Crystelle Saleh

Beirut, Lebanon

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Crystelle Saleh
Posted over 2 years ago
When it comes to vaccine intervention for disease control, should personal liberty go before the benefit to society?
I do see your point 100%. I guess that the problem is that these people that refuse vaccines have no trust in the government or the associations that wish to make it mandatory. "The tragedy of the commons is a dilemma arising from the situation in which multiple individuals, acting independently and rationally consulting their own self-interest, will ultimately deplete a shared limited resource, even when it is clear that it is not in anyone's long-term interest for this to happen." I took this quote from the wikipedia link you offered. I think that this "tragedy of the commons" also applies to multi-billion corporations who deplete the world of resources such as oil, water, forests, etc etc etc. Maybe if the government did a better job at proving their allegiance to the community rather than the corporations and economic pig-heads that are benefiting financially from things such as pharmaceuticals and vaccines, those people would trust that the vaccines posed no real threat. Again, I'm no expert on the matter of vaccines, and I'm not saying that these vaccines necessarily are dangerous. I really wouldn't know. But a lot of people seem to be convinced that they are, and it wouldn't be ethical to force them into something they perceive as dangerous to their and their children's well-being. I don't see why the solution would be to make laws that everyone should be vaccinated. Why shouldn't the solution be that the government stops serving an elite portion of the population? Maybe then no one would opt out of such things. http://www.thrivemovement.com/drug-rx-money-making-killing http://www.democracynow.org/2004/12/31/confessions_of_an_economic_hit_man I'm sure that there are many things one can say to negate whatever is written in the links above. But regardless, if a portion of the population believes that this is what's going on, a portion big enough to affect the health of the entire community... there must be some sort of basis for the claims, don't you think?
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Crystelle Saleh
Posted over 2 years ago
What is happiness?
Sina! Very well said. I found this website on a quick google search, I am sure it is not something to be taken as a medical reference! Seeing as the AMA and WHO and virtually every other large medical association are funded by pharmaceutical corporations, I doubt that much funding has been directed towards natural, cheap cures (that cannot be patented) for virtually any disease. You probably won't find any decent scientific research on such matters, not now or in the near future. But if less credible sources (who also have less to gain from your dependence on their suggestions) are offering things unlikely to have drastic side-effects, such as a change in diet, yoga, or vitamins, I think, personally, that it's worth a try! I am not a doctor and I'm not claiming to be an expert on such matters. You are obviously a very skilled, thorough investigator, with a lot of knowledge! I only wish to amicably put another option on the table: There's more to the world than modern science has established! I think it's important to keep an open mind and welcome possibilities regardless of how bizarre they are, regardless of whether an authority figure in a white lab coat agrees, and regardless of whether it conflicts with your miind-set. I am not suggesting that you are not open-minded! Only explaining why I chose to suggest things that don't have the scientific method or an association of doctors to back them up. :) This is a very interesting conversation, and I will read the articles you suggested as soon as I have the time!
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Crystelle Saleh
Posted over 2 years ago
When it comes to vaccine intervention for disease control, should personal liberty go before the benefit to society?
:) Well, it's really quite simple. We never know what goes into a vaccine. If you research it, you'll find that the controversy of the issue stretches towards some outrageous claims, such as the fact that some of the main ingredients in many vaccines cause sterility, autism, etc. Whether or not these claims are true, it should be kept in mind that your everyday citizen isn't about to take a BA in chemistry, find access to a lab, figure out exactly what the vaccine is made of, and then take a decision. If a person firmly believes that vaccines can be worse than the actual disease, that person should definitely have the liberty to decline.
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Crystelle Saleh
Posted over 2 years ago
Is an abundant future, a happy one?
I really like the question you've asked, Yonatan. It's something I think about often! On the topic of nostalgia, the past is no place to dwell. It is something that should be learned from. That doesn't not mean, however, that the direction the world seems to be taking is necessarily a good one.. We should advance, we should evolve, not regress! But advancing doesn't necessarily mean nuclear weapons, massive infrastructure, pollution, individualism to the extent of alienation, quantity instead of quality. Instead of ending war we have made them more wide-spread and destructive. Instead of dealing with corruption we have found ways to sugar-coat it and do it within legal perimeters. Instead of ending colonization we created a new, global from using debt and fashion :) We found penicillin, and people stopped dying from the flu! Then we polluted the environment, our food, and our habits so much that we have ridiculously high rates of cancer instead. It's not really about going back to the way that we used to live. There are many negative things about the past, just as there are many negative things about the present. Maybe people should start taking a closer look at those negative things, find ways to eliminate them, and find ways for synthesis, ways to take the best of the enchanting simplicity of the past as well as the innovation, global communication, and technology of the present to construct a better future.
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Crystelle Saleh
Posted over 2 years ago
What is happiness?
Hello Sina, thank you for your insight! First of all I am very familiar with the brain and its workings, I studied psychology at university, with a focus on neuroscience, which is one of the fields of study I'm interested in most. You definitely have a point! Chemical imbalances often need chemical solutions! However, there are a few things that should be kept in mind: First of all, there are natural alternatives to SSRI's. SSRI's have the tendency to deplete the body's serotonin, and SSRI's have negative side effects. Studies are showing the importance of nutrition in treating and preventing vast amounts of illnesses, from depression to cancer! Here is a link with a brief, simple overview on the matter of SSRI's, depression, and natural alternatives: http://www.completehealthdallas.com/Anti-DepressantsNaturalAlternativeDallas.html Another thing that I feel should be kept in mind is the fact that the brain is still largely a mystery. Rewiring the brain can be achieved in many different ways, most of which are still unexplored! You said "you currently think this way with your current brain, you would be a totally different thinking person once you change the brain biochemistry that was imbalanced." You are right. Of course, I was discussing my own experiences with manic depression and drug addiction, and everyone has different chemistry. This is why it is dangerous to skip right to SSRI's. Nowadays, doctors tend to give out these anti-depressants based on symptoms rather than urine tests, etc. They are assuming that everyone that conveys similar symptoms can be treated with the same medication! Anyone experiencing depression, OCD, or any other mental illness needs to look for what works for him/her as an individual with different needs, a different diet, a different brain, and a different perception from every other person in the world! We are each a unique case. Your concern and passion for the subject is inspiring, and I encourage it completely!
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Crystelle Saleh
Posted over 2 years ago
What one question, which you have never been asked, would have the biggest impact on your future?
Are you really here? I think being asked that question would change my life. If someone were to ask me this question, that person would be doubting his/her own mind, eyes, reason, and perception. It would put me in a position to really grasp the instability of reality, and the knowledge that each person truly sees their own world before them. Answering that question would also teach me a lot about myself and life in general, in having to justify and prove my own existence.