Today Show on PANDAS

Back in the spring, I wrote an article on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS). The disorder has opened my eyes to the potential role of bacteria in mental illness. Recently, the Today Show did a segment on PANDAS with a remarkable case of a boy attending school at nearby Carnegie-Mellon University. Watch and learn. I also blogged at length about this condition. Part one dealt with the condition and part two with a p … [Read more...]

Change has come! Kids sing praise to Obama

I guess change is possible.To those with a mind for history, a question. Has a president ever been the subject of praise songs? Remember this? … [Read more...]

The saga of Kevin Jennings and Brewster: Enter Robertson

In an op-ed dated today but available online over the weekend, the Washington Times assails Obama safe-schools appointee, Kevin Jennings for his handling of a 15-year old student's sexual revelations when Jennings was a young teacher.According to Mr. Jennings' own description in a new audiotape discovered by Fox News, the 15-year-old boy met the "older man" in a "bus station bathroom" and was taken to the older man's home that night.FOX News has also reported on this and pointed to that recor … [Read more...]

Father-son estrangement: A straight guy problem?

Last Friday, I wrote about father-son estrangement and the new book by Joseph Nicolosi, Shame and attachment loss: The practical work of reparative therapy. Since then, I have looked off and on for illustrations of father-son estrangement in current events, literature and movies. Others are sending illustrations via email as well. Feel free to add examples in the comments section.In these stories, both fictional and real life, the vast majority of abandoned or injured sons are straight. Of c … [Read more...]

Altered Sexual Orientation Following Dominant Hemisphere Stroke

Things that make you go, hmmmm....Check out this story of "change."Case ReportThe patient, a 57-year-old right-handed man, sustained his first cerebral vascular accident in the right middle cerebral artery region at the age of 45, which resulted in right-sided hemiparesis that resolved completely within 3 months. He continued to run his private business successfully while living with his mother.The patient lost his father in early childhood. There was no evidence of an emotional … [Read more...]

Spontaneous change compared to therapeutically mediated change

Something has been bothering me, running around in my head since I did the brief series of posts on Dean Byrd's review of LDS book, In Quiet Desperation (here, here and here).In their review of Ty Mansfield's book, Byrd et al make this statement:The book inadvertently limits the power of the Atonement in the lives of people who struggle with homosexual attraction. As professionals with many combined years of practice in treating those with unwanted homosexual attraction, we have witnessed … [Read more...]

Shame and attachment loss: Reparative therapy and father-son estrangement

Picking up the narrative on the new book from Joseph Nicolosi, Shame and attachment loss: The practical work of reparative therapy, I want to focus on the family dynamics Nicolosi proposes to be at the source of male homosexuality. There are two basic types of family soil which Nicolosi believes grows some same-sex love: the "classic-triadic family" and the "narcissistic family." If you are looking for the "relatively-normal-often-happy family" in this book, you won't find it. According to … [Read more...]

House votes to defund ACORN

This is a good thing, in my opinion.I had a few posts on ACORN during the election. … [Read more...]