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New Study Suggests Audio Hypnosis Could Help With Deep Sleep

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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A new study suggests that listening to audio hypnosis just before bed may help some people reach a state of deep sleep and remain there for a longer period of time. The research, published in the journal Sleep, is the first to observe the connection between hypnosis and sleep through the measurement of brain wave activity.

Deep sleep, or slow-wave sleep, is the most restorative state of rest. When you enter into a deep sleep, your brain is able to process the day’s experiences and help you recover. As people begin to age, however, deep sleep is harder to obtain, and many older adults say they feel less rested or refreshed in the morning.

Take Charge of Your Health, One Appointment at a Time

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

beverlyhillsmagazine.com“Really, it’s not you. It’s me,” I said to my psychiatrist this morning at an appointment.

I felt as though I were telling a boyfriend that I needed space, that I had been having lunch with another guy and now I was confused about where to go or how to proceed or what I wanted.

Research Suggests Holistic Exercise Can Help Dementia Patients

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Do you know someone who suffers from dementia? Witnessing a loved one slowly lose their memory and reasoning skills can be a very painful experience.

Dementia is a persistent syndrome that tends to get worse over time — affecting memory, thinking, and behavior. It is distinct from Alzheimer’s in that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease, but general dementia can stem from a variety of unrelated brain illnesses.

Natural and holistic remedies are gaining in popularity as they continue to prove themselves capable of offering relief to sufferers of mental ailments. The knowledge that the body is a whole system (not just a group of unrelated parts) is growing in popularity, and people are noticing that when one part of the body becomes ill, it affects all the rest. And when the whole body is strong, the parts don’t break down as easily or as often.

10 Things I Do Every Day to Beat Depression

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

52kitchenadventures.comFrom the moment my eyes open in the morning until the second that I pull my sleep mask over my face as I go to sleep, I am engaged in battle: I must protect myself with armor against ongoing negative intrusive thoughts that flood into my brain, while sending my prefrontal cortex — the home of logical thought — the green light to make decisions and to take charge of my brain’s limbic system (the emotional hub). That is, before the amygdala (fear center) spazzes out.

Are Antidepressants Enough?

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Are Antidepressants Enough?Zinc, exercise, Vitamin D and potential stress busters top the list of new possibilities to supplement the widespread use of antidepressant medicines. The latest research is welcome because antidepressants only work about half the time, and they often come with unwanted side effects, such as low libido, weight gain, and in some cases (believe it or not) depression.

The Awkward Place between Conventional & Alternative Medicine

Monday, May 26th, 2014

natural-homeopathy-therapyI’m hanging out on some rough terrain between conventional and alternative medicine, not sure if dabbling in both simultaneously is allowed. I can feel the tension between them as real as I did between my parents during their hostile divorce when I was 11.

Are You Crazy?

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Are You Crazy?As a hypnopsychotherapist, I’m used to working with people who have been experiencing all manner of emotional and psychological difficulties. In fact, there must be very few such difficulties that I haven’t seen and worked with over the years.

Often people tell me that they have tried just about everything in their quest to find a solution to their problem, to put an end to the troubled way they have been feeling and functioning. Some believe that the difficulties they have been struggling with mean they are mentally ill or disordered.

The Alternative Road to Health and Wellness

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The Alternative Road to Health and WellnessMany mental health professionals have long conceded that while temperament is inborn, personality can change a bit over time. Factors that can influence this susceptibility to change include variables such as family, genetics, environment and circumstances, which all serve to contribute to the shaping of an individual’s unique personality over the course of a lifetime.

One’s environment — which largely is controllable — is a major factor in achieving and sustaining happiness. In Spontaneous Happiness, holistic health pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil shares his secrets to finding happiness based on his own lifelong battle with depression.

Living with Extreme Sound Sensitivity

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Living with Extreme Sound SensitivityIf you feel disgusted to the point of rage when you hear the sound of chewing, swallowing, breathing, throat-clearing and other common “people” noises, you’re not alone. You’re also not crazy. Misophonia is a sound sensitivity disorder, which makes certain noises intolerable to the sufferer.

Although this condition is primarily neurological, the experience of these sounds can cause psychological distress. The term misophonia was developed by Pawel and Margaret Jastreboff, American neuroscientists. Literally translated, it means “hatred of sounds.”

EMPowerPlus May Be Helpful in the Treatment of ADHD

Friday, February 14th, 2014

EMPowerPlus May Be Helpful in the Treatment of ADHDThere are many treatments available for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But for various reasons, the treatments available — medication or psychotherapy — aren’t going to work for everyone who tries them.

That’s why over the past few years, we’ve seen the growth of the micro-nutrient industry. Micro-nutrients are usually a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals purported to help with various symptoms. One such micronutrient blend is called EMPowerPlus, and purports to treat a range of conditions. Its website claims that EMPowerPlus has been “proven effective in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of bipolar, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.”

So how effective is EMPowerPlus in the treatment of ADHD?

10 Foods That Can Help You Fight Illness

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

10 Foods That Can Help You Fight IllnessIt’s flu-fighting season and time to stock up on vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, B vitamins, selenium, zinc, probiotics, flavonoids, certain amino acids and fibers… or just eat the foods that contain them.

Here, then, is a list of the top 10 foods that also act as immune boosters — tasty chow with nutrients sure to power up your immune system this winter.

Need Help For Depression? Try Acupuncture Instead of Counseling

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Need Help For Depression? Try Acupuncture Instead of CounselingA study recently published in PLoS Medicine suggests a surprising new treatment for even severe depression — acupuncture. Yes, acupuncture.

In this randomized U.K. clinical trial, primary care subjects who received a protocol of acupuncture did even better than those who received a form of humanistic counseling for the treatment of depression.

So if all else has failed for depression, should you give acupuncture a go?

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