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The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder

November 26th, 2011
Having a special interest in how diet & physical activity help ease the symptoms of mood disorders, I was excited to review Stephanie Marohn’s book The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder.  This review covers the 2011 edition, which is a fully revised version of the original 2003 book.  Ms. Marohn has also written several ...

Natural Remedies for Dealing with Stress

Natural Remedies for Dealing with StressMany Americans today are under huge amounts of stress. With the decline of the economy, many find themselves dealing with financial stress. There are also those everyday stressors that come along with the normal hustle and bustle of life. Stress-related ...

Alternative Treatments for Depression

Alternative Treatments for DepressionThere are a wide range of alternative treatments for depression. Before seeking out a mental health professional or talking to their doctor, a lot of people turn to alternative remedies to try and combat clinical depression. Few people want to take a prescription ...

Train Your Brain to Get Happy

BOOK REVIEW.
It seems as though every few months another book is published that purports to have discovered the ultimate cure for an unhappy life.  Some tout self-esteem, others Buddhism, and still others plastic surgery.  Train Your Brain to Get Happy, by neuroscientist Teresa Aubele, biofeedback and meditation specialist Stan Wenck, and Susan Reynolds, seems more unique ...

The Preference for “Natural”

the preference for naturalIt will probably come as no surprise that many Americans prefer "natural" to "artificial" when it comes to food and medicine.  Even when the two are chemically identical and show no difference in their effectiveness or safety rating, ...

Choosing the Right Diet

Choosing the Right DietStarting a new weight-loss program can be intimidating. There are so many questions and so many different answers. With so much conflicting advice, it’s no wonder that people can be worried and discouraged before they even begin. This article highlights some ...

Homeopathy: Less Is More

Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, developed homeopathy in the late eighteenth century. He did so because of his dissatisfaction with the conventional medicine of his time. Hahnemann suggested two key principles. First, he asserted that “like cures like.” In other words, a substance that produces certain symptoms in a healthy person can be used to ...

Natural and Herbal Supplements for Common Mental Disorders

Many medications for common mental disorders, although helpful, can cause unpleasant side effects that discourage patients from taking their prescribed dose. In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in natural substances to treat the symptoms of depression, anxiety and PMS, either to enhance the effects of prescription drugs or ...

Caffeine’s Effect on ADHD Symptoms

Caffeines Effect on ADHD SymptomsAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is now one of the most common children's mental health conditions. It involves symptoms of inattention or impulsivity and hyperactivity that lead to behavioral impairments. Approximately 50 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD continue to ...

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Most women have a variety of physical or emotional symptoms related to their monthly usuaperiods. Symptoms are usually present during the five days before their period and then disappear within a day or two of the period starting. Most of the time, these symptoms aren't an indication of a mental disorder or other mental health ...

Can Probiotics Prevent Childhood Allergies?

Probiotics—"good" bacteria found in healthy mammals' intestinal tracts—help regulate digestion and control the harm done by infectious bacteria and yeasts. New research shows that giving probiotics to pregnant women and their babies is safe and may prevent infections. However, it's unlikely that they can curb the recent increase in childhood allergies. Lower exposure to bacteria in ...

Beyond Prozac: Treatment for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma

Did you know there is a natural method of treatment which has been used throughout the world for over 200 years which can transform your mood, increase your energy, as well as help with all manner of physical and emotional symptoms-and with no unwanted side effects? What is this method? Classical Homeopathy. Homeopathy has been shown ...

Radical Lifestyle Changes May Help Depression

A top scientific adviser to the U.K. government is advising depressed people to forget drugs and take up lifestyle changes such as smiling and eating seaweed. Jane A. Plant is a professor of geochemistry at Imperial College London. She became interested in mental health via her work in environmental health and after first-hand experience. While her ...

Relaxation Tools for Health

Feeling keyed-up and stressed unfortunately is a common problem and can be the source of many health problems. Viruses in particular frequently are linked to stress in research studies. Experts say that stress directly affects the immune system, causing it to weaken and causing a greater vulnerability to colds and many other diseases.

There are several

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Beating Stress Through Nutrition

For most of us, stress and food go hand-in-hand. Food can give us the feelings of power, control and satisfaction that we need in stressful situations. It's no surprise that when our stress levels go up our resistance to 'comfort' foods goes down.

This isn't always a bad thing — our favorite foods actually can

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Folic Acid Supplements Could Prevent Dementia

Folic acid supplementation could effectively prevent dementia in some people, recent research suggests.

The possibility that low folic acid is a modifiable risk factor for dementia has been extensively studied. Dementia is linked to the natural age-related decline in information processing speed and memory, and data suggests that low folic acid levels are linked to

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Herbs for Bipolar Disorder

There are a number of herbal remedies you can try for bipolar disorder (manic depression). Although the glossy, new veneer of today's supplements may make them look attractive, it's just as important to be a smart consumer in this area as it is with traditional medicine. Being informed about the benefits and drawbacks of ...

Vitamins for Bipolar Disorder

Vitamins have not been proven effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder. They can, however, help treat certain symptoms related to bipolar disorder and help in your overall health and well-being. Some vitamins have been associated with mood regulation, include the B vitamins. If you are deficient in any of the Bs, depression, anxiety, ...

Minerals for Bipolar Disorder

Minerals, along with vitamins, are naturally occurring substances that are basic building blocks for the chemical processes that keep our bodies running. Most of them are needed in relatively small amounts that are usually taken care of through the consumption of a normal, everyday diet. Sometimes a regular multivitamin with minerals may supplement a normal ...

Nutritional Supplements for Bipolar Disorder

Nutritional supplements are not drugs, nor do they need U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. They are often marketed as having certain benefits, but since they aren't required to meet the rigorous requirements of a drug approval, usually those benefits don't need to have scientific proof. So such supplements do not offer any cure for ...
 
 
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