Psych Meds Put 49 Million Americans at Risk for Cancer With one in five Americans taking a psychiatric medication, most of whom, long term, we should probably start to learn a bit more about them. In fact, it would have been in the service of true informed consent to have investigated long-term risks before the deluge of […]
With 11% of Americans on antidepressants and one in four women of reproductive age, one would assume these pharmaceutical products are well-studied and clinically indicated. As I have discussed, unfortunately, psychiatric research suffers from profound conflict of interest and corruption of its data set. We are also turning a blind eye to adverse effects that […]
What is Depression? Was depression once an adaptive response to the environment? I’m generally of the opinion that the body doesn’t make mistakes and that millions of years of evolution were in the service of millions of years more. A review in the Journal of Affective Disorders by Durisko et al attempts to answer the […]
This post first appeared on GreenMedInfo.com. To sleep, perchance to dream. Many of us have a love hate relationship with sleep – making the time for it, honoring it, needing it, losing it, wanting it, partaking too much. A highly ritualized behavior, sleep also exemplifies the complexity of physiologic processes that feel beyond our control. […]
What does modern medicine have to offer the woman with severe PMS? The one suffering with low mood, irritability, tearfulness, and even suicidality accompanied with a side dish of bloating, breast tenderness, and cramps? Antidepressants and oral contraceptives. The former has no biological basis for efficacy and comes with a litany of short and long-term […]
How much does it matter for patients to believe they will get well? Thanks to the work of Dr. Irving Kirsch, we now know that the majority of the effect of antidepressants is attributable to the “active placebo effect” or the belief that receiving a memified brain-chemical-corrector will actually help alleviate symptoms. As I discuss […]
Understand 4 principal tenets that may be undermining your current understanding of the efficacy and safety of antidepressants.
The following are four principal tenets that may undermine your current understanding of the efficacy and safety of antidepressant medication. For more information like this, please check out Dr. Kelly Brogan’s new book, A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives – on sale […]