Baffling, cunning and confusing addictive thinking ruins lives.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Living with a sense of purpose in life


A sense of purpose in life also gives you this considerable advantage:
"People with a sense of purpose in life have a lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease."

The conclusions come from over 136,000 people who took part in 10 different studies.

Participants in the studies were mostly from the US and Japan.

The US studies asked people:
  • how useful they felt to others,
  • about their sense of purpose, and
  • the meaning they got out of life.

The Japanese studies asked people about ‘ikigai’ or whether their life was worth living.

The participants, whose average age was 67, were tracked for around 7 years.

During that time almost 20,000 died.
But, amongst those with a strong sense of purpose or high ‘ikigai’, the risk of death was one-fifth lower.

Despite the link between sense of purpose and health being so intuitive, scientists are not sure of the mechanism.

Sense of purpose is likely to improve health by strengthening the body against stress.

It is also likely to be linked to healthier behaviours.

Dr. Alan Rozanski, one of the study’s authors, said:
“Of note, having a strong sense of life purpose has long been postulated to be an important dimension of life, providing people with a sense of vitality motivation and resilience.
Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators.
The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.”

This research on links between sense of purpose in life and longevity is getting stronger all the time:
  • “A 2009 study of 1,238 elderly people found that those with a sense of purpose lived longer.
  • A 2010 study of 900 older adults found that those with a greater sense of purpose were much less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Survey data often links a sense of purpose in life with increased happiness.
No matter what your age, then, it’s worth thinking about what gives your life meaning.”

Read More:

Find out what kinds of things people say give their lives meaning.
Here’s an exercise for increasing meaningfulness
And a study finding that feeling you belong increases the sense of meaning.

The study was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine (Cohen et al., 2015).

A sense of purpose in life
Link: http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/12/here-is-why-a-sense-of-purpose-in-life-is-important-for-health

Monday, November 14, 2016

Drug Ovetdose Deaths Studied

New Coroners Service team to re-investigate all 2016 drug deaths


Camille Bains, The Canadian Press
Last Updated Tuesday, November 1, 2016

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's chief coroner has announced the formation of a specialized drug-death investigation team as part of the province's effort to fight an opioid overdose crisis.
Lisa Lapointe has said most of the fatal overdoses are the result of people taking fentanyl with another drug, mostly cocaine, and many don't know they're ingesting the deadly opioid.


Along with our health, community and law enforcement partners, the BC Coroners Service has been deeply concerned about the rising number of illicit drug deaths in our province,” Lapointe said in a statement Tuesday.

Coroners service spokeswoman Barb McLintock said a specialized team will investigate drug deaths in greater depth.

She said funding will come from the $10-million fund announced by Premier Christy Clark in September for various projects including a center for research addiction.

McLintock said the first drug-death investigation is expected to begin next month and eventually all drug deaths that have already been investigated in 2016 will be more thoroughly analyzed.

The coroners service said there were 555 illicit drug overdose deaths in the province from January to September 2016 compared with 355 deaths during the same period last year.

People aged 19 to 29 and 30 to 39 have accounted for the largest percentage of deaths in the first nine months of this year, and 80 per cent of those killed were men, the service said.

Lapointe also announced Tuesday that a public inquest will be held into the death of 20-year-old Coquitlam resident Brandon Jansen.

He died on March 7 while he was a resident at a substance-abuse treatment center in Powell River.

“A public inquest will provide another avenue to explore some of the issues we have found arising in these deaths and, it is hoped, for a well-informed jury to make practical and useful recommendations to help prevent similar deaths in the future,” Lapointe said.

Jennifer Woodside, whose 21-year son Dylan Bassler died in April 2014 after taking one oxycodone pill laced with fentanyl, said he was a gifted studio arts student at Capilano University and would have contributed to society.

Woodside, a member of Moms United and Mandated to Saving the Lives of Drug Users, or MomsDU, said the stigma of addiction often prevents people from seeking help but parents are also struggling to get their kids into treatment because there aren't enough beds.

“We have to be more proactive than reactive and we have not become reactive to this,” she said.

NDP health critic Sue Hammell said there were 118 treatment beds in the province in 2012-13 for people up to age 19, but they steadily declined to the current 89 beds.

“It was not, and has not been, a priority to fund addiction beds for youth,” she said. “I can surmise that this is either a cost-saving venture or it's not deemed as a priority. But we are in a crisis and have been for a couple of years.”

Source: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/new-coroners-service-team-to-re-investigate-all-2016-drug-deaths-1.3141957

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Steppenwolf - The Pusher

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The Pusher (Live 1970)
You know I smoked a lot of grass.

Oh Lord! I popped a lot of pills.

But I've never touched nothin'

That my spirit couldn't kill.

You know I've seen a lot of people walking 'round

With tombstones in their eyes.

But the pusher don't care

If you live -- or if you die.

God Damn! The pusher.

God Damn! The pusher.

I said God Damn! God damn the pusher man.

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man

With a lump of grass in his hand.

But the pusher is a monster

Not a natural man.

The dealer for a nickel

Goin to sell you lots of sweet dreams.

Ah...but the pusher will ruin your body;

Lord he'll leave your mind to scream.

God Damn! The pusher.

God Damn! God damn the pusher.

I said God Damn! God damn the pusher man.

Well now if I were the president of this land

You know I'd declare total war on the pusher man.

I'd cut him if he stands, and I'd shoot him if he run,

And I'd kill him with my bible, and my razor and my gun....

GOD DAMN! The pusher

God damn the pusher.

I said God damn! God damn the pusher man!

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Cerimnial Chemistry

FALL 2003 CATALOG Ceremonial Chemistry
The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers Revised Edition
Thomas Szasz Paper    |   ISBN 0-8156-0768-7   |   2003

A polemical response to the controversy about drug use and drug criminalization.

"This highly original and fully appropriate title, something we have come to expect from Szasz's books, heralds an excellent sociological analysis of man's past and present relationships with drugs. . . . Szasz takes the reader through a religious scenario as imaginatively symbolic and insightfully analytic as any morality play can be." 

dashRonald K. Siegel, Contemporary Psychology

Thomas Szasz suggests that governments have overstepped their bounds:

- in labeling and prohibiting certain drugs as "dangerous" substances and 

- incarcerating drug "addicts" in order to cure them. 

Szasz asserts that such policies:

- scapegoat illegal drugs and the persons who use and sell them, and

- discourage the breaking of drug habits by pathologizing drug use as "addiction." 

Readers will find in Szasz's arguments a cogent and committed response to a worldwide debate.


Thomas Szasz is professor emeritus of psychiatry at State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. His books include The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement; The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience; and Fatal Freedom: The Ethics and Politics of Suicide, all published by Syracuse University Press.

Nicolas Cage interviewed using only Nicolas Cage movie quotes:

Because of an interest in Tropical Fish, this picture was particularly eye-catching to me.

We interviewed Nicolas Cage using only Nicolas Cage movie quotes:

By Mike Pearl
Staff Writer

Are you a latter-day fan of Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage and the balls-to-the-wall, batshit insane acting style he calls "Western Kabuki"? Then don't walk, run—maybe while screaming incoherently?—to the first theater in your area showing Cage's new movie, Dog Eat Dog. Cage stars as Troy, alongside Willem Dafoe as Mad Dog and Paul Schrader as Grecco the Greek. It's a crime movie on its face, but it's really about three deeply racist, psychopathic murderers, who, in the course of committing an ill-fated crime, manage to spray bullets, ketchup, blood, brains, slurs, mustard, and psychobabble all over the greater Cleveland area.

Cage is promoting Dog Eat Dog alongside two other movies that are being released around the same time, and that sounds tedious to me. So to break up his monotony, I decided to futz with the interview format a little and used only lines from Nicolas Cage movies as my questions.


Canada's Opioid Crisis

It’s impossible not to feel the weight of the opioid crisis that has gripped so many parts of Canada:

Why Canada’s Opioid Crisis Demands Our Attention

By Amil Niazi, Associate Editor and Natalie Alcoba, VICE News Managing Editor
October 31, 2016

As editors it's impossible not to feel the weight of the opioid crisis that has gripped so many parts of Canada. 

While the roots of this epidemic reach back many years to when OxyContin flooded our cities and towns, 2016 has brought daily headlines about staggering overdoses, monumental drugs busts and lives lost. 

VICE.com and VICE News have been on the frontlines of this coverage since the beginning. From the documentary Dopesick, our incredibly personal, devastating look at the lives of young people addicted to fentanyl, to our investigations into the troubling lack of Naloxone in Ontario pharmacies, the unregulated chaos of private rehab facilities, and the international drug pipeline breaking through our border, we've been dedicated to showing the reality and the humanity behind the opioid crisis. 

And recognizing that humanity is why we're spending the next week peeling back the layers of this epidemic and hearing from the people at the centre of the storm. 

From epidemiologists committed to changing our failing strategies on drug prohibition, to frontline workers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and finally to the users themselves, so often misrepresented and ignored; 

Relapse: Facing Canada's Opioid Crisis is our opportunity to listen to those most affected and continue the conversation as we make our way towards recovery.

 Link: https://news.vice.com/

Full Schedule for Relapse: Facing Canada's Opioid Crisis
Monday: How North America Found Itself in the Grips of an Opioid Crisis
Tuesday: How We Can Solve the Opioid Crisis
Wednesday: Keeping the Downtown Eastside Alive
Thursday: The Never-Ending Cycle of Waiting for Drug Rehab in Canada

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

William Shakespeare. Honorary Psychologist.

Mary Oliver Quotes To Inspire A Bold Life

mary oliver quotes


Mary Oliver Quotes To Inspire A Bold Life

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver

Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.” ~ Mary Oliver
“Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.” ~ Mary Oliver

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled—to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.” ~ Mary Oliver

“And now I understand something so frightening & wonderful-how the mind clings to the road it knows, rushing through crossroads, sticking like lint to the familiar.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness, and that happiness, when it’s done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive. ” ~ Mary Oliver

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver

“it is a serious thing // just to be alive / on this fresh morning / in this broken world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Do you love this world? Do you cherish your humble and silky life? Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?” ~ Mary Oliver

“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief.” ~ Mary Oliver

“And to tell the truth I don’t want to let go of the wrists of idleness, I don’t want to sell my life for money, I don’t even want to come in out of the rain.” ~ Mary Oliver

“So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world. And live your life.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us…” ~ Mary Oliver

“maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us–” ~ Mary Oliver

“And that is just the point… how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. “Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?” ~ Mary Oliver

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” ~ Mary Oliver

“As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes there are no rules.” ~ Mary Oliver