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In Support of e-Cigarettes


                               In Support of e-Cigarettes as a Substitute for                                     Tar-Containing Tobacco Cigarettes As a recent convert to e-cigarettes I made a simple test to satisfy what I had known since I was a teenager.  If you inhale on a tobacco … Continue reading

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The Abandonment of the Mentally Ill


We see them all over, sleeping on benches, hiding in the reeds of river flood plains, mumbling quietly and sometimes not so quietly.  They load their life’s possessions into shopping carts and, despite their number, they are invisible. The worst … Continue reading

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Mental Illness: Who Do You Believe?


There is a crisis of faith in the mental health community.  The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental  Disorders” (DSM) which is a book of rules for diagnosing whether someone is schizophrenic, depressed, or … Continue reading

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Toxoplasmosis: Your Cat’s Gift That Keeps on Giving


Toxoplasmosis Gondii infection makes infected mice unafraid and even attracted to areas where cats have sprayed.  This parasite can cross into the brain and cause unpredictable behavior depending on the site of infection.  Its prevalence is probably not very great…unless … Continue reading

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Arizona: A State of Mind, for Sure (update)


I like Arizona, it’s a pretty state with a great magazine, “Arizona Highways.” Northern Arizona has the Grand Canyon, a meteor crater, Sedona, the red rock country and some friends of mine.  Sedona is a smallish community of artists, freethinkers, … Continue reading

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