Depression

Treatments for Depression

…treatments for depression a try. Psychotherapy is the first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression in many countries, and talking to a friend, family member, or spiritual counselor may be an acceptable substitute. Exercise and sun exposure are proven therapies for depression, and dietary…

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3 Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants

…foundation of my protocol for treating depression and anxiety is a good daily multivitamin. To that, I recommend adding extra vitamin B12 (2,000 mcg) and vitamin D (2,000–5,000 IU),since deficiencies in these vitamins are associated with depression and anxiety; additional magnesium…

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7 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

…of Hypothyroidism * Fatigue, despite getting adequate sleep * Weight gain and an inability to lose weight * High cholesterol or triglycerides * Depression that won’t go away * Chronic constipation * Dry skin or thinning hair * Cold hands and feet If you complain to your conventional doctor…

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Routine Testing of Blood Sugar Levels is Not Necessary

…that self-monitoring of blood sugar levels did not improve glucose control but was associated with higher costs, lower quality of life, and more depression. I believe a much better test of your blood sugar level is the hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) test. Whereas a finger stick gives you a snapshot of your…

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Little-Known Health Benefits of Probiotics

…anxiety and depression. * Skin. The journal Gut Pathogens also published an article highlighting the links between intestinal bacteria, mood and acne. The authors note that there is an established connection between skin conditions and mood disorders (acne is associated with depression and anxiety),…

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Nutrient Spotlight: Benefits of B Vitamins

…well as high levels of homocysteine—are linked with mood disorders. Although B-complex vitamins are not a stand-alone treatment for depression, they’re an important adjunct. * Stave off allergies and asthma. A research team at Johns Hopkins discovered that individuals with the…

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Caffeine Withdrawal...A Mental Disorder?!?

…disease. * One study revealed that people who drank four or more cups of coffee per day had a 20 percent reduced risk of developing clinical depression. Diabetes Benefits of Coffee * Coffee is chock-full of polyphenols, antioxidants, fiber, and several other beneficial compounds. One important…

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ADHD Treatments That Really Work

…Wellness, we routinely use therapies that help normalize the brain’s electrical activity and are useful for treating ADHD along with depression, anxiety, addictions, memory impairment, and other neurological ailments. Treating ADHD With Dilantin Dilantin is a prescription drug commonly…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Dealing With Holiday Stress

Stress is synonymous with the holiday season. Crowded shops, stretched budgets, and houseguests take their toll, and depression, anxiety, and emotional eating are unfortunate yet common responses. Thankfully, Mother Nature has provided something to help us get through this demanding time of…

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B-Complex Vitamins Reduce Work-Related Stress

…harder than ever. Understandably, this means they’re being exposed to more stress and, as a result, are at increased risk of anxiety and depression. The good news is that taking B-complex vitamins can help. In a clinical trial, Australian researchers randomly divided employees into two groups.…

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Do You Have Low Thyroid Function?

…tests. Common Symptoms of Low Thyroid Function * Constipation * Dry skin * Hair loss * Slow heartbeat * Cold hands and feet * Slow wound healing * Depression * Memory disturbances * Difficulty concentrating Of even greater concern, hypothyroidism can contribute to an increased risk of heart attack,…

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Use Light Therapy for SAD

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs only in winter. Also referred to as the “winter blues,” SAD is accompanied by longer sleep, increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings, often with weight gain. It resolves in the spring or summer and then recurs as…

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Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia

…pain meds. Some doctors don’t think fibromyalgia is a real disease, and others believe it’s merely a physical reaction to stress, depression or anxiety, which explains why antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs are often prescribed. I certainly don’t have all the answers,…

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Ward Off Winter's Assaults With Vitamin D

…of vitamin D is in the optimal range. You may not realize what a toll the dark days of winter levy on our health. Cold and flu season arrives. Depression rates soar. Aches and pains, as well as autoimmune disorders, tend to flare up. Fracture incidence increases. Heart attack and death rates climb.…

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Fish Oil's Role in Managing Diabetes

Fish oil, which contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, is powerful medicine for disorders ranging from heart disease and depression to arthritis and autoimmune disorders. EPA is particularly beneficial for the cardiovascular system, as it discourages blood platelets from sticking together,…

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The Scary Truth About Halloween--and 5 Guilt-Free Treats

…reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, improves insulin sensitivity, and lowers the risk of diabetes and some types of cancer, and fights depression and Alzheimer’s disease. 5. Beer. If beer is on tap at your holiday celebrations, go ahead and enjoy a mug. Not only is it okay, it’s…

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Weight Loss and the Yo-Yo Phenomenon

…over the following weeks. At that point, many dieters become discouraged and throw in the towel. Unfortunately, because your metabolic rate stays depressed for up to two months (even after you start eating normally), when you do return to a normal caloric intake, your slower metabolic rate ensures…

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Do You Need Blood Sugar Testing Every Day?

…Journal found that regular self-monitoring of glucose levels was associated with lower quality of life, increased costs and higher rates of depression. What’s worse is that this obsessive blood-sugar testing did not result in better glycemic control. (For study details, see links above.)…

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The Benefits of Vitamin D Supplements

…benefits of Vitamin D supplements for nearly 10 years. This critical nutrient helps to protect against cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, dementia, falls and fractures, flu and more. Plus, taking adequate Vitamin D supplements can lower your risk for 17 different kinds of…

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Defy Aging With Resveratrol

…and lowers risk of diabetes and some types of cancer. People who drink wine, especially red wine, are less likely to be obese, suffer with depression, or get Alzheimer’s. And in addition to staying healthy, wine drinkers tend to live longer! One of the reasons red wine is so healthy is…

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Tips for Treating PMS Naturally

…Effective herbal treatments for PMS include chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus)—which reduced breast tenderness, irritability, depression, and headache in a British Medical Journal study—and St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), which has been shown to improve overall…

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Hope for Hepatitis C

…but are not limited to: flu-like symptoms, insomnia, thinning hair, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and psychiatric problems, i.e. anxiety, depression, and intense irritability. Ribavirin has serious side effects as well, including hemolytic anemia, which is marked by the destruction of red blood…

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6 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

…vitamin D, the worse the arthritis. * Testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels are a known risk factor for several conditions including depression, fatigue, weight gain, bone loss, metabolic syndrome, and reduced libido. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that higher levels…

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Treating Restless Leg Syndrome

…an hour, and see how you feel. It’s that simple. To learn more about this versatile medication, which is also effective for anxiety, depression, insomnia, tremors, and more, read Jack Dreyfus’ book The Story of a Remarkable Medicine (look for it online or call 800-810-6655 to order).…

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The Link Between Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia

…drugs causing memory loss and dementia aren’t the usual suspects. You’d rightly assume that medications aimed at cognitive function, depression, or anxiety might alter brain function. But most people wouldn’t think that over-the counter meds taken for hay fever or prescriptions for…

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Natural Treatments for Autism

…autism, epilepsy, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, migraines, impulsivity, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. The studies are impressive, but the enthusiastic reactions of our patients are even more striking. Treating Autism With Nutrition Many children…

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Preventing Asthma Attacks Naturally

…exacerbations and death; and leukotriene-modifying drugs (Singulair, Accolate, Zyflo) carry label warnings linking them with anxiety, aggression, depression, and suicide. That said, I am not suggesting you throw out your meds. Asthma is a serious condition that affects 26 million Americans,…

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Should You Have an Angiogram?

…medication and other interventions, then angiography may be warranted. Please note that in the above criteria, I did not mention the ST-segment depression, which is an irregularity on the EKG induced by the exercise stress test. Despite what some docs think, research shows that this indicator alone…

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How to Ward Off Cognitive Decline

…piracetam’s effects are subtle. Many people who take it report that it makes them more articulate and focused and less anxious and depressed. Unlike other nootropics, piracetam is well tolerated, non-addictive, and available without a prescription. I hope you’ll take this advice…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Stress Less, Stay Healthy

…increases circulation, reduces muscular tension, and just plain feels good. It’s impossible to experience genuine humor and feel angry, depressed, or anxious at the same time. The mere act of smiling also has benefits. You can actually change your mood by changing your body language. Smiling…

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10 Reasons to Incorporate Green Tea Into Your Daily Routine

…stressful situations. * Lift your mood. One study found that older individuals who drink two or more cups of green tea per day are less likely to be depressed. * Keep your memory sharp. Drinking green tea has been linked to a lower risk of age-related mental decline. * Protect your bones. Green tea…

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