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Depression and Antidepressants – What They Don’t Want You to Know

In the summer of 2001, after being on Prozac for more than a decade, I made the life-altering decision to go off of antidepressants.

Despite what doctors and nearly everyone else around me were saying – that I had a chemical imbalance and that antidepressants were essential to keep me going – I believed otherwise. Intuitively, I knew that there was a better way to live, yet almost no one in my support system was in agreement with this line of thinking.

For the millions of people facing depression and who have similar doubts about medication being the only answer, a book has arrived that completely validates our concerns.

In the New York Times best-seller A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, Dr. Kelly Brogan, an MIT and Cornell-trained psychiatrist, gives us the hard facts about antidepressants and busts all of the widely believed myths about this class of drugs.

In fact, the medical community is so terrified of the truth being exposed in A Mind of Your Own that Dr. Brogan and this book have been blacklisted by the mainstream media. Yes, blacklisted!  Why?

Because this book contains information that the pharmaceutical industry, which has enormous influence over the mainstream media, does not want you to know about. They want you to believe the lies and propaganda, so you’ll be a life-long customer of antidepressants.

Dr. Brogan, who displays serious scientific rigor and analysis, does not mince words at all. Among many other things, she says or quotes the following:

“It’s a fabrication of science to think that these drugs (antidepressants) have a place in medicine, what is meant to be the art of healing.”

“It could be argued that antidepressants are the new tobacco.”

“Not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

“Antidepressants have repeatedly shown in long-term scientific studies to worsen the course of mental illness.”

Psychiatry remains the wastebasket for the shortcomings of conventional medicine in terms of diagnosing and treating.”

“Published research is unreliable at best, if not completely false,” referring to the comments made by Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of the much revered Lancet.

These are heavy words, to say the least.

And as to why she wrote this book:

“I’m compelled to share what I’ve learned from witnessing the corruption of modern psychiatry and its sordid history while investigating holistic methods that focus on nutrition, meditation, and physical activity.”

Along with completely destroying the notion that antidepressants are the only effective way to deal with depression, Dr. Brogan puts forth her 30-day holistic program in great detail, which addresses all areas of diet, supplements, environment, stress management/meditation, exercise, sleep, water and other lifestyle habits. The plan directly addresses the main causes of depression – glitches in the immune system and inflammatory pathways – instead of the false narrative that serotonin levels are to blame.

If anyone you know is suffering from depression or is on antidepressants, A Mind of Your Own is an absolute MUST-READ, and it is not just for women. Men can absolutely benefit from this book as well.

A Mind of Your Own is an incredibly important piece of work.

I interviewed Dr. Brogan on Facebook Live and to watch the replay of it, go to my Facebook page and search for the interview on April 15, 2016.

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My Morning Meditation and Visualization

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.

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Dating Someone Who Drinks, Part II

I put up a post last week about a date I had recently and it generated a good number of responses. During this date, the woman asked if it bothers me to be with someone who drinks.

In that post, one of the things that I said was that I would “deal with it” if all of the other aspects of the relationship were good and that the drinking was kept to a minimum. This response of saying that I would “deal with it” brought an interesting comment from Tancie, and I thought it was worth addressing in its own blog post here.

Tancie stated that the phrase “dealing with it” would bring up resentment and that I should avoid all women who drink if it makes me that uncomfortable.

For me, drinking is a very complicated issue and is not so cut and dry, especially given the fact that I feel so strongly about other things as well — organic food being one of them.

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Organic Food vs. Organic Thoughts

As you probably know by now, I am pretty fanatical and passionate about organic food. It is what I love. It has a superior taste to conventionally-grown food.  Also, it is best for my health, the farmers’ health and the planet.

Given that I am so concerned about what I put into my body and my overall health, I have been thinking about this topic a lot lately: organic food vs. organic thoughts.

So, what do I mean by this?

Organic food is clearly the best food for me and is critical to good health. There is no doubt about that. However, when I have negative thoughts, feelings of guilt or doubt, or start beating myself up for a variety of reasons, is that negating the benefits of my organic food habit?

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