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The Relentless Pursuit of Thinness

The Relentless Pursuit of Thinness

Back in the day I spent 6 months at the Clarke Institute training with Drs Garfinkel and Garner, on what was called the clinical investigation unit. We dealt with obscure or intractable conditions that often walked the interface between psychiatry and general medicine eg Tourette syndrome, psychomotor epilepsy, migraine tension headache and eating disorders mostly anorexic.

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Star Trek and Vaccination Refusal

Star Trek and Vaccination Refusal

A fellow I know recently told me he was disturbed by his daughters’ refusal to vaccinate her infant child. He was understandably perturbed and was prepared to notify child protection but soon realized that this is locally a grey area, legally. Needless to say he blamed himself and of course his ex wife.  He believed […]

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Chickens and Xenophobia

Chickens and Xenophobia

The chickens have come home to roost, there is a poultry crisis in Canada, as reported by the CBC. It seems there is a shortage of ethnic chickens, specifically Chinese Silkie (烏骨雞) and Kosher birds.However there is a plentiful supply of Halal, so Muslims are not crying fowl.

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Which Jack is Normal?

Which Jack is Normal?

Back in residency training, the atmosphere was a bit competitive at times, and a smart ass colleague told me that he had read most of Freud’s works in the original German, thus rendering him more erudite on the subject of analytic theory. I told him that since he was from Hamburg this was no great accomplishment, and that he really probably grew up in Freudenstadt. At which point he thought I should deal with my obvious issues around envy and hostility.

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Socialism is Humanism

Socialism is Humanism

I am friends with a retired US navy boomer boat jockey down in Margaritaville, who appears to have republican-laissez faire capitalist inclinations. The kind that worships Ayn Rand, Adam Smith, and JS Mill. In short he adheres to the concepts of egocentric derived selfishness, the philosophy that the best form of government is the least form and that “it is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest”(Smith).

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