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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/03/02 09:11:18 (permalink)
What do Autism, ADHD, and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) have in common?  All three are 'fashionable' diagnoses - 'catch-alls' for unfortunate, very real conditions of unknown etiology.
 
So why don't we hear much about CFS these days?  After all, it was 'all the rage' in the late '80's/early '90's.  Turns out that 90% of the cases were of psychological, not physiological origin.  What about the remaining 10%?  That, they are studying further.
 
These days we seem to have Autism and ADHD epidemics:  like CFS they are "one size fits all" diagnoses.  As an educator I have had, over the years, 100's of those so diagnosed in my classes.  I can only shake my head and, as an economist, only behold with wonder the tens of billions of dollars involved in 'treating' them with 'one size fits all' powerful psycotropic medications that often do more harm than good, oft times even exacerbating the symptoms!
 
Finally, an esteemed researcher and physician in the field is calling the "ADHD Emporer" naked.  It seems that, as with the formerly 'in vogue' CFS, there are many valid diagnoses not made in the physicians', parents', teachers', and counselors' haste to hammer these pegs of varying shapes into round ADHD holes - very much to the detriment of the children and adults who present one or a few 'classic symptoms'. 
 
Dr. Saul passionately urges his colleagues to return to Medicine 101 and perform differential diagnoses on their patients before just prescribing the 'one size fits all' drugs and 'seeing what happens'.  This approach makes sense to me and is certainly consistent with what I have observed.  
 
It's more than about time for ADHD to go the way of CFS.
 
Edit: 

Autism is, however, a very real condition.   Nowhere in my original post did I say that it is not, though I perhaps made such an implication in mentioning this condition along with ADHD and CFS.  Properly, I should and could have avoided such an inference by saying 'Autistic Tendency', not Autism. 
 
However, Autism is a great deal more rare than one might be led to believe from 'public service' announcements by the sincere and well meaning - e.g., golfer Ernie Els and retired MLB pitcher Curt Schilling.
 
Unfortunately, there are many children today who, upon presenting even a transitory, developmental symptom or two, receive a permanent diagnosis of 'autistic tendency' and are pegged into an educational track that both harms them and diverts scarce resources away from those who are truly Autistic. 
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/03/02 12:15:55
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/03/02 11:54:28 (permalink)
I don't think Starbucks has that over brewed burnt taste they used to have. They've mellowed out a tad but they still brew a strong brew.
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/03/02 12:31:32 (permalink)
Hey!  I love my Blackberry Manischewitz.  It's not just for Passover for me.
 
Davydd, cook achievement. 
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/03/02 12:52:33 (permalink)
Back in the Dark Ages our next door neighbor (two of whose daughters became nuns and her one son became a priest) came over and asked my mother if she could borrow some wine that she needed for a ham recipe. My mother gave her a bottle of Manischewitz. After that the neighbor always used Manischewitz when baking a ham. I never got to taste her ham -- and I am very glad of that.
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/03/02 13:25:05 (permalink)
Kosher wine on a HAM?  No wonder her children became nuns and a priest." />
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/03/02 13:30:05 (permalink)
I know. I know. Poor Mrs. Goeckler.
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/07/01 14:30:28 (permalink)
I was allowed to drink coffee as a kid.  It boggles my mind to know that there are some posters who say their parents prohibited it.  Is there a health reason for opposing it?  Did the parents simply not like the idea that it might keep the kids awake?  I would have it on Saturday and Sunday mornings at breakfast with my family so that wasn't a problem.  It sounds almost like some people's parents treated giving coffee to their kids as though they were giving cigarettes or liquor to them.
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/07/01 17:00:00 (permalink)
My parents let me drink beer. It made me sleepy.
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/07/01 17:13:32 (permalink)
Greymo

Kosher wine on a HAM?  No wonder her children became nuns and a priest." />


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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/07/01 17:16:18 (permalink)
Thank's, Jim for the clip from Five Easy Pieces. Arguably, one of the greatest scenes from any movie ever made. With the exception of course of, "Frankly Scarlett, I Don't Give a Damn"!
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/07/04 12:41:15 (permalink)
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I was allowed to drink coffee as a kid.  It boggles my mind to know that there are some posters who say their parents prohibited it.  Is there a health reason for opposing it? 



The first that comes to mind is that it blocks absorption of calcium.
 
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Re:Starbucks, what are you doing? 2014/08/16 22:02:03 (permalink)
Coffee is not as bad as coke or pepsi
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