April 1st 2019, 21:53
The whole of modern psychiatry rests on the platform that mental illness is, in fact, mental—a sickness that occurs in the brain. Nowhere is this more evident than with depression, a catch-all term used to describe individuals who are excessively sad, listless and lacking in the will to carry on with life as usual.
This notion—that mental illness is essentially a sick brain—is the perfect justification for the current psychiatric approach to mental illness, with its armament of powerful drugs, surgery and electroshock.
March 1st 2019, 14:23
All across the world, people are lining up to do the Walk the Walk Moonwalk—in May in the UK, in November in New York. The ads have been on the radio, raising the battle cry, firing up the pink army troops: "For together, we will beat breast cancer."
During these events, hundreds of thousands of women will be showing up in parks across America and Britain on a Saturday at midnight in their pink bras, and march, arms linked, in the moonlight in the great conviction that they are doing something meaningful and important in the fight against the great woman killer.
February 4th 2019, 14:27
While medicine wrings its hands over the explosion in cases of dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD), and the inability of the pharmaceutical industry to produce an effective drug to counter them, a few forward-thinking doctors here and there are quietly carrying out new research showing that medicine has it all wrong about the cause of the disease and its possible cure.
To date, most drug research has focused on the sticky amyloid beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and now considered the hallmark of AD.
January 1st 2019, 15:03
When it comes to diet, it's now clear that one size doesn't fit all. Different people have different metabolic types, so foods like meat that are life-saving to some are sheer poison to others.
We also have very different levels of the fat hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate appetite and fat levels, and appear to play an essential role in regaining lost pounds after a severe weight-loss regime.
December 5th 2018, 15:44
In 1970, the late German physicist Fritz-Albert Popp had been playing around with ultraviolet light, in an attempt to find a cure for cancer, when he made an unexpected discovery. Using a special machine that could count individual photons, the tiniest units of light, Popp discovered that all living things, including humans, emitted a tiny current of light waves, of a surprisingly high intensity.
What's more, these photons in the living systems he'd examined were more coherent than anything he'd ever seen.
November 1st 2018, 11:53
A subterranean revolution is taking place in dental medicine. To date, standard dentistry has operated as though teeth are inert substances entirely divorced from the rest of the body. Like carpenters or construction workers, dentists have hacked and drilled and pulled teeth like so much rotting wood, the theory being that once the rot has set in and a tooth has decayed, the only route is to clear out the decay and try to salvage what's left.
The primary means of salvage are filling the hole with amalgam or composite, implanting a fake tooth or, in the case of root canals, removing the nerve, plugging it up with wax and leaving the dead tooth in the mouth.
September 26th 2018, 11:17
Although modern medicine has looked to the complex and high-tech, in fact, the biggest breakthroughs are occurring in the natural and the everyday. We see this with the powerful effect of a low-carb diet to reverse type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
September 4th 2018, 16:40
Once you've got it, you've got to learn to live with it—and strap on a device to help you do so. That's the usual medical thinking around hearing loss, which currently afflicts one in five people—some 48 million—in the US, and one in six, or 11 million people in Britain.
July 31st 2018, 13:54
Everybody's talking about them as the new hope for overcoming every condition from chronic fatigue to Alzheimer's disease. 'They' are the mitochondria of our cells—microscopic 'organs' in their own right that act like a teensy digestive system to convert the nutrients absorbed by the cell into energy, or 'respiration,' which the cell requires to carry out its business. These little 'organelles' even have their own DNA, and besides producing energy, they play an active role in monitoring and maintaining regular communication between neurons.
July 17th 2018, 16:06
We all know what causes physical pain, don't we? A part of your body gets crunched, cracked, stabbed, cut or burned, and you feel pain. Or, pain starts up when some body part gives way, like an overworked knee, or wears away, like cartilage, so that the parts no longer mesh together with ease.
In other words, pain is, essentially, some sort of mechanical issue, a faulty piece of equipment, caused by your body wearing out or getting broken. Or even, in the case of autoimmunity, that catch-all phrase medicine uses when it doesn't really know the cause, when our body decides, for some unknown reason, to start breaking itself.
April 23rd 2018, 15:38
We're living in unfair times—some of the most unfair in recent history. And now WDDTY may have come up with a reasonable answer as to why.
March 27th 2018, 12:06
Much of modern psychiatry rests on the assumption that mental illness is a biological or genetic disease. Nowhere is this more evident than with serious conditions like depression, bipolar disorder or even schizophrenia—all catch-all terms used to describe individuals who supposedly have lost contact with reality and suffer from delusions, hallucinations, illogical thought processes, or generally disturbed and even suicidal thoughts or behavior.
In some cases, medicine may be correct in blaming body chemistry, but by seeking the cause in some sort of faulty wiring in the brain itself, it could be fingering the wrong culprit. For years, studies have suggested that some of the behavior that we label depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may in fact be caused by nutritional deficiencies and allergies.
February 28th 2018, 15:29
Blaming health conditions on bugs like bacteria or viruses has fallen out of fashion. We look for lifestyle causes of illness, whether diet or too few important nutrients, lack of exercise, too much processed, sugary foods or even the fallout from drugs and other aspects of modern medicine. We figure that in almost every instance, we're ill because of something we're not doing right.
January 25th 2018, 17:56
If you are one of the millions of people taking powerful drugs to treat high and 'abnormal' blood pressure and prevent heart disease, you could be victim to one of medicine's greatest blunders in preventative care.
December 21st 2017, 13:57
There's a medical problem out there that threatens to outstrip the cost of treatments for all types of cancers combined, and that's back pain.
November 21st 2017, 11:18
Medicine is baffled by Alzheimer's disease (AD), and thus far, no matter how great the fanfare about amazing new breakthroughs, not one drug has managed to halt the slow but inevitable robbing of a person's identity.
October 25th 2017, 15:28
Desperate times call for desperate measures—a thought generally attributed to the Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of medicine, after writing in his Aphorisms, "For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure... are most suitable."
September 26th 2017, 11:15
For many years, I refused to write about the strange healings that were happening in my workshops because I didn't believe them for one moment, which is to say, I had a hard time handling miracles.
By 'miracles' and 'healings,' I'm referring to genuine loaves-and-fishes-type miraculous events—a series of extraordinary and untoward situations in which people were instantly healed of all sorts of physical conditions after being assembled into a small group and sent a collective healing thought. I am talking about the kinds of miracles that defy every last belief we hold about the way we are told the world is supposed to work.
August 29th 2017, 19:24
Treatment of type 1 diabetes is touted as a great medical success story—a condition considered long-since conquered, ever since Sir Frederick Banting and his colleagues at the University of Toronto ground up the pancreas of a cow and injected it into a 14-year-old diabetic boy in 1921.
July 21st 2017, 12:01
Ask most doctors why people develop eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, and they'll blame it on the fact that eyes just inevitably wear out. Two of those conditions—macular degeneration and cataracts—even have 'age' attached to a particular version of them, as in 'age-related cataracts' and 'age-related macular degeneration' (AMD).