Mental Health Archive

Why do some sane people have such wacky beliefs?

An analysis of everything from views on climate change to perceptions of risks from GMOs or vaccines brought up one universally valid truth: people tend to believe what their friends, affiliates, or peer-group believe. Peoples’ views on these topics have less to do with any opposition

Prions: the new incurable infection from meat and your DNA that makes you insane

Most of the time, mental illness and neurodegenerative diseases are confined to mind and body of the afflicted… but there is an exception to almost every rule. The exception to this rule is called the prion, but most of you may know it as

Fixing the online search-disinformation machine

To illustrate how broken our online search system has become we can first look at weight loss advice. It’s a relatively benign topic which impacts an ever-increasing number of people, approximately 40% of adults in the United States have searched online for weight loss

Cancer “The Best Way To Die” According To Leading Doctor

According to Dr.Richard Smith, a former editor of the British Medical Journal, pouring so many billions into cancer research is a waste of money. Smith says that cancer is, in fact, the closest one can come to surrealist Luis Buñuel wish for “a slower death.”

What You Really Need To Know About The Banana Experiment

Since 2011 or even earlier, I have been seeing images, articles, and storytellers all recounting of a “banana experiment.” This experiment is supposedly the groundbreaking proof that our sometimes rabid defense of power structures and tradition are actually evolutionarily grounded. Before I explain what

Are Selfies Really Connected To Mental Illness And Addiction?

If you look at your favorite pseudoscientific website, you will probably find a story about how taking “selfies” (or photos of yourself) is indicative of narcissism and mental illness. Certainly, most sites we name on our “list of bad sources” have posted this at

Why Do People Want To Blame Victims?

Whether we are talking about physical, sexual, or emotional violence: there will always be voices blaming the victims for whatever happened. Even in cases as clear-cut as in Eric Garner’s death, there remain many who blame the victim as being “complicit” in his own killing.

This Is What Looking Down at Your Cell Phone Does to Your Spine

Our cell phones and tablets have transformed the way we hold our bodies—and not for the better. Looking down at your device is like having a 60-pound weight on your neck, according to a spine surgeon. That’s like having an eight-year old sitting on

New Science Says Your Dog Can Understand You

A new study published in the journal Cell, by Victoria Ratcliffe and David Reby, should lend some relief to dog owners who enjoy talking with their pets. The new research indicates that if you are one of them: you’re probably not as crazy as your

Pivotal “Gay Genes” Finally Discovered: Not Simply A Choice

Despite the constant berating we receive on Aaron Jackson’s “Homosexuality Is Natural” text, the fact remains that people are not only not given the choice of their sexual orientation, but that homosexuality has a natural precedence in the animal and human context. For years,