To All Those Natural Health Advocates Out There, I Would Like To Encourage Your Enthusiasm With Interesting Posts From Some Professional Advocates Including Functional And Integrative Medicine Experts. See Also: Optimal Health Principles ENJOY!
MOST TIMES, ANTI-DEPRESSENTS ARE NOT THE ANSWER, AND THEY ARE HARD TO COME OFF OF. PLUS THEY ALTERRRRRR THE WAY SEROTONIN IS SUPPOSED TO FUNCTION IN YOUR BRAIN. MD/GPs ARE INTO PRESCRIBING SSRIs (Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) LIKE CONFECTIONARY - LIKE THEY USED TO PRESCRIBE ANTIBIOTICS. WE ARE FAR BETTER OFF PRACTICING NATURAL METHODS. THEY ARE THE SAFE SOLUTIONS. READ THESE FROM A PROFESSIONAL and SEE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY THEM.
By Jennifer Gerlach LCSW - Psychology Today
Depression can alter how we see the world, ourselves, and others.
"Depressive realism" is the hypothesis that depression can enhance our perceptions (not true)
Yet evidence also suggests that depression can distort our perceptions in a negative direction.
By Dr James M. Greenblatt M.D - Psychology Today 2011
Low Cholesterol is Linked to Depression, Suicide, and Violence
Mark, a 43 year-old executive, saw his doctor for his annual physical. Reviewing his laboratory tests, the doctor noted that Mark's total cholesterol level was for the first time over 200mg/dL.
As a preventative measure the doctor prescribed a statin, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs. His cholesterol levels declined, but so did his mood. Mark was now struggling with anxiety and depression.
Over the years I've seen many patients like Mark, being treated by physicians with the mantra of "the lower the better" when it comes to cholesterol levels.…
By Dr Will Cole - Functional Medicine Expert/Consultant
Your body is a breathtaking symphony of intricate biochemical pathways working in harmony every second of your life. We often take for granted the many facets which make up our bodies and how these simple elements and chemical reactions compose our very being. One small component of our body’s composition is magnesium. Magnesium, along with calcium, potassium, chloride, and sodium are all electrolytes, needed for our brain, nerves, heart, eyes, immune system, and muscles to function.
We function best when magnesium in our body is at its optimal level.…
By Elson M. Haas MD – A Pioneer In Integrative Medicine
The former Soviet Union has been the most enthusiastic about pangamic acid, feeling that it is a very important nutrient with physiological actions that can treat a multitude of symptoms and diseases. Soviet scientists had shown that pangamic acid supplementation can reduce the buildup of lactic acid in athletes and thereby lessen muscle fatigue and increase endurance. It had been used regularly and commonly in the Soviet Union for many problems, including alcoholism and drug addiction; mental problems such as those of aging and senility, minimal brain damage in children, autism, and schizophrenia; heart disease and high blood pressure; diabetes; skin diseases; liver disease; and chemical poisonings.…
Sleep Appears To Help The Laying Down Of Memory Through New Brain Cell Connections
By Dr John Briffa MD – Integrated Medicine Advocate
A regular reader of this website (Chris) alerted me today to this BBC website report of a study which focused on the impact of sleep on memory. The study itself was conducted in mice . The animals were taught a new skill (walking along a rotating rod). Then their brains were examined overnight. During sleep, cells in the cortex of the brain (the outermost layer of the brain which governs, among other things, movement) sprouted new connections.…
Eating just one cup of leafy green vegetables every day could boost muscle function, according to new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research.
The study, published today in the Journal of Nutrition, found that people who consumed a nitrate-rich diet, predominantly from vegetables, had significantly better muscle function of their lower limbs.
Poor muscle function is linked to greater risk of falls and fractures and is considered a key indicator of general health and wellbeing.
Researchers examined data from 3,759 Australians taking part in Melbourne's Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute AusDiab study over a 12-year period.…
I LOVE ARTICLES LIKE THIS! IT'S AMAZING HOW MANY THINGS THAT ARE REALLY GOOD FOR US HAVE BEEN BADLY SPOKEN OF BY MEDICOS, GOVERNMENTS SOMETIMES AND GREEDY MANUFACTURERS WHO SELL PERSONAL PRODUCTS AND CHEAP NASTY SYNTHETIC FOOD PRODUCTS. I WAS BROUGHT UP NEAR THE BEACH AND IT IS GOOD TO HEAR THE SUNSHINE GETTING A GOOD WRAP.
By Carla Hernandez RDN, NTP
Most are well aware that sunlight exposure is a means to increasing vitamin D levels, yet at the same time we are told to avoid sun exposure especially at midday as it has been implicated in skin cancer, skin damage and premature aging.…
Have you ever woken up to bright morning skies feeling energized? A big reason for your mood is the high-intensity blue light coming from the sun. Among the visible light spectrum, blue wavelengths have the most powerful effect on your sleep-wake internal body clock.
Both natural and artificial blue light can boost your alertness and mental sharpness. But too much of it may keep you awake when your body needs to wind down.
Need help waking up in the morning? Open the blind or get outside to feel more alert.…