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A study of 21,993 kids from two-parent homes shows that if dad is down, kids suffer, although not as much as if they have a depressed mother. The research, which was published in the December 2011 issue of Pediatrics, found that children had a 19 percent risk of...

Depression

What is Depression? Depression is characterized by feelings of low self-esteem, pessimism, and despair. Clinical depression is more than feeling depressed. The official definition of clinical depression is based on the following eight primary criteria: Poor appetite...

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Can Caffeine Worsen Depression And Anxiety?

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Is a Good Night’s Sleep the Best Prescription for Depression and Pain?

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Are Psilocybin Mushrooms a Game Changer for Severe Anxiety/Depression?

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Dealing with Depression: A Natural Perspective

Approximately 30 million Americans take antidepressant drugs. That is a mind-blowing statistic. The obvious question is: Why are so many people…

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Light Therapy is More Effective than Prozac in Major Depression

Introduction: Bright light therapy has a proven track record of success in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), commonly referred…

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Fish Oils Relieve Depression in College Students

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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Depression

Introduction: Depression is a major public health problem, especially in women. Recent statistics indicate that approximately 63% of American…

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Popular Drugs, Including Benadryl, Linked to Dementia Even at Low Dosage

Introduction: A new study out of the University of Washington provides the strong evidence that certain popular drugs may increase the risk for…

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Is a Good Night’s Sleep the Best Prescription for Depression and Pain?

Introduction: Depression and chronic pain are two common conditions that are also associated with poor sleep quality. While it is often thought…

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Can Caffeine Worsen Depression And Anxiety?

Caffeinated drinks—such as coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks—pep you up temporarily, but they may have a more insidious effect. They may…

Continue Reading

A Great Strategy for Weight Loss: Use a Smaller Plate

Introduction One of the key reasons why the average American eats more than 500 calories per day in 2013 than in 1970 is increased portion sizes.…

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Depression

What is Depression? Depression is characterized by feelings of low self-esteem, pessimism, and despair. Clinical depression is more than feeling…

Continue Reading

If Dad’s Depressed, Kids May Be Too

A study of 21,993 kids from two-parent homes shows that if dad is down, kids suffer, although not as much as if they have a depressed mother. The…

Continue Reading

PharmaGABA: Natural Support for Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major neurotransmitter that is abundantly and widely distributed throughout the central nervous system. Low…

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On the show I discussed the failure of conventional medicine to address the underlying issues in many health conditions offering little more than drugs as biochemical “band aids.”

December is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

In seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is associated with winter depression Typically, these individuals not only feel depressed they also feel tried, slow down, and generally oversleep, overeat, and crave carbohydrates in the winter. In the summer, these same patients feel very good and maybe even are elated, active, and energetic.

Although many variables may be responsible for SAD, insufficient light exposure is the most logical explanation. Many mammals exhibit seasonal variations in activity level, sleep patterns, and appetite and are extremely sensitive to changes in day length. The antidepressant effects of full-spectrum light therapy have been demonstrated in well-monitored, controlled studies in SAD. The antidepressant effect of light therapy is probably due to the restoration of proper melatonin synthesis and secretion by the pineal gland, leading to reestablishment of the proper circadian rhythm. Full-spectrum white light (10,000 lux) is prescribed for at least 30 minutes every day in the morning. Or, better yet, use full-spectrum lighting throughout the indoor environment.

The key hormonal change caused by exposure to full spectrum lighting may be a reduced secretion of melatonin from the pineal gland and an increased secretion of cortisol by the adrenal glands. Melatonin supplementation is thought to improve SAD because it increases brain melatonin levels, but it may also suppress cortisol secretion.Take 3-5 mg 45 minutes before retiring.

Vitamin D is also an important consideration. Many experts recommend a dosage of 2,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, especially during the winter months.

 

For more information, please see the completely revised and updated 3rd edition of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Mind Your Ps and Qs

PQQ may be the perfect answer to preventing or reversing age-related mental decline.

kiwiPQQ (short for pyrroloquinoline quinone) is a vitamin-like compound found in plant foods that shows a wide range of benefits for brain function and energy production. Learn more about PQQ with the following Q&A.
What Exactly Does PQQ Do?

PQQ is an extremely potent antioxidant that is able to carry out the role of an antioxidant in the body more than 20,000 times—which is a rare thing. For example, other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are only able to accomplish this “cycling” process about four times.
Are There Any Food Sources of PQQ?

PQQ has been found in all plant foods analyzed to date. Particularly PPQ-rich foods include parsley, green peppers, kiwi, papaya, and tofu. These foods contain 2–3 mcg of PQQ per 100 grams. Green tea provides about the same amount per 4-oz. serving. While these amounts appear to be sufficient in helping our cells carry out their basic functions, research indicates that boosting PQQ through supplementation can produce some amazing effects.

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