Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Therapy for Mainstream Psychiatry

Here's a couple of interesting articles on the American Psychiatric Association's new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of disorders:

Why Psychiatry Needs Therapy
A manual's draft reflects how diagnoses have grown foggier, drugs more ineffective
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704188104575083700227601116.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_lifestyle

Replacing Moral Flaws With 'Disorders'
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/feb/28/george-will-replacing-moral-flaws-with-disorders/

This is a big problem, which ranges into more purely biological issues, such as claimed infectious HIV, swine-flu pandemics, bird-flu, Hep-C, etc.  New "diseases" and "disorders" snatched out of thin air, with only the most tenuous evidence to support them.  And soon enough, to be dictated to everyone by Government Authority.

I'm reminded that the third leading cause of death in the USA is "iatrogenic" -- death by doctor, from wrong medications, bad medications, hospital infections, unnecessary surgery, botched surgery, and so on.  Neither this, nor any kind of natural health concern, has received five-seconds of discussion in the current "Health Care" debate, even though directly addressing it would lead to a dramatic reduction in costs for health-care all by itself.

Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, Killing 225,000 People Every Year
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/07/30/doctors-death-part-one.aspx

Just imagine, if one-third of all hospital procedures, the deadly ones, were simply eliminated?  Costs would decline dramatically.

Interesting that this article by Dr. Mercola -- like myself, a critic of mainstream medicine -- draws primarily from an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggesting even that very mainstream organization is concerned with the increasingly out-of-control situation.

Which makes us wonder, what kind of pills the doctors are popping themselves.

J.D.




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