A Verdict on the Vaccination Boogeyman

Have you ever wondered why, exactly, vaccines are erroneously associated with autism? I'll tell you: In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield held a press conference to announce that his research had revealed a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism. He published his findings in the respected independent medical journal The Lancet, and spent the next few years promoting his vaccine-autism "concerns" through media outlets like the TV news magazine 60 Minutes....more

Great post!  No offense to any parents of children with autism, but I think some people ...more

Psychiatry, Social Unrest and Misdiagnosis

Black men have long been overdiagnosed with schizophrenia, according to a new book by University of Michigan psychiatry and women's studies professor Jonathan Metzl.  The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease suggests that black men are diagnosed with schizophrenia at a rate at least five times higher than any other group, a practice that likely began when "experts" made a connection between blackness, civil rights activism, and mental illness.  Metzl's finding is consistent with earlier findings of psychiatric overdiagnoses of people of color and women. ...more

A diagnosis of mental illness is a handy tool to discount people who are reflecting social ...more

Personal Finance From Scratch

In the past few months, I've been cooking more - much more - at home and baking from scratch. Aside from the savings I've gained by making my own meals, cooking at home is better for you because you have more control over the ingredients (although when it comes to cupcakes... that conclusion might not hold. Butter is butter, right?). ...more

An excellent analogy.  And, I find, the more you get your hands dirty (learning more ...more

LifeWater: Personal philosophies on dance and why I do it

Life-water: Personal philosophies on dance and why I do it By Danielle M. White Utah Valley University http://lifedanceproject.blogspot.com “A day I don't dance is a day I don't live.” – Wendy Buonaventura, Serpent of the Nile Introduction: This paper is divided into two interrelated sections. Part one is an overview of my philosophies regarding dance – particularly Ballet. And part two explores how Ballet has affected me personally, and the reasons why I do it. ...more

The Power of Networking Offline Validated by Recent Research Study

copyright, 2009, Debbi A. Ballard The power of offline word-of-mouth networking supersedes that of online word-of-mouth conversations according to a just released research report.  This has important implications for the mlm network marketing business.  Debbi A. Ballard, mlm consultant and chief blogger for mlm consultants' blog gives you the details. ...more

What to do before upgrading your education

Unemployed or under-employed this is a time when some people may consider using their time and limited dollars towards educational upgrading. In a competitive job market this may seem like a logical step, but before you take that leap there are a few things I would like to share. Many clients have sat in front of me placing their head in their hands after spending money on an education that did not yield the desired employment. Though the problem could be from a lack of a proper job search, it also may be that they did not ask the right questions before heading back to school. ...more

Join a Citizen Science Project

In the Northern Hemisphere, spring is in the air, and maybe you're looking for an excuse to get outside a bit more. Look no further: I have a round-up of citizen science projects you can join. It's a good time to get involved. During a year when budgets are tight, those of us who can't contribute monetarily to our favorite scientific, medical, tech, or environmental organizations can donate our time instead to scientific research projects. ...more

Is it time to end the university as we know it?

This past weekend, I considered a critique of universities as abusive employers and suggested that American universities are, in some ways, profoundly broken. Mark Taylor, chair of the religious studies department at Columbia University, takes this critique to its (il)logical conclusion, calling for us to "End the University as We Know It." He begins with this analogy: ...more

I agree with many of the critics of the op-ed that some of the points were off target and ...more

A New Outlook For Stem Cell Research

An Adventure in Research

Harry Potter. Twilight. Lord of the Rings. It’s safe to say that Fantasy Fiction has become one of the most popular and beloved genres of our time. But have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes of the book? Most often, the research that goes into the book is more time-consuming than actually writing it. ...more