Exercise and Depression

Summary Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) presents a considerable challenge to public health in the United States. Estimates of lifetime prevalence are 22.9% in females and 15.1% in males and the condition is likely increasing among younger cohorts. Successful treatment does not seem to increase with rising costs of care (over $20 billion annually). A thorough…

The Toxicology of Oxycontin

By Ken Niemann Oxycodone is a synthetic opiate derivative classified as a Schedule II Controlled Substance and about 59 tons of the drug were consumed in the United States in 2010. Each year, a growing number of deaths occur from semi-synthetic opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. This essay will describe the manufacturing process, biochemistry,…

Why Addiction Is A Choice

See also: Addiction and choice: theory and new data Why it’s wrong to call addiction a disease We are all ‘wired’ for addiction, says researcher   By Ken Niemann Addiction was ruled a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1976 and in 1997 the National Institute on Drug Abuse adopted the Brain Disease…

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…

Book Review: From Darwin to Hitler

by Ken Niemann Under Hitler, 9 million Gentile and 6 million Jewish civilians were slaughtered in the name of Philosophical Naturalism and Social Darwinism. While most Darwinists rightly claim that a Darwinist does not have to be a Social Darwinist, within the Darwinian worldview there is also no reason not to be a Social Darwinist.…