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Ill-Treated The continuing history of psychiatric abuses.

By Brian Doherty

Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, by Robert Whitaker, Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus, 334 pages, $27

On January 18, 1959, 17-year-old Jonika Upton was committed by her parents to the Nazareth Sanatorium in Albuquerque. They were sure she was tetched in the head; she had dated someone who seemed homosexual and carried around books by Proust. The final straw was Jonika’s fleeing to Santa Cruz with her new boyfriend, a 22-year-old artist.



April 30, 2002

Dear Reader,

It may not get the popular press of its "cousins" C and E, but new research is showing us that vitamin D may reduce the risk of heart disease. That's right, in addition to keeping bones strong and reducing the effects of osteoporosis, a new study reports that vitamin D may protect women from heart disease.

But are you getting enough of this less-famous vitamin? And do you know the best sources? (Hint: it's not in your milk carton.)

Protesters Detained in Milwaukee: Are You on the No Fly List?

by Matthew Rothschild

Alia Kate, 16, a high school student in Milwaukee, wanted to go to Washington, D.C., for the protests Saturday, April 20. She was looking forward to demonstrating against the School of the Americas and learning how to lobby against U.S. aid for Colombia.

She had an airplane ticket for a 6:55 p.m. flight out of Milwaukee on Friday the 19th, and she got to the airport two hours ahead of time.

But she didn't make it onto the Midwest Express flight.


Mercury In Body Increases Heart Disease Risk

American Heart Association

April 28, 2002

HONOLULU - Finnish men with the highest concentrations of mercury in their hair also had the highest death rates from cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure and stroke, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association's Asia Pacific Scientific Forum.

1957 Comments of Interest

"I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20."

"Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be longbefore $5000 will only buy a used one."

"If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter apackis ridiculous.."

"Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?"

"If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hireoutside help at the store."

"Worst ever" Contamination of Mexican Landraces

ISIS Report,

April 29, 2002

Senior Mexican Government official adds fuel to maize war by announcing results of investigations by its own scientists. But denial and obfuscation continue. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reports from her recent visit to the Biosafety Conference at The Hague.

Anger raises risk of heart attack

By Mark Henderson

A SHORT temper may be a short cut to a heart attack: scientists have discovered that men who get angry quickly are much more likely to suffer heart disease or a cardiac arrest. Research in the United States has found that young men who react to stress by becoming angry are three times more likely to develop premature heart disease, and are five times more likely to have an early heart attack.



by Robert Cohen

I received this letter from a dairy farmer.

Should any of your friends or relatives have this painful condition, please feel free to print this for them. Please also feel free to post this on your internet site. I require no credit or link to my website. Helping people is my reward. Making a positive difference in this world is one's highest pursuit.

Dear Mr. Cohen,