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Video: Bruce E. Levine on “Generation RX”

A panel of psychiatrists and experts, including Chelsea Green author Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., discussed the overmedication of children and young people in America, and the almost knee-jerk reaction of many doctors to prescribe mind-altering psychotropics, on the TV program “Your Turn” on Tampa Bay’s Fox 13.

[M]y experience with kids who I’ve seen over the years, and I’ve been in private practice almost 25 years, almost every kid who has come in to see me has been on some kind of prior … psychiatric medication. We’re talking about Ritalin and Adderall—which is an amphetamine, by the way—and all kinds of even more powerful psychiatric medications … and almost always these kids that I see, it’s either been non-productive or, in many cases, counter-productive. And counter-productive not just in terms of physical adverse effects—counter-productive in the sense of kids losing respect for their parents [emphasis mine]. Why is that? Because a lot of these kids, at some level, know that there’s nothing essentially wrong with them, and that nobody’s trying to figure out why they’re behaving disruptively.

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Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

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Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

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Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..