Foodie friday news roundup: allergies, the true cost of “cheap” food and sugar addictive like drugs…

“The cost of feeding U.S. youth has declined by 19% since 1960, the cost to keep them healthy has risen by almost 150%.” In other words there is an “Ugly Truth Behind Cheap Food”

And then:

“Sugar is actually a form of addiction. It’s just as hard to get rid of the urge for sweet foods as of smoking” — When I shared this on twitter and facebook yesterday people were telling me it’s been a harder habit to break then both illicit drugs, alcohol and psych drug addictions. I think that is true for many folks [click on title to read more]

Psychiatric drug withdrawal in tweets

Part of informed consent is telling patients they might not ever be able to come off psych drugs without getting seriously ill. If you’re the MD handling a withdrawal it’s important that your patients know at the outset how gravely serious withdrawal syndromes can be. (and first the doctor has to understand this as well) [click on title to read more]

The quick fix is almost always a lie

When one understands the interconnectedness of everything it becomes clear that healing must borrow from all corners of experience…
“Cure” is rarely one thing applied to the whole. Healing is instead a dance of many things synergistically coming together for wholeness…. [click on title to read more]

Trauma and your body

Trauma that is held in the body over time freezes…the healing process requires defrosting…it can be painful…physically and emotionally. (it’s also well worth the trouble!) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Autonomic nervous system dysfunction, protracted psych drug withdrawal, CFS, Fibromyalgia and why I still limit engagement on the internet

I introduce the work of Dan Neuffer in another post. He’s done a brilliant job documenting and explaining how the autonomic nervous system appears to be of foundational concern for CFS, ME and fibromyalgia. I made the link that it’s clear that protracted psychiatric withdrawal syndromes, too, also fall into his theory very neatly. It’s worth reading the initial post and viewing Dan’s videos that are in that post. His book is excellent too and anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the issues should read it. I’ve not seen anyone else pull together so many of the issues I think about and talk about on this blog in one dynamic whole. What a joy to find it. He understands deeply how everything matters. This holistic understanding of our natures and particularly this illness, is the cornerstone to how I’m healing. I share my healing story in the article on Mad in America here: Everything Matters: a Memoir From Before, During and After Psychiatric Drugs … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Less is often more when it comes to medicine

The Agenda asks: are patients over treated and overprescribed in modern health care? The second of two programs looking at the modern realities of medicine. In support: A medical system where patient harm is part of standard care, yes, here in the USA … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Psychiatric labels and the bigotry/prejudice attached to them

I get really tired of the stickiness of psychiatric labels. In spite of the fact that they are used inappropriately all the time, once people are labeled it’s very hard to lose the label and the bigotry and prejudice that accompanies the label. … [click on title for the rest of the post]