Confusing stats about mental illness

What is the truth about mental illness?  First of all, if we knew the physical causes, we wouldn’t call it “mental.”

But, let’s take a recent article we found, trying to look for the life expectancy of a lawyer.   Continue reading “Confusing stats about mental illness”

Whatever happened to spiritual health?

I begin by worshipping the gods, and try to conduct myself in such a way that in answer to my prayers I may have health and physical strength, esteem in the city, the affection of my friends, safety with honour in war, and wealth increased by honest means – Ischomachus, in the Oikonomikos, 11.8

In the modern western world, when we are faced with health problems that we can’t explain, we simply say it is undiagnosed. If it relates to emotions, or we cannot observe any physical symptoms, we call it mental illness.

However, in the ancient and medieval world, there was a spiritual dimension to health. In many parts of the world, there still is. Yoga, for instance, is not just about stretching, but for many has a spiritual goal.  And the word hygiene comes from Hygieia, who, according to the Open University, was health personified, worshipped in the 4th century BC. Continue reading “Whatever happened to spiritual health?”

Beware of Quacks and Quack schools

A bogus naturopath, Laurence Perry, was convicted of manslaughter back in 2002.  He was only sentenced to 12-15 months in jail.  As early as 2007, there were credible reports that Laurence Perry was practicing again, in Decatur, Alabama.  Then, in 2013, Laurence Perry had been reported to have been practicing “for several years” in North Carolina.

Quackwatch goes on to list his credentials, which it calls diploma mills.  But, what exactly is a “diploma mill” and how do we tell it from a valid medical school? Continue reading “Beware of Quacks and Quack schools”

Medical crowdfunding has its side effects

Even though Australians are meant to have a state-funded health care system, “medical” is the most popular category for crowdfunding campaigns in Australia.

That’s not surprising.  Being ill is the number 2 reason Australians go bankrupt (behind commercial causes.) Continue reading “Medical crowdfunding has its side effects”

Beware of Stem cell con artists

Before you buy stem cells online, watch out for the stem quacks.

You may remember this CBS report on Stem cell fraud (it doesn’t seem we can embed this, but we’ve linked to it below.)

Here’s a more updated story, sharing many of the same facts, by Regenexx (Jan 2018).  It seems online stem cells are still dodgy, and now the con artists look even more official, with names like the “Stem Cell Institute of America,” using a trademarked product called “PaliGen Flow.” What is PaliGen Flow?  It’s worthless at best, perhaps even harmful.

Stem Cell Fraud in Korea (in Korean). A scientist explains why he reported stem cell fraud. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find English subtitles for this video yet, just know that stem cell fraud is an international phenomenon.

It seems stem cell fraud has reached at least three continents, and is spreading in the developed world.  So, perhaps things are even worse than the original CBS report claimed.

Busts big tobacco, now after opioids

The unfortunately named Mike Moore (not the documentarian, the lawyer) who took on tobacco is now opposing opioids.  Can he defeat big pharma like he beat the big bad cancer weed?

Esmé E Deprez and Paul Barrett write for Bloomberg: