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September is National Yoga Month

September 1, 2014

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Although yoga has been a trend for years, It is such a complex practice, that speaking in Sanscrit is only part of it.   Iyengar, Ashtanga, yin (which speaks Chinese, not Sanscrit)–hot yoga, power yoga, peace yoga, and more,  While it takes work to master, anyone can get started;  observe the photo: man attempting Warrior […]

Sleep Deprivation and Depression–Everything You Don’t Expect

August 29, 2014

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ECT, TMS, antidepressants, Ketamine–ever thought you’d heard of just about every way there is to treat depression? Well here’s one I bet you haven’t heard of: Sleep deprivation. That’s right: doctors have found that depriving patients of sleep can ease their symptomatology–and can do so faster than antidepressants. Ann Wirz-Justice, Ph.D, of the Chronobiology and […]

Explaining ‘CRS’ Disease in Bipolar and Schizophrenia

July 21, 2014

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My father has a phenomenal memory. Truly out of this world. For example, he remembers the 10 best meals he ever ate (Meal #1: Zalacain in Madrid, 1971, he and my mother, Young Pigeon Salad with Apple Vinegar). About 15 years ago, when I still lived in NJ, I picked him up at Newark Airport, obviously […]

“Antidepressant Nation”: Stats and Infographic

July 9, 2014

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No class of drugs can beat prescription painkillers for the sheer quantity of prescriptions written, but the meds that place second and third have nothing to be ashamed of. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are the second most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the U.S. (just think Lipitor, best-selling drug ever) and. . .drum roll, please. . .. […]

“More willing to fund criminal justice than mental health:” Chicago’s Criminalization of the Mentally Ill

May 23, 2014

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“The largest mental health provider in the state of Illinois is the Cook County Jail.” ~ Tom Dart, Cook County (IL) Sheriff Thus Tom Dart welcomes you to the largest mental health facility in the state of Illinois–Cook County jail. Just last month, on April 30th, 2012, Chicago closed the last 4 of the 6 mental […]

“Oops, I Think I Did It Again:” Yet Another Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

May 22, 2014

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The words instill dread in the hearts of the American public. While cancer remains top vote-getter in the frightening arena, with 41% of respondents to a 2011 survey for the MetLife Foundation in 2011 conferring upon it ‘most-feared’ status [see "The Winner on Fear-Factor: Cancer"], Alzheimer’s clocks in at a close second, with 31% of the votes. […]

Looking For: A Little Good News, If I Can Remember It

April 30, 2014

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You know what I like? A little good news. It doesn’t really seem like all that much to ask. You know, just not the constant drumbeat of gloom and doom. But apparently ever since T.S. Eliot had the brilliant insight that April was the cruelest month, with all those lilacs breeding out of the dead […]

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