Sleep Disorders

Caffeine Withdrawal...A Mental Disorder?!?

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently released their latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). I have issues with several of the classifications in this manual; however, one this go-around is particularly irksome. They are now calling caffeine…

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How to Get Better Sleep...Tonight

…exist. The Very Real Dangers of Sleeping Pills According to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six adults with a diagnosed sleep disorder and one in eight adults who simply have trouble sleeping use prescription sleep aids. This is just one of the key…

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To Avoid Diabetes, Get More Zzzz’s

…more sleep could improve the condition. In fact, just one additional hour of sleep above six hours a night was shown to lower insulin resistance by nine percent. But teens aren’t the only ones at risk, sleepless adults are too. Dr. Mark Mahowald ofthe Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center…

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Snoring: Mere Nuisance or Real Health Problem?

…out since obesity is a primary cause of sleep apnea as well. Erectile problems, immune dysfunction, memory loss and concentration difficulties…the list of problems associated with sleep apnea goes on and on. Sleep Apnea: A Common Sleep Disorder At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, if patients…

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The Causes of Chronic Cough

…seem to shake? Whether it’s racking spasms that leave you red in the face and gasping for air, an irritating distraction that interferes with sleep or other activities, or just an annoying tickle in the throat that has to be “scratched,” chronic cough significantly impairs quality…

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Treatments for Depression

…anti-epileptic medication that has been around since the 1930s, was an effective therapy for treating depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. I was astonished. Like all physicians, I thought Dilantin was used only to control seizures. However, if you understand how this drug works,…

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Natural Treatments for COPD

Nearly 13 million Americans suffer with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an umbrella term for respiratory disorders that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD not only impairs quality of life, it is our third-leading cause of death. Although there is no known cure for this…

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Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia

…treatment for fibromyalgia. * Recommend melatonin for addressing poor sleep and pain. Many patients with fibromyalgia have sleep issues, and for them I recommend 1–3 mg of supplemental melatonin at bedtime. Known as the “sleep hormone,” melatonin has also been shown to reduce pain…

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Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

…and tissue damage. Drugs Are Not the Answer to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Conventional medicine offers few therapies for patients with autoimmune disorders aside from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, interferon, immunosuppressents and other heavy-duty medications. But these…

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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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Reap the Benefits of Glutathione

…we use it at Whitaker Wellness, along with selenium and silymarin, to treat hepatitis and other liver diseases. Research suggests that the “sleep hormone” melatonin boosts glutathione status too, by stimulating production of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. The suggested…

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ADHD Treatments That Really Work

…Other Natural Treatments for ADHD If you or a loved one suffers with ADHD, you should also rule out the following risk factors. Sleep apnea and other sleep disturbances can make anyone unfocused and inattentive. A diet rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates may lead to reactive hypoglycemia,…

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Heal Your Body With Thermotherapy

…of Medicine, and the list of conditions treated is diverse. That’s not surprising since people have been using heat to heal diseases and disorders for millennia. Hippocrates prescribed water and steam baths for pain and skin conditions, Native Americans sat in sweat lodges for rheumatism and…

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Acupuncture Benefits: The List Goes On and On

…symptoms, reduce anxiety and stress, and stamp out sleep problems. In addition to the conditions listed above, acupuncture benefits many other health concerns, including addiction control, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, hypertension, infertility, joint…

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Is Juice Healthy?

…found that people with occasional insomnia who drank tart cherry juice actually slept better, likely because cherries are a natural source of the sleep hormone melatonin. Beneficial Juices: Cranberry for UTIs Everybody knows that cranberry juice can prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTIs),…

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5 Signs of Hidden Health Problems

…problems and other conditions. Burning mouth syndrome may also be caused by neuropathy (nerve damage), allergies, insulin resistance, or thyroid disorders, so if symptoms persist, see your doctor. * Diagonal creases in earlobes can signal increased risk of heart disease, according to a few studies.…

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