The dam is leaking, and the flood is coming. Are you ready to stand strong? Fraud. A powerful accusation, sensational, provocative. When we think of fraud, what comes to mind? Images of avarice-driven men putting their greed before the best interest of a larger population. Does it feel different when it is a woman behind […]
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 […]
According to a NY Times report More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines …with Medicaid covered toddlers, under 4, being specifically affected. With 11% of children age 4-17 and 1 in 5 boys carrying a diagnosis of ADHD, we have to stop, […]
This article first appeared on Greenmedinfo.com and is cowritten with Sayer Ji. “Could you please make sure the eggs aren’t runny? I’m pregnant.” At their first prenatal appointment, pregnant women are doled out a list of NO’s including deli meats, fish, and unpasteurized cheese. There is a growing awareness of the fact that this list may be dangerously NON EXHAUSTIVE (and largely misguided, especially […]
I had the pleasure of being interviewed for Jennifer Fugo’s Gluten Free School podcast where we discussed the relationship between gluten and mental health, with a focus on women. Check it out!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Shannon, MD, a holistic psychiatrist on the topic ‘Medicating Children’ on Fearless Medicine radio. Our nation’s children are in crisis. Doctors and parents are reaching for pharmaceutical solutions at an alarming rate. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, says the National Institute […]
Understand 4 principal tenets that may be undermining your current understanding of the efficacy and safety of antidepressants.
A recent study contributes to the literature suggesting a bidrectional relationship between schizophrenia and autoimmune diseases. In a Danish cohort, individuals with schizophrenia and infectious exposures (hospitalization), the incidence of autoimmune disease was almost 3x as frequent. Schizophrenia likely shares underlying pathology with autoimmune disorders in the form of acute on chronic inflammation, and […]