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British Psychological Society annual conference


MODERN PSYCHIATRY suggests that Ebeneezer Scrooge was not a mean old git at all. He was just depressed. He exhibited classic signs of anhedonia - the inability to experience pleasure. He had very little appetite, experienced sleep disturbance and found other people's good cheer irritating.

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Letter: Vaccine threat


Letter: Protect yourself

THE BEST "protector" we can bestow on our children is a wholesome (natural) immune system ("An epidemic born of fear", 22 August). The only proven factors that contribute to a strong immune system are: a strong inherent constitution built upon sensible diet, proper housing and balanced emotional care. Vaccination, on the other hand - apart from the immediate harmful side effects in a handful of cases - certainly weakens natural immunity, and its effectiveness needs serious independent review.

Foetus cells can damage mothers

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Letter: Citizen Leka

Sir: Would you allow me to reply to Daniel Cooke's emotional defence of Mr Leka Zogu, the South African resident who claims to be king of Albania (letter, 10 February)?

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