by Rivka Levi
Ever since Einstein stated his famous equation of: E=mc2, quantum physics has been piecing together a picture of physical reality where energy – i.e. God – is really all there is.
Of course, that’s often not how it looks, or how it feels, but over the past few decades, quantum physics has been proving that the human body is just energy that’s vibrating at a slower frequency than light – and that has huge implications for how we should be relating to our healthcare.
To put it in a nutshell, human health is not just a matter of biology and chemical equations: it’s also profoundly affected by our emotions, thoughts and beliefs, and by our spiritual development, or soul. To pull these ideas down into practical terms, by the time a problem shows up as a physical health issue, that’s already the last stage of the process.
The problem first manifests at the spiritual level; when it isn’t dealt with or acknowledged, it then starts disrupting things at the mental and emotional level; and only then it moves into the physical realm.
The more we fix the problems at the spiritual and emotional / mental levels, the less we’ll have to deal with physical illnesses. That’s the holistic health view. That’s the authentic Jewish view. But it’s definitely not the conventional medicine view – and nowhere is this clash more obvious than in the realm of psychiatric medicine.
Until the 1980s, there was a broad understanding that mental health problems were rooted in a person’s reaction to negative experiences and traumas they’d experienced in childhood – usually at the hands of their primary caregivers. When children were raised in loving, uncritical, caring and accepting environments, they thrived. When they didn’t – they were far more likely to develop a mental illness as an adult.
Then the drug companies came along with their ‘chemical imbalance’ theory of mental illness that reduced the whole equation back down to biology, and the Prozac revolution took off.
Emotional self-development went out the window; any spiritual perspective on suffering being a prompt for growth and change evaporated. Lofty ideas that people could overcome their adversity, and could recover from their mental illnesses over time vanished – all replaced by a completely God-less view of the world that reduced all human health to a chemical equation.
Today, modern psychiatry is so anti-spirituality, so anti-God and so anti-soul that admitting that you regularly talk to God could get you slapped with a diagnoses for some sort of schizoaffective disorder. I know of one case where a person was put on anti-psychotics (by an apparently ‘frum’ Jewish psychiatrist) for admitting they had ‘delusions’ that Moshiach was coming, which is one of the fundamental tenets of Jewish faith enshrined in the Rambam’s 13 principles of faith.
All this wouldn’t matter so much if the psychiatrists were right, but they aren’t. 30 years down the road, there’s still not one shred of evidence to prove the ‘chemical imbalance’ theory of mental illness is correct. Back in 2003, 6 self-proclaimed ‘survivors’ of psychiatric drugs went on a hunger strike in an attempt to force the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to come up with solid proof that the ‘chemical imbalance’ they’d been touting for years as the cornerstone of their approach was actually a fact. The APA never responded.
And maybe, all that wouldn’t even matter so much if the drugs were actually helping more than they harm – but that also isn’t the case. In his book ‘Anatomy of an epidemic’, investigative journalist Rob Whitaker proved conclusively that the drugs work over the short-term to blunt the worst symptoms of mental illness, but that over the long-term they stop working; they cause a huge number of additional mental and physical health problems; and they also chop 15-20 years off the consumer’s average life expectancy.
In the early 1800s, the famous Chassidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, said the following: “[D]octors’ remedies are more harmful than the blow of a murderer” – and his words continue to ring true even today.
Just ask the people who developed tardive dyskinesia, or other forms of permanent brain damage, as a result of their meds; or the people who piled on the pounds, suffered liver failure, or whose kidneys packed up, unable to keep processing all the chemical compounds they were taking; or the people who found themselves cycling in and out of mental institutions as the latest cocktail of ‘miracle’ drugs they’d been put on by their psychiatrist only served to heighten their mental health problems.
There are many gentle, effective, and safer ways to resolving mental health issues, including scientifically-proven approaches to tackling illnesses at the spiritual and emotional levels that often demonstrate truly miraculous outcomes. But before more people can access them, doctors and psychiatrists need: to stop trying to play God; to admit their limitations; and to include God and the spiritual dimension much more in their healthcare paradigm.