Wow, what an article from The New Yorker that was! I didn't have time for an article that long, but I read it anyway. I even renewed my lapsing subscription after.
I have very deep confidence in evidence that shows our most common health conditions — heart disease, type II diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity — are simply about diet. The only diet that has shown complete remission and prevention of heart disease and type II diabetes is a whole foods, plant-based diet. I know...those sound like over-the-top claims but I think the data shows them to be true beyond a reasonable doubt.
However, the New Yorker article was about depression and psychiatric drugs. The studies I've seen seem to indicate that a whole plant foods diet combined with exercise is as effective as Prozac for depression. It makes intuitive sense that physical health would influence mental health.
One sentence that caught my attention in the New Yorker article:
Although leading medical journals asserted that barbiturate addiction was rare, within a few years it was evident that people withdrawing from barbiturates could become more anxious than they were before they began taking the drugs.
I wonder how much that may be true with some other medications people are on for high blood pressure, cholesterol, high blood sugar, etc. 🤔