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Bipolar Disease: Becoming More Homicidal n' Stealing the Best of Us



Less than a year and a half ago, I got a call from my best friend, who had heard first and wanted my husband and I to hear it from her. Our dear, brilliant, poem-filled rock star of a Best Man (of 12 years ago). Padraic was so close to Dave (hubs) … his girl-friend (a good friend as well) found him hanging in his apartment.

Actual Shocked doesn't cover it, still.

So many American families have the resilience to care for their un-well … and they will be offering the humblest gift of respecting our elders. Now.

I don't know why, but most of my dearest friends suffer with that bitchy, stubborn and under-researched condition (or a cousin of It), called Bipolar Disease. They are often generous, caring remarkable people, I have found. And bright as hell.

They know Shite!! A thimbleful of good Scotch led my Gram into many a learning moment in there for free … that can be a part of the attitude and some very deep acts of desperation.

A morsel of stand-up from Williams …

Maybe, just maybe, Bipolar research and testing will get a bump -- because Robin Williams was killed by it this time. Read Laffy's outstanding posts, here, about his loss and her raw reactions.

Richard Dreyfuss, is also a victim célebre of  brain health issues.

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

Dreyfuss first spoke publically about his bipolar disorder during the 2006 documentary, “The Secret Life of Manic Depressive.”

Since then he has been open and has freely discussed his struggles in the hope of alleviating some of the stigma associated with mental illness. He told People magazine:

“There is no shame in having depression. It never should be something to hide.”

Dreyfuss realized that he was suffering from this mental illness around the age of 14, when he felt range of emotions was not the same as everyone else’s.

So of course the Teabbing Folks sang  #AndISaidNoNoooNoooooooo as they read the obscure G.D. facts - and the gamut … Including The Limpbaugh and LaPalin [didn't there used to be a species of the Good Conservative].



Big Pharma accused of fraudulently pushing painkillers to "a population of addicts"


it's all about the money Big Pharma

Big Pharma is pushing deadly drugs and addicting my home state of California. Allegedly. Painkillers like OxyContin are involved in more than 16,000 deaths every year. Traffic accidents are now taking a back seat to meds when it comes to causes of deaths.  Per an article in the Los Angeles Times, two counties are now suing drugmakers for violating California laws against false advertising, unfair business practices and creating a public nuisance.

Big Pharma encourages patients, including veterans and the elderly, to request painkillers when they have everyday headaches, arthritis and back pain. Allegedly. The reason the headline includes the phrase "population of addicts" is that heroin use has also increased as a result of all the prescriptions, because it not only creates a similar high, but it's also cheaper, per the lawsuit.

The drug manufacturers say the narcotics they push are safer than they are.

not funny hahaha no

The L.A. Times:

Two California counties sued five of the world's largest narcotics manufacturers on Wednesday, accusing the companies of causing the nation's prescription drug epidemic by waging a "campaign of deception" aimed at boosting sales of potent painkillers such as OxyContin. [...] The companies employed tactics similar to those used by the tobacco industry to "conceal their deceptive marketing and conspiratorial behavior," the suit states.

One such tactic involved the use of leading physicians — known within the companies as "key opinion leaders" — to spread the message to their peers, it says. The drug makers allegedly recruited and paid those physicians to give speeches and write policy papers.

Another marketing ploy was to create and co-opt patient advocacy organizations and medical specialty societies, the suit says. The companies used these front groups to promote narcotic painkillers and to write treatment guidelines that expanded the market, it says.

It was the drug makers' "marketing — and not any medical breakthrough — that rationalized prescribing opioids for chronic pain and opened the floodgates of opioid use and abuse," the suit says.

it's all about the money 2


Republicans To Back Late Term Abortions


doctor doctor

Well, when there's a problem, you call in a specialist. If you're kitchen sink backs up, you ring up a plummer. If you're electrical power goes out, you dial the electrician. So when your website goes down, who do you call?

If you're normal thinking, you'd get on the horn and bring in an IT guy/gal. A specialist or team of experts in internet technology. That's what Obama did. But the Republicans have a better approach. You reach out for physicians...and stat!

According to The Hill:

Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare.

“We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life,” he added. “That’s the kind of policymaker we should have in place in dealing with healthcare policy.”

This sounds very good on paper, at least to the GOP. There's a botched rollout on Obamacare. So who do you call? A doctor?

In their narrow-minded thinking this is a medical issue. Hello... it's an IT problem not a healthcare issue. And if they already know that, then there's really a bigger issue at hand. The pesky and stubborn anti-healthcare party is looking for help in killing the Affordable Care Act as it's ready to be birthed. But it's too late for that. As Dr. Frankenstein proclaimed, "It's alive! It's alive!!!"

Obamacare is viablein the pro-life vernacular. Bringing in doctors to "kill it" prior to delivery is antithetical to the right to life agenda of the GOP. At this point, it's a late term abortion. The due date is January 1, 2014.

What the GOP has lost sight of is what's really ailing here. It's not the ACA - the law - it's the ACA's website. It's It's been floundering since it's rollout. The law isn't failing, the website is. So if the Republicans really did want to help, they'd be running their finest IT people. Computer geniuses. That's who fixes IT problems, not doctors who fix people. You don't need an engine mechanic when all you have is a flat tire.

Doctors running in Senate races from North Carolina to Oregon are all pitching voters on their experience in the medical field.

If the GOP wants to run doctors for the senate, that's fine. But won't their Hippocratic Oath make their first obligation be to cure what really ails their party? It's called "obstructionitis."

If Republicans think being a doctor makes you a good senator, just look at their Tom Coburn, Rand Paul and ex-senator Bill Frist. All three of them with questionable ethical backgrounds. Frist took to the senate floor and admitted to diagnosing brain damaged Teri Schiavo's condition based strictly on a video. Tom Coburn is just plain crazy and Rand Paul? You can be the judge of that yourself. There are still questions as to whether or not he's a board certified, licensed doctor.

GOP, go ahead and run your doctors. But unless these candidates also have a computer science background, they're a little late coming to the party. You're the same people telling George of the Jungle to "watch out for that tree" after he's smashed into it.

It’s not unusual for doctors to seek elected office. But it’s not necessarily typical for them to win, however. The Senate counts only three physicians in its ranks. Last year, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a Democrat who ran largely on his record in medicine, lost to now-Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

So flaunt your medical degrees all you want. It's reliable lawmakers that we need. People who work on Wednesdays, not take them off to play golf. Then again, in the Republican world, that may be an asset. Each day they're not working in Congress is another day they're not working against the welfare of the people.

Go out and grab your golf clubs, as the country clubs say, "It's doctor's day." We're better off hearing you shout, "Fore," on the golf course than  "Nay" on the Senate floor.


Video- The Daily Show: Assume the Physician