May 28th, 2010



Here in the US we desperately need to get on the ball and pass a law by which same sex couples can have all the same legal rights as religiously married couples. Seriously now folks. It's not about HOMOSEXUALITY, and it's not about MARRIAGE. It's about human rights. Asexual, monosexual, bisexual, trisexual, whatever any kind of people, even a-religious people should be permitted to join their fates in a legal way with the person (or persons!) of their choosing. That person should be the one contacted first when there is a need. Everyone deserves to have someone at their back. Period. (Shut up you pervs.) It is a crime that as a society we disallow some people's families.

On the other hand, thinking about the military, I think it is reasonable to extend some of the requirements of DADT to all servicepeople. Lust of all kinds should be on the downlow while on duty. Military service is not about getting laid. I know that packs of high testosterone men are a sexual liability, so figure out somehow to manage it, eh? There must be a way to let these men have healthy outlets to prevent them from embarrassing themselves and from raping anybody's daughter.

Psych Drugs, Psych Conditions, and Bone Health

Well so we already knew that drugs that increase serotonin levels decrease bone density over time. Medscape's new report says that osteoporosis is associated not just with SSRIs, but with benzos and some mood stabilizers other than lithium. Tricyclic antidepressants are protective for bones, but they have other gnarly side effects.

They've also found that mental disorders themselves have significant bone correlations. Dementia, schizophrenia and alcohol dependence are associated with reduced bone density. Depression is associated with less osteoporosis---which makes sense if you think that a lot of depression is due to low serotonin levels. Bipolar disorder and drugs other than alcohol were not found to have any correlation with osteoporosis.

Aside: FDA has released new warning that Tramadol (an opioid) increases suicide risk.

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I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.
I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due.
I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity.
The health of my patients will be my number one consideration.
I will respect the secrets that are confided in me even after my patient has died.
I will maintain by all the means in my power the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession.
My colleages will be my sisters and brothers.
I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, race, political affiliation, nationality, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient.
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights or civil liberties even under threat.
I make these promises solemnly and freely and upon my honor.