When women leave men for women: Sexual fluidity

CNN reproduces an Oprah article on sexual fluidity that is of interest. Here is the money: Over the past several decades, scientists have struggled in fits and starts to get a handle on sexual orientation. Born or bred? Can it change during one’s lifetime? A handful of studies in the 1990s, most of them focused … Continue reading “When women leave men for women: Sexual fluidity”

Confirmation bias, NARTH and the use of research

I quoted Nickerson in my prior post on confirmation bias. His article is quite good and can be reviewed here. I like this quote in the article attributed to Francis Bacon: The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all … Continue reading “Confirmation bias, NARTH and the use of research”

Who's the centrist in the 2008 election?

Both McCain and Obama want the mantle of a change agent and one capable of reaching across party divide. This article in the Philadelphia Inquirer from John Lott, research scientist at University of MD, contests the Obama charge that McCain is McSame, or a clone of George Bush. He writes: Does John McCain represent a … Continue reading “Who's the centrist in the 2008 election?”

American Psychiatric Association to host symposium on religion, therapy and homosexuality

The American Psychiatric Association will host a symposium called “Homosexuality and Therapy: The Religious Dimension” at their annual meeting in Washington DC on May 5, 2008. I will be on the panel along with David Scasta, MD, Rev. Albert Mohler, Bishop Gene Robinson and moderator, John Peteet, MD. Dr. Scasta is past-president of the Association of Gay … Continue reading “American Psychiatric Association to host symposium on religion, therapy and homosexuality”

Year in review: Top Ten Stories from 2007

Since it was so much fun last year, I decided to compile a top ten list of stories of the year on the blog. Since I am the only voter, the list is subjective and regular readers might arrange them differently or think I should have included another story over one of these. The stories are … Continue reading “Year in review: Top Ten Stories from 2007”

San Francisco: A nice place to visit

My heart is safe but this beautiful spot on earth has my attention. I am blogging from a little cafe in Sausalito and have had a nice day. Through the miracle of wireless, I have been able to work most of the morning and see sights through the afternoon. Perhaps it says something about me … Continue reading “San Francisco: A nice place to visit”

Physician Assistants group backs compromise stance on reparative therapy

Yesterday, I reported the action taken by the House of Delegates of the American Academy of Physician Assistants regarding reparative therapy. I want to provide more detail in this post. As you can see from the association’s daily conference newsletter, the resolution was changed to reflect AMA policy and thus was a step back from … Continue reading “Physician Assistants group backs compromise stance on reparative therapy”

Physician Assistants’ Association considers sexual reorientation therapy resolution

The American Academy of Physician Assistants’ House of Delegates will consider a resolution opposing therapeutic efforts to alter sexual orientation. Presumably this resolution will be voted on at their annual convention in Philadelphia in May, 2007. I have yet to see the actual resolution but I am hopeful that language will be crafted that will … Continue reading “Physician Assistants’ Association considers sexual reorientation therapy resolution”

Top ten posts, by number of comments, 2006

I am working on a post summarizing the highlights for the year and in so doing reviewed the number of comments each post received. And here they are: Top ten posts with number of comments in parentheses: 1. Alan Colmes radio show: Wayne Besen vs. Richard Cohen (76) 2. Ex-ex-gay? (53) 3. Big day at … Continue reading “Top ten posts, by number of comments, 2006”

Bioenergetics and other explanations

I have been meaning to blog a bit more about bioenergetics. I wanted to comment about my belief that clients who engage in this techniques do feel better and may even stay better. I was going to talk about how different theoretical perspectives all have success stories and many have limited data showing successful outcomes. … Continue reading “Bioenergetics and other explanations”