Suicide: How to Help Yourself & Others Find Healing

Jun 13, 2018

We have a problem.

More and more people are choosing to take their own lives. More and more people see death as the solution to the difficulties they face...

Dr. Peter Breggin's HONORED BLOGGERS AWARD

May 23, 2018

Dr. Peter Breggin's HONORED BLOGGERS AWARD recognizes “Inspired and Courageous Contributions in Human Sciences and Services” and provides recipients an open platform to publish whenever they wish without fear of censorship. His aim is to create a blog site where a limited number of outstanding contributors can freely publish their pioneering ideas and where viewers can easily locate them. The first Honored Bloggers Awardrecipient is Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD, the Danish physician and scientist who cofounded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993, whose courageous scientific and advocacy work helped to inspire this award.

Here is the blog Dr. Leaf, our founder, wrote for his site:

Alzheimer's and the Dementias: Is Forgetfulness a Natural Part of Aging?

Feb 06, 2018

The other day I was talking to a friend, who was frustrated because she had forgotten to do something important for work. Her first comment was, “I must be getting old because I can’t remember everything!” Even though she was joking, it made me think how so many of us assume that old age means memory loss—almost as if losing our ability to think and remember is natural! This assumption is only exacerbated by the growing rates of dementias and Alzheimer’s among seniors. But is memory loss and cognitive impairment really just a symptom of "old age"?

A Brief History of Mental Healthcare in the 20th Century

Jan 01, 2018

In the early twentieth century, the prevailing concept in psychiatry was the demented mind, while drugs that changed one’s mental state (including alcohol) were largely viewed as “mind-altering substances”. Asylums, largely state-run institutions where people with mental health issues were locked away, were commonplace . Lobotomies, in which a mini icepick was shoved up the nose into the brain, were performed up to the 1950s. In fact, Egas Moniz, who invented this procedure, received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1949 for his work, before the practice when into disrepute in the mid-1950s.

#WhoMadeYourClothes?

Dec 01, 2017

When it comes to living more sustainably, many of us think about eating more organic foods, walking more, and taking two minute showers (all of which are important!), but we often forget to think about what we wear and how our love of cheap, industrially-produced clothing is polluting our beautiful planet. We often don’t think about the thousands of men, women and children who work for hours with little or no pay for the dress our friends think is “cute”.

Mental Health News: November 2017

Nov 01, 2017

I will never forget the first time I watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The movie is perhaps best known for its distressing scenes involving electric convulsive therapy (ECT), bodies writhing in shock as power surges through the brain. Although it was just a movie, and although Halloween is over, ECT is something should still alarm us.

Mental Health News: October 2017

Oct 18, 2017

On October 1, 2017 Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd at a Country music festival in Las Vegas. It was the worst mass shooting in American history, with 58 reported dead and hundreds more wounded—many of whom are still in hospital awaiting surgery or recovering from their injuries.

No to GMO?

Oct 17, 2017

Science, regardless of what high school textbooks say, is not black and white. Scientists are, after all, human; they interpret data through the filter of their worldview. Numbers are subject to human politics, including the data behind genetically-modified (GM) foods.

What the Health?

Sep 27, 2017

It seems like everyone is watching that new documentary on Netflix, What the Health. Several of my friends have even “gone vegan”, and say that their bodies feel much healthier and that they have more energy.

Mental Health News: August 2017

Aug 01, 2017

Michelle Carter, 17, texted her boyfriend Conrad Roy, 18, to kill himself, and he did. That is the story we have all been told, filtered through the lens of the media. Yet, as is often the case, there is a large and dreadful disparity between what actually happened and what we are told happened, as Harved-trained psychiatrist and mental health advocate Dr. Peter Breggin points out in his recent blog. Breggin, who is involved in the case as a medical witness, shows how both Michelle and Conrad were victims of the pharmaceutical industry, which currently dominates the world of mental health. These young teenagers were on high doses of “brain-disabling” drugs, which clouded their perceptions and judgement, resulting in a tragedy that has rocked their community, and, through prolific news coverage of the case, the world.