Tips on Parenting

Here’s a video with a few very helpful parenting tips. Bringing up our daughter, my wife and I were able to use a couple of these tips. They worked splendidly!

Scientific Community Finally Admits: No Medical Tests Exist for Mental Disorders

In an article written by Kelly Patricia O’Meara at The Citizen’s Commission for Human Rights website:

Call it an awakening. Slowly, ever so slowly, the scientific community finally is acknowledging what the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, has been exposing since 1969—that psychiatric disorders are not verifiable medical conditions, that the diagnosis is based solely on a checklist of behaviors, and that the drug “treatments” have serious, life-threatening effects. …

Not long ago Allen Frances, a psychiatrist and former DSM-IV Task Force Chairman, admitted “There are no objective tests in psychiatry—no X-ray, laboratory or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder…. There is no definition of mental disorder. It’s bull…I mean you just can’t define it.”

To add credence to CCHR’s work and Frances’s revelations, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Thomas Insel, last year openly criticized the latest version of the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, saying, “The weakness is its lack of validity. Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure.” Insel concluded, “Patients with mental disorders deserve better.”

Check out the full article here.

The State of Public Education in the U.S.

Here are a few stats worth mentioning:

New York spends the most amount of money per pupil per year with funding at $19,552. That means that to teach a class of 25 kids to read and write for the year it costs $488,800. Yet only 31 percent of New York’s public school students were proficient at reading and math in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ouch!

Those are gruesome statistics. Especially when a technology of study exists that helps millions of people around the world and, at a fraction of that cost, could be easily implemented.

For more info, head on over to the Applied Scholastics site. (Beautiful shot of their headquarters below)

Applied-scholastics

Forcing Morality on Others

Our current culture is putting considerable pressure on people being “moral” and saying and doing the “right things.” An exec gets fired for having a strong opinion on traditional marriage. A food chain is attacked because its owner expresses his Christian beliefs. The list is quite long here.

Yes, sports figures should set a good example. One could say the same for the entertainment industry, but the number of disappointments from that arena are way too many to list.

I find most of this is a “group response” that has its roots in personal aberration. And forcing folks to set a good example by severely punishing them, well, it’s not likely to get the result intended.

And having said all of that, there are millions of incredibly decent people every day setting a great example for their children, for their communities and we hear so little about them. May that also be part of the problem?

There is a great book and tool: The Way to Happiness. A 21st century guide to morals for people of all ages.

Here are some concepts addressed in this book:

The Power of A Booklet: “The Way to Happiness”

Here is an excerpt from the Association for Better Living and Education website:

ISAAC ASBERRY and THE WAY TO HAPPINESS:

Isaac and the Teen Intervention Program work with teens who are either on drugs, in gangs or have a problem in school.

Isaac Asberry is from the city of Compton, born and raised. He worked for the Department of Justice for thirty years. He started the Teen Intervention Program in 2007. The city of Compton has its share of gangs. Isaac says, “In this environment, to the young gang members, it’s an honor and a privilege to murder someone with no significant reason why. They teach them at a very young age ‘it’s okay to murder.’

Compton is known worldwide. So I chose Compton to make a difference.” This the story of how Isaac and concerned members of the community made and are making a real difference, using The Way to Happiness.

Watch this video and see how powerful a booklet can be.