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Here are a few observations from my own healing journey which I would like to share with you. Some are from personal experience, some are from my own research and formal academic learning. Make of them what you will, I’m still figuring a lot of it out myself. Constructive comments are welcome.

The sage is one who works without expectation of reward – Lao Tzu.

Originally posted on Better Living Through Biochemistry:
There is a certain feeling of impatience among proponents for the proper funding which it is felt will give confirmation to these results and eliminate some of the scorn this field is subjected to, not to mention relieving great suffering. When the dreadful 1973 report came out which…

“Pills always cause harm”: BMJ editor-in-chief calls for lifestyle changes over medication – Diet Doctor

Pills can’t be the answer to diseases caused by unhealthy living. As well as unsustainable cost for often marginal benefit, they always cause harm. Rather than medicating almost the entire adult population, let’s invest our precious resources in societal and lifestyle change, public health, and prevention. via “Pills always cause harm”: BMJ editor-in-chief calls for… Read More

Revisiting the Rationale and Evidence for Peer Support | Psychiatric Times

No one would deny a person in recovery from cancer, or a person living with diabetes, the opportunity to contribute to the shaping and delivery of cancer or diabetes care. Persons in recovery from mental illnesses have insider knowledge of what it takes to have a life well lived with mental illness. In fact, two… Read More

Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder—A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial

The positive results of this study suggest that a comprehensive nutritional and dietary intervention is effective at improving nutritional status, non-verbal IQ, autism symptoms, and other symptoms in most individuals with ASD. Parents reported that the vitamin/mineral supplements, essential fatty acids, and HGCSF (gluten/casein/soy-free) diet were the most beneficial. via Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention… Read More

Systematic review and meta-analysis of Mental Health First Aid training: Effects on knowledge, stigma, and helping behaviour.

Abstract Objective To provide an up-to-date assessment of the effectiveness of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program on improving mental health knowledge, stigma and helping behaviour. Design Systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods A systematic search of electronic databases was conducted in October 2017 to identify randomised controlled trials or controlled trials of the… Read More

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

The answer has long eluded scientists. agsandrew/Shutterstock.com Roger Beaty, Harvard University Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not just creative “geniuses” like Picasso and Steve Jobs – possesses in some capacity. It’s not just your… Read More

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

These outcomes are truly remarkable: improvement by dozens of points on the PANSS, significant weight loss, and better quality of life. There simply is no psychiatric medication available with the power to accomplish those results. I have certainly seen antipsychotic medications help people with bipolar and psychotic symptoms, and sometimes help dramatically. However, all antipsychotic… Read More