- 04 October 2015. In a piece Susan Donaldson James of NBC News did on AssureRx’s Genesight testing there’s just a brief mention of the site in the two-paragraph write-up on my experience with GeneSight.
- Ms. James’ piece is related to Beth Daley’s far more in-depth article on the subject.
- In case it’s not clear, my position is:
- Genesight may not be perfect, but, until something better is around, it’s what’s available.
- It’s a hell of a lot better than selecting meds based on direct-to-consumer and direct-to-physician advertising.
- Pharmacogenomics is just another tool. An important and very useful one, but the people using it need to know to use it.
- Also: When I had my test it cost more than $3,800. Expect the prices on these things to drop. Early adopters always pay more. I knew that when I signed the forms.
- I did a brief interview with Rebecca Corall on KCBS Radio on Friday, 06 February, 2015. We talked about the site and info about psych meds on teh Interwebs.
- Doctor ‘Scott Alexander’ (almost his real name) wrote a very nice article about why he likes Crazymeds and why he can’t recommend it to his patients (naughty language and owning terms like “crazy” and “nutjob” so they no longer hurt can’t ever work). Really good article and he makes some good points on linguistic choices.
- What bothers me, but doesn’t surprise me, is how many people suggested he, or someone else, steal my intellectual property, removing the offending language, and redistribute it without my knowledge, consent, and certainly not paying me for it.
- Because a nutjob fucktard like me obviously doesn’t deserve to make a living by doing something like this site, and we should all be getting government handouts or real jobs. Or be starving on the streets. Or something.
- The ever-wonderful Maria Bamford told the Times how much she likes Crazymeds…
When traveling, Bamford looks for local support-group meetings to visit. Otherwise, she attends them by phone. She has found a sense of community in online chat rooms and is a vocal fan of Crazymeds.us, a website that gives advice about psychiatric medications. (In addition to the Depakote, she also takes Prozac for depression and occasionally beta blockers to calm a tremor in her hands.) --The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford
- Maria also the subject of episode 29 of Scott Moran’s documentary series Modern Comedian. Also available at Slate and elsewhere. The video is about 12 minutes long and the final four minutes or so is described as a “walkthrough of her favorite website CrazyMeds.us.”
- I was nominated for a WEGO Health Activist Award. Not surprisingly someone else won. The real surprise was being nominated in the first place.
Crazymeds received a great review from Dr. Carlat in The Carlat Psychiatry Report. OK, June 2010 isn’t all that recent, but I didn’t find it until today (25 February 2014). You can also find that review in Dr. Carlat’s article on Psych Central’s section for medical professionals.
There are sites all over teh interwebs for people to rate and review anything and everything. Here are a few about Crazymeds:
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- Our Page on Mood Stabilizers made number 27 on MastersInCounseling.org’s list of 101 Leading Sites on Bipolar Disorder and Depression.
- Crazymeds’ Rating on WebsiteLooker is one of the few website valuation sites with spot-on accurate traffic data, and fairly close revenue data. Albeit for July 2013. You can still rate sites.
- Crazymeds’ Rating on Psych Central. Unlike WebsiteLooker, rating Crazymeds has been closed. Although you can rate any other website. Don’t ask me, I don’t know why.
- Crazymeds’ Reviews on Viewpoints. Viewpoints is a consumer rating & review site I’ve never heard of. Among the numerous consumer products you can rate & review are health websites. The reviews pass my highly accurate1 test to determine if an article about, or having anything to do with, medications is, uh, accurate: if they have a picture of pills the pills are medicines and not supplements. Although it looks like they ran everything through a color filter to mask the diclofenac, Lyrica, and ones I couldn’t identify.
- Although no rating or review has yet to be entered on this site, I find it … less surprising than I should. So if anyone has an opinion on how well we’re performing in this category, please rate Crazymeds as an online pharmacy. Actually, I’d rather you didn’t. Some moron must have created this page because they work with, or were fooled by, all the asshats who use the Crazymeds name in their spam for ‘pharmacies.’
Apparently Crazymeds is
notorious reputable enough to warrant being used as a reference in all sorts of legitimate publications. Including Ph.D. theses, student resources, peer-reviewed papers, books, news stories & assorted articles, and even Big Pharma’s own research material.
- Somebody listed Crazymeds as a student resource for Julien’s A Primer of Drug Action.
- Crazymeds is listed on two pages of the Health Psychology (PYC 3430) Course at the University of Detroit Mercy.
- I pray to God Almighty that Crazymeds is used to contrast with the other two sites on that page.
- I may be crazy, but at least I know I need meds. The people behind Natural News really need Zyprexa.
- The page with all the links used in the course. Out of context is pretty damn surreal.
- In his doctoral dissertation “Quality Assurance and Safety issue of Pharmaceutical Products marketed in Developing countries”, Ndjamawe Bah-Traore cites the brand name vs. generic medications page as background information for how “the bioavailability of generic identical drugs might shift,” which is one of the core elements of the entire thesis. As well as one of the core elements of this entire site. Go Dr. Bah-Traore!
- In his thesis “The medication mismanagement system : causes, evidence of user innovation, and a view towards a product/service solution for the elderly”, Joshua Hanson shares tips he picked up from various sites like Crazymeds where cheapskates like me, and people who live on fixed incomes, stretch their drug dollars by splitting pills, getting them from reputable overseas pharmacies, etc.
- Psychology 542 at University of Washington has Crazymeds as one of three links on Drugs Used to Treat Mental Disorders.
- The Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web has had a link to our Basic Information about Psych Meds pages since forever. OK, about sometime in early 2004, but that’s forever as far as Crazymeds is concerned.
- The Strattera page is cited in Nicholas Lopez’s Strattera: A Nonstimulant That Helps Hyperactivity?” published on Vanderbilt University Psychology Department’s page of papers written by students providing scientific reviews of topics related to health and well being.
- In “Naked Before the Law: Mental Illness and the State of Exception” Ben Merriman has a somewhat unusual interpretation of Crazymeds’ (at the time) third-way position between the fear-mongering antipsychiatry movement and the paternalistic “be a good little boy and take your panacea” attitude of what little presence Big Pharma had in 2005, and the reformatted PI sheet that made up 99% of content of sites like drugs.com and rxlist.com. While I don’t agree with everything in this essay, it’s a very good read, and he raises difficult issues that both sides of the overly simplistic dichotomy of pro- and anti-psychiatry would rather ignore. Although I just wish I got the traffic he wrote that I did. And I hope he finds something better to write about, because he’s wasting his talents on the family dynamics of vegetarian college students.
- While it’s not Crazymeds per se, my ancient sob story/essay on being bipolar at the San Francisco Chronicle and various writings on my blog at the WeLL, were referenced and used as background information in Brendon Stone’s thesis Starting to Speak: Madness and the Narration of Identity.
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- Crazymeds has a page or so in Mitzi Waltz’s Alternative and Activist Media (Media Topics)
- Crazymeds is quoted throughout and listed as a resource in David Blistein’s David’s Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Wood of Depression
- Crazymeds is listed as one of Hilary Smith’s favorite mental health resources in Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask
- In Calculus Concepts: An Informal Approach to the Mathematics of Change Crazymeds is used as the source of fluoxetine’s half-life.
- Although mentioned just once, you can see that Crazymeds contributed a lot to Jennette Fulda’s delightful Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn’t Go Away.
- In Madness: A Bipolar Life, Marya Hornbacher describes Crazymeds as “incredibly helpful,” and points out how I don’t take any of Big Pharma’s money. Not that I have a problem with their money. It’s just highly unlikely I’ll ever get any because….
- Crazymeds is #879 of the 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know, as the best site to learn about antidepressants. As well as being “profane and hilarious.”
- #878 is the warning that mixing meds and alcohol can land you in the hospital or jail.
- #880 is that meds help with symptoms, not events or circumstances.
- Damn, college students aren’t the only ones who need to know this shit.
- Crazymeds is also mentioned, referred to, listed as a resource, etc, in:
- Insane Joy By Woodrow Lucas
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Guide by Erica Verrillo
- Crazy Lady (Without The Cats) by Clare Hill
- A Brief History of Anxiety…Yours and Mine By Patricia Pearson
- Psicofarmacología en esquemas by Ana Adan Puig and Gemma Prat
- The line I had in the manifesto about invisible injuries is quoted in the header of Chapter 6 (Let’s Eat) of Jeff Lucas’ Faith in the Fog: Believing in What You Cannot See.
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- Dr. Shannon Hughes is our absolutely favorite researcher and has cited us and/or used the Crazy Talk forum for source data a few times. Probably because we helped her deal with her own brain cooties. You can find us in her papers:
- “Can Online Consumers Contribute to Drug Knowledge? A Mixed-Methods Comparison of Consumer-Generated and Professionally Controlled Psychotropic Medication Information on the Internet”.
- “Consumer Reporting of Psychiatric Drug Effects Across the Internet: Improved Methods for Understanding Drug Harms”
- And her doctoral dissertation “Navigating Health Sources on the Internet: A Mixed-Methods Examination of Online Consumer Reviews and Expert Text on Psychotropic Drugs”
- Although it’s just a minor citation, I really love this one. In “Validated RP-HPLC Method for the Estimation of Citalopram in Tablet Dosages” D.Chaitnaya et al cite Crazymeds as the source for Celexa’s off-label uses. Why this cite is so meaningful is because the paper is on a simple, rapid, and accurate method of determining how much citalopram is in a tablet. Anyone who has read this site knows that I really care a lot about the issues of brand name vs. generic medications - where the quantity of the active ingredient is rarely a problem - and counterfeit medications - where the problem is real.
- Crazymeds, along with Drugs.com and erowid, is a source of information for … you know, let’s just have Dr. Klein tell you:
Other potential advantages of online pharmacies include access to the range of medications not available in the U.S. market and the inexhaustible availability of medications at all times. Finally, Internet-based consumers have access to extensive medication information through websites such as erowid.com, crazymeds.com, and drugs.com, among many others. Online, one can find a peer-based system of monitoring medication effects and associated side effects. Also available are quick comparisons of medication prices and alternative treatments and descriptions of drug interactions.
-- “Psychotropics Without Borders: Ethics and Legal Implications of Internet-Based Access to Psychiatric Medications” The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Vol 39 Issue 1 February 2011.
Non-peer-reviewed, but still good articles:
- In “Psychiatric Medications Make Weight Loss Nearly Impossible, but Weight Gain A Snap”, Rachel Gray quotes an excerpt from the weight gain section of the page Side Effects All Psychiatric Drugs Have.
- I was interviewed on how stigma and side effects impact the decision on which, if any, meds to take for Laurie Penny’s A bit on the side published in One in Four.
- Nicole Knepper quoted the “Which sucks less?” equation in her essay “Crazy Pills, Bloggers and First World Problems” for her blog Moms Who Drink And Swear: Chicago Edition, which is part of Chicago Now.
- Ms. Knepper is both a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and master bullshitter. If that doesn’t give us legitimacy on teh interwebs, I don’t know what does.
- Part of my accurately-described “rambling” manifesto, as well as the term “brain cooties,” was quoted in, and supplied part of the title for, Dana Blankenhorn’s article on mental health parity “Will those with ‘brain cooties’ find equality?” in the IT employment section of ZDNet.com.
- The above article appears to have been translated into Japanese then translated to Engrish by Google for the Custom PC Bulletin Board Blog. It’s fucking hilarious. There’s no attribution, unless “Freckle Removal Machine Manufacturer” is how Dana Blankenhorn’s name got mangled, and isn’t just a random spamvertisement link.
- Crazymeds was a source for the wikihow article “How to Get Help in Living With Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)”.
- Crazymeds was cited as the go-to source about which meds could potentially help “Professional bisexual Tila Tequila” after her … just read the damn thing.
- Even if it were a publicity stunt, there was some serious crazy involved somewhere. Either that, or someone watched Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS under the influence of the wrong substances.
- Now, if Ms. Tequila is thinking of remaking and starring in Ilsa, then sign me up for that Kickstarter!
Crazymeds is listed as a medication resource at:
- Actually ADHD
- The Band Back Together Project
- Bipolar Aid
- Eastside Center for Family
- Gail Whitmore / Counseling in Prague
- As it’s an English-language site, but with Prague contact info, my guess is she caters to expats living there.
- Living Manic Depressive describes Crazymeds as: Best Website for Information on Drugs
- Marbles by Ellen Forney The website for Ms. Forney’s graphic novel Marbles, about being officially classified as a crazy artist.
- New Perspectives Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Support Group has Crazymeds listed as: The most entertaining (and often off-color) site on medication on the Web
- Thanks! I love it when the site is described as either.
- Recovery Road Medical Center
- UC Berkeley
- Uniquely Gifted
Crazymeds is listed as a mental health or similar resource at:
- Arteriovenous Malformation Awareness Project.
- While I haven’t addressed AVM specifically, I have addressed a bunch of obscure things that hurt a hell of a lot, which is probably why we show up on their “related conditions” list.
- BPSO Bipolar Significant Others - one of the oldest support sites on the Internet - has us listed as a “Major BP [bipolar] Site”
- e-how’s Long-Term Effects of Depakote article has the Depakote page listed as a resource.
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Counseling’s General Mental Health resources.
- This website will not be appropriate for everyone because of this direct approach and also because of some of the language that is used.
- It’s nice to know that some college kids still haven’t read or heard, or are just offended by my harsh fucking language.
- No, really, it’s kinda sweet.
- Ruth Garrot, Psy.D. Therapist for my kind of people. And if you’re reading this site, probably your kind as well.
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- UW Madison online mental health resources.
- In spite of my issues with the site owner, both Crazymeds and CrazyBoards are listed as resources for WebMD’s bipolar community.
Before drugs.com and various WebMD properties2 cloned our features (off-label uses, overseas availability and names, a user forum, and so forth) Crazymeds was the Gold Standard of user/patient-generated social media (or whatever we’re now called by the Big Pharma marketing wallas ((or whatever those guys are now called))) when it comes to bitch-slapping the pharmaceutical industry awake regarding how people who take these meds actually get information about them. From an article based on a study conducted by a Big Pharma solutions-oriented experience deliverer:
According to a study conducted by Envision Solutions, 5 percent of U.S. Internet users looking for information about the antidepressant Lexapro visited the popular blog http://crazymeds.org/ between mid-December 2006 and mid-January 2007. They are relying on this Weblog because it provides straight talk about the safety and efficacy of many commonly used psychiatric medications.
There is a lesson to be learned here. People turn to social media because they are looking for relevant content. Though pharmaceutical companies devote significant resources to “ http://product.com/” Web sites, Internet users are far from satisfied. This is because they want “the real deal” about how medications will affect them and their families. The key to engaging them, building brand loyalty, and increasing compliance is listening to what people want and providing them with information they need.
-- Farad Johnmar Alternative Media: Mastering Social Media Pharmaceutical Executive April 2007
And the study itself, Diving Deeper Into Online Health Search: Examining Why People Trust Internet Content & The Impact Of User-Generated Media. I like the table on page 25. 5% of Internet search traffic. Those were the good old days.
Mr. Johnmar’s company, Envision Solutions, put out a press release about the above study. It got picked up all over the place, and after seven years is still up in a few places:
- Health Wisdom
- Japan’s Tobyo Blog (in Japanese)
- On WebProNews the press release was barely padded as an article titled Health, Search and Social Media.
Mr. Johnmar has also tried to explain social media in general, with us as the exemplar, in these articles:
- Audience Fragmentation and Social Media: Why Healthcare Is Different
- Get the Word Out: Communication Vital in Healthcare Businesses
- The Plot to Bring Down WebMD.
- This one pisses me off. The authors pretty much lift what Johnmar wrote about Crazymeds verbatim for the beginning of their piece, yet we’re the one site to which they don’t link, probably because we’re not a ‘contender’ to compete with WebMD. Of the six sites they do consider to be worth their while, two have merged and two are barely a blip on the radar. But what can you expect from a site that itself is barely a blip on the radar.
The above study was used in Connecting with Patients, Overcoming Uncertainty : A white paper on Managing the Risks and Regulatory Issues Associated with Successful Pharmaceutical Social Media Monitoring and Marketing. Crazymeds is the exemplar of the fourth (of four) types of social media creators that have a direct impact on pharmaceutical companies - patients.
Today, patients are becoming prime information sources about a range of subjects, including drug safety and efficacy. One of the most popular patient-developed blogs is Crazymeds (www.crazymeds.org), a compendium of information about user experiences with psychiatric medications.
Alana Klein of PharmExec Direct tries to explain Crazymeds to Big Pharma in her article of 22 November, 2005. Apparently only the good people of GlaxoSmithKline had the cajones enough to admit they don’t get it. Their ad agencies, though, understand things perfectly. Only the future will tell if Alana got things across to the pharmaceutical executives who are her magazine’s target demographic.
And for being the guy Big Pharma needs to
suck up to learn something from try to understand clone my ideas and add to the sites they sponsor, like drugs.com and all the WebMD properties, I was interviewed for a story in the 19 March 2007 edition of American Medical News.
But user-generated sites also ranked in the top five. The fourth-ranked site for Lexapro traffic was crazymeds.org, a blog and message board run by a couple from Montana. Jerod Poore, one of the site’s founders, says people have come to his site seeking refuge from drug company-sponsored information, “fear-mongering” sites saying all drugs are bad, and “tea and sympathy” sites that let users vent but don’t share research and practical information.
“We’re more relevant to the consumer because we’re more accessible. We translate doctorese into English,” Poore wrote in an e-mail to American Medical News. “We’ve had the misfortune of firsthand experience with the majority of medications written up on the site. That is, until we’ve found the right cocktail of meds that actually work. Talk about the proverbial long, strange trip.”
-- Handful of sites top search list for medical info amednews.com 19 March 2007
In another white paper the folks at Manhattan Research use Crazymeds as an example of the health-centric communities they should be paying attention to:
This is one of the very basic tenets of our Web 2.0 world – someone online is talking about pretty much anything you can think of – and your products and services are most certainly part of this dialogue. A quick glance at sites like CrazyMeds (https://www.crazymeds.us) or HealthBoards (http://www.healthboards.com) shows just how active online communities are in discussing treatment options – and how much credence fellow members have in the opinions of certain members of the community.
They used the term “consumer opinion leader” to describe us, which didn’t last very long in the marketing biz. “Citizen expert” is what we’re called, but I still prefer the more precise “citizen medical expert.” I will be forever3 indebted to Farad Johnmar for coining “citizen medical expert.” That is, without a doubt, the best job title I’ve had since I was an Information Systems Technical Wizard.4
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‘’Is it necessary for you to go off it sometime? Why? Is it toxic over a long period of time? Is it just the expense? What benefit is there in going off the drug? Is there a possibility that you will feel not only OK but actually better off the drug? How much of your interest stems from an unexpressed wish to be finally, once and for all, completely cured? ‘’
While, again, I can’t advise pro or con, here is a quote from CrazyMeds.org that made sense to me:
The most important thing to remember is this — your symptoms have gone away BECAUSE THE MEDS ARE WORKING! It’s not necessarily because you’ve been cured.
Indymedia UK quoted our Luvox side effects and how it works in columbine revisited (28 June, 2004) by Captain Wardrobe investigating the relationship between the Columbine high school shootings and psychiatric meds. The entire piece is fear-mongering at it’s finest.
The Spokesman-Review’s Healthbeat (August 2004) has a blurb on Cymbalta’s approval (this was ten years ago) and our warning of its potential for a harsh discontinuation syndrome (since confirmed by many former users of the medication).
Current pages in Wikipedia where Crazymeds articles are used as sources5 or external links.
- Citalopram source for off-label uses.
- Oxcarbazepina external link for the Spanish page on oxcarbazepine.
- بوبروبيون_هيدروكلوريد external link for the Arabic page on bupropion.
Raves from the Grave
Really old reviews of crazymeds.org
Hey, Dr. J. Barrie McCombs, MD, FCFP, the Director of Medical Information Service of the University of Calgary, recommends Crazymeds as a site for medical information. I shit ye not. Here it is from his column in the November/December 2006 edition of The Alberta Medical Association’s publication.
This is a guide to psychiatric medications, written by people who use them. It is self-described as being for patients who are “mentally interesting.”
We were written up in Wired’s BodyHack Blog of 8 March 2007:
Crazymeds is invaluable- a human look at the drugs and their effects. In many cases, other patients can give you a better idea of what to expect than anyone else- I’d love to see this idea taken up over more of medicine. Plus it’s really funny.
Steven Wishnia of PC Mag lists us as one of their top 99 undiscovered web sites of 2006. The review long-gone. But here’s what he wrote:
Crazymeds is a helpful guide to psychiatric medications written by the people who use them, with blunt honesty, more scientific rigor than you’d expect, and a very dark sense of humor. Before you start popping Paxil (or anything else), go to Crazymeds to check out the pros and cons.
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2 WebMD owns eMedicineHealth, RxList, Medscape, MedicineNet, and theheart.org.
3 Or for as long as I run Crazymeds and/or write about medications. As I've been doing that for 12 years, which is over twice as long as I've been at a real job, in Internet time we're already in forever territory. Even if I've been on the Internet since 1985. AKA "longer than many of you have been alive."
4 And since that was in 1990 or 1991, I was probably the first tech professional in the SF Bay Area with a silly job title. While working for a large company.
5 At least where they have been listed as sources.
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Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained from the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets and/or medication guides - which is all you get from sites like WebMD, RxList,
NAMBLA NAMI, etc., the sources that are referenced throughout the site, our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, and what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or medication guide/patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
Crazymeds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
Crazymeds is optimized for ridiculously large screens and browsers that don’t block ads. I use Firefox and Chrome, running under Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazymeds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazymeds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
Crazymeds now uses a secure server, but it is not so secure that you can discuss anything having to do with nuclear power facilities, air traffic control systems, aircraft navigation systems, weapons control systems, or any other system requiring failsafe operation whose failure could lead to injury, death or environmental damage. Just so you know. So if you’re mentally interesting and have a job that deals with that sort of thing, talk about said job elsewhere. Otherwise feel free to discuss your meds and brain cooties.
No neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists or pharmacists were harmed in the production of this website. Use only as directed. Void where prohibited. Contains nuts. Certain restrictions may apply. All data are subject to availability. Not available on all mobile devices, in the 12 Galaxies Guiltied to a Zegnatronic Rocket Society, or in all dimensions of reality. Hail Xenu!
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.
* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.