A Kundalini practitioner recently shared with me the symbology of the Adi Shakti. A mesmerizing interlocking of a karmic circle, a double-edged weapon and two encompassing swords, this is a representation of primal feminine power from a tradition that champions, not male-female equality, but all that is incomparable about a woman’s energy. In this depiction, […]
The Ancestral Health Society is a community of scientists, healthcare professionals, and laypersons who collaborate to understand health challenges from an evolutionary perspective. Their annual Symposium is a veritable think tank for outside-the-boxers dedicated to progressing the paradigm of health, by reaching into an older bag of tricks. I had the honor and pleasure of presenting […]
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. […]
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a pioneering psychologist, Dr. Lynn Johnson, about myths and lore surrounding the practice of conventional psychiatry. He states: Psychiatry, as I said, has virtually abandoned psychotherapy, and along with that, isn’t really focused on such things as lifestyle interventions. Psychiatry has succumbed to the siren song of […]
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 […]
With 1 in 10 Americans, and 25% of women prescribed antidepressants, it may finally be time to examine the bill of goods we have been sold on their efficacy, safety, and mechanism of action. While the biological side effects such as weight gain and gastrointestinal distress have been acknowledged, the more subtle long term effects […]
I felt this sensation in the pit of my stomach — it was a combination of sympathy and anger — listening to Annie tell me, through tears, about her postpartum journey into the world of psychiatry. Three separate psychiatrists dismissed me when I expressed concerns about taking an addictive medication like Klonopin. It’s been two […]
Understand 4 principal tenets that may be undermining your current understanding of the efficacy and safety of antidepressants.