Tag Archives: Depression

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

The Guardian newspaper in England this week reported on a new book that is re-writing the narrative on depression.


Moving beyond the simple black and white thinking of mental illness as a neurotransmitter defect that can be corrected by … Read More

Eating Soil Is Good For You

A recent study published online in Neuroscience indicates that treatment with a common soil micro-bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, has the potential to alleviate depression in much the same way that Prozac does, by activating serotonin-releasing neurons in the brain. The implication is that simply by inhaling M. vaccae while digging in the garden or eating lettuce or carrots, could induce mental and physical health benefits.


This is a very common complaint although true clinical depression is much less common than is often supposed. Sadness, grief, moodiness etc are normal emotions in the human experience.