domingo, 3 de mayo de 2009

Litio para todo el mundo








Un reciente y breve artículo publicado en British Journal of Psychiatry: Lithium levels in drinking water and risk of suicide, ofrece el sugestivo hallazgo de que los índices de suicidalidad en la población japonesa estudiada se correlacionan inversamente con la concentración de litio en el agua corriente. El reporte sugiere la posibilidad, tentadora y controversial, de litiar el agua potable (análogamente a la fluorización del agua para la prevención de caries) de modo tal que se constituya en política de salud pública para la prevención de suicidios.

Por supuesto, y eso lo comprenderán los compatriotas, también podría agregarse litio a las cañerías de Palacio de Gobierno (no por el riesgo suicida, obviamente). El problema es que perderíamos las acrobacias dancísticas de nuestro Primer Mandatario, que sobradamente harían palidecer de envidia a Nureyev:




El artículo es cortesía de Abner Ravenwood en Scribd (y el dato, vía Mind Hacks, cuándo no).


Lithium levels in drinking water and risk of suicide
Lithium levels in drinking water and risk of suicide AbnerRavenwood Hirochika Ohgami, Takeshi Terao, Ippei Shiotsuki, Nobuyoshi IshiiThe British Journal of Psychiatry (2009) 194: 464-465Although lithium is known to prevent suicide in people with mood disorders, it is uncertain whether lithium in drinking water could also help lower the risk in the general population. To investigate this, we examined lithium levels in tap water in the 18 municipalities of Oita prefecture in Japan in relation to the suicide standardised mortality ratio (SMR) in each municipality. We found that lithium levels were significantly and negatively associated with SMR averages for 2002–2006. These findings suggest that even very low levels of lithium in drinking water may play a role in reducing suicide risk within the general population.




Y finalmente, para cantar, a dúo siempre con nuestro Jefe de Estado, qué tal Lithium, de Nirvana -aunque es sabido que Alan prefiere la criollada-:






LITHIUM

I'm so happy 'cause today
I found my friends
They're in my head
I'm so ugly, that's okay
'Cause so are you
Broke our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday
For all I care
And I'm not scared
Light my candles, in a daze
'Cause I've found God

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah

I'm so lonely, that's ok
I shaved my head
And I'm not sad
And just maybe
I'm to blame for all I've heard
I'm not sure
I'm so excited
I can't wait to meet you there
And I don't care
I'm so horny, that's okay
My will is good

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah

I like it I'm not gonna crack
I miss you I'm not gonna crack
I love you I'm not gonna crack
I killed you I'm not gonna crack

I like it I'm not gonna crack
I miss you I'm not gonna crack
I love you I'm not gonna crack
I killed you I'm not gonna crack

I'm so happy 'cause today
I found my friends
They're in my head
I'm so ugly, but that's okay
'Cause so are you
Broke our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday
For all I care
And I'm not scared
Light my candles in a daze
'Cause I've found god

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah

I like it
I'm not gonna crack
I miss you I'm not gonna crack
I love you I'm not
gonna crack
I killed you I'm not gonna crack

I like it I'm not gonna crack
I miss you I'm not gonna crack
I love you I'm not gonna crack
I killed you I'm not gonna crack


1 comentario:

Lizardo dijo...

El blog Neuroskeptic ha realizado un incisivo análisis del artículo original:
http://neuroskeptic.blogspot.com/2009/05/lithium-and-antidepressants-in-tap.html