Tag Archives: medicine

A Thinking Point

If a socialized health industry is bad, why is a socialized police, fire, and rescue industry good?

What We Don’t Know

Dave Kupelian asks some interesting questions. I think he’s stretching a few things here and there, but the basic argument is valid.

Most of our mass killers have been on psychiatric medications, and we know very little about the side effects of those drugs. It is very possible–in fact, almost certain, given the way drugs work–that while they make many people better, they make some much worse. It is quite possible that we’re creating the homicidal outbursts that we fear so much.

Andrea Yates, in one of the most heartrending crimes in modern history, drowned all five of her children – aged 7 years down to 6 months – in a bathtub. Insisting inner voices commanded her to kill her children, she had become increasingly psychotic over the course of several years[….] In November 2005, more than four years after Yates drowned her children, Effexor manufacturer Wyeth Pharmaceuticals quietly added “homicidal ideation” to the drug’s list of “rare adverse events.”

That’s not even getting into the millions of children prescribed Ritalin and similar drugs, with almost no understanding of what effect those drugs have on developing minds. If lead in the environment can cause spikes in violent crime, what could actual mind-altering drugs do?