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Allen J Frances M.D. – Stopping the False Epidemic of Adult ADHD

The history of psychiatry is filled with fads. A diagnosis quickly gains momentum, is pushed by thought leaders, captures the imagination of clinicians, picks up widespread media attention, and soon attracts word of mouth buzz among potential patients. Rates escalate. New and exciting treatments are hyped. Miracle cures abound. And then it all comes apart. The miracle cures turn out …

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Robert Berezin, M.D. – The Problem With Contemporary Psychiatric Diagnosis

“Life is pain, Princess. Anyone who tells you different is selling you something.” – Dread Pirate Roberts, in “The Princess Bride” Everywhere you turn, you see “OCD, ASD, MDD, ADD, ADHD, BPD, GAD, PD, SAD, PTSD, NPD,” etc. The problem is not limited to this acronym soup, but the pseudo diagnoses they represent. Patients today get stained by the specious medical diagnoses …

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Charles Eisenstein – Mutiny of the Soul, Revisited

Over the years, I’ve probably received more mail about Mutiny of the Soul than any other essay I’ve written. The idea of the article has been hugely validating for many readers: that depression, ADHD, anxiety, etc. aren’t chemical malfunctions of the brain, nor spiritual malfunctions of the mind; rather, they are forms of legitimate rebellion against life structures that are unworthy of …

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Anti-Asian Sentiment Taking College Campuses by Storm

USC foreign exchange student Ivan Tsang was the target of eggs and epithets earlier this week for doing nothing other than being Asian.  “Ching chang chong motherf—– gay,” a white student allegedly yelled repeatedly while trying to pelt Tsang with three eggs, according to Tsang’s Facebook post. This comes 6 months after someone at a USC fraternity hurled a drink at an Indian student by calling her …

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Fighting cavities could one day be as easy as taking a pill, research shows

University of Florida Health researchers have identified a new strain of bacteria in the mouth that may keep bad bacteria in check — and could lead to a way to prevent cavities using probiotics. The researchers say the findings could lead to the development of a supplement that patients could take orally to prevent cavities. While developing an effective oral …

New Report Links Pesticides Used in Combination Near California Schools to Increased Cancer Risk

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new report by the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) has shown an increase in cancer risk from fumigant pesticides frequently used in combination near schools. In response to the report’s findings, a coalition of parents, health professionals, teachers, and food advocates has urged state policymakers to create stronger protections for schoolchildren across the state. …

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Survey examines Americans’ use of and satisfaction with homeopathic medicines

A new survey finds that homeopathic medicines are primarily used by a small segment of the U.S. population for common, self-limited conditions such as the common cold or back pain. The report published in the American Journal of Public Health also finds that homeopathy users, particularly those who also report visiting homeopathic practitioners, find the use of these products helpful and that …

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The U.S. and Canada Have Among The Highest Death Rates In The World For Alzheimers

Many scientists have believed that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is passed through the family line and is genetic due to the possession of a particular set of genes, however research is showing the incidence is more correlated to excitotoxins and heavy metals which play a critical role in the development of several neurological disorders, especially in North America. Not Genetic Read …

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Adderall Side Effects Include Memory Loss And Brain Damage – Try These Natural Alternatives Instead

Adderall, the most popular drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has been used by many of the 6.4 million American children currently diagnosed with ADHD but also misused by 20-30% of all students who are trying to gain better concentration for taking tests in college. It can be extremely addictive, and has a row of side effects including nervousness, dry mouth, poor circulation, numbness in …

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‘Schizophrenia’ does not exist, argues expert

The term “schizophrenia,” with its connotation of hopeless chronic brain disease, should be dropped and replaced with something like “psychosis spectrum syndrome,” argues a professor of psychiatry in The BMJ today. Professor Jim van Os at Maastricht University Medical Centre says several others have called for updated psychiatric classifications, particularly regarding the term “schizophrenia.” Japan and South Korea have already abandoned this …