Neuroscientist Wants To ‘Vaccinate’ Soldiers From PTSD – Vaxxter
Brachman proposes that we start giving our soldiers Ketamin, or as it is known on the street, “Special K.”
The Washington Post describes Brachman’s idea as “one of the biggest discoveries in mental health possibly since anti-depressants were developed in the 1950s.” Brachman says she isn’t trying “to make soldiers without empathy,” but to ‘vaccinate’ them from stresses found in combat. I’m not sure we want to go down that antidepressant road, again. The comparison by the Post makes me a bit, uneasy.
How did Brachman come to conclude such a concept? Through mice, of course. Mice who have never been exposed to mortar fire, I’ll take the liberty to assume. Testing on human subjects is coming.
“I think once we have treatments for diseases, or preventions for them, it really changes the conversation. Things are stigmatized in part when there’s nothing you can do about it. They’re also mythologized when there’s nothing you can do about it,” she said. “From my experience, it’s more common than not. I’ve shifted my perspective from some people have mental illnesses to almost everyone I’ve ever met has had some direct experience.”
I think we should be open to using whatever means possible to help people with mental health, but we should be cautious when terming it a “vaccine.” Combat is a terribly stressful event that can’t just be drugged out of a person. Brachman says tests will soon be performed on humans. So now suddenly “special K” will evolve beyond the “dangerous street drug” it’s been for a decade now?
Ketamine is a “dissociative anesthetic.” It typically is used in animals. As a street drug, it is typically added into cigarettes and drinks. Short- and long-term effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, numbness, depression, amnesia, hallucinations and potentially fatal respiratory problems. It is addictive, as well. It has also been used as a date rape drug.
Would this be forced upon our soldiers as a way to make robots out of men? This sounds like a terrifying road to go down. We can’t just numb them to the stressors created by gunfire aimed in their direction. That removes the human aspect and could have grave consequences. I’m all for a soldier using it if they so choose, but we need to be careful the road we go down.
On – 08 May, 2017 By helenSco