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AIDSFoundation-Christie'sAIDSFoundation-Christie's2With a spotlight on works by Ansel Adams, Christie’s NY will be holding an auction of photography, April 6, to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This at a time of renewed interest in the role played by American biological warfare researchers, at Fort Detrick in the late 1970s, in manufacturing and spreading the AIDS virus during genetic engineering experiments.

Reflecting on an Ansel Adams photograph, one can experience the splendor of truth to be found in nature, but also the nature of reality itself, and be terrified of the cost of contradicting that “beginningless and endless, primordial ground.”

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StreetArt2016ggWould that NYC officials included and reported on EMF risks in their Air Flow Study.

Yoga2016fYoga2016cHoping to leave her peeps “calm but focused,” Larissa Hall Carlson, Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, led a Detox Yoga session at Yoga Journal Live, 4/10.

WoundedWarrior2015WoundedWarrior2015cWoundedWarrior2015aWoundedWarriors2015The Wounded Warrior Project held their Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner at the Waldorf Thursday evening.

WWP seeks to honor and empower wounded warriors with services and programs to meet the needs of service members, especially in cases where the VA and family supports have broken down.

One speaker said the challenges going forward are for “long term care and quality mental health care.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ServiceDogThis is a Service Dog (not to be confused with a Compassion Dog or an Emotional Support Dog) at the Chambers Street subway station this week—looking a bit run down, perhaps from Wi-Fi exposure.

WiFiThe decision by New York officials to make NYC, including subways, a big WiFi hot spot is misguided, and will lead to negative health consequences for New Yorkers of all persuasions.

The day is coming when “Wi-Fi Free” will be more desirable than “Free Wi-Fi.”

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SuzanoTea2015We found this concoction to be helpful in dealing with cold and flu symptoms.

Boil 2″ Ginger (shredded) in 6 oz. water, combine with 1 Tablespoon of Honey, 1 Tablespoon Suze (apertif from France) and 1 Tablespoon Amaro Lucano (liqueur of Italy). Boil together, strain and enjoy.

FeelingSick (2)With all the disease causing viruses going around—from influenza to ebola—it’s surprising and troubling that hospital workers in NYC routinely wear their hospital garb on public transportation.

Superman-girlGot a vaccine for that?

“The job of the school is difficult. our goal is to take every girl, no matter how antagonistic she may be, and within six to eight months rehabilitate her so that, with the guidance of a parole officer, she will be able to stay out of further serious trouble in the community. Naturally, we do not succeed with everyone, but we do with about 80 per cent of the girls. Operating essentially with an indeterminate commitment, we have permission to keep seriously irresponsible girls longer if we feel it is necessary; only a few, however, are kept over one year. Although girls who commit serious crimes such as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, or armed robbery are held at the school for one year, these commitments can be reduced if they show signs of earlier rehabilitation.” William Glasser, M.D., Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry, (Harper & Row, 1965)

Photograph: Stephen Wise

NooTelligenceOn a recent afternoon in New York’s Washington Square Park, NYU students were offered samples of Nootelligence “Focus”, a supplement claiming to promote “focus, memory and cognitive function.”

LE asked the marketing guy about the obscure ingredients in Noolelligence, like ALCAR (which doesn’t require FDA approval). He said “ALCAR is given to European Alzeimers patients.”

Supplement companies are employing psychopharmacologists to produce potions that significantly alter brain chemistry, are addictive, expensive, and will likely contribute to Alzheimers one day for those who take them.

One reason for the widespread use of energy drinks and supplements is to counter the debilitating effects of WiFi and EMF (associated with digital devices) on the brain’s functionality.

StPatricksGreenwichVillage (2)Our bold digital age, driven by egos and algos, is producing an endless stream of patients and perps — inverted and empowered. The resulting pathology needs healthy doses of truth, charity, and human solidarity.

If the St. Patrick’s Parade organizers are truly guided by the spirit of St. Patrick, they might consider letting the LGBT community march openly in next year’s parade.

It takes a village to recover reality, and advance the healing (of persons and society), so needed in the US.

BelenGarijo2014 (2)Belen Garijo, President & CEO Merck Serono, addressed the recent BIO CEO & Investor Conference in NYC.

Merck Serono is an $8 billion (2013 revenue) specialty PHARMA company, that sees itself as a leader in personalized medicine. The German company is trying to position itself in the Immuno-oncology sector (estimated at $30 billion). “We’re all looking for the same thing — late stage oncology (compounds),” said Ms. Garijo.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

FartsAroundTheWorldMany in the U.S. are obsessed with kittens, pre-K, being gay and matters related to one’s bowels.

Covering the Olympics in Sochi, New York Daily News reporter Filip Bondy wrote in his column today: “You’ll definitely want to know about how another reporter walked in on me while I was pooping at the Olympics.”

In his work, Sigmund Freud endeavoured to “show the connection between the actual facts of infantile sexual life and the actual facts of the sexual perversions” — vis-a-vis the bowels/anus. For Freud “the criterion by which we judge whether a sexual activity is perverse is if it departs from reproduction in its aims and pursues the attainment of gratification independently. You will understand therefore that the gulf and turning-point in the development of the sexual life lies at the point of its subordination to the purposes of reproduction.”

“Through the mouths of their scientific spokesmen they (homosexuals) lay claim to be a special variety of the human race, a ‘third sex,’ as they call it, standing with equal rights alongside the other two. We may perhaps have an opportunity to critically examine those claims. They are not, of course, as they would gladly maintain, the elect of mankind.” Sigmund Freud, A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

Perhaps the Pussy Riot changed their name when they realized that their infantile audience in the U.S. (gay and straight) was more interested in anuses than pussies. However, both groups share a desire for self-creation and self-glorification — that is ultimately self-defeating for individuals and nations.

“No man may glory in himself.” St. Francis

WilliamD.KennerStephen Grosz, bestselling author of “The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves,” addressed the 2014 National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association today in NYC.

Mr. Grosz’s clinical writing distills 50,000 hours of clinical practice, over 25 years, into a jargon-free book that delivers a ‘being there’ experience—that he hopes will help people get at the truth of the ‘inner-world.’

Photograph (top): William Kenner, M.D.

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MTA2013The recent Metro North train derailment was caused by a drowsy/disoriented engineer. A contributing factor may have been prolonged exposure to wireless network devices (especially Wi-Fi).

Trains, planes and automobiles are no place for Wi-Fi.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

FP102713cThe Obama administration is counting on healthy and financially well off young people (overpaying for insurance they don’t need) to make Obamacare work. And yet it’s increasingly difficult to find young people who are healthy and financially well off in America today.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

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BuonicontiFund2013Sports legends, celebrities and business leaders turned out to support NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti’s Fund, which aids spinal cord injury research—done by scientists at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

According to their press release: “The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Clinical Trials Initiative is designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. Our FDA approved Schwann cell transplantation trial, the only one of its kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.”

The problem is the Schwann cell transplantation trial uses harvested hESC (human embryonic stem cells) which undermines the moral integrity of society. A better approach would be to use stem cells from umbilical cord (placenta) blood.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

SickChildThe American ‘way of life’ is killing people and making it increasingly difficult for children to be healthy and safe, let alone flourish.

Especially problematic is the 24/7 harm coming from elecromagnetic radiation associated with Wi-Fi, cell towers and digital devices.

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SarahEvansMtSinaiWhy are today’s children suffering from diseases that were virtually unheard of a generation ago?

“America’s children are at risk of becoming the first generation to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.” So says the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai in NYC.

Sarah Evans, PhD, of The Children’s Environmental Health Center, spoke recently to a gathering of mothers and bloggers at Sprout in Manhattan. Her talk: How to Read a Product Label focused on ingredients in personal care products that should be avoided, especially by pregnant women, because of suspected bad outcomes in children.

Dr. Evans said the average woman puts 12 personal care products on her body. For teens it’s 17. Her list of ingredients to avoid: phthalates (not on the label–avoid fragrance/parfum), triclosan, parabens, formaldehyde, compounds ending in ‘eth’ (ie sodium laureth) and PEG, as well as nano-particles. She also suggests that those who use nail polish should buy brands labeled “three free.”

Because of the lack of government oversight in this area, Dr. Evans advocates for people educating each other and supporting companies that are reducing toxic chemicals in their products.

Suggested link: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Pride2013k (2)Nursing Care

“When an individual suffers from arrested psychosexual development, his total personality is affected. Thus the nurse can expect immature behavior in many areas from an individual who utilizes a sexually deviant means of expressing sexual needs. He may sulk demand special attention, display many dependent needs, utilize provocative behavior, blame others for his situation, or become sarcastic and hostile toward the hospital staff.

Sexually deviant individuals, like all other patients, deserve a friendly, accepting climate where they are treated with respect and consideration. In addition they require the establishment of firm limits that are fairly and consistently enforced.” The Essentials of Psychiatric Nursing (The C.V. Mosby Company, 1970)

BPA2013BPA, a compound found in plastic bottles, aluminum cans, dental sealants, baby products and even on receipts, is more pervasive and harmful than previously thought. This according to Dr. Frederick vom Saal, Professor of Biological Sciences University of Missouri, who spoke on the subject today at the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center.

With the FDA and EPA on the $ideline$, Dr. Vom Staal advocated for “citizen action” to compel American companies to find safe alternatives to BPA. The Europeans have.

bernardnathanson1 (2)“If I were writing today, I’d have to assert that human life begins even earlier (than the womb), with the complex process of fertilization — a miracle in chemistry, physics, and molecular biology occurring within the fallopian tube. By the time the fertilized egg, dividing and beginning to organize itself, enters the womb, life has been in action for at least three days.”

After overseeing or performing 60,000+ abortions — “I did my last abortion in 1979. I had come to the conclusion that there was no reason for an abortion at any time; this person in the womb is a living human being, and we could not continue to wage war against the most defenseless of human beings.”

“I am no longer alone. It has been my fate to wander the globe in search of the One without Whom I am doomed, but now I seize the hem of His robe in desperation, in terror, in celestial access to the purest need I have ever known.” Dr. Bernard Nathanson (1926-2011), The Hand of God (Regnery, 2001)

After running the largest abortion mill in the world — in New York City, Bernard Nathanson had a change of heart. He spent his final years advocating against abortion and was baptized into the Catholic Church in 1996.

Psychoanalysts2013Mental health is a growing concern in the United States. The question is can mental health professionals be counted to guide people to mental health? Is there a model for mental health? Is there even a definition for ‘person’ in the mental health community.

In the recently published: Psychoanalytic Terms & Concepts, we looked up the word ‘person’ and found this: “The word person has not found much theoretical place in psychoanalysis.”

In psychiatry the lack of a coherent understanding of the human person (mind, body and soul) invariably results in a failure to properly diagnose and deal with the root causes of mental illness, resulting in remedies that can do more harm than good.

RothSilwanThe American Psychoanalytic Association 2013 National Meeting included a session called: The Application of Psychoanalytic Thinking to Social Problems: Frontline Mothers at a Trauma Vortex.

Dr. Judy Roth (left), clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, presented her psychoanalytical and ethnographic work with Palestinian mothers on the frontline of political violence and terror.

In describing case-after-case of Palestinian suffering, dehumanization, disintegration, and crushing loss of property and life, Dr. Roth bore witness (and invited everyone in the room to bear witness) to the evil visited on the Palestinian people by the government of Israel. She hopes to rally the mental health community to confront the causes of ‘psychic death’ — that she says will continue in the Palestinian Territories, as long as they are under Israeli occupation and colonization.

Commentary: A similar case can be made for the psychic death — within and among Israelis — petrating injustice against their Palestinian neighbors.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

MedicalStudentThis medical student at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens told LE, 1/12, that he had not received a flu vaccine this year — nor any other year. A registered nurse we spoke with, on the #7 subway, said the same thing.

Commentary: The (health care professionals) opting-out of getting a flu vaccine seem more knowledgeable and trustworthy than those who are compelling people to take it.

ProzacNation1 (2)Commentary: No analysis of the Newtown shooting will be complete without serious consideration given to the role antipsychotic drugs may have played. The worst thing you can do to someone is take away their consciousness. And yet millions of Americans with developmental disabilities (some as young as 1 year old) are being forced to take consciousness altering drugs, with adverse effects. “Monster drugs” as one vet put it. It’s been reported by a family friend that Adam Lanza was on meds.

On this the 25th anniversary of Prozac’s introduction to the U.S. market, it is worth noting the suspected link between antidepressants, taken by pregnant women, and autism spectrum disorders in their children.

PhilipJLandriganMount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center held a symposium, 12/5, titled: Environment Chemicals and the Developing Brain. The presentation addressed how chemical exposures effect a child’s ability to learn and reason, and are linked to problems in child development, including ADHD.

In his talk, Program Director Philip Landrigan MD mentioned that childhood leukemia is on the rise, including brain cancer. He said that radiation and pesticides might have something to do with it.

LE told Dr. Landrigan of seeing a pregnant woman in the park using a computer resting on her baby bump. He said that if it were his daughter he would advise her not to do that. The message coming from the symposium: the need for better labeling, increased literacy on environmental risks, and reduced exposure.

TimesSquareSubwayStationRescueThese two woman wouldn’t let this guy die on the #7 train platform in New York’s Times Square Station today. He was on the ground unconscious with a massive head injury lying in a pool of blood and urine. An MTA worker called for an ambulance but after 10 minutes none had come. At one point the man looked like he had died. People started walking away. But the women kept up the CPR. Finally a cop came, but after several more minutes still no ambulance (EMS). Then the guy opened his eyes. We got the name of the angel on the right — ‘Susanna’.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Commentary: The Affordable Care Act, designed to reform the health care system in the U.S., will instead undermine public health — especially women’s health, by pushing activities that have proven to be harmful to women — from birth control to screenings and abortion services.

This week has seen Penn State Football and the legacy of Joe Paterno collapse in shambles, as well as a Catholic priest sent to prison for failing to protect young people from sexual predators. Referring to the priest, the prosecutor in Philadelphia said that he “enabled monsters in clerical garb.”

Commentary: With the nation focused on protecting young people, hopefully attention will be given to the many other ways children are being harmed everyday in the United States. One example is the over proscribing and improper proscribing of psychotropic medicines for children, including the testing of powerful drugs, off-label, on children in foster care. LE asked a psychiatrist from Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC about it today. He said: “It’s troublesome but there are others who have to address it.” That sounds like something Joe Paterno or the priest might have said.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

The Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) has developed a list of ten chemicals found in consumer products that are suspected of contributing to autism and learning disabilities.

Published in Environmental Health Perspectives July 7, 2012, they are: lead, methylmercury, PCBs, organophosphate pesticides, organochlorine pesticides, endocrine disruptors (BPA), automotive exhaust, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, brominated flame retardants and perflorinated compounds.

The paper’s authors are Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, director of the CEHC, Dr. Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and Dr. Luca Lambertini also of the CEHC.

Commentary: With millions of American youth afflicted with disorders of the brain, one would think that the government and industry would do more to reduce toxicity in consumer products. And yet that hasn’t been the case, as free marketeers and bought bureaucrats fail to do the right thing for society, while maximizing their returns. A recent example is the US FDA reviewing BPA but then failing to put restrictions on it, even in baby products, as is the case in Europe. The U.S. is not ‘strong and secure’ for healthy living.

Maeda-En, out of Japan, makes a Matcha green tea powder — loaded with healthful properties — 10x regular green tea, but with one-third the caffeine of regular coffee.

The tea is described as ‘an energy enhancer and mood relaxer’ — also helpful for colds and the flu.

The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is facing enormous pressure from industry lobbyists, Wall Street, Congress, and even the White House, to make compromises in standards and practices critical to public health and safety — anything for a ‘buck’, all in the spirit of innovation.

Stephen P. Spielberg (center), Deputy Commissioner, FDA and formerly of Merck, was joined by industry lobbyists and Wall Street investors on a panel at the Feb. 14 BIO CEO conference.

Commentary: The FDA performs a vital regulatory function for society. Recent experience in capitalism has shown that industry can not be trusted to regulate itself — doing the right thing for the common good — while trying to maximize ROI. Whatever can be done should be done to assure the integrity of the FDA and keep if from becoming politicized or manipulated by financial interests.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

At the recent BIO CEO conference in NYC one of the panelists said that in the coming years Baby Boomers will come down with Alzheimer’s disease at the rate of 10,000 per day.

Recent industry focus on beta-amyloid as the cause of Alzheimer’s was debated — in light of recent setbacks in the developmental process of drugs targeting amyloid.

Several people we spoke with acknowledged a possible link between depression drugs and neurodegeneration — which over time might contribute to Alzheimer’s.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Back in November, Gilead Sciences acquired Pharmasset and its PSI-7797 anti-HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) drug — for $11 billion. They paid an 89% premium to the share price for a drug that still hasn’t received final FDA approval.

Gilead CEO John Milligan (red tie in photo) talked about the deal at the recent BIO CEO conference in New York.

Also at the conference was Moncef Slaoui, Chairman, Research & Development, GlaxoSmithKline, who said the deal was “impossible to justify.”

Commentary: Gilead’s $11 billion ‘bet’ is problematic for various reasons, not the least of which is the fact that they (over) paid for it using borrowed money. With Bank of America and Barclays, Gilead sold bonds — some unsecured with 30 year maturities, to institutional investors. So now if the drug doesn’t get approved, or live up to Gilead’s rosy projections, it will be pension funds and retirement accounts that get stuck with the loss. Mr. Milligan told LE that some Japanese banks also participated in the deal.

Debt financing, using pension funds, has become a license to steal. Nothing has changed since the Blackstone-Stuyvesant Town debacle looted $5 billion from two California pension funds in 2006.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Jean-Jacques Bienaime, Chief Executive Officer of BioMarin, a biopharmaceutical company that manufactures drugs for ‘rare diseases’ — including one that sells for $400,000/year.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Are veterans more likely to suffer from PTSD if the wars they fought in were ‘unjust’? The answer is a resounding “yes”, according to a number of the psychoanalysts and therapists we spoke with (including Dr. Claudio Eizirik lower photo), this week at the American Psychoanalytic Association 2012 National Meeting. Some said it needs further study.

Dr. Eizirik (with wife Mariza) was one of four recipients of the 2012 Mary S. Sigourney Award, in recognition of his contribution to the field of psychoanalysis.

“No country has ever profited from protracted warfare.” Sun-Tzu, Art of War

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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