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MDMA shown to increase empathy over other substances

In a new study, MDMA is shown to produce better cognitive and emotional empathy than users of cocaine, ketamine, and alcohol. This follows in the wake of criticism that MDMA use leads to social distress.Illegal in America since 1985, MDMA is showing positive efficacy rates in clinical trials for treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD. None Selective serontonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most prescribed class of drugs for people under the age of 65, as well as the third most prescribed o...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Drugs, Happiness, America, Compassion, Empathy, Depression, Anxiety, Innovation, Narcotics, Derek, Mdma, Nixon, University of Exeter, Michael Pollan


7 of the best psychedelic books ever written

Psychedelic literature contains some of the richest prose and musings on the human condition. A great deal of these books hail from the 20th century. These are gateway books to a rich and other worldly adventureMuch has been said about the psychedelic experience and its rich and thrilling history. Luckily for us, some of the greatest pioneers who pushed forward into the choppy waters of the mind wrote it all down. Packed with governmental intrigue, freak-out trips and the loving grace of huma...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Mexico, America, Harvard, Innovation, Literature, Philosophy, Johnny Depp, Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson, William Blake, Kafka, Ludlow, Thompson, Dennis


"The Extinction of the Middle Child/They’re becoming an American rarity, just when America could use them the most."

Meade (a middle child) sent me (a middle child) the link to that article at The Cut. As the ideal number of children per family has shrunk to two — that’s not me speaking, it’s demographics — the middle child, in a very real sense, is disappearing....[Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler] believed that, by virtue of being burdened neither by excessive expectation (like the firstborn) nor excessive attention (like the lastborn), middleborns are uniquely poised to succeed.... Many of Adler’s notions...
Tags: Psychology, Children, Law, America, Donald Trump, Nixon, Adler, Meade, Ann Althouse, Alfred Adler


Ralph Steadman Creates an Unorthodox Illustrated Biography of Sigmund Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis (1979)

Sigmund Freud died in 1939, and the nearly eight decades since haven't been kind to his psychoanalytical theories, but in some sense he survives. "For many years, even as writers were discarding the more patently absurd elements of his theory — penis envy, or the death drive — they continued to pay homage to Freud’s unblinking insight into the human condition," writes the New Yorker's Louis Menand. He claims that Freud thus evolved, "in the popular imagination, from a scientist into a kind of p...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Art, Books, London, College, Nazis, History, Austria, Las Vegas, Seoul, Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, Thompson, Freud, Hunter


Donald Trump Pledges to Pardon Dinesh D’Souza

In today’s Corruption Watch News, I bring you this: Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018 Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions. Now Trump will pardon him. Reaction has been swift and severe, as it should be. It is hard to overstate what a naked abuse of the pardon power it is for the president to use it almost exclusively to reward criminal memb...
Tags: Health, Putin, Senate, Karma, Donald Trump, Christ, Infertility, Kevin Kruse, Trump, Roy Moore, Nixon, U S Senate, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Donald J Trump, Watergate


To stop the opioid crisis, the war on physicians must end

The present state of our nation can be traced back over the past five decades to the concerted efforts of specific entities, their goals based on profit and power, who set specific plans in place to maximize their control of same. Over the past 40 years, two such plans were woven together as they brought us to our present war on physicians and patients. One plan was created by increasing private prisons during the Nixon administration for the expressed purpose of incarcerating minorities charged...
Tags: Health, Psychiatry, Pain Management, Nixon, Primary Care, Physician


Is Zika the real cause of microcephaly in Brazil? New study raises questions

The massive microcephaly outbreak that rocked Brazil last year has confounded researchers who are trying to understand the cause. Although most scientists think there is a connection between the Zika virus and the huge spike in microcephaly cases in Brazil, a new study of Zika-infected mothers in Colombia casts doubt on this theory, because out of 12,000 confirmed cases of zika-infected pregnant women, none had babies born with microcephaly. Many take for granted that the Zika virus is the ...
Tags: Health, Design, News, Cdc, Uganda, Colombia, Pesticides, Brazil, Who, Monsanto, Inhabitat, Pesticide, Brazil Zika Virus, Zika Virus, Microcephaly, Zika


Eliminating the 6 degrees of patient-physician separation

The federal government has been trying to control the health of citizens for nearly a century, increasingly separating patients and their physicians. WWII wage controls firmly established health insurance as an employee “benefit” in lieu of salary.  This gave the employer power to choose coverage based on its needs, not the employee’s: the first degree of separation. Since WWII, government has imposed a multitude of programs that add degrees of separation: Medicare, Medicaid, Nixon’s HMO Act, HI...
Tags: Health, Policy, Nixon, HIPAA, Primary Care


The 6 degrees of patient-physician separation

The federal government has been trying to control the health of citizens for nearly a century, increasingly separating patients and their physicians. WWII wage controls firmly established health insurance as an employee “benefit” in lieu of salary.  This gave the employer power to choose coverage based on its needs, not the employee’s: the first degree of separation. Since WWII, government has imposed a multitude of programs that add degrees of separation: Medicare, Medicaid, Nixon’s HMO Act, HI...
Tags: Health, Policy, Nixon, HIPAA, Primary Care


Defending the call for a cancer moonshot

In his last state of the union address, President Obama reinvigorated the nation’s interest in a long-sidelined disease/s: cancer. A call for a moonshot was announced, and the president in his address said, “I’m putting Joe in charge of mission control.” The last time such a national commitment towards this illness was announced was by the efforts of a cancer advocate, Mary Lasker. She advocated fiercely, and the National Cancer Act was signed by President Nixon. Passage of the Act increased fed...
Tags: Health, Obama, Cancer, New York Times, Biden, Nih, Joe, Nixon, Conditions


Nursing Homes are restarting the ‘don’t send the MAR’ game

For a primer, from 2007, here. Another patient, another absent MAR (if you don’t know that acronym, you didn’t read the lead in article!). Usually they send when we call, but not recently. Here’s an amalgamation of some cases: Calls are made by the nurses at my behest. The MAR Will Not be Sent. Per nursing, whom I work with daily and trust implicitly, here are the objections proffered: 1) It’s illegal to send our signatures Really? No, it’s not. 2) It’s our policy not to send MAR’s Good luck wit...
Tags: Nursing, Emergency, Nixon, AdBistro, Texas NH Regulatory, Olivet Nazarene University ED Nursing



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