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Category Archive for 'The Body Electric'

Link: The conditions for which bibliotherapy is prescribed are just as diverse as its forms. Research has shown that patients suffering from borderline personality disorder engage in significantly less frequent and severe deliberate self-harm when their therapy involves reading a booklet on coping strategies. Adults with asthma and rheumatoid arthritis found that their symptoms lessened […]

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It’s so appalling to me that we live in a country where the justice system goes after “crimes” like this, and yet banks and grand-scale thieves walk free. It’s just crazy, isn’t it? Madison, MN- A mother in Minnesota was charged with child endangerment after giving her son medical marijuana oil from Colorado after she had exhausted all […]

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Bio-pharming?

H/t to Ron for this really interesting story about the new Ebola treatment: With the seemingly miraculous recovery of two American missionaries infected with the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia, ZMapp, the experimental drug that appears to have cured Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol of the deadly disease, has rushed to the […]

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Kind of crazy that it took this long to get the ball rolling on research. I knew a shrink who was using MDMA back in 1973: Almost immediately after Albert Hofmann discovered the hallucinogenic properties of LSD in the 1940s, research on psychedelic drugs took off. These consciousness-altering drugs showed promise for treating anxiety, depression, […]

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I have a very mild case of essential tremor, so this interested me. Plus, you know, playing violin during brain surgery? How cool is that?

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So, most everybody knows that two healthcare workers that were treating Ebola patients in Africa were brought to Emory Hospital here in Atlanta for treatment after they contracted the disease. There has been a real psycho nutbag freak out that there is an “isolation area” for these patients. Unfortunately, some of these big screamers don’t […]

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Negativity bias

I’m pretty sure I wrote about this before, but maybe you missed it the first time: You could be forgiven for not having browsed yet through the latest issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences. If you care about politics, though, you’ll find a punchline therein that is pretty extraordinary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences employs a […]

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In the zone

This doesn’t surprise me at all.

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The ultimate trip

The end of an era: Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, the pioneering pharmacologist who introduced MDMA to psychologists in the 1970s, has died aged 88 after a battle with liver cancer. Shulgin was famed for having synthesized and tested over 200 psychedelic drugs. He earned the title, the “Godfather of ecstasy”, after developing a new synthesis method […]

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If you’re a smoker. I mean it. I just came from the Temple University Hospital Lung Center. I had to see a pulmonary specialist to screen me for my sleep study, and let me tell you, I am really, really glad I never smoked. So many of these people in the waiting area sounded like […]

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