A little dark humor from Tom’s Jokes Collection.
Great news! Two new bipolar t-shirts in the [tag]Manic Mall[/tag]. The first one, called “Crazily is…” is the [tag]Chinese[/tag] characters for [tag]bipolar disorder[/tag] cut-and-pasted from a [tag]medical[/tag] site in China. A back-translation on babelfish tells me that the Chinese have an interesting perception of us. Interesting as in the ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” Click the picture to see the shirt, “Crazily is [tag]hot-tempered[/tag] the depression!”
The second t-shirt should have been the first shirt, since I was researching it when I came across the translation above. It inspired me to create the Official Bipolar Planet® World Tour 2007 [tag]t-shirt[/tag].
Well, I was looking at an Israeli search engine that links to [tag]Pendulum[/tag] Resources and got curious. Is [tag]manic depression[/tag] a world-wide problem? Do some cultures accept “eccentric” behavior more than others do? How did they treat manic-depressives before lithium? I am very curious about it. A very quick trip to world-wide googles helped me find dozens of ways to say “[tag]bipolar disorder[/tag]” and “manic depression.” It really is a Bipolar Planet®.
Someone pointed out to me that I didn’t include the English words for bipolar disorder or manic-depression. Oops! I thought it went without saying that English-speaking countries are nuts.
Thought for the Day:
“Back in school I treated schizophrenics who were anywhere from clearly on-the-surface very different, but there were others with whom everything would seem normal until they began discussing the area of their reality that parted from everyone else’s. Sort of like talking to a neoconservative.”
— DocShiva, from an email. Quoted with permission.
Where there is sickness and fear, there is always someone offering false hope.
One of the shadier scams pulled on bipolars is the claim that certain lithium compounds are more beneficial than others.
This rant concerns lithium orotate.
Lithium Orotate is a salt. That means that when you put it in water, it ionizes, or splits into its component parts. In this case, it splits into lithium ions and the orotate is metabolized into orotic acid in the liver.
Your body uses elemental lithium at the cellular level. Your cells don’t care whether you ingested lithium carbonate, lithium chloride, or lithium orotate to get the lithium.
So what you really want to know is what the orotate part gets you. The answer seems to be a fatty liver. Your body makes all the orotic acid you need after you drink alcohol. Another way to get it is to ingest ammonia salts. Not recommended. If I’m reading this right, drinking piss will raise the level of orotic acid because excess uria also stimulates orotate production.
Now here’s where it gets interesting: There was a documentary on Mahatma Gandhi in which he stated that the reason for his good health was that he drank a cup of fresh urine, presumably his own, every morning. I think I read it in Time or Newsweek, too, but I’m at work and don’t feel like researching it. Here’s a wikipedia citation. Take it with a swig of^W^W a grain of salt.
Let me know how that works out for you.
I’m having a bit of trouble making non-technical things fit into my brain today.
I can understand wanting to be stable. No, not really, stable people are bloody boring. What I can understand is wanting to be able to do the things I want to do without having to cancel because of a bad day. A bad day
meaning I can’t concentrate, or I am indecisive, or I am tired or maybe on the flip side the normies are just moving/thinking/being like dinosaurs.
Let’s define stability sometime, ok? I think stability means that I don’t fall so far afield that I can’t meet my obligations. What do you think?
But are those really bad days? If we didn’t have it beaten into our heads that having moods swings and being creative makes us BAD PEOPLE, we wouldn’t think twice about making time for our own needs. Maybe on the indecisive days I should shelve books by LOC number, while I should make use of the high days time flipping through books trying to synthesize new meanings.
Why do the doctors want to label us and stigmatize us and force us to behave like everyone else? And why do we buy into this abuse? Oh, right, because being forced to be someone you aren’t is painful. When someone talks about “hope” in the context of having a mental illness, what exactly does that mean? There’s no cure for this short of identifying the bipolar gene and ABORTING us. If we are going to hope, let’s hope that someday society will stop wanting to punish anyone who is a little different.
Ah, yes, server logs. These are my favorite searches today. I hope they found what they were looking for.
ice pick lobotomy
where can i find the plan of a pendulum