megan Meier was a 13-year-old girl who killed herself after being tricked by a fake MySpace boyfriend named "Josh." Josh, it turns out, was actually the parents of neighborhood child, playing a sadistic joke on the girl. Now Megan's parents are trying to push through measures to protect children online.

It's far too easy to blame MySpace for a child's suicide, since it's a new medium and an easy target for anger and frustration. But the fact is, kids have had to go through humiliation, rejection, and pain for a long time before MySpace ever existed. Megan could have just as easily been treated cruelly at school.

So why focus on MySpace? Could it be that the parents don't want to look at themselves and how they were managing Megan's depression? (Could they be in denial about their own role in creating her depression in the first place?)

A Whopping 9% of American Children Have ADHD? I Don't Think So

  • Posted on: 4 September 2007
  • By: mokshalom

Fresh off the presses:

9% of U.S. Kids Have ADHD

OK, so can someone tell me why ADHD did not exist when I was a kid (and that wasn't that long ago), and now all of a sudden, certain scientists are claiming that upwards of 10% of our children need to be put on lifelong medication?

This statistic, by the way, was arrived at through the following "scientific" method:

1. 3,082 children participated in the survey.
2. "Using interviews, the researchers were able to establish the presence of ADHD."

So based on 3,000 kids who were interviewed (or their parents were interviewed), the scientists made a firm "diagnosis" of ADHD...and for all we know, this was based on a telephone survey.

When Are We Going to Start Holding Psychiatrists Accountable?

  • Posted on: 9 July 2007
  • By: mokshalom

CNN just published a story about antidepressants. They are now the most prescribed drug in the United States. What's even scarier, however, is the lead story about a woman who was prescribed antidepressants so she wouldn't get upset at her husband's poor financial management.

Once on the antidepressants, the wife did not care what her husband did with their money. Accordingly, he "led the family into financial ruin."

What amazes me about this is that these stories come out and no-one blinks an eye. Yet, people like myself who partake in alternative healing methods are constantly given a hard time by people in the medical industry. We're supposedly quacks and frauds. Yet, I don't go out passing out powerful drugs to people who don't need them, just so they can avoid their problems.