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A brief history of melancholy - Courtney Stephens

A brief history of melancholy - Courtney Stephens
Robert Burton attempted to gather the totality of human thinking on sadness and melancholy in his 1621 book The Anatomy of Melancholy. Similar to the approach in this video, Burton gathered widely in thinking about the subject. This includes quotes from thinkers and literature, anatomical drawings, and Burton’s own meditations. Check this page of quotes by Robert Burton for more insight into his thinking! Burton was fascinated by the ancient humoral medical system, from which the word melancholy is derived: Black bile = melancholia. Burton’s quote “he who increaseth wisdom increaseth sorrow,” (which some have suggested was Burton being ironic) has become a cliché that artists and writers tend to attribute to depression and other challenging emotions. In the Buddhist worldview, suffering has always been regarded as part of the fundamental fabric of reality. Sooner or later, everyone gets the blues.

A call for Pro-truth to replace Pro-Vax v Anti-Vax « Ura on Conscious Business Culture Viral Vaccination Post I shared some thoughts on Facebook last night and had my first taste after years as an active social media user of ‘going viral’. As I write there have been 1,463 shares and 1310 likes. The subject was vaccination. It can be a viral subject, but it can be very ugly too, generally with discussion strings getting quite insulting and with most participants either pro-vax, or anti-vax and with the people in between keeping out of the line of fire. My Vaccination Position : Pro-Truth My position on vaccination is pro-data, and pro-truth. Vaccination is not an issue that is purely black or white. The subject in my experience get lots of misinformation pumped in from both sides of the argument. It is a subject to which I bring quite deep industry experience having worked as a senior commercial executive in medical science for 12 years and in other sciences for another three. The key point here is science. The problem is now the journey the whole vaccination issue has taken.

Medical Nemesis: The Cycle of Physician-Caused Anger, Despair and Death Patients can demand to be taken seriously, and all of us - patients and dissident professionals together - can help one another to be taken seriously. (Image: Holding stethoscope via Shutterstock) Regaining power over our own health - power that has been taken from us by uncaring bureaucracies and arrogant authorities - was the goal of Ivan Illich's 1976 book Medical Nemesis, which detailed an epidemic of physician-caused death and illness. Unfortunately, this epidemic continues, and so does an epidemic of physician-caused anger, anxiety and despair. Today, it is not news that US medicine is killing us in huge numbers. Among the lengthy list of preventable medical errors resulting in death, it is especially drug use errors, communication failures and diagnostic errors that result in another medical nemesis: They can make us appear - and sometimes feel - like we're "crazy" - out of touch with reality. How Diagnosis Can Render Us "Crazy" Atkins is not alone. The Case of Ernest Hemingway

Doctors Earn $3.5 Billion in Kickbacks from Pharmaceutical Companies The government’s data on payments to doctors and hospitals by drug and device makers is incomplete and hard to penetrate – but here’s a first look. by Charles OrnsteinProPublica The federal government unveiled data Tuesday detailing 4.4 million payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The launch of the so-called Open Payments website, mandated under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, was far from glitch-free: Some users encountered long delays and sometimes error messages trying to access its seven data tables. It will take a while to dig deeply into this new trove of data, which covers the period of August to December 2013 and includes general and research payments, as well as payments to companies’ physician investors. So what’s interesting at first glance? * As predicted, the data is messy and not easy to analyze. Similarly, companies reported payments associated with particular drugs in different ways. Like this story?

Histamine: Mast Cell Disorder or Methylation Imbalance? - Sami G If you think you may suffer from histamine intolerance, a mast cell disorder, mastocytosis, or mast cell activation syndrome (MCAD), and are researching like mad trying to figure out how to overcome it, then this article is for you. With a plethora of information available today on histamine and lots of no-so-good information on how to mitigate its negative side-effects, my goal here is to separate fact from fiction and provide a framework for further understanding and healing. Keep in mind there are still things we are unclear on (research is underway), but our current understanding of histamine as it relates to epigenetics is paving the way. Special thanks to Dr. William Walsh of the Walsh Research Institute for his time and wisdom so I could write this piece. Produced by basophils and mast cells, histamine wears many hats: Once formed, histamine is either stored or rapidly inactivated by its primary degradative enzymes, histamine-N-methyltransferase or diamine oxidase (DAO).

Cancer – You Can't Fool the Children of the Revolution By Niaby Codd Guest Writer for Wake Up World In my quest for the truth since my father’s diagnosis of cancer, many facts have found their way into my vicinity. Facts that go to further prove that which I already intrinsically know. This is information that every single one of us needs to know if we are to break free of the chains of sickness and misery that we are currently shackled to as a society. Given the depth of this information, I have decided to split my findings across a series of articles. Cancer and the Medical Establishment The conventional medical theory maintains that cancer is a problem that originates in the human cell, characterised by abnormal, uncontrolled cell growth. We seem to have the view in modern society that science is perfect but there are all sorts of fractions that occur within science. The Gerson therapy treats the cancer as a systematic disease of the abnormal chemistry of the whole body. This process is widely understood within the medical community.

What’s Wrong With Me? One morning in March, I sat down at my desk to work, and found I could no longer write or read; my brain seemed enveloped in a thick gray fog. I wondered if it was a result of too much Internet surfing, and a lack of will power. I wondered if I was depressed. But I wanted to work. I didn’t feel apathy, only a weird sense that my mind and my body weren’t synched. My internist did some blood work, and called a few days later. That weekend, on a crisp spring evening in the West Village, I went to see a movie with a group of friends. I called a doctor at Weill Cornell who specializes in women’s health, and made an appointment. But I didn’t feel better in six weeks. When I saw the doctor, she suggested raising my dosage of the hormone. In a normal immune response, the body creates antibodies (Y-shaped protein molecules) and white blood cells to fight off viruses and bacteria. From the start, though, the study of autoimmunity has been characterized by uncertainty and error.

Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications -- ScienceDaily In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer's disease to multiple sclerosis. "Instead of asking, 'How do we study the immune response of the brain?' "We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role," Kipnis said. New Discovery in Human Body Even Kipnis was skeptical initially. 'Very Well Hidden' The discovery was made possible by the work of Antoine Louveau, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Kipnis' lab.

A German Writer Translates a Puzzling Illness Into a Best-Selling Book MANNHEIM, Germany — IF Giulia Enders had not contracted a mysterious illness as a teenager that left her covered with sores, she, like most of us, might never have thought much about her digestive tract, except when it was out of whack. She might never have enrolled in medical school, either, and she almost certainly would not have written a best-selling book about digestion last year that has captivated Germany, a nation viewed, fairly or not, as exceedingly anal-retentive. Back in 2007, after a series of mostly ineffective treatments prescribed by doctors, Ms. Enders, then 17, decided to take matters into her own hands. Convinced that the illness was somehow associated with her intestines, she pored over gastroenterological research, consumed probiotic bacterial cultures meant to aid digestion and tried out mineral supplements.

The Forgotten History Of Vaccines & Disease Everyone Should Know Last month I read a book that would change my perspective on the vaccination debate. The book is called Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, written by acclaimed nephrologist Suzanne Humphries. For anyone involved in the controversial vaccine debate, whether a proponent or opponent, this book is truly invaluable for a few reasons. The thoroughness of Humphries’s historical research is unlike anything I’ve seen before, a rare book that provides in-depth investigations documenting the medical history related to mass vaccination programs and infectious diseases. She turned her back on a $300,000 salary to become a low-paid researcher, all because her integrity wouldn’t allow her to turn a blind eye to what she was seeing in her practice. Suzanne spoke with Dr. Why Dr. Dr. Prior to 2009, Suzanne Humphries was a well respected, and highly sought after nephrologist working out of Maine. At the time she considered herself “pro-vaccine,” As Dr. What About Polio? Dr.

Study Exposes Corruption of U.S. Health Care, How Big Pharma Manufactures Consumer Demand Hanover, NH — Researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice produced a damning report on the U.S. health care system, describing how evidence-based research has declined and how the pharmaceutical industry manufactures demand. “The pharmaceutical industry has influenced medical research in its favor by selective reporting, targeted educational efforts, and incentivizing prescriber behavior that influences how medicine is practiced, the researchers say. The pharmaceutical industry has also spent billions of dollars in direct-to-consumer advertising and has created new disease labels, so-called disease-mongering, and by promoting the use of drugs to address spurious predictions.” The degradation of health care is one of many ills brought about by corporatism. When big government and industry moguls come together, the truth and human rights suffer. The problem of industry manufacturing consumer demand is perhaps the most difficult to address.

List of Dead Microbiologists The worlds top anti-virus microbiologists are being killed off. By 2005, 40 were dead. Today, over 100. Many murdered, the rest died under very suspicious circumstances. Are these silenced ‘whistleblowers’ who knew too much? Why didn’t the mainstream media report in on these stories? Died 2006 Lee Jong-woo, age 61. Died 2005 #79: Leonid Strachunsky. Robert J. #77: Todd Kauppila, age 41. David Banks, age 55. Dr. Geetha Angara, age 43. Jeong H. Died in 2004 Darwin Kenneth Vest, born April 22, 1951, was an internationally renowned entomologist, expert on hobo spiders and other poisonous spiders and snakes. Darwin was declared legally dead the first week of March 2004 and now the family is in the process of obtaining restraining orders against several companies who saw fit to use his name and photos without permission. Media help in locating Darwin is welcome. Tom Thorne, age 64; Beth Williams, age 53; Died: December 29, 2004. Taleb Ibrahim al-Daher. John R. #67: Matthew Allison, age 32. Dr.