WHY NUTRITIONAL PSYCHIATRY IS THE FUTURE OF MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

by Joyce Cavaye, The Conversation Waking Times A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders. But nutritional approaches for these debilitating conditions are not widely accepted by mainstream medicine. Treatment options tend to be limited to official National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) guidelineswhich recommend talking therapies and antidepressants. Use of Antidepressants Antidepressant use has more than doubled in … Continue reading WHY NUTRITIONAL PSYCHIATRY IS THE FUTURE OF MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner

How the biggest farming practice you’ve never heard of is changing your food. BY MIRANDA HART Driving down a grid road in central Saskatchewan, a machine that looks like a giant insect approaches me in a cloud of dust. The cab, hanging 8 feet above the road, is suspended by tires at least 6 feet tall, with wing-like appendages folded along each side. Should I drive around it or under it? It is harvest season, and the high-clearance sprayer is on its way to desiccate a field. Desiccation may be the most widespread farming practice you’ve never heard of. Farmers … Continue reading Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner

Why Are We Still So Fat?

Jens Mortensen for The New York Times Only bariatric surgery reliably leads to long-term weight loss. Now scientists hope to duplicate the effects with a pill. By Gina Kolata Whenever I see a photo from the 1960s or 1970s, I am startled. It’s not the clothes. It’s not the hair. It’s the bodies. So many people were skinny. In 1976, 15 percent of American adults were obese. Now the it’s nearly 40 percent. No one really knows why bodies have changed so much. Scientists do a lot of hand-waving about our “obesogenic environment” and point to favorite culprits: the abundance of cheap fast … Continue reading Why Are We Still So Fat?

THE ULTIMATE FOOD FIGHT: WHEN YOU AND YOUR PARTNER HAVE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIETS

by Eddie Kim Can love withstand a carnivore-vegan household divided by meat? My eyes spotted the bowl of pho emerging through the kitchen doors, leaving a tail of fragrant steam as it floated past a dozen diners and settled gently on the table in front of me. In that moment, I forgot what my girlfriend and I were chatting about — it was time to dote on the noodles. I caressed them with my chopsticks, teased a spoonful of broth and rapidly decorated the bowl with chile sauce, basil leaves and a thicket of bean sprouts. Finished with the foreplay, … Continue reading THE ULTIMATE FOOD FIGHT: WHEN YOU AND YOUR PARTNER HAVE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIETS

Our children are being exposed to 10,000 chemicals through the food they eat

 by: Isabelle Z. (Natural News) If you’ve ever taken the time to look over the ingredients label on food products, there’s a good chance you’ve found some words you aren’t familiar with. While many people look out for the bad ingredients that grab a lot of headlines, like high-fructose corn syrup and nitrates, there are a lot of others that seem to slip under most people’s radar. If an unfamiliar ingredient is near the bottom of the ingredients list, many people simply shrug it off and assume the product contains so little of the ingredient in question that it won’t make … Continue reading Our children are being exposed to 10,000 chemicals through the food they eat

What’s Wrong with Bananas

How industrial agriculture stole sex from our most important fresh fruit crop. BY NORMAN C. ELLSTRAND Of the important global crops, the banana is the most genetically uniform. A single cluster of nearly identical genotypes, the Cavendish subgroup, nearly monopolizes the world’s banana groves and banana trade. In contrast to the riotous rainbow of genetic diversity that lends sustainability to natural plant and animal populations, the world’s banana industry has the stability of an upside-down Egyptian pyramid balanced on its tip. That fact leads to another superlative: The commercial banana is the world’s most endangered major crop. The future of … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Bananas

HOW SCIENTISTS ENGINEER FOODS TO MAKE THEM DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times “Food pleasure appears to involve both the opioid and cannabinoids reward circuitry that interact in complex ways.” [Source] It’s no secret that the standard American diet is having a terrible effect on human health. What’s is a secret, though, is how the food industry uses science and psychology to create processed food products that are devoid of nutrition, full of chemical additives and colorings, and incredibly addictive. In fact, the science of how food companies get customers physically, mentally and emotionally hooked on their products reads like a good conspiracy theory. Major food manufacturers know … Continue reading HOW SCIENTISTS ENGINEER FOODS TO MAKE THEM DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE