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Science News Unveils Shock Therapy II

just when you thought it was safe to go back into the insane asylum...

by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher

July 11, 2023

Letter sent to: Michael Gordon Voss, publisher of Science News

I am a 64-year-old chronic depressive whose uncle's brain was scrambled by ECT.

As such, I am horrified by the fact that Science News is championing invasive electrical therapy for the depressed while simultaneously ignoring the fact that we have outlawed hundreds of godsends that could treat depression without such risks.

Merely chewing the coca leaf daily could fend off the majority of depression in America, as the long-lived Inca could have told us. Laughing gas has obvious uses, though reductionist scientists refuse to see them. MDMA and its hundreds of cousins have the power to elate and inspire without addicting. Even addictive drugs can be used non-addictively to cheer and inspire, though modern Drug War ideology insists otherwise.

Yet Science News continues to publish articles like this that imply that the drugs that we have outlawed do not even exist! This is Christian Science, not science, and it lets the Drug War off the hook for the way it is clearly censoring science -- and causing scientists and authors (like Laura Sanders) to self-censor their work.

The Drug War DOES exist. Prohibition DOES exist. And it is having a profound effect on what Science News will even report or consider.

SN should begin adding a disclaimer to all articles on topics like depression, stating that many options for treatment have been ignored in conformance with Drug War prejudices. Until that happens, your articles on subjects like depression belong in a magazine about Christian Science, not science.

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