Category Archives: learn about your medications

‘They’re waking up’: Reducing drugs for dementia patients yields dramatic results


Sounds like a lot like a plot for a movie based on a true story based on an older  movie based on a true story. Maybe someone’s been watching “Awakenings” and getting ideas. Whilst care in Ontario care homes increasingly looks … Continue reading

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Time for a harm reduction approach to psychiatric drugs


Governments and mental health services around the world have a serious drug problem:  the drugs being dished out in the name of health care in greater numbers, for ever wider range of ailments and to more people are, more are … Continue reading

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drugging seniors in “long term care” – Ontario


Toronto Star again, this time shining a light on the prevalence of using potentially deadly drugs to restrain  seniors in care homes. “Ontario nursing homes are drugging helpless seniors at an alarming rate with powerful antipsychotic drugs, despite warnings that … Continue reading

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psych meds and drugs – some straight talk


So much talk about mental health  is really just talk about about drugs. on meds                         v       off meds  meds as magical cure  v     … Continue reading

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Pill Poppers


BBC Horizon documentary about our relationship with tiny little tablets of crushed powder that seem to have magical properties. It also says a lot about our society’s magical belief in the power of Doctors and scientists to fix everything that … Continue reading

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Bad Bad Bad: how drug companies mislead doctors – Ben Goldacre


Dr Ben Goldacre is a physician, psychiatrist and epidemiologist; writer, broadcaster and really fast TEDtalker. He was in Toronto publicising his new book Bad Science in Feb, here he is in interview with Anna Maria Tremonte on CBC’s The Current from … Continue reading

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how medicines are marketed


A wonderful look back in time -from io9.com -to the days when marketing pharmaceuticals was much more innocent. Travelling snake oil salesmen criss-crossed the land twixt town and city, peddling their wares to  convince you and me  that their poisons were worth … Continue reading

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