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
Drug Side Effects
The truth is that drugs can’t heal. And yet the primary approach to healing in modern health care is to treat symptoms with drugs. This is based on the erroneous belief that we are broken. We are machines that need calibrating and we need chemicals to feel better. But the evidence shows us that drugs can’t heal – and often, don’t even help.
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
This article first appeared on Mercola.com as The New Psychiatry: Psychoneuroimmunology A New Field Emerges Psychoneuroimmunology. This is what I aim to practice. Medical terms of this length command our respect for the interconnectedness of different subspecialties, for the futile segmentation and compartmentalization of the body into different organ systems. As discussed in this previous article I wrote for
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!