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.

Psychotropic Dugs and Withdrawal

Jul 05, 2017

In a recent conference on withdrawal, Peter Gøtzsche, medical doctor, mental health advocate, author and researcher, describes the main symptoms of psychotropic drug use (see also a recent survey on the effects of antidepressants), and what to expect during the withdrawal process. He gives a number of useful tips and resources for dealing with withdrawal, describing how it is possible for many people to get off these drugs and transform their lives for the better.

Mental Health News: July 2017

Jun 30, 2017

Whole Mind Cooking

Jun 05, 2017

Often, diet books are so concerned about what you eat that they do not explain how you should prepare these meals to preserve the most nutrients possible. Cooking is not just about nutrient preservation, however; it also entails the bioavailability of nutrients, or how readily these nutrients can be absorbed. This post highlights several cooking tips we use as a family. They are by no means all-inclusive—we learn how to eat better every day. They do, however, provide a good start on cooking.

Mental Health News: May 2017

May 31, 2017

In today’s world, many of us view science as something like an infallible religion. “Science says” or “research proves” are phrases that have an almost biblical-like quality, and are often used in a dogmatic manner to justify a particular worldview or belief system.