When Adolescents Give Up Pot, Their Cognition Quickly Improves
November 1, 2018
Researchers are particularly concerned with marijuana use among the young because THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, most sharply affects the parts of the brain that develop during adolescence.
A diet guru explains why you should eat dinner at 2pm
October 14, 2018
We focus nearly obsessively on the question of what to eat. Should I eat avocados or steak? Should I eat quinoa or pasta? Should I eat more fat? Should I eat less fat? Should I eat less protein? Should I eat more protein? Let’s face it, the answer changes every few years, according to whom you ask.
But an equally important question lies almost completely unanswered. What effect does meal timing have on obesity and other metabolic parameters? Quite a lot, it turns out. Having a well defined fasting period is likely very important. The strategy of eTRF, and intermittent fasting more generally now gives exhausted dieters a new hope.
When is stress good for you? How stress works in the human body, to make or break us
March 4, 2018
The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime.
We need new ways of treating depression
March 4, 2018
The World Health Organization, the leading medical body in the world, explained in 2011: “Mental health is produced socially: The presence or absence of mental health is above all a social indicator and therefore requires social, as well as individual, solutions.” The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to health, Dr. Dainius Pūras — one of the leading experts in the world on mental health — explained last April that “the dominant biomedical narrative of depression” is based on “biased and selective use of research outcomes.”
Experts are now looking to the social and environmental causes of the disorder affecting millions.
Mindfulness of breathing meditation
March 3, 2018
A SIMPLE, SHORT ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO MEDITATION.
Let your mind be as vast as space. This guide takes you through mindful breathing, noticing feelings and sensations in the moment, and not punishing yourself when your thoughts wander. You will be mindful as you read.
Mindfulness Meditation: Guided Practices
March 3, 2018
4 GUIDED MEDITATION PRACTICES (on SoundCloud): Body Scan. Compassion. Breath Awareness. Body Scan for Kids.
Guided mindfulness practices from Mark Bertin, MD, author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD.
The Danger of Putting Youth on Antidepressants
January 1, 2018
Why medication shouldn’t be the default treatment for our kids’ mental health.
On World Health Day this year, Dainius Pūras, a doctor and a representative for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, made a powerful statement. By focusing so intently on the biomedical model of treating depression, he argued, we are diverting resources from the “social and underlying determinants” that may have a larger and more lasting effect on mental health: economic injustice, political oppression, social violence. “Mental health services, policymakers, medical students,
To treat back pain, look to the brain not the spine
December 30, 2017
Where pain lives
Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine
“We always thought of it as acute pain that just goes on and on – and if chronic pain is just a continuation of acute pain, let’s fix the thing that caused the acute, and the chronic should go away,’ … ‘That has spectacularly failed. Now we think of chronic pain as a shift to another place, with different mechanisms, such as changes in genetic expression, chemical release, neurophysiology and wiring. We’ve got all these completely new ways of thinking about chronic pain. That’s the paradigm shift in the pain field.”