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Video: Ketamine-based nasal spray to treat depression approved in US

A new anti-depressant spray that's chemically similar to the highly addictive drug, ketamine, has been approved in the US. Esketamine, as it's known, comes...

FDA approves ketamine-based nasal spray to treat extreme depression — RT USA News

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a ketamine-based nasal spray, which is the first antidepressant...
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Video: US markets suffer worst December since Great Depression, where is this all heading?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 650 points on Monday after Donald Trump renewed his attack on the Federal Reserve on Twitter. Via...

Why World War II, Not the New Deal, Ended the Great Depression

Photo Source WPA poster 1935 | CC BY 2.0 On November 27th, I wrote an article on how FDR’s long-standing racism accounted for the detention...

FDA lists psychedelic drugs as ‘breakthrough therapy’ for depression — RT US News

Psychedelic drug researchers can now begin providing psychiatric patients with psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic...

Depression Soars – LewRockwell

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Video: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: ‘A Great Depression That Doesn’t End’

Journalist, author, and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González says the Puerto Rican debt crisis, now entering a critical bankruptcy phase, results from a legacy...

Waist Size, Anxiety, and Depression

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Video: Johann Hari: To Treat Depression, Provide Meaningful Work, Housing & a Basic Income,...

https://democracynow.org - Extended conversation with Johann Hari, author of a controversial new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions.... Via...
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Video: Johann Hari on How Neoliberalism Drives Depression and Anxiety in the U.S.

https://democracynow.org - The United States is one of the most depressed countries in the world. Could it be because of the country's adoption of...

What Depression? – LewRockwell

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British mother jailed in Iran suffering ‘uncontrollable moods, insomnia, severe depression’ – doctor —...

A British mother jailed in Iran may be eligible for early release after medics found...

Movies of the Semi-Great Depression

95 million Americans are out of the workforce, millions are losing their wholly inadequate Obamacare, half can’t afford a $400 emergency and the Satanic...
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Video: Tropical Depression: Public outrage over poor govt response to handling of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a 'tropical depression', after previously reaching a category 5 in severity. It has left over 6 million without power...

Staff cuts, rising crime leave 25% of senior police with signs of depression

Police in England and Wales are readying for a “perfect storm” because of staff shortages...

Virtual Reality Therapy Could Help People With Depression Find Drug-Free Relief

When most people think of virtual reality (VR), their minds go to video games and being able to be in the middle...

Birth Control Study Has People Talking About Depression

A Danish study linking birth control with depression has generated excited headlines around the world and struck a chord among many women....
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Video: Deep Depression in Italy Gave Germany an Absolute Advantage

Economist Heiner Flassbeck says there's no debt crisis in Europe, it is Germany's absolute competitive advantages that drove deflation throughout Europe Visit ... Via Youtube

America Needs an Old-Fashioned Depression

Describing what he called the “crack-up boom”, Ludwig von Mises, the great Austrian economist, said: The boom cannot continue indefinitely. There are two alternatives. Either...

Half of antidepressant prescriptions given to people who don’t have depression – study

Physicians are increasingly prescribing antidepressant drugs for nondepressive conditions without approval from regulatory bodies, according to a new study. Of the 101,759 antidepressant prescriptions...

Magic mushrooms could cure severe depression – scientists

Magic mushrooms could cure patients with severe depression after British scientists discovered a compound in the Class A drug which appears to work where...

The 21st Century Greater Depression

I became interested in the question of how an organization whose business plan is theft can go bankrupt during the Enron debacle. I was...

Baltimore study links rats to depression

Baltimore, Maryland residents who live in areas with a high rat population are much more likely...

Ontario report: Inequality at levels “not seen since the Great Depression”

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Dylan Lubao A report published by the union-backed Ontario Common Front paints...

The Economic Depression In Greece Deepens As Tsipras Prepares To Deliver ‘The Great No’

Michael Snyder (RINF) - As Greece plunges even deeper into economic chaos, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says that his government is prepared to respond...

Study: 70% of People on Antidepressants Don’t Have Depression

If sales for antidepressants such as Zoloft, Lexapro, or Prozac tell us anything, it’s that depression is sweeping the nation. But a new study questions the...

LSD cures depression? Scientists plead for cash to fund ‘exciting’ drug study

British scientists are asking the public for financial backing to push forward an “exciting” study exploring the positive impacts of psychedelic drugs like LSD...

The Industrial-Depression Complex

Karen De Coster A recent Pharmaceutical Street Journal (WSJ) headline grabbed me when I read, “Can a Smartphone Tell if You’re Depressed?” The gist of the...

4 Illegal Drugs that Could Safely Treat Depression

Next year, if all goes to plan, a dozen patients with clinical depression will be invited to a UK laboratory and given psilocybin — the psychedelic...

Pesticide Use By Farmers Linked To High Rates Of Depression, Suicides

On his farm in Iowa, Matt Peters worked from dawn to dusk planting his 1,500 acres of fields with pesticide-treated seeds. “Every spring I...

Natural remedies for depression

Do you find ever find yourself feeling depressed? If so, you may be looking for relief. Depression is a medical condition that can be...

Psychedelics may help alleviate depression

The Beatles wrote songs about them and Aldous Huxley said they could be “extremely good for anybody with fixed ideas”. Now scientists are beginning...

Magic mushrooms & LSD can cure depression — study

A new study reveals the similarity between the way our brain works while sleeping, and when we’re tripping on psychedelic drugs. What’s more, LSD...

Plant-based Nutrition Reduces Fatigue, Depression and Anxiety

Research from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has determined that plant-based foods decrease anxiety and depression and boost energy and performance - reversing fatigue. The study also found weight loss and reduced chol...

No, WWII Did Not End The Great Depression

by James Corbett BoilingFrogsPost.com June 18, 2014 The idea that the Great Depression was finally brought to an end by the onset of WWII has been a staple of history textbooks, documentaries and various war propaganda for decades. This myth continues ...

Family Instability, Stress, Depression Shortens Telomeres, Life Expectancy

Shorter telomere length has been linked with shorter life span. New research finds stress, depression and an unstable family life as children decreases telomere length.

Loving-Kindness Meditation Improves Vagal Tone, Decreases Depression/PTSD

New research finds that loving-kindness meditation increases vagal tone and heart rate variability, decreases stress and increases lifespan. Discover loving-kindness meditation.

What the US economy could learn from Sweden’s great depression

Per L. Bylund  RINF Alternative News During the recent financial crisis, Sweden has emerged as one of very few financially sound economies. The country’s strong position,...

Paradigm Change: British Docs Turn to Prescribing Books for Depression

Elizabeth RenterInfowars.comJanuary 15, 2014 If you're a reader, you know how a book can transport you...

Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Relieve Anxiety And Depression

Allison AubreyNPRJanuary 8, 2014 People are increasingly turning to to manage health issues, and meditation classes...

Why FDR Did Not End the Great Depression — and Why Obama Won’t End...

Alan Nasse From Cambridge University in 1932-1933, John Maynard Keynes observed a promising new U.S. president presiding over what he saw as half-baked and confused...

‘Nothing to Live For’: Youth Unemployment, Depression, and Austerity

The exploding youth unemployment crisis appears to be unleashing a public health one. Youth facing long-term unemployment are more than two times as likely as...

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression, Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Breast Cancer

Dr. Mercola Vitamin D research continues to impress upon us the importance of appropriate sun exposure as the ideal way to optimize...

The Most Homeless Children In New York City Since The Great Depression

At a time when Wall Street is absolutely swimming in wealth, New York City is experiencing an epidemic of homelessness. According to the New...

Renter Nation: “What You Are Feeling Right Now Is a Modern Day Depression” *Micro-Doc*

The analytical evidence is all but irrefutable. The anecdotal evidence is everywhere. Americans all over the country are suffering and as this economic contagion spreads...

Forecast: War, Economic Depression and Social Unrest

Kyle Bass, Larry Edelson, Charles Nenner, James Dines, Nouriel Roubini, Jim Rogers, Marc Faber, Jim Rickards and Martin Armstrong Warn or War We're already at...

Later depression, life in womb linked

British researchers warn that the kids whose mothers are depressed during pregnancy are threatened by a little increased risk of depression in their later...

Debt ceiling failure causes econ. depression

An American political analyst blames both the Democrats and Republicans for failing to reach a compromise to prevent the current government shutdown and a...

Debt ceiling failure causes econ. depression

An American political analyst blames both the Democrats and Republicans for failing to reach a compromise to prevent the current government shutdown and a...

Paul Craig Roberts: Worse Than The Great Depression, Gold And Silver Prices Will Explode

Economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts contends, “The situation is unsustainable.” It will blow up at some point, and Dr. Roberts predicts, “It will be...

The Financial Crisis and the Second Great Depression Myth

<img width="150" src="http://www.truth-out.org/images/2013_June_Images/2013.9.9.Baker.Main.jpg" alt='A blueprint for Wall Street. (Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Todd Ehlers,...

Greece: Depression or Recession? Is the EU-IMF-ECB Troika “Bailing Out” or “Forcing Under”?

Six years of recession, an impressive drop in GDP from €231 billion in 2009 to €193 billion in 2012, unemployment at 26.9% in April...

Those That Are Not Preparing For The Coming Economic Depression Are Going To Bitterly...

The next great economic crisis is rapidly approaching, and most people are going to be totally blindsided by it. Even though the warning signs...

Greece: Depression or Recession? Are the Troika Bailing Out or Forcing Under?

Six years of recession, an impressive drop in GDP from €231 billion in 2009 to €193 billion in 2012, unemployment at 26.9% in April...

Chamomile Proven to Fight Anxiety and Clinical Depression

Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression. The most...

How to Prepare for an Economic Depression

This article has been contributed by Stephanie at The Wannabe Homesteader. Psst. I’m gonna share a little secret with you… I think we’re in an economic depression. Don’t...

Hiding Economic Depression With Spin

Time is running out for the US economy and the American people. The financial press and economic commentators, with few exceptions, do a good...

Triple-Feature: “America Discredited,” “Bradley Manning Verdict Convicts Washington,” and “Hiding Economic Depression With Spin”...

Triple-Feature: “America Discredited,” “Bradley Manning Verdict Convicts Washington,” and “Hiding Economic Depression With Spin” — Paul Craig Roberts Quarterly Call For Donations This is your site. This site will continue as long as you support it. There is nothing on this site except information and explanations that the media does not provide. There is no…

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Groundbreaking Study Finds Turmeric Extract Superior to Prozac for Depression

A new study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has confirmed for the first time in a randomized, controlled clinical trial that the primary...

11 Signs That Italy Is Descending Into A Full-Blown Economic Depression

When you get into too much debt, really bad things start to happen. Sadly, that is exactly what is happening to Italy right now....

We’re Going Into the Greatest Depression: “They Will Not Be Able To Pull Off...

Look around and you can’t miss it. The world is on the brink… politically, economically, financially, monetarily, and militarily. Events are...

Obamanomics to Blame for Worst Recession Since the Great Depression

When libertarian scholar Peter Ferrara asked rhetorically in Sunday’s issue of Forbes, “Economically, Could Obama Be America’s Worst President?” he relied heavily on statistics provided...

Obamanomics to Blame for Worst Recession Since the Great Depression

When libertarian scholar Peter Ferrara asked rhetorically in Sunday’s issue of Forbes, “Economically, Could Obama Be America’s Worst President?” he relied heavily on statistics provided...

Obamanomics to Blame for Worst Recession Since the Great Depression

When libertarian scholar Peter Ferrara asked rhetorically in Sunday’s issue of Forbes, “Economically, Could Obama Be America’s Worst President?” he relied heavily on statistics provided...

Billy Joel: Depression Over 9/11 Attacks Led Me to Multiple Car Crashes

Breitbart NewsMay 27, 2013 Billy Joel drew plenty of withering headlines after a series of car...

Billy Joel: Depression Over 9/11 Attacks Led Me to Multiple Car Crashes

Breitbart NewsMay 27, 2013 Billy Joel drew plenty of withering headlines after a series of car...

More Americans Committing Suicide than During the Great Depression

Higher Numbers of Americans Take Their Lives than During the Depths of the Great Depression Suicide rates are tied to the economy. The Boston Globe reported...

How Many People Have Lost Their Homes? US Home Foreclosures are Comparable to the...

The San Francisco Chronicle notes that it is difficult to keep track of foreclosure rates now … let alone during the Great Depression: Foreclosure rates...

More Americans Committing Suicide than During the Great Depression

Washington’s BlogMay 17, 2013 Suicide rates are tied to the economy. The Boston Globe reported in 2011: A new...

Mort Zuckerman: “America Remains In A Jobs Depression”

Authored by Mort Zuckerman, originally posted in The Wall Street Journal,

Jobs! President Obama has set a record. In his speech to Congress on Tuesday, he uttered the word "jobs" more than in any of his previous four State of the Union addresses. His 45 mentions were more than double the references to any of the other policy ambitions encapsulated in his speech by such words as health, education, immigration, guns, deficit, debt, energy, climate, economy, Afghanistan, wage, spend or tax (the runner-up).

If only the president's record on unemployment were as good.

After four years America remains in a jobs depression as great as the Great Depression. But the crisis isn't seen in that light because the country isn't confronted daily by scenes of despair like the 1930s photographs of bread lines and soup kitchens and thousands of men (very few women then) waiting all day outside a factory in a forlorn quest for work.

But the jobless are still in the millions across the land, little changed in their total since the 1930s: 12.3 million today officially fully unemployed compared with 12.8 million in 1933 at the depth of the Depression.

Yes, the U.S. population is much larger now, but 12 million out of work still means 12 million lives devastated. And that number masks the true vastness of the modern disaster.

The jobless today are much less visible than they were in the 1930s because relief is organized differently. Today in the "recovery," the millions are being assisted, out of sight, by government checks, unemployment checks, Social Security disability checks and food stamps.

More than 48 million Americans are in the food-stamp program—an almost incredible record. That is 15% of the total population compared with the 7.9% participation in food stamps from 1970-2000. Then there are the more than 11 million Americans who are collecting Social Security checks to compensate for disability, also a record. Half have signed on since President Obama came to office. In 1992, there was one person on disability for every 35 workers; today it is one for every 16.

Such an increase is simply impossible to connect to direct disability experienced during employment, for it is inconceivable that work in America has become so dangerous. For many, this disability program has become another form of unemployment compensation, only this time without end.

But the predicament of our times is worse than that, worse in its way than the 1930s figures might suggest. Employers are either shortening the workweek or asking employees to take unpaid leave in unprecedented numbers. Neither those on disability nor those on leave are included in the unemployment numbers.

The U.S. labor market, which peaked in November 2007 when there were 139,143,000 jobs, now encompasses only 132,705,000 workers, a drop of 6.4 million jobs from the peak. The only work that has increased is part-time, and that is because it allows employers to reduce costs through a diminished benefit package or none at all.

The broadest measure of unemployment today is approximately 14.5%, way above the 7.9% headline number. The 14.5% reflects the unemployed and three other categories: the more than eight million people who are employed part-time for economic reasons (because their hours have been cut back or because they are unable to find a full-time job), the 10 million who have stopped looking for work, and those who are "marginally attached" to the workforce.

The labor-force participation rate has dropped to the lowest level since 1981. It reflects discouraged workers who have dropped out of the labor force. If it were not for the dropouts, the formally announced unemployment rate would be around 9.8%, not the headline 7.9%.

Sometimes the employment numbers that are announced are simply not understood. January was supposed to have seen 157,000 jobs created. The news provoked relief and even enthusiasm in some quarters. But the supposed hiring was based on seasonally adjusted numbers—numbers adjusted to reflect regularly occurring shifts in employment, such as increased hiring of farm workers during crop harvests or retail employees after Thanksgiving. The real, unadjusted figures for January show that nearly 2.8 million jobs disappeared, which happened to be worse than the 2.63 million lost in January 2012. Even though the 157,000 jobs created were fewer than the 311,000 of January 2012, many commentators cheered because they don't understand the effects of seasonal adjustment.

So there is no solace in the statistics. Job seekers are only one-third as likely to find work as they were five years ago, and a record number of households have at least one member looking for a job, which affects everyone. And most of the newly available jobs don't match the pay, the hours or the benefits of the millions of positions that have vanished.

It typically takes 25 months to close the employment gap from the employment peak near the start of the downturn. Yet this time, more than 60 months after employment peaked in January 2006, nonfarm unemployment is still more than three million jobs below where it started.

The president's speech was not without sensible commitments, and the news of negotiations for a trans-Atlantic free-trade area is promising. Europe and the U.S. represent 44% of the world economy, but both have stalled. They (and the rest of the world) would benefit from freer trade. Europe and the U.S. would also benefit from common technology standards and simpler regulations. The bilateral talks have been conducted quietly and positively for some time (while the World Trade Organization talks have floundered), but it will need real executive energy to get an agreement with a real impact on jobs.

Ordinary Americans are looking for leadership and renewal. They know that a job is the most important family program, the most important economic program, and the most important national program that America could have. They also know that, by this standard, we have failed.

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British Economy Is WORSE than During the Great Depression

Bad Policy Has Us Stuck In the Mud

Leading British newspaper the Telegraph reports today:

Ministers today admitted Britain is facing “very, very grave difficulties” after figures showed the economy did not grow at all in 2012.

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Economists from the Royal Bank of Scotland said the last four years have produced the worst economic performance in a non post-war period since records started being collected in the 1830s.

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It’s the worst economic performance since at least 1830, outside of post-war demobilisations,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “It’s worse than the 1920s, it’s worse than the Great Depression.”

He said the economy has been “heading this way for a long time” because of the scale of the problems that came to a head in the 2008 financial crash.

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The top economist at RBS, which is mostly owned by the Government, said it is difficult to recover when much of the world is facing similar problems.

“It’s the scale of what happened in 2008 but also the build-up to that,” he said. “Compared with other recessions [like in the 1980s and 1990s], this is happening all over the world. There’s not a quick and easy way to export your way out of this.”

We’ve repeatedly warned that this is worse than the Great Depression …

What Do Economic Indicators Say?

We’ve repeatedly pointed out that there are many indicators which show that the last 5 years have been worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s, including:

Mark McHugh reports:

Velocity of money is the frequency with which a unit of money is spent on new goods and services. It is a far better indicator of economic activity than GDP, consumer prices, the stock market, or sales of men’s underwear (which Greenspan was fond of ogling). In a healthy economy, the same dollar is collected as payment and subsequently spent many times over. In a depression, the velocity of money goes catatonic. Velocity of money is calculated by simply dividing GDP by a given money supply. This VoM chart using monetary base should end any discussion of what ”this” is and whether or not anybody should be using the word “recovery” with a straight face:

 British Economy Is WORSE than During the Great Depression

In just four short years, our “enlightened” policy-makers have slowed money velocity to depths never seen in the Great Depression.

(As we’ve previously explained, the Fed has intentionally squashed money multipliers and money velocity as a way to battle inflation. And see this)

Indeed, the number of Americans relying on government assistance to obtain basic food may be higher now that during the Great Depression. The only reason we don’t see “soup lines” like we did in the 30s is because of the massive food stamp program.

And while apologists for government and bank policy point to unemployment as being better than during the 1930s, even that claim is debatable.

What Do Economists Say?

Indeed, many economists agree that this could be worse than the Great Depression, including:

Bad Policy Has Us Stuck

We are stuck in a depression because the government has done all of the wrong things, and has failed to address the core problems.

For example:

  • The government is doing everything else wrong. See this and this

Quantitative easing won’t help … it will only make things worse.

This isn’t an issue of left versus right … it’s corruption and bad policies which help the super-elite but are causing a depression for the vast majority of the people.

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Irish County Vote To Allow Drink Driving ‘To Combat Depression’

A rural county in Ireland has supported a proposal to allow drink-driving to prevent people from becoming depressed.

Kerry County councillors voted in favour of a motion that would issue permits to isolated older residents, allowing them to have 'two or three drinks' and still drive home, according to The Journal.ie.

Councillor Danny Healy-Rae argued that rural drivers had never killed anyone on the roads in Kilgarvan and told the newspaper: “A lot of these people are living in isolated rural areas where there’s no public transport of any kind, and they end up at home looking at the four walls, night in and night out, because they don’t want to take the risk of losing their licence.”

Healey-Rae, himself a pub landlord, claimed the local watering hole was still the centre of the community in rural Ireland and the country roads were empty and narrow meaning drivers could go no faster than 20 or 30mph anyway.

To keep older residents at home in fear of losing their licence meant "all the wisdom and wit and culture they had, the music and singing, that's all being lost to the younger generation," he argued.

Calling on the minister of justice, Alan Shatter, to allow the garda to issue the permits he added: "They're travelling in very minor roads, often on tractors, with very little traffic and it's not right they're being treated the same as the rest of the travelling public and they have never killed anyone," reported the Irish Independent.

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Driving the tractor back from the pub 'less dangerous'

The motion was passed by five votes to three with seven councillors abstaining and 12 absent from the meeting. Mr Healey-Rae's son Johnny, also a councillor, was among those who voted in favour.

However a number of politicians have spoken out against the proposal, labelling it "dangerous" and inaccurate.

Labour councillor Gillian Wharton-Slattery told Healy-Rae: “Depression causes suicide. It’s not caused by not being able to go to the pub. There’s more things to do in Kilgarvan than go into your pub.”

The mayor of Kerry also weighed in to condemn to motion, telling Irish broadcaster RTE: "It is incredibly dangerous. I don't know how anybody can be allowed to say: 'You've had two pints, so you're justified to drive'."

Noel Brett from the Road Safety Authority also condemned the idea, saying: “There is very strong evidence which makes an irrefutable link between the consumption of alcohol and impairment.”

Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland pointed out the established links between alcohol abuse, anxiety and depression and told the BBC: "Almost one in three crash deaths in Ireland is alcohol-related. Even in small amounts, alcohol impairs driving ability - any amount of alcohol increases the risk of involvement in a fatal crash."

Treat Depression … Naturally. Little-Known Secrets to Boosting Mood

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Little-Known Secrets to Boosting Mood …

If you’re depressed, you might consider asking your doctor to prescribe anti-depressants.

But as best-selling author Christiane Northrup, MD, notes:

In 2008, we learned that the benefits of antidepressants had been greatly overstated. Former FDA psychiatrist Erick H. Turner, M.D. uncovered some startling information about Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), including Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. In reviewing all the medical literature, he learned that 94 percent of the reports showing the therapeutic benefits of SSRIs were published compared to only 14 percent of the reports showing either no benefits or inconclusive results (of taking SSRIs were published). When he weighed all the literature, Dr. Turner determined that SSRIs were no more effective than a placebo for treating most depressive patients. Those with severe depression were helped, sometimes greatly, but those with mild to moderate depression, the majority of cases, received little relief. British researchers using the Freedom of Information Act uncovered identical findings.

In January 2010, another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) confirms these findings. The newest study also evaluated another class of antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants. Again, researchers determined that the typical patient, one with mild to moderate depression, gets the same amount of relief from a placebo as from an antidepressant.  The first author of the study, Jay C. Fournier, MA, told Medscape, “I think the most surprising part of the findings was how severe depression has to be in order to see this clinically meaningful difference emerge between medication and placebo, and that the majority of depressed patients presenting for treatment do not fall into that very severe category.”

The New York Times reported that the co-author of the study, Robert J. DeRubeis, shared this important insight: “The message for patients with mild to moderate depression is ‘Look, medications are always an option, but there’s little evidence that they add to other efforts to shake depression–whether it’s exercise, seeing the doctor, reading about the disorder or going for psychotherapy.’”

(In addition, modern SSRI anti-depressants have been shown to increase violent and suicidal behavior in a certain percent of the population.)

So what can those with depressive tendencies do?

Secret of Human Evolution

Getting enough Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet is also crucial in preventing depression. As Science Daily notes:

Researchers from Inserm and INRA and their collaborators in Spain collaboration, have studied mice fed on a diet low in omega-3 fatty acid. They discovered that reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on synaptic functions and emotional behaviours.

Details of this work are available in the online version of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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The researchers studied mice fed a life-long diet imbalanced in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They found that omega-3 deficiency disturbed neuronal communication specifically ….This neuronal dysfunction was accompanied by depressive behaviours among the malnourished mice.

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Consequently, the researchers discovered that among mice subjected to an omega-3 deficient dietary regime, synaptic plasticity … is disturbed in at least two structures involved with reward, motivation and emotional regulation: the prefrontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens.

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“Our results can now corroborate clinical and epidemiological studies which have revealed associations between an omega-3/omega-6 imbalance and mood disorders,” explain Olivier Manzoni and Sophie Layé. “To determine if the omega-3 deficiency is responsible for these neuropsychiatric disorders additional studies are, of course, required.”

In conclusion, the authors estimate that their results provide the first biological components of an explanation for the observed correlation between omega-3 poor diets, which are very widespread in the industrialized world, and mood disorders such as depression.

Dr. Northrup writes:

One of the best ways to support health brain chemistry is by taking fish oil. Fish oil has been shown time an again to relieve mild to moderate depression. The omega-3 fatty acids are essential to brain health and, according to Capt. Joe Hibbeln, M.D., these important fats support the serotonin system, may help reduce stress and lower your risk of all kinds of mental illness. Dr. Hibbeln, Chief of Outpatient Services for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is one of the world’s leading researchers on omega-3 fats. His findings have been compelling and encouraging.

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Also encouraging is the largest ever clinical trial presenting in 2009 showing that fish oil may benefit half of all people with moderate to severe depression.

How could something as obscure as Omega 3s be so critical in preventing depression?

We’ve previously explained that humans evolved to eat a lot of Omega 3s:

Wild game animals have much higher levels of essential Omega 3 fatty acids than domesticated animals. Indeed, leading nutritionists say that humans evolved to consume a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids in the wild game and fish which they ate (more), and that a low Omega 3 diet is a very new trend within the last 100 years or so.

In other words, while omega 3s have just now been discovered by modern science, we evolved to get a lot of omega 3s … and if we just eat a modern, fast food diet without getting enough omega 3s, it can cause all sorts of health problems.

So something just discovered by science can be a central fuel which our bodies evolved to use.

Here’s further detail focusing on beef:

For all of human history – until the last couple of decades – people ate beef from cows (or buffalo or bison) which grazed on grass. The cows were usually strong and healthy. Their meat was lean, with very little saturated fat, as the critters ate well and got outdoor exercise. Their meat was high in good Omega 3 fats. See this and this, and humans evolved to consume a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids in the wild game and fish which they ate (more).

Today, on the other hand, beef is laden with saturated fat and almost entirely lacking healthy fats like Omega 3s, because the cows are force-fed food which makes them sick. Specifically, instead of their natural menu – grass – they are force-fed corn, which makes them sick. Because their diet makes them ill, they are given massive amounts of antibiotics.  Even with the antibiotics, the diet and living conditions would kill them pretty quickly if they aren’t slaughtered.

Science Daily explains:

In industrialized nations, diets have been impoverished in essential fatty acids since the beginning of the 20th century. The dietary ratio between omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid omega-3 increased continuously over the course of the 20th century. These fatty acids are “essential” lipids because the body cannot synthesize them from new. They must therefore be provided through food and their dietary balance is essential to maintain optimal brain functions.

So insufficient Omega 3s is a major source of depression in modern industrialized countries.

The flip side of getting enough healthy Omega 3s is to stay away from the kind of fats which cause depression: trans fats.

(Contrary to what you’ve heard, getting enough of the right kind of healthy cholesterol also decreases depression.)

Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants …

Antioxidants also help to prevent depression.  Specifically, oxidative stress has been correlated with depression (and see here).

On the other hand, antioxidants reduce depression. See this, this and thisHere are the tricks for finding the least expensive, most powerful antioxidants.

Moreover, a multivitamin might be smart.  Specifically, Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., argues:

It is possible to become depressed because of the lack of a sufficient amount of a single trace element.

And as we’ve previously noted, modern foods can be nutritionally depleted:

We evolved eating foods which were high in vitamins and minerals ….

But as the Journal Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology notes:

With soil depletion, overfarming and transportation of foods over hundreds of miles with loss of nutrients en route, together with the increased use of convenience and fast foods, women can be over-fed, but under-nourished in our modern society.

The Nutrition Journal points out:

In 1927 a study at King’s College, University of London, of the chemical composition of foods was initiated … to assist with diabetic dietary guidance. The study evolved and was then broadened to determine all the important organic and mineral constituents of foods, it was financed by the Medical Research Council and eventually published in 1940. Over the next 51 years subsequent editions reflected changing national dietary habits and food laws as well as advances in analytical procedures. The most recent (5th Edition) published in 1991 has comprehensively analysed 14 different categories of foods and beverages. In order to provide some insight into any variation in the quality of the foods available to us as a nation between 1940 and 1991 it was possible to compare and contrast the mineral content of 27 varieties of vegetable, 17 varieties of fruit, 10 cuts of meat and some milk and cheese products. The results demonstrate that there has been a significant loss of minerals and trace elements in these foods over that period of time.

Scripps Howard News Service noted in 2006:

The nutritional content of America’s vegetables and fruits has declined during the past 50 years — in some cases dramatically.

Donald Davis, a biochemist at the University of Texas, said that of 13 major nutrients in fruits and vegetables tracked by the Agriculture Department from 1950 to 1999, six showed noticeable declines — protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and vitamin C. The declines ranged from 6 percent for protein, 15 percent for iron, 20 percent for vitamin C, and 38 percent for riboflavin.

“It’s an amazing thing,” said Davis, adding that the decline in nutrient content has not been widely noticed.

Many other studies have reported ongoing soil depletion around the world.

***

And many people eat highly processed foods in which most antioxidants have been destroyed.

So – just as with the low levels of omega 3s – there might be less antioxidants like vitamin C in the modern diet than the levels we evolved to run on.

Good Bugs

Live Science reports:

Researchers have increasingly begun to suspect the gut was somehow linked with the brain. For instance, bowel disorders seem linked with stress-related psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression in people.

To learn more, scientists experimented with mice by feeding them a broth containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1. This species naturally lives in our gut, and scientists are exploring whether strains of it can be used as “probiotics” to improve our health. They discovered these rodents displayed significantly less behavior linked with stress, anxiety and depression than mice fed plain broth. Bacteria-fed mice also had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone corticosterone in response to stressful situations such as mazes.

“By affecting gut bacteria, you can have very robust and quite broad-spectrum effects on brain chemistry and behavior,” researcher John Cryan, a neuroscientist at University College Cork in Ireland, told LiveScience.

“Without overstating things, this does open up the concept that we could develop therapies that can treat psychiatric disorders by targeting the gut,” Cryan added. “You could take a yogurt with a probiotic in it instead of an antidepressant.”

***

The investigators found that one GABA receptor component was present in higher levels in bacteria-fed mice in parts of the brain where it is normally lowered during depression. In addition, several GABA receptor components were reduced in parts of the brain where they are normally increased in stressed or anxious animals.

Next, the researchers severed the vagus nerve, which helps alert the central nervous system to changes in the gastrointestinal tract. They found the bacteria-induced effects on behavior and GABA receptors were diminished, suggesting this nerve is the pathway by which changes in the gut can influence the brain.

Vagal nerve stimulations have been used at times to treat depression resistant to other therapies, but “that’s a surgical technique,” Cryan said. “By targeting the gut with probiotics, we could indirectly target the vagus nerve without surgery.”

And see this.

As with Omega 3s, this sounds strange until you realize how humans evolved.

As NPR notes, our bodies are largely made up of – and supported by – bacteria:

Jeffrey Gordon, a professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, who studies the microbes that live on and in us, offers this factoid: “We think that there are 10 times more microbial cells on and in our bodies than there are human cells. That means that we’re 90 percent microbial and 10 percent human. There’s also an estimated 100 times more microbial genes than the genes in our human genome. So we’re really a compendium [and] an amalgamation of human and microbial parts.”

***

Gordon’s research shows that these microbes living in our bodies aren’t just there for the ride — they’re actively contributing to the normal physiology of the human body. He points to the trillions of microbes that live in our gut, doing everything from encoding enzymes to serving as pathways for vitamin production to digesting the parts of food we can’t digest on our own.

Many native cultures ate a lot of fermented foods containing healthy bacteria.  Think yogurt, miso and Inuit fermented seal blubber (gross, we know …)

In addition, antibiotics kill a lot of the healthy bacteria in our gut.  (The over-use of antibiotics has also been linked to obesity and other health problems. See this and this.  Indeed, the prestigious journal Nature suggests that antiobiotics may permanently kill off healthy gut bacteria.).

Given that the modern diet contains less fermented foods, and that antibiotics have killed off some of our healthy intestinal flora, probiotics – sold in health food stores – are an important preventative measure against depression.

Sunshine …

The New York Times points out:

A new, carefully designed randomized controlled trial— of the kind considered the gold standard in medicine — suggests bright light therapy deserves a closer look.

The study was small, involving only 89 patients ages 60 and older, but the results were remarkable. Compared with a placebo, light therapy improved mood just as well as conventional antidepressant medications, said Dr. Ritsaert Lieverse, the paper’s lead author and a psychiatrist at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.

The effect sizes we found in this study are comparable to those reported for antidepressants, so I think efficacy is of comparable magnitude,” Dr. Lieverse said in an e-mail.

***

Since depression is often accompanied by poor sleep and other symptoms suggestive of circadian rhythm disruption, the scientists also examined markers of circadian function. The theory is that bright light therapy may act to elevate mood by activating the brain’s so-called circadian pacemaker, a structure called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. As part of the study, researchers assessed sleep quality and measured patients’ melatonin, a hormone critical for sleep-wake cycles, and urinary cortisol and salivary cortisol levels, measures of stress.

Dr. Lieverse said bright light therapy may also work by targeting depression-associated neurotransmitter systems that regulate serotonin and dopamine.

Sunshine has many if not all of these properties.  So getting some sun will help with depression.

Exercise and Sex

Many studies show that exercise reduces depression.   For example, see these reports by the Mayo Clinic, New York Times and WebMD.

Sex also helps to prevent depression.

Testosterone

And naturally boosting your testosterone level also wards off depression.

Mindfulness Meditation

Last – but not least – meditation can prevent depression.  Psychology Today reports:

Imagine if you could cure depression with a therapy that was more effective and long-lasting than expensive drugs, and which did not have any side effects. These are the claims being made for a form of Mindfulness meditation.

Psychologists from the University of Exeter recently published a study into “mindfulness-based cognitive therapy” (MBCT), finding it to be better than drugs or counseling for depression. Four months after starting, three quarters of the patients felt well enough to stop taking antidepressants.

***

MBCT was developed in the mid-Nineties by psychologists at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Toronto to help stabilize patients’ moods during and after use of antidepressants. About half of patients relapse into depression – even if they continue taking the medication. One common reason for a relapse is when a normal period of sadness turns into obsessive brooding.

***

The MBCT technique is simple, and revolves around “mindfulness meditation”. In this, you sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing. (See box for details). Concentrating on the rhythm of the breath helps produce a feeling of detachment. The idea is that you come to realize that thoughts come and go of their own accord, and that your conscious self is distinct from your thoughts. This realization is encouraged by gentle question-and-answer sessions modeled on those in cognitive therapy.

In the University of Exeter study, funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council, 47 per cent of patients with long-term depression suffered a relapse; the figure was 60 per cent among those taking medication alone. Other studies, including two published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, had comparable outcomes. As a result, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended MBCT since 2004. Availability is still patchy though, with many sufferers seeking courses at Buddhist centers.

“One of the key features of depression is that it hijacks your attention,” says Professor Williams. “We all tend to bring to the forefront of our minds the thoughts and feelings that reflect our current mood. If you are sad, depressed or anxious, then you tend to remember the bad things that have happened to you and not the good. This drives you into a downward spiral that leads from sadness into a deeper depression. MBCT prevents and breaks that spiral.”

Psychology Today provides an example of a typical MBCT meditation:

1. Sit upright in a straight-backed chair, with your spine about an inch from the back of the chair, and your feet flat on the floor.

2. Close your eyes. Use your mind to watch your breath as it flows in and out. Observe your sensations without judgment. Do not try to alter your breathing.

3. After a while your mind will wander. Gently bring your attention back to your breath. The act of realizing that your mind has wandered – and bringing your attention back – is the key thing.

4. Your mind will eventually become calm.

5. Repeat every day for 20-30 minutes.

Postscript:  If you are severely depressed and suicidal, contact a mental health professional. 

We are not health professionals, and this does not constitute mental health or medical advice.

Treat Depression … Naturally

If you’re depressed, you might consider asking your doctor to prescribe anti-depressants.

But as best-selling author Christiane Northrup, MD, notes:

In 2008, we learned that the benefits of antidepressants had been greatly overstated. Former FDA psychiatrist Erick H. Turner, M.D. uncovered some startling information about Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), including Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. In reviewing all the medical literature, he learned that 94 percent of the reports showing the therapeutic benefits of SSRIs were published compared to only 14 percent of the reports showing either no benefits or inconclusive results (of taking SSRIs were published). When he weighed all the literature, Dr. Turner determined that SSRIs were no more effective than a placebo for treating most depressive patients. Those with severe depression were helped, sometimes greatly, but those with mild to moderate depression, the majority of cases, received little relief. British researchers using the Freedom of Information Act uncovered identical findings.

In January 2010, another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) confirms these findings. The newest study also evaluated another class of antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants. Again, researchers determined that the typical patient, one with mild to moderate depression, gets the same amount of relief from a placebo as from an antidepressant.  The first author of the study, Jay C. Fournier, MA, told Medscape, “I think the most surprising part of the findings was how severe depression has to be in order to see this clinically meaningful difference emerge between medication and placebo, and that the majority of depressed patients presenting for treatment do not fall into that very severe category.”

The New York Times reported that the co-author of the study, Robert J. DeRubeis, shared this important insight: “The message for patients with mild to moderate depression is ‘Look, medications are always an option, but there’s little evidence that they add to other efforts to shake depression–whether it’s exercise, seeing the doctor, reading about the disorder or going for psychotherapy.’”

(In addition, modern SSRI anti-depressants have been shown to increase violent and suicidal behavior in a certain percent of the population.)

So what can those with depressive tendencies do?

Secret of Human Evolution

Getting enough Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet is also crucial in preventing depression. As Science Daily notes:

Researchers from Inserm and INRA and their collaborators in Spain collaboration, have studied mice fed on a diet low in omega-3 fatty acid. They discovered that reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on synaptic functions and emotional behaviours.

Details of this work are available in the online version of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

***

The researchers studied mice fed a life-long diet imbalanced in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They found that omega-3 deficiency disturbed neuronal communication specifically ….This neuronal dysfunction was accompanied by depressive behaviours among the malnourished mice.

***

Consequently, the researchers discovered that among mice subjected to an omega-3 deficient dietary regime, synaptic plasticity … is disturbed in at least two structures involved with reward, motivation and emotional regulation: the prefrontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens.

***

“Our results can now corroborate clinical and epidemiological studies which have revealed associations between an omega-3/omega-6 imbalance and mood disorders,” explain Olivier Manzoni and Sophie Layé. “To determine if the omega-3 deficiency is responsible for these neuropsychiatric disorders additional studies are, of course, required.”

In conclusion, the authors estimate that their results provide the first biological components of an explanation for the observed correlation between omega-3 poor diets, which are very widespread in the industrialized world, and mood disorders such as depression.

Dr. Northrup writes:

One of the best ways to support health brain chemistry is by taking fish oil. Fish oil has been shown time an again to relieve mild to moderate depression. The omega-3 fatty acids are essential to brain health and, according to Capt. Joe Hibbeln, M.D., these important fats support the serotonin system, may help reduce stress and lower your risk of all kinds of mental illness. Dr. Hibbeln, Chief of Outpatient Services for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is one of the world’s leading researchers on omega-3 fats. His findings have been compelling and encouraging.

***

Also encouraging is the largest ever clinical trial presenting in 2009 showing that fish oil may benefit half of all people with moderate to severe depression.

How could something as obscure as Omega 3s be so critical in preventing depression?

We’ve previously explained that humans evolved to eat a lot of Omega 3s:

Wild game animals have much higher levels of essential Omega 3 fatty acids than domesticated animals. Indeed, leading nutritionists say that humans evolved to consume a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids in the wild game and fish which they ate (more), and that a low Omega 3 diet is a very new trend within the last 100 years or so.

In other words, while omega 3s have just now been discovered by modern science, we evolved to get a lot of omega 3s … and if we just eat a modern, fast food diet without getting enough omega 3s, it can cause all sorts of health problems.

So something just discovered by science can be a central fuel which our bodies evolved to use.

Here’s further detail focusing on beef:

For all of human history – until the last couple of decades – people ate beef from cows (or buffalo or bison) which grazed on grass. The cows were usually strong and healthy. Their meat was lean, with very little saturated fat, as the critters ate well and got outdoor exercise. Their meat was high in good Omega 3 fats. See this and this, and humans evolved to consume a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids in the wild game and fish which they ate (more).

Today, on the other hand, beef is laden with saturated fat and almost entirely lacking healthy fats like Omega 3s, because the cows are force-fed food which makes them sick. Specifically, instead of their natural menu – grass – they are force-fed corn, which makes them sick. Because their diet makes them ill, they are given massive amounts of antibiotics.  Even with the antibiotics, the diet and living conditions would kill them pretty quickly if they aren’t slaughtered.

Science Daily explains:

In industrialized nations, diets have been impoverished in essential fatty acids since the beginning of the 20th century. The dietary ratio between omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid omega-3 increased continuously over the course of the 20th century. These fatty acids are “essential” lipids because the body cannot synthesize them from new. They must therefore be provided through food and their dietary balance is essential to maintain optimal brain functions.

So insufficient Omega 3s is a major source of depression in modern industrialized countries.

The flip side of getting enough healthy Omega 3s is to stay away from the kind of fats which cause depression: trans fats.

(Contrary to what you’ve heard, getting enough of the right kind of healthy cholesterol also decreases depression.)

Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants …

Antioxidants also help to prevent depression.  Specifically, oxidative stress has been correlated with depression (and see here).

On the other hand, antioxidants reduce depression. See this, this and thisHere are the tricks for finding the least expensive, most powerful antioxidants.

Moreover, a multivitamin might be smart.  Specifically, Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., argues:

It is possible to become depressed because of the lack of a sufficient amount of a single trace element.

And as we’ve previously noted, modern foods can be nutritionally depleted:

We evolved eating foods which were high in vitamins and minerals ….

But as the Journal Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology notes:

With soil depletion, overfarming and transportation of foods over hundreds of miles with loss of nutrients en route, together with the increased use of convenience and fast foods, women can be over-fed, but under-nourished in our modern society.

The Nutrition Journal points out:

In 1927 a study at King’s College, University of London, of the chemical composition of foods was initiated … to assist with diabetic dietary guidance. The study evolved and was then broadened to determine all the important organic and mineral constituents of foods, it was financed by the Medical Research Council and eventually published in 1940. Over the next 51 years subsequent editions reflected changing national dietary habits and food laws as well as advances in analytical procedures. The most recent (5th Edition) published in 1991 has comprehensively analysed 14 different categories of foods and beverages. In order to provide some insight into any variation in the quality of the foods available to us as a nation between 1940 and 1991 it was possible to compare and contrast the mineral content of 27 varieties of vegetable, 17 varieties of fruit, 10 cuts of meat and some milk and cheese products. The results demonstrate that there has been a significant loss of minerals and trace elements in these foods over that period of time.

Scripps Howard News Service noted in 2006:

The nutritional content of America’s vegetables and fruits has declined during the past 50 years — in some cases dramatically.

Donald Davis, a biochemist at the University of Texas, said that of 13 major nutrients in fruits and vegetables tracked by the Agriculture Department from 1950 to 1999, six showed noticeable declines — protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and vitamin C. The declines ranged from 6 percent for protein, 15 percent for iron, 20 percent for vitamin C, and 38 percent for riboflavin.

“It’s an amazing thing,” said Davis, adding that the decline in nutrient content has not been widely noticed.

Many other studies have reported ongoing soil depletion around the world.

***

And many people eat highly processed foods in which most antioxidants have been destroyed.

So – just as with the low levels of omega 3s – there might be less antioxidants like vitamin C in the modern diet than the levels we evolved to run on.

Good Bugs

Live Science reports:

Researchers have increasingly begun to suspect the gut was somehow linked with the brain. For instance, bowel disorders seem linked with stress-related psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression in people.

To learn more, scientists experimented with mice by feeding them a broth containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1. This species naturally lives in our gut, and scientists are exploring whether strains of it can be used as “probiotics” to improve our health. They discovered these rodents displayed significantly less behavior linked with stress, anxiety and depression than mice fed plain broth. Bacteria-fed mice also had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone corticosterone in response to stressful situations such as mazes.

“By affecting gut bacteria, you can have very robust and quite broad-spectrum effects on brain chemistry and behavior,” researcher John Cryan, a neuroscientist at University College Cork in Ireland, told LiveScience.

“Without overstating things, this does open up the concept that we could develop therapies that can treat psychiatric disorders by targeting the gut,” Cryan added. “You could take a yogurt with a probiotic in it instead of an antidepressant.”

***

The investigators found that one GABA receptor component was present in higher levels in bacteria-fed mice in parts of the brain where it is normally lowered during depression. In addition, several GABA receptor components were reduced in parts of the brain where they are normally increased in stressed or anxious animals.

Next, the researchers severed the vagus nerve, which helps alert the central nervous system to changes in the gastrointestinal tract. They found the bacteria-induced effects on behavior and GABA receptors were diminished, suggesting this nerve is the pathway by which changes in the gut can influence the brain.

Vagal nerve stimulations have been used at times to treat depression resistant to other therapies, but “that’s a surgical technique,” Cryan said. “By targeting the gut with probiotics, we could indirectly target the vagus nerve without surgery.”

And see this.

As with Omega 3s, this sounds strange until you realize how humans evolved.

As NPR notes, our bodies are largely made up of – and supported by – bacteria:

Jeffrey Gordon, a professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, who studies the microbes that live on and in us, offers this factoid: “We think that there are 10 times more microbial cells on and in our bodies than there are human cells. That means that we’re 90 percent microbial and 10 percent human. There’s also an estimated 100 times more microbial genes than the genes in our human genome. So we’re really a compendium [and] an amalgamation of human and microbial parts.”

***

Gordon’s research shows that these microbes living in our bodies aren’t just there for the ride — they’re actively contributing to the normal physiology of the human body. He points to the trillions of microbes that live in our gut, doing everything from encoding enzymes to serving as pathways for vitamin production to digesting the parts of food we can’t digest on our own.

Many native cultures ate a lot of fermented foods containing healthy bacteria.  Think yogurt, miso and Inuit fermented seal blubber (gross, we know …)

In addition, antibiotics kill a lot of the healthy bacteria in our gut.  (The healthy bacteria-killing property of antibiotics has also been linked to obesity and other health problems. See this and this.).

Given that the modern diet contains less fermented foods, and that antibiotics have killed off some of our intestinal flora, probiotics are an important preventative measure against depression.

Sunshine …

The New York Times points out:

A new, carefully designed randomized controlled trial— of the kind considered the gold standard in medicine — suggests bright light therapy deserves a closer look.

The study was small, involving only 89 patients ages 60 and older, but the results were remarkable. Compared with a placebo, light therapy improved mood just as well as conventional antidepressant medications, said Dr. Ritsaert Lieverse, the paper’s lead author and a psychiatrist at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.

The effect sizes we found in this study are comparable to those reported for antidepressants, so I think efficacy is of comparable magnitude,” Dr. Lieverse said in an e-mail.

***

Since depression is often accompanied by poor sleep and other symptoms suggestive of circadian rhythm disruption, the scientists also examined markers of circadian function. The theory is that bright light therapy may act to elevate mood by activating the brain’s so-called circadian pacemaker, a structure called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. As part of the study, researchers assessed sleep quality and measured patients’ melatonin, a hormone critical for sleep-wake cycles, and urinary cortisol and salivary cortisol levels, measures of stress.

Dr. Lieverse said bright light therapy may also work by targeting depression-associated neurotransmitter systems that regulate serotonin and dopamine.

Sunshine has many if not all of these properties.  So getting some sun will help with depression.

Exercise and Sex

Many studies show that exercise reduces depression.   For example, see these reports by the Mayo Clinic, New York Times and WebMD.

Sex also helps to prevent depression.

Testosterone

And naturally boosting your testosterone level also wards off depression.

Mindfulness Meditation

Last – but not least – meditation can prevent depression.  Psychology Today reports:

Imagine if you could cure depression with a therapy that was more effective and long-lasting than expensive drugs, and which did not have any side effects. These are the claims being made for a form of Mindfulness meditation.

Psychologists from the University of Exeter recently published a study into “mindfulness-based cognitive therapy” (MBCT), finding it to be better than drugs or counseling for depression. Four months after starting, three quarters of the patients felt well enough to stop taking antidepressants.

***

MBCT was developed in the mid-Nineties by psychologists at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Toronto to help stabilize patients’ moods during and after use of antidepressants. About half of patients relapse into depression – even if they continue taking the medication. One common reason for a relapse is when a normal period of sadness turns into obsessive brooding.

***

The MBCT technique is simple, and revolves around “mindfulness meditation”. In this, you sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing. (See box for details). Concentrating on the rhythm of the breath helps produce a feeling of detachment. The idea is that you come to realize that thoughts come and go of their own accord, and that your conscious self is distinct from your thoughts. This realization is encouraged by gentle question-and-answer sessions modeled on those in cognitive therapy.

In the University of Exeter study, funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council, 47 per cent of patients with long-term depression suffered a relapse; the figure was 60 per cent among those taking medication alone. Other studies, including two published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, had comparable outcomes. As a result, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended MBCT since 2004. Availability is still patchy though, with many sufferers seeking courses at Buddhist centers.

“One of the key features of depression is that it hijacks your attention,” says Professor Williams. “We all tend to bring to the forefront of our minds the thoughts and feelings that reflect our current mood. If you are sad, depressed or anxious, then you tend to remember the bad things that have happened to you and not the good. This drives you into a downward spiral that leads from sadness into a deeper depression. MBCT prevents and breaks that spiral.”

Psychology Today provides an example of a typical MBCT meditation:

1. Sit upright in a straight-backed chair, with your spine about an inch from the back of the chair, and your feet flat on the floor.

2. Close your eyes. Use your mind to watch your breath as it flows in and out. Observe your sensations without judgment. Do not try to alter your breathing.

3. After a while your mind will wander. Gently bring your attention back to your breath. The act of realizing that your mind has wandered – and bringing your attention back – is the key thing.

4. Your mind will eventually become calm.

5. Repeat every day for 20-30 minutes.

Postscript:  If you are severely depressed and suicidal, contact a mental health professional. 

We are not health professionals, and this does not constitute mental health or medical advice.

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Diet drinks linked with higher depression risk — research

(AFP Photo / Frederic Brown)

(AFP Photo / Frederic Brown)

Sweet beverages, and especially diet versions, could make you 30 per cent more depressed. Coffee, however, saves the day according to research by US scientists.

­The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute.

The research involved 265,000 people between the ages of 50 and 71, whose consumption of beverages like soda, tea, coffee, and fruit punch was monitored from 1995 to 1996. Ten years on, scientists questioned the participants again and found that 11,311 had been diagnosed with depression since 2000.  

The research results disclosed that those who consumed over four cans or cups of soda per day were 30 per cent more likely to develop depression, in comparison with those who didn’t drink the beverage. People who consumed four cans of fruit punch daily were 38 per cent more prone to depression than those who didn’t. On the other hand, those participants who drank four cups of coffee per day were 10 per cent less likely to face depression, compared with people who didn’t consume any coffee.

Furthermore the scientists discovered that the risk was elevated for those who drank the diet versions of beverages such as soda, fruit punch, or ice tea.

"Our research suggests that cutting out or down on sweetened diet drinks or replacing those with unsweetened coffee may naturally help lower your depression risk," the author of the study Honglei Chen, with the National Institutes of Health in North Carolina and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, told ScienceDaily.com.

"More research is needed to confirm these findings, and people with depression should continue to take depression medications prescribed by their doctors," Chen added.

The study was initially released on January, 8 and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, from March 16 to 23, 2013.

According to the official data of Euromonitor International, in 2011 Americans were the top soda drinkers in the world, with 170 liters per year each. Mexico came second, with 146 liters. South American countries such as Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay follow the ranking, with 127, 124, and 120 liters consumed, respectively. In comparison, the European soda-drinking ‘champions’ turned out to be Belgium, Norway, and Ireland, with 108, 104, and 103 liters of soda drunk per person.

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Life Expectancy Falters in the UK: Slow Death but Fast Profits for the Agrochemical...

A special report in the Observer newspaper in the UK on 23 June 2019 asked the question: Why is life expectancy faltering? The piece...

Parkland victims file 22 lawsuits claiming negligence led to bloodshed — RT USA News

A barrage of lawsuits filed by Parkland victims and survivors blame Broward County Sheriff's Office and...

Professor suing university after being fired for ‘troubling’ views on gender dysphoria in kids...

A professor at the University of Louisville is suing his employer after being fired from a...

As U.S. Economy Weakens, Economists Struggle to Predict Next Recession

Many of the people who completely missed the worst recession since the Great Depression are trying to get out front and tell us about...

Hundreds of women secretly filmed undressing for treatment at San Diego hospital — RT...

A San Diego hospital secretly filmed 1,800 women undressing, giving birth and undergoing gynaecological procedures using...
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Video: Parkland survivors suffering from PTSD and survivor's guilt need further help

PTSD and survivor's guilt can build on depression or anxiety and leave people more vulnerable to self harm, says suicide prevention expert Kelly Posner...

Presidential Crimes – LewRockwell

Factchecking WaPo’s Factchecker on Sanders and the Trillion-Dollar Bailout

Glenn Kessler (Washington Post, 3/18/19) calls Bernie Sanders’ claim of a trillion-dollar Wall Street bailout “slippery and exaggerated.”   Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post Fact Checker, gave Bernie...

Musings on a Monday After Teaching High School Get You Down? Nope!

Hold those things that tell your history and protect them… The ability to have somebody to tell your story is so important. It says:...

Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism

Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria’s war, Venezuela’s crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global...

Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism

Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria’s war, Venezuela’s crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global...

Poisoning the Public: Toxic Agrochemicals and Regulators’ Collusion with Industry

In January 2019, campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason lodged a complaint with the European Ombudsman accusing European regulatory agencies of collusion with the agrochemicals industry....

New York Times Provides Cover for Austerity Cranks

  It’s not uncommon to read news stories that quite explicitly identify economic mismanagement. For example, news reports on the hyperinflation in Zimbabwe routinely (and...

Outrage as kids pick cotton, sing slave songs during school field trip (VIDEO) —...

Disturbing cell phone video has appeared online apparently showing a class of 10-year-old South Carolina elementary...

Dems and the media prepare for ‘life without Mueller’ — RT USA News

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to issue his long-awaited and likely flaccid ‘Russiagate’ report, Democrats...

This Historical Moment Demands Transformation of Our Institutions. The Green New Deal Won’t Do...

Photograph Source Senate Democrats The Green New Deal now taking shape in Washington will aim to address climate change through economic policies. While many of...

Racism or just an ugly shoe? Katy Perry’s new ‘blackface’ footwear sparks outrage —...

Retailers have been removing Katy Perry’s new sandals and loafers, designed to resemble a human face,...

In Praise of Direct Action (and More)

Idle Capital Through Disruption As the partial federal shutdown moved into its third week, I found myself thinking about the late left economist and sociologist...

Stop Interfering in Venezuela’s Internal Politics

The following open letter—signed by 70 scholars on Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts—was...

Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

As many American lawmakers, pundits, and advocacy groups remain conspicuously silent in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Venezuela's opposition...

Mainstream Media Is Literally Making People Sick – Consortiumnews

The most obvious and significant culprit in ‘Trump Anxiety Disorder’ is the mass media, which has been fanning the flames...

Coming Attractions – LewRockwell

Ex-soldier sues British Army after contracting chronic disease from animal excrement — RT UK...

In what could be a landmark case, a former soldier is suing the UK’s Ministry...

Twitter erupts over Pence’s defense of Christian schools — RT USA News

The US vice president has come under fire for defending his wife’s teaching appointment to an...

Washington Post columnist compares Putin-supporting American Jews to Stalinists — RT USA News

A Washington Post columnist is being put on blast for a tweet that apparently rolls ‘Russiagate’...

That Green Growth at the Heart of the Green New Deal? It’s Malignant

Longview, Washington. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. A burgeoning save-the-climate effort called the Green New Deal, explains Vox’s David Roberts, “has thrust climate change into the...

Top Gardening Tips – LewRockwell

Green Socialism – LewRockwell

Wild swings on Wall Street

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WaPo: Trump Needs to Destroy Venezuela to Save It

  A Washington Post op-ed (11/26/18) called on international governments to “put considerable pressure on Venezuela” in response to health problems that are largely a...

Capitalism’s Opponents: – LewRockwell

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NYT Trumpets New Anti-Suicide Drug

Photo Source Psychonaught | CC BY 2.0 The drumbeat for ketamine as a way to halt the rising suicide rate is upon us, as the...

Excessive screen time irreversibly affects kids’ brains, study finds — RT USA News

Parents’ worst suspicions about the effects of too much screen time on their offspring have been...

Excessive screen time irreversibly affects kids’ brains, study finds — RT USA News

Parents’ worst suspicions about the effects of too much screen time on their offspring have been...

Life at Trump Speed Is About Viciousness and Distractions

I took my first hit of speed in 1970 during my freshman year in college. That little white pill — Dexedrine — was a...

Legend of the UK left and WWII veteran Harry Leslie Smith dies aged 95...

Harry Leslie Smith, the WWII veteran, NHS campaigner and pro-refugee activist, has died in Ontario,...

Democrats and Republicans are both starting to get sick of social media – study...

There are few things these days which unite liberals and conservatives, but according to a new...

Truth serum? New CIA ‘torture program’ docs shed light on post-9/11 ‘Project Medication’ —...

A CIA report obtained by the ACLU lays bare the details of the agency's "enhanced interrogation"...

The Narrowness of Mainstream Economics Is About to Unravel

Recent extreme volatility and sharp drops in US stock markets underscore the instability of capitalism yet again. As many commentators now note, another economic...

the Government’s War on Military Veterans

Photo Source Patrick Trujillo – Photography | CC BY 2.0 “For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in...

Filming in the Most Depressing City on Earth: Jakarta

It stinks, it is the most polluted city on earth, but that is not the most terrible thing about it. You can drive for ten...

Social media makes you lonely and depressed, study says — RT US News

A University of Pennsylvania study has proven that reducing social media use to 10 minutes a...

Catfishing Tinder user jailed for tricking straight men into gay sex — RT UK...

A London man posing as a woman on Tinder has been sentenced to 15 years...

A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans

by John W. Whitehead / November 6th, 2018 For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat. ― Brené...

A Badge of Shame – LewRockwell

Capitalism Is Killing Patients… And Their Physicians

Photo Greanville Post Physician burnout, depression, and suicide increasingly invade discussions within the medical field. Depression and suicide are more common among male and female...

Normalcy Bias – LewRockwell

The Arms Behind the Invictus Games

The origins of the Invictus Games (“For our Wounded Warriors,” goes the slogan) lies in war.  Wars that crippled and caused depression and despair....

Former FBI agent jailed for leaking bureau’s ‘secret rules’ to Intercept — RT US...

A former FBI agent in Minnesota has been sentenced to four years in prison and three...

Trump mocks CBS anchor in tense 60 Minutes interview — RT US News

US President Donald Trump stuck his executive privilege in the face of CBS anchor Lesley Stahl...

Trump mocks CBS anchor in tense 60 Minutes interview — RT US News

US President Donald Trump stuck his executive privilege in the face of CBS anchor Lesley Stahl...

Fighting for the Human Soul

Andre Vltchek is tired. He is tired of the cunning complexities in modern society’s fight for the human soul. In his new book, Revolutionary...

Midterm campaigning in disarray after Florida governor declares state of emergency — RT US...

Florida has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Tropical Storm Michael which is due...

Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

‘We Would Have Had the Most Dramatic Financial Reform You’d Ever Seen’

Janine Jackson interviewed Dean Baker about the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis for the September 21, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a...

Does the U.S. Have the Ingredients to Win a Trade War?

Contrary to what President Trump thinks, trade wars are neither good, nor easy to win. But ultimately, as in any war, there are winners...

Florence and the Policies Keeping People in Poverty

As President Trump visits North Carolina, where thousands are evacuating after Hurricane Florence caused record flooding, we go to Raleigh to speak with Rev....

Brookings Institution a Leading Propagandist for U.S. Invasions

Eric Zuesse On September 17th, the neoconservative-neoliberal Brookings institution held a propaganda-event to pump increased sales of weapons by U.S. weapons-manufacturing firms. The event’s main...

The implications of US-China trade war

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‘Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!’ – Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win...

President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's “newfound wealth” would be lost if they vote for...

Change How It Is Measured

Ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers

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Three New Deals – LewRockwell

Teenager ‘obsessed’ with mass murder and beheading videos jailed for killing stepmother with axe...

A teenager has been jailed for murdering his stepmother with an axe and samurai sword,...

Veteran weather reporter on oceans ‘exploding’ with tropical storms — RT US News

The world is facing a record number of storms raging through the Northern hemisphere at the...

ACTION ALERT: Venezuela Poses No ‘Threat to the World’—but WaPo’s Claim That It Does...

The Washington Post (9/10/18) describes US officials meeting with Venezuelan coup-plotters to discuss the overthrow of President Nicolás Maduro as “more fuel for his...

Alcohol: Why do we drink?

I had known John for 40 years on and off; just over a year ago he died. He was 62 and homeless, an alcoholic...

Rapper Mac Miller dead after drug overdose – report — RT US News

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has reportedly been found dead at his California home after an apparent...

Trump unimpressed as Obama makes 1st public attack on his policies in midterm speech...

Former President Barack Obama has backed the Democratic party’s campaign efforts by throwing shade at President...

ISS crew shares mesmerizing view of Storm Gordon from 255 miles above Earth (VIDEO)...

The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) has the best view of many of the...

‘Seek help and ignore rank if you are suffering’ — RT UK News

A new suicide prevention booklet distributed to the British armed forces advises soldiers to confide...

Despite Caving on Superdelegate Votes, Democratic Leaders Stick With Old Wine in Old Bottles...

by Barbara G. Ellis / September 4th, 2018 The challenge by progressives to Democratic party leaders for November’s midterms—and the 2020 presidential election—is to tone...

Nevada woman dies in jail after being denied medical help, DA finds no wrongdoing...

Unpaid traffic tickets saw a Nevada woman in jail, where she began to suffer drug withdrawals...

Gulf Coast states ‘must prepare now’ for powerful storm — RT US News

The Gulf Coast states, still suffering the after-effects of the 2017 hurricane season, are being warned...

Toxic Masculinity Is Killing Us

They are two violent incidents that happened more than 1,000 miles apart, with seemingly little in common other than the senseless bloodshed. One happened right...

‘There is a Strong Reason for All Americans to Feel more Economically Insecure than...

Janine Jackson interviewed Dedrick Asante-Muhammad about the racial wealth divide for the August 10 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Lindsay Lohan blasts #MeToo women as ‘weak’, says crimes should be reported — RT...

Lindsay Lohan has slammed women who jumped on board the #MeToo bandwagon “for the attention,” calling...

America’s Birth Rate Is About to Start Booming

Sometimes a society’s values change sharply with almost no one noticing. In 1968, according to a Gallup survey, 70 percent of American...

Toronto shooting kills three, injures thirteen

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Reflections on Media Gone Russia-Wild

Photo by Jeremy Noble | CC BY 2.0 Flipping through the cable news stations last Saturday morning, I came across an amusing sight at Russia-...

Two Dead, 13 Injured After Gunman Opens Fire on Toronto Street

Police identified the gunman, who died in a shootout, but wouldn’t speculate on a motive Authorities identified Faisal Hussain, 29, of Toronto...

Health Insurers Are Collecting Your Data — And Could Raise Your Rates

This story was co-published with NPR. To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling....

Education and the Mental Health Epidemic

Across the western world June is exam time; in Britain, written tests taken in halls of silence and tension have triggered a mini-epidemic of...

These Eight Words – LewRockwell

Mental Illness Serves as Easy Scapegoat in Mass Murder Accounts

A local Texas CBS station published an article (5/18/18) warning of “signs of mental illness” in the wake of the Santa Fe shooting, but...

Twitter unimpressed after ‘depressed’ Farage goes fishing — RT UK News

As Brexit spirals towards disaster, former UKIP chief and Leave bigwig Nigel Farage has apparently...

No pot sacrament for Indiana Church of Cannabis — RT US News

You can worship cannabis in Indiana, even build a church in its name, but no amount...

‘To prevent veterans’ suicide, US should stop waging wars across the globe’ — RT...

Moral injury is the real reason why US veterans are committing suicide, as they realize all...

New York’s Suicide Prevention Program Is the First of Its Kind in the US

As the national debate on mental health continues after the suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and television host and chef Anthony Bourdain earlier...

For Want of a Natural Migraine Remedy

Pyrrhic victories? 6 trade wars that impacted the global economy — RT US News

The escalating trade war between the US and China has dominated headlines, dragged markets down and...

Two former Tory mayors found guilty of child-sex offences in just 48 hours —...

Two former Tory mayors have been convicted of multiple child-sex offences in just 48 hours....

Clicks Over Ethics: Careless Coverage of Suicide

Source: CDC (6/7/18) The recent deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have forced the media into a necessary, albeit painful,...

Black communities mentally scarred when cops kill unarmed African-Americans – study — RT US...

Fatal shootings of African-Americans by police have negatively impacted the mental health of their communities, says...

Suicide Is on the Rise

Two former Tory mayors found guilty of child-sex offences in just 48 hours —...

Two former Tory mayors have been convicted of multiple child-sex offences in just 48 hours....

How the New York Times Lies About Lies: Obama v. Trump as Example

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Although the New York Times says that President Donald Trump lies vastly more than did President Barack Obama, the...

Petulance as Statecraft: Trump Does Canada

Photo by Steve Jurvetson | CC BY 2.0 When it comes to Donald Trump, I tend to ignore his self-centered shenanigans. I figure the substance...

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead in apparent suicide — RT US News

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in a Paris hotel room, according to...

Cause of death of hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning remains a mystery

The cause of death of Adrian Lamo, the hacker best known for giving up army whistleblower...

‘Wealthy People Saw Puerto Rico Could Be Attacked’

Janine Jackson interview Julio López Varona about Puerto Rico’s predators for the January 5, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Retired General Who Stopped a Wall Street Coup

Many Americans would be shocked to learn that political coups are part of our country’s history. Consider the Wall Street Putsch of 1933. Never heard...

Trump touts US military readiness after N.Korea destroys its nuke test site — RT...

After cancelling a long-awaited summit with Kim Jong-un, President Donald Trump warned North Korea that US...

The People Made the First New Deal. Can the People Make Another?

Photo source LordHarris | CC BY 2.0 Massive Protest and Organizing Created the New Deal The kind of electoral victories we need will take far more than...

This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump’s call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal...

The US Teachers Strike in Historical Perspective

In the US, a teachers’ strike is spreading from one red state to another. It began in West Virginia when 34,000 teachers walked out...

This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump’s call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal...

Why the U.S. Regime Hates Vladimir Putin

Eric Zuesse Here is Putin in extemporaneous discussion and interview (translated into English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTBBNOtbhM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjrlTMvirVo The second of those videos shows Putin offering Russia’s billionaires the choice...

Meet America’s ghosts towns (PHOTOS) — RT US News

Swallowed by lakes, abandoned beside tapped out mines and collapsed due to subterranean fires, the US...

Man jailed for 16 years after hurling acid at aspiring model & cousin (VIDEO)...

A man caught on CCTV hurling acid at an aspiring model and her cousin, leaving...

Mentally Ill Gitmo Detainee Seeks Medical Review

WASHINGTON - Today, attorneys urged a federal judge to appoint a Mixed Medical Commission to assess whether Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed al Qahtani’s mental illness...

New Project Tracks US Eviction and Effects

A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone...

Gun Control Laws for Mentally Ill

Tariffs?

After rallying on Friday, stocks tanked on Monday, dropping over 450 points. In fact, it was the worst first day of the second quarter since...

Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed on Freedom

My patient, a pregnant young woman, lay in her hospital bed breathing quickly and moaning. For years she had suffered from mental illness and...

Defend Yourself

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent – James Duane The Law of Self Defense – Andrew Branca The Climate Chronicles: Inconvenient Revelations You Won’t Hear From Al...

Secret Service report describes the average mass killer — RT US News

The average mass attacker in America is not an ISIS terrorist or a child with an...

Facebook refuses to remove Corbyn death threat as it ‘doesn’t go against standards’ —...

Facebook has refused to take down a post calling for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to...

Male suicide rate is ‘stain on our society,’ campaigner tells RT as UK sees...

Britain’s strategy to tackle male suicide is an “absolute lottery” as it does barely anything...

Love and Loss in the Anthropocene

What can we do?  We are without doubt in an historically unique and incredibly challenging position. The Anthropogenic extinction is here, now. It is...

Racial Preferences: Peter Dutton and White South African Farmers

It has been the great misfit Australian policy since the 1990s: a refugee and immigration policy that shows itself to be scrupulously fair, calculable...

Crowded Shelters and the Vicious Flu Brew Perfect Storm for the Homeless

The flu descended on Connie Gabaldon like a fog, she recalled, clouding her mind and compromising her judgment. It progressed to chest and back...

Enemy of the State – LewRockwell

Trade Wars and Diminished Credibility

As Jonathan Swift once noted: “There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.”That’s the operative motto for all things Trump, one that makes...

Could Britain’s Labour Party Under Corbyn Hold the Answer to Europe’s Woes?

For over 40 years, Britain has pushed extreme, free-market policies in the European Union (EU). While the EU has delivered, for Britain, better workers'...

Kevin Love: Making a Hole in Denial

For behind the sense of insecurity in the face of danger, behind the sense of discouragement and depression, there always lurks the basic fear...

Disordering the World: the Rise of Neo-Liberalism

Photo from Age of Extremes cover | CC BY 2.0 In his melancholic book, Age of Extremes: the Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991 (1995), British historian...

America’s ‘Liberalism’ & Other Inhumane Styles of Governance at Home and Internationally

Photo by Paul Siarkowski | CC BY 2.0 The Psycho-Politics of Geopolitical Depression It should not be all about Trump, although his election in 2016 as...

Lessons From My Dad – Antiwar.com Blog

Life isn’t fair: that’s a lesson my dad learned growing up during the Great Depression and working hard in the Civilian Conservation Corps and...
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Video: Undoing the New Deal: Roosevelt Created A Social Safety Net, Not Socialism (pt3)

Historian Peter Kuznick says the New Deal created necessary programs and regulations that mitigated the effects of the Great Depression, but he wouldn't nationalize...

Reporters Call Foul on NRA Claim That Media “Loves” Mass Shootings

Journalists on social media pushed back on Friday against NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch's claim that the news media "loves" mass shootings because they deliver...

What’s Keeping You Awake at Night?

The United States is a sleep-deprived nation. It shows in our health as well as how we age. According to the Centers for Disease...

Mass Shootings Shouldn’t Be the Only Time We Talk About Mental Illness

After every mass shooting, we repeat all of the same things. Some call for gun control. Those against gun control say this isn’t the time...

WSJ’s Epic Distortion of Colombian and Venezuelan Refugees

The Wall Street Journal (2/13/18) writes that the 550,000 Venezuelans in Colombia “mirror the 600,000 Syrian asylum seekers in Germany”—ignoring the 3.5 million Syrian...

Afghan interpreter denied asylum in UK speaks to RT (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Abdul Bari, a frontline interpreter for British forces during the war in Afghanistan, has had...

Living in the Capitalists’ Casino

Photo by Emilio Labrador | CC BY 2.0 The stock market, for all of its seeming mystery, is more of an emotional barometer for the...

Extradition of ‘hacker’ Lauri Love to US will not take place, judge rules (VIDEO)...

The UK’s Lord Chief Justice says that British ‘hacker’ Lauri Love should not be extradited...

Lauri Love: Hacking and Extradition

Horse-trading determines who goes to jail and for how long.  That is what plea bargaining is.  It is not some adjunct to the criminal...

NYC cab driver blasts Uber, city officials in suicide note — RT US News

Cab driver Douglas Schifter took his own life outside New York City Hall. He left a...

The State of Our Union: A House Divided, Enslaved and Mired in the Mistakes...

by John W. Whitehead / January 31st, 2018 A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and...

A House Divided, Enslaved & Mired in the Mistakes of the Past

Photo by A Yee | CC BY 2.0 “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half...

Capitalist Fluctuation and the Partisan Presidential Praise and Blame Game

Photo by SPACES Gallery | CC BY 2.0 Capitalism moves through long waves and shorter-term cycles of growth and stagnation, boom and bust, rising and...

Ex-pole dancer jailed after backing out of suicide pact and leaving man to die...

A former pole dancer who backed out of a suicide pact and left a man...

The Year Ends With a Bang

Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor – Robert Stinnett The Unquotable Abraham Lincoln: The President’s Quotes They Don’t Want You to Know!...

From Your Heart to Your Brain

Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation, and Apartheid South Africa

In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7,...

Tide Pod meme prompts police warning (VIDEO) — RT US News

A Kansas police department has actually been forced to warn people not to eat laundry detergent...

The Danger of ‘Market Fundamentalists’

As Joseph Stiglitz sees matters, the euro suffers from a fatal flaw. The euro is the currency of 19 European countries; and common money...

The Fallout of Police Violence Is Killing Black Women Like Erica Garner

The sting of the premature death of 27-year-old Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, is still fresh. On Christmas Eve, Erica Garner suffered a massive...

It Was Time To Phoenix Up

… and that is exactly what she did. Following the echo of the Sonic BOOM which had EXPLODED inside her long un-beating heart. Rising, with a sizzling and...

Is Climate Change Impacting Your Mental Health?

We already know that climate change comes with major public health implications, like the spread of disease as climate refugees flee their homelands and live in close-packed conditions...

Dangers of Government Control – LewRockwell

We are a nation of 325 million people. We have a bit of control over the behavior of our 535 elected representatives in Congress,...

What Happened to the 40-Hour Workweek?

Photo by Adam Rubock | CC BY 2.0 As 2017 winds down, it’s important to remember that this year marks the 200th anniversary for the call...

Jamie Lowe on Her Experience With Bipolar Disorder and the Drugs That Manage It

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh. NERMEEN SHAIKH: "Everyone has a brain, which plays a major role in mental...

No More Silence About the Torture of Animals | By Linda McQuaig

At a giant pet store in west-end Toronto last week, people loaded up on gifts and stocking stuffers for their pets, and posed with...

The Electrical Abuse of Women: Does Anyone Care?

Photo by Bjoertvedt | CC BY 2.0 Many Americans are unaware that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)—more commonly known as electroshock—continues to be widely utilized by U.S....

U.S. Swindled Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Due to a historic data-dump on December 10th, the biggest swindle that occurred in the 20th Century (or perhaps...

How Patients Who “Kill the Messenger” Are Pharma’s Best Salespeople

Photo by Charles Williams | CC BY 2.0 “Prince was not addicted to pain medication. Prince had a medical condition — chronic pain –which is...

Phone addiction can mess up brain chemistry, study finds — RT US News

Being addicted to smartphones can create chemical changes in the brain, which may be linked to...

Capitalism’s Failure Of The Flesh: The Rise Of The Robots | By Phil Rockstroh

Humankind, being an inherently tool-making species, has always been in a relationship with technology. Our tools, weapons, machines, and appliances are crucial to forging...

The Next Great Recession? | Dissident Voice

by Willam I. Robinson / December 12th, 2017 The transnational capitalist class is pouring billions of dollars into the rapid digitalization of global capitalism as...

Still Waiting… A Harvey Weinstein Moment for America’s Wars? | By Andrew Bacevich

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The...

‘Too big to fail’ bank rules targeted, as Senate panel rolls back Dodd–Frank Act...

Banks and credit unions may soon be relieved of regulations added after the 2007-2008 financial crisis,...

Trump’s Leadership Style

Eric Zuesse Not much has been written about Donald Trump’s leadership-style, but his style of leadership is essential to understand, in order to be able...

British ‘hacker’ Lauri Love starts appeal against extradition — RT UK News

Published time: 29 Nov, 2017 11:38 Edited time: 30 Nov, 2017 09:17 Security expert Lauri...

How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich | By Sam Pizzigati

The Earth doesn’t quite shake when lawmakers in Washington, D.C. take one of their periodic votes on tax “reform.” But sometimes history does turn,...

Averting the Apocalypse: Lessons from Costa Rica | By Jason Hickel

Earlier this summer, a paper published in the journal Nature captured headlines with a rather bleak forecast. Our chances of keeping global warming below...

Scientists warn of too much ‘artificial light’ on Earth — RT US News

A new study conducted using satellite data shows that artificial lighting is growing brighter. The data...

Oxford graduate sues university for £1m over ‘inadequate’ teaching… 17 years later — RT...

Published time: 21 Nov, 2017 19:44 An Oxford graduate is suing his old university for...

Denying the Imperium of Death – Consortiumnews

The tens of thousands of American deaths from drug overdoses are a measure of the hopeless desperation left behind by...

Inequality Out of Control: The Average 1% Household Made Over $2.5 Million in the...

Inequality, like a malignant tumor, is growing out of control, and the only response from Congress is to make it even worse. Those at...

A Partisanship Of The Heart: Interior Measures Towards A Re-Visioning Of Capitalism’s Imperium Of...

According to a nationwide study conducted by the Center For Disease And Prevention (CDC) a greater number of US Americans died (approximately 65,000) from...

10 Foods That Can Wreck Your Mood

Church Ltd? Clergy must stop acting like CEOs ‘chasing growth targets’ — RT UK...

Published time: 14 Nov, 2017 19:15 The clergy should stop behaving like CEOs and resume...

Las Vegas shooter was in debt & depressed

The gunman who killed 58 people and injured over 500 at a Las Vegas concert last...

Media Make Excuses for Bush Sr.’s ‘Cop-a-Feel’ Assaults

A New York Times headline (10/27/17) desexualizes the complaints made against George H.W. Bush. In the flurry of career-ending sexual assault claims coming out of...

Will Hurricane Maria Wash Away all Illusions about the U.S. in Puerto Rico?

Francis Fox Piven and Richard Cloward identified and emphasized an important factor in understanding the larger political and economic forces that create the conditions...

Mises’s True Heir – LewRockwell

Legalize cannabis now or face mental health crisis, warns drug think-tank — RT UK

Britain should legalize cannabis to prevent a mental health crisis, a leading drugs think-tank has...

Democrats Used to Be the Party of Slavery: Doug Schoen Pushes the Case for...

Doug Schoen, a former consultant to Bill Clinton, argued the case that the Democrats should keep their ties to Wall Street in a NYT...

How To Heal Your Leaky Gut

By Dr. David Brownstein Dr. Brownstein's Holistic Medicine October 18, 2017 I am pleased to...

The Search for a New Form of Birth Control, This Time for Men

Researchers are testing a male contraceptive gel that’s shown early signs of working—but it still faces hurdles A federal effort is under way...

The Happiness Diet – LewRockwell

‘Uncomfortable’ language gets To Kill a Mockingbird pulled from Mississippi schools — RT America

The classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird has been removed from the curriculum in a Mississippi...

Effects of childhood bullying disappear as kids grow up, study reveals — RT UK

Published time: 12 Oct, 2017 13:33 Edited time: 13 Oct, 2017 08:37 Ground-breaking research into...

Studies Show Republicans Don’t Understand What Produces Wealth in America

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Pew poll published on May 2nd was headlined "Why people are rich and poor: Republicans and Democrats have...

Citadels of Paranoia; Panoramas of Despair: An Occupation of Phantoms

The bad news is, we have been deluged with bad, even mortifying, news, and for such an extended period of time, the mind reels...

Citadels of Paranoia: An Occupation by Phantoms

The frantic fear-mongering of American culture – Russians, North Koreans, Iranians, the Others are out to get us – has...

Hurricane Nate disrupts 90% of Gulf of Mexico oil production

Published time: 9 Oct, 2017 20:49 More than 90 percent of crude oil production as well...

The Forgotten Man

The Forgotten Man

‘Recovery Efforts Have Continually Favored the Monied Classes’

Janine Jackson interviewed Ed Morales about Puerto Rico’s crises for the September 29, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Mass Shooting Problem

Trump Is in Your Head: Women and The Donald in Everyday Life

Back in 1992, a certain New York real estate mogul told a reporter from New York magazine that you have to treat women "like shit." That was a...

‘Let me die’: Terminally-ill man’s plea for right to die in hands of High...

Noel Conway, who is terminally ill with motor neurone disease, is fighting for the right...

‘Without Investment, People of Color Never Will Be Able to Catch Up’

Janine Jackson interviewed Dedrick Asante-Muhammad about the racial wealth gap for the September 22, 2017 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Killing of History

   The lone survivor of an all-women anti-aircraft battery near Hanoi. Most were teenagers. (Photo: John Pilger 1975) One of the most hyped “events” of...

Korea? It’s Always Really Been About China!

Photo by Joe Hunt | CC BY 2.0 How many citizens have ever asked themselves what the United States is doing in Korea in the...

The Killing of History

Photo by FDR Presidential Library & Museum | CC BY 2.0 One of the most hyped “events” of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on...

The Killing of History

Photo by FDR Presidential Library & Museum | CC BY 2.0 One of the most hyped “events” of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on...

The Killing of History

PBS’ “The Vietnam War” may show some of the conflict’s horrors but still soft-pedals the horrific war crimes that America...

‘Tranny bashing’: Woman granted ‘humanitarian’ residency in New Zealand after years of abuse in...

Published time: 21 Sep, 2017 11:29 A transgender woman has been granted residency in New...

The Google Apocalypse Looms

Anti-Nuclear Groups Redouble Efforts to Prevent Unimaginable Human Catastrophe

Nuclear resisters demonstrate in March 2017 at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, the home port of the Trident nuclear ballistic missile submarine fleet. (Credit: Fumi...

There Is No Normality… Only Different Shades And Depths Of Existence And Experience

by Paul Tristram / September 17th, 2017 It all boils down to character and personality,coloured and flavoured by lessons learnt or ignored,along Life’s strange, crooked...

Maybe You’re Not Just Tired

Boys, girls &… RT investigates gender dilemma dividing schools, parents & kids in Britain

As schools introduce gender-neutral toilets and uniforms, parents sue over a boy in a skirt...

‘Don’t visit crime victims, email them,’ police chief says

Published time: 11 Sep, 2017 11:15 Victims of minor crime should no longer expect the...

Five of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the US (PHOTOS)

The deadliest hurricane ever to strike the US hit back in 1900. Since then, however, the...

Sing Me Back Home: RIP Don Williams

The great, tender, plain-spoken, big-hearted Don Williams, "gentle giant" of a Zen country music of grace and soul, has died at 78. Yeah, we...

Capitalism, the State and the Drowning of America

Photograph Nathaniel St. Clair As Hurricane Harvey lashed Texas, Naomi Klein wasted no time in diagnosing the “real root causes” behind the disaster, indicting “climate...

Police threaten to arrest minors and evict their parents in crime crackdown

Anti-social behavior blighting areas of Manchester has prompted police to take tougher action on whole...

Rape gang victim sleeps next to knife and is losing hair after ordeal

Newcastle grooming gang victims have relived the horrendous ordeals they were subjected to as teenagers...

Harvey makes 3rd landfall, strikes Louisiana coast for 1st time (PHOTO, VIDEOS)

Published time: 30 Aug, 2017 10:15 Edited time: 31 Aug, 2017 08:28 Tropical Storm Harvey has...
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Video: Should Texas Residents Know the Chemicals They’re Breathing After the Arkema Plant Explosion?

https://democracynow.org - Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded from a Category 4 hurricane to a tropical depression as it moves over Louisiana and into ... Via...

The Disease That Will Destroy America

As a Humanities professor I have had the opportunity to teach psychology and social psychology for more than 20 years. Occasionally the knowledge obtained...

Trump's New Venezuela Sanctions Will Do More Harm Than Good

The Trump administration announced new, unprecedented sanctions against Venezuela on Friday that are designed to cut off financing to Venezuela. The Trump team pretends...

The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Agrochemical Oligopoly

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to...

The Scramble

by Paul Tristram / August 27th, 2017 She now refers to it as ‘The Scramble’Five long, hard years stuck and lodgedbetween Grief and Depression(They even...

MDMA could be used to treat PTSD in war veterans – study

Published time: 27 Aug, 2017 14:38 Edited time: 27 Aug, 2017 14:39 A drug associated with...

The ‘Human Side’ of War Criminals

War criminals and sociopaths often have a “human side” that can obscure how heinous their actions are, as in ex-President...

Statist Monetary Cranks

I have been writing refutations of monetary cranks for over half a century. I wrote my first essay on a monetary crank, Gertrude Coogan, in...

10yrs after financial crisis, another crash is ‘almost inevitable,’ economist Steve Keen tells RT

Ten years on from the start of the global financial crisis, one of only a...

Peter Van Buren Says: Sorry, No War in North Korea

I’m so sorry to disappoint so many people, but there is not going to be a war with North Korea. No, no, Trump is not...

Schoolgirl jailed for attacking love rival with acid hidden in viola case

A schoolgirl who left a love rival with horrifying injuries after attacking her with acid...

Woman sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for text messages urging boyfriend to kill...

A Massachusetts woman who texted her boyfriend with relentless insistence that he kill himself, is to...

The CIA Bamboozled the Public

There are the important questions which matter and should be asked of anyone who discusses “politics.” Unfortunately, most people are oblivious to seeking these...

To Protect Our Planet and Revitalize Our Economy, We Need a Climate Conservation Corps

Bob Dylan famously sang that “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”  We could update Dylan’s adage to say...

LBJ Launches Medicare: 'You Can't Treat Grandma This Way'

Watching the craziness in the Senate this week, as Mitch McConnell and the GOP’s zealots drove their clown car into a brick wall and...

The Silk Roads of Revolution

APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, by Peter Frankopan. When we last left Frankopan’s history of the Silk Roads...

5 suicides at Bristol University raise fears of student mental health crisis

Following the suicide of five students in one academic year at Bristol University, southwest England,...

Economic Collapse?

APPIP ERROR:nodata  that occurs every four generations as a time of great turmoil. Their Generational Theory is a framework which explains where we are, how...

"Voters Won’t Forget Who Took Away Their Care"

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate just voted to proceed on a death-dealing healthcare bill that will cost tens of thousands of women their lives...

Trump and the Christian Fascists

Donald Trump's ideological vacuum, the more he is isolated and attacked, is being filled by the Christian right. This Christianized fascism, with its network...

Hey Senator, Sick People Aren't Damaged Cars

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin speaks at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 3, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore) Wisconsin...

“Inclusive Capitalism,” Nancy Pelosi, and the Dying Planet

Photo by David Shankbone | CC BY 2.0 A recent Washington Post and ABC poll finds that just 37 percent of Americans think that the...

The Russia Investigation is Distracting Us from These Two Key Issues

by Sandra O'Hare The current administration is…newsworthy. New information about collusion with Russia during the campaign seems to come forward daily, and everyone is (understandably...

Something for Future Historians To Write About

Justin’s note: We won’t have another financial crisis “in our lifetimes.” It’s a crazy idea. After all, it feels like the U.S. is long overdue for...

Mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement too long – watchdog

Inmates with mental health issues are kept in solitary confinement longer than their peers in federal...

If the Yellowstone Supervolcano Explodes

Amid a growing ‘swarm’ of over earthquakes (now over 1000), and Montana’s largest quake ever, scientists are growing increasingly concerned that the so-called ‘super-volcano’ at the heart of...

‘Spiritual abuse’: Church of England votes to ban gay conversion therapy

Published time: 9 Jul, 2017 18:03 Conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change someone’s...

Masters of the Universe?

It broke cover late in 2008. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke eventually branded it “The Great Recession.” As the myth goes, Fed Chair Bernanke, Sec....

France’s Macron

Bravo Monsieur le president Macron!  You have gotten off to a most impressive start.  France’s five-year national depression – known as ‘morosité – has...

Troops Wrongly Prescribed Damaging Drugs Before Deployment due to Failures in IT System, Senior...

Troops preparing to deploy overseas are being wrongly prescribed damaging anti-malarial drugs due to failures in the Ministry of Defence’s medical IT...

IT failures mean British military still issues soldiers antimalarial ‘zombie drug’

Published time: 27 Jun, 2017 15:43 IT failures mean the anti-malarial drug Lariam, which is...

Study links high use of opioid painkillers to mental disorders

Published time: 26 Jun, 2017 22:15 A study has found that more than half of US...

Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Charred, lifeless and brutal, the hollowed out remains of Grenfell Tower in west London screams of the human agony inflicted when, on 14th June,...

Health care and the fight for socialism

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‘If You Work a Full-Time Job, You Shouldn’t Be Earning a Poverty Wage’

For the June 9, 2017, episode, CounterSpin reaired a piece originally broadcast on November 14, 2015, in which Janine Jackson interviewed Holly Sklar about...

Woman who sent texts urging boyfriend to commit suicide found guilty of manslaughter

A Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself...

A 21st-Century Marxism: The Revolutionary Possibilities of the “New Economy”

It should hardly be controversial anymore to say we’re embarking on the “end times” of…something. Maybe it’s corporate capitalism, maybe it’s civilization, maybe it’s...

What’s Going on in New York?

Is it me or is New York undergoing a slow but deepening economic crisis, one defined by stagnation rather than depression?  More troubling, is...

The ‘Why’ Behind Bad Grades

The end of the school year has a tendency to bring crises to my attention. I’m a graduate teaching assistant, which means I have more...

Killing the Public Editor, NYT Deals Another Blow to the Public’s Trust

The New York Times (5/31/17) announces the end of the public editor era. The compact a free press has with the public is based on...

Oligarchs Succeed! Only the People Suffer!

On a scale not seen since the ‘great’ world depression of the 1930’s, the US political system is experiencing sharp political attacks, divisions and...

Don’t Believe the Lies About Salt

By Dr. Mercola Do you believe high amounts of salt provoke thirst and contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease? If so, you’re likely...

Kushner Role in White House Suddenly Unclear; may ‘Return to Private Life’

Kushner Role in White House Suddenly Unclear; may ‘Return to Private Life’Red Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers In the first segment of Friday night's "Trump...

Want to Get “Back to the Land?” You’re Not Alone

Over the past century, generations of young people have turned their backs on city life to embrace small-scale farming and back-to-the-land ideals. The exact...

Another Ron Paul Victory

Phoenix, AZ — The latest massive price increases in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have boosted the credibility of investors who criticize the fiat...

On Kalief Browder Way: This Happens Every Day

  From surveillance video of Kalief being assaulted in Rikers Thursday, on what would have been his 24th birthday, an intersection in the Bronx was renamed...

CDC: Alzheimer’s disease deaths spike 55% over 15 years

Federal researchers have found the death rate for those with Alzheimer’s disease rose significantly since 1999,...

Curcumin

By Dr. Mercola Curcumin, the active ingredient in the Indian spice turmeric, is a polyphenol with over 160 potentially therapeutic activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and...

Freed 28 Years Early, Chelsea Manning Can Finally Go Home

Chelsea Manning was the first of her kind, bringing a new type of whistleblowing to the public eye. In 2010, Manning leaked an impressive...

Firing of Cop Who Didn’t Shoot First and Ask Questions Later Reveals Failings of...

“I am not going to shoot you, brother.”  In what world do those words being said by a police officer result in that officer...

Grotesque Inequality and Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are at unprecedented levels worldwide and the numbers are growing. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes it as an epidemic, and...

'Worst Bill for Women' Could Get Worse as 13 Men Tackle Trumpcare in Senate

With House Republicans having voted to pass the "astonishingly evil" American Healthcare Act (AHCA), the Senate GOP has assembled a group to craft that...

The Economics of the Future

At first glance Steve Keen’s new book Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? seems too small-sized at 147 pages. But like a well-made atom-bomb,...

Supreme Court refuses challenge to California ban on 'gay conversion' therapy

The US Supreme Court will not hear a minister's challenge to a California law that bans...

British police & schools issue warning over 'Blue Whale' social media ‘suicide game’

A number of local police forces and schools have issued warnings to parents over a...

Medical marijuana program ‘could save US taxpayer $1bn’ – study

Published time: 24 Apr, 2017 06:23 A new study claims that medical marijuana use directly correlates with...

Peter Van Buren: Sorry, No War in North Korea

I’m so sorry to disappoint so many people, but there is not going to be a war with North Korea. No, no, Trump is not...

Facing Up to Our Shadow Side With Compassion

In 1995 my mother went into full blown psychosis as a result of a drastic change in the medication she was taking for schizo-affective disorder....

Make Liberals Squeal and Fume

By Scott Kauzlarich April 19, 2017 I have a master’s degree in U.S. History and I have taught History and Government for the past six years...

Iraq vet sues Army in class-action suit over PTSD-related discharges

A decorated veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the Iraq war has filed a class-action...

Love, Western Nihilism and Revolutionary Optimism

How dreadfully depressing life has become in almost all of the Western cities! How awful and sad. It is not that these cities are not...

Hacking suspect Laurie Love willing to work with US to find intel ‘vulnerabilities’

Published time: 31 Mar, 2017 10:16 Laurie Love, a British-born cybersecurity expert and political activist who...

The Safe, Reliable .357 Magnum Round

Well, ReadyNutrition firearms enthusiasts, we are following up our .45 ACP article with another piece on a superb cartridge…the .357 magnum round.  Invented by...

Don’t fear robot takeover, says AI pioneer

Humans have nothing to fear from artificial intelligence (AI), a pioneer in the field says, who believes concerns about an apocalyptic world run by...

Beryl Hood: 29 November 1938–21 March 2017

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Boris and Natasha Visit Fantasy Island

During the Great Depression Wall Street was reined in and culpable bankers were sent to prison because its business practices had laid waste to...

Does Your T-Level Need a Boost, Guys?

By Dr. Mercola Testosterone plays many important roles in men’s health. Besides affecting your sex drive, it also helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, red...

The Ebbs and Flows of History

In Part One of this article, I exposed the establishment narrative of a strong economy as rubbish by providing hard data regarding imploding gasoline...

George W. Bush Now on Right Side of Press Corps’s Nostalgia Machine

The Guardian welcomes the return of George Bush at a time when Republicans are “trading principles for power.” “A welcome return.” That’s how the Guardian (2/27/17),...

Most US-based ‘extremists’ radicalized after living in US – DHS report

A leaked Department of Homeland report shows that more than half of 88 foreign-born ‘violent extremists’...

How the 1921 Crash Cured Itself

James Grant’s The Forgotten Depression (2014) is a splendid account of an important period in U.S. economic history — the sharp but brief “depression”...

Tory aide defends welfare cuts for ‘less disabled’ people

A key aide to UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been branded “insulting” and “nasty”...

Fiction and the Fed

Even the most innocent novel can give its reader a fresh perspective on the economy during the author’s time. Economic writings and economic conditions...

London woman who enslaved brother’s online date jailed

A woman who used her brother’s match.com date as a “slave” – feeding her only...

Heroin overdoses spike in Louisville, Kentucky

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Overprescription nation: Seniors taking multiple psychotropic drugs doubles over a decade

The number of retirement-age Americans being prescribed multiple psychiatric drugs without a recorded mental health diagnosis...

Los Angeles agrees to $1.5mn payout with family of unarmed police shooting victim

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a $1.5 million settlement with the family of Ezell...

Revolution Beyond Blue Bubbles

“We are witnessing,” the engaging Black Lives Matter founder/hash-tagger Patrisse Cullors told a full theater audience of predominantly white University of Iowa students in...

The West is finished, but why?

Despite certain economic and social setbacks, the Western Empire is doing remarkably well. That is, if we measure success by the ability to control...

The Brain Enhancer

By Michael Ravensthorpe Spiritfoods February 8, 2017 Many people know about colloidal silver and its proven germicidal and antibacterial properties. Colloidal gold, on the other hand,...

Narrative Control Madness

Feb 6, 2017 By Mundilfury When world events spiral out of control, it’s tempting to log into your normie social media...

Steve Bannon Loves the 4th Turning

Steve Bannon became obsessed with a dark theory of history predicting the rebirth of America’s institutions every 80 years – and became convinced the...

Will the Euro Collapse This Year?

2017 could be the year that the euro collapses according to Joseph Stiglitz writing in Fortune magazine and these concerns were echoed over the weekend by...

Side-By-Side: Obama's 2008 Speech on Race vs. Trump's 2017 Black History Month Remarks

We the people, in order to form a more perfect union... Two hundred and twenty-one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the...

Majority of Holocaust survivors in US live in poverty, charity says

Seventy years since the end of the Holocaust, 60 percent of the survivors living in the...

Dawn of the Resistance

As someone once said, a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth puts its boots on. In the 2016 presidential election,...

‘Sex hormone’ boosts arousal & romantic love, UK scientists discover

Scientists are trialing a hormone linked to feelings of sexiness and romance as a potential...

The Zionist Record on Refugees

Historically, Zionists have put the interests of Israel over the humanitarian plight of refugees, even in the face of Nazi...

1930s vs. Today

You’ve heard the axiom “History repeats itself.” It does, but never in exactly the same way. To apply the lessons of the past, we...

King’s Dream Still Isn’t Reality

Not long ago, I saw a comment on an online article about the rise in protests for black civil rights. “We gave you a...

Marijuana effective in treating pain & other ailments but some science still lacking –...

Marijuana is effective in treating some illnesses, but there's not enough science to determine its efficacy for others, a new report has found. The...

Do You Work With a Psychopath?

Leaders with psychopathic traits could transform you into an office bully By Abigail BeallDaily Mail January 9, 2017 Your relationship with your boss could be changing your...

Americans Can't Afford to Lose Richard Cordray or the CFPB

At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, an estimated one out of every 54 homeowners lost their homes. Workers and seniors lost...

Capitalism Is the Problem

Employees assemble synthesizers at Moog Music's production facility in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, June 9, 2015. Moog's new employee-ownership arrangement is more than just...

Fort Lauderdale attacker ‘lost his mind in Iraq,’ say family

Family members of the Fort Lauderdale airport attacker Esteban Santiago-Ruiz have said that he suffered severe...

Transgender man sues Catholic hospital for canceling 'medically necessary' hysterectomy

A transgender man is suing a Catholic hospital in New Jersey for canceling his hysterectomy surgery...

Economist admits BoE’s Brexit financial collapse warnings were ‘a misjudgement’

Economists failed to predict the 2008 financial crash and completely misjudged Brexit’s impact, the executive...

Vermont Residents Don’t Want To ‘Foot The Bill’ For Syrian Refugees

Some small-town residents of Rutland, Vt., are upset at their mayor’s decision to resettle 100 Syrian refugees throughout 2017 in the area....

Washington Post Wants Endless Wars of Aggression

(RINF) - In a New Year’s day editorial, WaPo discussed the “unsupportable” and “dangerous” Trump presidency - seditious sounding language. He “pose(s) (a) threat to...

In 2017, Fusing Identity and Class Politics in “Trumpland”

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0 Like millions of other Americans, I was shocked, but perhaps not entirely surprised, by Donald Trump’s victory...

Cannabis medicine will soon be legally available in UK

One of the main ingredients in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), is to be classed as a medicine in the UK. The decision by the Medicines...

Survive a Hangover

In normal times or times of trouble, New Year’s Eve is a time where many break out the Smoky Mountain Moonshine and end up regretting it the next...

Losing Faith in Their Own Alchemy

Mervyn King is the British Ben Bernanke. An eminent academic economist, who now teaches both at New York University and the London School of...

Editing Human Genome to Prevent Diseases Could Result in Less Geniuses

Dec 27, 2016 By Reinhard Wolff | redice.tv New technology which allows medics to ensure children do not inherit diseases could...

Your Personal Finances and Freedom

So, Trump has won the election. Of course, anything can happen between now and his presumed inauguration on January 20. The Swamp Creatures tried...

Godfather of the New Deal

Herbert Hoover was worth $4 million in 1914 as a mining engineer and mine owner. This was before World War I, when the dollar...

An Unexpected Lesson from Pearl Harbor

The recent 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor reminded me of the visit I made ten years ago and something curious that...

The American Election: White Women as Decoys

 American punditry and the public intellectual industry, which includes columnists, commentators, are monopolized by White males, whether they be of the Right, Left or...

How Did the World Get Addicted to Sugar?

By Dr. Mercola Few would argue that excess refined sugar is pernicious to our health. However, hardly anyone is aware of the manipulation and deceit...

Do You Get Brain Fog?

Brain fog isn’t a medically recognized condition but it is characterized by the feeling of confusion, forgetfulness, lack of focus, and poor mental clarity....

Post-Brexit plunge in immigration won’t push up wages – report

Despite claims made by Leave campaigners, a new report says Brexit will have a minimal impact on wages in Britain, with plummeting migration numbers...

Dozens of Rights Groups Ask Obama to ‘End Cycle of Cruelty,’ Free Chelsea Manning

With just weeks left in his presidency, the call for U.S. President Barack Obama to grant clemency to U.S. military whistleblower Chelsea Manning continues...

Buy A House For 2.6 Ounces Of Gold

Few people realize the coming bargains in all asset markets within the next five years or so. Stocks, bonds, and property will be fractions...

The Case for Free Trade

The Free Market 1, no. 1 (Fall 1983) In 1981 the Federal Register published a declaration from President Reagan: “I determine that it is in...

You Can Inadvertently Make things Worse

Many ardent dietary supplement users are aware there is a widespread deficiency of magnesium in the American diet.  Upon learning this they often visit...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Is Dangerous

By Dr. Mercola Pregnant women were recently given new information in regard to optimizing their child’s health: Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B12. A recent...

Our Gandalf the Grey

“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people. The establishment has...

Trump’s Awesome Opportunity

Come January, President-elect Donald Trump — the self-described “king of builders” — will be faced with a unique re-modeling opportunity that’s nearly exclusive to...

After Trump: What the Resistance Must Look Like

If we are to keep the enormity of the forces aligned against us from establishing a false hierarchy of oppression, we must school ourselves...

The Real and Wannabee Elite

Recently I made a few comments about the world’s self-identified “elite”, and also about the migrants that are plaguing Europe. Happily, I was able to...

British hacker Lauri Love will be extradited to face US charges, home secretary confirms

British citizen Lauri Love will be sent to the US for prosecution over hacking allegations...

From Senegal to Brazil: British man attempts record breaking swim across Atlantic Ocean

A 38-year-old former military policeman has set off on an epic journey across the Atlantic...