Should we put lithium in the water?

Resume:

In Ireland, a consultant psychiatrist proposed that mass medication could be used to make us happier. A politician, called Moosajee Bhamjee, also thinks that this method, consisting of mixing water and lithium, could help us on bad times.

The lithium is not like the recreational drugs, is a substance used by the psychiatrists in episodes like bipolar disorder .In depressing circumstances lithium could cut the suicide rate caused by depression or another factors.

We can found lithium in some food and in water. In these places (where we found the highest rate of lithium on the water) the suicide rate is lower than elsewhere.There are a lot of studies that confirm that lithium also decreases rape and homicide rates.

If it is true it would be an important reward for the humanity. Anyway, it will be very dificult to carry out the mix,because the people are not like-minded, and some peopple will be against the medical mix.

Personal opinion:

I am agree with this process, because, if there are something that could help to take fewer murders or suicides I think we should do it and help these people that dies, sometimes through no fault.

I take the notice from the guardian magazine:http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/shortcuts/2011/dec/05/should-we-put-lithium-in-water

Original Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1699579
http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/194/5/464.abstract

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3 Responses to Should we put lithium in the water?

  1. You don’t say where did you find this piece of news. The first source cited could be inadequate (it’s too old, it was published in 1990: Biol Trace Elem Res. 1990 May;25(2):105-13).

    Your second link is very useful, and you can read there the complete report ‘Lithium levels in drinking water and risk of suicide’ . Maybe you don’t appreciate the inconsistencies this paper shows, but it well exemplifies the concept of ‘bad science’. You have a section called ‘Responses to this article’ below the abstract, I specially recommend you Confounding the “lithium waters” to understand the methodological problems.
    To sum up and connecting with your personal opinion, I reproduce here the last paragraph in that response:

    While the reported results were indeed intriguing, in the absence of more a developed approach to the research question it seems too early, and indeed misleading for a non-scientist audience, to even start speculating on the relationship between suicide rates and lithium in drinking water sources on the basis of these data. In this era of rapid information dissemination the publishing of reports without rigorous scrutiny of the statistical method and due consideration of the confounding variables is a concern.

    Very interesting issue, how the scientific information should be transfered to society. ANY COMMENTS ON THIS QUESTION?

  2. I really liked your article! I think it is an important improvement for the society.
    If this mix really helps to decrease suicide rates or rapes, I don’t doubt it should be used. It can have such a positive effect on society. Although many people may not want to take it, if just a few do it it would also have an impact on real life. Depression and other mental disorders are serious issues and anything that can help to cure them it should be welcomed.

  3. Non creo que sexas totalmente consciente do que dis por que non coñeces a ningunha persona que precise tomalo. O litio é un composto que fai falla no noso organismo, e hai persoas que padecen enfermidades por eliminalo moi rápido, pero unha persoa normal pode morrer se ten demasiado. Non é algo que se poda tomar todolos dia ou de vez en cando xa que os que o toman non teñen máis remedio.

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