Web Research Links for the Week of 2/13/23

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Denialism is seeping into legislation and undermining public health – by Scott A. Rivkees, M.D. He is a professor of practice at the Brown School of Public Health. He is the former state surgeon general and secretary of health of Florida.https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/3843211-denialism-is-seeping-into-legislation-and-undermining-public-health/ – “As the COVID-19 public health emergency winds down, there has been an increased focus on the federal response to the pandemic… There is finger-pointing at public health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and departments of health for problematic and confusing communication. There is a backlash against COVID-19 public health control efforts and vaccines. In some circumstances, this backlash has triggered investigations and reactive legislation… But we need to recognize that what we are experiencing is not merely a reaction against public health and medical experts, but rather an expansion of denialism — the rejection of facts — with potentially very harmful consequences… Denialism represents a shift in the common practice of disputing notions that we may not agree with to the outright rejection of facts in an antagonistic way. Notable examples of denialism include the idea that climate change is a hoax, that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is not the cause of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), smoking does not cause cancer, that guns are not a leading cause of death for children, and that the 2020 election was rigged. This escalating rejection of truth poses special challenges to public health and healthcare.” Comment: The Campaign against Critical Thought (and against any rigorous debating of discernible truth) is clearly ramping up. Perhaps this coincides with the push for the WHO Pandemic Treaty.

Psychiatrists Editing Childhood Out of Existence – by Citizens Commission on Human Rights UK – https://truthcomestolight.com/psychiatrists-editing-childhood-out-of-existence/ “It’s ironic that in Children’s Mental Health Week, psychiatrists focus on mental illness, not mental health.  In fact, they rarely focus on mental health. There’s no profit in mental wellness… Psychiatrists are in the habit of labelling children with various so-called psychiatric conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Conduct Disorder. It is a habit that has been met with derision due mainly to the unscientific basis of so-called ‘disorders.’.. Rather than Children’s Mental Health Week, It would be more accurate to call it children’s mental illness week. Through the redefinition of the difficulties associated with the early years, psychiatrists have been busily editing childhood out of existence. Childhood behaviour has gone under the microscope where certain aspects of the behaviour have been categorised as diagnostic criteria for a ‘disorder.’.. The habit has resulted in the use of meaningless and stigmatising psychiatric labels that can create even more difficulties for young people. Nothing appears to be off limits in the psychiatric narrative.”

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