Calm-marita (aka the Healthy Margarita) Let’s start this with a confession: today I need a margarita. After a long weekend of dealing with website troubles and technology that I still don’t quite understand, I am ready for a drink. After three and a half years of blogging through Blogger, this year I made the decision to switch my website to WordPress. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a fabulous and knowledgeable professional to help me move everything, but there have still been some kinks to work out along the way.
The Mental (Illness) system and thoughts on alternatives: a collection “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti I can’t call the current system of care a “mental health system” when it’s so clearly one that generates, encourages and sustains mental illness. And so I’ve often referred to it as a mental illness system. Here I’m underscoring that as it’s important that we make big changes if we want to help not only the most vulnerable people in our society, but also society itself. Hypercupremia - High Copper Hypercupremia is a state of high copper within the body that alters our biochemistry in such a prominent way, increasing the likelihood of neurological/behavioural alterations and mental illness. It can be caused by congenital (copper transfer from mother to baby via placenta), genetic and environmental factors. Genetic alterations result in improper functioning of the metallothionein protein (copper binding protein), with an inabilty of the body to control copper metabolism. The genetically determined condition, Pyroluria, also results in high copper levels, as large quantities of zinc are depleted from the body. Furthermore, xeno-oestrogens, hormone therapy (oestrogen dominance), water supply, cigarette smoking, long term stress (adrenal insufficiency) and nutritional imbalance (Zinc deficiency) all contribute to high copper in the body. When copper enters the liver, hepatic pathways transform copper into ceruloplasmin (a serum protein).
Kanna: African Herb for Depression? Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) has been used in traditional South African medicine for centuries to help boost mood and reduce stress, anxiety and tension. I discussed its use for treating depression with Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women's health, and an expert on botanical medicine. She told me that kanna contains an alkaloid called mesembrine that may act as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (many commonly prescribed antidepressant medications inhibit the reuptake of serotonin). However, Dr. Low Dog notes that there has not been much research on kanna, and its safety has not been well-established. She says that if she were treating mild depression, she probably would opt for better-studied natural remedies, such as St.
Healing Autism & ADHD Zinc supplements are key in my son’s biomedical treatment regimen. Gastrointestinal disorders may cause zinc deficiency, often with loss of nutrients due to diarrhea. Malabsorption and maldigestion that goes along with digestive enzyme weakness, food allergies and intolerance can cause kids on the spectrum to have subnormal zinc blood levels. Giving Yourself Permission – a Key to Relieving Depression! 27th February 2016 By Nanice Ellis Guest writer for Wake Up World
All About Potassium Eating foods high in potassium will change your physical and mental energy in just hours. Low potassium leads to general weakness and malaise. Eat high potassium foods, every day. Research repeatedly confirms daily intake of foods containing potassium that provide a total daily intake of 4,000 mg or more protect from hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, metabolic syndrome, and stroke. A Mind of Your Own: Want One? by Kelly Brogan MD, March 2016 by Kelly Brogan, MD A silent tragedy in the history of modern health care is happening right now in America, but no one is talking about it. We have been told a story of depression: that it is caused by a chemical imbalance and cured by a chemical fix—a prescription. More than 30 million of us take antidepressants, including one in seven women (one in four women of reproductive age). Millions more are tempted to try them to end chronic, unyielding distress, irritability, and emotional “offness”—trapped by an exhausting inner agitation they can’t shake.
The Great Fish Oil Experiment The Great Fish Oil Experiment Reading medical journals and following the mass media, it's easy to get the idea that fish oil is something any sensible person should use. It's rare to see anything suggesting that it could be dangerous. During the recent years in which the U.S. government has gone from warning against the consumption of too much of these omega-3 oils ("to assure that the combined daily intake of two fatty acids that are components" "(i.e., eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)) would not exceed 3 grams per person per day (g/p/d)") to sponsoring biased industry claims, there has been considerable accumulation of information about the dangers of fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids. But there has been an even greater increase in the industry's promotional activities. The US government and the mass media selectively promote research that is favorable to the fish oil industry. "Houston-based Omega Protein Inc.'
Mood Food: How to fight depression naturally with nutrition Can you eat your way to a better state of mind? Making certain changes to your diet might help with depression. Want to listen instead of read? Download the audio recording here… Depression: Increasingly common, yet poorly understood. Pyroluria Questionare Home / Pyroluria Questionare Vitamin B6 is essential is over 50 enzymatic brain reactions. It also plays an important role in your nervous system’s balance. It is required to utilize protein for energy, and a deficiency can create ongoing anxiety and depression.
Mental health providers should prescribe exercise more often for depression, anxiety Exercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers, according to researchers who analyzed the results of numerous published studies. "Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health," says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "The more therapists who are trained in exercise therapy, the better off patients will be." Smits and Michael Otto, psychology professor at Boston University, based their finding on an analysis of dozens of population-based studies, clinical studies and meta-analytic reviews related to exercise and mental health, including the authors' meta-analysis of exercise interventions for mental health and studies on reducing anxiety sensitivity with exercise. The researchers' review demonstrated the efficacy of exercise programs in reducing depression and anxiety.
Pyrrole Disorder for Therapists Moody. That’s the word loved ones, friends, and co-workers usually use to describe the person in their life suffering from untreated pyrrole disorder. Everyone walks on eggshells whenever this person is around. Treating Anxiety Naturally By Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit Guest Writer for Wake Up World Everyone experiences anxiety every once in a while. Some people are plagued with anxiety and suffer daily from the symptoms that come along with it.