ESTHER AARTS Salmon on psychotropics, platypuses on prozac, and other strange tales from the wild by REBECCA GIGGS What impels small salmon, called smolts, out of their nursery brooks to the ocean? Across thousands of miles, the fish transmogrify from fingerlings into trollish adults—hook-jawed, toothy, and, in the case of many males, humpbacked. Though reversing the journey does not rescind their metamorphosis, the big fish famously return, waggling against currents, vaulting over dams, and pushing together, like a blade, toward the very gravel beds where, years earlier, they hatched. The salmon “pulse,” as some people describe this recurrent migration, is … Continue reading Human Drugs Are Polluting the Water—And Animals Are Swimming in It
By Vicki Batts Theranos and its female founder, Elizabeth Holmes were widely promoted as the would-be future of feminism and medical technology. But as it turned out, her promises of life-changing technology in the world of blood testing were empty, and the science she based her entire company on was fraudulent. How did one woman fool so many people, for such a long period of time? The answer is simple: Holmes was giving the media what they wanted (a female icon) and over-eager investors simply don’t know enough about science to ask the right questions. The age-old adage, “If it’s … Continue reading How did one woman wielding FAKE SCIENCE manage to fool so many supposedly “smart” leaders in the business community?
Photo by Robert Brook/Science Photo Library Depression is a very complex disorder and we simply have no good evidence that antidepressants help sufferers to improve by Jacob Stegenga is a lecturer in philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Medical Nihilism (2018). He lives in Cambridge. Edited by Sam Haselby Your grief and guilt overwhelm you. You are so tired you cannot think straight. Your simple joys are lost in an invisible agony. You have pain in your head and back and stomach, real pain. The swamp of your soul suffocates you with despair. All this … Continue reading Do antidepressants work?
by Isabelle Kohn Fake drugs have been shown to be at least as effective as antidepressants at treating mental illness, so why does your prescription still say ‘Prozac’? Katie Peabody held the glistening, impossibly airy Entenmann’s chocolate donut up to her mouth knowing one of two things were about to happen: Either she’d finish it and go about her day like nothing ever happened, or the chocolate in its sticky, mud-brown frosting would make her go blind. A doctor had warned her about the possibility of this side effect early on. It was 1988, and she was a research subject … Continue reading PLACEBOS CAN CURE DEPRESSION. SO WHY DON’T WE USE THEM MORE OFTEN?
by Steve Taylor Ph.D., Guest Waking Times As you are no doubt aware, presently the United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic. There are many reasons for this—one of the most obvious being the reckless over-subscription of opiate-based painkillers by doctors, leading to dependency. But on a psychological level, we have to take into account the strong relationship between addiction and the lack of a sense of purpose. To some extent, addiction is the result of a lack of purpose. It’s partly the consequence of experiencing what the psychologist Viktor Frankl called the ‘existential vacuum’—feeling as though there is no purpose or meaning … Continue reading IS ADDICTION THE RESULT OF A LACK OF A SENSE OF PURPOSE IN LIFE?
Mitchell Wessels / Getty Images Some antidepressants have sexual side effects like a loss of libido or difficulty with orgasms. by Lauren Strapagiel Antidepressants can be lifesavers but some of them can also, quite literally, be boner killers. A whole lot of us are taking antidepressants — almost 13% of teens and adults in the US, according to a report released in 2017 by the National Center for Health Statistics. One side effect of some of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants is what doctors would call sexual dysfunction. But for those who experience it, it might as well be called ruining something … Continue reading 8 Ways To Have Better Sex While Taking Antidepressants
by: Vicki Batts (Natural News) New statistics from the National Institutes of Health show that more than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses during 2017. Of those, a staggering 49,060 people are said to have died as a result of opioid abuse. The opioid pain-reliever is one of Big Pharma’s most profitable cash-cows, and now, American citizens are paying the price — with their lives. Annual death tolls from opioids alone are now exceeding deaths from car accidents (40,100), fatal shootings (15,549), homicides (17,284) and even suicide (almost 45,000). All told, about 200 people died an opioid-related death everyday in 2017. Earlier … Continue reading Big Pharma’s dangerous drugs are now killing more people than guns or automobile accidents