The gift of our bodies and the foods that we feed it

I wrote most of this post for The Receiving Project group which I posted about a couple of days ago. It’s got dietary info if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m healing and food continues to be a phenomenally important part of that gestalt. — Astonishing loveliness. This is a weird gift and may not mean much to most of you but it’s so HUGE and FUNDAMENTAL to me that I’m going to share it anyway. Yesterday afternoon I went to my amazing healing chiropractor man and he gave me a suggestion. … [click on the title to read and view more]

Folk Healing, Industrial Agriculture and the Rise of Psychiatry

The idea of food and local herbs as medicine mostly dried up after world war II. Processed foods, microwave dinners, industrialized agriculture and shopping markets filled with food from far away started to dominate the Western landscape. Food became veryimages bland and tasteless. The notion that food was the essential medicine was overwhelmed by the idea that medicine was found in a drug.
The psychiatric revolution really began in earnest in the 50’s at the same time that industrial farming took off. The first antipsychotic known as thorazine was synthesized in 1950 and was given to people who were deemed psychotic or labeled with schizophrenia. Interestingly, this first widely prescribed psychiatric drug was first developed as a pesticide to kill parasites in pigs. … [click on title to read and view more]

Getting healthy

I find it ironic that practicing simple healthy habits is called “alternative” health and/or medicine.–I’m not using “alternative” health modalities. I’m getting healthy without medication after conventional medical treatment with drugs profoundly wrecked my wellbeing. Our language obfuscates. It’s quite Orwellian, in fact.–Getting healthy in my mind means returning to or rediscovering what being in tune with our body/mind and spirit entails. Nothing alternative about that. It’s about returning to our animal inheritance. It’s foundational to simply being human. … [click on title to read and view more]

UCLA study: non-drug treatment may reverse Alzheimer’s (these lifestyle changes are also good for all mental health)

This is a good place to start for most mental health issues of any kind, really — and, well, for general well-being too. Good health is actually rather simple. Sadly the human species has traveled a very very long way from simplicity and so it’s not always, by any means, straightforward to get back to good-health. Still we can take many meaningful steps in that direction and over time make some very big changes. I’ve seen it done again and again among those I work with and I’ve done it for myself. … [click on title to read and view more]

Are you addicted to sugar/carbs? other foods? (#foodie friday)

I can tell you that food addictions can be overcome…it’s taken many years of paying attention to what I eat and learning what my body needs but I no longer crave foods, nor do I ever overeat…meaning I have no DESIRE to overeat…it’s pretty phenomenally wonderful. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Eating real whole food is important to our mental and physical wellbeing #foodie Friday

Many people who withdraw from psychiatric drugs discover excessive food sensitivities…we’re forced to change the way we eat. It seems that it may be wise for everyone to think about what they’re putting in their bodies. More and more people are also discovering this the hard way (by getting sick one way or another…psychiatric drugs just seem to be an extra catalyst). … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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