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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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Is the American Psychiatric Association Going Nuts? DSM-5 in the Eyes of the World.


I am not a psychiatrist, nor am I a chef.  However, it doesn’t take a chef to know when a container of milk has gone sour.  I won’t criticize the preparation of a béarnaise sauce, nor will I express an … Continue reading

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Sinister Predjudice


I am right-handed and have always suspended judgement of lefties much as I would a gap between one’s incisors.  I did not know that lefties were routinely excluded from studies much as one would exclude a statistical outlier.  The issue … Continue reading

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment


Return to the Snake Pit Long have we condemned the mentally ill in our society to counter-therapeutic residence in prisons.  Those unable to cope with living in society are subjected to dehumanizing captivity in prisons designed to punish the defenseless … Continue reading

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Crack Cocaine and Rational Thinking


When I first saw this article in the NY Times I was intrigued. Although not stated it draws a line between the opiate class of drug addiction and the non-opiates like cocaine and amphetamines.  In my limited experience, addiction to … 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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Creating New Memories Artificially


This article raises some interesting possibilities.  Can false memories be inserted into a normal brain?  If new memories can be created, can real memories be deleted?  Can a prefrontal lobotomy be achieved with greater precision?  If memories can be created, … Continue reading

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