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seriously just stop
rest, shutup

Gems from the rant the entire Starbucks was subjected to until I asked the guy to give it a rest already, which at least quieted him down to "one table" volume:

  • Mental illnesses are called "disorders" and not "diseases" because they're not real like cancer

  • You can tell they're not real like cancer because you can't detect them in a blood test

  • Ritalin is chemically identical to methamphetamine

  • Eli Lilly changed the color of Prozac so they could extend their patent

  • Because 25% of studies show that people respond to placebos ("sugar pills! SUGAR PILLS!") we can't tell if any brain meds do what they say

  • Longitudinal studies of psychiatric drugs are all either three or six months long, so no-one knows what happens long term

  • They're not "side effects", they're just "effects" because the drugs cause them

  • Drug companies lobby the FDA to declare something a disorder so they can sell drugs to treat it

and on and on and LOUD oh my god you'd think he was giving a speech. Which he was, basically, because you could tell that it was very well-rehearsed.

I feel sorry for the woman he was sitting with, whose participation was basically going "uh huh", "yup", "mmhm" for about 45 minutes straight. What's weird is that the guy did know some things about what he was talking about, weird details like lithium side effects and the name of some of the psychiatrists who developed cognitive behavioural therapy. He just had a, uh, interesting set of conclusions. A loud set of conclusions.

Gah. Getting involved in things like that always shakes me up a little. Writing down the stuff he was going on about reconfirms that he was full of it, at least.

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Reminds me of my sister on those evil vaccines.


Facts don't really matter to these types of idiots.

Some people just beg for me to stand up and say "Shut up before I go bipolar on your ass!"

Having some experience with the anti-medical crowd (as a natural-minded earthy-crunchy parent, it's impossible NOT to), that's their calling card. They have all these websites with a few true facts, but more lies and completely out-there paranoid conclusions.

If you ever want to have fun, check out "Doctor" Mercola's site.


I'm not nearly as well read, but I did like this one:
They're not "side effects", they're just "effects" because the drugs cause them

Maybe we should rename them to unintended-effects-you-may-also-experience? Tho it would be more of a mouthful. ;)

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