“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine” … [click on title for the rest of the post]
To be nobody but yourself
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Neuroplasticity demonstrated. This is very cool.
This is really fascinating and very simply demonstrates how neuropathways work in neuroplasticity. We can heal our brains and change a whole lot of things about our mental health because of neuroplasticity. It's good to understand something about it because it really allows for all sorts of great hope. And for me, since I started applying such methods to recovering from the iatrogenic brain injury incurred from psych drugs, I actually see it happening. Very exciting. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Our modern forms of helping people in emotional distress (talk therapy and medications) have largely supplanted more traditional forms of healing. In some cases this is a continuation of oppression and colonization that has gone on for hundreds of years. -- Indigenous healing practices are denigrated and seen as unscientific, based on superstitions, or as an adjunct to the proper, modern way of helping people in distress. In this way, we have ignored and suppressed folk methods of healing that are often highly effective. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
What I looked like during psych drug withdrawal
I really don't know what I looked like during that time. Honestly, I didn't have the energy to consider such things. I can still often feel shitty these days, but at this point when I feel like crap I fall strictly in the invisible illness category. There was nothing invisible about how I was sick when it was really bad. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Food sensitivities, histamine and mast cell activation syndrome
(Note: This may be of interest to you if you have protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal issues, if you have autoimmune issues, and also other chronic illnesses like CFS and/or fibromyalgia.) My food sensitivities have continued. I tend to learn a whole lot by paying attention to them and they oddly allow me access to parts of the psyche for healing when I sit with them in meditation. It's almost as though there is a psychedelic aspect to my experience with them. I am not alone in this. I've found others who have this experience too. They are difficult to live with and I continue to work with them from as many different windows as I can. -- In western medicine they are best explained and understood as a form of mast cell dysregulation, I've found. I've not ever gone into that in any explicit fashion on this blog because I've tried to keep it simple and so I've talked about histamine intolerance mostly, which is often a manifestation of mast cell dysregulation. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Nature vs nurture, biological vs. psychological: how about both/and rather than either/or
A post for those who missed it the first time and anyone who'd like to revisit it: Nature vs nurture, biological vs. psychological: how about both/and rather than either/or
What is bipolar disorder? Grandiosity and mania, what are they really?
"Grandiosity" is a state of reactivity brought about by having been rejected, abandoned and invalidated in childhood. In a similar vein "mania" is a dissociative state. This is something that is rarely understood. In understanding mania as dissociative we see that it is a form of post traumatic stress. We are disconnected from the body when we experience mania. We are literally ungrounded. All of this can be healed by becoming aware on all fronts. Body/mind/spirit. I have done it and I know many others who have too. Healing is a journey that doesn't end. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
John Nash, nobel prize winner in economic sciences has died
John Nash has died. Besides being a brilliant man who won a nobel prize he was once diagnosed as schizophrenic and became very famous for that fact as well, when the movie "A Beautiful Mind" came out. John Nash has died. Besides being a brilliant man who won a nobel prize he was once diagnosed as schizophrenic and became very famous for that fact as well, when the movie "A Beautiful Mind" came out. -- I am doing this post in his memory. I’m recovering from a nasty stomach bug so it’s being put together quickly. Included is footage where John Nash once again clarifies that he didn't take psychiatric drugs for most of his life. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The art of contemplation (vis a vis meditation)
I tend to use the word meditation for all my contemplative adventures when I speak of them on this blog...simply for lack of a better way to explain my process. Here Richard Rudd speaks to the different sorts of ways our inner experience can be experienced. I found his definition of contemplation helpful because I often feel like meditation HAPPENS to me...and here it seems perhaps he would call that contemplation. Contemplation is physical too. This is what I liked about what he talks about. In contemplation we can change our body and transform in some very literal ways in body/mind and spirit. This is something I experience daily. I believe this is in keeping with epigenetics too. It has everything to do with healing from trauma. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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