Happy Halloween

As I write this a pumpkin is roasting in the oven. It shall be turned into pumpkin soup for Halloween. I love getting dressed up on Halloween, but it won't be happening this year. Homemade pumpkin soup and roasted tamari pumpkin seeds will have to be enough. We live in a real neighborhood this year... Continue Reading →

On love

On Love By: Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) From the book: The Prophet Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love." And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: When love beckons to you follow him, Though his ways are hard... Continue Reading →

Meanderings and Soteria House

This is an edited version of something I posted the first month I wrote this blog about a year and a half ago. I've grown since I wrote this and learned more about treating mental health issues naturally, I've left most of this piece unchanged, even though there is much more to add on this... Continue Reading →

More damning info on antidepressants….in a mainstream magazine, no less!

Well this surprised me. None of the info is new for most of the readers of this blog, but it's refreshing to see it in a widely read mainstream magazine. From Discover Magazine: Irving Kirsch no longer sends patients to seek out antidepressants. "As a clinical psychologist," he says, "I used to refer patients to... Continue Reading →

The first incarnation of my blog….

When I first started blogging I was on blogspot and it was set on private and I deleted the whole thing before I went public. It was basically just a diary. What I didn't remember was that I copied the whole thing into a word document. It dates from February 2004 to June of 2006.... Continue Reading →

until then, maintain your faith: inner strength for troubling times

I'm posting the first paragraph of the poet, Rachel Snyder, who I've highlighted here a couple of times now...to read the rest of the poem go to her blog. She is awesomely inspiring and seems to know something about the roads we tread. When times are unsettled, There is no place to go but deeper,... Continue Reading →

The medical model is without merit

Today I have the pleasure of posting something that was submitted to me for publication. It's written by an interesting man, whom I really don't know but with whom I seem to share some quite similar ideas. From Tim's about page: My work is informed by my study of coherence therapy with Bruce Ecker, its... Continue Reading →

Prescription drug injuries and deaths reach record levels

The LA times reports on the rise of prescription drug deaths. The total number of deaths, 4,824, was an increase of nearly 3 percent from the last calendar quarter of 2007 (here is the report). (via Pharmalot who goes into more detail about Chantix in particular the deadly stop-smoking drug that Pfizer has been dancing... Continue Reading →

Some good news, some disheartening news…

After a life of excruciating pain whenever I menstruated I have found an acupuncturist who has apparently healed me. After two weeks of acupuncture last month I had virtually no pain and didn't even think it might be the acupuncturist. I simply thought it was some sort of odd reprieve. But when I saw her... Continue Reading →

Lamictal (lamotrigine) withdrawal–important update

The post that gets by far the most hits on this blog is the one entitled "Lamictal withdrawal from hell." The title of the post clearly attracts people when they do google searches. My post and Philip's posts on Lamictal withdrawal at Furious Seasons (now available on this site) both have long ongoing commentary. People are... Continue Reading →

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