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Alkene

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Name: Alan
Gender: Male
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Fri Jan 14, 2005, 08:00 PM
Number of posts: 379

About Me

To apply a label to me is to negate my individuality and limit me to the boundaries and restrictions of that label; everyone who accepts the label applied to me understands me only in the context of that label.

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Matthew 8:5-7, updated

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering." 7 Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him...*

*bearing in mind that the average premiums and copayments reported in the JPI (Jesus Price Index) represent a snapshot of Capernaum average health insurance costs based on Jesus’s customer behavior, and do not necessarily represent the average costs of all individual or family health insurance plans purchased across Capernaum through all sources."

Inflation of Autism Diagnoses?

While exploring some behavior health issues, I came across a discussion of autism rates in the book-
“Saving Normal: An Insiders Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life”, by Allen Frances, M.D., 2013

Dr. Frances is “...an American psychiatrist best known for chairing the task force that produced the fourth revision of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) and for his critique of the current version, DSM-5. He warns that the expanding boundary of psychiatry is causing a diagnostic inflation that is swallowing up normality and that the over-treatment of the ‘worried well’ is distracting attention from the core mission of treating the more severely ill. In 2013, Frances said that ‘psychiatric diagnosis still relies exclusively on fallible subjective judgments rather than objective biological tests’” - Wikipedia

CHAPTER 5
Fads of the Present
pg.147
Autism Becomes Fashionable
“The diagnosis of autism has exploded in the past twenty years. Before DSM-IV, this was an extremely rare condition diagnosed in one child per two thousand. The rate has now jumped to one in eighty in the United States and an even more amazing one in thirty-eight in Korea. The first reaction was parental panic- worries about autism at the slightest sign that a child was not perfectly conventional. This was reinforced by a paper in The Lancet suggesting that autism might be caused by vaccination. In fact, their co-occurrence is no more than a coincidental chronological fluke- the typical age of onset of autism happens to occur at around the same time that vaccinations are scheduled. Conclusive studies have since disproved any causal connection, and The Lancet retracted the original paper when it was later exposed as a scientific fraud. But despite all the evidence to the contrary, misplaced parental fear somehow persists. Avoiding vaccination to protect against a false epidemic of autism has put many kids at risk for very real epidemics of measles and other once conquered and sometimes dangerous childhood diseases. All this reflects the general public misunderstanding of how psychiatric diagnosis works- i.e., that the prevalence rates are always extremely sensitive to any change in definition. The twentyfold increase in just twenty years occurred because diagnostic habits had changed radically, not because kids were suddenly becoming more autistic.”





A Washington Post poll.

I'm not sure that qualifies as completely reflective of the policy opinions of the entire nation.
And even if it does, I was under the impression that there's this document- see, and it's called The Constitution of the United States of America, supposedly the supreme law of the land.
I've similarly been led to understand this legal document is supposed to act as a bulwark against temporal majoritarian urges.

Is torture expressly or interpretively a violation of The Constitution? I leave it to those of greater erudition to clarify this murky matter.

Note to self:

Viewing Brit Hume gives me a sinus headache and irritable bowels. Avoid contact.

Additional: donate TV to thrift store.

"Once you label me you negate me."


-Soren Kierkegaard

To apply a label to me is to negate my individuality and limit me to the boundaries and restrictions of that label;everyone who accepts the label applied to me understands me only in the context of that label.
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