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Crying in Science

In Materialism, Medicine, Physics, Quantum Physics, Science on March 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

 
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I keep telling science writers (on Twitter) that the perennial hand-wringing and whining in science circles, “How do we communicate science to the public better, so that they understand it?” is just so condescending, dahling.

The average person can understand science if it is explained in plain English, as it is in most popular science journals.

The problem in science isn’t communication. It is bad science.

And I don’t mean what most people call pseudoscience, but out of date science, materialist science.

That is pseudoscience. But that is most science. And that is what is reflected in most science news. (I started to notice that in the early 1980s, when science writers started to ballyhoo “string theory”.)

Generally they ignore me, of course, except for @SpotOnLondon, who followed me, and one or two “favorites” from female science writers.

Male science writers, if they respond at all, patronizingly start trying to manipulate me into admitting that everything that I believe is a Turtle theory. P.Z. Myers did that on Twitter a couple of years ago, which got me the most hits on my website ever; he really does have a large and dedicated cult following (even fellow-materialist Sam Harris once termed Myers a “shepherd of internet trolls”).

At which point I refuse to be manipulated and laugh in their faces. And then try to introduce a little fact, not that that does any good.

As science tries harder and harder to forget about quantum mechanics and to keep on believing in, forming hypotheses around, and doing studies based on materialism, it keeps getting more and more and more unreliable, so that people are losing more and more trust in it.

Science, refusing to believe that there is anything wrong with it, looks for something else to blame and settles on “communication with the public”.

The only solution that they can come up with is the one that most people think will work when people are speaking different languages – if we just shout, the other people will understand us!

But the idea that the problem is in science itself, not in communicating science, is getting out.

 
Regarding:

Scientific Pride and Prejudice
Michael Suk-Young Chwe, New York Times, January 31, 2014

- Suk-Young should have left Jane Austen, whom I adore, out of it. And I found game theory interesting in college but that was 30 years ago. Now I find it as circular as everything else mathematical and scientific (due to the insoluable dead-ends that the belief in materialism has wrought in science today).

New Truths That Only One Can See
George Johnson, New York Times, January 20, 2014

A Call for an Open, Informed Study of All Aspects of Consciousness
Etzel Cardeña, Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Front. Hum. Neurosci., 27 January 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00017

- Best quote from this article: “Dismissing empirical observations a priori, based solely on biases or theoretical assumptions, underlies a distrust of the ability of the scientific process to discuss and evaluate evidence on its own merits.”

Alan Alda, Spokesman for Science
Claudia Dreifus, New York Times, February 24, 2014

- Alan Alda, funny actor, awesome human being, and spokesman in The New York Times for out-of-date science. (He doesn’t know that – most people don’t – so I forgive him.)

Can Materialists Have Free Choice? (Podcasts)
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake

 
Related Posts:

Skepticism and Quantum Gravity
March 21, 2014

- And almost everything else I’ve written.

 
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Justina Pelletier and the Hidden Agenda of the Psychiatric Doublespeak of Somatoform Disorder

In Health, Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology on March 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

 
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I have a conversion disorder.

Psychiatry gives me a pain in the ass.

 

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Somatoform disorder is a DSM-IV term.
It refers to a group of psychiatric “diagnoses,” the common feature of which is

“…the presence of physical symptoms that suggest a general medical condition …
… and are not fully explained by a general medical condition …”
(DSM-IV, p 445).

In addition,

“…there is no diagnosable general medical condition
to fully account for the physical symptoms.”
(ibid)

Like all psychiatric “diagnoses,” it has no explanatory value
and is nothing more than a destructive
and unreliably applied
label.

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How well psychologist Dr. Philip Hickey explicates the circular thinking of the DSM.

There is more to so-called somatoform disorder, what used to be called psychosomatic illness, than doctors, including psychiatrists, not knowing what is wrong with you and feeling that they must make something up to tell you.

Oh, your illness is all in your mind. You’re not really sick.

Because we don’t know what you have.

Once we figure out what you have it won’t be “all in your mind” any more.

Most of us at one time or another have worried about getting sick or even convinced ourselves that we were sick to the point of feeling sick when we were not. That’s human. It’s also a lesson in the power of mind over brain, which is far more profound than we admit.

The diagnosis itself has been widely abused to the point of damaging people who were really ill.

There is more to somatoform disorder than reassuring worry, I say, or making doctors feel smart, especially today.

There are wheels within wheels. Today, there are psychiatric drugs to sell.

Dangerous or not. Protecting us or not. Helping humanity or actually hurting humanity as a whole in the long run.

Psychiatry as a profession, arm-twisted by the pharmaceutical corporations with whom it regretfully partners financially, is still, delusionally I might add, looking to “new and better drugs” as the answer to all of the existing failed drugs.

Instead of learning the lesson, as drug after drug not only refuses to fulfill its promise of healing (except as a placebo effect) but causes brain damage to anyone who uses it (which, unfortunately, is not a placebo effect or even a side effect but a direct effect), that drugs are not the answer.

Drugs are not the answer to humanity’s problems. (Even vaccines – an even larger experiment on our children than giving two year olds anti-psychotics, thus destroying their minds and bodies forever – ultimately may be doing more harm than good for humanity and its genetic advancement.)

What are we doing to ourselves? And what are we creating for the future?

At least when it comes to psychiatric drugs let us all finally realize and admit that no, there is no one whom psychiatric drugs help. Even once. Even short term.

Psychiatric drugs are toxic substances that harm the brain, usually severely, often permanently. Brain damage, even just a little, is not the solution to any problem.

Stop and think about that for a second.

And then consider the following.

The brain operates the body. It doesn’t think; it doesn’t feel.

The brain is an organ made out of meat, exactly like the liver, the kidneys, or the heart. It uses electromagnetism and chemistry to affect the body’s cells in response to the bidding of the mind.

All of the brain works, not just 10% of it.

We need all of the brain to work at all times – even when we are in distress.

Perhaps especially then.

Even at the extreme, if a person is in such severe distress that they are a danger to themselves or others, if someone can force them to take psychiatric drugs, that same person can simply talk to them, or even isolate them (gently, very gently, without restraints, ice water poured over their bodies, or being drugged into oblivion) if necessary, until they calm down.

People always calm down. Even seemingly intractable psychosis resolves eventually if left alone.

Then they can help them.

I still read the brainwashed, hedging, perhaps even pandering fiction that psychiatric drugs are useful some of the time. That is like saying that other brain-damaging “treatments” are useful some of the time, such as lobotomy or electroshock.

No, I repeat; they are not. None of them. The problem isn’t in the brain. It is in the thinking.

Thinking can become disoriented, what is called disordered, often due to trauma or overwhelming fear that cannot be resolved in a short period of time. Even guilt and anger are forms of fear.

Fear or trauma cause physical stress. Severe stress can cause long-term global change to hormone production and cellular uptake, which stresses the body. (Adrenalin flooding is common; contrary to popular belief, cortisone does not stress, it relieves stress – it is the anti-adrenalin.)

Physical stress, rigidity in the body, can be misinterpreted by the mind as paranoia, leading to projection or delusion.

Change thinking, and both the mind and the body heal.

Watch this short video by psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin on “How Do Psychiatric Drugs Really Work?”

Dr. Breggin is convinced, as am I, that caring relationships heal the mind better than drugs (without physically damaging the brain).

Some other anti-psychiatry writers – Dr. David Healy, Dr. Carl Elliott, Robert Whitaker, for instance – continue to believe that psychiatric drugs have enough value for some people in distress to ignore what should be done for them, which is non-invasive treatments that work better than drugs and have the additional benefit of not harming the brain.

I respect these writers’ work. Few people, especially doctors, campaign against psychiatric drugs at all. Most doctors still believe all the advertisements, all the blandishments from drug reps, all the lies from pharmaceutical companies, and repeat them to their patients, and put their patients on psychiatric drugs, thus ruining their brains, their bodies, and their lives.

But most doctors are materialists. After all, if one studies any variety of science as an undergraduate in college one is taught to be a materialist.

And once, most people believed that the world was flat. So they tell us.

Materialists are still climbing the scientific mountain. I know enough about science now to have gone over the steep mountaintop of materialism.

Some illnesses that seem mental can be physical. Delirium and catatonia can be caused by infection or induced by drugs.

But there are wheels within wheels. That is to say, consciousness accepts input from mind in many dimensions, including the signals in the environment which impinge upon the body, and then interprets them.

My point is that in the case of mental illness, it interprets them far too fearfully.

Even delirium and catatonia, among other serious problems, are fear reactions. The application of benzodiazepines and their ilk, which are used commonly for many so-called psychiatric disorders including addiction, may break down that fear that by convincing consciousness to relax the body, which consciousness interprets as the release from fear.

However, consciousness has released itself from fear. Talk therapy could do the same thing, and has done so.

And what, for the patient, comes after the benzos? Or after amphetamines, currently being pushed by psychiatry for lingering or chronic emotional upset such as PTSD? They may convince a patient, temporarily, that he or she is no longer afraid; that is, “treat” a mental symptom; but they cause truly terrible physical problems of their own which may far, far harder to overcome.

That, in a nutshell, so to speak, is what all psychiatric drugs do. And that is what I worry about.

The body, including the brain, ultimately is nothing and does nothing. What is happening is all mind. Ultimately. What happens physically is belief, and not just with psychiatric disorders, but all illnesses. Relief, ultimately, is the healing from fear. In the meantime, we use often use physical solutions to physical problems to convince us that something is happening to us, not that we are doing it.

To discover the truth, we must go layers deep and examine all the cogs on the wheels, not simply look at the surface of things.

 
Resources:

Justina Pelletier and Boston Children’s Hospital
Philip Hickey, Behaviorism and Mental Health, March 6, 2014

Advocates Fight for Teen Justin Pelletier Held in State Psychiatric Ward
ABC News

Somatic Symptom Disorder
Richard Lawhern at DavidHealy.org, February 24, 2014

Benzodiazepines: Dangerous Drugs
Philip Hickey, Behaviorism and Mental Health, March 12, 2014

Benzos: Chapter from Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry
Dr. Peter Breggin, Psychiatric Drug Facts

Electroshocking Children: Why It Should Be Stopped
John Breeding, Ph.D., Mad in America, February 11, 2014

Real Illness vs. Psychiatric ‘Illness’ – A Case In Point
Philip Hickey, Behaviorism and Mental Health, February 19, 2014

Mental Illness: A Man-Made Monster
Philip Hickey, Ph.D., Behaviorism and Mental Health, December 9, 2013
- Short summation of the most modern thinking today on the practice of psychiatry. Neither Phil nor I are affiliated with any so-called religions or their beliefs regarding this; this happens to be the up and coming general scientific understanding. (Few psychiatrists or their national organizations or spokespeople are aware of, or will yet acknowledge, the truth about the ineffectiveness and dangers of current practices in psychiatry.)

The ADHD Diagnosis is a War of Semantics Waged on Children
Michael Corrigan, Ed.D., Mad In America, February 4, 2014
- Important, important, important. An introduction to the topic here.

Get Real: Peter Gøtzsche Responds
David Healy, M.D., February 17, 2014
- NO psychiatric drugs are ever necessary, and to take them is to court permanent brain damage. Physical addiction may occur with the first dose due to these substances’ brain damaging effects.

Parental Influences
Philip Hickey, Ph.D., Behaviorism and Mental Health, August 27, 2013
- A little recursive, but there are wheels within wheels.

Seduced by Biology: The BBC, Black Dog and Biological Bias
Sue Holttum, Discursive of Tunbridge Wells, 20 February 2014

The Myth of Schizophrenia as a Progressive Brain Disease
Robert B. Zipursky, Thomas J. Reilly, and Robin M. Murray.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, De Crespigny Park, London, UK. A version of this article was published on 2013-10-12, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Oxford Journals, Medicine. Advance Access. 10.1093/schbul/sbs135.

A Call for an Open, Informed Study of All Aspects of Consciousness
Etzel Cardeña, Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Front. Hum. Neurosci., 27 January 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00017
- Great quote from this article: “Dismissing empirical observations a priori, based solely on biases or theoretical assumptions, underlies a distrust of the ability of the scientific process to discuss and evaluate evidence on its own merits.”

Murphy’s Mental Health Bill: An Update
Philip Hickey, Behaviorism and Mental Health, December 27, 2013

Rare Mutation Kills Off Gene Responsible for Diabetes
Gina Kolata, New York Times, March 2, 2014
- How evolution really works: We change our genes. Our genes don’t change us. A drug would interfere with that process of evolution, which is always intentional as a response to challenges in the environment, or a species’ hopes for the future. Consider the latest in science, not the out of date dogma that misinterprets so much of it.

Video cited above:
Peter Breggin MD: How Do Psychiatric Drugs Really Work? (video)

 
Related Posts:

Harris, Dennett, and “I”
February 14, 2014

Ritalin and the Other Ways We Drug Children
March 5, 2014

Meat Can’t Think
December 9, 2013

 
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Psychiatry Goes Insane:
Every Human Emotion Now Classified As A Mental Disorder
In New Psychiatric Manual DSM-5

Mike Adams, NaturalNews, December 20 2012

 


 
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Eat Calcium and Grow Rich

In Health, Medicine, Science on November 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

 
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Why Osteoporosis?

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I’ve researched science, medicine, and psychology for 40 years so you don’t have to.

If osteoporosis runs in your family and your bones are going this is what you need to know:

1) Hypohormonalism probably runs in your family. Osteoporosis is a low hormone condition. If your hormones are low, calcium can’t be properly metabolized or drawn into cells – all cells, including bone cells – which is where it works. Calcium is absolutely vital to all cell functioning. Every cell needs it, so when serum calcium is low, the body draws it out of bones. That is how osteoporosis happens.

The older one becomes, the less one eats well, especially sufficient dairy products, and therefore the more the endocrine system malfunctions.

A lack of sufficient calcium in the diet aggravates a low hormone condition, so up the organically-raised milk and cheese in your diet unless you’re allergic to it (that milk is not necessary or good for adults is an urban myth, a fallacy; don’t ruin your health over a biased belief, an incorrect idea, a misconception, any particular dogmatism, or any philosophy of living). Calcium pills don’t work nearly as well as calcium in food and put you in danger of developing kidney stones. I’d avoid them.

2) I’m not giving medical advice here, but personal advice based on empiricism.

If one is hypohormonal, one needs bioidentical replacement hormones. These are not as expensive as invented drugs and pharmaceutical companies can’t patent them, but they are what you need.

Do not take either Fosamax or Evista. Either drug would ruin your health. These drugs alter your natural chemistry (or they couldn’t be called drugs) and are dangerous.

3) Forget allopathic doctors, including endocrinologists; they know almost nothing about how hormones work and what people need and what they think they know is mostly wrong. They miss most dysfunctional-hormone diagnoses and the ones they catch they vastly undertreat, or refuse to treat at all. Even a little tiny bit of hormone dysfunction can ruin a person’s life.

4) Find a good naturopath (such as one educated at Bastyr), even if you have to pay for the care yourself. Your entire life is at stake. Naturopaths know more about hormones than endocrinologists, are better at diagnosing hypohormonalism and are more willing and able to treat you with the hormones you need at the doses you need than endocrinologists.

5) If you have osteoporosis or are headed that way you need to be on transdermal bioidentical estradiol daily (and possibly other gonadal hormones such as testosterone, but do not take progesterone if you are post-menopausal; progesterone is for pregnancy).

6) I wouldn’t be surprised if you needed desiccated thyroid or T3 (Cytomel); and if you do take thyroid medication you may end up needing cortisol as well (not too much as cortisol is supposed to be hard on calcium metabolism). It is a fallacy that taking thyroid hormone weakens bones. It is the low thyroid condition itself that weakens bones. At the appropriate doses thyroid hormone will strengthen them.

7) If your doctor doesn’t listen to you, doesn’t learn from you, and especially if they get angry at you or attack you, don’t argue; get up and walk out and never go back. Doctors are not entitled to control you. They are entitled to listen to you, to learn from you, and to try to help you.

8) You are the driver. Your body is the car. Your doctor is the mechanic (nothing higher).

And that is it.

You can learn what you need to know on your own and tell the doctor what to do; I do.

 
Regarding:

Fragile Doctors: Iatroporosis
Sara Bostock, Rxisk, November 18, 2013

More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk
Kenneth Chang, New York Times, December 9, 2013

 
Related Posts:

Neglectful Parenting Excused by Drug-Expert Psychiatrist
July 15, 2010

Kids Need The Choice Of Chocolate Milk
June 18, 2011

The Non-Existence of the Fat Gene
July 22, 2013

 
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Drug Addiction is Rape

In Addiction, Children, Health, Medicine, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality on October 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm

 
"The Hug" by Michele Meister - Medium

The Hug by Michèle Meister

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Drinking alcohol, using tobacco products (including vaping), pill-medicating.

Drug addiction is rape.

It is rape of yourself. It is rape of your family. It is rape of the universe.

Emotionally, women are children until they are about 20, men are until they are about 25. Children play and experiment, and when they do they can become addicted to a drug – any drug, including alcohol.

Protect yourself from harm by not using drugs. Protect your children from harm by telling them the truth about drugs, legal as well as illegal, and tell them that you don’t want them to use them.

Children want their parents to love them and they care about their opinions when they do. Love your children enough to tell them not to use drugs. And love yourself enough, if your parents didn’t, by not using them yourself.

If you are addicted and are using any of these drugs as an adult, guess what, you are still a child, and you’re getting more childlike with each use, because drugs harm the brain.

In case you didn’t know this, that is how drugs have their effects, through harming the brain. There is no other way for them to have an effect. If they didn’t harm you, you wouldn’t get high. You get high because drugs harm the brain, causing it to release endorphins in respose. It is the endorphins that you are addicted to. It is the toxins that harm the brain that make withdrawal so hellish.

So before we go any further, let’s talk about withdrawal. Never, ever, ever withdraw cold turkey. Many people can and do, but it isn’t the most effective, or the safest, method of stopping the use of brain-harming drugs.

Drugs harm the brain. The brain sets up defenses to try to mitigate the harm. The harm that is beig done and the defenses that have been set up need to change gradually, or the brain goes into shock. That is what you experience when you withdraw. You feel so bad not because you need the drug, it is doing you any good, or you are weak-willed. You feel bad ad crave the drug because your brain is in shock and trying to protect itself from the shock.

So withdraw gradually. Count up your use, then lower it by no more than 5-10% every month. It may take two or three months, or two or three years for you to fully withdraw. It will be worth it.

If you think that any of these truths are “offensive”, go ahead, attack reality on behalf of drug addiction. (On behalf of drug addiction? Really? Get over it.) Such a belief is delusional regarding yourself, medication-spellbound regarding your brain, and misleading regarding other people. Don’t be defensive. You hurt people that way.

Childishly bullying and abusing people who tell you the truth about using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or isolated nicotine in the form of vaping, all legal drugs, mind you, won’t save your body, brain, or relationships from their toxins or their toxic effects, from the first drink or inhalation to the last.

Try being the other person. Be your spouse, your children, your parents, even strangers to you – be someone whose life has been utterly and completely destroyed by your use of whatever drug you are addicted to and then try to believe that such a statement is offensive.

You won’t be able to, because you will know, then, that it is true. Addiction is rape.

That is the crux. I am not talking about necessary medication for chronic use, such as pain medication when in pain, pot for medical use, antibiotics for illness, replacement hormones for organ dysfunction, and so forth.

I am talking about addiction. Drugs that you do not need. Drugs for short-term pleasure. You know what addiction means; you know what it is, and you know when you’re doing it.

I don’t have to explain this to you. Everything knows the truth in their own mind. The truth about everything, as much we may try to hide the truth from ourselves.

You are not entitled to be an addict. Of anything. Any more than you are entitled to hurt yourself or someone else through assault, rape, or murder. You are not entitled to affect anyone else’s life negatively. Ever. That is not your purpose on Earth.

Addiction is one of the most selfish things that you can do to other people. If you think that you are merely ruining only your own life, you are not. You are ruining the lives not only of everyone who loves you and everyone who comes into contact with you but everyone.

Your mind exists on all dimensions and all minds are linked; all minds are in reality one mind. Your drug addiction exists on all dimensions and every mind is affected by it.

If you are not able to beat your addiction here and now, you will take it with you wherever you go, forever, until you get over it. You may even stay earthbound seeking the drug, unwilling to go anywhere else.

People become addicts to self-soothe. There are much better methods of alleviating your pain that don’t hurt yourself and other people. Self Love. Other Love. God Love.

So get over your fear, get over your drug, and get over attacking other people who tell you the truth because they care about you. Care, not just about yourself, but about everyone else, too, about the whole world, and about God.

Stop defending your drug addiction because you think you need it. You do not.

Grow up and face reality, and I do mean reality.

If you still have brain cells, lungs, mind and heart enough left to enable you to do so.

 
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The Hug
Michèle Meister
Michèle Meister Art – BlogWebsite

 
Related Posts:

Soon? Time.
February 28, 2013

Children in Pain
October 27, 2013

Should you take MDMA for PTSD? No.
July 22, 2013

DO NOT Give Drugs to Kids
July 13, 2013

Love and the Cause of Revolution
November 6, 2011

How Do You Raise Independent, Self-Sufficient Children?
October 5, 2011

Neglectful Parenting Excused by Drug-Expert Psychiatrist
July 15, 2010

Put Down that Diet Soda and Back Away
May 27, 2012

Whoopi, Don’t Tell Me You Can’t
October 19, 2011

Meta-Advice to a Young Alcoholic Wedding Guest
May 1, 2011

 
Resources:

Are e-cigarettes dangerous?
Harold P. Wimmer, CNN, January 7, 2014

The Truth About The Safety Of E-Cigarettes
Christopher Wanjek, Huffington Post, November 22, 2013
- Good stuff.

E-Cigarette Makers’ Ads Echo Tobacco’s Heyday
Stuart Elliot, New York Times, August 29, 2013
- “Adult smokers”, to whom e-cigarette makers say they pitch (like cigarette makers), are the stupidest people on the planet. One can be tricked, misled, or peer pressured into starting to smoke as a child. To keep on smoking once you realize you’re addicted, you have to be outrageously, egregiously, incredibly stupid. Withdrawal from addiction requires the intelligence to know what addiction (to alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, weed, or anything) is doing to yourself, your family, and others, and being willing to go through the temporary pain of withdrawal, while the brain repairs itself, so one no longer is an addict. There are ways to alleviate the pain, but some is unavoidable. Avoiding it is not only self-defeating, it is cowardly. The irony is that the longer smokers smoke, the stupider they get, because smoking kills brain cells (just like drinking alcohol does); so does vaping.

10 things e-cigarettes won’t tell you
They may be safer, but they also threaten to upend decades of anti-smoking efforts

Jen Wieczner, MarketWatch, November 12, 2013

Simple Truths in Psychiatry Video Series
Dr. Peter R. Breggin
- Dr. Breggin is modest. His words are not so simple. They are extremely important. If you do nothing else for your child, yourself, or a friend who is struggling emotionally (that includes addicts – they are emotionally damaged or they would not be addicts), please watch this video series.

Empathetic Therapy
Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Psychiatrist
- What is “Empathic Therapy”?

Psychiatric Drugs and Your Child
Dr. Peter R. Breggin

Psychiatric Drug Facts
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Psychiatrist

Toxic Psychiatry
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Psychiatrist

Psychiatric Drugs and Your Child
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Psychiatrist

Child in Mind
Dr. Claudia M. Gold, Psychiatrist, at Boston.com

Child in Mind
Dr. Claudia M. Gold, Psychiatrist

Dr. Susan Bartell
Psychologist

Beyond Meds
Alternatives to Psychiatry

Monica Cassani, Social Worker

The Natural Child Project
Jan Hunt, Psychologist

Mad in America
WebsiteFacebook
Robert Whitaker, Journalist

 
Articles on Psychiatry:

Coercion, Involuntary Treatment, Ethics
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Toxic Psychiatry, undated.

Court Finds Prozac and Xanax Cause Criminal Conduct
Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Psychiatric Drug Facts (blog), undated.

Societies With Little Coercion Have Little Mental Illness
Bruce Levine, Ph.D., Mad In America, August 30, 2013
- “Once, when doctors actually listened at length to their patients about their lives, it was obvious to many of them that coercion played a significant role in their misery.”

The Speech
Wayne Munchel, Mad in America, August 30, 2013

Do Psycho-Pharma Drugs Have Any Legitimate Function?
Dr. Philip Hickey, Behaviorism and Mental Health (blog), August 20, 2013

The Doctor as Drug
Dr. Claudia M. Gold, Child in Mind (blog), August 20, 2013
(Article also published at Boston.com.)

NYT on Mental Illness, Talk Therapy, Drugs: What About Children?
Dr. Claudia M. Gold, Child in Mind, May 26, 2013

Neuroleptics and Brain Shrinkage
Philip Hickey, Behaviorism and Mental Health (blog), June 29, 2013

Doctors Not Informed of Harmful Effects of Medicines During Sales Visits
Science Daily, April 10, 2013

The Psycho-Therapeutic School System: Pathologizing Childhood
John Whitehead, Belgrade News, April 9, 2013

Be Skeptical of Pharmaceutical Company Claims
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Huffington Post, April 7, 2013

Never Again! The Real History of Psychiatry
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Natural News (blog), March 19, 2013

Antipsychotics Associated with White-Matter Reduction
Mad in America, March 5, 2013

Anti-DSM Sentiment Rises in France
Why French Psychiatrists and Psychoanalysts are Opposed to the Diagnostic Manual

Christopher Lane, Ph.D., Psychology Today, September 28, 2012

The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?
Marcia Angell, The New York Times, June 23, 2011

The Illusions of Psychiatry
Marcia Angell, The New York Times, July 14, 2011

“The biggest mistake I ever made was going to see a psychiatrist” – Stevie Nicks
Monica Cassani, Beyond Meds, May 3, 2011

7 Things To Expect When Getting off Zoloft
Sean McNally, The Awl, May 19, 2010

The Depressing News About Antidepressants
“Studies suggest that the popular drugs are no more effective than a placebo.
In fact, they may be worse.”
Sharon Begley, Newsweek, January 28, 2010

Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption
Marcia Angell, The New York Times, January 15, 2009

Your Dangerous Drugstore
Marcia Angell, The New York Times, June 8, 2006

Violence and Suicide Caused by Antidepressants
Report to the FDA

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Psychiatric Drug Facts (blog), August 23, 2004

Lobotomy as Ancestor Of Psychosurgery
Graceann V. Inyard, Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, December 8, 1991

 
Articles on Addiction:

What Marc Maron Taught Me About Addiction
Arjune Rama, Slate, September 2, 2013

To Ensure Bone Health, Start Early
Jane E. Brody, New York Times, August 5, 2013

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Impacts Brain Development
Throughout Childhood and Adolescence, Not Just at Birth

ScienceDaily, July 31, 2013

Here’s What Celebrities Could Look Like After Boozing For 10 Years
Melia Robinson, Business Insider, July 11, 2013

Risks of binge drinking often overlooked for women
Trevor Stokes, NBC News/Reuters, January 8, 2013

Adult Children of Alcoholics
Dr. Tian Dayton, Huffington Post, October 28, 2012

Without Alcohol, Red Wine Is Still Beneficial
Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, September 10, 2012

Researchers: Red Wine Compound (Resveratrol) May Not Prolong Life
Torie Bosch, Slate, June 21, 2012

Personality Subtypes in Adolescent and Adult Children of Alcoholics: A two part study
Jonathan Hinrichs, M.S, Jared DeFife, Ph.D, and Drew Westen, Ph.D., 2011.
J Nerv Ment Dis. 2011 July; 199(7): 487–498.
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182214268, PMCID: PMC3143015, NIHMSID: NIHMS300039

Alcohol Abuse and Heart Failure
European Journal of Heart Failure, Volume 11, Issue 5, Pp. 453-462., 2009.
Eur J Heart Fail (2009) 11 (5): 453-462. doi: 10.1093/eurjhf/hfp037

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoAs): Qualities and Traits
Dr. Tian Dayton, Huffington Post, September 25, 2009

A Glass of Wine Daily Causes Cancer According to Massive Study
Jason Mick, Daily Tech (Blog), February 25, 2009

Drink a day ‘raises cancer risk’
BBC, February 24, 2009

Too Much Alcohol Damages Heart and Arteries
Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters, May 14, 2008
- Actually, any alcohol damages heart and arteries. “Too much” is a misnomer, and a misunderstanding of how cell death and organ damage works. It took a year for a correction (see the article below this one).

Alcohol’s Damaging Effects On The Brain
NIH, October 2004

Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy
New York Times

Alcoholic liver disease
MedLine Plus

Adult Children of Alcoholics

How to Turn Down a Drink – Wikihow
- In a crowd, at a bar, at a party, when I order or when offered a drink I simply ask for a non-alcoholic drink if I want one, or say “No, thanks” if I don’t (no reason to explain). One-on-one, with a friend, a date, or any potential confidant, when more information might be expected or polite, I might say, “No, thank you, I don’t drink” (the information might be important for them to know, but there is no reason to lecture). If anyone bugged me about not drinking (this virtually never happens), I might cross that person off of my social calendar as someone I might be better off not hanging around. If you run with a rougher crowd, though, usually, this link might give you some ideas for navigating through the pressure. Your turning down a drink might even help someone else to do it in the future. A good deed.

Brain Damage and Alcohol Consumption
About.com
- “Even mild-to-moderate drinking can adversely affect cognitive functioning.”

 
Books:

Attached:
The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love

Amir Levine, Rachel Heller. Tarcher, 2010. Paperback. Kindle here.

Love at Goon Park:
Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection

Deborah Blum. Basic Books, 2002. Paperback. Kindle here.

Becoming Attached:
First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love

Robert Karen. Warner Books, 1994; Oxford University Press, 1998. Paperback.

The Attachment Parenting Book:
A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby

William Sears and Martha Sears. Little, Brown and Company, 2001. Paperback. Kindle here.

Born for Love:
Why Empathy Is Essential – and Endangered

Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz. William Morrow, 2010. Paperback. Kindle here.

Why Does He Do That?
Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Lundy Bancroft. Berkley Trade, 2003. Paperback. Kindle here.
- This unexcelled book on abuse is as much about parent-child relationships as it is about partner relationships.

Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control:
A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors

Heather T. Forbes, B. Bryan Post. Beyond Consequences Institute, 2008. Paperback. Kindle here.

Beyond Consequences, Logic, & Control:
Volume 2

Heather T. Forbes. Beyond Consequences Institute, 2008. Paperback. Kindle here.

Help at Any Cost:
How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids

Maia Szalavitz. Riverhead, 2006. Paperback. Kindle here.

The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure:
A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery

Chris and Pax Prentiss. Power Press, 2005. Paperback. Kindle here.

The ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Trauma Syndrome:
The Impact of Childhood Pain on Adult Relationships

Tian Dayton. HCI, 2012. Paperback. Kindle here.

Dispensing with the Truth:
The Victims, the Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story behind the Battle over Fen-Phen

Alicia Mundy. St. Martin’s Press, 2001. Kindle.
- Great commentary on the pharmaceutical companies’ FDA-approval and marketing methods and how they can hurt – and even kill – the consumer. This book is as good as Grisham.

Review of “Dispensing with the Truth: The Victims, the Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story behind the Battle over Fen-Phen” by Alicia Mundy. St. Martin’s Press, 2001.
Julie McDowell, Modern Drug Discovery, April 2002. Vol. 5, No. 4, p 55.
- Read the book.

The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents:
Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment

Deepak Chopra. Harmony, 1997; 2007. Paperback. Kindle here.

Free from Lies:
Discovering Your True Needs

Alice Miller. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. Paperback. Kindle here.

More books on Child Psychology here.

More books on Adult Psychology here.

More books on Psychiatry and Psychoactive Pharmaceuticals here.

More books on Adult Medicine here.

More books on Children’s Medicine here.

 


 
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The Non-Existence of the Fat Gene

In Food, Genetics, Health, Medicine, Psychology on July 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

 
Genetically Identical Agouti Mutant Mice

Genetically Identical Mice.

Different Food.

__________

 

I believe in bigfoot, fairies, and the fat gene. (No. I don’t.)

Agouti mutant mice are supposed to have the “fat gene” – that is, when fed a regular lab (or processed food) mouse diet, they usually overeat and become rather fattish.

(Just like human beings when we eat processed foods. That fat explosion in the U.S. after World War Two? It happened to coincide with a processed food explosion. Not a coincidence.)

Feed the parents of so-called “fat-gene” mice a few important nutrients – which doesn’t change their genes, by the way – and their offspring don’t get fat.

What made the difference? Nutrients. Food. What they ate.

The environment.

You, as a human being, have control over your environment, including the food that you eat.

Genes, on the other hand, don’t have any control whatsoever over your environment, over your mind, or over you.

Genes are blueprints for protein synthesis inside of your cells, not fat synthesis outside of them.

Genes, in themselves, do nothing except provide templates for the proteins that make you up and that move in response to what you experience, think, and then tell your cells to do. That is all.

Let me repeat that. The scientific truth, important to know yet little acknowledged, is that your mind tells your cells (the genes, proteins, and organelles inside of them) what to do. Your cells don’t tell your mind what to do.

In other words, you are not a slave to your genes. Your genes are a slave to you.

Genes are not selfish, and they don’t make you fat. There is no gene that makes you fat.

The proteins inside of your cells eventually break down. When a protein is needed to perCellular motion is life. Genes are not life. Genes are blueprints for proteins. Proteins, what you are made of, move in response to perceptions followed by decisions. That is what life is.

form an action inside your cells and it is missing, RNA interacts with DNA in order to make more proteins. Chromosomes are unzipped, genes are copied, and the proteins that the cells need to move are synthesized.

Genes don’t think. They don’t feel. They don’t speak to you. And they don’t create chemicals that make you eat more than you should. Your mind makes you eat more than you should. Nothing else.

Not only is your diet a part of your environment, so is everything else that you experience.

That includes where you are and what you do (over which, as a human being, you have at least some control), and your reactions, thoughts, and emotions (over which you have complete control).

This “fat gene” business got started when researchers noticed that some populations of human beings in certain environments (such as Eskimos in the Arctic) tend to be obese generation after generation. Given the widespread undue influence of the philosophy of materialism on science, including the biological sciences, and rampant wrong conclusions from both Mendel’s and Darwin’s observations, researchers’ first thoughts were, “Ah, ha! These people must have a ‘fat’ gene!”

That idea – a guess, a hypothesis – stuck. Well, Eskimos didn’t, and don’t have a fat gene. Transfer a bunch of Eskimos to Portland, Oregon, allow them to go off of whale and eat the local food, or a more balanced diet, and even if they continue to “interbreed” only with each other, within one or two generations their offspring stop looking like Eskimos and start looking like people from Portland, Oregon.

What Eskimos had was a long-term history, generation after generation, of eating only whale (and probably some seal and bear and so forth when they could get it – whatever they could hunt in their environment).

That is, Eskimos ate mostly fat and protein. They didn’t farm; they couldn’t forage; they had access to few, if any, carbohydrates or sugars.

For human beings, that is an unbalanced diet. When forced to eat an unbalanced diet, one without all of the nutrients that the body needs to thrive, grow, and stay healthy, the body will stay hungry, seeking those nutrients. And it will get fat.

Now, getting fat, for Eskimos, wasn’t all bad. Fat insulates. It is cold in the Arctic. Being fat, in itself, isn’t always so unhealthy, especially if it provides other benefits.

But what about populations of “fat” people from warmer environments? There are tropics-based populations of usually obese people, too.

Same situation in each case. Incomplete, or just plain bad, nutrition, causing overeating. Not “fat” genes.

If you are struggling to lose weight, don’t despair. You have more control over your weight than you realize.

Dieting isn’t the answer and in fact will lead to greater weight gain, precisely because most diets are not balanced. But more importantly, most importantly, diets impose too much hunger, which sets in motion the body’s defenses against starvation (death) – forcing you to pile on the pounds! It happens every time, doesn’t it? There’s no escaping it.

The causes of obesity are insidious and rarely understood – but they can be found out, and they can be overcome.

Smarter eating is the answer. Adding missing nutrients and eliminating the hunger inducing additives that are prevalent in processed foods – in other words, changing a few of your shopping, cooking, and eating habits. Not starving.

Not drastically cutting calories – which is counterproductive to weight loss.

Everyone knows that, and yet everyone keeps going on diets. And gaining more weight.

Most people don’t know how to lose weight. Government diet recommendations aren’t much help, because what the government recommends may be based on bad science, or might not be right for you as an individual. Food science, like most science, is subject to fallacy and misconception. (Remember when the government told us not to eat salmon, or nuts, or cheese, or eggs? All wrong.)

Most personal dieting advice, even that published in newspapers and books, is usually emotional, biased, and faddish – not even close to being scientifically based.

Even today dieting gurus still might insist that you eat little to no dairy (the worst advice ever, as every cell in your body needs calcium to operate – not enough calcium in your diet and you’ll gain weight), or carbohydrates, or meat, or fat. Each of these sources of necessary nutrients have been considered, even scientifically, to be “bad” for you, based on the wrong premises.

Empiricism – experience – is the only answer.

Start here. More later.

 
Regarding:

Overweight? Maybe You Really Can Blame Your Genes
Gina Kolata, The New York Times, July 18, 2013
- No, you can’t.

Scientists Find How ‘Obesity Gene’ Makes People Fat
Ben Hirschler, Reuters, July 15, 2013
- No, they don’t. They don’t have a clue. They’re guessing based on observations, and the guesses are wrong. Such is most medical “science”, the majority of which is disproved eventually. That’s a literal statistic, not an exaggeration – and why you should question everything your doctor tells you. It may save your life.

New Genes IDd in Obesity: How Much of Weight is Genetic?
Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, July 19, 2013
- Virtually none.

 
Related Posts – Food:

Eat Calcium and Grow Rich
November 30, 2013

No. Do Not Fast. No!
March 28, 2013

Put Down That Diet Soda and Back Away
May 27, 2012

Hershey’s “Cookies ‘n’ Mint” and Me
July 23, 2011

Kids Need The Choice Of Chocolate Milk
June 18, 2011

America’s Processed Foods, America’s Obesity Problem
February 5, 2011

 
Related Posts – Genetics:

Infinities of Monkeys
February 12, 2013

David Barash and the “Myth” Of Monogamy
January 10, 2012

 
Articles:

Do trendy ‘cleanses’ help or harm the body?
Lisa Flam, Today Show – Health, July 1, 2013
Again, listen to the nutritionists, not the dieting “enthusiasts” – nutritionists spend their careers figuring out what healthy eating really is, dieting enthusiasts, of any stripe, merely have expectations and beliefs that usually are not only very unscientific but, if followed, can do actual harm to the body.

Why The Atlantic’s Defense of Junk Food Fails
Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, June 26, 2013
- “The French, for example, are famous for their love of butter, cream, eggs, and animal fat — but their obesity rates only started creeping up when they began to shun their traditional diet and embrace processed food.”

In the genes?
Philip Ball, homunculus, June 10, 2013
- “… did anyone at the [biotech company] meeting ask if [Angelia] Jolie had actually made the right choice? It was an extremely difficult choice, but a cancer specialist at NIH I spoke to recently told me that he would not have recommended such a drastic measure. … Jolie’s case shows how a distorted message about genetic determinism, which the companies involved in this business seem still to be giving out, can skew the nature of the choices people will make.”

No Benefit Seen in Sharp Limits on Salt in Diet
Gina Kolata, The New York Times, May 14, 2013

Experts Want More Studies of Diet’s Role for the Heart
Gina Kolata, The New York Times, March 2, 2013
- Article photo caption: “Kevin McNamara, 44, switched to a vegan diet after bypass surgery last year to open two blocked arteries, but they have never been rigorously tested for their impact.”

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
Michael Moss, The New York Times, February 20, 2013

PepsiCo Will Halt Use of Additive in Gatorade
Stephanie Strom, The New York Times, January 25, 2013
- The additive is also used as a fire retardant, as cited above.

Sugary Drinks Linked To Increased Prostate Cancer Risk
Agence France Presse via Business Insider, November 26, 2012
- I’m skeptical of such shallow conclusion-leaping. Still, this supports the thesis that soda of any stripe is not the healthiest choice. Eat an orange.

The Not-So-Hidden Calories From Alcohol
Anahad O’Connor, The New York Times, November 20, 2012

Cutting Out Soda Curbs Children’s Weight Gain, Studies Show
Alice Park, Time, September 22, 2012
- This article cites several studies that purport to assert that diet soda is better for kids than sugared. I would take that recommendation with a grain of salt. Eating less sugar does assist with weight loss; that is indisputable. On the other hand, these studies don’t follow their subjects over time to determine whether there is subsequent accumulative physical damage due to the chemicals in diet soda, which, I might add, has also been shown to be true. Remember that many of these studies are funded by or assisted by soda manufacturers. The very best solution is to allow children little no soda at all in their diets and to allow only “natural” sodas or sugared sodas when soda is allowed. A complete ban is a bad idea in a culture where the banned items are commonly available; “prohibition” doesn’t work on a humanistic level and tends rather to romanticise the banned items, to cause communication breakdown, and to encourage the normalization of cheating and lying. Instead, talk to kids about the truth, make your preferences clear and why, listen without fear or judgment to kids’ questions, and honor their humanity.

Sunny-Side Up: In Defense of Eggs
Kristin Wartman, The Atlantic, August 27, 2012

How Soda Companies’ Social Responsibility Campaigns Are Harming Your Health
Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, June 22, 2012

Soft Drink Consumption Not The Major Contributor To Childhood Obesity
Medical News Today, June 18, 2012
Regarding the study: “Beverage patterns among Canadian children and relationship to overweight and obesity”
Danyliw, A.D., Vatanparast, H., Nikpartow, N., and Whiting, S.J., Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 37(5), doi: 10.1139/ H2012-0074.
- Reliably, a lack of food security (“food security” is knowing that one won’t starve, having access to food at all times, and not dieting) predicts overeating more than sugar consumption – one reason why low-carb diets (fasting in particular), food guilt, and food shaming are terrible ideas and lead directly to eating disorders.

Artificial Sweeteners: The Challenges of Tricking the Taste Buds
Kenneth Chang, New York Times, June 11, 2012

Doubts By The Teaspoonful – Choosing a Sugar Substitute
Kenneth Chang, New York Times, June 11, 2012

Lawsuits slam ‘natural’ claims from [processed] Orange Juice to Chips
Jessica Gresko, Associated Press, May 31, 2012

Home Cooking Makes You Live Longer
Care2, May 21, 2012

Home Cooking Increases Longevity, Cambridge Study Shows (abstract here)
The Huffington Post – Healthy Living, May 18, 2012

U.S. Consumers Become Cook Aware: New Research Details Desire
for Cost-conscious, Home-cooked Meals
(Press Release)
MarketWatch, May 16, 2012
- This is a corporate press release, which means that it is biased. Good information about eating. Bad information about cookware. Do not cook with Teflon. Cook with stainless steel or glass (such as Pyrex).

Frequent Cooking Will Help You Live Longer
Medical Xpress, May 16, 2012

Gross Ingredients In Processed Foods
Sarah Klein, The Huffington Post, May 14, 2012

The Calorie-Counting Myth
Sylviana Hamdani, Jakarta Globe, May 14, 2012
- A most helpful and fascinating article. (But don’t drink wine. No matter what “good” things may be in wine, they are also in grape juice; ethyl alcohol kills cells and causes chronic organ disease over time.)

Gum goes from humdrum to teen fashion statement
Bruce Horovitz, USA Today, May 7, 2012
- Even cool gum makers are eschewing aspartame, finally, but as a fashion statement rather than a concern for peoples’ health. Besides, gum is a “new” fashion statement? What happened to the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s, and the 2000s? There is nothing new under the sun. People haven’t changed in 150,000 years.

Sudden Cardiac Death and Food Excitotoxin Additives
Russell L. Blaylock, Progressive Radio Network, April 2, 2012 – Dr. Blaylock’s website.
- Excitotoxicity at Wikipedia. Skip the MSG, too, if you want to live.

5 of the Scariest Processed Foods
Dana Angelo White, Food Network, March 9, 2012

Aspartame Withdrawal and Side Effects Explained
Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Aurora Geib, NaturalNews, March 2, 2012

Diet Soft Drinks Linked to Heart Disease
Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times, February 27, 2012

Is there a link between diet soda and heart disease?
Nancy Ferrari, Harvard Health, February 21, 2012
- Much more facing-the-truth than the article above (and much more explanatory).

How to Ditch Your Diet Soda Habit
Amy, Nutrition-Accomplished (blog), February 16, 2012
Tapering off is the best advice for all bad-habits elimination. Cold turkey doesn’t work.

Study Finds Possible Link Between Diet Soda and Vascular Risks
News Releases, University of Miami, February 9, 2012

The History and Problem of Processed Foods
Ellen, The Skinny Code (blog), February 3, 2012

Highly Toxic Mercury Present in Processed Foods, Yet FDA Does Nothing
Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety, December 17, 2011

Is That Flame Retardant In Your Soft Drink?
Rachel Cernansky, Tree Hugger, December 13, 2011

Fatty Foods Addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science
Robert Langreth and Duane D. Stanford, Business Week, November 11, 2011
- The headline is misleading. Don’t know why. The article discusses processed foods,
not fatty foods.

Processed Food: Trick or Treat?
Bruce Bradley (blog), October 30, 2011

Meet Big Soda — as Bad as Big Tobacco
Kelly Brownell, Time, October 24, 2011

Diet Soda Linked To Weight Gain
Amanda Chan, Huffington Post, June 29, 2011

Food Technology has been Bad for Human Health
Since Long Before the Invention of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Karen Kaplan, The Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2011

Technology, Diet, and the Burden of Chronic Disease
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, JAMA, April 6, 2011

Miller School Researchers Link Diet Soda and Salt to Cardiovascular Risk
University of Miami, Health News, February 9, 2011

Diet Soda: Fewer Calories, Greater Stroke Risk?
Katie Moisse, ABC News, February 9, 2011
- So much dithering and denial in this article. Whom do they think they are protecting?

In Times Like These, America’s Diet Of Processed Foods Is An Economic Miracle
Joe Weisenthal, Business Insider, February 5, 2011
- No, it isn’t. Eating processed foods make one hungrier, so one eats far more. No savings there; on the contrary, one spends more on food eating processed food. And then on medical bills later from the chemicals in the foods, and being overweight. No miracles anywhere, Joe, just ill health and a thinner wallet.

Aspartame administered in feed, beginning prenatally through life span, induces cancers of the liver and lung in male Swiss mice. (abstract)
Soffritti M, Belpoggi F, Manservigi M, Tibaldi E, Lauriola M, Falcioni L, Bua L., American Journal of Industrial Medicine, December 2010
Am J Ind Med. 2010 Dec;53(12):1197-206.

Choose Foods, Not Nutrients
Shari Roan, The Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup Promotes Obesity and Liver Damage
David Gutierrez, NaturalNews, August 9, 2010

America’s Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You With Name Change
Joseph Mercola, Huffington Post, July 6, 2010

Is aspartame safe?
Sanjay Gupta, CNN Health, March 18, 2010

Process of Elimination
How much do you actually rely on processed foods in your cooking?
Would you be prepared to cut them out for a week?

Richard Ehrlich, The Guardian, May 6, 2009
- The “Three’s a Crowd Rule” is a good one. Cooking from “scratch” is the best rule.

Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury
The Washington Post, January 28, 2009

Thin Can Be Obese Inside
Dan Harrison, WA Today, April 20, 2008

Testimony of Ralph Walton, M.D., former Psychiatry Professor, to Hawaii Health Committee Regarding Aspartame
PRLog, February 10, 2008

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain
Cutting the connection between sweets and calories may confuse the body,
making it harder to regulate intake

American Psychological Association, February 10, 2008

A role for sweet taste: calorie predictive relations in energy regulation by rats
Swithers SE, Davidson TL. Behav Neurosci. 2008 Feb;122(1):161-73.

Obesity, Epigenetics, and Gene Regulation
Jill U. Adams, Ph.D., Nature Education, 2008
Adams, J. (2008) Obesity, epigenetics, and gene regulation. Nature Education 1(1).
- “Of two genetically identical mice, how can one be small and another fat? Research on epigenetic changes resulting from the environment can give us clues into obesity in mice – and humans.”

Aspartame manufacturer funds junk science that declares aspartame to be safe
Mike Adams, NaturalNews, September 13, 2007

Aspartame Cancer Risks Revisited: Prenatal Exposure May Be Greatest Concern
M. Nathaniel Mead, Environmental Health Perspectives, September 2007
Environ Health Perspect. 2007 September; 115(9): A460.

Aspartame – FDA, Diet Industry Deny Cancer Link
PSA Rising, June 27, 2007

Study Links Aspartame To Cancer
CBS News, July 28, 2005

Readers may prefer balanced and impartial editorials (Letter)
Ian J. Gordon, BMJ, February 5, 2005
(BMJ. 2005 February 5; 330(7486): 310. – doi: 10.1136/bmj.330.7486.310)

Independently funded studies have found potential for adverse effects (Letter)
John Briffa, BMJ, February 5, 2005
(BMJ. 2005 February 5; 330(7486): 309–310. – doi: 10.1136/bmj.330.7486.309-a)

Aspartame and its Effects on Health
The sweetener has been demonised unfairly in sections of the press
and several websites
(Editorial)
Michael E. J. Lean and Catherine R. Hankey, BMJ, October 2, 2004
(BMJ. 2004 October 2; 329(7469): 755–756. – doi: 10.1136/bmj.329.7469.755)

60 Minutes’ Wallace Grills Monsanto Over Sweetener
Josh Gotthelf, St. Louis Business Journal, January 5, 1997
Videos of the 60 Minutes segment here (You Tube) and here (Google Video).

Could there be evils lurking in aspartame consumption?
Christine Lydon, M.D., posted at dorway.com, undated. A very well-written essay.

Aspartame Symptoms Submitted to the FDA
Janet Starr Hull, SweetPoison (blog), undated.
- “The following are symptoms attributed to aspartame in complaints submitted to the FDA by the Department of Health and Human Services April 20, 1995.”

Is Diet Soda Safe? We Examine the Evidence
Dave J. Mitchell, EZineArticles, Undated.

Health Risks from Processed Foods and Trans Fats: Part II
“Interview with Dr. Mary Enig”
Richard A. Passwater PhD, Healthy.net, Undated
- A horribly formatted website, but if you can manage to navigate it, this article is an interesting look into the politics of scientific research.

 
Books:

The Biology of Belief
Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles

Dr. Bruce Lipton. Hay House, 2007. (Paperback. Kindle.)
The Biology of Belief (video)
Biologist Bruce Lipton lectures (for the non-scientist) on the interaction of genes and the environment. Watch it!

The Hundred-Year Lie
How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health

Randall Fitzgerald. Dutton, 2006.
(Paperback. Kindle here.)

The Unhealthy Truth
How Our Food Is Making Us Sick – And What We Can Do About It

Robyn O’Brien. Crown Archetype, 2009; Three Rivers, 2010.
(Paperback. Kindle here.)

Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Michael Moss. Random House, 2013.
(Hardcover. Kindle here.)

 


 
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Last Updated: August 26, 2013
 
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Should you take MDMA for PTSD? No.

In Medicine, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology, Science on July 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

 
Flight 567 - by Norbert Lov

Talk with Empathetic Loved Ones and
Therapists About Your Pain and Fear Instead

__________

 

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine) is an empathogenic drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine classes of drugs.”

Sure it is. In other words, it is speed.

“Speed” is shorter than “amphetamine” but it means the same thing, psychoactively. And amphetamines are bad for the brain.

Your brain hopped up on speed may allow you, perhaps, to feel and to express your love and empathy for others more easily, because it disturbs your neurotransmitters and irritates your physical nerves, and that can affect your state of mind, causing euphoria.

But the aftermath – the concomitant brain damage, always permanent – is not worth it.

There are other, better ways to heal from trauma. And there are other methods of learning to feel and to express more love and empathy for yourself and for others (“positive mood and well-being, extroversion”) that don’t destroy your brain and body.

I suspect that Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or Disorder (as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder) may be the result of the depletion of stress hormones due to trauma and stress, which damages the endocrine system.

Overstress can both cause and exacerbate insomnia, and sleep is the brain’s best – perhaps only – healer. (A lack of sleep will first make you crazy, and then it will kill you. Anyone.)

Worth trying for PTSD, therefore, are replacement bioidentical stress hormones, such as hydrocortisone. Not drugs that will increase physical stress, such as MDMA or any other amphetamine or amphetamine derivative or substitute, which makes the body’s own reaction to stress even less effective.

All amphetamines – speed, ecstasy, Ritalin – can cause euphoria and increased focus. That can make you “feel” better and believe that you are doing better, but the drug harms the brain. So the effect may go from bad to possibly better to definitely far worse.

Speed gives a temporary high but always impacts the brain and body negatively, often chronically, sometimes permanently.

To heal stress, 1) sleep, 2) reduce exposure to upset in your life, and 3) talk to understanding loved ones about your feelings as well as to an expert empathetic therapist.

Therapy will help you more than any drug ever could, is not addictive, and won’t cause its own physical damage.

Today, there is a brain-damaging pill for every emotional ill. That is how all of psychiatry’s so-called “cures” (psychoactive pharmaceuticals and electroshock today, and once, lobotomy) for emotional illness “work” – by causing brain damage. In other words, you damage your brain rather than changing your thinking, which changes your emotions.

Unfortunately, once the brain has been damaged it never heals normally. Therefore, the prescribing of psychotropic pharmaceuticals “inflict[s] further suffering on the already miserable” (Paul Krugman, in another context).

Empirically, scientifically, psychoactive drugs do far more harm than good. The only “good” that they do is an illusion – the placebo effect.

“Continuing to develop” drugs for people in emotional crisis won’t help matters. The medicate-emotional-upset model is now an outdated scientific concept; unfortunately, it is still a goal in medical research, however, it is one that is beating a dead horse. (Continued psychotropic drug development, promotion, and sales obviously will “help” the people who sell the drugs, but not the people who take them.)

People in emotional crisis may believe the hype from drug companies who want to take a street drug (that harms the brain, doctors say) and sell it to them legally (declaring that it doesn’t harm the brain, doctors say), or see an empathetic talk counselor and let time and love heal them.

Therapy, time, love, and understanding heal. Psychoactive pharmaceuticals don’t, but they do cause permanent physical brain and body damage.

If you insist on continuing to take a psychoactive drug rather than tapering off of it, through your own experience eventually you will find out, and finally believe, what I am telling you here.

Pharmaceutical companies want to make money. They will tell you anything that helps them to make money. They will pay doctors to “prove” it. They don’t care about you. I do.

Do not be fooled into believing that taking a psychoactive drug – legal or illegal, “proven by science” to be helpful or not, will help you.

If you were wondering, I don’t belong to any “church” that decries medical drugging. I have no financial interest that influences my opinion, unlike most medical researchers. Only a decades-long study of science, psychology, and medicine influences my opinion. So I say shame on reporters who report about actually-harmful medical products as if they are innocuous, who don’t question authority, who don’t do their homework, who uncritically swallow whole research studies conducted by biased sources rather than dig deep, who think shallowly, who go along with whatever the so-called experts say and thereby mislead us all.

Psychoactive pharmaceuticals, now being proven to be harmful to the brain, are being promoted for the body. They harm both body and brain.

Pharmaceutical companies indoctrinate doctors and us into believing that drugs correct emotional problems. They don’t. They harm, and they can kill.

People, do not take psychoactive drugs. They do not heal. They are not the answer. Including the “newly-studied” MDMA.

 
Photo Credit:

Flight 567 by Norbert Löv

 
Regarding:

“Rick Doblin explains exactly why MDMA is good for PTSD and depression” (video)
London Real, July 22, 2013
- Uh, no. That’s what this post is about. No. Do not take MDMA. For anything.

Detectives issue MDMA warning after Martha Fernback dies in cardiac arrest
Heather Saul, The Independent, July 21, 2013

Effects of MDMA on the Human Body
Wikipedia

 
Related Posts:

Children in Pain
October 27, 2013

DO NOT Give Drugs to Kids
July 13, 2013

DSM Stupidity: Grief Edition
June 2, 2012

How to Survive Psychiatry
April 22, 2012

I Recommend: On Psychiatry
December 5, 2011

Love and the Cause of Revolution
November 6, 2011

How Do You Raise Independent, Self-Sufficient Children?
October 5, 2011

Neglectful Parenting Excused by Drug-Expert Psychiatrist
July 15, 2010

 
Resources:

Simple Truths in Psychiatry Video Series
Dr. Peter R. Breggin
- Dr. Breggin is modest. His words are not so simple. They are extremely important. If you do nothing else for your child, yourself, or a friend who is struggling emotionally, please watch this video series.

Empathetic Therapy
Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Psychiatrist
- What is “Empathic Therapy”?

Psychiatric Drugs and Your Child
Dr. Peter R. Breggin

Psychiatric Drug Facts
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Psychiatrist

Toxic Psychiatry
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Psychiatrist

Psychiatric Drugs and Your Child
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Psychiatrist

Child in Mind
Dr. Claudia M. Gold, Psychiatrist, at Boston.com

Child in Mind
Dr. Claudia M. Gold, Psychiatrist

Dr. Susan Bartell
Psychologist

Beyond Meds
Alternatives to Psychiatry

Monica Cassani, Social Worker

The Natural Child Project
Jan Hunt, Psychologist

Mad in America
WebsiteFacebook
Robert Whitaker, Journalist

 
Articles:

Coercion, Involuntary Treatment, Ethics
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Toxic Psychiatry, undated.

Court Finds Prozac and Xanax Cause Criminal Conduct
Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Psychiatric Drug Facts (blog), undated.

Societies With Little Coercion Have Little Mental Illness
Bruce Levine, Ph.D., Mad In America, August 30, 2013
- “Once, when doctors actually listened at length to their patients about their lives, it was obvious to many of them that coercion played a significant role in their misery.”

The Speech
Wayne Munchel, Mad in America, August 30, 2013

Do Psycho-Pharma Drugs Have Any Legitimate Function?
Dr. Philip Hickey, Behaviorism and Mental Health (blog), August 20, 2013

The Doctor as Drug
Dr. Claudia M. Gold, Child in Mind (blog), August 20, 2013
(Article also published at Boston.com.)

NYT on Mental Illness, Talk Therapy, Drugs: What About Children?
Dr. Claudia M. Gold, Child in Mind, May 26, 2013

Neuroleptics and Brain Shrinkage
Philip Hickey, Behaviorism and Mental Health (blog), June 29, 2013

Doctors Not Informed of Harmful Effects of Medicines During Sales Visits
Science Daily, April 10, 2013

The Psycho-Therapeutic School System: Pathologizing Childhood
John Whitehead, Belgrade News, April 9, 2013

Be Skeptical of Pharmaceutical Company Claims
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Huffington Post, April 7, 2013

Never Again! The Real History of Psychiatry
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Natural News (blog), March 19, 2013

Antipsychotics Associated with White-Matter Reduction
Mad in America, March 5, 2013

Anti-DSM Sentiment Rises in France
Why French Psychiatrists and Psychoanalysts are Opposed to the Diagnostic Manual

Christopher Lane, Ph.D., Psychology Today, September 28, 2012

The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?
Marcia Angell, The New York Times, June 23, 2011

The Illusions of Psychiatry
Marcia Angell, The New York Times, July 14, 2011

“The biggest mistake I ever made was going to see a psychiatrist” – Stevie Nicks
Monica Cassani, Beyond Meds, May 3, 2011

7 Things To Expect When Getting off Zoloft
Sean McNally, The Awl, May 19, 2010

The Depressing News About Antidepressants
“Studies suggest that the popular drugs are no more effective than a placebo.
In fact, they may be worse.”
Sharon Begley, Newsweek, January 28, 2010

Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption
Marcia Angell, The New York Times, January 15, 2009

Your Dangerous Drugstore
Marcia Angell, The New York Times, June 8, 2006

Violence and Suicide Caused by Antidepressants
Report to the FDA

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Psychiatric Drug Facts (blog), August 23, 2004

Lobotomy as Ancestor Of Psychosurgery
Graceann V. Inyard, Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, December 8, 1991

 
Books:

Attached:
The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love

Amir Levine, Rachel Heller. Tarcher, 2010. Paperback. Kindle here.

Love at Goon Park:
Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection

Deborah Blum. Basic Books, 2002. Paperback. Kindle here.

Becoming Attached:
First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love

Robert Karen. Warner Books, 1994; Oxford University Press, 1998. Paperback.

The Attachment Parenting Book:
A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby

William Sears and Martha Sears. Little, Brown and Company, 2001. Paperback. Kindle here.

Born for Love:
Why Empathy Is Essential – and Endangered

Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz. William Morrow, 2010. Paperback. Kindle here.

Why Does He Do That?
Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Lundy Bancroft. Berkley Trade, 2003. Paperback. Kindle here.
- This unexcelled book on abuse is as much about parent-child relationships as it is about partner relationships.

Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control:
A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors

Heather T. Forbes, B. Bryan Post. Beyond Consequences Institute, 2008. Paperback. Kindle here.

Beyond Consequences, Logic, & Control:
Volume 2

Heather T. Forbes. Beyond Consequences Institute, 2008. Paperback. Kindle here.

Help at Any Cost:
How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids

Maia Szalavitz. Riverhead, 2006. Paperback. Kindle here.

The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure:
A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery

Chris and Pax Prentiss. Power Press, 2005. Paperback. Kindle here.

Dispensing with the Truth:
The Victims, the Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story behind the Battle over Fen-Phen

Alicia Mundy. St. Martin’s Press, 2001. Kindle.
- Great commentary on the pharmaceutical companies’ FDA-approval and marketing methods and how they can hurt – and even kill – the consumer. This book is as good as Grisham.

Review of “Dispensing with the Truth: The Victims, the Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story behind the Battle over Fen-Phen” by Alicia Mundy. St. Martin’s Press, 2001.
Julie McDowell, Modern Drug Discovery, April 2002. Vol. 5, No. 4, p 55.
- Read the book.

The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents:
Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment

Deepak Chopra. Harmony, 1997; 2007. Paperback. Kindle here.

Free from Lies:
Discovering Your True Needs

Alice Miller. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. Paperback. Kindle here.

More books on Child Psychology here.

More books on Adult Psychology here.

More books on Psychiatry and Psychoactive Pharmaceuticals here.

 


 
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Put Down that Diet Soda and Back Away

In Food, Health, Medicine on May 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm

 
"Coke" Soda Can by Alessandro Paiva

Are You Betting your Life on Artificial Sweeteners?

 

__________

 

They may be free of calories but not of consequences.

Dr. Helen P. Hazuda

Professor and Chief of Clinical Epidemiology
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine

__________

 
 
No soda is good for you, but if you must drink soda, do stick to sugar-sweetened.

And not too many of those. If you drink soda at all, make it an occasional treat. All soda is rather anti-nutritional.

Please, get a juicer, eat an organic orange, make organic lemonade with your own sugar, go to a Jamba Juice or another juice store that eschews artificial ingredients for pure fresh squeezed juice (fresh squeezed juice – bottled, canned, processed refrigerated or frozen juice is almost as worthless to your body as soda; don’t bother).

Do any or all of these things instead of drinking soda, and your addiction to flavored sugar-water will wane over time. As a bonus, switching from soda to fresh squeezed juice will strengthen your immune system.

Diet soda is far more than just a “0 calorie” taste-bud stimulator or, if caffeinated, a highly-addictive energy booster. To make diet soda taste “good”, non-food (non-caloric) chemicals are added to diet soda. These chemicals are worse for you than sugar, and taken regularly over time, do far more damage to your body.

You can bet that soda is addictive (when you start drinking it you tend to keep seeking it, don’t you? I certainly do.) Think a little about what you’re doing to your body.

(This applies to drinking alcohol, including wine, as well. Alcohol is nature’s anesthetic and was never intended to be consumed recreationally. It is not food. It is not healthy in any way, despite the “studies” purporting that it is good for your heart – shallow and politically-correct pseudo-science, not science.)

The artificial sweetener industry, citing their own, of course, tobacco science, swear on the graves of the mothers, like mine, who drank a six-pack of diet soda every day and was fattened by metabolic syndrome, partially blinded by methanol, and liver-damaged by excitotoxins, that the widely-used artificial sweetener aspartame is safe.

The companies that produce aspartame regularly foam at the mouth that the “controversy” over the safety of aspartame is an internet hoax, a chain-mail lie, a deliberate fraud.

Aspartame manufacturers want us to believe that even other scientists are trying to trick us ignorant, naïve consumers into thinking that aspartame is a dangerous chemical, and that people who consume aspartame are the only clear-thinking, discriminating, smart consumers out there.

However, some consumers, doctors, researchers, and entire countries disagree that artificial sweeteners (or artificial flavors, artificial colors, or artificial ingredients of any kind) are safe in food. More and more independent scientific evidence is accumulating that is showing aspartame to be unsafe to eat.

I am a skeptic, in the original sense of the word: I eschew dogmatic belief. I find evidence from empiricism, including the experience of a critical, to a significant, to an overwhelming number of consumers more compelling than misguided public-health agenda, vested financial bias, or harrumphing authoritarianism.

In other words, I find it most logical to trust disinterested parties – non-industry-affiliated physicians and nutritionists, for instance, and the experiences of the general public, who at least start out without drums to bang – over interested parties such as the industry-affiliated FDA and the industrial firms that produce the chemicals, drugs, and artificial food products that we consume; again, assuring us that their products are safe by citing their own research.

The chemical industry tries to impress upon the public the purported safety of all of the chemicals that they invent and can sell, but not to trust the safety of one’s own body to chemicals unnatural to one’s body is simple, and overwhelming, logic.

Notoriously, many medical groups and spokespeople still pander to industrial interests. Research “conclusions” that this or that chemical is safe for human consumption are more often than not overturned eventually (and the so-called fringe scaremongers telling people the opposite, trying to save everyone’s lives, proven correct). Unfortunately, this seems to happen usually after it is too late to keep innocent people from being damaged.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, for instance, CNN’s on-air “health expert”, is a nationally-broadcast talking head who, like most news media health experts, is a standard-issue doctor guided by the AMA, the membership of which is often beholden to corporate interests for funding and research grants.

Unfortunately, as personable as Gupta is, he is insidiously unreliable due to his extreme medical conservatism. Like most doctors when it comes to standards of practice and medical knowledge, he is an average of twenty to fifty years behind the times.

Gupta wrote in 2010 that aspartame is safe and disparages any idea that it is not. Gupta is representative of most on-air medical opinion.

The highly respectable Dr. Richard Besser, of ABC, also gets so many things wrong that one wonders whom he is protecting. For instance, when people drink soda, they usually drink the same amount every day – in order words, soda intake for people who drink soda usually does remain constant from day to day, because soda is addictive.

Just look around at your family and friends who drink diet soda. Do most of them drink it only occasionally, or do they consume several cans every day?

Practicing physicians must be careful not to express in public opinions based even on their own observations and empiricism that varies from that sanctioned by their medical organizations and specialty boards. They can lose their licenses if they do.

But it is embarrassing to watch doctors repeat whatever they have been told, no matter how biased or out of date, on national TV (rather than doing and reporting on their own research and experience). For me, for one, it’s become hard to believe anything that they say.

Medical opinion is too often out of date, misinformed, or biased (not to mention often condescending and arrogant).

For example, read the conservative British Medical Association’s editorial opinion on aspartame from 2004.

But even food companies are starting to abandon aspartame based on independent science, despite such highly biased medical journal editorializing on its safety.

Here is something you may not know: You know more about your own body than your doctor does. If you haven’t figured that out yet, allow me to clue you in.

To be safest, do your own nutritional and health reading, trust your own body and experience, and be highly skeptical of your doctor’s opinions, diagnoses, and treatment plans if they don’t match up with what you know of your own body, history, and experience.

The health, and even the life, you save may be your own.

Professional nutritionists have been warning about the health dangers of artificial sweeteners since the 1950s. As a health-aware person, I won’t touch them. I avoid even stevia, which hasn’t been proven safe for daily consumption. When I want something sweet, I stick with evaporated cane or beet sugar, honey, molasses, and like – tried and true real foods that our ancestors have eaten for centuries (organic whenever I can get them), not made-in-the-lab chemicals, about which we know little because the corporations that manufacture them hide, downplay, or outright deny anything negative about their consumption.

But it’s not just doubt or suspicion that makes me eat this way. It’s common sense. Non-endogenous chemicals simply are not safe to consume, period – especially as everyday foods (excepting nutrients such as essential amino acids that the body can’t make itself and must take in from the outside, but that’s another animal, so to speak – endogenous chemicals that other living beings create and human beings must take advantage of nutritionally).

I’ve always been of the better-safe-than-sorry camp. How about you?

Whatever you do, don’t stock soda in a house that contains children. Soda, if consumed at all, should be a rare treat (something consumed with a rare take-out meal, for instance, when it’s fun), not an every day choice.

Milk and fresh-squeezed orange juice are much healthier.

 
Articles:

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
Dr. David Brownstein

60 Minutes’ Wallace Grills Monsanto Over Sweetener
Josh Gotthelf, St. Louis Business Journal, January 5, 1997
Videos of the 60 Minutes segment here (You Tube) and here (Google Video).

Aspartame and its Effects on Health
The sweetener has been demonised unfairly in sections of the press
and several websites
(Editorial)
Michael E. J. Lean and Catherine R. Hankey, BMJ, October 2, 2004
(BMJ. 2004 October 2; 329(7469): 755–756. – doi: 10.1136/bmj.329.7469.755)

Independently funded studies have found potential for adverse effects (Letter)
John Briffa, BMJ, February 5, 2005
(BMJ. 2005 February 5; 330(7486): 309–310. – doi: 10.1136/bmj.330.7486.309-a)

Readers may prefer balanced and impartial editorials (Letter)
Ian J. Gordon, BMJ, February 5, 2005
(BMJ. 2005 February 5; 330(7486): 310. – doi: 10.1136/bmj.330.7486.310)

Study Links Aspartame To Cancer
CBS News, July 28, 2005

Aspartame – FDA, Diet Industry Deny Cancer Link
PSA Rising, June 27, 2007 (“posted by admin” – so who knows who really wrote the article, or if it originated on this site?
I recommend more clarity.)

Aspartame Cancer Risks Revisited: Prenatal Exposure May Be Greatest Concern
M. Nathaniel Mead, Environmental Health Perspectives, September 2007
(Environ Health Perspect. 2007 September; 115(9): A460.)

Aspartame manufacturer funds junk science that declares aspartame to be safe
Mike Adams, NaturalNews, September 13, 2007

A role for sweet taste: calorie predictive relations in energy regulation by rats
Swithers SE, Davidson TL. Behav Neurosci. 2008 Feb;122(1):161-73.

Soft Drink Consumption Not The Major Contributor To Childhood Obesity
Medical News Today, June 18, 2012
- Reliably, “food security” predicts overeating more than sugar consumption – one reason why low-carb diets (fasting in particular) and food shaming are terrible ideas and lead directly to eating disorders.

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain
Cutting the connection between sweets and calories may confuse the body,
making it harder to regulate intake.

American Psychological Association, February 10, 2008

Testimony of Ralph Walton, M.D., former Psychiatry Professor, to Hawaii Health Committee Regarding Aspartame
PRLog, February 10, 2008

Kids Still Drinking Too Much Soda, Even When Not Available At School
ScienceDaily, September 2, 2008

Is aspartame safe?
Sanjay Gupta, CNN Health, March 18, 2010

America’s Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You With Name Change
Joseph Mercola, Huffington Post, July 6, 2010

Aspartame administered in feed, beginning prenatally through life span, induces cancers of the liver and lung in male Swiss mice. (abstract)
Soffritti M, Belpoggi F, Manservigi M, Tibaldi E, Lauriola M, Falcioni L, Bua L., American Journal of Industrial Medicine, December 2010
(Am J Ind Med. 2010 Dec;53(12):1197-206.)

Diet Soda Linked To Weight Gain
Amanda Chan, Huffington Post, June 29, 2011
- “Diet soda might not help you stay trim after all, new research suggests. A study presented at a American Diabetes Association meeting this week shows that drinking diet soda is associated with a wider waist in humans. And a second study shows that aspartame – an artificial sweetener in diet soda – actually raises blood sugar in mice prone to diabetes. ‘Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised,’ study researcher Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., a professor and chief of clinical epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio’s School of Medicine, said in a statement. ‘They may be free of calories but not of consequences’.”

Meet Big Soda — as Bad as Big Tobacco
Kelly Brownell, Time, October 24, 2011

Is That Flame Retardant In Your Soft Drink?
Rachel Cernansky, Tree Hugger, December 13, 2011

Miller School Researchers Link Diet Soda and Salt to Cardiovascular Risk
University of Miami, Health News, February 9, 2011

Diet Soda: Fewer Calories, Greater Stroke Risk?
Katie Moisse, ABC News, February 9, 2011
- So much dithering and denial in this article. Whom do they think they are protecting?

Study Finds Possible Link Between Diet Soda and Vascular Risks
News Releases, University of Miami, February 9, 2012

How to Ditch Your Diet Soda Habit
Amy, Nutrition-Accomplished (blog), February 16, 2012
Tapering off is the best advice for all bad-habits elimination. Cold turkey doesn’t work.

Is there a link between diet soda and heart disease?
Nancy Ferrari, Harvard Health, February 21, 2012
- Much more facing-the-truth than the article above (and much more explanatory).

Risks: Diet Soft Drinks Linked to Heart Disease
Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times, February 27, 2012

Aspartame Withdrawal and Side Effects Explained
Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Aurora Geib, NaturalNews, March 2, 2012

Sudden Cardiac Death and Food Excitotoxin Additives
Russell L. Blaylock, Progressive Radio Network, April 2, 2012
Excitotoxicity at Wikipedia. Skip the MSG, too, if you want to live.
Dr. Blaylock’s website.

Gum goes from humdrum to teen fashion statement
Bruce Horovitz, USA Today, May 7, 2012
- Even cool gum makers are eschewing aspartame, finally, but as a fashion statement rather than a concern for peoples’ health. Besides, gum is a “new” fashion statement? What happened to the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s, and the 2000s? There is nothing new under the sun. People haven’t changed in 150,000 years.

The Calorie-Counting Myth
Sylviana Hamdani, Jakarta Globe, May 14, 2012
- The most helpful and fascinating article in this list. But don’t drink wine. No matter what “good” things may be in wine, ethyl alcohol kills cells and causes multisystem disease no matter where it comes from.

Lawsuits slam ‘natural’ claims from [processed] orange juice to chips
Jessica Gresko, Associated Press, May 31, 2012

Artificial Sweeteners: The Challenges of Tricking the Taste Buds
Kenneth Chang, New York Times, June 11, 2012

Doubts By The Teaspoonful
“Choosing a Sugar Substitute”
Kenneth Chang, New York Times, June 11, 2012

Soft Drink Consumption Not The Major Contributor To Childhood Obesity
Medical News Today, June 18, 2012
- From a press release regarding the study:
“Beverage patterns among Canadian children and relationship to overweight and obesity”
by Danyliw, A.D., Vatanparast, H., Nikpartow, N., and Whiting, S.J.
Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 37(5). doi: 10.1139/ H2012-0074.

How Soda Companies’ Social Responsibility Campaigns Are Harming Your Health
Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, June 22, 2012

Cutting Out Soda Curbs Children’s Weight Gain, Studies Show
Alice Park, Time, September 22, 2012
- This article cites several studies that purport to assert that diet soda is better for kids than sugared. I would take that recommendation with a grain of salt. Eating less sugar does assist with weight loss; that is indisputable. On the other hand, these studies don’t follow their subjects over time to determine whether there is subsequent accumulative physical damage due to the chemicals in diet soda, which, I might add, has also been shown to be true. Remember that many of these studies are funded by or assisted by soda manufacturers. The very best solution is to allow children little no soda at all in their diets and to allow only “natural” sodas or sugared sodas when soda is allowed. A complete ban is a bad idea in a culture where the banned items are commonly available; “prohibition” doesn’t work on a humanistic level and tends rather to romanticise the banned items, to cause communication breakdown, and to encourage the normalization of cheating and lying. Instead, talk to kids about the truth, make your preferences clear and why, listen without fear or judgment to kids’ questions, and honor their humanity.

Sugary Drinks Linked To Increased Prostate Cancer Risk
Agence France Presse via Business Insider, November 26, 2012
- I’m skeptical of such shallow conclusion-leaping. Still, this supports the thesis that soda of any stripe is not the healthiest choice. Eat an orange.

PepsiCo Will Halt Use of Additive in Gatorade
Stephanie Strom, The New York Times, January 25, 2013
- The additive is also used as a fire retardant, as cited above.

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
Michael Moss, The New York Times, February 20, 2013

Could there be evils lurking in aspartame consumption?
Christine Lydon, M.D., posted at dorway.com, undated. A very well-written essay.

Aspartame Symptoms Submitted to the FDA
“The following are symptoms attributed to aspartame in complaints submitted to the FDA by the Department of Health and Human Services April 20, 1995.”
Janet Starr Hull, SweetPoison (blog), undated.

Is Diet Soda Safe? We Examine the Evidence
Dave J. Mitchell, EZineArticles, Undated.

 
Books:

The Hundred-Year Lie
How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health

Randall Fitzgerald. Dutton, 2006.

The Unhealthy Truth
How Our Food Is Making Us Sick – And What We Can Do About It

Robyn O’Brien. Crown Archetype, 2009; Three Rivers, 2010.

 
Related Posts:

America’s Processed Foods, America’s Obesity Problem
February 5, 2011

Kids Need The Choice Of Chocolate Milk
June 18, 2011

 
Photo/Art Credit:

"Coke" Soda Can by Alessandro Paiva

 


 
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Kids Need The Choice Of Chocolate Milk

In Children, Food, Health, Medicine on June 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Chocolate Milk

__________

 

Many students simply skip milk altogether
when they do not have flavored milk as an option.


The New York Times

__________

 

“Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District removed chocolate milk from its lunchrooms this fall at the recommendation of Ann Cooper”, wrote Time in 2009.

Ann Cooper, a chef, is famous for calling chocolate milk “soda in drag”. Why would school districts, or parents for that matter, give any credence to anything so utterly idiotic?

Even “cross-dressing” milk is still milk, people. If you don’t know this, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but milk in any form is a fantastic food for children and adults.

Milk doesn’t magically transmute into a dangerous toxin when chocolate or fruit is added to it. Both chocolate and fruit, if natural, are healthy foods.

Why let kids drink sugared milk? Because unflavored milk can taste as terrible to them as it can to many adults.

Let children drink milk in any form that tastes good to them, and they will drink it, because they need it. (Adults need it, too.)

Of course, milk is good for growing bones in children (despite any propaganda against milk you may hear from your vegan neighbor or read from your allergic journalist), but milk is good for more than bones.

Every cell of the body needs calcium to operate. When you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, calcium to operate cells is stolen from bones. That is how people end up with osteoporosis – they drink less milk as they grow older and their endocrine system grows weaker.

I am not a member of the Dairy Council or any other food group. I am, however, the shortest person, at 5’2″, in my entire consanguinity. I was also the only kid in my family – I am the oldest of four – who avoided milk growing up, because it tasted terrible to me.

I mean, I hated milk, growing up; I literally gagged when I tried to drink it. I could not bear the taste (I also had a nightmare about pumpkin pie once) .

I believe that I may have been the only baby in my family who was almost exclusively breastfed, as well. Could that be why I thought cow’s milk tasted vile? I don’t know; probably not. This article is not about the importance of breastfeeding, which is very important, in any case, but about the necessity of milk consumption throughout life.

When I was six and attending first grade, the school gave each of us kids a carton of plain milk at lunch. I tried to drink it, like the good girl that I was (and still am), but just one sip made me want to vomit. I ended up sneaking home in my lunchbox, unopened, the cartons of milk the school gave me and burying them in the trash when my parents weren’t looking.

It was terrifying to do that. I hated to waste the milk and wasn’t comfortable doing anything behind my parents’ (or teachers’) backs, but I felt I had no choice. I hated milk. (Luckily I never was caught throwing milk away – or perhaps my parents empathetically turned a blind eye to the practice.) Unadulterated milk simply was, and still is, hideous to me.

I never got used to plain milk. That is not because my parents never made me drink it; they did at dinner, occasionally; I had it almost daily on cereal (with sugar) and when we had ice cream.

Luckily, as I grew older and my brothers started to ask for it, my mother started to buy Nestlé’s Quick and Hershey’s Syrup. When we had chocolate flavoring I could drink milk to my heart’s – and bones’ and cells’ – content.

It wasn’t an ideal solution; I didn’t really like the taste of Quick, or even of Hershey’s Syrup, as they are full of artificial-to-the-body chemicals (I wasn’t a fan of chemicalized food even as a little girl), but I drank enough milk when we had them.

I wonder now if I would have grown taller if chocolate milk had been available to me when I was a little girl under six. If there had been chocolate milk at home (and at school) when I was so small and growing so fast, my diet would have been healthier!

As an adult I still drink chocolate milk – mochas and hot chocolate, mostly; also coffee with milk, milkshakes, ice cream, and cheese.

I no longer have to sneak anything. And no one can force me to drink anything I don’t like. But now, there is all this controversy in the zeitgeist over children drinking flavored, or even plain, milk.

I say. Ignore this “controversy”. It is hogwash. Trust the body’s needs, not another person’s social or political agenda (or allergies). Look askance at “nutritional advice” born of fear, bias, or ignorance.

Veganism, for instance, is not based on science; it is a philosophy of living based on a dream of an inaccessibly ancient human past that most likely never existed in the form that “evolutionary biologists” imagine that it did. We are not our ancestors, in body or mind. We never will be again.

Allergies don’t mean that everyone must avoid what the allergic person can’t physically process without a histamine reaction, for instance. Allergic people can become malnourished due to their more limited food choices; don’t emulate them because they decide to believe that their allergies mean anything for other people.

I’ll never forget a family for whom I once babysat for a few days. The mother had died of cancer and the father had decided that that meant that he should raise their five very young children on a “caveman” diet.

The baby was grossly obese because the father fed her formula powder mixed 1-to-2 with fructose powder, because “she took it better that way”. His other four children, all preteen, were allowed to eat only beans, rice, and greens. That was it.

Those kids were cranky, miserable, and restless. They were short for their ages and not growing well. They hated their father. But then, he didn’t treat them very well. He was selfish; he was controlling; he was deluded.

I tried to give the kids a bit of love and understanding; they soaked it up like thirsty flowers in the rain. But the father wouldn’t have it. When his children protested his austerity he harshly responded to them that life was tough. He wanted them to quit whining that they missed their mother, who treated them far better than he did (and also had fed them normally, I took it). This man was also into standing naked about the house in the evening after the kids had gone to bed; the neighbors had complained about it. The father was crazy and he was raising his kids to be even crazier. Worse, he was malnourishing them; a bad diet affects the brain as much as it does the rest of body.

I didn’t stay long in that house and to this day, twenty years later, I’m still worried about those kids. I wonder how they turned out. (I wonder if anyone ever called Child Services in order to try to help them; I regret that I didn’t myself.)

That father deprived his children of the stuff of life – love, empathy, comforting and understanding, so that their souls could heal after the death of their mother – and protein, vitamins, calcium, fats, and other necessary nutrients, so that their brains and bodies could grow healthily.

We’re not cavemen or cavewomen, people. We live today. Our bodies are adapted to how we eat today, not how we ate 5,000, or 30,000, or 150,000 years ago. Today we live three to four times longer on our modern diets than cave people lived on theirs.

It is not carbohydrates, dairy, meats, eggs, and other natural foods (especially organic foods, which I prefer to use) that hurt us. It is fear.

It is chemicalized foods that are making us fat, not sugar. It is smoking and drinking; heavy metals and other toxins that we release into the environment; drugs and pesticides in agriculture and therefore in our food and water, that are making us ill. But mostly, it is fear (do you think not that the woman whose husband I discussed above, the woman who died of cancer, was not unhappy with or even afraid of her crazy, abusive, controlling husband?)

It is not chocolate milk.

It is difficult to overstate how important calcium is to the body. It is very, very important. Every cell in the body requires calcium to function – to live, to breathe, to work.

It is unwise for parents and schools to eliminate sweetened milk from the diets of their kids. Even overweight kids should be allowed to drink chocolate milk, and as much of it as they wish (they may need more of it than the thin kids).

Milk is too important to the diet of growing children not to offer it in any form a child will take it, happily and often.

 
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Articles:

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Regarding the study: “Beverage patterns among Canadian children and relationship to overweight and obesity”
Danyliw, A.D., Vatanparast, H., Nikpartow, N., and Whiting, S.J., Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 37(5), doi: 10.1139/ H2012-0074.
- Reliably, a lack of food security (“food security” is knowing that one won’t starve, having access to food at all times, and not dieting) predicts overeating more than sugar consumption – one reason why low-carb diets (fasting in particular), food guilt, and food shaming are terrible ideas and lead directly to eating disorders.

The Calorie-Counting Myth
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but some say kids won’t get enough calcium”
Christina Hoag, MSNBC, May 9, 2011

Nutritious and delicious? Experts debate chocolate milk in public schools
Live Conversations, The Washington Post, April 12, 2011

Chocolate milk stirs controversy in schools
Kevin Sieff, The Washington Post, April 7, 2011

Food Cops Have a Cow Over Chocolate Milk (Again)
Center for Consumer Freedom, February 24, 2011

One Moo-vement That Doesn’t Make a Latte Sense
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Dietitian: Chocolate Milk Can Be the Best Choice for Kids
Tanya Zuckerbrot, Fox News, September 23, 2010

Just can’t swallow the anti-chocolate milk argument
Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post, September 17, 2010

A School Fight Over Chocolate Milk
Kim Severson, The New York Times, August 24, 2010

U.S. Schools’ War Against Chocolate Milk
Gilbert Cruz, Time, December 18, 2009

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American Psychological Association, February 10, 2008

Testimony of Ralph Walton, M.D., former Psychiatry Professor, to Hawaii Health Committee Regarding Aspartame
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