At the end of life, in your 80’s, it’s not money, fame, or cholesterol that determines your health and happiness, it’s the quality of your relationships.
— Robert Waldinger · Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, Zen priest Robert Waldinger is the Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history.
The scientific report from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, for example, concluded that a plant-based diet is best for human health and the environment alike. More than 75% of your meal should comprise vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and protein sources should include beans, peas, nuts, seeds and soy.
— By P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS. Dr. Newby is a nutrition scientist and gastronome whose multidisciplinary training spans the biological, social, and public health sciences. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Harvard, where she is an award-winning educator. Her mission is to help people live their healthiest, most delicious lives.
It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine
— Dr. Marcia Angell
The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.
— Arnold Seymour Relman (1923 -2014), former Harvard professor of Medicine and Editor-in-Chief, New England Medical Journal
There is no such things as a spontaneous anxiety or endogenous depression. If a patient is anxious, there is something to be scared of. If a patient is depressed, there is something to be depressed about. If it is not in consciousness, then it is unconscious. If it is not in the present, then it is in the past and something in the present symbolizes it
— Bert Karon, Ph.D.
The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. . . . flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.
— Dr. Richard Horton, present Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, a United Kingdom-based medical journal
Psychiatry is a profoundly political enterprise. The way we understand the problems we now refer to as “mental disorders” is strongly influenced by the social and political requirements to neutralize distress and manage disturbing behavior
— Joanna Moncrieff, M.D., British Psychiatrist
Psychiatric drugs don’t correct biochemical imbalances - they cause them; the fact that a drug sometimes makes us feel better does not mean that it’s correcting a biochemical imbalance
— Peter Breggin, M.D., Medication Madness
Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales
— Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate
SSRIs have no obvious place in the treatment of depression. I can think of no good reason to prescribe them at all.
— Joanna Moncrieff, M.D., The Myth of the Chemical Cure
We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit
— Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher
The scientific approach, humanly speaking, is an ability to be objective, that is to say, to have the humility to see the world as it is, or other people, other things, and ourselves, and not to distort the reality by our wishes and our feelings: to have faith in the power of our thought for recognizing the truth, the reality, but to be willing all the time to change the results of our thinking by new data that we find, and by being honest and objective in not avoiding data that we might find in order to avoid changing our own picture
— Erich Fromm (1900 – 1980), German Social Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Sociologist, Humanistic Philosopher, The Pathology of Normalcy
. . . the real cause of suffering is not being able to tolerate uncertainty - and thinking that it’s perfectly sane, perfectly normal, to deny the fundamental groundlessness of being human
— Pema Chodron, American Tibetan Buddhist, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change
Psychology without spirituality is arid and ultimately meaningless. Spirituality without grounding in psychological work leads to vanity and illusions
— Don Riso & Russ Hudson
Enjoy the present moment, it is all that’s real, all else is vanity, chasing the wind
— Qohelet/Ecclesiastes
It is necessary for every individual to give an answer to the question of his existence . . . the human situation is characterized by profound dichotomies and contradictions ... confronted with these contradictions in our existence, we have to make some sense of our life
— Erich Fromm, The Pathology of Normalcy