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A Single Course of Antibiotics Can Mess Up Your Gut Bugs for One Year

A Single Course of Antibiotics Can Mess Up Your Gut Bugs for One Year

Jul 24, 2016 in Leaky Gut
According to a new study published in the journal American Society for Microbiology, (Zaura E, Brandt BW, Teixeira de Mattos MJ, Buijs MJ, Caspers MP, Rashid MU, Weintraub A, Nord CE, Savell A, Hu Y, Coates AR, Hubank M, Spratt DA, Wilson M, Keijser BJ, Crielaard W. MBio. 2015 Nov 10;6(6):e01693-15. [...]

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Vitamin D and Fish Oil Improve Cognition and Mood by Supporting Serotonin

Vitamin D and Fish Oil Improve Cognition and Mood by Supporting Serotonin

Jul 17, 2016 in Neurotransmitters
Vitamin D and Fish Oil Improve Cognition and Mood by Supporting Serotonin
 
Vitamin D and Fish oil are among the supplements I recommend most often to my patients and clients.  I take them myself.  And I suspect you are aware of the many studies published over the past f [...]

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine May Prevent Stress-Related Brain Damage and Improve Resilience

Acetyl-L-Carnitine May Prevent Stress-Related Brain Damage and Improve Resilience

Jul 3, 2016 in brain
You probably have heard that chronic stress can lead to the development of anxiety and depression, conditions that affect the way you think, act, and feel.  But did you know that in addition to making you feel irritable, anxious, depleted and depressed, chronic stress can actually change the ar [...]

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Nutritional Supplements Help Antidepressants Work Better

Nutritional Supplements Help Antidepressants Work Better

May 1, 2016 in Depression
According to an article recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, certain nutritional supplements can increase the effectiveness of antidepressants for individuals suffering from clinical depression.
Researchers at Harvard and the University of Melbourne reviewed the resu [...]

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Early Memory Loss is Associated with Loss of Brain Cells (Neurons)

Early Memory Loss is Associated with Loss of Brain Cells (Neurons)

Apr 15, 2016 in Aging
We all forget things once in a while.  How many times, for example, have you struggled to come up with the name of a recent acquaintance or forgotten where you put your car keys?  These memory hiccups are common and merely constitute a by-product of your brain's continuous striving to [...]

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Anxiety Leads to Poor Decisions

Anxiety Leads to Poor Decisions

Apr 4, 2016 in Health Conditions
As if making good decisions on a regular basis wasn’t already hard enough.  Naturally we all make poor decisions from time to time.  If, however, you find yourself exercising poor judgment more regularly than normal, ask yourself, “Am I more anxious than usual”?  Tha [...]

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Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is More Common Than Anorexia and Bulimia Combined

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is More Common Than Anorexia and Bulimia Combined

Mar 28, 2016 in Weight management
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder among American adults.  It can cause serious health problems as well as difficulties in one’s occupational, home, and social lives. 
Estimated to afflict 2.8 million individuals, BED is more common than bulimia and [...]

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Sedentary Behavior Linked to Inflammation and Depression

Sedentary Behavior Linked to Inflammation and Depression

Mar 21, 2016 in Depression
A growing body of research is demonstrating ever more conclusively the benefits of physical activity for mental health. The effects of sedentary behavior on mood, however, are less well known. Sedentary behavior may be defined as any activity characterized by low energy expenditure in a sitting or r [...]

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Ashwagandha Improves Sexual Functioning and Satisfaction in Women

Ashwagandha Improves Sexual Functioning and Satisfaction in Women

Mar 11, 2016 in supplements
The use of ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng in traditional Ayurvedic medicine can be traced back 4000 years. This herb is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxididant, and anti-stress properties, and is believed to enhance overall health and longevity. Ashwagandha is also thought protect against can [...]

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Depression and Obesity:  Which Comes First?

Depression and Obesity: Which Comes First?

Mar 6, 2016 in Depression
Why do I as a psychiatrist worry about your weight? For many reasons. You probably have heard that being overweight puts you at increased risk for numerous health problems: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer. But did you know that carrying around those ex [...]

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