Why I’m Not A Buddhist

By Ken Niemann Americans, especially those in wellness, recovery, and therapeutic circles, are embracing Buddhism in large numbers. Regardless of motives, it’s my intent here to lay down a philosophical foundation for the rejection of Buddhism in favor of a Logocentric Worldview. The definitive source for a critique of Oriental religions is Stuart Hackett’s Oriental…

Rethinking the Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model

West, R., Time for a change: putting the Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model to rest. Addiction, 2005. 100(8): p. 1036-9. West, R., The transtheoretical model of behavior change and the scientific method. Addiction, 2006. 101(6): p. 774-8. West, R., Problems with the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change, PPT Lecture, University College London, January 2009 The…

A Nightmare in Behavioral Ethics

By Ken Niemann The essay below is a response to The Scariest Thing Obama Has Proposed to Date by Fank J. Salvato who opines that: ““President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on US citizens in order to advance government initiatives…A growing body of evidence demonstrates…

Thorton: RICE Is Wrong

  It’s the most famous acronym in sports medicine, a household term as familiar to athletes as the physicians who treat them: R.I.C.E., for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Legendary sports doc, Gabe Mirkin, M.D., coined R.I.C.E. in his 1978 bestseller, The Sportsmedicine Book. In the four decades since, his memorable protocol—especially the ice and rest components—have…

Epigenetics And Addiction

By Ken Niemann Important controls in the switching on and off of genes include but are not limited to: timing, gravity, spatial organization, environmental cues, and epigenetic mechanisms. It is the latter that we are exploring here. Epigenetics may be defined as changes in gene expression that don’t involve changes to the DNA sequence. It…

Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness.

From Wired: Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness See also: “Saving Normal” by Allen Frances , Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker and The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health industry watchdog Every so often Al Frances says something that seems to surprise even him. Just…

Addictive Cravings Still Detectable After Death

I do not view these findings as any way a threat to the choice model but they certainly are fascinating. The gene is involved in a number of behaviors that we do not normally consider pathological. Click Here FosB  – KN Neuroscience News: Summary: Researchers report addictive cravings can be detected in the brain after death. Source:…