5 Tips to Stay Balanced During Thanksgiving Chaos – & Beyond

We usually think of Thanksgiving and the ensuing holidays as a time of joy, warmth and togetherness. It can also be a time of chaos, tension and stress – an altogether challenging time of year. Recently, we received a great set of balance-maintaining tips from Megha Mehta, founder of The Balance Mantra and author of […]

News Flash, Pharmacological Edition

That, of course, is part of the point. The Case Against Antidepressants (The Week) The Antidepressant Debate (British Journal of Psychiatry) SSRI Antidepressants Are Not Medicine (SaveYourself.ca) Take a Pill, Kill Your Sex Drive? 6 Reasons Why Antidepressants Are Misnamed (AlterNet) Are Antidepressant Drugs Actually Worth Taking? (Discover) Challenging Received Wisdom: Antidepressants and the Placebo […]

Stat!: How’s That New Disclosure Policy Working for You, DSM-V Task Force?

Via Wikipedia The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. It is used in the United States and in varying degrees around the world, by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical […]

Protein (Not Sugar) for Energy, & Other News of Note

Mid-Afternoon Slump? Why a Sugar Rush May Not Be the Answer (ScienceDaily) A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research, published in the Nov. 17 issue of the scientific journal Neuron, has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders. Wakefulness […]

Practicing Gratitude

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted –a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on findingwhat is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenlybe filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. — Rabbi Harold Kushner     We can only […]

How Toxins Linger in the Environment, & Other News of Note

Environmental Pollutants Lurk Long After They “Disappear” (ScienceDaily) The health implications of polluting the environment weigh increasingly on our public consciousness, and pharmaceutical wastes continue to be a main culprit. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that current testing for these dangerous contaminants isn’t going far enough. Dr. Dror Avisar, head of the Hydro-Chemistry […]