Thursday, October 13, 2011

A gramme is worth a damn.

I finished up grading last week's blogs for my Comp I students yesterday, and found this. Basically, the headshrinks want to force-medicate us all by adding lithium to our drinking water. They say that it'll reduce violence, dependence on illegal drugs, and suicide. Unlike Aldous Huxley's creation Soma, lithium is used to treat extreme mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Also unlike Soma, lithium has side effects which can indicate toxicity, or overdose. Not just no, but hell no. Should this start, I would be switching myself, my husband, and my kids over to bottled water and looking for a home in the country with a well. I have been medicated in the past--including Prozac--and I'm still not over some of the bad side effects (namely, panic attacks, irritability, hostility, and aggression), especially of the drug named. I will not permit some "expert" to medicate my family, with or without a diagnosis.

O brave new world that has such people in't!


  1. Gah. That's like the people who were saying, "Let's put statins in the water, it'll lower everyone's cholesterol." Luckily that was shot down when it was found that a small number of people react VERY BADLY to statins.

    I suspect some of the chemistry types could come up with a lithium-removing filter that could be installed on the faucet to remove it.

    But saying "Let's put lithium in the water to reduce violence" seems not that far off from saying, "Let's put tranquilizers in the water, it'll keep people compliant." Feh.

  2. Let's not forget "reduce domestic unrest".

  3. Legalize marijuana and solve the ''problems'' you/we all have!

  4. "It was the Pax. The G23 Paxilon hydrochloride acid that we added to the air processors. It was supposed to calm the population, weed out aggression. Well it worked. The people here stopped fighting, and then they stopped everything else. They stopped going to work, they stopped breeding, talking, eating. There’s 30 million people here and they all just let themselves die”

    Sometimes it's disturbing how science-fiction anticipates reality.

  5. Ricki, absolutely. I hate those "we know what's best for you" bunch that would like to starve and/or medicate us into compliant zombies.

    BC, pot would do a better job, with fewer bad side effects for those who aren't allergic to it (like my sister, and a good friend of mine).

    Jake, please stop raising the hair on the back of my neck! Odysseus and I don't have a class III license, and I wouldn't want to take on Reavers with anything less than a fully automatic .308.