The MOST Effective Treatment for Depression Isn’t Drugs… But You’ll Never Hear That From Your Psychiatrist

Here, medical journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee Robert Whitaker discusses the widespread use of psychiatric drugs.

His first book, Mad in America, explains the history of the treatment of those with severe mental illness. His latest book, which was recently released, is Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

How To Save on Groceries … By Growing Your Own

home grown vegetables, vegetable gardenYou don’t need to be incredibly experienced, or have a giant backyard, to have your own garden. These delicious plants require very little effort:

  • Basil: Chop it up and freeze it in an ice-cube tray, then stir the cubes into soup or other dishes.
  • Blueberries: Get an older bush that’s ready to start producing.
  • Green beans: Green beans are easy to grow and easy to prepare.
  • Peas: Invest in a trellis, to encourage them to grow upwards.
  • Peppers: Try the spicy ones; they dry well.
  • Perennial herbs: Oregano, rosemary, thyme and sage are all good, easy perennials.
  • Salad greens: Lettuce can last throughout the summer; plant it in a shady area.
  • Strawberries: You won’t get enough to make jam, but you can have a few for breakfast.
  • Tomatoes: Novice gardeners should start with seedlings. Use stakes for support.

Adding this Simple Addition to Meat Helps Decrease Damage When you Cook It

spices, cookingCooking meat with an antioxidant-rich spice mix could reduce compounds that have been linked to heart disease and cancer.

Food Navigator reports that:

“Using aF spice mix similar to that used in the East Indian spice blend, researchers … report that hamburgers were subsequently found to contain significantly lower levels of lipid-peroxidation products, claimed to produce off-flavors and linked to promotion of the processes of atherogenesis and carcinogenesis.”

The study that produced this result was funded by spices and seasonings company McCormick and Company, and involved 11 healthy volunteers.

The participants consumed either burgers seasoned with a spice blend or a plain burger. The amount of malondialdehyde (MDA) in the burger, as well as in the urine and blood of the participants, were used to measure lipid oxidation.

MDA was reduced by 71 percent in the spiced burger, resulting in a 49 percent reduction in urine levels of MDA.

Two Arthritis Powerhouses Even Stronger Together

arthritis, osteoarthritis, omega 3, glucosamineNew research shows that omega-3 fats and glucosamine work together to provide additional benefits for people with osteoarthritis.

Scientists gave 1500 mg of glucosamine sulfate to the study participants, but some also received 200 mg of omega-3 fats. Both groups had about the same number of participants who reported a 20 percent or less reduction in pain.

But according to Dr. Christiane Northrup:

“However, when researchers asked those who experienced an 80 percent reduction in pain, those in [the glucosamine plus omega-3 group] reported reduced morning stiffness and pain in the hips and knees by between 48.5 and 55.6 percent, compared to 41.7 to 55.3 percent for those in [the glucosamine only group].”