Dec 22, 2013 at 15:57:14
“Bradley, With millions of people taking medications for psychiatric illnesses, it is simply absurd to suggest that 60 murders a month and the spectacular mass murders are caused by antidepressants and other such medications. You must consider the distinct possibility that these tragedies happened in spite of, not because of the medications. The Netherlands has the best record keeping, and their studies show a slight inverse relationship between the numbers of people on medications and both murders and suicides. There is not the slightest whiff of evidence to support your hypothesis. It is possible for patients to be driven into mania by antidepressants if they are bipolar rather than simply depressed. Thus it is important to seek skilled practitioners. Finally, while I always encourage psychotherapy, a careful read of the literature shows that the success rate for psychotherapy is similar to that of medications. That is, about 40% do very well, another 30% do "OK", and another 30% are not helped. There are no miracles with psychotherapy or medication, and the very ill almost always need both.”
deaniac1 on Dec 25, 2013 at 07:16:15
“Thank you, Scott, I am bipolar, and frankly incredibly sick of the stigma attached to medications. I take medications, and go to therapy once a month, and have been for ten years, and have been fully functioning for ten years. If you look at the tragedies, you'll notice that most of the people who committed them were depressed and/or off medications, not on them. It is a fine line, but I hate even mentioning that I take regular medications, because then the conversation always gets uncomfortable….”
“You maybe correct. But now that Science has shown biblical explanations of the world to be wrong, it is time to give them up.”
PunditOne on Nov 24, 2013 at 23:09:56
“Despite that widely popular but urban legend thinking, you won't find any.
JudeoChristianity knew the world was a sphere, and seemingly suspended on nothingness in space.
Furthermore, from about the year 1500 BC, it says in Bible Job 26:10, "He marks out a circle (or roundness) on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness."
Indeed, a circle would be the correct shape which describes any line between darkness and day-light along the surface of the oceans.
The Bible says, "He (God) sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…." (Isaiah 40:22 NIV).
In that verse, the word translated "circle" is the Hebrew "khoog", which can also be translated as "roundness," "circle," "circuit," or "compass" (ref: Strongs Dictionary, 2329).
The roundness of the earth is a viewpoint from space that no mere man had in 760 BC when those words were written.
Medical science until recently believed in evolutionary theory's vestigial organs. Ie., appendix, tonsils, etc… as being useful leftover detritus of evolution.
You know now that's been overturned.
Now that the evolutionary secularists' explanation of human body's evolution to be wrong, it is time to give them up.”
Oct 22, 2013 at 19:27:49
“This is a gorgeous study to read. The report is well written, the work is thorough, and the conclusions are well considered. However, the results are puzzling. Several other studies have found that ghrelin has antidepressive and anxiolytic effects. Moreover, the role of ghrelin in hunger leads one to doubt that it would enhance anxiety and fear. Ghrelin stimulates appetite, and its levels increase in starvation. An animal that is starving would need to increase its willingness to risk its life to obtain food. Thus, the most reasonable thing for ghrelin to do in a hungry animal is to reduce its fear. Such reduction in fear has indeed been seen in studies, and it is most apparent in unfed animals. Brain chemistry is complicated, and chemicals can have various roles. The story on ghrelin has been greatly complicated by this report. The findings need to be replicated by others, and the role of this increasingly complex hormone better understood before making suggestions of a role in PTSD.”
Retsina Meyer on Nov 20, 2013 at 11:51:28
“Dear Dr. Mendelson,
Firstly, thank you for your comments on the manuscript. I value your appreciation of the effort put into making both a thorough study and an understandable paper.
Briefly, without the trauma portion of the paradigm I used to model PTSD, these animals behaved similarly to control animals and I did not find increased anxiety. Rather, they appear to be in a state of increased susceptibility to the over learning of fear once a trauma has occurred.
If you would like to discuss further, please do contact me.
“I would be happy to, but first you might tell me where god came from, and why he established his Universal headquarters on a minor planet on the ragged edge of a perfectly ordinary galaxy in the middle of nowhere. Did a favorable real estate market have anything to do with it?”
chicagokt on Sep 30, 2013 at 16:18:38
“Earth was probably a "practice" planet.”
icon22 on Sep 30, 2013 at 13:46:31
“Well, Jesus, who's the Son of God and was here on earth as recently as 2000 years ago and is indeed a true historical figure, verified the veracity of The Holy Bible over and over. What? there was no Jesus? then why did he entire world change the calander based on a made up man's life and death?
Now, back to you, Mr. "man of science" I'm still waithing for you tto answer my original question. Don't be nervous due to the fact that you're an MD, just let it flow!”
“If the Republican's complaints are so strong, and their arguments so valid, then why don't they present a separate de-fund Obamacare bill rather then attach it to the budget bill as an act of pure extortion?”
chicagoburbguy on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:24:40
theocrat on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:18:36
“Why don't Republicans propose amendments to fix what they object to rather than destroy the economy?”
PeaRidge on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:17:22
thinking4 on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:16:35
“Then they would have to actually do something”
mixnmatch on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:16:20
“They can't defund it........”
mherrera on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:16:05
“I'm still waiting for their replacement plan but so far that consists of business as usual in a broken system.”
“What a magnificent fellow Twain was! None have mentioned his wonderful book, "Life on the Mississippi." His brief pieces, "How to tell a story", and "How I edited an agricultural newspaper", were sheer genius. None have matched him since.”
Jul 24, 2013 at 13:42:00
“I appreciate your concern for my patients, but in the 10 seconds it took to deal with you, no one suffered.
P.S, Google me and have a nice day!”
CSKAP on Jul 24, 2013 at 15:52:42
“Wow, “Deal with me”?
Didn’t’ answer the questions I do hope you don’t practice medicine that way.
“Yep, you have symptoms, here is my bill and have a nice day.”
I did Google you are you recommended.
Now I have much greater concern for your patients.”
Jul 24, 2013 at 10:48:30
“Dear CSKAP, In calling me a "shill for a probiotics company" you are not only completely wrong but insulting. Articles such as these are tantalizing bits of fluff. The connections are extraordinarily tenuous, and barring any compelling evidence, Occam's Razor must be used. One must conclude that the same people who are fat, unhealthy, and trying to lose weight by sparing calories, are the same ones attracted to diet drinks. I don't care if Dr. Katz and Jesus Christ co-authored a paper on the subject. Any other conclusion is an enormous stretch.”
CSKAP on Jul 24, 2013 at 13:04:22
“Dr. I didn't call you a shill for the probiotics companies.
At the end of that sentence you'll see Punctuation mark called a “Question mark”
This is used to indicate to the read that the sentence preceding is in the form of a question.
I did ask if your credentials were on the same level as the Doctors and researchers quoted in the article were and you somehow neglected to answer either of those questions while once again attacking the article.
So, in the end I guess the question is why should anyone believe you are right and that physicians and researchers in the field are wrong other then that you apparently spend time blogging rather then caring for patients?”
TSRVT on Jul 24, 2013 at 11:34:11
“Thank you - well said, and I admire your restraint in responding to that uncalled-for post.”
Jul 24, 2013 at 09:58:33
“I am sorry. Your article is absurd. Yes, there is an association between diet sodas and obesity, just as there is an association between hospitals and illness. That's where sick people go! The other major point of the article is that the artificial sweetness makes us crave more sweetness and thus makes us consume more calories. However, if you don't surrender to high calorie, real, sweet carbohydrates, i.e. sugar, to sate this craving, then it does not result in weight gain. The only compelling ill-effect of some artificial sweeteners I know of is an adverse effect on some healthy intestinal flora. Just take probiotics.”
WilliamWynne on Feb 2, 2014 at 01:13:19
“Excellent comment. Thanks for posting. I'm getting tired of the anti diet soda conspiracy theories that are going around. Sadly, most people believe them without researching the issue further.”
So Dr. David Katz, the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, Dr. Melina Jampolis, a board-certified physician nutrition specialist and Sugar addiction researcher Nicole Avena, Ph.D., who is an assistant professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida are all “absurd” and you are right.
OK Doc so, what is your specific specialty CV and area or research?
“Just take probiotics” so, you shill for a probiotics company?”
“It's not "legal argle bargle", its religious "argle bargle." The religious right takes a silly fairy tale, and expands it beyond mere belief to what they insist is "actual fact". They say that God is behind all this, and they know what God wants, because they know for a fact that God left instructions for everybody in a book. Then they expect everyone to bow down in humble gratitude and supplication to them for conveying what God almighty wants. But if you understand that it is simply a fairytale, then it takes all of their power away. Unfortunately, many people have been killed through the ages when they didn't take the fairy tale seriously. Maybe it is changing.”
Jun 7, 2013 at 16:54:50
“The dangerous, tragic, and, I believe, crazy side of much religion is that it ignores the beauty and majesty of the physical. There is often the ridiculous notion that the physical can and should be overcome. What is wrong with needing to eat and drink? The physiology of digestion, and the biochemistry of metabolism are magnificent beyond compare. Eucharist? bah! We are in Holy communion with the Earth when we eat its bounties, be it strawberry or bologna sandwich. I recall many years ago in Fairfax , California, a great Tibetan rimpoche came to bestow learning and grace. Many of the oh, so pious and evolved nearly fainted when he got out of the car holding a chicken leg to gnaw on. He later said that when you are hungry, it is a blessing to eat. Period.”
Dan Cheshire on Jun 8, 2013 at 19:59:05
“I celebrate and extoll the achievements of my species instead.”
“Dear, Is there something in your drinking water?”
Angelina Santiago on Apr 20, 2013 at 10:16:39
“Only the standard municipal water supply. The CDC "1 in 6" and the hazardous corrosive chemical MSDS are FACTS.
Have you even read the vaccine ingredient list from the CDC?
I got this information from the CDC and the MSDS from a link from THAT website.
Are you a "firm believer" that LYE is an ingredient that is beneficial to human health?
My point is this, the pharmaceuticals can make vaccine formulations that have beneficial and nontoxic ingredients. Those ingredients that have these "high numbered hazard classes" for TRANSPORT cannot be ignored. OSHA doesn't. So lets get back to these substances.
Is LYE beneficial to human health --to be more specific --is injecting LYE into babies, children, pregnant women and elderly beneficial to health?
Stay on the subject and the challenge. The vaccine ingredients and the MSDS.”
“It is believed that BIG PHARMA is out for profit only, and that doctors are either too stupid to understand what anti-vaccine parents know, or that they are in the pockets of BIG PHARMA. However, if delaying vaccines was better for children and made more parents more likely to vaccinate their children, then why is BIG BAD PHARMA not on board with it? They would make the same amount of money whether the vaccines are given all at once or spread out over a several years. A corporate CEO with good business sense would see that. Please, one of you parents who think that vaccines are a vile plot by BIG PHARMA, please explain this. While you are at it, please explain how you know what vaccination schedule is best for your child? Yes, we are different from one another, but do you just have a hunch? Do you feel it in your bones? Do you throw the I ching?”
Angelina Santiago on Apr 18, 2013 at 16:24:18
“Third part of my reply: Conspiracy by Pharma
Lets look at the March of Dimes Website for the prenatal health:
Here is the misinformation with its misleading text:
"Some people are concerned that thimerosal, a chemical that has mercury in it and is used in some vaccines, causes autism. This concern came from a study done many years ago. The research in that study was flawed.
Since then, much careful research shows that thimerosal in vaccines did not cause autism. Thimerosal is no longer used in vaccines, except in tiny amounts in some flu shots."
"Thimerosal-Preservative in some multidose containers (see package labeling for precise content )-DTaP (some containers), DTwP (mostcontainers), DT (most brands), Td (most brands), Hepatitis B (some packages), Hib (some
packages), Influenza (all brands), Japanese encephalitis (JEVax), Meningococcal (Menomune), Pneumococcal (Pnu-Imune 23), Rabies (BioRab)
Stability: Stable. May degrade in sunlight. Incompatible with strong acids, strong bases, strong oxidizing agents,iodine, heavy metal salts.
Toxicology: Poison. Experimental neoplastigen and teratogen. Harmful by inhalation and ingestion. May cause reproductive damage. May be harmful through skin contact."
The misleading information is their focus on Autism, when the focus should be that this is A DANGEROUS CHEMICAL THAT MUST BE AVOIDED! Why is "Autism" used when the CDC "1 in 6" statement is ignored?”
Angelina Santiago on Apr 18, 2013 at 15:00:15
“This is the second part of my reply:
HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE MSDS for all of those vaccine ingredients listed in the CDC's website? Have you? Really? If you did, YOU WOULD NOT BE TALKING in favor of the current vaccine formulations. I have seen what the pharma reps give doctors -- mostly marketing brochures. They STOPPED listing ingredients in most brochures and they are silent -- do not print -- any warnings on those ingredients. In fact, the doctors do not HAVE FULL DISCLOSURE like they are supposed to. They are however, THREATENED by the industry and peer associations who endorse the "MANDATORY" VACCINATIONS.
You are fine with PHENOL? It is poisonous TO THE TOUCH. It is an ingredient in the PNEUMONIA VACCINE (Pneumovax 23) (and Vaccina)! Would you have your child come into contact with Lye? Also known as "Sodium Hydroxide: Sodium hydroxide-Adjust pH-DT (most brands), Td (most brands)
Synonyms: caustic soda, soda lye, lye, white caustic, sodium hydrate, fotofoil etchant, NAOH, STCC 4935235, sodium
hydroxide pellets, Lewis red devil lye
Would you have your child come into direct contact with this stuff? Will you have him/her INJECT IT?
HERE ARE MOST OF YOUR "HAZ MATS" for vaccine ingredients and vaccines by brand name:
You should READ IT OUT LOUD. THEN check your hippocratic oath. Think, "Do these chemicals IMPROVE health or NOT?" Why are they there?”
Angelina Santiago on Apr 18, 2013 at 14:21:39
“Let's TALK about "Pharma" and profits. A drug company makes money selling drugs. The drug companies make MORE money if people were chronically ill, or have multiple chronic illnesses. Where is the money in THAT? A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY -- the person has to consume a "lifetime bumper crop" of medications just to get by on a day to day basis -- and if "pharma" is NOT SELLING DRUGS, then they are NOT MAKING MONEY.
Second MONEY issue -- CAPITAL BUDGETING. Capital budgeting for CEO's examine CURRENT and FUTURE CASH FLOWS! No drugs - no cash. The way to SECURE CASH FLOWS is to lock down regular cash flows coming in predicable TIMED cycles --such as the vaccination schedules. THEN, the sicker the population -- THE MORE DRUGS have to be produced.
Do you think PHARMA wants large segments of the population chronically ill?
According to the CDC, 1 OUT OF EVERY 6 children -- that's right --1 OUT OF EVERY 6 CHILDREN in the US has a DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY!!!!!
We have NEVER lived with THAT! NEVER! Don't blame genetics either! If this was the case we would have met our extinction as a species thousands of years ago.”
ivsciguy on Apr 17, 2013 at 16:14:58
“One thing immunizes (hahaha) from these companies trying to stop vaccines is the Gates Foundation. Bill gates has put a huge investment into developing new vaccines. Basically he saw that motivation just wasn't there for the companies so he decided to do it himself.”
onionboy on Apr 17, 2013 at 00:37:31
“I've said the same thing multiple times. Big pharma would make MUCH more money allowing disease to flourish and sell symptom-alleviating meds. Imagine how much they could make from something chronic like polio...rather than selling ten-cent vaccines.
In fact, if you listen to HIV conspiracists; they say exactly this...that big pharma has the cure but they won't let it out because there's no profit in it.
And like that makes sense anyway. I'm sure GenVax Pharmaceuticals (made-up) really cares that their vaccine might cut into SmithKline profits.”
OverseasVet on Apr 16, 2013 at 22:40:05
“The object is to get rid of vaccines all together. They even fought against small pox vaccine when small pox was still devastating communities. They are not stable people.”
Jan 9, 2012 at 16:07:22
“I keenly suspect that you have never been thanked by a patient suffering schizophrenia for relieving them of tormenting voices and horrifying delusions with medication. I have, hundreds of times. As the great neuroscientist Gerald Edleman was fond of saying, "Sir, you are not even wrong."”
Dec 30, 2011 at 16:22:29
“The author's disdain of, and bias against, psychitrists is palpable. The arguments are flawed in so many ways. First, ALL medical fields have diagnostic codes, just like those of psychiatry. Psychoanalysts, many of who were non-psychiatrists, held the notion of homosexualty as an illness long after it was abandoned by the APA. The diagnosis of "Mild Neurocognitive Impairment" is not contrived by psychiatrists but exactly parallels the diagnosis of "Mild Cognitive Impairment" from the field of neurology. Critical reference to the "greatest minds and biggest egos in the world of psychiatry," could just as well apply to any profession, including Psychology. Years ago, I was a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, and I know they are not immune. The statement, "for clinicians who want to help people without reducing them to a category," is also extraordinarily disingenuous, because psychologists also categorize mental illness. Some of what was said has merit. But it is eclipsed by the desire to make psychiatrists out to be substantially and uniquely evil, greedy and stupid, which they (we) are not.”
sabelmouse on Dec 31, 2011 at 09:44:45
“i am favouriting your comment but with reservation. i think psychiatry does attract a pretty fair share of those who would like to have power over others .
most i agree with.”
Jan 11, 2014 at 08:12:01
“Dear Readers, I have been contacted by a large number of men and women who have thanked me for revealing some of the bitter truths about child abuse. However, I also became aware that some were left with a sense of despair. Indeed, for some the article suggested that the future is inescapably bleak for those who have suffered severe abuse as children.
Please, do not despair. Although the victims of childhood physical and sexual abuse do carry a burden deep in the cells of their brains, this extra burden can be lessened by treatment. Talk therapy; support groups; stress reduction; and, in some case, medications can restore balance to life. Please seek help and support. You deserve it. And, remember... the best revenge is living well!”
Dec 31, 2013 at 13:31:08
“You are a remarkable woman and, I keenly suspect, a wonderful psychiatrist. I can't give you a hug or squeeze your hand, but I can convey my admiration and wish you the best. There is a lot of heartache in this life... but what an adventure!”
Nov 7, 2013 at 13:57:50
“Dr. Sederer, From one practicing psychiatrist to another, I want to ask you if you use any psychiatric medications for off-label purposes. I and almost every psychiatrist I know does this, because there are few studies on the treatment of many conditions, and many individuals are treatment resistant to the first line FDA-approved medications. I am a psychiatrist to whom many patients are referred after they have not gotten better with standard tretaments. I can honestly say that if I did not use medications for off-label purposes a large percent of my patients would not get well.”
YannosB on Nov 8, 2013 at 04:40:15
“So you play 'shoot the moon' because you do not have understanding or data for the treatment of many conditions. At what your standard fees are, and at what medications cost.. and you don't have a problem with this!
You sir do not meet my qualificatins as a true healer (the standard Psychiatrist oh sure).. more like a man with a paper and license, just making a great living.
I'll be sure to note the name and keep myself and any I know far far from you.
Oct 8, 2013 at 15:24:00
“Let's grant you that homeopathic preparations lend structure to water, i.e., "memory". Moreover, each different homeopathic remedy lends a unique structure to water. Thus, nux vomica is demostrably different than kali phos, etc., and this makes each preparation unique in its action. The question would still remain as to how this "water memory" would translate into a therapeutic response. But what mechanism could this possibly occur? How would dozens, scores, or, to be liberal, hundreds of "remedies" correspond to what must be millions of different states of the body. The leap from "water memory" and "nanoparticles" to therapeutic resposne is even greater than the leap to believing that these preparations work in the first place.”
Jonnybones on Oct 13, 2013 at 16:06:36
hp blogger Dana Ullman on Oct 9, 2013 at 01:00:39
“Scott, you're a smart guy, and I'm sure that you and other medically educated people here know that there are MANY hormones and cell signaling agents in our body that have significant physiological effects at exceedingly small doses, including the SIMILAR doses in which the above studies found nanoparticles remaining in solution. The following article published in the renowned journal, Archives in Internal Medicine, provides substantial evidence for this observation on the power of exceedingly small doses of CERTAIN chemicals. Please read this article: Eskinazi, D., Homeopathy Re-revisited: Is Homeopathy Compatible with Biomedical Observations? Archives in Internal Medicine, 159, Sept 27, 1999:1981-7.
Scott (and others) might also benefit big time from reviewing the substantial literature on the multidisciplinary field of hormesis (the study of extremely small doses), An impressive review of articles on homeopathy and hormesis (low-dose effects) was published in the journal, Human and Experimental Toxicology, July 2010: http://het.sagepub.com/content/vol29/issue7/
To access free copies of these articles, see: http://tinyurl.com/45stq8c
Scott, I predict that you will soon start singing a different tune...and you'll be a better scientist (and physician) for it.”
“Chutzpah! It's the perfect Yiddish word. The example often given is the man who murders his parents, then begs for mercy because he is an orphan. What chutzpah the Tea Party exhibits. They shut down the government after they could not stop the ACA through more than 40 tries through legitimate legislative means, then they berate the Democrats for not opening back up the War Memorial and the NIH trials that closed as a result of their reckless action. Chutzpah, chutzpah, shameless chutzpah!”
Sep 27, 2013 at 18:59:01
“I think you have written an excellent and informative piece. As a psychiatrist, I find it dismaying that there is a continuing controversy that pits medication against psychotherapy, as if one but not the other is the solution. In most serious cases, a combination of medication and psychotherapy is what is needed. There are evidenced-based medication regimens, and evidenced-based psychotherapies. Interestingly, when one reads the litereature, it is evident that the efficacy rates are quite similar. Thus, for treatment of Major Depression, antidepressants work great for just over 1/3, somewhat for 1/3, and hardly at all for the rest. The same holds true for psychotherapy. Whereas the majority improve, only about 1/3 do great, another third do OK, and another third either drop out of therapy or leave without much improvement. The arsenal to treat mental illness should be well stocked with a variety of treatments. None are perfect. Many are helpful, but not for everyone, and some forms of treatment don't help certain individuals, and either need to be switched or augmented.”