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The LSD-for-Alcoholics Story Deserves a Closer Look

A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, a British scholarly journal, has been picked up, repeated and amplified by many news organizations. Given the quality of the source research, I’m astonished that the headline, “LSD may help alcoholics to get sober” has been accepted without much reservation. The article is a meta-analysis of 6 studies of the effect of a single dose of LSD on subsequent drinking by people we are told are “alcoholic.” All the studies reviewed and compiled in this paper were performed prior to 1970. So even a cursory glance at this article tells us we’re talking about research that is about a half-century old. Assuming the research is valid and justifies some confidence that LSD is therapeutic for this syndrome, (and that assumption is wrong anyway) why should door-nail dead, 6-feet-under research that is disinterred after more than 42 years make such a splash?

I think the answer is twofold: First—the scourge of alcoholism is significant at a population level and at a deeply personal one. Everyone’s life has been touched usually in profoundly sad ways by problems caused by alcohol. As with many prevalent diseases that are painful and recalcitrant, any news item that purports to provide a solution will be cause for hope, and thus grab attention. (Sadly, all too often, it is a false hope.) Second: This news item resurrects a taboo drug, namely LSD. Only aging baby-boomers or their seniors will know that LSD was once available by prescription. In the early 60s it earned a seat of honor at the high-table of the DEA’s forbidden substances banquet. Because it is associated with the counterculture, and a bygone summer of love, an article about it might be nominated in the category of Best Revival, a la Hair. It’s titillating, so let’s swallow the message hook line and sinker.

The reading public may not know that there is a persistent group advocating for the therapeutic role of mind-bending drugs such as LSD. One online resource on this topic is the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies or MAPS (based in Santa Cruz, Calif.). The authors of the LSD study getting all the attention now were previously funded by MAPS to investigate any potential role of MDMA (‘ecstasy’) in psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. So the authors, while not having a commercial vested interest in this topic, may indeed have a professional stake in this subject. I can’t comment on whether support for psychedelic research, or the topic in general, makes up a significant part of the authors’ professional portfolio, but it is worth noting the authors’ involvement in the movement.


http://www.medpagetoday.com/GarySchwitzer/31677

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See my original post here ; http://www.democraticunderground.com/101471422

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The Next Susan Boyle ?




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What a voice.......

GOD HAS BLESSED AMERICA: The Santorum Bubble Finally Bursts

Source: Business Insider

Since the beginning of the Republican primary process, a loud minority of GOP voters have embraced one candidate after another in a desperate attempt to find an acceptable one who wasn't named Mitt Romney.

Why?

Because these folks assume that Mitt Romney is actually far more centrist and reasonable than he sounds.

And based on Romney's track record, that's probably a fair assumption.

In this anyone-but-Romney process, right-wing Republican voters have become briefly infatuated with candidates that no one gave even a snowball's chance in hell at the beginning of the race

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/god-has-blessed-america-the-santorum-bubble-finally-bursts-2012-3?
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Interesting graph at the end.....

GOD HAS BLESSED AMERICA: The Santorum Bubble Finally Bursts

Source: Business Insider

Since the beginning of the Republican primary process, a loud minority of GOP voters have embraced one candidate after another in a desperate attempt to find an acceptable one who wasn't named Mitt Romney.

Why?

Because these folks assume that Mitt Romney is actually far more centrist and reasonable than he sounds.

And based on Romney's track record, that's probably a fair assumption.

In this anyone-but-Romney process, right-wing Republican voters have become briefly infatuated with candidates that no one gave even a snowball's chance in hell at the beginning of the race

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/god-has-blessed-america-the-santorum-bubble-finally-bursts-2012-3?



Interesting graph at the end.....

Electroacupuncture May Help Relieve Depression

Electroacupuncture stimulation can quickly reduce the severity of depressive symptoms, offering an alternative option for depressed patients, according to researchers at the School of Chinese Medicine at The University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry in Kowloon Hospital.

The study consisted of a clinical randomized controlled trial using dense cranial electroacupuncture stimulation (DCEAS) on patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). DCEAS is a novel acupuncture treatment, which was developed by Dr. Zhang Zhang-jin, associate professor of the HKU School of Chinese Medicine.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating acupoints on the head can increase brain power, regulate yin yang and relieve depression. Traditionally, acupoints called Bai Hui and Yin Tang are the focus when treating depression.

In DCEAS, Zhang believes that stimulating Bai Hui and Yin Tang, as well as other acupoints including Si Shen Cong, Tou Lin Qi, Tai Yang, Shuai Gu and Tou Wei, triggers the release of serotonin (5-HT) and other chemicals in the brain more efficiently, resulting in better treatment outcomes.


http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/03/31/electroacupuncture-may-help-relieve-depression/36784.html

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Now to find a practitioner.....

Egypt's Brotherhood picks presidential runner

Source: AlJAZEERA

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is to field Khairat al-Shater, its former deputy chairman, as a candidate in May's presidential election, the group's party said on its Facebook page.

"The parliamentary bloc of the Freedom and Justice Party will nominate Khairat al-Shater as a candidate for the presidency," the FJP said on Saturday. The FJP is the political arm of the Brotherhood.

Al-Shater is a millionaire businessman, and was imprisoned for 12 years during Hosni Mubarak's rule - longer than any other Brotherhood member during Mubarak's rule.

The Brotherhood's supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, confirmed Shater's nomination in a news conference and read out a brief statement from Shater, who was not present.

"After it was decided to field my name in the presidential elections, I can only accept the decision of the Brotherhood," Shater's statement said.

"I will therefore resign from my position as deputy chairman."

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/03/2012331191231210148.html



Important news.....

Ariz. sheriff faces crossroads in civil rights case

Source: USA Today

PHOENIX – America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff is fast approaching a crossroads where he must decide either to settle claims that his officers racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols — and overhaul his practices — or take his chances at trial.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces an April 14 deadline for concluding talks with the U.S. Justice Department to settle a wide range of civil rights allegations, including that the sheriff launched some immigration patrols based on letters from people who complained about people with dark skin congregating in a given area or speaking Spanish but never reporting an actual crime. The sheriff has become nationally known for his tough stance against illegal immigration.

A settlement could lead to changes long sought by Arpaio's critics and short-circuit a separate racial profiling case set for trial this summer. Most police agencies facing similar pressures from the Justice Department opt to settle, but critics wonder whether the sheriff's stubborn streak — a quality that endears him to his supporters — will lead him to confront the allegations in court.

"It makes him a hero," said Antonio Bustamante, a Phoenix civil rights attorney and member of a group of Latino and black leaders calling for an overhaul of Arpaio's policies. "We have a different character as a sheriff."

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-03-31/joe-arpaio-civil-rights/53912354/1?



I cannot say what I am thinking about this person.....

Keith Olbermann to file against Current TV

Keith Olbermann's full statement in response to the termination of his contract by Current TV:

I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.

Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I've been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.

It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current's statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. To understand Mr. Hyatt's "values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty," I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee's name was Clarence B. Cain.

In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.


http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/03/keith-olbermann-to-file-against-current-tv-119218.html

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The Kind of Stress That Doesn't Kill You, but Makes You Stronger

More than a half century after Dr. Terman collected his data on work and occupational success, we looked into the long-term consequences on health and longevity. Would Paul's easygoing, free-flowing approach to his career as a bookstore manager be a benefit or a curse? Would John's dedication to physics lead to a stressful but long life like that of fellow physicist Norris Bradbury, or was Bradbury's very long life an anomaly -- an exception to the rule?

We gathered together our research assistants, filling our computer programs with a whole host of relevant information, including the personality indexes we had constructed and validated earlier. We recorded how much alcohol they drank, the participants' reports of their ambition, and even their parents' reports. Most importantly, we used the death certificates to see how long they lived.

The results were very clear: Those with the most career success were the least likely to die young. In fact, on average the most successful men lived five years longer than the least successful.

Especially convincing about this finding is that the men who were independently rated by Dr. Terman as most successful more than a half century ago were the ones least likely to die at any given age in the decades that followed. Some studies in this field of research might be inadvertently biased by the classifications or judgments used by the epidemiologists, but in this case, we did not have to do any job classifications or make any judgments -- we simply relied on those careful categorizations Terman and his associates had made decades ago.


Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/the-kind-of-stress-that-doesnt-kill-you-but-makes-you-stronger/255298/

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Supreme Court Decision Tree

Once again America is having one of its “national conversations” on health care reform. This time the buzz is over arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of certain provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The justices’ rulings will be landmark decisions, because they will indirectly go much beyond the act itself to our entire system of governance.

A fine synopsis of the issues now before the court is provided in a report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The following decision tree illustrates the logical sequence of decisions.


http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/the-supreme-court-and-the-national-conversation-on-health-care-reform/

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Very interesting decision tree......and a very profound statement: "The justices’ rulings will be landmark decisions, because they will indirectly go much beyond the act itself to our entire system of governance."
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