Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

http://www.drugs.com/news/narcotic-painkiller-tied-higher-risk-depression-55732.html

Although the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect…  The findings are published in the February issue of the journal Pain. After the study was accepted for publication, the investigators continued their research and found “that most of the risk of depression is driven by the duration of use and not the dose,” Scherrer said in a journal news release…

They spend an awful lot of money on studies that don’t prove anything.  And what about the prevalence of depression in pain patients who don’t take prescription drugs?  What are the “experts” going to blame that on?  Junk science is what this is…

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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Anxiety

http://www.drugs.com/comments/gabapentin/for-anxiety.html

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder survivor! Thriver now! This medicine gave me my life back! Only side effect so far is depression if I come down for too long. DR adjusted my dose and its perfect.

Police brutality in Canada

Three Toronto Police Officers Have Been Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Colleague

http://www.vice.com/read/three-toronto-police-officers-have-been-charged-with-gang-sexual-assault-of-a-colleague-and-released-on-bail-875

Look at these officers in the photo above the article…  These two guys are nice-looking, but you can easily tell that they’re both full of themselves.  When women run across men like this, they should run the other way, no matter how handsome they are — it’s a trap.

The video attached to this article looks pretty brutal.  I mean, this cop just kept punching and punching and punching. And then 5 police cars show up to handle this one drunk suspect. Canada, you’re really beginning to look like us… bummer.

I Got a Tattoo While Hypnotized in Amsterdam

http://www.vice.com/read/i-got-a-tattoo-under-hypnosis-876

Sure, hypnosis works for some people… It would be interesting to run an experiment at this place, see what percentage of the general public can be hypnotized while getting a tattoo.  I mean, maybe I’m wrong about how many pain patients could successfully use this therapy, biased by my own failures with it.

Since the VA and the NIDA began their big research program to treat pain without drugs, I’ve been waiting to hear how all these other therapies are working on veterans.  If veterans can obtain pain relief through alternate treatments, maybe the rest of us can too. (Well, not me, I’ve tried all the treatments they’re using.)

If hypnosis doesn’t work for you either, there’s always chocolate 🙂

Answers To This Simple Question Will Make You Laugh Or Cry

http://guff.com/answers-to-this-simple-question-will-make-you-laugh-or-cry/20?ts_pid=2

52% oppose evolution, denying that “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals”

I know some people are uncomfortable with the fact that our ancestors include monkeys and apes — I don’t know why, these animals are cute and funny.  Compared to what cavemen looked like and behaved back in their time, maybe apes should be looked at as an improvement.

Most if not all of the science that we rely on today comes from our knowledge of animals, including monkeys and apes (and all those poor research mice).  We practice this medicine on humans because we first practiced it on animals — this research taught us who we are and where we come from.  (Unless you dispute DNA.)  Those pain pills you take?  We know how they work because they work the same way on animals.

Animals are a part of our human history, and there’s no going around that. Just like slavery and racism are part of our history (and present), and we can’t pretend they’re not.  Just like the drug war will one day be part of our history. (Unfortunately, I’ll be dead by then.)

70% felt government funding for science was adequate or too generous.

If 70% of Americans think this is true, we are in worse shape than I thought.