Day: March 19, 2009

Implications, NeuroPsyche, Toxicology

The fool on the hill: an essay sharply critical of the psychiatric industry (The Lancet)

Antipsychotics are, at times, cruel drugs. Some cause shaking, salivation,
restlessness, infertility, stiff ness, agitation, and frail bones; others cause
obesity, somnolence, and increase the risk of heart attack, diabetes, and
stroke. Antidepressants also have side-effects, although theirs are typically
less dramatic: sickness, sexual dysfunction, a feeling of being numbed, or
losing one’s personality, and acutely increased risk of suicide. …

Education, Implications

Burt’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine, Naked Juice: Your Favorite Brands? Take Another Look (AlterNet C/O OCA)

I began to wonder about the other products I liked, trusted and respected for
their independence and their social responsibility. How many were really owned
by big corporations, who were going out of their way to hide the link between
the big corporate company with the small, socially responsible brand? It didn’t
take long for my list of disappointments to grow and grow. …

Education, Technology

Simple Elixir Called a ‘Miracle Liquid’ (LA Times C/O Organic Consumers Association)

It turns out that zapping saltwater with low-voltage electricity creates a
couple of powerful, nontoxic cleaning agents. Sodium ions are converted into
sodium hydroxide, an alkaline liquid that cleans and degreases like detergent,
but without the scrubbing bubbles. Chloride ions become hypochlorous acid, a
potent disinfectant known as acid water. …