Wednesday, September 16, 2015

PHARMACOGENOMICS

Best Depression Medication Is Sand On Your Toes


Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person's response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person's genetic makeup.  

This is what the American Medical Association has to say about pharmacogenomics.
“Anticipated benefits of pharmacogenomics
Pharmacogenomics has the potential to provide tailored drug therapy based on genetically determined variation in effectiveness and side effects. This will mean:
  • More powerful medicines - Pharmaceutical companies will be able to produce therapies more targeted to specific diseases, maximizing therapeutic effects while decreasing damage to nearby healthy cells.
  • Better, safer drugs the first time - Recovery time will go down and safety will go up as the likelihood of adverse reactions goes down or is eliminated altogether.
  • More accurate methods of determining appropriate drug dosages - Current methods of basing dosages on weight and age will be replaced with dosages based on a person's genetics --how well the body processes the medicine and the time it takes to metabolize it.”
Some of the present studies being done are to see if they can do a better job matching the right medication with a particular person who is experiencing depression.  As anyone who has ever taken medications for depression knows the process is a major hit or miss proposition.  I am not even sure there is a good medication for depression.  In fact, I am not sure there is a good definition for depression even in DSM-5.

However, I still like the idea of being able to better match medications to the person because I know one size does not fit all no matter what class of medications we are talking about.  From cancer meds to psych meds it would be great to match meds to people based on how the person will respond to the drug because of their genetic makeup.

I just hope all this does not turn into more forced treatment, but rather better treatment for those who want it.

© Ed Cooper, September 16, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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Sunday, September 06, 2015

JESUS SPEAKS OF THE LAST DAYS: SCS No. 58


Sunday, September 6, 2015, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 58


PRAYER for Today:
Father, we know You are able to heal the hearts of a broken nation.  All we ask is that Your will be done and whatever Your will is to give us the strength and wisdom to live Your will till Your Son comes back.  It is in His name we pray. Amen.


SCRIPTURE for Today: Mark 13 King James Version (KJV)
13 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take anything out of his house:
16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.



SERMON for Today:


What more is there to say about the “last days” than what Jesus said Himself?
May God Richly Bless Your Life This Week and For Evermore. Amen.


  
© Ed Cooper, September 6, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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(Ed Cooper is an ordained Elder and minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ which are a part of the Restoration Movement started in Appalachia in the early 1800’s.  Ed started preaching as a teenager in the village churches around Mashoko Mission, Zimbabwe, Africa when he was there with his parents in the early 1960’s.)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

EVERY EVIL of HUMANS is BLAMED on MENTAL ILLNESS


Every evil committed by humans is now being blamed on some type or form of mental illness.  The building behind the billboard in the photo above looks to me like the Washington National Cathedral.  Lots of people still call this a Christian nation and even deny people their rights based on their understanding or belief of what they think the Bible says.  However when an act of evil occurs, these same "Christian" folk would rather blame something they know little about but sounds like an answer to them than to blame evil something they are suppose to believe in.

I am not saying that the brain or some form of psychosis can not cause evil behavior.  What I am clearly saying is that in most of the cases I have read about the evil acts are as easily explained by them being caused by an evil heart as they are by a broken brain.

I have more than one label from the fine book they call DSM-5 and I can assure you that all of my actions both good and bad do not stem from or originate in those labels.  They come from every area of my being including my inner being which some folks refer to as soul.

We as a people are missing the target by miles because we have bought the reductionist scientific worldview and its narrow concept of truth and what constitutes a person.  If you want to believe that every action a person takes can be explained by their genes and brain functions, then you have given over your freedom to be controlled by government and the hierarchy of the sciences. (It should be noted here that psychiatry does not rank high in the hard sciences or even in medicine.)

True freedom only comes when a person will allow themselves to imagine and dream beyond what they can see and prove.  When they believe in and trust their inner instincts and inner life.  When they begin to realize there is a world beyond the one we live in and that there is truth greater than hard science which changes each day.

A concept such as mental illness which is not well enough defined to have any real meaning other than to mean "suffering people and the people who love them" cannot and should not be used as a synonym for evil acts. To do so is to dishonor every person who is suffering from childhood sexual abuse, rape, war or any other cause/reason that might get them a psychiatric label.  

© Ed Cooper, 9/2/2015, Stoney Creek, TN