Sunday, May 30, 2010
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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Sunday, May 23, 2010
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Friday, May 21, 2010
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
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Friday, May 14, 2010
"Put simply, people with IT access are more satisfied with life even when taking account of income," said Michael Willmott, the social scientist who authored the study, at a press conference. "Our analysis suggests that IT has an enabling and empowering role in people's lives, by increasing their sense of freedom and control, which has a positive impact on well-being or happiness."
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1989244,00.html?xid=rss-health&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Fscienceandhealth+%28TIME%3A+Top+Science+and+Health+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader#ixzz0nuHxnLG5
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Posted by Fireman John at 10:31 AM
Saturday, May 8, 2010
While many advocate for its benefits, the disease concept has proven to be far more damaging to the substance abuser then anyone could have predicted.
Therapists claim the disease concept helps the patient to understand the seriousness of [his/her] problems.
But in reality, this idea has backfired.
The disease concept strips the substance abuser of responsibility. A disease cannot be cured by force of will, therefore, adding the medical label transfers the responsibility from the abuser to others. Inevitably they become unwilling victims, and inevitably they take on that role.
In retrospect then, the disease concept has effectively increased alcoholism and drug abuse. Furthermore, its only benefit has been vast monetary reward for the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services. Specifically, it has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.
Further, it is beyond the grasp of logic for medical professionals to prescribe meeting attendance as a remedy for an “incurable” medical ailment, not to mention a contradiction to the supposed nature of the problem.
Medical professionals are admittedly incapable of helping drug addicts and alcoholics so they pass the buck. But, because of recidivism rates and treatment failure, the buck is passed right back.
The disease, as described by 12 steppers, is all powerful; it is a separate entity and without meetings it will destroy them. But, with some thought one realizes, these ideas are mutually exclusive. To point out the obvious, if someone is “powerless” they would, by definition, not be able to control themselves, not even one day at a time.
The absurdities do not stop with 12 Step groups; professionals contribute their own set of absurdities. For example, the AMA’s definition of alcoholism is: “Alcoholism is an illness characterized by preoccupation with alcohol and loss of control over its consumption, such as to lead usually to intoxication if drinking; by chronicity, by progression and by a tendency toward relapse.
It is typically associated with physical disability and impaired emotional, occupational and/or social adjustments as a direct consequence of persistent excessive use (Langone 27).”
A natural assumption would be that the classification of a disease requires that characteristics and symptoms can be measured or observed.
While the majority of diseases fit this requirement, substance abuse does not.
Posted by Fireman John at 8:50 PM
some crucial digression from the widely
accepted and certainly flawed "disease concept"
of addiction so prevalent in society today
from the site, AddictionInfo.org;
History and science have shown us that the existence of the disease of alcoholism is pure speculation. Just saying it’s so, doesn’t make it true.
Nevertheless, medical professionals and American culture lovingly embraced the disease concept and quickly applied it to every possible deviant behavior from alcohol abuse to compulsive lecturing.
The disease concept was a panacea for many failing medical institutions adding billions to the industry and leading to a prompt evolution of pop-psychology.
Research has shown that alcoholism is a choice, not a disease, and stripping alcohol abusers of their choice, by applying the disease concept, is a threat to the health of the individual.
In a recent Gallup poll, 90% of people surveyed believe that alcoholism is a disease. Most argue that because the American Medical Association (AMA) has proclaimed alcoholism a disease, the idea is without reproach.
But, the fact is that the AMA made this determination in the absence of empirical evidence. After reviewing the history of the decision, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that the AMA has been pursuing its own agenda in the face of evidence negating the validity of alcoholism.
While the AMA has made extraordinary contributions in the mental health field, it is not outside the box. The AMA is a part of the capitalist paradigm that is necessary for our society to function.
The promulgation of the disease concept, in conjunction with AMA approval, has created a multi-billion dollar treatment industry that contributes billions to the health care industry.
But, with their status, mistakes in classifications can and do result in disastrous consequence. While the AMA’s classifications for the most part are accurate, the organization is not without error. Since its inception the AMA has made classifications of varying “deviant” behaviors without scientific research to validate its claims.
And, for whatever reason, the definition of a disease, as set forth by the AMA, is a malleable and all inclusive definition allowing for the inclusion of almost every deviant behavior. As a result, every unwanted behavior can be medicalized and medically treated thereby providing professionals with more patients and more income.
to be continued tomorrow...
Posted by Fireman John at 9:51 AM
Thursday, May 6, 2010
the never-ending saga of substance abusers in the news
Hofstra Basketball Coach Tim Welsh Charged With DWI
Hofstra's brand new basketball coach has gotten off on the wrong foot. Tim Welsh, who was hired March 31 by Hofstra, was pulled over by police after he was seen sleeping behind the wheel at a green light. His blood-alcohol content was over twice the legal limit at 0.18.
'Pill Mill' Trial Begins for Kansas Doctor
Was Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife and nurse Linda Schneider illegally providing painkillers to drug addicted patients for profit, or was he a champion of pain patients who suffer because doctors are too reluctant to prescribe pain medications? A jury will decide in what is expected to be a two-month trial.
Pilot Who Sold Drug-Test-Beating Mix Pleads Guilty
A U.S. Airways Express pilot has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the government by selling a powdered drink mix over the Internet designed to help drug users pass federal drug tests. Stephen Sharp, 41, could face five years in prison for operating the website yourintheclear.com from November 2006 through May 2008. Prosecutors did not say how many customers Sharp sold his mix to.
Man Convicted Of Murder In DUI Crash
A California man who was driving his friend's car when he decided to flee from police and crashed it into a tree has been convicted of second degree murder. Prosecutors said Jason Pappas had a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 and was literally falling-down drunk when he sped away from an attempted traffic stop and killed his friend, Gregory Fisher, a passenger in the vehicle.
Woman to Serve 15 Days for Son's Overdose Death
A Washington D.C. area woman whose 5-month-old son overdosed on heroin was convicted of felony child neglect and sentenced by the jury to 30 days in jail. Because of overcrowding at the Fairfax County jail, Marilyn R. Rischl, 36, will serve only 15 days behind bars.
Drunk Delivers Groceries To Wrong House
Stephen Paladino was trying to do a good deed by delivering a bag of groceries and a watermelon to his ex-wife's house. He just showed up at the wrong house obviously intoxicated. When the owner called police and gave them his license number, they arrested Paladino on his fourth DUI. His blood-alcohol level was 0.30.
Posted by Fireman John at 9:04 AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
several studies have concluded there are
mental benefits to regular exercise.
we are familiar with the release of endorphins
that occurs during exercise; the brain's natural
pain relievers often called "runners high".
a 5 year university study has just been started
to determine the mechanism for how exercise
may prevent relapse.
a chemical called galanin(new to me), which
increases during workouts, appears to reduce
cravings associated with stress.
quote from Medical News Today;
"This research will provide new insight into how regular exercise may attenuate drug abuse in humans," said David Weinshenker, associate professor of human genetics in Emory University's School of Medicine, and a co-principal investigator on the project. "More importantly, it may reveal a neural mechanism through which exercise may prevent the relapse into drug-seeking behavior."
Posted by Fireman John at 7:38 AM
Sunday, May 2, 2010
A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
- Joey Adams
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments.
- Joseph Addison
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
- Leo Aikman
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott
Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, and the neglected opportunity.
- Omar Idn Al-Halif
Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories.
- Cathy Allen
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
- James Allen
Life is a series of experiences...of beginnings. You are always in training for a time yet to come.
- Wally Amos
What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning.
- Barbara De Angelis
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony
A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view.
- Wilma Askinasnew
- What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.
- - J. Sidlow Baxter
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