Sunday, December 18, 2005

Serotonin and Depression - The Big Lie

Drug companies claim that a "chemical imbalance" of serotonin in the brain causes depression and that the anti-depressant wonder drugs (like Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, etc.) correct this imbalance. In truth there is NO evidence to back up these claims, which is why you will read "depression is a serious medical condition that may be due to a chemical imbalance." Note the word "may". The drug companies never say "is" they always say "may" or "it is believed" or "experts think". Hmmm, I always thought science was a field where you could say "is". Anyway, someone has recently taken a stand and told the truth: Serotonin and Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific Literature.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

More on Wikipedia

The man who created a false biography for another person on Wikipedia was tracked down by another man who was a victim of a similar false bio on Wikipedia. What is interesting about this is that it wasn't someone from Wikipedia who did the tracking down, it was a private individual who had his own disagreements with the Wikipedia administrators. The Wikipedia administrators didn't take the responsibility to find out who was using the site for their own purposes.

Note that although the article is entitled "Wikipedia Prankster Expresses Remorse", he didn't do any expressing until he got caught: Wikipedia Prankster Expresses Remorse

Sunday, December 11, 2005

New Citizens Commission On Human Rights Website

I was looking to see if the CCHR site had a "link to us" page and was surprised to find a totally redesigned site. The home page has an incredible Flash presentation listing facts and figures about psychiatry, its treatments, its drugs, its other abuses and its damaging results. Just go to the home page and watch it: Report Psychiatric Abuse. Visit

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Wikipedia - The Flaw

I use Wikipedia quite a lot, usually to clear up technical terms and concepts related to the computer field and I find it very useful for this purpose. Often someone has come up with a new term for something in my industry and it is not defined anywhere but Wikipedia. This is the place where Wikipedia excels. Areas where facts are facts and there is no real room (or need) for opinion. A widget is a widget and it has a specific definition. However, where Wikipedia falls down is when it allows people to make entries about things that are not so cut and dried. This is the place where opinion and bias can enter in and the area where Wikipedia's flaws really show up. It is time someone at Wikipedia figured out a way to handle this or else they are going to end up being taken to court by someone for defamation. Read this article for an example of what can happen: Wikipedia: It's Online But Is It True?