March 2nd, 201231708There is an old adage that when the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems start to look like nails. The rise of the medical model over the last 50 years has increasingly made every problem people have a medical “nail” and hence solved by the “hammer” of a pill.
November 26th, 201101266Responsibility for unacceptable behavior needs to be placed where it belongs, with the individual who has done whatever it is they have done. Making medical excuses or blaming something or someone for the behavior of people is not the answer.
August 5th, 201192505When picking a toy off a shelf, quitting a job or speaking out of turn are signs of disease, the plot has been lost. It is time for all of us to stand up to the medicalization of life and the profiteering from it.
July 29th, 2011348558I received a letter from the Federal Government informing me of its new Healthy Start For School “ initiative”. The rationale for this as with most of these schemes is that it will “… help with the early identification of life risk factors and development delays and conditions”. Really? Even if you could understand this double...
November 23rd, 201031411It is with some shock that I discovered that a pharmaceutical company is doing a trial of antidepressant use in children as young as seven. Children may have a variety of heath and emotional problems. They need our help, support and guidance, not labels and drugs.
October 1st, 201001465When too many of us take too many drugs, there are consequences. These are both economic and human. The solution is to use drugs judiciously and not as a replacement for being responsible for what we put in our mouths.
May 18th, 20100984It is amazing how we overlook simple solutions.Physical activity stimulates brain activity.Children who do regular exercise get better school grades.This has got to be better than pills.