Note To David Barton And Kenneth Copeland: PTSD Is Real

PTSD BRAINS

Kenneth Copeland's and David Barton's teaching on post-traumatic stress disorder struck a raw nerve.On Veteran's Day, Copeland and Barton claimed that the Old Testament book of Numbers 32 is a promise that soldiers who fight for God are promised that they will return from battle and can get rid of PTSD if they cast out demonic influences. Reaction was swift and negative. Predictably, left leaning groups castigated the two. However, equally strong was the reaction from evangelical and … [Read more...]

On A Personal Note…

One year ago today, I had open heart surgery following a heart attack.  It turned out well and I feel compelled to repeat my thanksgiving to God, the doctors, my family, my college and all those who prayed and sent healing thoughts.Today I appreciate, more than ever, the great gift of life.  This is an anniversary I am thrilled to celebrate.  … [Read more...]

Based on Biased Reading of New Mortality Study, Paul Cameron Gives Sen. Portman Parenting Advice

In this month's edition of the International Journal of Epidemiology, Morten Frisch and Jacob Simonsen reported a new study of mortality in Denmark. Paul Cameron wasted little time trotting out the study to give Senator Rob Portman advice on how to parent his gay son - tell him to get married to a woman. Apparently, any woman will do. After all, in the words of the song, what's love got to do with it?Cameron says he even went to Ohio to deliver his advice:COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 24, 2013 … [Read more...]

Thank yous

From the care I received at Grove City Medical Center's Emergency Room to the heart care and recovery at Butler (PA) Health System, I have a lot of people to thank for my current positive recovery from open heart surgery.Small town ERs sometimes get criticism but, in my case, the GCMC team performed extremely well. Then, my primary care physician and friend Ed Smith bypassed the  oft-recommended stress test and went right to the heart catheterization. I was then transferred to Butler Health … [Read more...]

The American College of Pediatricians versus the American Academy of Pediatrics: Who leads and who follows?

Just for fun, let's compare the American College of Pediatricians with the American Academy of Pediatrics.In August, David Barton and Rick Green at Wallbuilders said the ACP is the leading association of pediatricians in the nation. Even after their error was pointed out by the AAP and a reader of this blog, Rick Green said yesterday on air that the AAP "has more members and has been around a little longer" but both Barton and Green stuck by the story that the ACP was the leading gr … [Read more...]

Chronic mental illness requires policy changes

Read this article, just out on the USA Today website for some insight into why the nation's mental health policy is broken.As we have seen, such concerns are not solely health related but security related as well. Sadly, "pro-family" organizations opposed efforts, eventually successful, to require health insurance coverage to include rational benefits for mental health care. We need to do much more to secure a safe and reasonable national policy. … [Read more...]

Some folks just shouldn't have guns

This Reuters' analysis raises some excellent policy questions regarding gun posession and schizophrenia.There are complications of course in the implementation of any policy, but I would like to see public policy reflect public safety over individual rights to own a firearm. Passage of that bill to strengthen the background check system was prompted when a deranged gunman killed himself and 32 others in April 2007 at Virginia Tech University -- the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. … [Read more...]

Fallout from the Arizona shooting

Most people commenting on the Arizona shooting are speculating about motive, the role of public discourse on the shooter, and the shooter's mental health.  I confess my bias from the start - from what I have read, the shooter Jared Loughner sounds like he is paranoid schizophrenic. Of course, I am not engaging in a formal diagnosis since I have no direct data. However, the signs are certainly suggestive.What is bound to happen for some time to come is the blaming of the event on ideology. T … [Read more...]


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