Chemicals in our food, in our cosmetics and body products and in the environment: Unacceptable levels

Endocrine disruptors interfere with normal hormone functioning and may cause infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, reproductive and breast cancers, and thyroid, heart, lung, liver, and kidney damage. Commonly used endocrine disruptors include phthalates, surfactants, and parabens – all of which are routinely used in cosmetic and personal care products. Most of the tens of thousands... Continue Reading →

Become aware of your anxiety/panic/fear and heal yourself

An article in Scientific American is entitled, Panic Attack Sufferers Are Unaware of Symptoms: Panic attacks seem to come out of nowhere but research finds symptoms appear up to one hour before the sufferer is aware of the attack. The conclusion of this article ends with a statement and a question: The study authors note that this lack of awareness may explain why meds work better for sufferers than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy does: How is the patient supposed to work on something that they are unaware is already in progress? Why is it assumed that people need remain unaware of their physiological experience?

Mindfulness is a love affair…

Ultimately, I see mindfulness as a love affair--with life, with reality and imagination, with the beauty of your own being, with your heart and body and mind, and with the world. -- Jon Kabat-Zinn from Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life Click here for a list of posts featuring Jon Kabat-Zinn's work... Continue Reading →

Medical compliance? Adherence? No. My health-care providers are my PARTNERS

When someone is seriously ill finding a doctor one can work well with is akin to finding a good and healthy spouse. It’s a serious matter and you and that person must be compatible and have deep mutual respect.

Children’s ADD Drugs Don’t Work Longterm

This is not news to any of us at Beyond Meds, but there is a damning article in the New York Times morning edition about how longterm Ritalin use does not result in general, in improved school performance down the road. The author states, Attention-deficit drugs increase concentration in the short term, which is why they work so well for college students cramming for exams. But when given to children over long periods of time, they neither improve school achievement nor reduce behavior problems. The drugs can also have serious side effects, including stunting growth.

The path of conscious awareness is no bed of roses

The path of conscious awareness is no bed of roses... It is difficult for everybody; that is something we have to face. We may not always be willing to receive the kindness that is there; we cannot always experience what happens in our practice as compassion. When we are in the middle of learning a... Continue Reading →

Bipolar (being grossly over-treated) everywhere

I would also ask what is Bipolar I? And, really, should anything with even that label be treated with long-term psychotropics in any case?

On the road…

My iatrogenesis is such that I cannot fly. I cannot be on my feet or even upright for any length of time still and the airport and a plane, too, would be close to impossible. I am traveling several hundreds of miles, out of state, to visit yet another medical practitioner. This one has the blessing of this doctor who has been helping me. I am making note of this as I won't be able to stay on top of the news while I am gone and the content of the blog will reflect that. There will be daily posts in any case as ***I've prescheduled one or two posts daily*** for the length of the trip. I may or may not have time here and there to be online, but it certainly will not be a priority to keep up with any timely news.

ISEPP Statement on the (DSM-5)

ISEPP Statement on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) voices concerns over the APA's May 2013 anticipated publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) - Jan 25, 2012 - It is the position... Continue Reading →

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