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New Vitamin D Recommendations Are Misguided

…Cancer * Heart disease * Hypertension * Peripheral artery disease * Type 2 diabetes * Multiple sclerosis * Rheumatoid arthritis * Asthma * Depression * Dementia * Autism * Falls and fractures * And more Vitamin D Recommendations Too Low The USPSTF admitted that in the largest study they…

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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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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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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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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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