“Echo Chamber” is an Insult

Based on my observations of the most common, recent uses of “echo chamber” in a sentence, seems to me it is used as an insult, or a stick to beat someone with who doesn’t share the same opinion.

We are human and human beings do surround ourselves with people who have things in common with us, including ideas and religion, etc. It’s human nature to make friends with people we have something in common with. Can you imagine intentionally seeking out people who despise everything about you? Yeah, me neither. What an horrible prospect!

That said, it is important to be open to differing ideas and ethos in order to better appraise where we stand ourselves. We don’t know what we don’t know, so it’s good to be open-minded. If something resonates with you, keep it, while it’s also perfectly reasonable to discard something that really doesn’t “jive” with you. We will never always agree with one another, and that’s not even the point. We need to go beyond ourselves a bit here, and realise we’re all in this together, because no matter what we all believe, the end is the same for all of us.

Ultimately, be kind to one another, and don’t fling insults like “you live in an echo chamber!” just because you disagree with what someone is saying, or you’re not privy to what they believe in and why.


Moving Forward

Hiya! This is Panacaea here! I’ll be contributing to this blog and breathing new life into it. While the Veggiewitch is doing whatever the Veggiewitch is doing, I will use this platform to expand on a few things that make ME go WTF??!?

Researching Vaccines: Where to Start.

We’ve got this! People are waking up and that’s what’s driving the current MSM frenzy to use “antivax” as a stick to beat the vaxx-wary and further foment fear and division. These recent pushes for mandatory shots is another desperate grab at retaining power to prolong the hoax. The shills for pHARMa are freaking out, because people are waking up. They have no faith in their products which is why they pay off gov officials to force them. This will get worse, but it will not last. Stay strong!

an evidence-based, heartfelt blog.

Vaccine research. How do you sort through all of the research on vaccines and determine which is true, and which is false?


verb. toinvestigate systematically.

synonyms: study,inquire into,look into,probe,explore,analyze,examine, scrutinize, review.

I’ve had several people contact me asking about how and where to begin when trying to do research on this issue for themselves. I’ll admit that when you first try to dive into the subject matter, it’s overwhelming. Tryingto sort out the accurate information from the false information can bestressful and time-consuming. Many people who are just beginning to investigate already have little ones.What new parent has the time or energy?

You’ve got tomake it happen. Otherwise you’ll always be making decisions based on fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the what-ifs. It’s easier to push it aside, to ignore your instincts and the inward callto research, to acceptthe way things are and not go against the…

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Are you Puritans too, FB?

I’m so sick of Facebook bullying members who post Breastfeeding pics.

Since when is a photograph of a Mother Breastfeeding her baby obscene?

The only reason pictures get yanked by FB is because some Puritanical, base, religious right-wing, moron was compelled to run whining to FB and complain. Is SOB too harsh?

I wonder what the contents of such a complaint would be. Let’s have some hypothetical fun with this!

<insert annoying, anal-retentive voice here> “Mister FB, some crazy freak has a picture of her boobs hanging out. I just can’t take it!” Translation: I wasn’t Breastfed. I’m jealous and resentful of my Mom and all Women.


<insert pretentious, anal-retentive voice here> “Dear Facebook, I’ve come across another photograph of a female baring her bosoms in a most primitive fashion. It is positively indecent! I cannot tolerate such immodesty on my computer.” Translation: I cannot remember what it was like to feel anything other than contempt for mankind.

Maybe FB really just needs a pair of “Translation Goggles” or a “BS Decoder Ring” when reading the anti-Breastfeeding drivel. Anyone got either to send to the FB Powers that Be? Perhaps if I Google them…

Caution Required

For those of you that are not familiar, the American Psychiatric Association publishes an extensive compilation of disorders and conditions in a tome called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The DSM is considered the Bible of Psychiatry, and is used to diagnose a myriad of psychiatric maladies. It is periodically reviewed for content, and ultimately added to on occasion. The latest edition, the DSM5 is due for publication/release May 2013. Insurance companies will not cover medications that are not included in the DSM for treatment purposes.

Hundreds (possibly thousands) of new disorders will be added to the latest edition. New disorders? Really? Are they sure they’re not just a clever array of craftily allocated names to diagnose an existing plethora of fantastically-named “disorders”? This boggles my mind.

The British Psychological Society had this to say:

[We recommend] a revision of the way mental distress is thought about, starting with recognition of the overwhelming evidence that it is on a spectrum with ‘normal’ experience, and that psychosocial factors such as poverty, unemployment and trauma are the most strongly-evidenced causal factors. Rather than applying preordained diagnostic categories to clinical populations, we believe that any classification system should begin from the bottom up – starting with specific experiences, problems or ‘symptoms’ or ‘complaints’…… We would like to see the base unit of measurement as specific problems (e.g. hearing voices, feelings of anxiety etc)? These would be more helpful too in terms of epidemiology.
While some people find a name or a diagnostic label helpful, our contention is that this helpfulness results from a knowledge that their problems are recognised (in both senses of the word) understood, validated, explained (and explicable) and have some relief. Clients often, unfortunately, find that diagnosis offers only a spurious promise of such benefits. Since – for example – two people with a diagnosis of ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘personality disorder’ may possess no two symptoms in common, it is difficult to see what communicative benefit is served by using these diagnoses. We believe that a description of a person’s real problems would suffice. Moncrieff and others have shown that diagnostic labels are less useful than a description of a person’s problems for predicting treatment response, so again diagnoses seem positively unhelpful compared to the alternatives.
British Psychological SocietyJune 2011, http://www.bps.org.uk/

These additions frighten me in ways I actually find hard to describe. What’s more, it fills me with disgust and a modicum of rage.

Why? If you have a look at some of the existing and newly-added conditions, you’ll find the full spectrum of human emotions have now been classified as conditions worthy of being medicated. Really? No, I’m not kidding! Are you serious? I do admit there are a vast number of legitimate conditions, but calling something a psychiatric condition for the purpose of having a name, defies logic. When did human beings stop understanding their feelings are necessary and important, and in many cases, specific to what they are going through at any given time?

This is particularly scary when “conditions” relating to children are considered. I have to wonder why a parent would accept a diagnosis of some kind of disorder for their child(ren). Outside of actual conditions, many children exhibiting “behaviors” are portraying symptoms of an unhealthy diet. I’m just not sure how a parent goes from: my kid is acting odd, maybe something’s up? (environmental, social, diet); to my kid has a problem, let’s go to the doctor. I’m also curious about where the defining line is that parents cross removing responsibility for the care and health of their child, and relinquishing that responsibility to a doctor with a script. Maybe it’s a form of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and everyone is nuts? Everyone except the Psychiatrists, of course. Ok, that was facetious, but I know I’m not the only one thinking it.

The psychiatric drugs prescribed for children were never intended to be used on children. They change the chemical composition of the brain, and forever alter who that child could ever have been. I know this from research, study, observing my brother-in-law, as well as observation in class-rooms. Medical professionals claim to know what the medications treat, but they cannot 100% claim to know what they do to the landscape of the brain. Period.

These classifications that define human condition as something to medicate and treat is horrifying, because we all feel. We all have days of melancholy. Our past history is literally filled with examples of literature inspired by it. Without melancholy, there would be no E.A. Poe, Macbeth, Othello, any other tragedy. What were our ancestors and forbears doing that is different from what we’re doing? I believe it’s validation and access to a constructive outlet for their emotion. Can’t we give that option to people today?

But don’t take my word for it, I urge you to exercise extreme caution when a medical professional attempts to label your feelings or your child with a condition. I even urge you to doubt the diagnosis. In fact, I beg you to doubt it. I need to emphatically express that I am not, nor do I, express my concerns to judge people who have taken the advice from medical professionals for assistance with their own or familial struggles. I just plead with you to consider every possible natural cause to explain symptoms, and thereby offer a natural explanation and/or alternative to alleviate what you are experiencing.

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You’re kidding me, right?

A rose by any other name…

Whether or not we are talking about the flower, it doesn’t matter if you change the name, it’s still the same “thing” that it was before.

Ajinomoto, the tricksy chemists/producers behind Aspartame, have decided to change the name of Aspartame to Amino-Sweet. The change was designed to make the product more appealing? I truly hope it wasn’t motivated by a believe that our memories are so short… or Aspartame-avoiders are so stupid… that changing the name to Amino-Sweet will distract us enough to “forget” the innumerable studies linking their creation to instances of cancer.

You’re kidding me, right? *scratches head*

Read about it here:  Aspartame Name-Change


Many times I’ve questioned what’s reported in the media, whether in print or on screen. Too many times I’ve wondered how much the “spin doctors” have changed the facts to fiction. Haven’t you? It’s time people started asking how much truth there is in media, and how much is actual fiction. That being said, how much of what’s left of the truth has been disregarded, minimized, or completely left out? It’s important to question the establishment, and realize they actually do NOT have our best interests in mind. They never have.

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