Are Fermented Foods the Key to Happiness?

Written by Max Goldberg on July 24, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Whether it is with a salad or any other dish that I am making at home, organic fermented foods – usually sauerkraut (above) or kimchee – can almost always be found on my plate. Why is this?

I have come to understand that if we want to have a strong immune system, we must take care of our gut and provide it with beneficial bacteria.

And that is exactly what fermented foods give us – beneficial bacteria.

Dr. Natascha Campbell-McBride, a Russian neurologist and founder of the GAPS Diet, says that: Read More »

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Recap of My Two Talks in Herkimer, NY: Beating Depression Naturally and Organic Food

Written by Max Goldberg on April 9, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Last week, I was in upstate New York where I gave two presentations at Herkimer County Community College.

The first talk was on Beating Depression Naturally. Aside from sharing my own personal story of what happened during and after my 11 years of antidepressants, I provided the students eight different ways to fight depression naturally, a few of which were avoiding refined sugar, yoga, meditation, and eating more organic and raw food.

This presentation was covered by the local press, including the Herkimer Telegram and the local NBC affiliate (To watch the video, click on the blue box on the left that says “healthy living”).
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My Speech at APCA in Syracuse, NY – Going off Antidepressants, How I Got Into Organic Food

Written by Max Goldberg on October 16, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Last week, I was in Syracuse, NY to give a speech at the APCA (Association of the Promotion of Campus Activities) Northeast Regional Conference.

At this conference, I talked about my nearly 11 years on antidepressants, Prozac side effects, and how I got into organic food. This was the first time I have ever given this speech publicly.

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Living with Intention

Written by Max Goldberg on September 12, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

A few months ago, I went to a fantastic David Wolfe lecture here in New York City at Organic Avenue.

Aside from the wealth of food and herbal medicine-related information that he shared with us, I was particularly struck by something else that he touched on.

David Wolfe spoke about living with intention and always checking back in with your intentions. This was the most compelling part of the entire lecture and has had a huge impact on me to this very day.

This whole concept of intentions was not new by any means but hearing it again was a very powerful reminder.

Despite the fact that organic food is and will continue to be the focus of my blog, there are other essential elements to living well that I strongly believe need to be discussed.

One of these elements, and maybe the most important one, has to do with our thoughts.

You can eat a 100% organic diet but if your thoughts are polluted or negative, how healthy can you really be? I would say not healthy at all. Read More »

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My Morning Meditation and Visualization

Written by Max Goldberg on July 12, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

I learned how to meditate in college when I took a Transcendental Meditation class and have maintained a very serious practice over the past 11 years.

For some reason, I don’t remember doing it that consistently in the 90s. Most likely, it was the hard-partying lifestyle that got in the way.

Anyhow, my meditation practice is something that I cannot live without. It calms me down, centers me and gets me more focused. Nothing makes me more relaxed or present.

So, when I get up in the morning I sit and meditate for 20 minutes. The meditation is Transcendental Meditation, which uses a mantra as a way to keep the mind from wandering.

And after I finish meditating, I do something called Creating My Day. Read More »

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“I Was Told My Brain Was Broken”

Written by Max Goldberg on February 9, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

In November, I put up blog entry titled The Repercussions of Going on Antidepressants, and I received a comment on this post the other day that both disturbed me and confirmed what I already knew. I thought it merited its own discussion here.

The woman who wrote the comment calls herself NoRx4Me and left the following information:

I was put on an SSRI at 24 years old during a bad marriage. I needed guidance and support, instead I was told my brain was broken.

SSRI’s led to stimulants, mood stabilizers, SNRI’s, and lithium for a short time. I was a mess. I lost 13 years. I have little memory of those years (especially sad, because I was raising two boys). I didn’t grow as a person at all. I quit dating in 2003 and never developed knew friendships either. I didn’t even realize this was odd until I was off meds.

I probably would have responded like some others on here while I was still under the influence and told you the meds were great. With a clear mind and 20/20 hindsight, I know the facts, my life was destroyed.

And they do cause physical problems; I lost a ton of hair, and my teeth are a mess. I look like I’ve aged 20 years instead of 10. Read More »

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Another Reason I Quit Prozac – Ted Williams

Written by Max Goldberg on January 10, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

By now, you’ve probably heard the incredibly story of Ted Williams, the panhandler with the golden voice.

It was just last week that he was homeless and begging for money on the side of the highway in Columbus, Ohio. Within days, his YouTube video went viral and offers from the NBA, Kraft and NBC, among others, started pouring in.

I must admit that watching the video of him being interviewed by Matt Lauer brought a tear to my eye. What an amazing, amazing story and I was just so happy for the guy.

So, what does Ted Williams’ story have to do with my going off Prozac? Read More »

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