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  July 21, 2012                  
me+ME: Eye problems + DSM-5 + mad killers


       1. Eye problems
       2. DSM 5
       3. Mad killers

1. Eye problems

As I explained in my last Nederlog, I still have eye problems, that are probably due to my staring far too long at a faulty monitor (an Acer). I have two other monitors installed now, a 15" and a 17" one, both of which I have used without any problems for years, which should help some, or at least should not make the problem worse than it is.

This is bad enough, and if you want a good likeness, consult the Wikipedia on snowblindness. It is better today than it was yesterday, when it was better than the day before, when I installed an old monitor, but it is clear I have to take care for the time being, and so I will for the rest of this month:

Until August 1, at least, when I will review this, I will only write for my site if my eyes are tolerable, and not at all if they grow worse. If I am right about the cause - that Acer monitor - and take proper care, it should have considerably improved by then; if not, I am up shitcreek without a paddle - as you may realize yourself by consulting the snowblindness lemma: It really is not fun, and also rather painful and frightening, for it is only when you loose part of your vision that you truly realize how much you depend on working eyes, and indeed in my case also, how much you depend on a working computer for leading the sort of life you do.

2. DSM 5

The number of visitors declined sharply the last few days, which may be related to my eye problems, or to the opening pages of the site looking bad.

If the latter is the case, I think they shouldn't look bad now, for I did repair them as well as I could two days ago, but see the previous Nederlog if the size of the letters is too small or too big in your browser. (And no: I totally avoid MS Internet Explorer, and am on Linux, and use Firefox).

More probably - having seen this before in July - it is because the holiday season started in Europe.

Then again, there were a lot of downloads yesterday of the following file, which I agree is a good argument and an excellent hypothesis, including a nice bit on what makes hypotheses good or excellent:

DSM-5: Medicine is a very sick business in the US - 2

This I have today improved a little, by removing typos and inserting some links and adding two notes, so: Enjoy!

I think it is a fine hypothesis I there articulate, and indeed a truly scientific one as well, but I will have more to say about the DSM-5, because I believe I also know how the fraudulence has been engineered, and also how it could arise. But for this explanation, you'll have to wait until my eyes are better than they are now.

3. Mad killers

Writing on the subject of psychiatry, here is another topic I mean to address, which indeed is a problem that has been addressed by both dr. Szasz and dr. Frances: What is madness?  Dr Frances - honestly and rationally, I think - although he is an emeritus professor of psychiatry says that he doesn't know how to define it, and dr. Szasz has insisted since the 1960ies that the concept of "mental illness" is nonsense, at least when one wishes to use the term "illness" in the accepted medical sense, which requires evidence of some organic pathology, poisoning, infection etc.

Then again, in the sense in which "madness" got defined in the American law books I have seen, in the 1980ies, to bne sure, so I do not know whether this is so today, which I found surprisingly well done, on the whole, a person like the killer James Holmes, who yesterday murdered 12 persons and injured 60 in a cinema in Denver Colorado, where a Batman-movie was premiered, and he did his killing and claimed to be The Joker (a character in the Batman story), or like the Norwegian killer Anders Breivik, who killed 69 people, for reason they were members or sympatheizers of social democrats, are mad.

I think they are, and my main reason is that they must have delusions about the outcome of their deeds and its social import, and that my guess is that both must have been moved by some festering anger. Then again, while I believe this sense of madness, that also applies in everyday language to anger (as in "He got mad at her and hit her", or in "overcome by violent emotions, fueled by false ideas, wishful thinking, and a weak character, he lost his self-control and the rational balance of his mind, and got mad"), does make sense in contexts like this, is not sufficient as a rational or psychiatric definition.

Then again, something like I said between quotation-marks has been accepted since the ancient Greeks to - sort of - explain at least some forms of madness, that also have been known since these days: People running amok, going berserk, or otherwise loosing their
self-control to engage in acts only someone with totally mistaken ideas about ends and means would engage in.

But if I were to write this train of thought well, I first need better eyes.


P.S.     Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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