Month: June 2009

Biotechnology, Genetics, Toxicology

Genetically Modified Foods (American Academy of Environmental Medicine)

There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health
effects. There is causation as defined by Hill’s Criteria in the areas of
strength of association, consistency, specificity, biological gradient, and
biological plausibility.5 The strength of association and consistency
between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies. …

Biotechnology, Education

Arpad Pusztai and the Risks of Genetic Engineering

Fundamentally the science of genetic engineering is crap. One gene expressing
one protein is the basis of genetic engineering, but the Human Genome Project
discovered 23,000 genes, and there are 200,000 proteins in every cell. With this
discovery, genetic engineering should have disappeared into the dustbin, but the
biotechnology industry is so strong. Genetic engineering is a product driven
technology. If you have enough money to throw at it, you can do many things. But
the industry won’t waste money on safety assessment. …


Neuropsychiatry: Past, Present, and Future Descriptions: An Expert Interview With Jonathan Silver, MD (MedScape)

Biological psychiatry involves examining the role of how the brain functions
in the production of psychiatric disorders. It could be chemical (such as in
depression), anatomical (such as in schizophrenia or brain trauma), or

Those things are important in neuropsychiatry too, but biological psychiatry
does not focus on the treatment of those individuals with neurologic disorders.
Neuropsychiatry does.