Links — media madness for Tuesday

I’m sorry if you noticed posts coming up and down. I routinely these days accidently publish when I mean to save and schedule for future publishing. My cognitive functioning is poor. Please forgive the stuff coming up and down. I’ll try to refocus myself, but it seems to be happening much more frequently lately.

This is for real…

Articles of interest:

  • Manufacturing Depression by Gary Greenberg | Book review | Books | The Observer — This was covered in the US press already and I’ve linked to other reviews in the past. If you missed those here is a chance to read about this book again. Now US psychotherapist Gary Greenberg has stepped in with Manufacturing Depression, a thorough, often shocking history of how the pharmaceutical industry has pathologised misery in order to sell us the cure. Greenberg includes frank and funny accounts of his own battle with depression, and deals principally with the US healthcare system. However, his argument and detailed evidence make it vital reading for anyone who has ever been squeezed through the machinery of depression treatments, or who simply has a healthy scepticism about the influence of Big Pharma.
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  • Are We Selfish Individuals or an Empathic Society? The Answer Could Determine Whether We Have a Future | Vision | AlterNet
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  • 7 Progressive reasons to Be Suspicious of Universal Health Care Discussions | Sustainablog –I like the way this whole article deals with the whole issue. I’m not opposed to healthcare for all, not in the least bit, but the current medical system is so bad I have had all of these concerns. I for one don’t even use medical care that is covered by insurance anymore at this point in time. — Reason #3 It forces me to subsidize treatments I do not support: I spent several years of my life working with adults struggling with chronic psychosis. Most of them were medicated on a class of drugs called neuroleptics, which, after reviewing the evidence carefully, I believe quite often do more harm than good (see Robert Whitaker’s excellent Mad in America for a review). I am uncomfortable having my tax dollars support treatments that I believe are ultimately harmful, and, unfortunately, see this as a sizable portion of current American health care spending. Reason # 6 “Our current practice of medicine is often toxic: Contrasted against lifestyle-based medicine (think walks in the parks, time with family, plenty of rest, and farmer’s markets) current medical practice consumes huge amounts of physical resources, and releases tons of waste into the environment, including dioxins and heavy metals.”

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