Meditation for overcoming trauma/mental distress of all kinds

Seaneen Molloy of The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive is trying new things. One need not be Buddhist to practice meditation!! And to benefit from it's healing effects! Here is an excerpt from Seaneen's article from BBC Ouch! With my feet firmly in the 21st century, I see Buddhism as something belonging to the... Continue Reading →

There is a large range of normal! Your brain is a rainforest

Ode Magazine -- an excerpt from Your brain is a rain forest on the importance of neurodiversity. The lessons we have learned about biodiversity and cultural and racial diversity need to be applied to the human brain. We need a new field of neurodiversity that regards human brains as the biological entities they are, and appreciates... Continue Reading →

Jung’s Red Book and what is normal anyway? (news roundup)

Happy Memorial Day! Jung, C.G. - The Red Book that link is text. And here are a small taste of the paintings. -- . For information on this book look here and here. I've got a copy of the book but have not been well enough to read it. I relish the thought of being... Continue Reading →

Psychotropics bad for bones, cause bone loss

This was scheduled to simply be part of one of my news round-ups, but it's so important and seems to be new information about a particular way these drugs wreak havoc on our bodies. I was on every one of these classes of drugs for many years and I know that I have, indeed suffered... Continue Reading →

Web shatters focus, empathy of sociopaths and the importance of play

I bet that head-line was confusing! I'm playing a bit. The same old subject for my news round-ups get boring! But yes, this is a blog and news roundup. The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains - Wired Magazine --From the article: "What kind of brain is the Web giving us? That question will no doubt... Continue Reading →

Saturday news and blogs

Reading material: The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: What happens when three men who identify as Jesus are forced to live together? - By Vaughan Bell - Slate Magazine -- In the late 1950s, psychologist Milton Rokeach was gripped by an eccentric plan. He gathered three psychiatric patients, each with the delusion that they were Jesus Christ,... Continue Reading →

The NIMH trials summarized. Is there an effective paradigm of care for mental health?

By Robert Whitaker author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America In the past 15 years, the NIMH has funded a number of major, multicenter trials of drug treatments for mental disorders in adults and children, and although these studies have not been placebo-controlled,... Continue Reading →

A psychiatrist speaks: DSM-5, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

From the Psychiatric Times is an article penned by By Irwin Feinberg, MD who is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at Davis. Here is an excerpt: There have been no research advances that demand new diagnoses and syndromes. Despite many intriguing findings, no psychiatric disease can be diagnosed by a biological or... Continue Reading →

Healing the gut is imperative if one wants healthy body/mind/spirit: IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be cured

All disease begins in the gut. - Hippocrates What Hippocrates knew way back when is finding a resurgence today. There is a lot of talk of the importance of gut flora in the science media these days. Unfortunately the conclusions they come to generally involve excitement of new possibilities for pharma. Pharma is not the... Continue Reading →

Friday news and blogs

Have a nice weekend everyone! Bone marrow transplants cure mental illness – in mice -- Guardian UK -- This is interesting to me...not because I think we should be giving people in mental distress bone marrow transplants, they are dangerous and life-threatening, but because the immune system is something that can be boosted in natural... Continue Reading →

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